SAVE Dade, Florida's largest local advocacy organization releases a statement regarding the City of North Miami's actions to subsidize an anti-gay pastor's event with taxpayer dollars.
The following statement can be attributed to SAVE Dade Executive Director, CJ Ortuno.
North Miami, April 23 - Earlier this month, the North Miami City Council, with the exception of the lone dissenting vote from Councilman Scott Galvin, voted 4-1 in favor of subsidizing with taxpayer dollars an event being hosted by anti-gay Pastor Jack Hakimian The event, sponsored by the so-called Christian Family Coalition, is being promoted as a National Prayer Day event and could reportedly cost taxpayers $5,000.
SAVE Dade is deeply disappointed and concerned that North Miami’s broken policy regulating use of government employees and property now requires that they allow use of City facilities for this event or face a lawsuit for discrimination against religious speech.. The current system does not properly serve the needs of North Miami taxpayers and should be reviewed at once. We are demanding that the City Council review its policy for use of public facilities by nonprofits and that the City monitor the event to ensure taxpayer dollars are not being spent to support hate speech.
SAVE Dade’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people in Miami-Dade County who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Established in 1993, SAVE Dade accomplishes this mission through education initiatives, outreach, grassroots organizing, and advocacy. Starting with the landmark passage of Miami's Human Rights Ordinance in 1998 to recent enactments of domestic partner benefit policies, SAVE continues to lead the fight for LGBT equality in Miami-Dade County through grassroots action focused on civil rights, parental rights, and relationship recognition through political advocacy, community outreach, candidate endorsements.