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When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to 'the beginning' of God's creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.
Regardless of your tradition, we invite all people of faith to join in prayer and in a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty. This may take on many forms as there are beautiful religious traditions in our country and will itself serve as a sign of the religious diversity that flows from religious freedom and that makes our country great.
Various religious leaders, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president
of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued an open
letter on April 23, 2015, entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness."
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB, Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Rabbi
Leonard Matanky, President, The Rabbinical Council of America, and other prominent religious leaders join together in a letter to protect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Free Exercise of Religion: Putting Beliefs Into Practice- Religious leaders from many faiths in the U.S. issued a statement in June 2012 on religious freedom. Catholics are not alone in the fight to defend our First Amendment rights! Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod (LCMS) President Matthew C. Harrison video announcement
Open Letter: "Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together" (Jan. 12, 2012)
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and over 100 religious leaders and scholars released an open letter July 2, 2013 entitled Standing Together for Religious Freedom!
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