Leaders from around the world are uniting to rededicate themselves to protecting traditional marriage and the family in all societies. An international declaration which reaffirms marriage as between only one man and woman was launched in Cape Town, South Africa last week. Garnering signatures from noted academics, religious‚ political‚ social and civic leaders, as well as citizens from around the globe, the declaration seeks to unite countries for a common cause: marriage.
The worldwide response is a significant contradiction to the pervasive narrative that there is a universal push for same-sex marriage. The diversity of groups and individuals represented by signatories to the Declaration demonstrates that there remains, across the world, a desire to protect marriage as the fundamental unit of society.
The Declaration, from the newly formed International Organization for the Family (IOF), encourages anyone who supports traditional marriage to sign the petition, and pledge to protect the family throughout the world. The petition is not driven by one over-arching religious influence or even political ideology - it simply affirms that traditional marriage is the bedrock of any society. People from all faiths and none, and from all sides of politics, can support the language of the Declaration:
We affirm the dignity of marriage as the conjugal bond of man and woman. We embrace it not as the parochial practice of any sect or nation or age, but as the patrimony of all mankind. We defend it not as a matter of preference or temperament or taste but as the heart of any just social order.
Human beings thrive in communities. And every community finds its foundation where every human being deserves to begin: in marriage. Here a man and a woman commit to join their whole lives as one family and seal their love as one flesh. They show forth the fidelity and unity-in-diversity of any healthy community. Thus do they secure for any children born of their bond, the birthright of all men: to know the faithful love of the man and woman whose union gave them life.
We rededicate ourselves to honoring, restoring, and protecting these truths. We commit, where possible, to refuse to deal with corporations that deny them. We pledge to resist the rising cultural imperialism of Western powers whose governments seek nothing less than the ideological colonization of the family.
You too can be a part of this international movement! Sign the petition here to send a message to the world: marriage is the bedrock of society - and we will never stop defending it.