Exodus brought a redemptive view of homosexuality to this years The Washington Briefing: Values Voters Summit. At our booth we handed out plenty of informative material including general information about Exodus, testimonies and newsletters. Person after person came up to us seeking prayer and ministry concerning their own struggles or their family member who identifies as gay.
The Washington Briefing is mainly about public policy concerning a broad spectrum of issues. However, since the issue of redefining marriage into a gay worldview is of such importance (along with other gay-centric efforts in public policy), many leaders at The Washington Briefing have gone out of their way to welcome the Exodus message and bring a very important perspective to the table. Our perspective includes preserving marriage, an extremely important social institution, while reaching out with compassion. Wherever, public policy affects the people we are ministering too, we will be there to offer a personal and redemptive view.
Included in the "continue reading" reading link below will be a couple of articles covering the summit and excerpts as they pertain to the battle over marriage.
GOP Hopefuls Audition At 'Values Voters'
Amy Fagan, The
September 24, 2006
Potential Republican presidential candidates spent the weekend revving up evangelical "values voters" by pledging to keep up the fight against abortion and same-sex "marriage," and to protect religious freedom.
Sens. George Allen of
, Sam Brownback of
, and Rick Santorum of
, as well as Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee participated in the Family Research Council's "2006 Values Voter Summit," which drew about 1,800 conservative activists to the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was scheduled to address the crowd last night.
Mr. Santorum, who is in a bruising re-election battle, was among several who strongly advocated marriage as being only between one man and one woman.
"I believe the family is the central unit of our society and marriage is the glue that holds it together," he said yesterday in a recorded speech. Mr. Santorum had planned to attend the summit, but his visit was canceled because of a family obligation.
The two-term senator, who is trailing his Democratic opponent in polls, said that like others in the crowd, he has "paid a price" for taking a strong stand against abortion and same-sex "marriage" but will continue the fight. The audience applauded when he said life begins at conception.
Mr. Santorum's comments echoed those made Friday by Mr. Huckabee, who said, "Marriage has been between a man and a woman for all time, in all civilizations."
For his part, Mr. Allen called for protecting religious freedom, private-property rights and traditional marriage and urged immigration reform.
Christian Conservatives Look to Re-energize Base
David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times
September 24, 2006
Openly anxious about grass-roots disaffection from the Republican Party, conservative Christian organizers are reaching for ways to turn out voters this November, including arguing that recognizing same-sex marriage could also limit religious freedom.
Just two years after many conservative Christians exulted that their voter turnout efforts had pushed President Bush to re-election, organizers say their constituents are disengaged.
"There is disillusionment out there with Republicans," said James C. Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian broadcaster Focus on the Family and the most influential voice in the movement. "That worries me greatly."