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Foes of Gay Marriage Rally Near US Capitol in DC

Friday Jun 20, 2014
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National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown
National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown  (Source:AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Opponents of same-sex marriage have held a rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, with some speakers suggesting civil disobedience to protest laws related to the continuing spread of gay marriage.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says federal and state judges had exceeded their powers in recent rulings striking down state bans on gay marriage. He says "there’s a time to stand up against laws that have become unjust."

Other speakers at Thursday’s event included former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, the Rev. Bill Owens of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, and the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone.

The crowd appeared to number between 1,000 and 2,000; there was no official estimate.

The rally was sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.

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  • Jonathan Willner, 2014-06-20 21:30:31

    In 30 states LGBT people still have no housing or employment rights. Gay rights is not all about gay marriage.


  • Anonymous, 2014-06-21 18:19:20

    It is very clear that opponents of marriage equality are not motivating great numbers to follow them and support their efforts to restrict marriage and family rights. As for ex-Gov. Huckabee, one would think that someone who has served as governor of a state would have a more informed understanding of the role of the courts to defend human rights where there is a democratic constitutional bill of rights. The fact remains that legislators do very well in representing majority opinion, but a poor job defending minority rights. True democracy also defends minority rights regardless of majority opinion. The mere defence of majority opinion is mob rule, not democracy.


  • Jonathan Willner, 2014-06-22 02:05:02

    Wayne M.: You are passionate and articulate, but every time I read one of your comments, I think "Why is he telling me?" You’re preaching to the choir, man. I think your impassioned and articulate comments would be more effective if you wrote to your local newspapers and legislators, i.e., the people who really need to hear what you have to say. We don’t. We already know and agree.


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