- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pro-gay marriage or anti-gay marriage, one thing is certain: The fight is not close to being over.

More than 150 buses are expected to bring people for Thursday’s March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum are among those expected to address the crowd about the need for America to keep marriage as the divinely inspired union of one man and one woman.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is also expected to speak despite calls from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other San Francisco politicians that he skip the event, which they called a hate rally.

The march follows weeks of coast-to-coast gay pride events featuring rainbow-festooned marchers, bikers, drag queens and floats. In the District alone, some 100,000 people gathered for the June 7 Capital Pride Parade, and even more came out for the next day’s Capital Pride Street Festival.

Both sides are trying to keep their allies energized — and yet manage expectations.

In the gay rights camp, for example, there is much euphoria over the nonstop legal victories in the past year. Nineteen states now perform gay marriage, and U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin this month became the latest judge to overturn state marriage law.

These legal wins, plus polls showing high levels of public support for gay marriage, mean Americans are “moving inexorably in the direction of supporting equality for same-sex couples,” said the Human Rights Campaign.

Winning a critical mass of states for gay marriage will help the Supreme Court justices to “really feel the momentum” when a case comes before them, said Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, which has a “road map to victory” for gay marriage.

Some gay-friendly voices, however, are cautioning people to not count court victories until they are signed.

“Positive change is not inevitable,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told a packed auditorium of lawyers and allies at a Lambda Legal event on June 10. Be optimistic and celebrate each victory, he said, but don’t forget “we must stand together, work together and sacrifice together” to win more battles.

Lawyers are waiting “somewhat nervously” to see how the Supreme Court views “the religious rights of corporations,” Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal said at the same event.

The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in the lawsuits filed by Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. against the Affordable Care Act’s “contraception mandate” is expected to have implications for people and businesses who object to gay marriages for religious reasons.

Regardless, Mr. Cathcart said, “no civil rights movement is ever over,” and there are enough issues to “keep us busy for many, many years to come.”

Similar caution is being sounded on the traditional marriage side too.

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