Dr Robert George of Princeton University, as one of the drafters of the Manhattan Declaration (which inspired the Canberra Declaration) and who has been called America's "most influential conservative thinker" tells us that our laws "have understood and defined [marriage] as a relationship shaped by the needs of children for mothers and fathers, rather than as an institution whose purpose is to serve the interests or desires of adults by facilitating sexual-romantic companionship."
George, who is this year's Wilberforce Award winner, continues that marriage "aims to secure for the children the inestimable blessing of being brought up in the committed love - the marital bond - of the man and woman who brought them into being."
Homosexual 'marriage' robs children, who come into being through reproductive technologies, of the nurture and knowledge of both a mother and a father. In other words so-called 'marriage equality' makes the well-being of children subservient to the interests and desires of adults. It's not equality at all. If we follow this path it is easy to see that we will end up with another Stolen Generation!
Marriage therefore is not simply a form of sexual-romantic or domestic partnership but something God ordained at Creation. Marriage as between a man and a woman is the foundational relationship of human society.
Now we invite you to watch this lovely short video on marriage produced by Natalie Lonsdale, our volunteer social media coordinator for the Canberra Declaration. She has added music and images to the words of the Canberra Declaration about marriage.
The definition of true marriage cannot be changed. Jesus said, "Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." (Matthew 19:4-6).
Yes, marriage is worth fighting for!
Firstly, take hold of the most powerful weapon that God has given Christians - prayer. Pray that God will preserve marriage as solely between a man and a woman as He purposed at Creation.
Secondly, please make an appeal to your local Federal Member of Parliament by visiting, ringing or writing. You can send an email message by using this convenient service by the ABC. Ask him or her to preserve the institution of marriage.
Thirdly, pass this email on to others urging them to sign the Declaration (click the button below) to support marriage or go to Canberra Declaration Facebook page and share this video with your friends.
Yours for the defense of marriage and family,
David Rowsome and Warwick Marsh