*A coalition of 34,000 black churches is blasting President Barack Obama’s decision to stop defending the federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage.

The Rev. Anthony Evans, who heads the National Black Church Initiative, says Obama “has violated the Christian faith” by failing to uphold Jesus’ teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that, at Obama’s direction, it would not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in a court case where it’s being challenged.

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