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Hundreds rally to repeal same-sex marriage

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Albany/HV: Hundreds rally to repeal same-sex marriage
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As same-sex couples start to marry across the state, hundreds gathered at the state Capitol over on Sunday to demand the repeal of the new law. Our Megan Cruz has more.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "This is something that's going to define the culture our kids will be raised in," said Annemarie Thimons, a Kingston resident.

Thimons is a mother of two and upset about the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.

"They have to teach now that this is normal and acceptable," said Thimons. "I don't want my kids exposed to that. Why is perversion legalized? It shouldn't be legalized."

She's one of hundreds to attend one of four anti-same sex rallies across the state.
The demonstrations are part of the "Let the People Vote" campaign, organized by the National Organization for Marriage.

"This is wrong," said President Brian Brown. "This undermines religious liberty, it undermines freedom, and it's simply a lie. It's a lie to say that two men or two women are in the same position as a man and woman united together in marriage."

Brown says the campaign's goal is to push for a public referendum on same sex marriage, something he say has been successful in 31 other states.

"Every single time the people had a chance to vote on marriage and they voted to protect marriage as something between a man and a woman," he said.

But protestors say this isn't just a moral issue.

"Less than 1 percent of the population decided they would change the definition of marriage that has been so for over 3000 years," said Baptist minister Reverend Norman Macklin.

"Our New York State government put this in, and you and I didn't get the opportunity to say what we feel - it's totally changing the way it should be in the U.S., for our freedom of speech, for our freedom of everything," said Troy resident Greg Bejian.

Organizers say this campaign will continue till next years election, as they named the legislators who voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

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