African-American Pastors to Lead Rally Against D.C. Gay Marriage Vote April 28th
Washington, D.C. ” The D.C. City Council is expected to vote on gay marriage legislation at its next meeting on May 5th furthering the process to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church has rallied a broad coalition of pastors, locally and nationally, to lead a rally of local congregations and concerned citizens on Tuesday, April 28th at 11:00 am at the Freedom Plaza across from the DC Mayorâ„¢s office. Å“A group of pastors has set the rally on April 28th as the beginning of our effort to declare that the nationâ„¢s first city is not for gay marriage, states Jackson. Å“Weâ„¢ve decided unanimously to mobilize our congregations and fellow clergy for the upcoming battle for the definition of marriage.
Unlike votes in other states, passing the law on May 5th will set in motion a review of the legislation by the U.S. Congress and a potential ballot initiative in the District. Rally information as following:
WHO: DC PASTORS AND CONGREGATIONS
WHEN: TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH
10:00 AM – RALLY BEGINS
11:00 AM – PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY
WHERE: FREEDOM PLAZA
14th STREET AT PENNSYLVANIA AVE
ADJACENT TO THE John A. Wilson Building, seat of THE District of Columbia government
Å“The City Council at its last meeting voted on this without any warning or any feedback from their constituents, said Jackson. Å“We will be there in mass on Tuesday to make it clear to the DC City Council, Mayor Fenty and all of our fellow residents, that we will fight to protect the institution of marriage. Bishop Harry Jackson is Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, DC area, Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and serves as a regional Bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches (FOIC). He has written several books, most recently Personal Faith, Public Policy.