Group rallies Capitol in defense of marriage

By Alex Davis |

Published 10/24 2013 09:55AM

Updated 10/24 2013 10:02AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of religious leaders and followers rallied against same-sex marriage at the Capitol Wednesday. They say marriage is between "one man and one woman." WCIA-3's Alex Davis keeps us Connected to the Capitol with the story of a former lesbian who is now against gay marriage.

"I know that homosexuality is a transformable behavior."

Linda Jernigan was a lesbian for nearly two decades until she came to know Jesus Christ.

"I believe that we as human beings have the power to overcome anything and it just does not make any common sense for homosexuality to be the one thing in life that we cannot come out of."

Jernigan is not alone. She says there are millions of people who used to be gay, but chose to change their lifestyle which makes her and others believe it's not an equality issue. That ability to "choose" is what has those against SB 10 arguing that same-sex marriage is not a civil right.

"I think they're just trying to cloud the issue saying it's a civil right."

But, Pastor Stacy Barnett and others have numerous reasons they're against gay marriage beyond the civil rights dispute.

"We just believe that God created everybody equally and God wants a union between a man and a wife."

Both Jernigan and Barnett agree, as Christians, that allowing same-sex marriage in the state, would change the face of marriage and families.

"Children need a mom and a dad. That's what it boils down to."

The same-sex marriage bill was not called for a vote Wednesday. The same-sex marriage bill passed out of the Senate in February, but has not been called in the House.

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