One Man, One Woman: Traditional Marriage Supporters Rally on Courthouse Lawn (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 1, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Demonstrators on Monday converged on the Allen County Courthouse lawn, making their voices heard on a divisive issue in America.

It involved a public rally set up to defend traditional marriage.

" All the money we throw at problems can't make up for a child who isn't loved by his mother and guided by his father," said Concordia Theological Seminary Professor Peter Scaer, one of the speakers at the rally.

A couple hundred people or more braved the threat of rain in a show of force for traditional marriage.

A group called Shepherds United organized the event.

Area pastors, priests and ministers hammered home that same sex marriage has never been and never will be God's plan.

" God made us biologically for heterosexual union," pronounced Wendell Brane, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church in Fort Wayne.

But last week that perspective was dealt a damaging blow when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, raising new questions about whether traditional marriage could be re-defined forever.

That’s not a pleasant thought for Cindy Lund of Markle.

" Very much hoping to reverse some of those things, and often wondering and concerned, has our government gone too far in a wrong direction," said Lund.

The Supreme Court's action last week clears the way for gay couples to receive federal marriage benefits in states that have legalized gay marriage.

But in Indiana, the ball is still up in the air.

Hoosier lawmakers have taken steps to amend the state Constitution, to define marriage as a union between one man, and one woman.

" I'm so happy that we have some legislators that are willing to take that stand," said traditional marriage advocate Nancy Yorke.

But even if Indiana outlaws same sex marriage, the matter likely won't be settled.

" Now all we know for certain is that there will be legal battles in every state to define marriage," said lawyer Liz Brown, who provided a legal perspective to the crowd.

In the months ahead, it should become clear what the definition of marriage will be for Indiana.

Same sex marriage proponents also turned out for the event, setting up on a sidewalk on the fringe of the rally, carrying signs advocating for marriage equality.




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