We have received many requests for an update on the status of the No UNequal Rights referendum petition and while we are in a “hurry up and wait mode” on hand, we are also moving ahead with planning for an aggressive voter mobilization effort through November 4, trusting that of the over 50,000 (31,000 pre-verified) signatures filed with the city on July 3, the necessary 17,000 will be confirmed by City Secretary Anna Russell.
(Pastor Max Miller flanked by key pastors and leaders speaks to press before petition delivery July 3)
Her office has until August 3 to review the signatures and certify a verified count to the Houston City Council, as well as to confirm the official minimum signatures needed. That timeline would have her likely making her report at the August 6 City Council session.
Once the minimum signatures threshold is certified as being achieved, the City Council must either repeal the ordinance or vote to place it on the November 4 General Election ballot. We expect the latter to take place.
As is clearly evident the pro-LGBT media such as the Houston Chronicle are already tooling up their campaign support propaganda claiming that opposition to the ordinance by the thousands of emails, calls, involvement by churches of every size and color as well as ultimately over 50,000 signatures are just “a few limited political and religious groups.”
An agenda driven by those who have accepted a lie about who God is, rejected His word, the existence of any moral absolutes and their basic design as men or women will naturally be filled with the same deception, misinformation and attempted demonization of those who have the audacity to stand for our God’s created order. We fully expect Mayor Parker and her allies to continue to use all of those methods, however are confident that if the pastors and churches of the city repeat the level of intensity in delivering our votes as we did our signatures, the Lord will bring victory in November.
With that said, MUCH work remains, led by passionate intercessory prayer, so we will be following up soon with critical action plan steps for every pastor and church unit to again show the world what it looks like when The Church stands shoulder to shoulder for the cause of our Lord and His righteousness and justice!