Skip to comments.In the Footsteps of the March for Life [March for MARRIAGE]
Posted on 03/25/2013 5:28:11 PM PDT by Salvation
The National Organization for Marriage is holding a March for Marriage on Tuesday morning, March 26, as the high court hears oral arguments in the first case, a challenge to Californias Proposition 8, which changed that states constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Arguments are expected to be heard the next day in a case contesting the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The Court will see diversity and strength of support for marriage as we march by, says Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage. He expects at least 5,000 participants, including Republicans and Democrats, whites, blacks and Hispanics, Catholics and Protestants. The march will go from the National Mall near the Smithsonian, up Constitution Avenue, past the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court and back to the Mall. There, at about 11 am, marchers will hear from a lineup of speakers that will include San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the U.S. bishops point man on protecting marriage from attempts at its legal redefinition.
The show of support is important, Brown believes, because of the justice who is often considered a swing vote on the court: Anthony Kennedy.
The issue in this case is not gay rights, its whether the court is going to short-circuit the democratic process and by edict throw out the votes of 50 million Americans and launch a culture war, he said, referring to the number of voters who have passed referenda protecting marriage in 31 states. I dont think Kennedy is going to do that but its critical, given his own writings and how hes talked about the court not being too far ahead of public opinion, that we show where public opinion really is. Because there have been all sorts of bogus polls showing the United States endorses same-sex marriage. It does not. All we need to look at is the recent election results.
A March 8 Quinnipiac University survey found that American voter support for same-sex marriage is inching up. Overall, it found, 47 percent of Americans support it, while 54 percent of Catholics favor its legalization.
The way the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spun the results, the average Catholic supports marriage equality more than the average American. But the results, in the opinion of Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute and a speaker at the March for Marriage, were manipulated.
Typically, when they ask how religious people feel about X, Y or Z, they will show some distinction between regular churchgoers and people who just say theyre Catholic, she said in an interview. If you look at regular church attendance as a key variable, which is what they did with every other question in that poll, Catholics do not favor the redefinition of marriage but are in favor of Church teaching on marriage. That was an obvious attempt to manipulate public opinion.
Freedom and equality?
Referenda in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state last November legalized same-sex marriage, and a ballot initiative in Minnesota failed to pass an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined marriage as being only between one man and one woman. But Brown sees hope in the fact that traditional-marriage supporters did six or seven points better than the Republican presidential ticket.
If were doing better than the top of the ticket, which spent hundreds of millions, and we spent only 10 million, this is still a winning issue in the overwhelming majority of states, and even in those states that we lost, had we been able to come anywhere near the spending of the other side I think we could have won, he said in an interview. But the notion that [same-sex marriage] is somehow inevitable is just not right. Has there been some slippage? Yeah, but I dont know what people would expect when our side does not get the free media that the other side does. Turn on any news channel and for the most part what you see is a regurgitation of the arguments for same-sex marriage. We have to sort of pay to get our message out there and thus far weve been vastly outspent, and yet with that weve won California, we won North Carolina a few months before the general election with 61 percent.
The high court will also see support for what some people term marriage equality. A coalition of same-sex marriage organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD, is organizing a vigil at the court the evening of March 25 and rallies there the mornings of March 26 and 27.
Promotional material for the rallies included the slogan Freedom means freedom for everyone.
They like the words freedom and equality, but they never define those words, said Morse. They want equal rights on their wedding day, they want equal rights on the day they pay taxes, but they dont want equal rights for children. A child who is born to a woman in a lesbian union will never know his father. He does not have a legally recognized right to know who his father is. The state will come between that child and his father. That child is not equal to other children, and that father is not equal to other fathers.
Organizers of the March for Marriage are ask asking for a color-coded public statement the day, for men to wear blue shirts, women to wear red, and children to wear white. Its to represent the difference between men and women, Brown says. Thats symbolized in NOMs logo, where we have a red ring and a blue ring, that symbolizes male and female. Thats whats at stake in the marriage cases at the court: are mothers and fathers, husbands and wives complementary and unique? Is there something unique about this relationship or not? And is the Supreme Court going to attempt to redefine the very nature of what it is to be a human person?
The court is expected to issue its decision in June.
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I didn’t know about this. Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll be praying!
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IMO the Justices do not give a flying fugg about a crowd outside the Supreme Court. At least one is more worried about his lesbian cousin in the gallery. Two others are probably lesbians themselves and who knows what ginsberg is.
When this is over I will be surprised as hell if the vote is not 5-4 in favor of the Sodomites.
God bless you all. I hope there’s as big or bigger a turnout in favor of marriage as Christ defined it in Matthew 19:4-6 as there has been in France recently on this issue.
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The French protested (was it yesterday or the day before?) again for marriage against homosexual "marriage". At least 300,000 in Paris. We need to show up in huge numbers. If I didn't live 3000 miles away I'd get there and stand up. If SCOTUS rebels against Natural Law, we will need to think about what kind of civil disobedience will be most effective.
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Did anyone march in this today? No time was given here.
We voted, they lost but they whine and whine and thow stupid ttantrums and here we are listening to the losers.
Screw them( not literally). Sodomy has never, NEVER been legal in any country that has survived.
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