More than 3,000 will attend the 9th World Congress of Families beginning this morning in Salt Lake City, Utah–and the LGBTs aren’t happy about it.
The World Congress of Families brings together activists, policy entrepreneurs, journalists and office holders from around the world for several days of lectures and entertainment.
Since it was announced last year that the Congress will meet for the first time on American soil, the LGBT elite have been working hard first to shut it down and then to sully it. According to a reporter with close ties to the LGBT world, the gay Human Rights Campaign has even set up a “war room” to monitor the event and to counter any arguments they find offensive.
The Congress featured an address this evening from the Governor of Utah Gary Herbert and his wife.
For the most part, the Congress will hear from more than 100 pro-life and pro-family activists and experts from the U.S., Russia, New Zealand, Spain, Poland, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Georgia, Italy, and Nigeria. Many faiths are represented including Catholics, Evangelicals, Moonies, Mormons, Jews and Muslims.
Lila Rose of Live Action will speak. Rose is famous for the undercover videos she and her group have made in Planned Parenthood clinics where they have gotten Planned Parenthood personnel to say things damaging to the group’s reputation.
Dr. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia will present the latest data on how children fare best in a family of their own mother and father.
Other panels will include those on international pro-life efforts, demography, the role of mothers and fathers, what happens to marriage after the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, movies and entertainment, and many others.
Awards will be given to Theresa Okafor of Nigeria, Luca Volante of Italy, and Andrea Williams of the United Kingdom.
What has so riled the LGBTs in Utah and Washington D.C. is that the World Congress is unabashedly in favor of traditional marriage. Many of the speakers are global leaders in the fight against same-sex marriage including Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, and Larry Jacobs, Managing Director of the World Congress.
In recent months the gay Human Rights Campaign issued a report on a number of those speaking in Utah, labeling them anti-gay extremists exporting hatred around the world. The report included photos and videos doctored to make them appear violent and threatening.
“As the World Congress of Families brings thousands of folks from around the world that like to exclude individuals from their definition of family and leave damage in their wake, we’ll be hosting an Inclusive Families Conference here in Salt Lake City to talk about why all families matter,” said Human Rights Campaign Global Director, Ty Cobb.
The World Congress has issued a series of statements trying to allay the fears of the gays, insisting that their support for traditional marriage should not be inferred as a hatred of anyone.
The World Congress has met roughly every two years. Previous sites include Geneva, Mexico City, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Warsaw.
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