Conway marches, protests

(June 28, 2004) — (Conway-AP) -- Planners of Conway's gay pride parade awoke yesterday morning to find the route and the street in front of their home lined with manure. By the time the 275 marchers stepped off in the afternoon city workers had scooped up and hosed off all of the manure. Police said the dump-truck load of manure was spread around six-30 in the morning. The stunt angered some of the marchers, who chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho. Homophobia has got to go" down the route. Protesters, many from area churchs, also lined the route, heckling the marchers and holding signs that read "Sodomy is a Sin that God forgives If We Repent." Others turned their backs to the marchers and prayed. Parade organizers John Schenck and his partner, Robert Loyd said they put together the parade to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969. There were no injuries or arrests.