Photos: "Pro marriage" supporters protest civil union bill at State Capitol
|Crowd members held signs and shouted their support of the speakers.|
Lakewood's Rosemary Cardarelle aid she attended the rally because she wants the current definition of marriage -- between a man and a woman -- upheld.
"It's how families thrive," she said. "You cannot thrive any other way."
Surprisingly, only one oppositional voice was heard during the rally when a passing spectator interrupted former Senator Ed Jones, yelling, "What about divorce?" before leaving the scene. Jones responded that he has been married twice, but that his first wife passed away.
As the rally ended, crowd members mingled for a few minutes before quickly dispersing. As they left, the impact of the afternoon was clear: The gathering was not about the smiling reinforcement of beliefs. Their grim faces instead reflected an uncomfortable acknowledgement that their perceived battle may already be finished.
Supporters protested the pending civil union bill.
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