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For marriage equality opponents, the losing streak continues to grow

Sunday, June 15, 2014
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Opponents of same-sex marriage gather for a rally at the Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 28, 2014, to protest a ruling striking down that state's same-sex marriage ban.Rick Bowmer, AP

Opponents of same-sex marriage gather for a rally at the Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 28, 2014, to protest a ruling striking down that state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The Family Research Council, for example, depicted as “thuggery” the pressure that led to the resignation of Mozzilla CEO Brendan Eich, who had supported a 2008 campaign against gay marriage in California.

“Our ability to express ourselves in the public sphere must never be repressed by the tyranny of political correctness,” wrote the council’s president, Tony Perkins, in a letter to supporters. “We must never submit to the radical leftist redefinition of human sexuality.”

Perkins’ group is a co-sponsor of Thursday’s march, as is the Coalition of African-American Pastors. The coalition’s leader, the Rev. Bill Owens, says he will intensify his advocacy work in black churches, seeking to make the case that same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue.

Another co-sponsor is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is organizing a bus fleet to carry parishioners to the march.

One of the scheduled speakers is the Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on the promotion and defense of marriage.

A coalition of liberal politicians and gay-rights leaders in California has issued an open letter to Cordileone, urging him to skip the march. Many of the other scheduled speakers “have repeatedly denigrated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said the letter, suggesting the archbishop shouldn’t align with such viewpoints.

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Along with the Catholic Church, several other major denominations remain adamant in opposing same-sex marriage.

“We stand strong on what the Scripture says about marriage between a man and a woman,” said the Rev. Ronnie Floyd after his recent election as new president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

A top Mormon leader reiterated opposition to gay marriage during the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April.

“While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not,” said Neil Andersen.

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