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March for Marriage set for Washington DC June 25

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The first March for Marriage since the infamous Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing same-sex marriage is set for Saturday, June 25th, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Tens of thousands of people have attended previous marches in support of traditional marriage, sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), but this year, organizers say the silent majority supporting marriage as between one man and one woman have all the more reason to participate.

“The Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling redefining marriage will go down as one of the most infamous, illegitimate rulings in the Court’s history, along the lines of their decision in Dred Scott to sanction slavery,” NOM president Brian Brown declared.  “The narrow 5-4 majority ignored precedent and invented a constitutional ‘right’ to gay ‘marriage’ so that these activist judges could impose their own values on the nation."

Brown urged pro-marriage and family citizens to join the march, protesting the Supreme Court, which "stripped over 50 million voters and countless legislators in states across America of their sovereign right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

"This year's March for Marriage is a critical event," Brown explained.  "We need to assemble as many people as possible so that we can reawaken supporters of marriage, who remain disillusioned over the Supreme Court's outrageous and anti-constitutional ruling last year."

The day's events begin with people gathering at Area 15 on the Capital Ground.  A rally will begin at Noon, and the March from the Capital to the Supreme Court will take place at 1:00pm.

Organizers explain that when same-sex “marriage” was first introduced, homosexuals assured the concerned that they did not want to infringe on the rights of Christians or others who have sincerely held beliefs against homosexuality.  But "events have proven that all Americans are at risk of a redefined marriage law.  Countless people have been sued, fired, jailed, forced to pay huge fines, had their businesses closed and reputations ruined simply because they did not want to personally be involved in a gay 'wedding,’” says NOM.

Now, organizers say, President Obama is coercing schools in the next element of their agenda – transgender bathroom rules. “The LGBT extremists and the Obama administration are attempting to defy human nature itself, and declare that gender can be self-directed and 'chosen,'" Brown said. “Obama is fighting to ensure that when someone chooses to declare an identity different from reality, such as a man claiming to be a woman, all of society (must) bow in compliance."

He said that the march is crucial now because "allowing men into private facilities like restrooms and showers reserved for girls and women (is) outrageous and it must be stopped.”

Along with standing for natural marriage, and against transgender intimate facilities, "we will march to demand that Congress and our elected representatives pass the First Amendment Defense Act to provide legal protections for supporters of traditional marriage from being persecuted by the government," Brown explained.

Out of concern for the direction the U.S. was going against traditional marriage, a group of Orthodox clergy and other pastors began what they called the "Crown Them With Glory" project, named after wedding crowns used in the traditional Orthodox Christian marriage ceremony.

Fr. Nikolai Meyers, pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in New Hartford, NY and contributor to the Crown Them With Glory project, told LifeSiteNews, "'The Love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together.'  St. John Chrysostom said this about 1600 years ago.  Our involvement as Orthodox Christians in the March for Marriage is centered on strengthening this love of husband and wife."

"To hold up as singularly important for our society, the need for encouraging and strengthening this love of husband and wife," Fr. Meyers said, "is one of the main reasons we should participate in the March for Marriage."

"What more evangelical work exists for Orthodox Christians than to offer our fellow Americans a vision of the glory God has intended for man and woman as being fashioned after Himself?" Fr. Daniel Meyer of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania asked LifeSiteNews.  "One of chastity and a love established in every way from God, and revealed through the lives of the most humble and saintly among us through the ages."

"This is the vision our nation needs to behold, and we intend to speak volumes, God being our Helper."

Brown was just elected President of the World Congress of Families.

For more information, visit the March for Marriage website.

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