Rev. Delman Coates Ousted As An Officer Of The Hampton Ministers Confrence Due To His Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on June 14, 2015

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 Everything Is Going Down, But The Word Of God……Morehouse Brother and pastor has been released from being an officer due to his support of the LBGT community.  Now the interesting thing is if my memory and my blog served me correctly Claude Alexander, president of the Hampton Ministers Conference was rumored to be a PJD Pineapple Juice Drinker (Obnoxious word for on the Down Low) and said to have been in a relationship with the Vice-Mayor of Charlotte, where he lives. Special thanks to all the members of my Obnoxious        Street Committee for submitting this information below:  

For over a century, African-American clergy have descended upon Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia for an annual pilgrimage to the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference. The week-long convening, held the first full week in June, is regarded as the largest ecumenical gathering of black clergy in the nation. The Conference was regarded as the political, cultural, and theological epicenter of progressive black American Christian thought and praxis, where many of America’s civil rights voices like Dr. King, Benjamin Mays, Gardner Taylor, Howard Thurman, and Prathia Hall-Wynn found a spiritual home. It continues to draw big name speakers like T.D. Jakes, President Obama, and a host of other preachers and politicians who clamor for the opportunity to address conference attendees.

As upwards of 8,000 clergy convene next week at Hampton University, an interesting yet disturbing subtext has emerged that casts a cloud over the gathering. Ever since the university published the conference brochure earlier this year, many insiders and conference attendees have noticed the name of one clergy leader conspicuously omitted from the list of executive officers. It would seem that the omission of Delman Coates‘ name as a member of the Executive Council was no accident at all. Rev. Delman Coates, the senior pastor of an 8,000-member church in suburban Washington, D.C. and a former candidate for Lt. Governor of Maryland, was apparently dismissed last year from his leadership post in the conference despite serving his position since 2010. What has troubled observers is the emerging consensus that Coates was ousted because of his vocal support of marriage equality and LGBT rights in Maryland and across the nation.

A leader who has been nationally recognized for his work on issues ranging from gun violence prevention to criminal justice reform, income inequality, and fair policing, Coates has been regarded as a rising star in the fight for human rights and social justice. Ebony Magazine and The Root identified him as being among the nation’s most important African American leaders, and Rev. Al Sharpton tapped him to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Action Network.

That is why many progressive black clergy and attendees of the Hampton conference were surprised to see that Coates was dismissed as an officer despite a track record of proven leadership and the Conference’s own long-held tradition of progressive leadership. For many others, Coates dismissal is not so surprising given the controversy he has stirred as an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality–issues many black religious leaders remain steadfastly opposed to. In 2012, Coates played what the Human Rights Campaign has called a key role in getting same-sex marriage legalized in Maryland when he supported an initiative legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland. It appears that Coates‘ support of LGBT rights has exposed latent bigotry and homophobia within the conference that has characterized other popular segments of American Christianity.