Gay rights ac­tivists, op­po­nents face off out­side Supreme Court

GA Voice - - News - — MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Sup­port­ers and op­po­nents of mar­riage rights for same-sex cou­ples gath­ered out­side the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 as the jus­tices heard oral ar­gu­ments in a case that chal­lenges Cal­i­for­nia’s Propo­si­tion 8.

As same-sex mar­riage sup­port­ers spoke out­side the Supreme Court, an es­ti­mated 2,000 op­po­nents of nup­tials for gays and les­bians marched onto First Street, N.E. Some held a large ban­ner that read “Let the peo­ple de­cide,” while oth­ers waved signs that said “Vote for holy mat­ri­mony” and “Chil­dren do bet­ter with a mom and a dad!” in Span­ish.

Back­ers of nup­tials for gays and les­bians gath­ered ad­ja­cent to the marchers and shouted slo­gans in sup­port of the is­sue. Sev­eral held Amer­i­can, Gay Pride and Hu­man Rights Cam­paign flags as they squared off against the pro­test­ers.

Those who spoke at a rally of same-sex mar­riage op­po­nents in­cluded Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mar­riage Pres­i­dent Brian Brown; Arch­bishop Sal­va­tore Cordileone of the U.S. Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops; Con­cerned Women for Amer­ica Pres­i­dent Penny Nance; Ruth In­sti­tute Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Roback Morse; Amer­i­can Val­ues Pres­i­dent Gary Bauer; New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.; and Tami Fitzger­ald, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the North Carolina Val­ues Coali­tion.

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