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Photos: "Pro marriage" supporters protest civil union bill at State Capitol

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At noon, two days after a Senate committee voted to approve a bill allowing same-sex civil unions, a sizable crowd of "pro-marriage" supporters rallied on the steps of the State Capitol building.

A similar gathering took place in May last year following the failure of another civil union bill. But the tone of today's rally was decidedly less jovial.

Former KHOW talk-show host and vocal conservative Dan Caplis served as the master of ceremonies. He opened the event by inviting children in the audience up on stage before calling for a round of applause to salute legislators on hand to speak.

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Dan Caplis speaks to the crowd.
"Let's be honest about the moment we're at right now," he said, referring to the civil union bill. "This is a tough moment, so the fact that these senators and representatives are willing to stand up and protect marriage is significant."

Flanked by banners reading, "Protect Marriage," "We Support Traditional Marriage" and "Keep Society's Foundations Strong: Support Marriage," nine speakers -- a mix of politicians, activists and church leaders -- addressed the issues they feel the civil union bill elicits: redefining marriage, endangering the family and, subsequently, children, plus religious intolerance, or "religious bigotry," as many called it. There were no speakers in favor of civil unions.

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Banners with "pro marriage" slogans backed the speakers.
After an opening prayer, Senator Kevin Lundberg, who served on the senate judiciary committee that heard the civil union bill on Wednesday, spoke about "basic principles of right and wrong," saying he believes "scripture is literally correct, and I take that seriously."

Colorado legislator Frank McNulty drew the loudest applause of the day when he stepped to the microphone. Lauded by the conservative community after the failure of the civil union bill last May, McNulty managed to rouse he crowd from its relatively flaccid state.

"It doesn't take courage to do the right thing, and we know what the right thing is," he said. "During those times, we had a great deal of words and hate thrown at us; we took that and responded with love."

He followed up by saying that marriage should be "reinforced, not redefined," urging members of the crowd to take to the Internet to make their views heard.

Continue to read more about today's pro-marriage rally in protest of the civil union bill.


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16 comments
nate505
nate505

Using the never fail Caplis rule (where nearly any stance taken by Dan Caplis should be opposed to that stance), anyone with a half functioning brain should be for this bill. 

RevBF
RevBF

I'm just happy that when I get married in Vegas to a woman with a head full of blow and a stomach full of prime-rib buffet that there isn't going to be disapproval from either side.

Nacho_Panza
Nacho_Panza

When hapless Caplis was a cub lawyer working in Boulder, the common knowlege among office employees was that he was deeply in-the-closet.

Even his fake marriage to Amy Spooger didn't fool anyone.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I want to marry Rush 2112 ! 

I have loved that album nearly my entire life !

WHO SHOULD FUCKING CARE as long as I pay for the license ?......

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

So...apparently referencing a tongue-in-cheek derogatory remark from South Park regarding Harley riders (in that it has more meaning than just sexual orientation connotations), also a Brit word for a cigarette, when describing these hypocrites was enough to offend some people in to reporting it and getting it removed. Pitiful. Ever heard of a joke?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Marriage has far too many christian references for the likes of this Atheist !

'Join this 'couple' in 'holy' matrimony before the eyes of god...' 

Perhaps if 'god' returns my absent & most needed  missing left leg, we could talk .....

Monkey
Monkey

"scripture is literally correct, and I take that seriously."

But how can we take you seriously after saying that?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

'Pro marriage' supporters = Hateful Bigots

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

"McNulty managed to rouse he crowd from its relatively flaccid state"

I saw what you did there.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

These remind me of the people that protested against desegregating marriage of my parents generation. Sad sad skin deep people

Chris Good Eagle
Chris Good Eagle

It amazes me this is even an issue. Keep your damn church to yourself. This is a civil right. Civil Union's now, equallity for marriage next

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Are they trying to ban divorce on top of everything else? No. Sounds like typical pseudo Christians putting their beliefs onto other people that they don't even adhere to. Good luck hypocrites!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@RevBF As well you should be, Rev. Thanks for the post.

Nacho_Panza
Nacho_Panza

@Monkey

All who curse their father or mother must be put to death
They are guilty of a capital offense. -- Leviticus 20:9

Make it so, Sen. Lundberg, your god commands it.

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