Via the Montgomery Advertiser:
Opposing sides of the marriage issue in Alabama came together at the Capitol steps on a very hot Saturday afternoon. Organized by the Sanctity of Marriage group, close to 1,000 people came out for the event and congregated under shade trees and umbrellas to escape the sun. A large part of the crowd was there to support Christian values and traditional marriage, but many were there in opposition to show their support of same-sex marriage. Signs that read, “1 Man+1 Woman= marriage” and “Marriage is a Sacred Covenant,” were seen right alongside those that read, “Love will win!” and “I don’t follow your religion and you can’t make me.”
The event had a long line-up of speakers including government leaders, ministers and professors. U.S. Representative Gary Palmer appreciated the crowd’s civility, but pointed out one of the signs from the same-sex camp. “I’ve seen these signs that read, ‘I don’t follow your religion and you can’t make me,'” Palmer said. “Well that’s not the point. You can’t make us not believe what we believe.” Jessie Onks, her husband Bill Onks and their two teenagers came from Greenville to show that they “stood on the Word of God,” when it comes to the issue of marriage. “This is not just a sexuality issue, it’s a sin issue, so it’s all of us that need to get right with God,” Onks said. “I’m passionate about it because it’s the foundation of the family … you can see the decay of the family everywhere in society.”
Via press release from Sanctity Of Marriage Alabama:
Congressman Gary Palmer said, “When you see people trying to force Islamic clerics to perform same-sex marriage, it might be a war on religion, but right now it’s a war on Christianity.” John Killian exhorted the crowd to pray, “Remember that there is a God in heaven who rules and reigns!” Eunie Smith (Eagle Forum, Alabama) warned parents about the blatant LGBT agenda in our public schools designed to change religious and moral beliefs and encouraged Christian parents to ensure that their children are taught “a Christian worldview.”
Speakers called on Christians to pray, stand strong, get involved, and repent. Bishop Kyle Searcy preached the mercy, grace, and forgiveness offered to all sinners through Jesus Christ. Kayla Moore (Foundation for Moral Law), wife of Chief Justice Roy Moore, applauded the Supreme Court of Alabama, drawing loud cheers from the crowd. “Chief Justice Moore is not here,” she said. “It’s called judicial ethics — something that Ruth Bader-Ginsburg needs to learn.” Nick Williams called on Christians to obey God rather than men in the days ahead. “We’re fighting for our children and their children,” said Representative Will Ainsworth.
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