Photos: "Pro marriage" supporters protest civil union bill at State Capitol
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.
Big photos below.
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.
"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."
Dan Caplis speaks to the crowd.
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.
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."
Banners with "pro marriage" slogans backed the speakers.
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.
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