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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Both rallies started at noon Monday.

Hundreds gather for dueling marriage rallies

FORT WAYNE – Two opposing crowds of several hundred people gathered on the Allen County Courthouse lawn Monday afternoon, chanting, cheering, singing and talking about the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Police provided crowd estimates of roughly 600 people – 200 with rainbow flags and signs with messages about equality and 400 gathered in the center lawn listening to speakers from local churches.

The speakers, part of the Stand Up for Marriage Rally, discussed marriage from a biblical perspective, as a foundation of culture and the role marriage plays in religious liberty.

Pastor Wendell Brane of Trinity Evangelical Church began his talk with his wife, Terry, at his side.

"This is what a biblical marriage looks like," Brane said, as the crowd surrounding the podium erupted with cheers and applause. "One man, one wife."

Across the lawn, Jack Ellsworth carried a sign about marriage equality and a horse with a rainbow tail attached to a pole as he shouted at cars passing by, encouraging them to honk in support.

"I'm here today for love," Ellsworth said. "I'm in support of equal rights and equal love."

For more information, see Thursday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

jcrothers@jg.net

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