Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
By Judy Lin
The daylong religious event, titled “TheCall to Conscience,” was led by Lou Engle, as well as other pastors and speakers, to protest gay marriage, pornography and abortion. Many of those attending slapped red “Life” stickers over their shirts and set up blankets and folding chairs facing a large stage with banners that read: “Only One Hope – God.” The gathering filled the west lawn of the state Capitol and hundreds of people spilled into the next block.
Ken and Antoinette Rodrigues, who described themselves as born-again Christians, drove in from Fremont to attend the rally. “It’s a little more blunt than I anticipated, not that I’m opposed to that, but the things they are speaking, it’s bold, very bold,” said Antoinette Rodrigues, 48. “But I feel that it’s very appropriate and timely.”
Engle said it was the 17th fast hosted by TheCall in 10 years. Previous events have been held in New York, Boston and Nashville, as well as in other parts of California, such as Pasadena and San Francisco. It follows a similar prayer march and rally to a Houston abortion clinic back in January.
The Sacramento event, Engle said, helped to highlight immoral laws being passed out of the Capitol and called on traditional marriage to be restored.
“If marriage is going to be upheld between a man and a woman, which we believe is the best for families and children and society, then right now, it seems we need divine intervention,” Engle said. “That’s part of the reason we’re coming here, to pray, but also to take a stand and be a prophetic voice to stand for truth.”
Last month, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. The measure, approved by 52 percent of California voters in November, 2008 amended the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex unions five months after the state Supreme Court legalized them.
The state has until Sept. 11 to challenge Walker’s ruling. Both Attorney General Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have said they don’t plan an appeal.