A group of Soldotna residents are planning a counter rally to affirm the traditional Judeo-Christian view of human sexuality and marriage during the Soldotna Pride March on June 17.

People march through Soldotna during the 2019 Pride March.

The Pride march will begin at 5:45 p.m. from the Soldotna Sports Complex (538 Arena Ave.) to Soldotna Creek Park (44149 Sterling Highway). Following the march LGBTQ activists will hold a Pride picnic that includes drag queen performers. The event is set to conclude at 10 p.m.

The counter rally aims to give witness to God’s vision for marriage and love. Participants are encouraged to bring banners and signage reaffirming the traditional view of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Counter rally participants will gather at the Funny River, K-Beach traffic light around 5:30 p.m. and relocated to the entrance of Soldotna Creek Park.

All residents who wish to affirm this traditional view of human sexuality and marriage are encouraged to attend.

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Christians plan counter rally for June 17 Soldotna LGBTQ ‘Pride’ march

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Frank Dahl says:

    Homosexuality is wrong, pure and simple………we must stand up for what is right in Gods eyes.

    • Lucinda says:

      Don’t like homosexuality? Don’t hit on a guy. But leave the rest of us alone.

  • Caleb McHenry says:

    Are guns allowed or encouraged at the counter rally?

    • Kyle manning says:

      Why so you can shoot innocent people? Not cool to to make blanketed threats. Your the exact reason politicians push for gun control. When it happens the only one to blame is yourself.

      • Joseph says:

        Exactly. People with 0 integrity would bring a gun to a Pride Rally.

        That’s not even Christian. It’s just psychotic of them.

    • Cori says:

      If you bring a gun to a Pride Rally you are a Terrorist. Wanting to inflict fear on people who want nothing to do with you. It is literally Terrorism. I hope you are arrested on the spot because you are a threat. This isn’t about your gun rights. It’s about someone’s right to marry who they want and be who they want. Just like you get to do as a Heteroesexual.

      You would be so cowardly as to bring a weapon around children. Yep, no Christians here. Just terrorists. Please get arrested.

    • Joseph says:

      Are terrorists allowed or encouraged at the rally?
      Because you are indeed a terrorist if you come with a gun. This isn’t a guns right rally. Please use your brain.

    • Cori says:

      Anyone who encourages guns or brings them to a non-gun rights rally isn’t a Christian. They are just seriously troubled souls. What are they afraid of? Rainbows?
      Do the right thing. Leave your guns at home and go buy a hot dog.

  • Me says:

    Why? No one is making you go to pride.

    • Steve Peterson says:

      Because it has gone from “tolerate us” to “endorse us or else”. That and grooming of children. Homosexuality is a blight upon the world and to stand up for the family and marriage between a man and a woman is the right thing to do. Because we have been quite the gay agenda has gone this far and demands ever more.

      • James says:

        Remember all those warnings by Falwell, Robertson, et al., about the “Homosexual Agenda” back in the 80s and 90s, that so many of us dismissed as over-the-top and ridiculous?

      • Me says:

        You are free to simply not go.

  • James says:

    A useful application of the term…

  • James says:

    BTW, what’s with the Judeo reference in the article? Judeo’s hate Jesus Christ.

  • Dillian Spicer says:

    You people make me sick.
    If you are truly christians, I will supply you with some literature;
    Matthew 7;
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
    You can call it religious belief, but you are a bunch of hateful, misguided souls hiding behind “God” and the bible as your “tools” to be hateful. You are disgusting and I promise you, if you think this okay, Jesus will always love you, but I hope Jesus and God judge you HARSHLY.

    • Joseph says:

      This, all of this^

    • Laura says:

      And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. [25] And he destroyed these cities, and all the country about, all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that spring from the earth. Genesis 19, since you love the Bible.
      Those who love the Lord follow His commandments.

  • CD says:

    The counter rally is a great idea. I was a counter to gay rights being pushed in the colleges I attended back in the 90’s. Most people don’t know that the Man-Boy Love Association used to march in the gay pride parades until it started hurting their cause then they kicked them out. Pedophilia is just fine in the gay culture. Also, before AIDS entered the picture the average homosexual would have over a 1,000 partners. How is using people for sex called love? It’s not. It’s selfishness. Also, a former homosexual talked about how gays will marry but then have relationships outside of each other. No staying true to your partner there. Look up a book called, “Are Gay Rights Right?” If you want to know more about the issue.

  • Corrine says:

    I noticed this article doesn’t cite a source. Is that common for this publication? Aren’t journalists supposed to say where they get their information? I would appreciate a reply from the editor if possible, thank you for your time and your newspaper.

  • James says:

    52 degrees and raining in Soldotna. Muahahahahaha.

  • Sarah says:

    I’m not religious by any means. I was grown and raised in a strict yet loving Baptist home my whole life.
    I left the church and the whole religion years ago because of how toxic and intolerant the Christian community has become.
    Are there decent Christians that know boundaries and have different opinions than my own yet we mutually respect each others opinions? Heck yea!
    Are there hateful intolerant Christians who drive people away from the faith? Also yes.
    I mean, there’s bad apples in every group.
    Do I believe it’s the intention of these anti-LGBTQ+ protest groups to be hateful and put people down? No.
    Do I see these groups thinking their helpful and trying to save people from “sin” yet driving everyone their preaching to away because of how hateful they come off as.
    Yet I’ll still fight for your religious freedom because I believe that people have the right to practice their religious beliefs without persecution and oppression.
    It goes both ways for people in the LBBTQ+ community too. Do I think two consenting adults should be able to marry the one they love regardless of what religious groups think of it. Heck yes. It’s called equal rights.
    Do I believe churches should be forced to host these weddings if they don’t agree with it?
    No. It’s a church, can you blame an organization for standing up for their own religious practices?
    On the other hand-
    Don’t believe in gay marriage? Don’t marry someone of the same sex. It’s that simple.
    This is America. We don’t run this country as a dictatorship.
    I know these groups are doing this out of love in their minds. It’s because you care and want to save people. But the reality is that religious hate often comes out of these groups and drives people away from you.
    I will NEVER support any religious group trying to oppress others who don’t have the same beliefs outside of the church. We have pride walks not “because we’re pushing our lifestyles in peoples faces”, but because there are people who grow up being taught that it would be better if they were dead than to be who they are. Instead of having an open non-judgmental conversation all I’ve seen from these anti-LGBTQ+ groups is pitty, disgust, and a refusal to accept people who are different from themselves.
    Are there people in the LGBTQ+ community that are just as intolerant and hateful. Of course.
    But that’s not the majority, and that applies to most groups in general.
    At the end of all this, I just care about my friends and family. We have different views. That’s ok. I would much rather have friends who are mentally stable then friends who are dead because their taught that who they are is disgusting and that they should cover it up and pretend to be someone their not.
    I grew up hating myself because of what I was taught in the church. I know what it’s like to want to fake your beliefs to make family and friends accept you. I did it for 22+ years. Now that I’ve got the courage to be myself, I’m much happier and don’t feel embarrassed to exist.
    Just some food for thought I suppose.

    • Laura says:

      Hi Sarah,
      This might surprise you but the counter protest was not there primarily to convert nor personally condemn the homosexualists. We stood as a witness, for God, and for the rest of our community to show that this is not a community which welcomes perversion, but which stands for the truths of God. I understand your desire to fit in and be accepted, but God calls us all to live by His Commandments, despite our personal proclivities. Pride is a deadly sin and it is wrong to celebrate it. Lust, avarice, envy, greed, sloth, and wrath are the other deadly sins. We shouldn’t celebrate any of them. I wish you well, and in a spirit of friendliness I’ll let you in on a little secret which could change your life for the better. You ready? The fullness of truth is found only in the Church that Jesus Himself founded, the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The Catholic Church has the cure for what ails you (namely Jesus Himself, present in the sacraments). You should check it out! May God’s peace be with you.