Welcome! Login | Register
 

25 Things You Have to Do in RI Before the End of Summer—Summer may be winding down, but there's still…

Newport Jazz Festival 2015: Friday Highlights—The 61st annual Newport Jazz Festival arrived at…

5 Live Music Musts - July 31, 2015—We’re at the peak of the summer music…

Finneran: To Kill An American—You probably missed this item in the rush…

10 Great Things To Do In Newport This Weekend - July 31—10 Great Things To Do In Newport This…

Mandatory HPV Vaccinations for RI Students Blasted by Opponents—All Rhode Island 7th grade students will soon…

Federal Reserve Keeps Interest Rates Near Zero—Federal Reserve Keeps Interest Rates Near Zero

10 “Don’t Miss” Acts at Newport Jazz—The 2015 Newport Jazz Festival begins Friday and…

The Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival is Back—The Annual Charlestown Seafood Festival is Back

Moore: Forget GE, RI Can’t Even Retain Teespring—Moore: Forget GE, RI Can't Even Retain Teespring

 
 

NEW: Religious Leaders Rally to Oppose Same Sex Marriage

Monday, January 14, 2013

 

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is one of a number of prominent RI religious figures expected to speak against gay marriage tomorrow.

On the same day that the Rhode Island House of Representatives will hold its first hearing on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, a group of prominent religious leaders will hold a press conference to express opposition to the legislation.

The recently-formed coalition, calling itself the “Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Established by God” (Faith Alliance), includes religious and civic leaders from over 100 organizations in Rhode Island and, according to a press release issued today, it has gained the support of the 7,000-member Knights of Columbus organization.

The press conference, which takes place tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. at the State House, will include a formal position statement from the group and speeches from a number of prominent religious figures in the state, including Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Catholic Diocese of Providence; Pastor Luis Rodriguez, Iglesia de la Comunidad; Pastor Luis Suarez, Iglesia Nueva Generacion; Pastor Santos Escobar, Inglesia Vida Abundante UMC; Ron L’Heureux, Founder of Exodus 18; and Darrell Lee, Founder of Building Cities on God Ministries.

“The state, by law, only has the right to ensure the “legal” administration of God’s covenant of marriage; it is not authorized to change, amend, or revise God’s definition of marriage,” said Lee, a co-founder of the group. “Marriage has been established and defined by God as a spiritual union between a man and a woman, and it is not to be altered by mankind or its government.”

The press conference will also feature a speech from Christopher Plante, Director of the National Organization for Marriage, and is expected to touch on topics ranging from “Biblical and historical perspectives” to “the impact on families, and legal implications”, the release said.

The group says its position and purpose is to “safeguard God’s covenant and definition of marriage” and insists that it is “neither judging nor condemning gay, lesbian, or transgender individuals.”

“Unfortunately, there is a tendency to logically or purposefully associate matters of homosexuality with same sex marriage,” said Luis Rodriguez, co-founder of the Faith Alliance and President of the Hispanic Ministerial Association. “While the former may be a right of personal choice or innate sexual orientation, the latter is a privilege ordained by God and administered by the state. Once this distinction is clearly articulated through our collective efforts, we are confident that the people of Rhode Island will strongly urge their state legislators to hear the voice of the people.”

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
 
:)