February 9, 2017
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Publisher, CRTX News
Bold action characterizes attorney Jared Woodfill, former Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party from 2002-2014 and current President of Conservative Republicans of Texas, PAC.
Because of Jared Woodfill’s courageous actions and determined leadership as the lead attorney in the Parker v Pidgeon lawsuit, the Texas Supreme Court has granted a full review of this case after initially denying the first appeal for review.
In 2013, the then Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, instructed the city 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.
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 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 Nuremburg 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.
This Parker v Pidgeon case was won initially 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
Additionally, I filed an Amicus Brief which was signed by 70 Republican legislators, statewide officials and leaders of various Texas conservative organizations:
Citizens’ contacting the Texas Supreme Court members by phone and email, as well as, these briefs ultimately led the Texas Supreme Court to agree to grant the motion for rehearing this case.
The 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.
From the outset of this lawsuit, Jared Woodfill was met with stiff opposition from RINOs within the Republican Party establishment, most notably, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, TLR President Dick Weekly and John Nau, President of Associated Republicans. These men and business leaders in the Greater Houston Partnership attacked Woodfill for being too vocal on the moral issues. They spent over $400,000 to defeat Woodfill in his race for reelection as local party chairman. They replaced him with the puppet of the establishment, Paul Simpson, who led the Republican Party to an abysmal defeat in the 2016 General Election in which every Republican candidate in countywide races in Harris County lost. These establishment leaders were “Never Trumpers.” Simpson’s excuse for the disastrous defeat of Republicans in Harris County was because Trump was at the top of the ticket. Simpson and the establishment encouraged Republicans to skip over the presidential race and just vote for Republicans down ballot. This of course caused a dramatic drop in straight party Republican votes. These RINOs must be removed from positions of leadership in the Republican Party.
Despite his defeat for reelection as county party chairman, Jared Woodfill pressed the Parker v Pidgeon lawsuit with a steel will, an indefatigable determination and with an indomitable faith that God would empower him to act valiantly, and that God would tread down his adversaries (Psalm 108:13). His faith and stalwart efforts have paid off handsomely. God has used Jared Woodfill because he has had the courage of his Christians convictions.
Jared Woodfill is a lion hearted man of God. He has demonstrated, time and time again, the courage of his Christian convictions over the past fifteen years that I have known and worked with him. Jared Woodfill was the spokesman for the Campaign for Houston in 2015 which defeated the Houston City Council’s bathroom ordinance by an overwhelming margin of 61%-39%.
The righteous man is compared to a lion. “The righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) A lion possesses an imposing appearance, displaying confidence and courage. He proudly prances, fearlessly. His roar is ferocious. The lion will attack and defeat any other beast in the jungle. He is called the king of the beasts for good reason. He has no fear of man or any other animals because of his strength, speed and agility.
A righteous man fears God and gains great confidence in doing so. “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence.” (Proverbs 14:26) He possesses a strong moral character which gives him the courage of a lion. He is strong in the LORD and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10) He bears the sword of the Spirit which is the truth of God’s word. God’s word is his only offensive weapon as he confronts the worldly wisdom of wicked men.
Jared Woodfill is the epitome of a lion hearted man. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership in the Parker v Pidgeon lawsuit.
You can support Jared Woodfill in his efforts by contacting the Justices of the Texas Supreme Court and let them know that you will be watching their decision on this crucial case, Pidgeon v Parker. Their contact information is as follows:
Paul Green –512-463-1327
Email them as well:
Take action and contact the Supreme Court Justices today. Your call and email can make a difference.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for god men and women to do nothing.
“Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries.” (Psalm 108:13)
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