Lesbian Activists Arrested At Focus On The Family

Dotti Berry and Robynne Stapp
COLORADO SPRINGS – A lesbian couple protesting Focus on the Family’s teachings on homosexuality were arrested Monday at the organization’s Colorado Springs headquarters.
Dotti Berry and Robynne Stapp, from Blaine, Wash., were arrested shortly after 1 p.m. on suspicion of trespassing. The women, representing the Christian gay activist group Soulforce, sat in Focus’ main lobby for about 20 minutes before they were removed.
The women said, through a Soulforce news release, that they were protesting Focus’ teachings that homosexuality runs counter to God’s will and that gays can change their sexual identity.
Soulforce officials said Berry and Stapp are the first participants in a “Focus on the Facts” campaign intended to draw attention to Soulforce’s allegations that Focus twists research findings to support its own beliefs.
According to Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger, the women took an 11 a.m. tour of Focus. Once the tour was over, they asked to see James Dobson, Focus’ founder — a request denied by Focus officials.
Schneeberger said he talked with the women for 10 to 15 minutes before the sit-in began.
“They were very respectful, very quiet,” Schneeberger said.
from The Gazette

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