Christians rally for anti-gay marriage bill

Conservative Christians rallied at the Capitol today against same-sex marriage and cheered as one of their leaders prayed for Jesus to stop “sin and wickedness and perversion” in Tennessee, reports the Nashville Scene.

Rep. Mark Pody and Sen. Mae Beavers organized the demonstration of about 100 people to drum up support for their Tennessee Defense of Natural Marriage Act, which faces its first big test tomorrow in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

“People need to stand up for their Christian values,” Pody said. “We cannot just let this go by. … They trample our Constitution. Even if a court rules against us, here in Tennessee we are going to stand. Now is the time to act. We want to make sure our voices are heard.

“Let the legislators know how you feel. The legislators listen to the people.”

Beavers added, “This is about more than morality. It’s about states’ rights.”

…To go forward tomorrow, the bill needs three votes on the five-member House Civil Justice Subcommittee. Two of those members are Democrats and definite no votes. The three Republicans are Reps. Jim Coley, Jon Lundberg and Mike Carter—all of whom are moderate at least some of the time and could go against the bill. Its supporters better pray a little harder.