FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 21, 2014
Contact: Juanita Bryant
*** NEWS ADVISORY ***
WHAT: News conference to Denounce Federal Judge’s Threat To Voting Rights
WHO: More than 100 Black Pastors and Christian leaders from Detroit and across the State of Michigan
WHEN: February 24, 2014, at 10:30am
WHERE: First Baptist World Changers Church, 22575 West Eight Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219,
WHY: 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.
Black Detroit Pastors Denounce Federal Judge’s Threat to Voting Rights
In the Detroit Free Press Poll of September 2004, 2/3 of Black voters voted for the Marriage Protection Amendment. When it passed, on election day, the majority of voters in the city of Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Bentor Harbor- the major population centers for Black voters- all voted in favor of the amendment.
On February 25, 2014, Judge Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will preside over a trial for the Deboer v Synder and Schuette case regarding adoption and whether the institution of marriage between one man and one woman should be redefined.
Judge Friedman is likely to deliver his ruling on whether Michigan’s Marriage Protection is Constitutional after the trial.
Marriage protection was resolved by ballot Initiative in Michigan. That means the majority of the voters in the State of Michigan decided to stand for marriage between one man and one woman.
However, Judge Friedman might possibly overturn the ballot Initiative, which would violate the will of the voters of the State of Michigan.
“We, on behalf of our coalition, led by over 100 Black Pastors from Detroit and Christian leaders across the State of Michigan denounce this unjust threat to our voting rights.”- Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail taught that we have “a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” He defined just law as “a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God,” while “unjust law is a code out of harmony with the moral law…(and) not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”
“Laws which seek to overrule God’s law regarding marriage, or which attempt to teach us and our children that something the Bible calls sin is not only good but good for them, are unjust laws. We intend to fulfill our Christian responsibility to oppose unjust laws, as well as the politicians and the judges who promote laws which seek to give license to what the Bible calls sin.”- Pastor Stacey Foster, Life Changers International Ministries, Detroit, Michigan