Three organizations will team up tomorrow to deliver 1.4 million petitions supporting traditional marriage to the U.S. Senate.
According the a statement from the Center for Reclaiming America, representatives from that group, the American Family Association and the American Center for Law and Justice will hand over the petitions to a group of senators on Capitol Hill tomorrow morning.
The Senate is expected to vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would upholding marriage between one man and one woman, the week of July 12.
“We are expecting a filibuster from the anti-marriage forces,” said Dr. Gary Cass, the newly named executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America. “This will be a difficult fight. Only an overwhelming grass-roots response can save marriage as we know it. These 1.4 million petitions are solid evidence that Americans care about the defense of marriage.”
To visually display the petition-signers’ opposition to same-sex “marriage,” the boxes of petitions will be stacked on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol before being delivered.
“Marriage is the essential building block of our society, and it is under grave attack now,” said Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder and president of the Center for Reclaiming America. “It is unconscionable that so many in the U.S. Senate are unwilling, at a time when men are already marrying men in Massachusetts, to come to the defense of marriage.
“Marriage is the bedrock of any culture; it is what cements the social order. Unless we protect and defend marriage in law, our nation will face grim social consequences as marriage weakens and dies – a pattern already observed in the aftermath of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Scandinavia.”
The constitutional marriage amendment must be approved by two-thirds of both the Senate and House, and then be ratified by three-quarters of the states.