Sioux City Police say there were no arrests or problems during two protests by a group of members from a Topeka, Kansas based church Monday afternoon.
The anti-gay protestors, about half a dozen strong, held their first protest on the corner of 6th and Douglas near the federal building. The group used a p.a. system, but were often drowned out by "Freedom Riders" on their motorcycles who revved their engines as they drove by.
That brought cheers from two counter protest groups set up across the street in front of city hall and on the library parking lot corner.
The Kansas group then moved to Mayhew and South Lakeport in Morningside, about three blocks from East High School, where they were met across the street by another larger counter-protest.
Police Captain Marti Reilly says the citizens of Sioux City should be proud of the way they showed restraint and largely ignored the Kansas group.
Officers and school staff directed traffic around the Morningside protest area, which was slowed when East High dismissed for the day just before 2pm.
Reilly says a counter protest picnic in Cook Park by the Siouxland Pride Alliance also was peaceful and without incident.