June 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Santorum to speak at D.C. anti-gay marriage rally

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Rick Santorum is set to speak at an anti-gay marriage rally in D.C. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).

Former U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will speak at an upcoming national march in D.C. in opposition to marriage rights for gay couples, an anti-gay group organizing the event announced on Saturday.

In an e-mail blast to supporters, the National Organization of Marriage made the announcement and praised Santorum, a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage and supporter of a U.S. constitutional amendment banning it across the country.

“From his days in the Senate, through his Presidential campaigns, Senator Santorum has never hesitated to stand for marriage and make the argument that the social values of our nation are of primary importance to the well-being of our families and children,” writes NOM President Brian Brown.

Despite his opposition to same-sex marriage, Santorum as a U.S. senator recommended the nomination of now-U.S. District Judge John Jones III to former President George W. Bush. Just last month, that judge was responsible for issuing the decision that brought marriage equality to Pennsylvania.

Other speakers for the event, known as the “March for Marriage” and set for June 19, are individuals known for their opposition to same-sex marriage: Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone; New York State Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz; and the Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall and Ryan Anderson.

“The lineup of prominent national speakers, including Senator Santorum, who are committed to working with us to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman stands in stark contrast to the transparent attempts of many in the mainstream media to convince Americans that the debate about marriage is all but over,” Brown writes.

The march is set to begin with a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol at 11 am, then at 1 pm, attendees will march down Constitution Avenue to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a final, nationwide ruling by the middle of next year on whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage.

“As we take to the streets of Washington, DC on June 19th, encouraged by the words of Senator Santorum and others, we will make it clear to the Supreme Court, the Congress, and the media elites that Americans still stand for marriage and the truth that children deserve both a mother and a father,” Brown writes.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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  • El Dorado

    Of course they plan their rely to coincide with gay pride month as an additional slap in the face. Hopefully they’ll be gays and lesbians annoying them during their rally as we had during the DC gay pride parade with anti-gay protestors and their hateful messages!

    Let them march all they want. They marched in droves and violently against marriage equality in France but in the end, Marriage equality still won out!

    If the SCOTUS really has any integrity then they will strike down these constitutional amendments once and for all. But even then these people will just push Congress for another Constitutional Amendment to ban it. It’s an incessant assault on the dignity and rights of gay Americans but unlike a brutal regime like Russia they can’t silence us or stop us! The ball is rolling and they will simply be crushed by its momentum!

  • El Dorado

    June 19th is a Thursday. So either they will have to take a day off from work assuming they have a job and cause a traffic jam headache for commuters going into and out of DC that day. That will be endearing to those that have to be stuck in traffic thanks to them.

    Many people paid to be there will be there because they have no real jobs and just sponge off this issue to make a living or have no real life!

  • Joseph

    Down with Frothy!

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