The Family Research Council will host a nationally simulcast religious freedom rally from Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas on November 2, 2014. "I Stand Sunday" is expected to draw thousands of attenders in person and even more via their free webcast. The event will broadcast live at 7:00 PM ET and will be rebroadcast at 9:00 PM ET.
According to the "I Stand Sunday" website, the event will gather speakers from across the nation to focus on "the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring." The event was prompted by the City of Houston's subpoenas of five Houston pastors' sermons and any of their church communications referring to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality or the newly enacted Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
Featured speakers at the "I Stand Sunday" event will include Pastor Ed Young from Second Baptist Church in Houston, Duck Dynasty's Phil and Alan Robertson, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Convention president Dr. Ronnie Floyd and Grace Community Church's founding pastor Steve Riggle, who was one of the pastors subpoenaed.
"We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city's Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication," the "I Stand Sunday" site information explains.
Amid harsh nationwide criticism, Parker announced Wednesday, October 29 that she ordered the city's legal department to withdraw the subpoenas, but she clarified, "It is extremely important to me to protect our Equal Rights Ordinance from repeal, and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged. We are going to continue to vigorously defend our ordinance against repeal efforts."
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins commented about the mayor's withdrawal of her demands: “This is what bullies do when people stand up to them. They back down.”