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"The Signs of the Times"
This is very good news. Religious leaders from various Christian denominations and from non-Christian religions have affirmed that marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. Such permanence and stability, open to bringing new life into the world, are the very foundation of a stable and strong society.

Here we see where the enemy is not just out to destroy marriage but is out to destroy society itself. The enemy is about strife, misery, darkness, conflict. Destroying the basic unit of society ultimately deprives the world of what God wills for His beloved children.

Let us continue to stand up for marriage and family according to the plan of God.

Religious Leaders Unite to Defend Marriage

Protection Act Goes on Trial

WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 6, 2010 ( Religious leader from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities in the United States united to publicize a letter affirming their commitment to protect marriage.

In the open letter released today, they underlined marriage as "the permanent and faithful union of one man and one woman."

The publication of this letter on "The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment" is timely as today a federal court of appeals in San Francisco began hearing arguments on the Proposition 8 case.

Proposition 8, known as the California Marriage Protection Act, was approved by a majority of voters in that state in 2008. Thus it was added as a constitutional amendment that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."

However, last August, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the provision was unconstitutional, and thus the case passed to the federal court of appeals. The hearing began today.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and a signer of the open letter, stated, "Today is the moment to stand for marriage and its unchangeable meaning."

"We hope this letter will encourage just that," he added.

The prelate affirmed that "the broad consensus reflected in this letter -- across great religious divides -- is clear: The law of marriage is not about imposing the religion of anyone, but about protecting the common good of everyone."

"People of any faith or no faith at all can recognize that when the law defines marriage as between one man and one woman, it legally binds a mother and a father to each other and their children, reinforcing the foundational cell of human society," he said.

In fact, the religious leaders emphasized this point in the letter, noting that "marriage is an institution fundamental to the well-being of all of society, not just religious communities."

They continued: "The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is not a special or limited interest but serves the good of all.

"Therefore, we invite and encourage all people, both within and beyond our faith communities, to stand with us in promoting and protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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