March for Marriage, the annual event that shows support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman, will be held on June 25 in Washington, D.C. While the schedule and program are similar to those in past years, this year's focus is on protesting against the Supreme Court's ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage, the threats to religious liberty, as well as the Obama administration's directive on bathroom use.
"The focus this year will be broader and timely: in addition to protesting the illegitimate Supreme Court ruling of last year, and the threats to religious liberty and freedom of conscience which have arisen in its wake, we will also be standing against the unprecedented and deplorable overreach of the Obama administration in trying to force the radical gender ideology of LGBT extremists on our communities," Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, told The Christian Post.
Brown said that the "extreme LGBT agenda" can already be seen moving forward toward its "next steps" after it radically redefined marriage. He said that it is now imposing transgender equality, "which puts our wives and daughters in the uncomfortable and dangerous situation" when having to share restrooms and similar facilities with males who identify as females.
"We are confident that people will see that there is still a lot of work to do in stopping this radical progression toward a genderless society, and that those who still hold firm to the belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman have a place in our public discourse," Brown said.
The date of this year's march was chosen because it is the Saturday closest to June 26. It was the date last year when the Supreme Court ruled that the ban of gay marriage at the state level is unconstitutional.
The ruling for the Obergefell v. Hodges case reads in part: "The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States. It follows that the Court also must holdâ€”and it now does holdâ€”that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character."
Brown said that the decision is illegitimate, "imposing the skewed values of a handful of judges on the nation with no legal foundation and in a gross example of legislating from the bench." Many Americans, he said, deem the ruling as unlawful, and that the March for Marriage event is their opportunity to express their opinion.
The 2016 March for Marriage will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at Area 15, Capitol Grounds, Washington, D.C.