Washington, D.C. -- August 11, 2010 -- Soulforce, a national organization dedicated to nonviolently confronting and ending anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) discrimination through nonviolent relentless resistance, is taking to the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building this Sunday afternoon as part of a nationwide campaign of resistance to a current anti-LGBTQ campaign being conducted by the National Organization for Marriage.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is in the midst of a well-funded and well-organized bus tour that not only advocates opposition to equal marriage rights for all Americans, but is also engaging in hate-filled rhetoric targeting the LGBTQ community.
The No More Hate: Yes! On Marriage Equality rally will be held 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, August 15 to counter NOM's "Rally for Marriage" on that day. Soulforce will be working with other LGBTQ rights advocates to coordinate the No More Hate Rally.
"Last week's historic federal ruling on Proposition 8 shows that depriving Americans the right to marry is unconstitutional," said Soulforce Executive Director Rev. Dr. Cindi Love. "Yet that's not stopping groups like NOM from engaging in hateful, fear-mongering tactics."
"One poster that I saw showed two lesbians with nooses around their necks and the words 'The Solution to Gay Marriage,' Love noted. "While that's sickening and saddening, it's not surprising to see those against equal marriage lash out in that way. But it shows how important it is for those of us who support LGBTQ rights to come forward with me and with other Soulforce members to stand in solidarity."
In the coming days, the NOM tour will also stop in Charleston, W.V. and Harrisburg, Penn., following stops which have taken place earlier this week in Orlando, Fla. and Raleigh, N.C.
"We are asking that anyone who lives in any of these cities or can go to any of them to stand in a silent vigil or otherwise protest this hate-filled campaign," said Love. "We are encouraging people to support message of what is really true -- that God loves all of us and gay marriage is no threat to heterosexual marriage."
Soulforce encourages LGBTQ rights supporters planning to attend the D.C. rally on Sunday, or NOM tour stops prior to that rally, to visit this page on the Soulforce blog to get more information about the NOM tour.
Link to the Soulforce Blog Page on NOM
Founded by Rev. Mel White and Gary Nixon in 1998, the first gathering of the Soulforce community of volunteers was held in 1999 to protest the anti-gay rhetoric of Rev. Jerry Falwell. Throughout its 13-year history, Soulforce has used the principles and practices of Mohandas Gandhi's and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolent relentless resistance and direct action to bring attention to and achieve freedom from religious and political oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people. For more information on Soulforce, please visit the organization's website at www.soulforce.org.
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