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Anti-gay hate group announces march in Washington to support Prop 8

WASHINGTON – The anti-gay hate group National Organization for Marriage is planning a march in Washington on the very day that the U.S. Supreme Court takes up California’s Proposition 8 case.

NOM’s “Marriage March 2013” is planned for Tuesday, March 26, but to date the details are sketchy. The “Marriage March 2013” Facebook page, set up on Jan. 22, has 68 likes.

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the Prop 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry.

Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. On Dec. 7, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review in Perry to consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Perry case was filed on May 22, 2009, in federal District Court on behalf of two California couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.

On Feb. 7, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling upholding the historic August 2010 decision of the federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court also indicated today that it will hear oral argument in United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), on Wednesday, March 27. Enacted by Congress in 1996, DOMA nullifies the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law.