The Marriage Solidarity Pledge

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We urge you to sign this pledge today and join with many national and local leaders of differing religious backgrounds who are uniting in defense of natural Marriage.

We Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common affirmation of marriage.

On the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. We affirm that 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 government, and the first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through
marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason. It is part of the natural created order. The Natural Law is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to as a higher law or
a just law in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Society begins with marriage and the family.

We pledge to stand together to defend marriage for what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children. The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has
authority to redefine marriage.

As citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the essential foundation of the family. Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to any relationship other than marriage between a man and a woman, by legislative or judicial fiat, sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. As a policy matter, such unions convey the message that moms and dads are completely irrelevant to the well-being of children. Such a policy statement is unconscionable and destructive. Authorizing the legal equivalency of marriage to same-sex couples undermines the fundamental rights of children and threatens their security, stability, and future.

Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any court has authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the decisions of the Court are not based on the Constitution and reason, and especially if they are contrary to the natural created order, then the people will lose confidence in the Court as an objective arbiter of the law. If the people lose respect for the Court, the Court’s authority will be diminished.

The Supreme Court was wrong when it denied Dred Scott his rights and said, “blacks are inferior human beings.” And the Court was wrong when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in Buck v. Bell, “three generations of imbeciles are enough,” thus upholding Virginia’s eugenics law that permitted forced sterilization. Shamefully, that decision was cited during the Nuremburg trials to support the Nazi eugenic holocaust.

In these earlier cases, the definition of “human” was at issue. Now the definition of “marriage” is at issue. The Constitution does not grant a right to redefine marriage — which is nonsensical since marriage intrinsically involves a man and a woman. Nor does the Constitution prohibit states from affirming the natural created order of male and female joined together in marriage.

We will view any decision by the Supreme Court or any court the same way history views the Dred Scott and Buck v. Bell decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.

We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

Mathew Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
Co-drafter
James Robison, Founder
LIFE Outreach International
The Stream
Betty Robison, Co-Host
LIFE Today Television
Senator, Rick Santorum, Co-Founder
Patriot Voices
Karen Santorum, Co-Founder
Patriot Voices
Rev. Rick Scarborough, President
Vision America Action
Fr. Frank Pavone, Catholic Priest
Priests for Life
National Director, Priests for Life
Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD
National Representative
Catholics United for Life
Evangelist Alveda King, Director
African American Outreach
Priests for Life
Author of King Rules
Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, PhD
Orthodox Priest
Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army, Retired
Rector, St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox
Church, Stafford, Virginia
Penny Nance, CEO & President
Concerned Women for America
Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO
Jewish Voice Ministries, International
Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, Orthodox priest
Founder, American Orthodox Institute
Rev. Victor S. Potapov, Rector
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the
Baptist Washington, DC
Charles G. Scott, General Bishop Pentecostal
Church of God
Deacon Keith Fournier
Common Good Alliance
Catholic Online
Co-drafter
James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder
Family Talk Action
Rev. William Franklin Graham III, President and
CEO Billy Graham Evangelistic Association &
Samaritan’s Purse
Governor Mike Huckabee, Founder
Huck Pac
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President
NHCLC/CONEL
Hispanic Evangelical Association
Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Executive Editor
The Stream
Anita Staver, President
Liberty Counsel
Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus
American Family Association
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
Jonathan Cahn – Author of The Harbinger,
President of Hope of the World Ministries,
The Jerusalem Center
Archbishop Foley Beach
Anglican Church
North America Holy Cross Anglican Church
Pastor John C. Hagee, Senior Pastor
Cornerstone Church
Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah,
Catholic Priest
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
Matt C. Abbott
Catholic commentator
Cathie Adams, President
Texas Eagle Forum
Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, President
American Leadership Fund
Dr. Ché Ahn, Founding Pastor
HRock Church (Pasadena, CA)
President, Harvest International Ministry
Art Ally, President
The Timothy Plan
Julaine K. Appling, President
Wisconsin Family Action
Matt Barber, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
BarbWire.com
David Barton, President
Wallbuilder’s
David Benham, Co-Founder
Benham Companies
Jason Benham, Co-Founder
Benham Companies
Hon. Kenneth Blackwell
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United Nations on
Human Rights
Morton Blackwell, Chairman
The Weyrich Lunch
Pastor Paul Blair, Pastor
Fairview Baptist Church
Founder, Reclaiming America for Christ
Bill Blount, President
Blount Communications Group
Mitch Boersma, Associate Editor
The Stream
Dick Bott, Chairman/Founder
Bott Radio Network
Rich Bott, President/CEO
Bott Radio Network
LTG (Ret.) William Boykin
US Army
Janet Boynes, Founder
Janet Boynes Ministries
L. Brent Bozell, Founder & President
Media Research Center
Maureen Bravo, International Director
Liberty Prayer Network
Dr. Randy Brinson, Chairman
Christian Coalition of Alabama
Michael L. Brown, Ph.D.,
Director, Coalition of Conscience;
Founder & President, FIRE School of Ministry
Phil Burress, President
Citizens for Community Values
Dr. David Butts, President and Founder
Harvest Prayer Ministries
Dr. Owen C. Cardwell, Jr., PhD
Executive Director
Heroes and Dreams Academy
Micah Clark, Executive Director
American Family Association of Indiana
Clint Cline, President
Design4 Marketing Communications
Pastor Scott Craig, Senior Pastor
Big Horn Canyon Community Church
Member, S. Dakota House of Representatives
David Crowe, President
Restore America
Kay Daly, President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Steve Deace
USA Radio Network, Conservative Review,
Washington Times
Bradlee Dean
The Sons of Liberty
Hon. Tom DeLay, Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Dr. Alberto M. Delgado, President
South Florida’s Hispanic Ministers Association
Elaine Donnelly
President, Center for Military Readiness
Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar
Parents of 19 Kids and Counting
Deryl Edwards, President
Liberty Counsel Action
John A. Eidsmoe, Colonel(MS), Mississippi State
Guard
Sr.Counsel, Foundation for Moral Law
Pastor, Association of Free Lutheran
Congregations
Matthew Emadi, Lead Pastor
Crossroads Church
Joseph Farah, Editor& Chief Executive Officer
WND.com, WND Books, WND Films
Kristin Fecteau
Campaign to Free
Don Feder, Founder
Don Feder Associates
Robert K. Fischer, Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Pastor Dan Fisher, Senior Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
Founder, Bringing Back the Black Robed
Regiment
Steven W. Fitschen, President
The National Legal Foundation
Dr. Jim Garlow
Skyline Church
Pastors Rapid Response Team
William Gattis, Board Member
Vision America
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland
Michigan House of Representatives
President, American Family Association of
Michigan
Jose L Gonzalez, President
Semilla, Inc
Adriana Gonzalez, Co-Founder
Catholics Called to Witness
Dr. Manuel Gonzalez, Co-Founder
Catholics Called to Witness
Rev Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross|MPA
The Latina RoundTable Conservative Coalition
Diane Gramley, President
American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Linda Harvey, President
Mission America
John Helmberger, Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Family Council
Dr. William Hernandez
Vice Presidente Internacional
Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, MI
Logan Holdaway, Interim Pastor
North Valley Bible Church
Greene Hollowell, Founder
Virginia Christian Alliance, Inc.
Allan Holthaus
Head Coordinator
Glory to God Covenant Community
Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant
Communities and Fellowships
Vickie Holthaus
Assistant Coordinator
Glory to God Covenant Community
Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant
Communities and Fellowships
Dr. Steven Hotze, Physician
Hotze Health and Wellness Center
Founder Conservative Republicans of TX
Deal W. Hudson, PhD, Publisher & Editor
Christian Review
Bishop E.W. Jackson, President
S.T.A.N.D.
Dr. Cindy Jacobs, Co-Founder
Generals International
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group
Rev. Gregory Johnson
Standing Together, President and Founder
Evangelical Ambassador for World Congress of
Families 9
At Large Board member of the NAE
Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D., President & CEO
National Religious Broadcasters
William Johnson, President
American Decency Association
Rick Joyner, President
The Oak Initiative
MorningStar Ministries
Warren Kelley, President
Point of View Ministries
Alan L. Keyes, Ph.D, Publisher
Loyaltoliberty.com
Sieg Krueger, Pastor
Mountain View Christian Assembly of God
Peter LaBarbera, President
Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
(AFTAH)
Andrea Lafferty, President
Traditional Values Coalition
Dr. Richard Land, President
Southern Evangelical Seminary
Deacon Alexander Laymon
Orthodox Deacon
St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church
Stafford, Virginia
Jennifer LeClaire, Founder
Jennifer LeClaire Ministries
Awakening House of Prayer
Tim Lee
Tim Lee Ministries
Rena M. Lindevaldsen, Interim Dean
Liberty University School of Law
Fred Lopez, President
Strategic Consulting Solutions
Pastor, Hope Resurrected Church, Ogden UT
Alex Lucero, Pastor
Abundant Life Assembly of God
Pastor Clemente Maldonado
District Superintendent
Midwest Latin District of the Assemblies of God
Dave Mallinak, Pastor
Berean Baptist Church Ogden, Utah
Patrick E. Mangan, Executive Director
Citizens for Community Values of Indiana
Pastor Greg Matte, Senior Pastor
Houston’s First Baptist Church
Dr Joseph Mattera, Overseeing Bishop Christ
Covenant Coalition
National Convener of United States Coalition of
Apostolic Leaders
Fr. C. John McCloskey, Catholic Priest
Fellow, Faith and Reason Institute
Dr. Jesse Miranda
Chairman Emeritus
National Hispanic Christian Leadership
Conference
Founder & Director of the Jesse Miranda Center
Robert Morris, Senior Pastor
Gateway Church (Southlake, TX)
William J. Murray, Chairman
Religious Freedom Coalition
Dean Nelson, Chairman
Frederick Douglass Foundation
Troy Newman, President
Operation Rescue
C. Preston Noell III, President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Joe Novotne, Pastor
Adventure Foursquare
Pastor Carlos Ortiz
Iglesia Cristo Vive Miami
Joe Ortwerth, Executive Director
Missouri Family Policy Council
Dr. Rod Parsley, Pastor
Center for Moral Clarity
Dr. Paige Patterson, President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ezequiel Pecina, Senior Pastor
Life Church Abilene Texas
Dan Pennell, Founder
Life United
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Janet L. Porter, President, Faith2Action,
Producer of the film, Light Wins: How to
Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity
Rev. Jerry Prevo
President, Christian Broadcasting, AK
Sr.Pastor, Anchorage Baptist Temple, AK
Randy Price, Senior Vice President
RBC Wealth Management
Bruce Proctor, Pastor of Youth and Education
Ministries
The Vine Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX
Gregory Quinlan
Pro-Family Network
Father Joseph Rahal
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Washington DC
Senior representative,
Antiochian Archdiocese Washington, DC
Dran Reese, President
Salt & Light Council
Judith Gelernter Reisman, PhD
Research Professor, Dir. Liberty Child
Protection Center
Liberty University School of Law
Alciona Rivera, Creative Director
Janet Boynes Ministries
Susan Robbins, Director
Christians United for America
Wanda Rolon, Senior Pastor
1ra. Iglesia Cristiana La Senda Antigua
Puerto Rico
Sid Roth, Host
It’s Supernatural Television
Deacon John E Sadowski
Catholic Deacon
St Catherine of Sienna Parish
P. Andrew Sandlin, S.T.D., President
Center for Cultural Leadership
Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder
The American Prayer Initiative
Pastor David Self, Executive Pastor
Houston’s First Baptist Church
J. Shelby Sharpe, Esq.
Law Offices of Sharpe, Rector and Tillman
Rev. Louis Sheldon, Chairman & Founder
Traditional Values Coalition
Fr. Randolph W. Sly
Common Good Foundation
David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
J. Thomas Smith, Esq.
Vision America Action Board member
Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Author
Push Back
John Stemberger, Pres. & Gen. Counsel
Florida Family Action
Carl Stephens, Pastor
Faith Assembly (Orlando, FL)
Rev. Anthony Suarez, Executive V.P
NHCLC
Nicole Theis, President
Delaware Family Policy Council
Dr. James Tolle, President
El Camino Churches
Larry Tomczak, Executive Director
The Awareness Group
Larry Tomczak Ministries Inc.
Mark Tooley, President
Institute on Religion and Democracy
Juan Torres, Central Florida Director
Bear Witness Central
Sue Trombino, Founder
Women Impacting the Nation
David Uth, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Orlando
Mike Valerio, Board Member
Vision America
Harold Velasquez
Executive VP of Communications
Conference Ministries International
Dr. Eric Wallace, Co-Founder & President
Freedom’s Journal Institute
Jennifer Wallace, Co-Founder
Freedom’s Journal Institute
Rev. Dave Welch, Executive Director Texas
Pastor Council
Deacon Darrell Wentworth
Catholic Deacon
North American Representative Catholic
Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant
Communities and Fellowships
Judge David White
American Judicial Alliance
Allen Whitt, President
Family Policy Council West Virginia
Jonathan Witt, Managing Editor
The Stream
Tyler Woodhead, Missionary pastor
Tentmakers Bible Mission
Dr. Ed Young, Pastor
Second Baptist Church
Bishop Paul D. Zink, Founding Pastor
New Life Christian Fellowship Jacksonville, FL
John Zmirak, Senior Editor
The Stream
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