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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) Senior Legislative Assistant Leanna Baumer spoke today at the second annual March for Marriage, a rally held by the National Organization for Marriage, and co-sponsored by the Family Research Council and other allied organizations committed to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The rally was held in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Baumer's speech focused on the story of Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher, whose 86-year marriage is the longest ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
In her speech Baumer said:
"My generation - millennials who have borne the brunt of divorce and social abandonment - say overwhelmingly that we want what Zelmyra and Herbert had together. Polling just this spring reported that over 70 percent of both male and female high school graduates say that marriage and a family are 'extremely important' to them. I believe that in that desire is a hope for those of us committed to rebuilding an understanding of marriage in this country.
"And so, we're here to celebrate and affirm the very values modeled in Zelmyra's and Herbert's life. We're here to recognize the diversity and deep community that only come through the marriage of a man and a woman. We're here to remind our lawmakers and fellow citizens that public policy and the law help shape culture just as they reflect culture. We're here to urge our elected leaders to recognize the truth of marriage in the public realm while we also uphold it in our private lives."