Ask Your Governor to Boycott Gov. Rick Perry’s Anti-LGBT Prayer Event
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Ask Your Governor to Boycott Gov. Rick Perry’s Anti-LGBT Prayer Event

    1. Sponsored by

      Human Rights Campaign

Texas Governor Rick Perry has invited the governors of all 50 states – including yours – to join him for a Day of Prayer sponsored by and featuring prominent anti-gay groups. By attending, your governor will be endorsing this hateful event.

"The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis" will be held on August 6 in Houston. Several rabidly hateful anti-LGBT organizations, including the American Family Association (AFA), the International House of Prayer, and TheCall, are sponsors:

- The Southern Poverty Law Center officially lists the AFA as a "hate group." One of its leaders, Bryan Fischer, has implied that homosexuality led to Nazism and blamed gays for the Holocaust.

- Both the International House of Prayer and TheCall are closely tied to anti-LGBT pastor Lou who helped stir up an anti-gay frenzy in Uganda led to a bill that would make being gay a crime punishable by death.

- And one of the event’s leaders played a central role last year in ousting three Iowa state Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality.

Make sure your governor knows that you oppose any effort to legitimize bigotry by joining Gov. Perry in Houston. Ask your governor to boycott this hateful event!

Recent signatures


    1. The only governor to RSVP to Perry's event may be a no show

      Amazing! Only one governor has RSVP'd to Rick Perry's anti-gay event on Saturday. Kansas Governor Brownback originally siad he would go, yet his office said the Governor is on vacation so he may not attend.

    2. Reached 12,500 signatures
    3. Rick Perry prayer rally risky, says Iowa state representative

      “The situation with Gov. Perry seems a little strange and dramatic,” said state Rep. Josh Byrnes in POLITICO’s Arena. “I have had some Republicans tell me they were excited about Perry running for president until this Aug. 6 event.”

    4. Do you live in or near Houston?

      Local advocates organized rallies to draw attention to Perry's relationship with anti-gay hate groups during his prayer breakfast. If you are in the area, please make time to attend on Friday night or Saturday morning. Learn more at the link.

    5. Only 3 days left!

      There are only three days until Rick Perry gathers with some of the country's most anti-gay leaders. Will your governor be there? Call you governor's office today and ask them to say no to anti-gay hate by not attending Rick Perry's anti gay event.

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. Texas Gov. Rick Perry's misguided day of prayer

      The LA Times Op-Ed warns, "Beware those who seek political power with the claim that God is on their side."

    8. Reached 9,000 signatures
    9. Does your governor use Facebook?

      Stop by your governor's Facebook page and ask them to decline an invitation to Rick Perry's anti-lgbt "prayer" event.

    10. Reached 6,000 signatures
    11. More than 5,000 people have said no to hate

      Call your governor's office to confirm whether he or she will attend Perry's anti-gay breakfast. Tell their office you would like your governor to RSVP "no".

    12. Reached 5,000 signatures
    13. Rick Perry's Confederate past

      According to, "The governor's substantive ties to the neo-Confederate movement may be deeper than previously known."

    14. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Wisch VALENCIA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Really?????!!!!! What kind of backwoods person is he to still think being gay is a choice? Continue to "Pray the Gay away", while I pray for your mind to be expanded. Hopefully, he might get the courage to actually speak, and get to know someone who is Gay, and therefore find out that he shouldn't fear us.

    • Meghan Kearns CONROE, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      kansas governor did attend and speak.

    • Janice Alexanderr THE WOODLANDS, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Dear Governor Perry,

      I am a Texan, a Christian, and a good person. You should have someone

      educate you on the gay/lgbt issues.

      If you actually knew anything about the life of gays you would not be doing this.

      I am praying for you and your kind.

      Janice Alexander

      Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands, Tx.

    • D F FL
      • about 3 years ago

      omg..what a right ridiculous !

    • Meghan Kearns CONROE, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      "Schmidt's good intentions are not in question, nor do I question the validity of her argument about prayer done for show. But Gov. Rick Perry's call for prayer does not fit that category, nor does it contradict holy writings regarding the call of a nation to collectively pray.

      There is a long chain of biblical references that support this call. I mention just a few.

      I Kings 8:54 ends a congregational prayer. King Solomon with the entire congregation of Israel made such a prayer in I King 8:22.

      Nehemiah and the congregation of Israel made such a prayer in Nehemiah 9:1-2.

      II Chronicles 7:14 proclaims the word of the Almighty: "If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

      It's as though Americans have no control over renegade politicians, financial magnates and media that have run amok, cheaply selling the birthright of their children to aliens.

      Prayer can change things, and the Almighty can overrule the actions of those corrupt individuals who sit in the high places of politics and finance"


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