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Religious Leaders Sign Declaration on Marriage

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Declaration on Marriage
From left to right: Very reverend John Jillions, Orthodox Church in America, Mr. Bruce J. Clemenger, President, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Most Rev. Marcel Gervais, Archbishop of Ottawa
Today, 40 religious leaders announced a joint signing of a Declaration on Marriage.

“As different faith communities, we have come together to present to Parliament and society as a whole, our common view on marriage,” said Bruce J. Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. ”The Prime Minister, by promising to hold a vote to re-open the debate on marriage, is giving Canadians an opportunity to have sober, second-thought on this issue. As communities of faith, we would welcome an opportunity to participate in reasoned and constructive public dialogue concerning the nature of marriage.”

Most Rev. Marcel Gervais, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa, repeated what is essential for the participating faith groups. “Our appeal today is that law and public policy recognize the essential and unique importance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the security, nurturing and well-being of children. As religious leaders from diverse faith communities, we find common ground in affirming that the best interests of the child must prevail over adults’ exercise of their liberty.”

“This Declaration on Marriage is consistent with thousands of years of reflection and practice,” stated the Rev. Ken Bellous, executive minister of the Baptist Convention. “We seek justice for all while valuing the importance of marriage.”  The Declaration on Marriage is intended to give guidance to Parliamentarians and to members of society as Canadians continue to debate this important issue.

The signatories represent a broad spectrum of the faith communities from across Canada.


For more information or an interview contact:

Gail Reid, Director, Communications,
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

(905) 478 5885 ext. 227
http://www.evangelicalfellowship.ca/

Sylvain Salvas, Director, Communications,
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
(613) 241-9461
www.cccb.ca/

Ken Bellous, Executive Minister
Baptist Convention of Ontario & Quebec
(416) 620-2948
http://www.baptist.ca/

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