By Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Opponents of same-sex marriage turned out in force at a rally at the Augusta Civic Center as the Maine Legislature prepares to take up a bill to legalize such unions.

The Sunday night, Feb. 15 gathering was organized by the Family Research Council, a lobbying group that champions traditional marriage as a foundation of family life. The group estimates that nearly 1,000 people turned out at the rally.

The council’s president, Tony Perkins, said same-sex marriage is a national battle. He told the crowd that whenever people in a state are able to speak out, they say marriage should be between a man and a woman.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Dennis Damon of Trenton would legalize gay marriage and recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Information from: Kennebec Journal,компания яндекс директ