Gay marriage opponents will turn out for the Vermont commission’s first meeting tomorrow

Looks like there will be some protesters tomorrow.

Several traditional marriage organizations announced Wednesday that they will hold a press conference Thursday morning to outline their opposition to extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. Members of the groups Center for American Cultural Renewal, Vermont Renewal and Take It to the People will be present.

The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. just outside of Room 11 at the Statehouse, where the commission is set to hold its first meeting 30 minutes later. Here’s what the groups said in a joint statement today:

We respectfully submit genderless marriage advocates must soundly demonstrate that gay marriage offers the same proven benefits to society as traditional marriage, without doing harm to the existing institution of marriage, children, or society at large.  To date, this essential requirement has not been – and we believe cannot be – satisfied.

-Dan Barlow