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Activists meet at state capitol in dueling marriage rallies

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Two rallies Tuesday at the state Capitol, one for marriage equality and the other for traditional marriage.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Two rallies Tuesday at the state Capitol, one for marriage equality and the other for traditional marriage. 

Outside on the Capitol steps hundreds gathered to fight for the right for same-sex couples to be married as well as for an anti-discrimination bill set to go before lawmakers once again this legislative session.

Kody Partridge told ABC 4 Utah, "We believe in our hearts that Utah stands on the side of equality. We believe the world has evolved and is bending towards justice."

Partridge was married on December 20th the same day a U.S. District Judge ruled Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

"When we were able to look at each other and say, 'with this ring I thee wed' that felt sanctified. Even though we'd already exchanged rings there was something amazing about having that recognition."

But supporters of traditional marriage, who gathered inside the rotunda of the state Capitol, say redefining marriage would ultimately be unraveling it.

David Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage told ABC 4 Utah, "Human societies throughout history have accepted, up until very recently, something unique and special about the union between a man and a wife and this uniqueness connects children to their mother and father."

It's for the children - that's the argument that traditional marriage supporters make. It's also what brought one homosexual man back to his wife and two children. Doug Mainwaring divorced his wife and for years lived as an openly gay man, but just recently reconciled with his wife. He now travels the country sharing his story, that even as a gay man, he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Mainwaring said, "I don't want to deny same-sex couples the right to have relationships. I'm not talking about that or denying their rights, I'm talking about one, eight letter word: marriage. And my fear is if we redefine marriage we won't be redefining it, we'll be un-defining it. So, it will unravel and the children's roles will unravel and their rights will unravel as well."
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