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Thread-Topic: Please Help Defend Marriage
From: "United Families International" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Please Help Defend Marriage
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 04:45:59 -0700
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 19 Mar 2004 11:46:00.0017 (UTC)
Please Note: You are receiving this alert from United Families
International because you signed the Defend Marriage "United States
Petition to Defend Marriage" and asked to be kept informed about
critical developments on this issue. Defend Marriage is a project of
<http://www.unitedfamilies.org>United Families International.
March 18th, 2004
URGENT ACTION ALERT TO DEFEND MARRIAGE
Please Help Stop International Action That Could Threaten Marriage
in the U.S.!
Your urgent action is needed to help stop a proposed international
action that would threaten our ability to defend marriage in the
U.S. What was once considered to be our worst nightmare could soon
become a stark reality unless we act quickly. An arm of the United
Nations (UN), The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC),
will be considering sexual orientation provisions at an
international conference next week that could establish homosexual
behavior as an international "human right." If this happens it would
pave the way for activists throughout the world to demand the
legalization of same sex marriage.
If it is not stopped, these provisions would undoubtedly affect
marriage in the U.S. For example, U.S. judges are increasingly
looking to UN polices and international norms in rendering their
decisions on domestic issues. The U.S Supreme Court justices did
just this as part of their rationale for overturning Texas'
anti-sodomy laws last summer.
The UN mandate does not include social engineering nor the dictating
of social norms to member states and it is clearly overstepping its
bounds by even considering this proposal.
We adamantly oppose the UNHRC sexual orientation provisions for three reasons:
1. Attempts to legalize same sex marriage around the world would be
substantially strengthened if homosexual behavior becomes an
internationally recognized "human right." The resolution, if passed,
undoubtedly would be cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and state
appellate courts to (1) overturn Defense of Marriage laws at the
state and federal level and (2) challenge state constitutional
provisions defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
They did it on the Texas anti-sodomy law and they would surely do it
2. The provisions would seriously threaten religious freedom.
Already, courts in various countries have punished people who have
exercised freedom of expression in teaching their religious beliefs
on homosexuality. If homosexuality becomes an internationally
recognized "human right," churches and organizations throughout the
world that teach that homosexuality is wrong, that do not grant
homosexuals equal participation in their activities, or that exclude
them from leadership positions will be at risk of legal sanctions.
3. Since the definition of sexual orientation has not been limited
or defined in any way by the United Nations, it would be difficult
to restrict this newly proposed "right" to just homosexuals and
lesbians. It is but one logical step for pedophiles to demand
protection under this clause by simply claiming their "sexual
orientation" is towards children. In fact, MABLA, the Men and Boy
Love Association, has been seeking recognition at the United Nations
and is an active supporter of the gay and lesbian groups who lobby
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION IMMEIDATELY:
1. Call and/or email the White House and tell the president that the
U.S. must stand firm against UNCHR provisions designed to establish
homosexual behavior as an international human right or that would
elevate sexual orientation and place it in the same category as
race, religion, and other fundamental characteristics. Explain that
establishing homosexual behavior as an international human right
would pave the way for the mandatory legalization of homosexual
You can call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 or e-mail
the president at
<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>[EMAIL PROTECTED]
We have made it easy for you to send the president an e-mail through
our Web site by providing a suggested text and allowing you to send
it to the president by a single mouse click. Just
<http://www.unitedfamilies.org/geneva_alert.cfm>click here to go to
It is critical that the president hear from us on this issue because
if the U.S. stands firm in its opposition, these provisions likely
will not pass. If the president and his advisors know that enough
U.S. citizens are carefully watching the actions of our UN
delegations, it will make a difference as it has on past issues.
But, without the president's specific direction to them, the U.S.
delegation may not make the defeat of these provisions a high enough
2. E-mail the heads of the UN missions of the 53 countries that are
members of the Human Rights Commission. Again, we have created a
feature on our Web site that provides a simple message to e-mail
them allows you to send it to all 53 of these UN missions with just
the click of your mouse.
Some of these countries are not accustomed to having citizen input
on these issues and if enough of us e-mail them it is guaranteed to
get their attention.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to make your voice heard on
President, United Families International
Important Note: UFI is one of the most effective organizations in
the world fighting to defend marriage and the family at the UN and
in other international forums. But the increased international
activity we are now seeing, along with our stepped up efforts to
defend marriage and the family in Canada and the U.S., are seriously
straining our budget. Our effectiveness is completely dependent on
the financial support of people like you.
Please support our efforts by going to
website and making an
contribution or print out our mail in contribution form. If you have
not become an official member of UFI we would also invite you to do
so by <http://www.unitedfamilies.org/become_a_member.asp>clicking
You can help in this effort even more by forwarding this alert on to others!
Thank you for your help!
UNITED FAMILIES INTERNATIONAL
PO Box 2630
Gilbert, Arizona 85299-2630
Phone: (480) 507-2664
Fax: (480) 545-8382
Web site: <http://www.unitedfamilies.org>www.unitedfamilies.org
E-mail: <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>[EMAIL PROTECTED]
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