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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 28) -- Thousands of people opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Governor Pence signed Thursday gathered at the Statehouse Saturday afternoon to protest the bill

Thousands of people from many different backgrounds gathered on the Statehouse lawn. Many people traveled from states like New York, Wisconsin, and Ohio to show their opposition of the law.

Many families gathered including two married men brought their young son to the rally.

“We want to teach our son that he has a voice and that he can stand up for equality for everyone and show him how important it is to get involved in local government," said Richard Brandon-Friedman.

Rally organizer, Annette Gross said she had two goals in mind while planning the event. She said she hoped to bring people together and spread the message of the importance of voting.

Groups went throughout the crowd encouraging people to register to vote.

“People have to take action. They can’t just sit at home. Indiana has the lowest number turnout of all 50 states. 2014, voter turnout was abysmal and this what is happening because of that, so I’m making sure people are aware of the issues and they’re registered and they show up in November," said Kevin Fyffe.

IMPD Chief Hite was also at the rally, ensuring the safety of the protestors.

“We have a great state and a great city and I think it’s important for people to understand that and exercise their freedoms," Chief Hite said.

Organizers say they hope to have a good turnout at Monday's City Council meeting. That starts at 7:00 at the CCB.

Reporter Shannon Houser is at the rally and is live-tweeting the event:


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