Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage Blocked in D.C.

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R-71 UPDATE: Efforts are continuing with the distribution of petitions for Referendum 71. There is a continuing demand. We are mailing and hand delivering them as we hear from you. We are also beginning to receive reports from many that their signature gathering is going quite well. There is some resistance in certain public places and some pastors are hesitant to publicly endorse the referendum. However, other pastors are publicly encouraging people to sign the referendum.

Thank you for your efforts and your financial support.

OTHER NEWS: President Obama beginning to cave to growing criticism from homosexual activists. He is expected to act today.

Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage Blocked in D.C.

Associated Press reported yesterday that the DC Board of Elections and Ethics has rejected a clergy-led effort to hold a referendum on whether Washington should recognize same-sex "marriages" performed elsewhere.

AP says a coalition of black ministers led by Bishop Harry Jackson sought the referendum opposing recognition of same-sex marriages.

They quote Bishop Jackson: "We feel that there is a moral imperative for us to stand against the effects that this particular same-sex marriage direction for the District would have on the next generation."

God bless you, Bishop Jackson and colleagues.

Bishop Jackson told the press that he knows working to ban same-sex marriage can make Christians unpopular but says, "We have a responsibility to be salt and light and if we take that seriously, then it means at times you're going to have both persecution and intense conflict."

Well said. And very true.

Some of us are finding that our support of Referendum 71 is characterized as "hate" and "bigotry". And it has indeed created intense conflict.

I find it interesting that on the one hand we are often told that we who support natural marriage are "out of step with society" or trying to hold on to the past, while everyone else has moved on, yet those who accuse us will do anything to avoid allowing the people---the general public, to vote on homosexual marriage.

The battle to defend natural marriage is not an easy one, but it is a worthy one.

God bless you for standing and acting on what is right.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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