Tonight’s highlights (lowlights?) at the GOP convention:

  • Bishop Keith Butler, Southfield, Mich. Outspoken opponent of marriage and civil unions for gay people (Google search)
  • Ex-gay gospel singer Donnie McClurkin. Previous XGW coverage
  • Christian singer Michael W. Smith, whose admirable talent is tarnished by dirty GOP politics
  • Three retired Olympic athletes and a retired football player

In other news…

Hurricane Frances barrels toward the Exodus office in Orlando, Fla. Exodus prays for its allies; XGW prays for all Floridians.

Illinois Republicans criticize Senate candidate and apparent Zell Miller wannabe Alan Keyes “after he labeled homosexuality ‘selfish hedonism’ and said Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter is a sinner. ‘You don’t attack other people’s children,’ said the state party chairwoman.”

The American Civil Liberties Union asked the Kansas Supreme Court to reduce the sentence of Matthew Limon, a young man who is serving 16 years more in prison than he would if he were heterosexual because of Kansas’s so-called “Romeo and Juliet” law. The law makes sexual relations with a minor a lesser crime if both people are teens, but only applies to opposite-sex relations. (Previous XGW coverage of Limon. Exodus and Focus on the Family support Limon’s long prison sentence.)

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