Gay affirming and anti-gay forces head to the Hill Tuesday

[Heheheheh. The Exodus event was cancelled.]

Tomorrow clergy from all over the country will be in DC to lobby Congress for equal rights for LGBT citizens. They will be there to urge the passage of the proposed hate crimes legislation and ENDA, which would ban workplace discrimination.

HRC notes that this gathering represents a historic showing of religious support for equality; on Monday these leaders met on Capitol Hill to show their support. There are photos from the event and a transcript the remarks by Rev. William Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association; Rev. Susan Russell, President, Integrity USA; Peggy Campolo, Member, Council of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and many more.

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Of course the anti-gay forces are going to be there looking for face time as well.

Yawn. These people are really a drag — so predictable. They will be bleating at a news conference tomorrow that Christianity is potentially under attack if the proposed hate crimes bill passes.

The folks at the “ex-gay” organization Exodus will be tag-teaming with the likes of Ken Hutcherson and failed Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell, to ensure a public united political front with the “black religious community.”

Representatives of Exodus International, the world’s largest outreach to those dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction, will host a press conference at the National Press Club tomorrow to discuss how federal “hate crimes” legislation threatens the constitutional rights of all Americans. Exodus delegates from around the country will be joined by notable African American leaders such as Kenneth Blackwell, former NFL linebacker Dr. Ken “Hutch” Hutcherson and civil rights leader Rev. Bill Owens who will address how this legislation is an offense to the African American community and an affront to the religious community.

H.R. 1592, the “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007,” will grant protected class status to “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” mandate unequal protection under the law and will pave the way for the criminalization of thoughts and religious beliefs contrary to politically correct ideology. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on H.R. 1592 this week. A full House vote is expected by the end of this month. Senator Kennedy also introduced a companion bill in the Senate last week.

WHO:

Kenneth Blackwell, Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, Family Research Council, Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, Former Secretary of State & Treasure of State for the state of Ohio

Dr. Ken “Hutch” Hutcherson, Senior Pastor of Antioch Bible, Church Kirkland Washington, Founder of MayDay for Marriage, Former linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers 

Rev Bill Owens, Founder & Chairman of Coalition of African American Pastors

Alan Chambers, President, Exodus International

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Founder & Chairman of High Impact Leadership Coalition, Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church, Washington, D.C.

Melissa Coffey, Exodus International Board Member, National Certified Counselor

WHAT: Federal Hate Crimes Press Conference
WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room
529 14th St. NW Washington D.C.,

*Only credentialed media will be allowed.

That last line is to ensure that no bloggers get access to this pole stroking event.

Related:
* ‘When Homophobes Bear False Witness’
* Black churches face challenge of welcoming gays — and losing socially conservative parishioners

H/t, Jonathan

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