Gays Rally On Chattanooga City Hall Steps For Equal Rights

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Almost 300 people took part Saturday afternoon at City Hall in a rally in support of equal rights for gays.

The first speaker was Collegedale Detective Kat Cooper. The Collegedale Commission recently voted 4-1 to grant benefits to her and her female partner.

A number of other speakers followed, with music interspersed.

Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson, who is openly gay, wants the Chattanooga City Council to pass a similar resolution.

He was among those at the rally, and he was closely followed by a Chattanooga Police officer throughout the event.

There were some protestors, including a character dressed up as the grim reaper carrying a sickle.

Charles Wysong was among those and the event, and he said he and "a number of others are serving notice that Chattanooga will not be like Collegedale in giving normal status to sodomy."

He said,  “The crux of the matter is this: Governments, like men, must decide to honor and follow God, or fight God.” 

Quoting from the Bible, he said, “God has declared homosexuality to be so unnatural that it is an abomination. ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.’-Leviticus 18:22. But Councilman Chris Anderson imagines that he knows better and says that this sin should be celebrated.

“Chattanooga has no abortion clinic. The God-people of this community organized and closed the last abortion clinic more than 20 years ago, and they are certainly not going to stand by and let elected officials move us down the Collegedale-path.”

Ed Edgington, who fought in Vietnam and received a Presidential Citation with a V for valor, said, “I did not fight for this country and freedom to see our government turn and endorse a life style that leads to slavery.”  

“If our city officials try to use their power to force us to accept what we know to be against the laws of God, we will remove them,” said Johnny McCollum who said he lives in Carol Berz' district.

Ms. Berz spoke at the rally.

Councilman Anderson said afterward, "I was honored to speak at such a positive and uplifting event. There were hundreds of LGBT citizens and straight allies alike on hand to support equality, as opposed to only six protestors. The overwhelming message is that everyone deserves equal treatment under the law, and our community is embracing that fact."

A speaker at the rally said he grew up in Chattanooga and went to churches that he said "preached hate" against certain segments of society. He said he and his partner got married in San Francisco, but their union is not recognized in Tennessee.

A female musician said she is from Chattanooga, but lives in Georgia with her partner. She said they had "a Christian wedding."  

 




Law Enforcement Impersonator Arrested In Joint Bradley County And Cleveland Investigation

Sheriff Eric Watson and Interim Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson jointly announced on Thursday the successful culmination of an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a man for posing as a law enforcement officer. Charges were filed in General Sessions Court by both agencies for Conley James Thomas Day, 21, alleging that at two locations he falsely identified himself ... (click for more)

Sheriff Orders Investigation After Evidence Found At Deputy's Home After Eviction

The HCSO Civil Process Department received a court order on Wednesday for a set-out (eviction) of an employee of the Sheriff’s Office at 7920 North Dent Road.   The property of the set-out belonged to a member of the HSCO. The owner of the property is also employed by the HCSO.   During the set-out, case information and packages, which also included an envelope ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response (2)

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Five Straight Days Of Football

If I covered my first high school football game as a fledging sports when I was 16 years old, and I am now 66, I figure that’s darn near about a half-century of passes and punts. The mystifying part is that I still get as big of a kick hovering around the game as I did on my very first time so as we usher in the start of the college season with five straight days of games, here ... (click for more)

East Ridge Football: Home Side Stands Are Closed ... Four Home Games Will Be Played on Campus

The home side football stands and press box at East Ridge High School are closed permanently due to safety issues, but for the 66 teenagers who wear the orange, white and gray for the Pioneers on Friday nights it’s a small distraction and the season continues. “Playing this Friday’s game against Signal Mountain at Baylor (7:30 p.m.) is a small distraction for us, but we know ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Football Opener: UTC vs. Jax State – Saturday at Finley Stadium; 6 p.m.

Saturday at Finley Stadium at 6 p.m.  it’s No.8 Chattanooga vs. No.7 Jacksonville (Ala.) State in arguably the most anticipated and talked about game in Chattanooga football history. An important region rivalry as a pair of top 10 FCS schools meet for the 39th time in the season opener for both schools. “This should be a great game between two of the best teams in ... (click for more)