Earlier this year, Soulforce launched “Focus on the Facts”, an
ongoing campaign of nonviolent direct action with the goal of ending
religion-based oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Coloradoans. Since February, we have staged three sit-ins at James
Dobson’s and his associates’ ministry headquarters in Colorado
Springs. Profound and transformative experiences for participants and
observers alike, these ongoing actions are only the first phase
of “Focus on the Facts”.
On July 13th, we launch the next phase of our Satyagraha campaign in
For several years, the Pride Center of Colorado Springs, Rev. Elder
Nori Rost of Just Spirit, and Pikes Peak MCC have organized yearly
marriage equality actions at the County Clerk’s Office in Colorado
Springs to highlight the injustice of our state’s marriage laws.
Committed, same-gender couples visit the clerk’s office and request
marriage licenses. Naturally, they are denied.
This year, things will be different. Yes, we know that our friends
will again be denied when they attempt to apply for marriage
licenses. Instead of walking away empty-handed again, however, some
of them will refuse to leave until they have been served. By engaging
in this action of nonviolent civil disobedience, our friends will
dramatize the oppression intrinsic in marriage laws which deny full
equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Laws that bar same-gender couples from equal protection and the full
exercise of their Liberty are demeaning examples of religion-based
oppression. Gandhi and King taught that we may acquiesce to these
laws or that we may use nonviolent principles to confront them. In
his famous essay “Civil Disobedience”, Thoreau suggested that it is
our obligation to protest unjust laws by “transgress[ing] them at
Legislative and political activism are important components of
achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
But advocacy efforts on behalf of marriage equality have thus far not
yet achieved their intended results. You and your friends can help
make a difference for our community by taking part in this
provocative escalation of “Focus on the Facts”.
Attend with your partner and apply for a marriage license, stand
outside in supportive vigil—or volunteer to plan an action in your
For more information or to register, contact in Colorado Springs:
>Nori Rost (email@example.com)
>Pride Center Director Ryan Acker (Ryan@YourPrideCenter.org)
>Frank Volz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Denver, contact:
>Chris Hubble (email@example.com)
We hope you’ll join us,
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