On March 26, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry attended a rally at the Capitol for “Faith and Families”. While it would seem that “Faith and Families” are some great Texas values, the underlyi
Perry gave a speech at the rally in which he said,ng issue is that both Perry and the attendees of this rally only believe that one specific faith and specific family construct.
the people of the state of Texas, myself included, believe that marriage is between one man and one woman
Obviously, we believe that Texas values ALL faiths and ALL families.
Sign our petition below urging Governor Perry to recant his statements against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans and to support equality for the LGBT community.
Note: These petitions will be printed out and hand delivered directly to the Governor himself. We urge you to sign the petition no matter where you live but, please provide your zipcode in the box provided so that we can get an accurate count on the Texans that have signed!
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Here is the body of the petition:
Dear Governor Perry,
I heard you say, “the people of the state of Texas, myself included, believe that marriage is between one man and one woman”. I am exasperated at this statement for many reasons. While it is true that 76% of voters voted to ban the freedom to marry in 2005, we must remember that that’s only 76% of the 17.97% of registered voters that even bothered to show up to vote. That is not a majority of Texans. It’s not even a majority of voters, but a minority of registered voters who bothered to show up and register their opinion in a special election.
That 76% certainly did not take into consideration the over 17,440 Texas children who are being raised by two moms or two dads, and they certainly were not protecting those families.
According to a 2013 Equality Texas Poll, 52% of Texas voters support the freedom to marry.
the fact is that the majority of Texans support the freedom to marry. You are representing the minority who wish to stand in the way of liberty and the pursuit of happiness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans.
The future of marriage in Texas is clear and you are currently standing on the wrong side of history!
I urge you to recant your statement and do your job as Governor which is to protect ALL Texas families!
According to KVIA El Paso, 39 pastors signed a document announcing that they are against protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination in the city of El Paso.
The letter states
We of the El Paso Pastors’ Council believe in and support the Biblical definition of marriage as being that between a man and a woman as defined in Genesis 2:23-24 and reaffirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:3-6. We consider consensual sex between two males or two females to be an abomination before God as stated in the Bible. (See Genesis 18:20, Genesis 19:4-13, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:16-32, I Corinthians 6:9). We also believe that pre-marital sex and cohabitation without marriage to be sinful. We, therefore, cannot support any governmental endorsement at any level, in any form, and in any way of homosexual sex or heterosexual sex outside of marriage. Neither do we believe that persons who practice homosexual sex need to have governmental endorsement of their sexual practices and governmental protection as a class from other people.
We believe in the love of God for all people, that we all have sinned and come short of the full measure of righteousness set by Jesus Christ, and that we all need God’s grace and forgiveness for our sins. We must stand on our beliefs and preach, teach, and live by the dictates of our conscience as we understand the Bible, the love of God through Jesus Christ, and the leading of God’s Holy Spirit.
Here are some common sense reasons why this so-called Gay/Lesbian/Transsexual Anti-discrimination Amendment is wrong for El Paso:
Sign the petition urging these 39 pastors to recant their statement and to support full equality in all matters governed by civil law!
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El Paso Pastors’ Council
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