CA Faith for Equality to Go Viral in New YouTube Video
April 20, 2009 – LOS ANGELES – Three California Faith for Equality (CFE) spokespeople appear in a new, soon-to-be-released video, WEATHERING THE STORM, which promotes marriage equality.
CFE Interim Executive Director Samuel Chu, Rabbi Denise Eger, one of the founders of CFE and the Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA. provided faith voices to the video which also features same-sex married couples with children, parents and their newly out lesbian daughter and celebrities. Eger and Russell are also members of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion Council, which will help promote this video.
This video was produced to counter the lies and deception in a commercial produced by the National Organization for Marriage. Speaking out against that commercial last week, Pastor Samuel Chu said “It was immensely misleading in claiming that marriage for same-sex couples dictates what is taught in schools, affects people’s health choices, or curtails religious freedom. Marriage equality is about ending discrimination and extending equal protection to gay and lesbian families, not about subverting any family or school system whose beliefs and freedoms are to be protected in the same way.”
The producers of WEATHERING THE STORM are a group of friends with entertainment industry contacts who were so upset by the commercial that they were moved to action and pulled this project together in three short days.
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