Locals protest same-sex marriage ruling

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette This past weekend, local residents Clellian Johnson, second from left, and Calvin Johnson, far right, alongside Christian Melvin, far left, Dakota Johnson, middle, and Dylan Johnson, second from right, protested the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

A number of local residents took to Leitchfield’s Public Square this past weekend to protest the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

In response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) Friday, June 26 ruling, Leitchfield residents Calvin Johnson and Clellian Michael Johnson took signs to the Public Square courthouse to express their disapproval of the decision.

Calvin Johnson—who stood before the courthouse with a sign displaying the biblical verse, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination”—said on Sunday, July 5 that he was not protesting with the intent to judge or hate anyone.

“I love everybody,” said Calvin Johnson, who explained that his goal was “to show them how wrong they are.”

“I’m not the judge; God’s the judge,” he said, adding that he was raised in the Christian faith and has a homosexual family member.

“She knows I’m against it,” he said of his family member.

Clellian Johnson, echoing Calvin Johnson, said it is not for him to judge another person, but everyone, including himself, will, one day, be judged, and “The Supreme Court, I wouldn’t want to be in their seat.”

Clellian Johnson said that despite the SCOTUS decision, God provided laws in the Bible by which people should abide, and these, to him, are the true law of the land.

“It’s not right, and it’s never going to be right,” said Clellian Johnson of the SCOTUS ruling.

The Johnsons said their protests had been met with both support and negativity from the community.

Calvin Johnson said he had spoken with some individuals who are homosexual and told them his protests were not against them personally, but rather an expression of his beliefs and what is written in the Bible.

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