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Calif. churches to boost marriage with prayer, fasting for Prop. 22

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By Todd Starnes

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--A statewide day of prayer and fasting has been called in California for supporters of a proposition that would legally define marriage.

Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based pro-family organization headed by James Dobson, and Capital Resource Institute, a California-based ministry headed by Mark Washburn, have asked all churches in California to set aside March 5 as a day of prayer and fasting.

"We've had dozens and hundreds of pastors asking what they can do to help in the effort to support Proposition 22," Washburn said. "Recognizing the importance of prayer, we've asked all churches and denominations in California to pray and fast on that day."

Proposition 22, if passed, would block the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states that have legalized such marriages.

No state permits same-sex unions, but the Vermont legislature is considering it after its state Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to the same benefits as married people.

The day of prayer comes one week after several California churches were threatened by local government agencies for posting signs supporting Prop. 22, according to Brad Dacus, a spokesman for the Pacific Justice Institute.

The Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal defense organization, held a press conference March 2 to show its support for the churches.

Dacus reported that the county tax assessor's office in Pismo Beach, Calif., told the New Life Community Church of the Nazarene that it could not legally put up Proposition 22 signs on its property.

Other churches in the city also reported similar dealings with the tax assessor, prompting Dacus to make a public statement about the incidents.

"The Internal Revenue Code states that churches are not forbidden to participate in local propositions," Dacus said. "Provided that less than 5 percent of their total financial and labor resources go into the process.

"The intimidation has gone too far," he added. "We want to send a decisive message that churches are entitled to support Proposition 22, and we at Pacific Justice Institute will continue to support churches, without charge, who are being harassed by local government."

Various churches throughout the state have been targeted by vandals. At one Mormon congregation, arsonists poured gasoline on Prop. 22 signs and set them on fire.

Proposition 22 will be on the March 7 ballot.

In other developments:

--Radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger is the target of an Internet protest launched by homosexual activists.

According to the Internet site, StopDrLaura.com, the protestors wanted to "expose Paramount's double standard on prejudice." Paramount is producing a television program based on Schlessinger's radio show.

The San Francisco-based Bay Horizons Foundation recently placed ads in three California newspapers accusing Schlessinger of anti-homosexual rhetoric, specifically her support of Prop. 22.

Schlessinger told Reuters, "Unless I have hallucinated, I have never made an anti-gay commentary," she said. "What these people are trying to do is demonize me in an effort to help their political campaign against Prop. 22."

--Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Bill Bradley both said they oppose the "Defense of Marriage" proposition during a March 1 Los Angeles debate.

"I don't support gay marriage, but I do support domestic partnership legislation that would provide to gays and lesbians all the legal and financial rights that accrue in a marriage," Bradley said.

--Helping Hands Ministry, a Georgia-based religious organization, was forced to take back most of a $440,000 check it sent to supporters of Prop. 22.

Robert Glazier, a spokesman for the Prop. 22 campaign committee, said the Georgia charity could only legally donate $64,000 to the campaign.

Terry Parker, an attorney for the ministry in Tallulah Falls, Ga., told the Los Angeles Times the group's board opposes same-sex marriage and wanted to make a strong statement. "This is an issue all across the country and California sets the tone. They feel strongly about this."

--A poll released the week of March 1 indicates a strong base of support for Prop. 22. 55 percent of California's voters said they support the marriage initiative, 38 percent oppose it, and 7 percent are undecided.

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  1. Bit late isn't it? What the Pastor's should have done it defend wives and husbands back when Dobson and his kind were taking people astray. Holding a brother accountable, handing him over to the authorities, and supporting the family while due process of law decided it (or the Church as is biblical) is what they should have done. Marriage is long gone in the USA. It only exists in the commitment of the wife and husband. Dobson and his promoted divorces over pornography, drugs, and all sorts of miscellanious nonbiblical disputes. The condone separtations when Paul clearly didn't. They heavily influenced Pastors to neglect their flocks and outright hand them over to Satan instead of feeding the "widow" and "fatherless." What could have been done with all the money handed over to their Psychologists? The man was not even ordained most of the time we followed him like he was John the Baptist come back to life or something! By his fruits you will know him. It's too late to defend marriage. That's what Dobson should have been doing. Let the ungodly divorce as their favorite solution. Promoting the aborting of marriages while fighting the aborting of the unborn does not, and never did, make him a godly man. Sure, we're all sinners. But the truth, the life, and the way, is not Psychology, but that's what James Dobson promoted. In Jesus Name. To me, that more of an abomination than if he'd just done it in his own name. That club of men (and women) who've done great hard using Jesus name is now full of famous men. God will judge. Not just the husbands but their pastors, and the men who taught pastors to tell those husbands and wives wrong. Paid for love is harlotry. With, or without sex, it's still harlotry. He's a pimp.

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