Religious Leaders Stand Together to Defend Marriage, Religious Freedom

In an open letter to Americans, leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the country joined together to voice the concern they share for marriage and religious freedom.

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of four Catholic bishops who signed the letter.

“Marriage and religious liberty are at a crisis point in the United States,” he said. “This letter is a sign of hope. Not only are tens of millions of believing citizens represented in the letter’s signatories, but the letter itself testifies to the growing and shared awareness of just how important marriage and religious freedom are to the well being of our country.”

The leaders countered a common argument that the main threat to religious freedom is the possibility of ministers being forced to perform same-sex weddings. They warned that redefining marriage has consequences for religious freedom.

Titled, “Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together,” the letter was released Jan. 12. To download the letter, click here. Faith groups represented in the letter include: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon and Pentecostal.

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