With Summer just around the corner American families dust off their grills and gear up for camping trips. This season, some families are continuing the grand American tradition of the road trip. Except this time, their objective is not only to enjoy the natural splendor of national parks or pay the obligatory visit to kin.
American Family Outing, a project put together by a coalition of civil rights groups and community churches is sending families with same-sex parents or supportive straight couples to mega churches from Georgia to California between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. AFO believes that “…these churches have the potential to be a positive force in ending the physical and spiritual violence perpetuated by some religious voices against LGBT people and their families.”
Not all of the churches are sympathetic to AFO’s cause. Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church believes that “…homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man” and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. of Hope Christian Church is a vocal opponent of gay rights. In spite of their differences, the two groups seek to develop a greater understanding between them and foster the goals and convictions they share.