Michael Marcavage is a news publisher, and the founder and director of Repent America (RA), an evangelistic ministry based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marcavage is active in defending the unborn and Biblical marriage, as well as the Biblical account of creation. He has conducted evangelistic outreaches at large events, such as presidential inaugurations, Spring Break and the Super Bowl, as well on high school and college campuses across the country. The Lord has also sent him to a number of nations to conduct and aid in missions work, including China, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and a number of other third world countries.
In 1998, while studying at Temple University, Marcavage served as an intern in the West Wing of the White House. He is an honor's graduate from Temple in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media.
In October 2004, Marcavage and 10 other Christians with Repent America, who later became known as the "Philadelphia 11," were arrested while conducting evangelistic outreach at Philadelphia's annual homosexual festival called "OutFest." Marcavage was preaching and singing when he was told that he and the ten other Christians with him were under arrest. Those taken into custody included two grandmothers and a 17-year old juvenile.
All of the Christians were charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors, which included being indicted under Pennsylvania's Hate Crimes statute called "Ethnic Intimidation." Each faced a maximum sentence of 47 years in prison and a $90,000 fine.
Two months later, Judge William Meehan dismissed charges against six of the Christians. Judge Pamela Dembe then vindicated the four remaining adults in February 2005 and stated, "We cannot stifle speech because we don't want to hear it, or we don't want to hear it now." The 17-year-old was later exonerated as well in juvenile court.
United States of America v. Michael Marcavage
In October 2007, Marcavage was arrested while preaching and speaking about abortion on a public sidewalk surrounding Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, which houses the Liberty Bell. Two years after being convicted, fined and placed on federal probation for one year, Marcavage received vindication from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2009. The court's three-judge panel concluded that Marcavage had been wrongfully convicted and deprived of his First Amendment right to free speech, because his arrest was content-based.
In a 52-page decision, Judge Michael Fisher, speaking on behalf of the panel, wrote:
"If the government is looking for prejudice, it need look no further than its having sought and obtained Marcavage's conviction on a fatally flawed legal premise. ... The government failed to carry its burden of proving that its content-based regulation of Marcavage's speech survives strict scrutiny. Accordingly, we hold that the government impermissibly infringed Marcavage's First Amendment right to free speech."