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March for Marriage

by Bishop Richard J. Malone & Salvatore J. Cordileone
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 02:00 pm

Bishop Malone, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth, and Bishop Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco and chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, issued the letter below in support of the third annual March for Marriage, asking bishops and dioceses throughout the United States to join them in this endeavor.

In the Diocese of Buffalo, the March for Marriage will be held in conjunction with the annual Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. Following Mass, all are invited to participate in a silent and prayerful procession to and from a local abortion clinic. Closing prayers will take place outside St. Rose of Lima after the walk back from the clinic.

Dear Brother Bishops,

As you may be aware, several organizations have come together to sponsor a third March for Marriage which is scheduled to be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This event is taking place three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of states' preserving the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We are grateful for this opportunity once again to express support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this event. We ask that you consider promoting this event in your diocese and parishes and participating if possible.

The March will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children. It complements well the bishops' Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty ( The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. The March is an important witness to a movement dedicated to building a culture of marriage and the family, and it serves to remind all people that a Supreme Court ruling will not decide the issue of marriage any more than Roe decided the issue of abortion. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this March.

The website promoting this event is available at The Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth will be promoting it through the USCCB and Marriage: Unique for a Reason websites and social media.