Post submitted by Rebecca Parks, former Associate Director, HRC Global

The World Congress of Families (WCF) will be gathering in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, August 30, and the outcry from Australians and others around the world in protest of their anti-LGBT and anti-choice policies has only grown louder.  In response, the WCF released an “open letter” this weekend accusing LGBT activists of launching a “smear campaign” against them.  According to WCF managing director Larry Jacobs, “Attacks on proponents of the natural family and marriage are part of a cynical campaign by sexual radicals to avoid an honest discussion by labeling those who disagree with them as ‘hateful.’”  This latest screed from the WCF was signed by 80 anti-LGBT leaders from around the world including the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and former governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

WCF also announced that they have booked the main committee room at the Parliament House in Canberra for a day long “National Marriage Day” session on August 27.  Anti-marriage equality speakers from across Australia will speak in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the passage of Australia’s ban on same sex marriage.  WCF has declined to state which Member of Parliament sponsored the room for them. 

While WCF has heightened its anti-LGBT rhetoric, Australians are inching closer to full equality.  In coming weeks, the Parliament is expected to hold a historic vote on marriage equality in which all MPs will be permitted to vote according to their conscience. 

For more information about the World Congress of Families and their anti-LGBT advocacy around the globe, check out “Exposed:  The World Congress of Families”  a new report released by HRC Foundation today.

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