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DAYTON, Tenn. â€” Before they could get one of their trademark 10-foot wooden crosses fastened together, two men were arrested by Dayton police officers on charges of disorderly conduct at yesterday's Gay Day gathering.
The men often travel the nation and the world preaching and carrying the crosses to bring attention to Christianity. They say they are happy for the publicity about their cause.
Brian Charles O'Connell, 46, of Crystal River, Fla., and his friend Michael Joseph Siemer, 41, of Chattanooga, were each freed after posting $500 bond at the Rhea County Jail. They were charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with a special event and refusing to disperse after police asked them to leave, according to jail officials.
Their court dates are set for Friday. Police say eight other Gay Day demonstrators left quietly.