also included prominent evangelical Protestants, a few rabbis and an
official from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
founder of the Alliance for Marriage, an umbrella group that supports
an amendment, told the Times that the members of the religious groups
represent "huge numbers" of people.
The group has
committed to distributing postcards or letters to their congregants to
send to senators urging support for the amendment. At the request of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Knights of Columbus
printed 10 million postcards addressed to U.S. senators that they are
distributing to Catholic churches around the country.
Senate leaders have scheduled a vote in June on the proposed
constitutional amendment, and Catholic officials seem more directly
involved in this debate than when the amendment was debated in 2004.
Ohio and other
pivotal states have already amended their constitutions regarding
marriage, but one survey has suggested that the public's opposition is
cooling, reported the Times.
In May, a
nonpartisan Pew Research Poll found that 51 percent of the public
opposed legalizing gay marriage, down from 63 percent in February 2004.
coalition of some 50 prominent religious leaders, including six
Catholic cardinals and six archbishops, have signed a petition and
pledged to support a constitutional amendment blocking same-sex
marriage, reported the New York Times.