Lander residents organize Pro-Marriage Picnic for Sunday at City Park

(Lander, Wyo.) — On Sunday, July 6th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Lander residents will have the opportunity to show their support for traditional marriage and religious liberty.  The gathering will be held at Lions’ Pavilion at City Park, and reflects the efforts of several local residents to promote a traditional understanding of marriage, the family, and liberty.

Organized by Lander residents Kevin and Michelle Roberts, the picnic will feature family-friendly music, games for the kids, and some good discussions about how we can be active in promoting traditional marriage in Wyoming.  There will also be a brief interdenominational prayer service.

“We will not be bullied into being silent on this issue,” Kevin Roberts said.  “As Christians, we respect all people, so to suggest otherwise is a ‘straw man’ argument.  Rather, the root of this issue is returning to a proper understanding of the human person, of the family, and of liberty. Government simply cannot ‘redefine’ nature, and proponents of same-sex marriage ought not bully others into thinking that they’re ‘bigots’ for supporting what nature provides.”  Roberts stresses that the gathering will be a “simple, peaceful, and friendly” picnic for people who promote traditional marriage and values.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as to wear something red, white, or blue.  For further information, attendees can visit the event page on Facebook.

The event comes a couple weeks after a LGBTQ Pride Picnic was held at the same location.

–Majority of the information provided by Kevin Roberts

82 Comments

  1. John Campbell

    gay people are pro marriage, so obviously they are invited as well, right?

  2. Kevin Donahoe

    5 years from now Kevin and Michelle Riberts will look back on their disasterous "picnic" realizing how ignorant and bigoted they are. Red, white and blue are to be worn? Why? This picnic does not stand for the premier American value, "equal rights". Also it's sad that so called parents expose their children to examples of bigotry and exclusion. I feel sorry for you people.

  3. Melissa Frandsen

    Ignorance and bigotry at it's finest! It's very very sad that this is actually happening.. I'm sure they don't see it as being ridiculous now, but hopefully next year or later down the road, they will look back and see how much their ignorance is has hurt people.

  4. Julie Hill Lacock

    "Marriage"- a union between a man and a woman.

  5. Kevin Donahoe

    You can't mask bigotry with "simple and peaceful". If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck then guess what? Surprise is a duck.

  6. Sarah Kalbach

    So it's bigotry to believe that marriage is between a man & a woman and ignorance to believe that sodomy & lesbianism is unnatural yet it's 'ok' for those of the opposing agenda to have their picnic. So much for equal rights! I guess you have to be involved in immoral & unnatural lifestyles to be 'equal'.

  7. Sarah Kalbach

    Where do you see violence in ANY of that? What are you afraid of?

  8. Randy Ray

    The poor sheep just don't get it. At no time ever has the Gay community condemned anyone's religion. What the problem is that so called "Christians" are trying to FORCE THEIR WILL upon others. Have your picnic and enjoy it but don't hide behind your "white sheets."

  9. Chaz Starr

    Equality state? It's homophobic, bigoted viewpoints like this that make most halfway intelligent people move out of state. I used to think of Lander as one of the more progressive towns in Wyoming. I guess this is liken to being smartest kid with Down syndrome. Way to go, Wyoming……

  10. Kitri Cooper

    It angers me to see such hypocrisy from people here! So you can have a LGBT picnic for your lifestyle but heterosexual people can't?! And you guys are for equal rights?! So you are only equal if we agree with everything you think, do or say?! I'm tired of the double standard in this town. If you want to be equal and have people respect you, you HAVE TO DO THE SAME…PERIOD!

  11. Sarah Kalbach

    Amen!!!

  12. Sarah Kalbach

    Why do you accuse people of being 'homophobic' simply because they do not believe the way you believe. I'm not scared of you or any homosexual. I do believe that marriage is between a man & a woman & I do not hesitate to say so. It seems you have drawn the conversation down into name calling. Why are you so offended that people who don't believe as you do have the RIGHT to gather & proclaim their views?

  13. Sarah Kalbach

    Wrong again. Homosexuals are constantly attacking religions…especially Christianity, for not bowing to the homosexual agenda. White sheets? Really? Hyperbole at its finest! Why are you so offended that these people are exercising THEIR constitutional right to gather? to speak freely? Or is it that only homosexuals have rights?

  14. Chaz Starr

    The Clan has the right to peaceable assembly as well, it doesn't mean they aren't bigots……

  15. Sarah Kalbach

    Chaz Starr Seems to me that you are the bigot here. Someone disagree's so you are calling names & denigrating folks. I see no sign of that in the invitation these folks have given. Just disagreeing with someone doesn't make them a bigot…or in this case-homophobic.

  16. Kevin Donahoe

    Sarah Kalbach Simply by saying marriage should only be between a man and a woman mean you are denying equality for 20% of our population. You are therefore telling me I do not deserve the right to get married. that is the point. So if you have a gay child you will not go to his/her wedding because marriage should only be between a man and a woman?

  17. Randy Ray

    Sarah Kalbach You are "assuming." You know what that means ,right? Where did I Say I was offended? Apparently you did not comprehend that I gave the reason why it seems the LGBT community is attacking. Attend the picnic then tell everyone here what was talked about there.
    Sometimes the truth hurts don't it Sarah.

  18. Kevin Donahoe

    Like Chaz said, the KKK clan and Neo Nazis have a right to free speak but it does not make them right because they want to stop equality and think they should have something that others cannot.

  19. Sarah Kalbach

    I can document many articles online & in the news where religion (Christianity specifically) has been attacked for their stance on homosexuality. That's not an assumption. You are stating that any one attending is a 'so-called Christian'/sheep…meaning to me thatif they don't believe in your interpretation of 'sexual love/marriage' that they aren't Christian enough for you…

  20. Kevin Donahoe

    The LGBT community has parades and gatherings to celebrate equality. Heterosexuals are not persecuted because of their sexuality so generally there is not a need for them to celebrate their freedom from sexual persecution. Under no terms is anyone being excluded by LGBT gatherings or to discuss ways to persecute and exclude others from human rights. The agenda of this picnic is to garner support to not allow LGBT to marry. Plain and simple.

  21. Sarah Kalbach

    Correct. Marriage is between a man & a woman. Not two men or two women. Civil union for the purpose of inheritance etc? Fine. Don't call it marriage because it's not & never will be.

  22. Kevin Donahoe

    So Sarah, God made me gay. I don't have a choice in that matter. God made next door neighbor Asian, she did not have a choice in that matter. We live with what God gave us. Therefore if I had the choice to choose I would definitely choose to be straight so that I don't have to deal with people like you. Luckily though I love my fabulous gay life and am enjoying it just the way God wanted it to be. In the meantime I want to get married. Thank God I live in Washington state where I am free to have my very own amazing weeding and a bridal registry. To deny a gay guy a bridal registry is a pure outrage.

  23. Sarah Kalbach

    Kevin Donahoe The actual percentages are less than 10%. And yes, if I had a gay child, I would not attend their so-called wedding. It would be contributing to evil. Yes, I love them. Sometimes real love does hard things…like remain celibate in trying circumstances instead of giving in to the hype & emotion of the moment.

  24. Sarah Kalbach

    I don't think God made you gay. You can tell yourself that–it's ok by me. Even 'if' God made you gay He still holds you to the celibate state as a single person. Marriage is not an option for you because marriage is between a man & a woman. I wish you strength & peace in your celibate state.

  25. Neeley Carlson

    As a lesbian who was born and raised in Lander, WY I was unfortunately too afraid to be WHO I AM– For this reason. I do not look at heterosexuals and think "oh my god can you believe them?

  26. Neeley Carlson

    Also I moved out of Wyoming so I could feel safe in my own skin. Trust me there are religious people everywhere, and I promise you they are welcoming and loving. You can absolutely have your beliefs and I will not judge you. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her"

  27. Kevin Donahoe

    Sorry Sarah, I love having sex nearly every day and guys tell me I'm great at it, almost a pro. You should try it. sometime. Maybe then youd be somewhat interesting and less ridiculous. God gave me a big tool to use and enjoy using it :)

  28. Christopher Kreun

    This makes me sick to my Stomach.. I think as everyone as EQUAL!!! However I think this needs to be protested..How can you be so closed minded? WOW Grow up and welcome to the 21st century. Man and Man can get married turn your cheek if you don't want to see it.. What happens when Wyoming allows same sex couples? You going to Move.. Thank Heavens!!!! Keep Preaching welcome one another and love one another for who they are not Whom they love!!

  29. Kevin Donahoe

    And rightfully so, anyone with an anti-gay, anti-race, ant-creed position should be challenged otherwise we are left with war, genocide and crimes against humanity and worse degradation of family values. People cannot be stopped for exercising their God-given rights to marry who they choose.

  30. Kevin Donahoe

    For those who enjoy diversity and fun, this occurred the other day here in Seattle during the Pride parade. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/drag-queen-anti-gay-protestors_n_5551309.html

  31. Craig Bentz

    Just enjoy your life and happiness and ignore these " Christians"

  32. Releasda Kraken

    Kevin Donahoe Just like a typical libtard to resort to name calling. Aren't you quite the tolerant one? Explain to me how this works…you claim to be tolerant and despise hate speech, yet when someone disagrees with you, they become the intolerant bigot spewing hate speech?

  33. Releasda Kraken

    Bernice King, the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, said it best when she said: My father did not take a bullet for same sex marriage!

  34. Releasda Kraken

    How is this ignorance and bigotry? It seem the only ignorance and bigotry is coming from those who see this wonderful celebration as a threat. You are being the bigoted intolerant hatemonger. Your intolerance for views that don't agree with yours will be what will hurt you down the road. Not everyone walks around with their head up their butt as you do.

  35. Releasda Kraken

    Until there is some article or amendment in the US and/or Wyoming constitutions affording protection to this type of marriage…it is still illegal. The Constitution offers no protection of same sex marriage.

  36. Releasda Kraken

    Sarah Kalbach Sarah just laugh and Kevin Donahue for his blind ignorance and intolerance. If he were as tolerant as he claims, he would be a lot more objective and rational about this event…which he clearly isn't. Clearly, all he is doing is trying to cause hate and dissension. So just laugh at his hypocrisy.

  37. Releasda Kraken

    Chaz…there's the door…don't let it hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

  38. Releasda Kraken

    Liberals say they are the "tolerant" and "inclusive" one. But if you disagree with them, they mock you, hate you and call you horrible names. Isn't that what intolerant bigoted haters do?

  39. Releasda Kraken

    I will be here

  40. Kevin Donahoe

    Bernice doesn't want gays to marry that's fine. Her father faught for rights of African Americans to be equal with whites. That was the mission. Those white people trying to stop the Afro American kids from going to a white school are now looked down upon as will you. Sorry that it's me that has to break the news to you. We don't live in 1962 any more.

  41. Jerry Gilland

    Thanks Kevin and all the others that have the back bone to take a stand for the values the America was build upon. I am Sorry I no longer live in Wyoming and I can not be there.
    As for Kevin Donahoe's remarks about exposing children…If all humanity followed LGBTQ life style, there wouldn't be any children. I God had created Adam and Steve there wouldn't be any humanity.

  42. Releasda Kraken

    Kevin Donahoe Her message is plain and simple…stop equating being gay with being black to further the gay agenda. That was not what MLK was about. You are correct that the issue was RACIAL equality…but has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

  43. Shelby F

    I love you Chris and I love who you love :) ignore anyone who is negative because it just means they aren't happy with their own lives… A wise woman gave me great advice once: "be like a duck and let it roll off your back…"

  44. Julie Hill Lacock

    I'm pretty sure we (Christians) didn't crash your picnic last week in Lander , nor did we post rude comments and call names over it. Just hoping for the same from LBGT community. Thank You!

  45. Shelby F

    And to Releasda, there was also nothing in our constitution making it illegal to OWN SLAVES until after almost 100 years of being a nation and for 100 years after that people justified such treatment because it was easier than opening their hearts, minds, and eyes… I think we can all agree that we shouldn't look to the political state of our nation for guidance in such matters…

  46. Randy Ray

    Releasda Kraken Because in the Christian religion you are taught NOT TO JUDGE which by the way is what you do by saying the LGBT community is wrong. Also, the 14th amendment guarantees EQUAL TREATMENT to ALL PEOPLE which can be found in the constitution which you righteous rightys say you hold so dearly. That's right, forgot the republican motto, "Do as I say, not as I do."

  47. Releasda Kraken

    Randy Ray OOOOOOOO look who knows so much. The 14th Amendment was passed to give citizenship to black people. Do your history

  48. Blas Bigotins

    You people disgust me. Grow up. Stop actin so self righteous and "right". Hate is hate.
    Christians – we stand for Jesus, the bible and every single chance we get to hate someone for being different.
    Oh and NASCAR. We love beating our wives, teaching our kids how to hate and goin to church on Sunday to praise Jesus for showing us the light. And we sure do love everyone. Oh unless you're different. Peace be with you, hallelujah, someone tell my wife to get me a beer.

  49. Heather Stewart McCurdy

    Liberty? What kind of liberty do you expect to have when supporting only one form of marriage? That's not liberty that sounds like hypocrisy.

  50. Randy Ray

    True to your racist party, you pick and choose which parts of the constitution that fit you agenda and throw the rest away.

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    I have forgotten more than your little inbred mind will ever comprehend.

  51. Kara Nelson Francis

    I sit here reading these comments and sometimes wonder when on earth people will just start being KIND to each other…. Regardless of what your race is, what your religion is, what your sexual preference is and what your opinion on morality is – WE ARE ALL HUMAN. We are all imperfect and flawed in our own ways, and our differences are what make each of us individuals and should be celebrated and considered beautiful. Maybe I'm just an idealist. But maybe – just maybe – if people started showing a little more love, a little more acceptance, a little more compassion and kindness and a lot more tolerance – then maybe, just maybe, this world would be little nicer to live in…

  52. Kevin Donahoe

    I have been a practicing Episopalian my whole life so what makes your Christianity different than mine Julie? Do you think that you are more devout than me? Have you earned yourself more get out of hell ree cards than me? Yes there were terrible comments posted about the LGBT picnic and they were immediately taken down by the blog admins because they were offensive.

  53. Releasda Kraken

    Randy Ray OOOOOOO Look who knows so much! This was enacted to protect the slaves who sought refuge in a free state from facing the criminal charges they would face back in the state from which they fled. In doing so, blacks were given citizenship. Do your history!

  54. Kevin Donahoe

    Since Releasda Kraken wears a white sheet by not revealing his/her true identity on this forum, I will no longer respond to his/her archaic and ridiculous rants. This person I imagine has a lot to hide and fear, poor thing. Everyone else pro/anti gay marriage please feel free to support or challenge me.

  55. Randy Ray

    I have better things to do than converse with the ignorant so consider this conversation over

  56. Peter Michael McCullough

    I know a hundred people who hate the Catholic Church. I know a hundred million people who hate what they think the Catholic church is.

  57. Releasda Kraken

    Randy Ray My guess is you just don't like the facts and the truth. BTW…the Democrats opposed 100% giving citizenship to black people. So once again I say to you….OOOOOOOOO look who knows so much!

  58. Releasda Kraken

    It seem that Kevin Donahue is afraid of FACTS and TRUTH and has to resort to name calling and personal attacks…such a hallmark liberal defense. My how tolerant Kevin must be! Hear the truth much Kevin?

  59. Susan Slafter Martynuska

    My name is Susan Martynuska. I am a heretosexual woman who is happily married to a heretosexual man. I have friends in the LGBT community, and in the Christian {?} community. i hesitate to use the word Christian in a broad sense, as Christianity is defined as a philosophy, and not a religion. Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Mormon, etc, are religions and people who practice various religions are Christians. I have known throughout my life good people who have made a positive and long last friendship with me who practiced various religions. I can also make the very same statement of very dear friends in the LGBT community, some of whom are deeply involved in the religions of their choice. A marriage license is a piece of paper, it has no opinion, no agenda, and no consciousness. If Christians believe marriage is a devine decree, so be it, and the LGBT feel they have the same civil and respectable rights, that should be accepted as well. It's only a picnic.

  60. Robert Schulz

    Kevin is upset because people want to show they agree with the fact that it takes, one man and one woman, to create life. His version of mutual masturbation doesn't. It takes both genders. The intolerance of people like Kevin shows the real issue. I feel pity for such an angry individual.

  61. Kevin Roberts

    Thanks to everyone who showed up. Official headcount was 330. Well-done!

  62. Melissa Frandsen

    Marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all: women are property, matches are arranged in childhood, blacks can’t marry whites, Catholics can’t marry Jews, divorce is illegal, and adultery is punishable by death, right? Good thing none of those laws have changed, this country would have gone right down the pooper! ;-)

  63. Enid McBride

    I think 330 people is a pretty nice picnic not a disastrous. JS Sounded like it might have been a fun time.

  64. Susan Pitre Rabalais

    Sarah Kalbach AMEN!

  65. Melissa Frandsen

    I don't see this as a threat in anyway, I see this as hate. It is bigotry, the fact that you are so against love that you fight it at every turn. I'm heterosexual and I support equal rights 100% because love is love! It's great that you can keep your head up your butt and believe in your all "loving" magical jesus, but I really like to stick with the truths of the world. I can't basis my life on some book or some religion that has no actual proof of being true.
    I do believe in a few years or decades you and your children will look back and feel remorse the way you treated people. This isn't going away, this isn't something new, this is getting to the end (hopefully) of a long battle. I'm grateful to say I know I'll be on the right side of history…

  66. Releasda Kraken

    Melissa Frandsen Sits down and watches Melissa Frandsen do her goose stepping and handing out swastikas all over County 10.

  67. Kevin Donahoe

    Yes Rob, I'm very intolerant because I am standing up for those without rights. You are right. In the meantime you will be glad to know that I've checked myself into an anger management class to deal with my severe anger issues and because you feel pity for me, I wear a smile on my face.

  68. Kevin Donahoe

    Great posting Melissa. I've kind of learned my lesson dealing with these backward folk, you cant reason with crazy. I still do not understand why people waste so much time and energy to ensure others should not get married. I'm still confused why these people would possibly feel so threatened by gay marriage?

  69. Robert Schulz

    330

  70. Melissa Frandsen

    Kevin, you are absolutely right. It is sad that these people are so threatened by the thought of equality that they can't (or won't) open their eyes to other possibilities. I just wish they could stop shoving their religion down everyone's throat and start letting laws be laws. This is what's wrong with the world….

  71. Melissa Frandsen

    Kevin, you are absolutely right. It is sad that these people are so threatened by the thought of equality that they can't (or won't) open their eyes to other possibilities. I just wish they could stop shoving their religion down everyone's throat and start letting laws be laws. This is what's wrong with the world….

  72. Releasda Kraken

    While you may not realize you are being an intolerant bigot, you most certainly are. While you claim to espouse tolerance and open mindedness, you post about believing in a "magical jesus" proves just the opposite.
    In all the posting I have done here, I had not once had to refer to the bible and "magical jesus", although there is nothing wrong in doing so. I have used the truth, reality and facts, which you and your ilk have backed away from, instead choosing to resort to name calling and personal attacks. This is not how tolerant people are. This only proves how akin to the Nazis you really are…yes, worse even. (LGBT=the new Nazi)
    You refuse to consider any opinion, viewpoint or statement that does not fall in line with your. You dismiss those who do use facts and truth in their discussion. My how truly tolerant you are. Apparently, to you and your ilk, truth has become the new hate speech. So yes, in reality, you do walk around with your head up you butt.
    My apologies for you having to live with yourself such as you are. When you learn to listen and accept FACTS and TRUTH, and pull your head out of your but, you will find that you will be a much better person. Until then, may God have mercy on your soul.

  73. Releasda Kraken

    Shelby F Actually, you couldn't be more wrong. We do need our elected leaders to step up and put and end to this by enacting the legislation needed, in the most Constitutional manner possible.
    It would be to your credit if you would learn to be a bit more tolerant of opposing viewpoints and opinions. Until you learn that, you are nothing more than the hateful bigot you claim to despise…which is akin to the Nazi way of thinking.
    As hard as this will be for you to believe, cupcake, truth is not the new hate speech. Truth will always be there, but you way of rationalizing with be as archaic as wire corsets.
    You see, I am not impressed by you as you think I a may be. It takes six or seven generations to turn out people like you and quite frankly I just don't have the time. You really do need to be more careful. I almost got by you

  74. Releasda Kraken

    Kitri, LGBT is the new Nazi.

  75. Kevin Donahoe

    yes and the population of the USA is 330 Million. Too bad 330 in Lander WY do not have a say in making a difference for the Nation :(

  76. Kevin Donahoe

    A child born addicted to drugs is due to the mother's poor decisions, not nature. Not the same thing Philp as being born gay.

  77. Melissa Frandsen

    I love that you're actually equating the LGBTQ to the Nazi party…. that is just… wow. I'm pretty sure I am not taking people who don't look/think/act exactly like me and burning them. I'm just saying, maybe stop trying to make your religious convictions law. Laws ought to be left to the government, not a book that has questionable teachings. And yes, I am intolerant, I can't stand being told that because some one loves differently than me they are bad and do not deserve to be treated as human. Marriage equality isn't really the issue here, the issue is equality for all HUMANS! Black, white, gay, straight, christians, atheists, and whom ever else.
    I believe this has been pointed out before, but let me say it again, homosexuality exists in 1,500 of "gods" creations, homophobia only exists in one.
    The truth is what I live for, I will believe anything, as long as you can give me absolute proof of it.
    On another note, I have to move on with my life and stop arguing with people that have no possibility of actually acknowledging truth. I hope the best for you, and for the love of "god" hope you don't ever have a loved one that is gay, because one thing I know is that it's people like you that are causing the overwhelming epidemic of LGBTQ suicide and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Even though I disagree with everything you believe, I do agree with one teaching from the bible, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" so, I love you.

  78. Kevin Donahoe

    Shelby, you gotta love the person behind the white sheet covering Releasda. This crazy lunatic is still too ashamed to reveal his/her identity. Quite frankly, even Kevin Roberts would not approve of the garbage and nonsense being written by this person. This spam just makes the whole ant-gay marriage seem even more ridiculous.

  79. Bradford Davis

    For all those whose comments included judgement, that is your own truth. That is anything but the absolute, ultimate truth. One would have to be just somewhat enlightened to know the difference. Is it so much to ask human beings to help others whenever possible or at the very least do others no harm?

  80. Releasda Kraken

    Melissa Frandsen Even though you may not see how the LGBT is the new Nazi, your trying to defend that hate does. Your saying that laws should be left to a government and not a book? What do you call the Constitution?
    LGBT is the new Nazi and if you can't see that, than you are as intolerant that they are. Where do you get off trying to dictate marriage? Nazis did that.
    Please explain to me how I am intolerant when all you have done is spew intolerance and hate. Your use of the term "magical jesus" only says you are intolerant and unable to open you mind outside the box.
    Yes you are being an intolerant bigot. You mock people who have an opposing viewpoint, you reride them and call them names…a hallmark liberal defense.
    When you learn to be more rational, which I am sure you won't, than you can come to the table and add to the discussion. Believe it or not, cupcake, truth is not the new hate speech
    Truth will always be there…your rationale won't.

  81. Releasda Kraken

    Kevin Donahoe You had the choice Kevin Donahue…it was not predetermined like an FAS child. There is not "gay" gene. Apparently you in your bigotry wouldn't realize this. Brown University did a study on this!

  82. Releasda Kraken

    Kevin Donahoe I have asked you this before…how tolerant are you? Apparently those who have different opinions than you are intolerant. But don't you think that you are intolerant for not acknowledging a different point of view? LBGT is the new Nazi don't you think?
    I have used facts and the truth in my discussions here but you won't acknowledge that. is how the Nazis did….so my conclusion is gay pride and LGBT is the new Nazi

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