(PRESS RELEASE)_(Palm Beach Gardens, FL – March 2, 2022) Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beach Gardens (MCCPB), the largest faith-based community in Palm Beach County dedicated to serving the local LGBTQ community and its family members and friends, has joined the Florida Network of MCC affiliates from Key West to Sarasota to protest the noxious “Don’t Say Gay” Bill that was passed on a 69-47 vote by The Florida House on February 24. The Florida Senate will take up the controversial proposal soon.
MCCPB’s Senior Pastor Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey is one of more than 100 faith leaders from across the state who have signed an open letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to veto the legislation that would “place at risk the lives of young people in the state.”
“We recognize the legislation has popular traction within the Republican body politic and that signing such a bill would serve to enhance your conservative reputation, especially for those who oppose any LGBTQ rights,” the letter states before concluding, “We come together, as people of faith, and together with many organizations across this state, to urge your rejection of this legislative measure and would invite you into conversation should you wish to learn more.”
To emphasize their opposition to “Don’t Say Gay,” the Florida Network is planning to lead a series of protest meetings and functions, including a march” in Tallahassee on Monday, March 7, from 10 am to 2 pm, according to co-leader Rev. Craig A. Cranston.
More details about the “Don’t Say Gay” protest can be found at https://mcctampa.breezechms.com/form/HB1557.
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