FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 19, 2014
OVER 100 DETROIT AND OUTSTATE PASTORS URGE SUPPORT FOR MICHIGAN MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
Detroit, Michigan – At a news conference in Detroit, Michigan, on February 24, 2014, over 100 pastors and Christian leaders from the City of Detroit and throughout the State of Michigan will join together at First Baptist World Changers Church, 22575 West Eight Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219, at 10:30am, in support of the Michigan Marriage Amendment that was passed by voters in 2004.
The pastors will bring their collective voices in support of traditional marriage between one man and one woman as a federal bench trial, DeBoer vs. Snyder, is set to begin in Detroit on February 25, 2014, that will debate the 2004 marriage amendment as well as the state’s adoption law.
“We, over 100 Pastors and Christian leaders from not only Detroit, but across the State of Michigan want to send a message that there are yet still pastors in city and State – in truth, the overwhelming majority of pastors -- who stand by both our Michigan Constitution and our Judeo Christian values,” said Pastor Lennell Caldwell, First Baptist World Changers. “We believe that marriage between one man and one woman creates the best possible environment for the health and wellness of children. While we agree that every American has a right to choose to live as he or she wants, no one is entitled to redefine marriage.”
On February 25, 2014, Judge Bernard Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will begin to preside over DeBoer vs. Snyder, a lawsuit that will address both the 2004 voter approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that defines marriage between one man and one woman as well as the state adoption law. News media have indicated the trial is expected to last at least eight days.
“We believe that the family structure is absolutely and eternally connected to human flourishing,” said Apostle Ellis Smith, Jubilee Church, Detroit. "Moreover, children do far better when raised by a man and woman who are married, receiving the unconditional love and support of both their mother and father.”
There are several vital points the pastors wish to highlight about God and marriage between one man and one woman:
· God created marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman
· God created marriage between one man and one woman to be the foundation for building a family
· God created sexuality as an expression of unity between a man and a woman in the marriage covenant
· God created the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman as a replication of the covenant between God and man.
“The issue of marriage protection is not a matter of conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism, Democrat or Republican platforms, but is a matter of righteousness. It is a matter of Biblical principles,” concluded Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry.
The pastors in support of this message are from The Baptist Pastors Fellowship, Westside Minister's Alliance, Concerned Pastors Fellowship Minister Alliance and others who are coming forward in support of support of Michigan's Marriage Protection Amendment.
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