Church Militant

'Mayday for Marriage' rally organizer says stakes are high.
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Ken Hutcherson, pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington, has a message for politicians, especially those who support homosexual marriage: "Don't mess with God's people unless you want your office window view changed."

Hutcherson hopes that a million Christians will join him on October 15 in Washington, D.C., during the "Mayday for Marriage" rally on the National Mall.

"You have awakened the sleeping giant, the church, and we are going to show you the power of what the church can do together," Hutcherson said.

"Mayday for Marriage" is based on an earlier rally Hutcherson hastily organized at Seattle's Safeco Field on May 1. That rally drew about 20,000 people and featured James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. Hutcherson said the idea was to put out "an emergency call to say we are in danger here and all available Christians are to answer this call."

Christian groups are responding. Among the supporters of the October "Mayday for Marriage" rally are the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Promise Keepers, Hank Hanegraaff, Luis and Kevin Palau, and Anne Graham Lotz. A list of supporters and news about the rally can be found at www.maydayformarriage.com.

Also planning to attend are representatives of Exodus International, a ministry that encourages people to come out of the homosexual lifestyle. "It is my prayer that our participation in this rally will not only communicate that change is possible to a questioning world," said Randy Thomas of Exodus, "but that it will also communicate how deeply in love with the homosexual God truly is."

Organizers hope the D.C. rally will spark a grassroots voter registration effort (although such efforts will be too late in many ...

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