Conservatives gather at Capitol in support of traditional values

Conservatives gather at Capitol in support of traditional values

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On the same day the Supreme Court took up same sex marriage, the Texas Governor and other state leaders rallied against it.

"We are not fighting along and neither are you. And we are not fighting in vain," Perry told a crowd of about 200 at the State Capitol.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst fired up the crowd too.

"Over our dead bodies we're going to let this state turn blue!" he said.

Dewhurst and Perry, along with other state leaders, encouraged fellow conservatives from around the state to continue fighting for traditional conservative values.

State Senator Donna Campbell told supporters about her bill.

"The Fetal Pain bill I've authored to protect pre-born infants, babies, and hopefully limit some abortions. The abortions facilities bill will limit hopefully tragic complications and unnatural deaths that may occur from abortion," Campbell said.

State Representative Jeff Leach explained his.

"Bill 1057 in the Texas House, which will once and for all ban Planned Parenthood and abortion providers from our public schools," Leach said.

State Representative Dwayne Bohac is taking up the Christmas tree.

"We filed a bill that will give ISD's a safe harbor, to point to so that they are committed, which is crazy, a safe harbor so they are permitted to say to call a tree a Christmas tree and to say Merry Christmas and to say Happy Hanukkah," Bohac said.

In the sea of signs that read, "Protect Religious Freedom", and "Defend Marriage and Strengthen Families", a couple stood quietly and watched.

Donna Harvey was one of those women and says she wants her wife to be able to receive her federal benefits.

"I'm a disabled veteran whose spent many years serving our country, protecting the rights and freedoms of everyone out here whether they serve my opinion or differ. But today my wife who has been with me through many of those trials isn't entitled to any federal benefits, even if the rights of marriage are given to states, she's still not entitled to any medical insurance unless she has an irreversible sex change," Harvey said.

Chuck Smith with Equality Texas says he's also for faith and family, just like everyone at the rally.

"Family and faith are the bedrock of American society. The sad reality is that they're presenting a narrow and myopic view of family and the one sided view faith," Smith said.

The rally was part of Faith and Family Day, an event that encouraged constituents to lobby lawmakers and to pray for them.

Several conservative groups sponsored Faith and Family Day. Texas Values and Texas Eagle Forum are just two.

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