February 21, 2017
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Publisher, CRTX News
“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15)
The Texas Supreme Court will hold a hearing in the Pidgeon v Parker (now styled Pidgeon v Turner) “same-sex” benefits case on March 1st.
This case arises from actions taken in 2013, by then Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, who instructed the city’s financial officer to give legal status and recognition to so-called same-sex “marriages” for city employees, and to provide benefits to same-sex “spouses” of employees at the expense of Houston taxpayers. This was in clear violation of the Texas Marriage Amendment in the Texas Constitution. The attorney for the plaintiffs is Jared Woodfill, former Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party from 2002-2014 and current President of Conservative Republicans of Texas, PAC.
This Parker v Pidgeon case was initially won in state district court in Harris County. The City of Houston appealed the decision to the 14th Court of Appeals, comprised of all Republican judges. The initial trial court decision in favor of Woodfill’s plaintiffs, Pastor Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks, was reversed by the appellate court. This reversal effectively expanded Obergefell to include taxpayer funded benefits. This led to Woodfill’s appeal for a rehearing before the Texas Supreme Court on the grounds that the appellate court’s ruling infringed upon taxpayers’ religious liberties and upon Tenth Amendment State’s Rights.
It was the well-reasoned dissent by Supreme Court Justice John Devine, http://txvalues.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1A6-Justice-Devine-Dissent.pdf, to the initial denial for a rehearing by the Texas Supreme Court, causing a public outcry over this denial, that led Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton to file an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court that was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/Pidgeon_Amicus-FINAL_v3.pdf.
Additionally, I filed an Amicus Brief which was signed by 70 Republican legislators, statewide officials and leaders of various Texas conservative organizations:
It was because citizens contacted the Texas Supreme Court members by phone and email, as well as the above mentioned Amicus Briefs by Texas statewide officials and legislators, that ultimately led the Texas Supreme Court to agree to grant the motion for rehearing this case.
Mayor Parker’s edict occurred before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision allowed homosexuals to be legally “married.” The Court’s decision was an exercise of raw judicial power in order to advance the homosexual agenda of creating moral anarchy in society. It had no legal basis in the U.S. Constitution. The concept of homosexual “marriage” is a mirage because it is a lie, foisted upon the American society by five unelected justices. The only elected official of stature in the country who has had the courage to take action in opposing this immoral and unconstitutional ruling has been Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
The conservative governors in America, who have sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, should have issued executive orders renouncing this decision and asserting their 10th Amendment States’ Rights. The U.S. Supreme Court has no enforcement power. It depends solely upon the people and the elected officials to submit voluntarily to their decisions. There is a higher law, God’s law. We are never to submit to government authority when it justifies the wicked and condemns the righteous. Nazi Germany leaders are a case in point. The defense of their actions in murdering the Jewish people in concentration camps was that they were simply obeying orders from their leaders. The judges at the Nuremberg trial found this argument wanting.
Marriage was established by God. “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) Jesus reaffirmed this in Matthew 19:4-5. The Obergefell ruling is in direct violation of God’s law and standard for marriage and as such must be opposed by elected officials in lower positions of authority, as they interpose themselves between the citizens from wicked rulings by higher authorities, in order to prevent the citizens from being forced to violate God’s law. The Obergefell decision is a perversion of God’s standard for marriage.
The Texas Supreme Court’s decision in this case will determine whether local or state governments are required to provide “same-sex” couples with taxpayer funded benefits. This is a historic case and the decision of the Texas Supreme Court will have a profound impact nationwide on whether religious liberties will be protected. Texas is a bellwether state. The Texas Supreme Court must decide whether to lead the way to restore moral sanity to a nation sliding into Sodom and Gomorrah.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, in 1973, allowed the killing of unborn babies at any time, for any reason or for no reason. Since then, the Court has ruled that, although it allowed this heinous act to occur, no level of government could be forced to fund it. The Parker v Pidgeon case is analogous. Just because the Court has allowed homosexuals to be married, it cannot force any level of government to fund their lifestyle. Only the legislative branch of government has the power of the purse.
You can support Jared Woodfill in his legal efforts before the Texas Supreme Court by contacting the justices of the Texas Supreme Court and letting them know that you will be watching their decision on this crucial case, Pidgeon v Parker. Their contact information is as follows:
Nathan Hecht –512-463-1348 John Devine -512-463-1316 Eva Guzman –512-463-1340
Don Willett -512-463-1344 Phil Johnson –512-463-1336 Jeffrey Brown –512-463-3494
Jeffrey Boyd –512-463-1348 Debra Lehrmann –512-463-1320
Paul Green –512-463-1327
Email them as well:
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