To the incredible team of hundreds of amazing pastors who have stood, led, prayed, spoken, and fought as one on behalf of God’s moral truth, defense of those under our care, basic God-given freedom and common decency over the past sixteen months in the City of Houston:
It is “deliver the votes” time.
After a year-long legal battle that pitted this diverse coalition of pastors and citizens and our one attorney against the machine of City of Houston government led by Mayor Annise Parker and supported by the “pro bono” legal work of three of the largest law firms in Texas (Sussman Godfrey, Haynes Boone and Norton, Rose, Fulbright), culminating in not one, but two, rulings by the Texas Supreme Court that the COH had violated the law…we have finally restored the right to vote, have the opportunity to vote, achieved legally compliant ballot language – and now must exercise the duty to vote on the Mayor’s LGBT “Equal Rights Ordinance” (originally passed by an 11-6 vote of City Council).
- On Wednesday, August 26, the City Council passed the following final language:
“Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment and housing based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy?”
- On Thursday, August 27, the City assigned the ballot position of this ordinance as Houston Proposition 1.
- Next stop – Early Voting begins October 19, ends on October 30; ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3!
- We have only 52 Days until Early Voting begins
- Over ONE HALF of votes will be cast during early voting
- There are only 6 Sundays before Early Voting
- We have only 67 days until Election Day.
- There are only 8 Sundays before Election Day
Will our churches go the second mile in making sure that EVERY CHRISTIAN in our churches who is eligible VOTES faithfully and Biblically in EVERY election – starting with this Houston City General Election to vote…
NO on threatening religious freedom in the City of Houston…
NO on allowing men in women’s restrooms, showers and locker rooms in the City of Houston…
NO on giving on giving criminal investigation and prosecutorial powers over every citizen in Houston to an untrained bureaucrat accountable only to the mayor…
NO on giving special rights to a privileged few based on their lifestyle or feelings that trample on the God-given, Constitutionally protected freedom of the majority…
NO ON HOUSTON PROPOSITION 1!
DATES TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR – DON’T MISS EVENTS:
Thursday, September 17 – Citywide Mayoral Candidate Forum for pastors; Second Baptist Church, Woodway Campus, (9:30 am – 11:30 am)*
Thursday, October 1 – Citywide City Council Candidate Forum for pastors; Houston’s First Baptist Church, Katy Frwy, (9:30 am – 1:00 pm)*
Saturday, October 3 – Institute for American Christian Citizenship; Grace Community Church, Gulf Frwy (9:30 am – 1:00 pm)*
* All event registration details are at www.uspastorcouncil.org/upcoming-events2