Led by openly-gay actor Chad Allen and Judy Shepherd, mother of slain hate victim Matthew Shepherd, protesters with Soul Force marched into Colorado Springs Saturday. Soul Force is an inner-faith group that advocates for the equality of gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders. They began their progressive march on Monday in Denver and ended it in front of the Focus On The Family Headquarters in Colorado Springs Saturday evening. Soul Force representative Richard Lindsay says marchers had a message for Focus' founder, Dr. James Dobson: family doesn't come in just one form.
"We are against the message Dr. Dobson sends out to millions of people nation-wide," said Lindsay. He's scaring people into thinking gays and lesbians are sick and sinful and that we're a threat to the American family and unfit to be parents."
Tom Minnery is vice president of Public Policy for Focus on the Family. He says the protesters have every right to demonstrate their beliefs, but that Focus does not send a message of hate.
"There's nothing that Focus on the Family or Dr. Dobson says that amounts to hate," said Minnery. "Except, if hate equals disagreement."
Protesters ended their march with a free concert featuring Broadway performer Billy Porter.