Homosexual Activists Demand 'Equality'
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Encouraged by the recent passage of a new "civil unions" bill in Vermont, plus President Clinton's renewed plea for Congress to pass legislation aimed at protecting homosexuals from so called "hate crimes," thousands of homosexual activists joined the Millennium March on Washington Sunday to demand "equality" for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.
"We deserve the full rights and responsibilities afforded married couples," Chris and Jeanine, who asked that their last names not be used, told CNSNews.com. The self-described lesbian couple from Virginia said they were attending the rally with their biological children to show that they are a "loving and committed" couple.
Organizers said they are hoping to attract 300,000 people to this year's rally, which is the fourth time the event has been held in the nation's capital. Former National Organization for Women President Eleanor Smeal estimated the crowd on Sunday at 750,000. National Park Police estimates have not yet been released, but unofficial estimates indicate the crowd at far less than Smeal's 750,000 estimate.
While the event's organizers say the event is aimed at achieving equality for homosexuals, some conservative advocates say the march is an attempt to glamorize the homosexual lifestyle and recruit young people.
"Parents must understand that this march is designed to target children and teen-agers for recruitment to the gay lifestyle," Rev. Louis Sheldon, founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, told CNSNews.com. "We encourage parents to vigorously protest this sexual exploitation of children by homosexual activists."
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