FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"The March for Marriage is our way of showing that there still exists in this country deep and wide support for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Our nation's youth, in particular, need to see that they are not alone in cherishing the values that have been passed down to them." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is organizing a "March for Marriage" in the nation's capital on June 19th of this year. Last year, the first ever "March for Marriage" drew several thousands to the National Mall to express support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Event organizers say this year's event is expected to be even larger and more successful.
"The March for Marriage is our way of showing that there still exists in this country deep and wide support for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brown, NOM's president. "Our nation's youth, in particular, need to see that they are not alone in cherishing the values that have been passed down to them, and that they mustn't stay silent in the face of a small, aggressive lobby and a bullying media bent on furthering an agenda."
Brown said that this week has brought encouraging signs of growing enthusiasm and support for the March. Specifically, he cited an April 7 letter co-signed by two Catholic prelates at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and sent to the Catholic Bishops of the nation, in which the two officials said that they "are very grateful for this opportunity to express [their] support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this event."
In their respective capacities as Chairmen of the USCCB's Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco wrote to their fellow Bishops: "[T]his year's March for Marriage will provide an ideal occasion for participants to celebrate and give public witness to the unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman at a time when the religious liberties and conscience rights of those who promote and defend marriage are increasingly threatened. ... We kindly ask that you promote the march in your diocese and parishes and encourage participation where possible."
Brown said that many other pro-family organizations and faith groups are coalescing behind the March for Marriage initiative, and that he anticipates that their support will lend to a "greatly successful" event.
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