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A group of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian clergy and leaders are standing together to defend the sanctity of marriage.
They jointly released a statement titled: "We Stand in Solidarity to Defend Marriage and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them." The Marriage Solidarity Statement was drafted by Deacon Keith Fournier, Editor of Catholic Online and Chairman of Common Good Alliance, and Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action as a means to represents the millions of Christians around the world.
The religious leaders are aware that they may not always agree on things like doctrine and specific teachings but "on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity," the statement said.
"Marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family," it reads.
The joint statement discusses new court cases that are pending regarding same sex marriages, and affirms that marriage was a constitution long before civil laws.
"Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy," the statement read. "The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time."
The Marriage Solidarity Statement hopes to rally believers together to pray for the state of the country and to keep marriage pure and holy.