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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as thousands gather in the nation's capital for the March for Marriage, Family Research Council is commending Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for standing up for marriage and for those who have lost their livelihoods, religious freedom and free speech rights in the push to redefine marriage.
In recent days, critics have demanded that the Archbishop withdraw from today's march. Those attacking the Archbishop have cited hate labeling by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization linked in federal court to domestic terrorism, as a primary reason for the withdrawal demand. The archbishop responded to critics in a lengthy letter making it clear he wasn't backing down.
His letter cited the shooting at the Family Research Council in expressing concern for those who have experienced serious consequences for upholding natural marriage. Last year, in a chilling FBI interrogation video, Floyd Lee Corkins, the man who stormed the Family Research Council's (FRC) headquarters and started firing, admitted that he picked his target from the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) website. Since then, the FBI has removed links to the SPLC from its "hate crimes resources" page and the U.S. Army has distanced themselves from the SPLC's materials.
General Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council's executive vice president, released the following statement:
"We commend Archbishop Cordileone for his courageous support of natural marriage because he passionately believes in the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and mother. We are encouraged by his support for those who have lost their livelihoods, and suffered retribution because they believe in natural marriage.
"However, it is odd that some people feel the need to attack those who are merely defending religious liberty and affirming the importance of the type of relationship which naturally provides children with a mother and a father. There will continue to be disagreement on how marriage should be defined, but reasonable people can approach this subject respectfully, thoughtfully and passionately.
"We are proud to march today with Archbishop Cordileone as he and thousands of others exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly in support of natural marriage," concluded Boykin.