WASHINGTON (BP)--Citizens of America's capital rallied Sunday in an effort to persuade the District of Columbia government to permit them to vote on the legalization "of same-sex marriage."
The outdoor rally, led by area pastors, was held the day before the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics conducted a hearing on whether a proposal to legalize "gay marriage" should be placed on the ballot for district voters. On Monday a committee of the D.C. Council held the first part of a two-day hearing on a bill to legalize "gay marriage." Ten of the council's 13 members are sponsoring the proposal, which would not provide for a vote by D.C. citizens.
"We are in a David-and-Goliath situation," said Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., and chairman of Stand for Marriage D.C. "The city council is out of control, but I believe that if we humble ourselves and pray, God is going to make a miracle among us."
The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined in the effort. A letter from ERLC President Richard Land to 165 Southern Baptist pastors in the D.C. area warned them of the pending legislation and encouraged them to attend the rally. Barrett Duke, the ERLC's vice president for public policy, spoke to rally participants. Read More