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Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver to Receive 2013 Ex-Gay Freedom Award at the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Dinner and Reception

August 21, 2013

Defender of Client’s Rights to Address Historic Celebration on September 30, 2013

KG_Mathew_Staver_Liberty_Co.4Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) and Equality and Justice for All (E&JA) are excited to announce that Mat Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel, will accept the 2013 Ex-Gay Pride Freedom Award when he addresses the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner and Reception in Washington, D.C. as a part of September’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month on September 30, 2013! The dinner and reception is being hosted by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

“We are thrilled to honor Mat Staver at the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Celebration,” commented former homosexual Christopher Doyle, President & Co-Founder of VoV. “He has been a champion in defending the freedoms of clients who pursue counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and has tirelessly advocated for their God-given right of self-determination and Constitutional rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I can’t think of a better person to receive this award!”

Mathew D. Staver is the Founder of Liberty Counsel and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Liberty Counsel is a litigation, education, and policy organization with hundreds of affiliate attorneys in all 50 states. Liberty Counsel was one of the first religious liberty litigation organizations in the country. In the early 1990s, Mr. Staver was one of the first to pioneer a new legal strategy and theory in litigating religious liberty cases.

Mr. Staver has been on the front lines in defending the rights of clients who pursue counseling to overcome unwanted SSA. Staver was the lead Counsel in Pickup v. Brown, which challenged the California ban on change therapy (SB 1172) that would prohibit any counseling to minors seeking to diminish or eliminate unwanted SSA, behavior, or identity. Oral arguments were heard in April 2013 in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with a decision still pending.

“In honor of his heroic work on behalf of former homosexuals and clients who seek change, we are excited to congratulate Mat Staver with this award and express our deepest gratitude as he continues to advocate for our rights,” commented former homosexual Greg Quinlan, Board member of Equality and Justice for All and former President of PFOX, who is hosting the dinner and reception on September 30.

To view the invitation for the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Dinner and Reception, click here.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and/or purchasing tickets for the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Dinner and Reception, click here.

Event Details

September 29, 2013 (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Pre-Event Get Together and Lobbying Education Training (Location to be disclosed when you register)

September 30 (9:00am – 4:00pm) – Lobbying Congress and Senate on Capitol Hill (e-mail contact@equalityandjusticeforall.org for assistance in making appointments)

September 30 (6:00pm – 9:00pm) – Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner (Location to be disclosed when you register)

Travel Information

Out of town participants should fly into Reagan National Airport. The hotel provides complementary transportation to and from Reagan National Airport.

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $139 (plus tax) per night. The location of the hotel will be disclosed upon your registration.

To join Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, Voice of the Voiceless, and Equality and Justice for All on September 29-30, 2013 please e-mail contact@equalityandjusticeforall.org to register for the event.

The Ex-Gay Pride Freedom Award is presented annually to an individual who defends the rights of free speech, religious liberty, and self-determination for former homosexuals and clients who pursue counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. For more information on the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info. For more information on Dean Mathew D. Staver and Liberty Counsel, visit: www.lc.org

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