Gay pride march heats up debate on Gervais

Right in front of the state house on Gervais Street, group after group of gay pride activists marched to have their voices heard. But lining each side of the road, religious activists are also held up their own signs in protest of the march.

So what did those participating in the march think of the religious groups and their signs?

"Well...I see there's a larger crowd across the street. It's interesting to me, most of their signs are against the same sex marriage, which I guess is threatening to a lot of people. It's also interesting to me that most of them are men. I guess they didn't have anything else to do today." says Nora, a gay pride activist.

And one of those men told WACH why he decided to come out to the march.

"I can empathize and sympathize with folks that are caught in sin. And so I come out to let them know there is a way out. They don't have to be in bondage to sin. They too can have forgiveness and a new life." says Ed, a religious activist.

However, some marchers didn't seem to be out looking for forgiveness. But rather....acceptance.

"I don't understand the politics here because religion is about accepting people and I don't understand why they can't see that this is who we are. Just accept us. We're not doing anything any wierder than anybody else." Nora says.

But these two groups will have to agree to disagree on what they deem acceptable.

"I know what it's like to be caught up in sin because I sometimes say to folks the Lord saved me so he could get some rest. I was a sinner, but Jesus came into my life and gave me a new life that through his righteousness, I have victory over sin." Ed concludes.