Gay marriage rally set for Saturday

Friday, November 14th 2008, 11:47 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gay couples in Oklahoma will spend this weekend protesting California's new law that bans same-sex marriage. Organizers said hundreds are expected to show up at city hall Saturday afternoon to protest the passage of Proposition 8. The protest is part of a nationwide outcry that some say is fair enough.

"We've had just about enough of it," student Sean Spivey said.

Spivey spent his Friday night preparing for a rally that will be aimed at those who oppose gay marriage.

"Now is the time to really let people know discrimination is just not going to work," Spivey said.

The 23-year-old openly-gay law student and his friends are organizing a demonstration that will mirror dozens of others around the country also scheduled for Saturday.

The nationwide rallies are the result of last week's overwhelming approval of Proposition 8 by California voters. It amends the state's constitution to define marriage as a union between only a man and a woman.

"Every time one of these measures passes, it's a setback for our community and it makes us feel like a sub-class of citizens," Spivey said.

Paul Blair, a pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond said the citizens of California have spoken, and for those who don't agree with the result, he reminds them: No law should supersede what the Bible says.

"Marriage is not a constitutional right," Pastor Blair said. "Marriage is not something the government created. It's something God established and God defined it."

Spivey and his friends don't agree with Pastor Blair's take on religion and same-sex marriages. They want equal rights and they say that's the goal for Saturday's rallies.

"It may not happen tomorrow, it may happen in a year from now, but we're resolved and we're not going to stop until it happens," Spivey said.

Saturday's rally is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Similar rallies are also planned in Tulsa and Stillwater.

Florida and Arizona voters also approved similar gay marriage bans last week. Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only two states that allow same-sex marriages.