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Marriage supporters to rally in Washington, D.C., on March 26 as Supreme Court hears cases
Supporters of both traditional marriage and same-sex unions will converge on the nation’s capital toward the end of this month as the Supreme Court takes up two cases that could do to marriage what Roe v. Wade did to unborn human life.
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 California’s Proposition 8, which changed that state’s 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 5000 participants, including Republicans and Democrats, whites, blacks and Hispanics, Catholics and Protestants. The march will begin 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.