Whoever said the marriage debate was over must not have been anywhere near the U.S. Capitol Thursday morning.
After months of hearing the courts’ opinion on marriage, America heard from the voters those courts trampled.
Thousands of people from states all across the country descended on Washington, D.C. to show the nation that we care about protecting marriage and will do anything to stand up and fight for it.
Pro-family groups like FRC, churches, state activists, and cultural leaders gathered on the lawn of the most powerful Congress in the world and sent one resounding message: the fight for marriage is not over.
More than 150 buses, filled with the marriage supporters the media insists do not exist, cheered through the passionate speeches of Republicans and Democrats, blacks and Hispanics, and the young and old — all united in the belief that marriage is “our very nature.
No law can change it.” Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Mike Huckabee, the Catholic Church’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, and leaders from across the Hispanic and African American communities rallied the crowd with the reminder that we are not marching for a cause that’s lost.
“You want a social program that cannot fail?” asked Reverend Eugene Rivers, “Support traditional marriage and the family.”
Others pushed back on the notion that the pro-marriage majority in America are somehow on the wrong side of history. “History doesn’t have sides,” said one young leader, “but truth does.”
And, explained Bishop Cordileone, “it is a foundational truth, and one to which we must witness by lives lived in conformity to it, and which we must proclaim with love.”
FRC’s own Leanna Baumer spoke on behalf of a generation of millennials, who’ve borne the brunt of the breakdown of the family. Telling the story of Zelmyra and Herbert, who last year celebrated 86 years together, she honored the values and commitment that only come through the marriage of a man and woman.
“We’re here to remind our lawmakers and fellow citizens that public policy and the law help shape culture just as they reflect culture. We’re here to urge our elected leaders to recognize the truth of marriage in the public realm while we also uphold it in our private lives. As we march for that truth today, let’s also march for marriage back home, knowing that what our world needs to see are more stories like Zelmyra’s and Herbert’s.”
Even after a series of courtroom setbacks, one thing was clear: there is no quit in our movement.
“Today, we marched for children who deserve a mom and dad, for the bakers, educators, sportscasters, and photographers who deserve to live according to their faith, and for America, which without marriage cannot stand.”