FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Contact: Dave Welch
Houston, TX – An inter-ethnic, inter-denominational coalition of pastors has called Mayor Annise Parker’s call for legalization of same-sex marriage a “declaration of war on the traditional family” and are condemning her actions in the strongest terms. Parker recently joined other mayors at a press conference in Washington D.C. and on Tuesday joined activists protesting in front of the Harris County Clerk’s office in support of this effort.
“Annise Parker has again proven herself a radical extremist of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, etc. movement willing to abuse her position as mayor to assault the traditional family and marriage,” stated Bishop Robert Jefferson of Cullen Missionary Baptist Church on behalf of Houston Area Pastor Council. “The definition of marriage was confirmed by the voters in Texas as only between one man and one woman by Constitutional Amendment in 2005. Mayor Parker has essentially declared war on both marriage and the state constitution.”
The pastors are considering a number of options to thwart the mayor’s attempts to advance what they call a “plan to destroy the meaning, integrity and existence of the most important institution in our communities, state and nation.” Dr. Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church asserted that the mayor has violated her oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution of the State of Texas.
“By personally participating in these public demonstrations specifically calling for the overturning of the Texas Constitutional provision protecting marriage, she has, like others who have abused the trust of their office, proven herself in opposition to the people and certainly to God,” Riggle stated.
In closing, the coalition of pastors representing hundreds of churches throughout greater Houston said they will answer the Mayor’s challenge clearly and unequivocally. “If Annise Parker thinks she has a mandate for her anti-family extremism after barely surviving a challenge by vastly outspent and largely unknown opponents, she is mistaken,” said Dave Welch, Executive Director of Houston Area Pastor Council. “The battle lines are drawn again as she proves her contempt for the churches of the city, the traditional family and our state Constitution. Our message to her is, ‘Not on our watch.’”