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Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together
USCCB.ORG ^ | Jan 12, 2012

Posted on 01/13/2012 7:06:55 PM PST by lastchance

Dear Friends:

The promotion and protection of marriage—the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife—is a matter of the common good and serves the wellbeing of the couple, of children, of civil society and all people.The meaning and value of marriage precedes and transcends any particular society, government, or religious community.It is a universal good and the foundational institution of all societies.It is bound up with the nature of the human person as male and female, and with the essential task of bearing and nurturing children.

As religious leaders across a wide variety of faith communities, we join together to affirm that marriage in its true definition must be protected for its own sake and for the good of society. We also recognize the grave consequences of altering this definition. One of these consequences—the interference with the religious freedom of those who continue to affirm the true definition of "marriage"—warrants special attention within our faith communities and throughout society as a whole.For this reason, we come together with one voice in this letter.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Ecumenism; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: religousfreedom; samesexmarriage
Christians must stand together against the onslaught of an immoral society.
1 posted on 01/13/2012 7:07:02 PM PST by lastchance
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To: lastchance

It is all about removing good role models for children. They need a loving male and female role model to form in an emotionally sound way—where they will be able to relate in healthy ways with both sexes.

Children need to have the same sex in the home so they can form emotionally healthy ideas about their own sexual identity. No fathers in the home is destroying males in our population-—also women-—makes them look for father figures.....they are mentally ill people.

The two lesbians raising that Tyler boy—who by age four tried to mutilate his penis and cut it off-—and his self-hatred is because he had no healthy male role model. This artificial environment creates emotionally sick and unhealthy children-—that is what the Marxists want. The lesbians should be in prison for the emotional damage they have done to their “son”.

2 posted on 01/13/2012 7:22:40 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law.)
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3 posted on 01/13/2012 7:47:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: lastchance

News release to accompany the letter:
“”Religious Leaders Join Together In Support Of Marriage, Religious Liberty

January 12, 2012
Open letter highlights connection between protecting marriage, religious freedom
Letter is a “sign of hope” and “compelling argument,” Cardinal-designate Dolan says
Elected officials need to defend marriage, religious liberty

WASHINGTON—Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have joined together in an open letter to all Americans to voice their shared concern for marriage and religious freedom.

The letter, titled “Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together,” was released January 12. It can be found at Signatories include leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, and Pentecostal communities in the United States.

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of the four signing Catholic bishops.

“Marriage and religious liberty are at a crisis point in the United States,” he said. “This letter is a sign of hope. Not only are tens of millions of believing citizens represented in the letter’s signatories, but the letter itself testifies to the growing and shared awareness of just how important marriage and religious freedom are to the well being of our country. The letter makes a compelling argument that needs to be heard by all of us, especially those in positions of authority: anyone truly concerned with religious freedom must also be a defender of marriage’s perennial definition.”

In the letter, the leaders counter a common claim that the principal threat to religious freedom is the possibility of ministers being forced to officiate same-sex “weddings.”

The leaders wrote: “We believe the most urgent peril is this: forcing or pressuring both individuals and religious organizations—throughout their operations, well beyond religious ceremonies—to treat same-sex sexual conduct as the moral equivalent of marital sexual conduct.There is no doubt that the many people and groups whose moral and religious convictions forbid same-sex sexual conduct will resist the compulsion of the law, and church-state conflicts will result.”

They added that “these conflicts bear serious consequences.”

“They will arise in a broad range of legal contexts, because altering the civil definition of ‘marriage’ does not change one law, but hundreds, even thousands, at once.By a single stroke, every law where rights depend on marital status—such as employment discrimination, employment benefits, adoption, education, healthcare, elder care, housing, property, and taxation—will change so that same-sex sexual relationships must be treated as if they were marriage. That requirement, in turn, will apply to religious people and groups in the ordinary course of their many private or public occupations and ministries—including running schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other housing facilities, providing adoption and counseling services, and many others,” they said.

The leaders warned that redefining marriage has consequences for the religious freedom of all Americans and urged civic leaders to defend marriage so as also to defend religious liberty.

“We especially urge those entrusted with the public good to support laws that uphold the time-honored definition of marriage, and so avoid threatening the religious freedom of countless institutions and citizens in this country,” the religious leaders said. “Marriage and religious freedom are both deeply woven into the fabric of this nation.”

The release of the letter comes days before the presidential proclamation for Religious Freedom Day (January 16) and a few weeks before World Marriage Day (February 12) and National Marriage Week USA (February 7-14). The letter follows a letter of shared commitment released December 6, 2010 (also available at””

4 posted on 01/13/2012 8:45:39 PM PST by iowamark
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To: lastchance

I went on the PBS page for Need to Know and took their poll
asking if the “marriage “ issue would be a factor in how I intend to vote. Like most there last night -I voted yes. I also added my comment via facebook -”marriage” is between a man and a woman.Anything else is fantasy, or fraud, or like Dr.Kelly Hollowell said some years ago on WND “IT’s Dilution Stupid!” I don’t what “they “ do -But the State has NEVER produced ANY credible State Interest in recognizing or legitimizing immorality. No system has recognized /endorsed immorality and remained a world power.

5 posted on 01/14/2012 4:17:23 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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