Friday, October 17, 2014

PFOX: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Target Those Protecting Natural Marriage


PFOX: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Target Those Protecting Natural Marriage

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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

PFOX: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Target Those Protecting Natural Marriage

 

RICHMOND, Va.—Another dust-up between the homosexual agenda and those working to protect natural marriage and the traditional family is making headlines in Houston this week.

Social media exploded on Wednesday when word spread that the City of Houston, led by lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, and its attorneys recently sent subpoenas to five pastors, demanding they turn over their sermon notes and other church communications—stomping on the pastors' freedom of religion and freedom of speech rights.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, says the move strips the pastors' rights and also targets those who believe in protecting heterosexual marriage, including ex-gays.

"It's unbelievable that we have reached a point in America—a country built on freedom of speech and religion—when pastors' sermons are being reviewed for objectionable content that may be biblically correct but not the message that an anti-Christian and anti-ex-gay vocal minority wants heard," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "The homosexual agenda wants to silence the majority and the church, thus they attempt to intimidate pastors by threat of a lawsuit, but the constitutional freedom of speech and religion still exists in America."

The subpoenas stem from an issue last spring, when the mayor and two homosexual city council members spearheaded a non-discrimination ordinance that gives special rights and protections to homosexuals. The "bathroom bill," called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), granted "equal rights" to gay and transgender individuals so that men could use women's restrooms and vice versa. HERO passed in June, despite vocal opposition from the Houston community.

Concerned about the mayor's aggressive homosexual agenda, Houston citizens collected more than 50,000 petition signatures—well over double the number needed to put the issue before voters. Under Parker's leadership, however, the city council rejected the petition on a technicality, citing alleged irregularities in the petition. Now, as the city and Parker's administration fight a lawsuit associated with the ordinance, attorneys for the City of Houston sent five pastors subpoenas, demanding they turn over sermon notes and private communications with church members.

Mayor Parker recently conceded that the subpoenas may have been 'overly broad,' but the City has not recalled the subpoenas.

Earlier this month, PFOX successfully hosted its second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference over two days in Washington, D.C. And earlier this year, PFOX unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member. Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org or email info@pfox.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.


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