Largest Hispanic Evangelical Organization Signs Marriage Pledge Backing Natural Marriage

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council kicked off its three-day convention expressing its commitment to traditional marriage.

By Al Perrotta Published on April 29, 2015

The board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Counsel-CONEL unanimously voted Tuesday to sign the Marriage Pledge, a newly-launched nationwide effort by pastors and other in the faith community to declare their unwavering commitment to traditional marriage.

NHCLC-CONEL represents over 40,000 Evangelical Hispanic churches in America and half-a-million churches throughout Latin America and Spain. The unanimous board vote took place as the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments in an historic case that could redefine marriage in America and threaten religious liberty.

NHCLC-CONEL’s Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, and Deacon Keith Fournier co-drafted the Marriage Pledge. It reads in part:

On the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation…. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.

The Pledge continues:

We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

Meanwhile, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference has attracted over 1,000 pastors to Houston for its annual convention. On Wednesday, the pastors will hear from two likely 2016 GOP candidates, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee. In a USA Today editorial published Tuesday, NHCLC-CONEL President Samuel Rodriguez urged all candidates seeking Hispanic or Evangelical support, “Don’t talk about diversity, talk about inclusion.”


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