An Open Letter to the United States Senate
I have been informed that the Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment which would define marriage in legal terms; to clearly identify that union as only between a man and a woman. This vote has been scheduled to take place on June 6th.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints issued a document on September 23, 1995, which codified several issues regarding how the family unit was of paramount importance, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”. (linked via title bar). Elder Russell M. Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned several key issues in his talk, “What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest” presented at General Conference in 2005. Here are some of the key statements within that document that he pointed out:
“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.”
“Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.”
“Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”
“The disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”
And the last words of the proclamation express the simple truth that the family is “the fundamental unit of society.”
Please consider this information as you take a stand to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage; specifically as a sacred union between a man and a woman. Limit the damage done by activist judges intent on the destruction of the family unit as a sacred entity.