Gay rights activists, opponents face off outside Supreme Court
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.