Declaration in Defence of Marriage – launched yesterday at the World Congress of Families

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Declaration in Defence of Marriage



We hold these truths to be self-evident:


That the bond of male and female is given by nature, affirmed by every culture, and uniquely empowered to nurture new life.

We say yes to the natural institution of marriage & family.

That same-sex ‘marriage’ is not given by nature, has never before been affirmed by culture, and cannot nurture new life.

We say no to the unnatural institution of same-sex ‘marriage’.


That “men and women of full age have the right to marry and to found a family.” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16)

We say yes to marriage and family formation as a compound right in law, because it is a compound reality in nature.

That the ‘marriage’ of two men gives the false right to found a motherless family by artificial means.

We say no to same-sex ‘marriage’ and family formation, for which there is no reality in nature and therefore no right in law.


That all children have the right, where possible, to the love of their mother and their father.

We say yes to marriage as an institution designed to give a child both a mother and a father.

That same-sex ‘marriage’ makes it impossible for a child to have both a mother and a father.

We say no to the injustice against children inherent in same-sex ‘marriage’.


That the nuclear family of man, woman and child is “the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state” (Art 16).

We say yes to state recognition of the natural family as the “first society” predating all states and all laws.

That same-sex ‘marriage’ is neither natural nor fundamental to the survival of society.

We say no to state recognition of the legal fiction of same-sex ‘marriage’, while we affirm the civil liberty of same-sex couples to live as they choose.


That “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression (Art 19)… to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” (Art 18)

We say yes to the right to express our deepest convictions on the truth of marriage and of sexual right and wrong.

That same-sex ‘marriage’ laws have led to government suppression of freedom of speech and conscience.

We say no to the use of same-sex ‘marriage’ laws to compel approval of homosexual behaviour and to persecute conscientious objectors.


That “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” (Art 26)

We say yes to the right of parents to guide the moral education of their children.

That parents lose this right when same-sex ‘marriage’ normalises same-sex behaviour in the curriculum, with the force of law.

We say no to a culture of homosexual ‘marriage’ that imposes homosexual values on schoolchildren against the wishes of parents.


That no government and no court has the authority to legislate a lie about marriage that:

  • Forces future children to miss out on their mum or dad;
  • Imposes radical homosexual education on all of our children;
  • Intimidates conscientious objectors with the big stick of anti-discrimination law;
  • Deconstructs the bonds of parenting and kinship and the very notion of male and female.


That same-sex couples, 1% of our fellow citizens, are free to live as they choose; but they are not free to redefine marriage or parenting or sexual right and wrong for all of us.

AMF think of the child

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