County anticipates protest crowd

Church congregations from across the nation are cancelling Sunday services and heading to Newton to protest local pastor Charles Worley.

Organizers of a demonstration against Worley’s anti-gay comments say at least 1,500 people will protest at the Catawba County Justice Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

After originally denying demonstrators’ request to use county grounds for the rally, Catawba County officials gave protesters the OK to use the Justice Center late Thursday night.

Demonstrators plan to protest comments Worley made during a May 13 service at Providence Road Baptist Church, where he suggested locking up lesbians and gays in an electrified fence until they die.

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