Nine members of Wisconsin Marriage Defenders made the trek to Lacrosse, WI to protest their "Pridefest". Lacrosse is one of the few areas in Wisconsin that voted in favor of queer marriage, as evidenced by the city's official recognition of the event (http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/index.aspx?nid=1319).
We've done several "protests" in our Oshkosh/Fox Valley/Green Bay area. The queers here are familiar with us and are more willing to have rational conversation. We caught this gang in Lacrosse off guard. They did little but rant and wail.
We did have some conversations with a few individuals, but not many wanted to talk. They just accused us of hate. As one of my posters said, if we truly hated them, we'd let them die and go to hell. We're there because we don't want that destruction for them.
First they tried screeching at us, probably thinking that would intimidate us into leaving. (Yawn) Hardly. Then they made up some of their own signs, hoping to run us off that way. Nope. Then they called the cops on us, but when the cop came, he couldn't do anything to us even if he wanted to, because they had their posters out as well (and they were blocking a fire hydrant). The cop left and the queers went back inside.
Within the first few minutes of our arrival one tough-looking woman came from behind me squawking loudly, "Why are you guys spreading hate and harassing people?!"
I responded, "I'm just standing here holding a sign. I haven't harrassed anyone. I haven't even said a word to anyone. You're the one who just confronted me, and you're the one yelling."
80% of what we got from them was accusations of being hateful and intolerant. But they were the most intolerant queer group we've encountered. One alleged atheist (from Minnesota) told a WMD member that everything would be rosy with the world if all the Christians would be eliminated. Talk about hate and intolerance!
Several of them made comments such as, "Don't you guys have anything better to do than stand out here with those signs?" A half hour later they were standing among us holding their own signs.
MANY thanks to Pastor Rick Sella and West Salem Baptist Church for joining us. It was great to have a church from the area join us (See Bay City? That's all you have to do to get commended instead of condemned. We're not asking that much.).