Join us on May 13 in Richmond and on June 19 in DC for two big events!
Next Tuesday, May 13, marriage in Virginia will be on trial, in a way, when a federal appeals court in Richmond takes up the appeal of February’s district court ruling that struck down Virginia’s law affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman .The Virginia Catholic Conference invites you to come to Richmond that day to pray and voice your support for the true meaning of marriage. Make plans today with your family members, fellow parishioners and friends to join the Conference and people from across the Commonwealth to Stand and Pray for Marriage on May 13!
We’ll meet outside the Federal Courthouse, located at 1100 E. Main St. in Richmond, at 8:30AM and then move across the street to the Capitol Bell Tower for a 10AM rally. Conference executive director Jeff Caruso will be among several speakers at the event. To register to attend or if you have questions, please contact Michael Lewis, Associate Director, at Michael@vacatholic.org or (804)225-8565.
Whatever the federal appeals court ruling, it will no doubt be challenged at the Supreme Court. The looming constitutional question as to whether a “right” to same-sex “marriage” exists is widely expected to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, possibly during its upcoming 2014-2015 term that begins in October.
With the question of marriage likely headed to the highest court in the land, the U.S. Bishops have endorsed the 2014 Marriage March, taking place on June 19 in Washington, D.C. Encouraging participation in this historic event by the faithful, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, write, “Just two days before the beginning of the Fortnight for Freedom, this year’s March for Marriage will provide an ideal occasion for participants to celebrate and give public witness to the unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman at a time when the religious liberties and conscience rights of those who promote and defend marriage are increasingly threatened.”
These two events are timely and vitally important opportunities to defend the truth about marriage. Please come!