Those for and against gay marriage hold rallies in East TN

Those for and against gay marriage hold rallies in East Tennessee

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Across the country, those for and against gay marriage made their voices heard. In East Tennessee, there were rallies held by both sides Tuesday evening.

In Knoxville, a large group gathered in Krutch Park. They sang while holding candles and signs in support of same-sex unions.

"I've been with my partner Teresa for five years and we're raising three girls together. Our family and friends accept us and it's time for the government to accept us," explained Deanna Cate, attending with her partner.

She says being in a union that isn't recognized by law makes it tough to raise a family.

"We are to the point that if one of us gets sick, or anything to do with our monies, our home, there's nobody to back us up," Cate said.

Close to two hours away in Jamestown, this issue is also about family to people like Andrea Adams.

She helped organize a prayer rally opposing gay marriage in Fentress County.

"I have five children, and one day, God willing, I'll be a grandparent. My fear for my society and my children is that they won't know the absolute truth. There're going to be calamity in our nation," Adams explained.

To Adams, and others at the prayer rally, it's about the negative impact not following scripture will have on future generations.

"Anytime we veer away from God's will, there are going to be consequences," she added.

For Deanna Cate though, it's about equality, for her, and her family.

"I should be allowed to sign that contract. That's what marriage is. The church is the social aspect of it. The contract is the legal aspect of it. I shouldn't be denied this because of who I am," Cate said.

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