More than 200 people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will take part in the Marriage March to support traditional marriage Tuesday, March 26 in Washington, D.C., where thousands are expected to join them.

The National Organization for Marriage is sponsoring the march along with pro-family organizations and leaders from the African-American, Latino, Catholic and Protestant communities.

The archdiocesan Office for Life, Family and the Laity is organizing the local effort by coordinating five buses from the five counties of the archdiocese to transport participants to the march.

A trend in the registrations that the office finds encouraging is “a number of the people coming are non-Catholic,” said assistant director Meghan Cokeley.

The march coincides with the day that the United States Supreme Court begins to hear arguments in a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The Catholic Church defines marriage as a sacred covenant between one man and one woman.


To learn more about traditional marriage see the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ review of recent research, plus more resources from the conference. In the Philadelphia Archdiocese, visit an index page of information for the Marriage March.