I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but the day is upon us and it bears repeating:
On Tuesday, March 26, defenders of traditional marriage will gather in Washington DC for the March For Marriage. The U.S. Bishops, recognizing that marriage is the God-given union of one man and one woman, have called for Catholics and other Christians to oppose efforts by special interest groups to redefine marriage to include other types of relationships. The USCCB has urged Catholics to fast and pray for the success of the March For Marriage, and for a favorable ruling in the Supreme Court.
The March was planned for March 26 because on that day, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8. Actually, the Supreme Court will consider two marriage-related cases this month: United States v. Windsor, about the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Hollingsworth v. Perry, about California’s Proposition 8. Depending on how the Court rules, there could be ramifications for marriage laws throughout the country. Oral arguments for the cases begin March 26. A ruling on both cases is expected from the court by June.
Speaking at the March For Marriage about the importance of traditional marriage, particularly to children, will be Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, bishop of San Francisco. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to all American dioceses, asking them to promote participation in the March.
Thomas Peters from National Organization for Marriage, one of the organizers, called the March For Marriage “an opportunity to show the positive face of the pro-marriage movement and to call on the Supreme Court to respect the seven million Californians who voted to enact Prop. 8 in 2008.”
The event is organized by the National Organization for Marriage and is supported by a coalition of 30 organizations including Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the American Principles Project, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), ActRight, American Values, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, CatholicVote.org, Catholics Called to Witness, Citizens for Community Values, the Coalition of African-American Pastors, the Ruth Institute, the Cardinal Newman Society, the Thomas More Society, the Manhattan Declaration, the World Congress of Families, the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, and others.
For more information about the March For Marriage, the sponsoring organizations, and the schedule for the day, go to https://www.marriagemarch.org/.