A Statement of Support for the Defense of Marriage Amendment


We are members of churches in the United States. We are saddened that some U.S. church leaders have offered public statements and teachings that undermine rather than strengthen marriage and family in our society. Our commitments to marriage are rooted in God’s revelation in Holy Scripture. But we also affirm the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith reality of marriage showing that marriage is rooted in creation, God’s law written on the human heart. Please join us in signing the following statement. The statement and signatures will be given to the President of the United States and to leaders of the U.S. Congress.


Marriage is the primary, essential institution of civil society. It has come under increasing attack from those who would remake marriage into the image of shifting cultural trends rather than affirm the unchanging design given to us at creation – a design recognized across cultures and history. We also acknowledge the unambiguous sociological evidence that children are best off with a mother and a father. It is becoming increasingly clear that legal measures to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman are necessary to preserve the place of marriage in our society. We support measures protecting the definition of marriage, including the prompt adoption of the Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as necessary to safeguard this fundamental social institution from unwarranted and destructive revision.

Sara L. Anderson
Bristol House, Ltd. (United Methodist)
Anderson, IN
John H. Armstrong
Reformation & Revival Ministries
Carol Stream, IL
Dennis G. Bell
Methodist Laity Reform Movement
Denison, IA
Karen Booth
Transforming Congregations (UMC)
Millsboro, DE
Ellis English Brust
American Anglican Council
Washington, DC
Susan Cyre
Presbyterians for Faith, Family and Ministry
Blacksburg, VA
Ira Gallaway
The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church
Albuquerque, NM
Christopher Hershman
The Evangelical Lutheran Confessing Fellowship
Allentown, PA
James M. Kushiner
The Fellowship of St. James (Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity)
Chicago, IL
Patricia L. Miller
The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church
Indianapolis, IN
Craig Alan Myers
Brethren Revival Fellowship
Columbia City, IN
Bill Nicoson
American Baptist Evangelicals
Westminster, CA
Thomas Oden
ACR Theological Taskforce Chairman
Oklahoma City, OK
David Runnion-Bareford
Biblical Witness Fellowship
Candia, NH
Russell E. Saltzman
Forum Letter, American Lutheran Publicity Bureau
Delhi, NY
Terry Schlossberg
Presbyterians Pro-Life
Burke, VA
L. Faye Short
RENEW Network (UMC)
Cornelia, GA
David M. Stanley
United Methodist Action
Muscatine, IA
Vernon Stoop, Jr.
Focus Renewal Ministries in
the United Church of Christ
Sassamansville, PA
Parker T. Williamson
The Presbyterian Lay Committee
Lenoir, NC
Mark Chavez
WordAlone Network (ELCA)
New Brighton, MN



Diane Knippers
Institute on Religion and
Washington, DC




Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.