A small coalition of religious leaders voiced their support for same-sex marriage in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times, saying they intend to continue fighting for same-sex marriage despite a string of recent court setbacks.
The ads are part of a larger campaign organized by three gay-rights groups that spent $250,000 to print the ads in 51 newspapers nationwide in late July. Organizers call it the largest print space purchase made by supporters of gay rights.
The ad campaign was organized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Freedom to Marry. The 11 signers of the ad, which appeared in the July 25 Times, include James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister at Riverside Church in New York City; John H. Thomas, president of the United Church of Christ; and Jack Rogers, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).