- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2014

A couple potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders plan to show their support for traditional marriage and opposition to same-sex marriage by taking part in a march this week in Washington.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the runner-up in the 2012 nomination race, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008, are among the featured speakers Thursday at the National Organization for Marriage’s second annual “March for Marriage,” which planners hope with draw thousands.

“The best and surest way to safeguard the basic rights of free exercise and free expression for pro-marriage individuals and communities, especially individuals and communities of faith, is to rally the American people behind the cause and give them the courage and support they need to stand up and speak out on its behalf,” the National Organization for Marriage said in a news release.

Mr. Santorum and Mr. Huckabee have left the door open to taking another crack at the presidency. They are both strident advocates for marriage being between one man and one woman, and enjoyed strong support from evangelical or born-again Christians in respective presidential bids.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week showed that 56 percent of adults nationwide support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. The poll, though, also found that 37 percent of Republicans support same-sex marriage, compared to 67 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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The “March for Marriage” will begin with a rally in front of the Capitol and end at the Supreme Court.