'Sally Rally' draws more than 1,000 Kern supporters

By Michael McNutt Modified: April 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm •  Published: April 2, 2008
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More than 1,000 people crowded into the state Capitol today to show their support for Rep. Sally Kern and for her freedom-of-speech right to call homosexuality the biggest threat facing America.

Kern and several others, including a man who said he was gay until he found Jesus Christ, often quoted Scriptures while speaking to the crowd.

Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said after the rally she was humbled by the turnout.

"This is not about me," Kern told those at the rally. "It's about the church having the right to speak out about the redeeming love of Jesus Christ Who died to set us all free from our sins."

Kern's husband, the Rev. Steve Kern, said it wasn't the purpose of the rally to bash homosexuals.

"We love them," said Rev. Kern, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Several groups supporting homosexual and lesbian rights had asked Kern to apologize for her comments.

Kern told those attending a meeting of an Oklahoma City Republican club that was held away from the Capitol that homosexuality is "the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam." Someone recorded her comments and gave it to a pro gay-rights group; that statement and some of her other comments, which some groups called a form of hate speech, were posted on the Internet.