Sanctity of Marriage Rally Draws A Large Crowd To ASU's Convocation Center

September 26, 2004--Posted at 10:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--More than 35 churches across Region 8 participated in the Sanctity of Marriage Rally at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro Sunday afternoon.

A steady stream of cars drove past silent protesters on Sunday, as supporters made their way to the rally.

Stan Ballard is the Pastor of Nettleton Baptist Church here in Jonesboro.

"Biblical marriage, God's way, between a man and a woman, will lead to a much happier life,"said Ballard.

Supporters listened intensely to speakers who drove home the group's overwhelming belief: marriage is between one man and one woman.

"Only in recent years has it been introduced to civilization that some believe marriage between two people of the same sex is acceptable,"said Ballard.

Ballard says for thousands of years marriage has been between a man and a woman, adding that it's God's way.

Meanwhile, across the street, protesters said changing views should accommodate the changing times like they always have.

Daniel Duncan is the president of the Gay Straight Alliance at Arkansas State University.

"There was a time when women were the property of their husbands, there was a time when divorce wasn't legal, there was a time when African Americans could marry white people,"said Duncan.

Duncan says all of this has changed for the better, and the group believes equal marriage rights would be a good change as well.

Cody Little lives in Conway, and drove to Jonesboro for the protest.

"It's wrong that we can't marry someone because of gender, we should be able to marry the person that we love,"said Little.