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(WLNS) -  The spokesperson for 200 African-American pastors is calling some former legislators racists for asking the courts to grant rights to gay couples. 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has more on the court hearing set for August 6th on this controversial issue.

A Flint pastor is accusing a group of former lawmakers and others as being racists on the gay rights issue.

Former GOP speaker Rick Johnson, former state senator Joe Schwarz and anti affirmative action advocate Jennifer Gratz have filed a brief with the federal courts in favor of gay rights.

The pastor says to block blacks from using affirmative action to get into college and then demand rights for gays is racist.

Rev. Stacy Swimp says, "It's time to turnaround and push an agenda that is devastating to the black community, we think there needs to be a real discussion as to what their motives are."

Reporter: "Why racists?"

Pastor Swimp: "It has to do with discrimination."

The pastor is also offended that the gay rights movement is framing their issue as a civil rights issue similar to the civil rights battle by blacks.

He said, "It's absolutely insulting. It's disrespectful. It's empty. its dishonest. There is no comparison. I've never seen an LGBT sign drink here. I've never seen an LGBT sign you have to got to the back of the bus."

This local lawmaker who supports gay rights counters, this is not racist and it is about civil rights.

State Rep. Tom Cochran says, "You can't fault someone for having an opinion and I don't but in this case this is about civil rights and how this should be resolved in a legal manner."

The governor has refused to wade into this controversy but the pastor says his group will try to force the governor to take a stance before the election.


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