Philly Archdiocese Sponsoring “March for Marriage” in D.C.

Archbishop Chaput urges parishioners to join bus fleet for national rally.

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Gay marriage may have arrived in Pennsylvania, but the debate isn’t over: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is co-sponsoring a national “March for Marriage” rally in Washington D.C., promising to keep alive the church’s opposition to the state’s new marriage equality.

Archbishop Charles Chaput urged parishioners to join a bus fleet headed to D.C. for Thursday’s rally. This is a crucial opportunity for Philadelphia Catholics to show their support for the family and for marriage as a permanent union of one man and one woman,” he said in his column at

This is a moment to show our support for the nature of the family and the integrity of marriage as foundation stones of our life as a nation,” he added. “Please make every effort this year to join the March for Marriage.” A bus from every county in the archdiocese is being sent to the march.

AP, meanwhile, notes that anti-gay-marriage forces have lost four statewide elections in the last year — as well as a dozen court cases, with no rulings in their favor. “Faced with these developments, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable,” the wire service reports. “Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying Thursday at a March for Marriage in Washington that they hope will draw many thousands.” (Associated Press)


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  • Marion Gaetano Eagen

    I am a practicing Catholic who is an active parish volunteer, but I cannot see why any religious body wants to get into this fight. All that is involved here is CIVIL marriage, and no faith community is going to be forced to participate in or recognize these marriages if they do not wish to.

    • kpm

      Yeah until 2 ex catholics sue for the Civil right to be married in church?

      Who would have thought NUNS would be obliged to Pay for Birth Control and Abortafacients!???

  • PhillyPhellow

    It’s so refreshing to see that some Catholics are intelligent enough to see the Separation of Church and State issue here. No one is forcing the Catholic church to do same-sex marriages… why all the stomping and roaring to prohibit civil rights to a select group? I would think the Catholic Church has enough problems to deal with on their own – maybe by distracting their parishoners to a new cause they hope to keep the scrutiny away from themselves…. where it belongs. Just saying.

    • kpm

      Marriage was a sacrament for the Church through time.. until French revolution made marriage a Civil event.

  • davehorne

    “This is a moment to show our support for
    the nature of the family and the integrity of marriage as foundation
    stones of our life as a nation … ”

    So the folks who are not allowed to marry, the grown men who wear dresses, are qualified to give their opinions as to family and integrity. Am I missing something here?

  • NS

    Chaput is just desperate to get a red hat – which will never happen under Pope Francis.

  • MaryRoseM

    Archbishop Chaput is defending Catholic teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman. If we say we are “people of God” then this should not be difficult for us to undersatand. Archbishop Chaput is merely affirming what the Church teaches and will continue to teach. Marriage can only exisit between one man and one woman. Anyone who knows Archbishop Chaput knows that he is a man of great intergrity. Thank you, Archbishop Chaput for your consistent faithfulness to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We are very blessed to have you in Philadelphia!

  • wayne

    Must be that all the Philly marchers were sitting in bars,,,,,what a pathetic farmers’ market it turned out to be!