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Opponents and supporters of same sex marriage are squaring off at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs Tuesday night.
Focus on the Family will be on one side, and The Gill Foundation, a group that supports gay and lesbian organizations, will be on the other. One presenter emphasized the event is going to be a debate, not a brawl. However, both sides are passionate about their viewpoints and want to convince people that their side is right.
Like any bride, Karen Harding is both nervous and excited about her upcoming same-sex wedding. She's in the process of picking the music for the reception, which will follow a wedding ceremony in Las Vegas this May. “We want to celebrate commitment in front of our family,” she says.
She hopes the state will some day recognize her marriage. "I don't think it's fair to my partner and I,” says Harding. “We wouldn't have the same rights as a straight couple.”
The debate over same sex marriage is not going away. Hundreds of gay couples continue to get married in San Francisso. Now President Bush is supporting a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Evan Wolfson, the director of a group that advocates same sex marriage, says, “I think it's an attempt to divide the country for political purposes. Shame on the President or any other polician that would use the Constitution for political purposes.”
Tom Minnery works with Focus on the Family and says, “We anticipated the President doing this. We don't see how the President could ignore this lawlessness we've seen in San Francisco.” Opponents of gay marriage say it will hurt the family. They believe children are better off with a mother and father.
The president of Colorado College will moderate the debate, which begins at 6:30. It is open to the public, but all tickets have been given away.