Soulforce launches civil disobedience action at Daddy D's HQ
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on February 19, 2007, Dotti Berry and Robynne Sapp of Blaine, Wash., were arrested and removed from Focus on the Family headquarters in police custody. The couple entered the building earlier in the day and refused to leave until the organization’s founder, James Dobson, takes a step toward reconciliation with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities by ceasing his misleading statements about research on lesbian and gay parents.
They have been charged with trespassing and have not yet been released.
“I am here today because I believed Dr. Dobson’s teachings for many years, and it almost led to my suicide. My healing came from my acceptance of myself and my acceptance that God loves me exactly as I am,” said Sapp. Sapp and Berry have toured Focus on the Family twice before to dialogue with visitors and staff about LGBT individuals and families.
You can see pictures from the protest and more background at Berry and Sapp’s web site.
Hat tip to Laurel, who notes that Dotti and Robynne, did a car tour last year through the US called “Gay Into Straight America”, where they had conversations about gay people and civil rights. “I heard them speak a month or so ago, and they are truly inspiring people. so glad to see they’ve hooked up with SoulForce.”