The Pope’s Ambassador to the United States will headline the annual March for Marriage tomorrow on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The March occurs only days before a show-down in the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of whether states can treat man-woman marriage as the legal norm.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and he is expected carry the message of Pope Francis in urging the United States to hold on to man-woman marriage in the face of impending oral arguments in the Supreme Court that may impose same-sex marriage on the whole country, including the 31 states that voted to enshrine man-woman marriage in law.
Pope Francis has urged voters in other countries to uphold man-woman marriage in law, most recently in a national referendum in Slovakia.
The March begins at noon tomorrow with a rally near the Capitol Reflecting Pool in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building and then participants will march to the Supreme Court. Counter demonstrators will likely appear. Two years ago they blocked the marriage march from passing the Supreme Court until police cleared them.
Speakers include two prominent black pastors, pointing up the strong opposition to same-sex marriage in the black community, also Senator Ruben Diaz of the New York State Senate pointing to the strong support among Hispanics for man-woman marriage.
Reality TV star Josh Duggar who is now Executive Director of Family Research Council Action will speak, along with Pastor Jim Garlow of the mega Skyline Church in San Diego and three Archbishops of the Catholic Church in America; William Lori of Baltimore, who also chairs the Bishop’s committee on religious freedom, John Joseph McIntyre of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Joseph Kurtz of Louisville who is also President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
March organizer Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage told Breitbart News he expects at least 10,000 marchers tomorrow, “possibly more.”