THIS is why separation of church and state is SO important in Philadelphia! The Philadelphia Archdiocese is “the only archdiocese in the nation listed as a sponsor.” We must be vigilant to prevent old stalwarts of the Religious Right from imposing their narrow religious views on civil laws that apply to every citizen. LGBT people, especially, must advocate for a complete separation between religion and government, so we can have our equal rights!
The antigay National Organization for Marriage is mobilizing supporters to head to the nation’s capital to demonstrate against marriage equality the day of the historic U.S. Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 — an effort that has garnered support from local Catholic groups.
The March for Marriage, scheduled for March 26, includes among its sponsors the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Philadelphia’s is the only archdiocese in the nation listed as a sponsor. NOM did not respond to a request for comment.
Archdiocese spokesperson Kenneth Gavin told PGN that the Archdiocese is not financially supporting the event.
“To my knowledge, the only assistance we are providing is organizational, in terms of getting the word out and providing information,” he said. “We’re not making a financial contribution to the event.”
Gavin said the Archdiocese is “encouraging faithful from across the five-county Archdiocese to participate in the event in support of traditional marriage.”
The Archdiocese is running buses to the march from parishes in Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Bucks counties and from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center on North 17th Street in Philadelphia. Participants can reserve a seat by making a $10 “donation,” with checks payable to the Archdiocese.