Monday, June 06, 2005

No Separation of Church and Campaign Ads

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) is signing a pair of bills at an evangelical church. That has folks like Americans United for the Separation of Church and State hot under their clerical collars.

One of the bills requires a minor to get her parents' permission before getting an abortion. The other would send a gay marriage banning Constitutional amendment to the voters this fall.

Local Republican leaders reportedly urged Gov Perry to videotape the ceremony for campaign ads. He has already sent e-mails to supporters asking that they help fill the event with "pro-family Christian friends." (Fort

Update: The Los Angeles Times reports the Governor's e-mail drew about three times as many supporters as protestors:

About 1,000 people gathered at the Calvary Christian Academy for the 90-minute ceremony, which was filled with religious references. Outside, protesters carried signs to oppose the ban on gay marriage, and the use of church property for a bill signing.

The LAT estimates 350 protestors showed up outside the church. (LAT)

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