In a high-pitched, high-octane, 15-minute speech, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes lashed out against same-sex marriage.
"The truth of the matter is that our arrogant courts, a small elite minority is trying to force on this country something that's totally against common sense of our people," Keyes said.
Keyes' opinion was shared by nearly 100 people in Rockford. Wives and husbands all listened and weighed in on the belief that legalizing gay marriage across the country could shift society forever.
"I believe that marriage is ordained by God from the beginning to be between a man and a woman and that's what it is and you can't really change that," John Koehler said. "We need to protect and defend marriage, there's just no question about it. Saving it from activist judges and protecting it on a federal level is vitally important," Christina LaBarbera said.
Keyes spent much of the talk explaining that allowing gay marriage in states would undermine traditional family values. He also labeled opponent Barack Obama, a man that sits on both sides of the issue.
"He says he cares about traditional marriage but then he'll stand aside in order to let the freight train of judicial arrogance go through. It makes no sense," Keyes said.
And while some critics argue an amendment banning gay marriage divides more than unites, Keyes says a vast majority of Illinois stands behind him.
"This is not about being against anybody. It is simply about being for the common sense view throughout human history that marriage is in principal connected with procreation," Keyes said.