Skip to comments.National Organization for Marriage Says 'Marriage Debate Isn't Over': To March in Washington
Posted on 04/12/2014 11:18:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit group that advocates for traditional marriage, is expecting tens of thousands of people from across the United States to join their June "March for Marriage" in Washington to "show the world that the marriage debate isn't over."
Christopher Plante, spokesman for NOM, told The Christian Post that the June 19 march is being held in part "to show the world, the media, members of Congress and the Supreme Court that the marriage debate is not over."
"There is a huge groundswell of popular support, popular belief in traditional marriage. And despite what the polls may say, the reality is the majority of Americans believe marriage is between one man and one woman," said Plante.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases regarding the marriage definition debate, Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry.
The Windsor case dealt with the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Hollingsworth was in regard to California's Proposition 8, a referendum that added an amendment to the state constitution that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
On June 26, the Supreme Court struck down a crucial component of DOMA, allowing for federal benefits to extend to same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal.
The Court also ruled against Proposition 8, arguing that the pro-proposition appellants lacked standing to appeal a lower court decision against the amendment.
Arguments for the two cases were heard in March. On that first day of oral arguments, NOM and its allies held a March for Marriage rally in support of DOMA and Prop 8.
Both they and their anti-DOMA, anti-Prop 8 counterparts had thousands of supporters in attendance rallying outside the Supreme Court building.
Plante of NOM told CP that the date for this year's March for Marriage is meant to be near the anniversary of the "horrible decisions in the Windsor and Prop 8 cases last year."
"We expect tens of thousands of people to come out. This is a new event. Obviously we had one last year, which was very successful," said Plante.
The March for Marriage is not the only large-scale rally held at the National Mall in remembrance of controversial Supreme Court decisions.
Every January, pro-life groups from across the nation come to Washington for March for Life. Plante himself found comparison between the two marches.
"We are looking to grow this on an annual basis much like the March for Life, and so we expect that we will do more than we did last year," said Plante.
"Life and Marriage are intertwined. The March for Life has been a hugely successful event, and we look to mirror their success and make sure we have an annual event that commemorates the importance and the uniqueness of marriage that becomes visible to our country, to our leaders, to the media," he added.
It’s clear, at least on a state basis, that many Americans oppose the attempt to destroy marriage and the family (sodomite unions will never be “marriage”, no matter how often they misuse the word). So many states have had the people’s voice overturned by leftist judge-shopping, because to the left, the debate is only over once they “win”, no matter what unconstitutional methods they use to nullify the people’s vote.
Since last year’s Supreme Court cases, a number of states have been sued in federal court over their definitions of marriage.
If I’m not mistaken, every single federal court in these cases has ruled that it is unconstitutional to define marriage as a man and a woman.
So, it’s inevitable that the Supreme Court will get involved again. Last time, they sidestepped the core issue of whether there is a constitutional right to same sex marriage.
But now, with a number of lower federal courts ruling that there is a constitutional right to homosexual marriage, the Supreme Court will have to decide that core issue.
And if it plays out as did the abortion issue, then we will see the most liberalized policy, i.e. full homosexual marriage, as opposed to civil union type laws, or other legal status for relationships other than traditional marriage, imposed on all 50 states, even though a majority of states specifically have passed laws to define marriage in the traditional manner.
Very true. The liberals have forced this issue through the courts. If they don’t win in state court, then they move on to federal court.
It’s interesting that in California, the same state Supreme Court which ruled for homosexual marriage, also ruled that the people of California had the right to define marriage in the state constitution. It was a federal court which overturned Proposition 8, not the state court. When the liberals lost in state court, they went to federal court instead.
What infuriates me is the left’s dictatorial pretense that only they make the call of when “the debate is over”, which is always when they have gotten their way by any means. This holds on every issue, including CommieCare.
Very true. The liberals are very big on telling us that debates are over, science is settled, etc. whatever the issue is.
On marriage, we’re told that homosexual marriage is the right side of history, and any opposed to this development are clearly bigoted and hateful.
On abortion, we’re told that women will be impaled on coat hangars if Roe vs. Wade is ever changed. Similarly, if you oppose abortion on demand, you are said to hate women. Liberals end this debate by saying we have a war on women, and you hate women if you don’t agree with them.
On global warming, we’re told that the science is settled, and that the debate is over. It doesn’t matter to the liberals that there are significant voices in climate science who dispute their findings. Here too, if you oppose global warming, then you are said to be anti-science, and are said to believe the earth is flat, you actually want to despoil the environment, etc.
I’m sure we could come up with other examples of this reasoning. Liberals tend to have knee jerk emotional reactions to subjects, and also tend to question the reasoning/intelligence/compassion of any who oppose the liberal agenda on any subject.
Same sex marriage has been imposed on the country by liberal judges - not by a vote of the people.
They can make it legal all they want but the fight will never be over.
This march to DC is not necessarily good news imo. More specifically, why are citizens marching to DC when the Constitution's silence about marriage means that it is a state power issue?
Well I wouldn’t certainly hope not even though I expect SCOTUS to legalize it everywhere. *sigh*
The problem followed a few decades of bad laws, policies and propaganda supported by both Democrat and Republican lawyers/legislators and other anti-family activists. Traditional marriage will be reestablished, after those evils are repealed and abolished.
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