Thousands of people gathered Saturday for a passionate, peaceful demonstration to uphold marriage “as God ordained it.”
“The people of this nation know what marriage is, and we do not want it redefined,” said Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the main sponsor of the March For Marriage.
“Marriage is, and can only be, the union of one man and one woman. This is a beautiful truth,” said Archbisop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“Redefining marriage in law is the greatest social experiment of our time,” he added. “Children do not need experiments. They need love of their mother and father, wherever possible.”
The thousands-strong crowd included people who came in more than 150 buses, said NOM organizers. Many of the “March For Marriage” signs were in Spanish, as the crowd was diverse in ethnicity and age.
There were very few counter-protests. One man ran through the crowd saying, “You’re all on the wrong side,” and a woman silently carried a sign for marriage equality at the Supreme Court. At least one gay flag was waved at the marchers.