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Frankfort hosts rallies for and against gay rights bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has signed on as the co-sponsor of a statewide gay rights bill, and both sides of the issue made their voices heard Tuesday in Frankfort.

There is division in Frankfort: two groups with two agendas -- both of which are claiming to be right.

The ACLU of Kentucky brought roughly 50 high school students to the Capitol to rally, showing support for their agenda: comprehensive sex education, putting an end to dating violence -- and perhaps the most hot-button issue -- banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

"We have more co-sponsors," said Derek Selznick of the ACLU. "In the past year, we've had three different cities to double the number of cities that are protected by fairness for sexual orientation and gender identity. The momentum is really shifting."

But on the other end of the spectrum, Christian groups packed the Capitol rotunda for a rally of their own.

"I do think that the churches are often now being the ones discriminated against, and being able to stand up for what we believe is right," said Lee Watts, a representative of Christians in the Capitol. "That's one of the reasons we're here: to stand up for our religious liberty."

Both sides do agree on one thing: it is going to be young people that will ultimately tip the political scales.

"Increasingly, the generations have become more liberal over time," said one young person in the Capitol.

"And I think that we should, as young people, stand for what we believe in, and God will honor that," said another young rally-goer.

It should be noted that no state lawmaker appeared at any of the rallies.

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