Recently my country, Canada, passed legislation to make same-sex marriages legal. Like many others who were concerned, I wrote our Member of Parliament and our Prime Minister, Paul Martin, to express my disagreement with their proposed changes. I think they looked upon objectors like us as weirdos and hate-mongers. Now I feel that I have to apologize to friends from other countries for the moral decline of my country. What will be next as we continue down the slippery slope? The return of our Wonderful Lord?
Here's a letter from the Canadian President of Focus on the Family. Let's join them in their fight to preserve the sanctity of the family and biblical marriage:
By now many of you will know that the House of Commons has passed legislation to make same-sex marriages legal all across Canada. Though this legislation will redefine marriage in law, we are committed more than ever to protecting marriage. The results of last night's vote provide renewed impetus for Canadians to work harder than ever to promote the value of marriage between a man and a woman.
Redefining marriage blatantly disregards the deeply held beliefs-whether religious or not-of millions of Canadians who believe marriage is meant for a man and a woman. Public opinion polls have been very clear: the majority of Canadians do not support this legislation. We expect it will be an important consideration in the upcoming election as Canadians return to the polls.
I want to make it very clear that regardless of what courts and parliament may do, Focus on the Family will continue to do all we can to ensure that marriage between one man and one woman is valued, supported, and protected. We will do what we have done since our inception more than 20 years ago: provide help for marriages and families. It will be more difficult than before, but we will continue to do so.
We will also be working hard to strengthen religious freedoms in Canada. New legislation is needed at the provincial level to ensure that all Canadians' rights to freedom of religion, conscience and expression are vigorously protected and upheld.
Many Canadians like you have contacted Focus on the Family Canada and have thanked us for speaking on behalf of marriage. Our very vocal, public defense of marriage over the last two years has been costly to our organization and many of our staff have put in long hours to ensure we provided you with complimentary resources to get involved including thousands of Marriage Action Kits and our online email- and fax-to-MPs service. We've also been quick to respond to media and have held numerous meetings and events in Ottawa to support marriage and take every opportunity possible to get out a "message for marriage".
We thank you for partnering with us over the last few months and ask you to join with us as we move forward. More than ever we need you to play a vital role in shaping the future of our country.
We appreciate the generous support we have received from you and ask that you continue to partner with us both in prayer and financially to help Focus on the Family maintain a strong voice for faith and family in Canada.
From all the staff here at Focus on the Family Canada- thank you and may God bless you.
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President of Focus on the Family Canada