Dear Leaders and Fellow Believers,
I trust you are well. The past several weeks Mayor Bloomberg has been making speeches in museums, schools and holding press conferences trying to pressure the New York State Senate and Assembly to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State. It has been reported that he went to Albany to pressure fence-sitting Senators who previously voted against same-sex marriage by offering them financial support for their re-election campaigns. But, due to all the pressure these Senators have received from our churches the past six weeks, they told him no!
As it stands now, it looks like there are not enough votes to pass same-sex marriage in the Senate, but in the Assembly it will be a very close vote. However, Mayor Bloomberg is working hard to use his influence and the media to turn the tide against us and pass this insidious law that would do unfathomable damage to families and reconstruct education, health care and family life. This is also a great danger to religious freedom because, if passed, same-sex marriage would become recognized as a civil right. Because of this, those churches that do not conduct gay marriages would most likely be penalized and maybe even have their tax-exempt statuses revoked in coming years!
We have to send the mayor and the city a message! Thus far, no religious body has responded to his speeches over past few weeks; the public is only hearing one side! Mayor Bloomberg has also used his influence to get some of the city unions and the New York Bar Association to come out in support of gay marriage!
We are asking clergy to participate in a Press Conference on the steps of the New York City Hall on Tuesday, June 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We are urging all people to rally outside the gate of New York City Hall during and after the Press Conference from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We are also urging every believer to give to the Lord at least one day of fasting and prayer during the next two weeks so that we have divine intervention in stopping the mayor's and governor’s influence from prevailing!
(New York City Hall is in Manhattan at the intersection of Murray Street and Broadway)
All participating clergy must pre-register by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can clear you at the gate with security (this is required by the NYPD). Also, there is a limit of 250 clergy that can register, so please register as soon as possible! Clergy who lives outside of New York State can still support us by standing with us on the steps of City Hall as the church prophetically responds to the mayor.
This event will include a diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-denominational group of clergy associations and denominations including City Action Coalition, Christ Covenant Coalition, Concerned Citizens of New York, CONLICO, Empire Baptist Missionary Convention, International Communion of Evangelical Churches, Long Island Evangelical Association, Long Island Hispanic Pastoral Association, Mission New York, National Organization for Marriage, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, Staten Island Evangelical Association, and many others.
Please feel free to spread the word to other members of the clergy and urge all to join City Action Coalition on Tuesday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of New York City Hall!
Your partner in the Kingdom,
President and Founder
City Action Coalition
Thank you for standing with us to uphold traditional marriage in New York State!