Opponents of marriage equality marched
on the Mall on Saturday, just days before the Supreme Court hears a
case challenging gay marriage bans in four states.
The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM) claims that more than 7,000 people were bused in to participate
in its March for Marriage.
The march wound its way up the Mall to
the Supreme Court Plaza, where “several knelt to pray,” according
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville,
Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB), told the crowd: “Children don't need experiments. They
need the love of their mother and father, wherever possible.”
The Post reported that the crowd
was overwhelmingly Latino.
New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.,
a Democrat from the Bronx and an ordained minister of the Church of
God, led opposition to New York's marriage law. In 2011, he led a
rally of marriage equality opponents in the Bronx.
a press release, Diaz said that more than 6,000 people were being
bused in from New York to participate in the march.
NOM President Brian Brown told the
crowd that marriage equality supporters might not win at the Supreme
“They think that they've won, but
they thought they won Prop. 8, too,” he said, a reference to
California's now-defunct voter-approved constitutional amendment
limiting marriage to heterosexual unions. Ironically, it was a
Supreme Court ruling that toppled California's ban.