Basic Rights Oregon has knocked on 10,000 doors around the state this summer, trying to see where most Oregonians stand on gay marriage and softening them up to future dialogue on the issue. Today's news from anti-gay group Focus on the Family will make those canvassers beam.
Focus on the Family's back-in-the-closet gay conversion workshops are going down (financially). The "Love Won Out" seminars aimed at "anyone who falls short of God's standard" came to Portland's City Bible Church back in 2007 but it looks like we may never see the bible-thumpers again. From the Denver Post:
The economic challenges led us to this strategic decision," Focus vice president Gary Schneeberger said Wednesday. "Love Won Out is not an inexpensive event to stage, and rarely, in over 50 cities where it's been held, have we ever made back our investment, despite good attendance."
Focus on the Family, which held its first Love Won Out conference in 1998, will lead its last on Nov. 7 in Birmingham, Ala. A $6 million shortfall in the $138 million budget also caused Focus president Jim Daly to send out a fundraising letter to 800,000 donors.
Looks like there's just not enough of Americans out there willing to support the $138 million gay conversion market. But Wonkette asks, "Will gay conversion therapy be covered under Obamacare?"