For Laser, who supports abortion rights and is Jewish, connecting with evangelicals like the mega-church pastor Joel Hunter, was daunting, but ultimately transforming.
She remembers meeting Hunter, pastor at Northland Church in Orlando, Fla., to show him her project. "Once you foster trust and create an environment that feels safe, it's not as hard as you think," she said.
Hunter, who opposed gay marriage and abortion, told Laser, her proposal "touched my heart." He is working on a pastor's manual, with research and scripture, to help his 12,000-strong parish understand the problems of workplace discrimination for gays, among other issues.
"We believe we are at a watershed moment in the country's history," Hunter said at a press conference announcing the agenda last week.
"The culture wars vilify those who are different from us by treating them as traitors and threats," said Hunter, a one-time president-elect of the Christian Coalition. "We can end the culture wars and both sides can advance without compromising our core basic values. It's a new form of maturity."