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GARY BAUER
Campaign for Working Families, June 18, 2003
Campaign for Working Families, June 26, 2003
Campaign for Working Families, June 27, 2003
Campaign for Working Families, July 1, 2003
Campaign for Working Families, July 2, 2003
Campaign for Working Families, July 3, 2003
Campaign for Working Families, July 7, 2003

CHUCK COLSON
Prison Fellowship Ministries, June 30, 2003

KEN CONNOR
Family Research Council, June 19, 2003
Family Policy Network, June 20, 2003
Family Research Council, June 23, 2003
Family Research Council, June 26
Family Research Council, June 30, 2003
Family Research Council, July 1, 2003
Family Research Council, July 9, 2003

DAVID CROWE
Restore America, July 3, 2003

JERRY FALWELL
Old-Time Gospel Hour, June 26, 2003

ROBERT KNIGHT
Culture and Family Institute, July 2, 2003


Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families, June 18

The Northern Front
A new front has opened in the culture war. For years our northern neighbor, Canada, has been experimenting with social radicalism. But for the first time the effects will be felt here in the United States. We have been warning for months that the battle over marriage is about to "go nuclear." For thousands of years everyone knew what was meant by the word "marriage." Now that too is open for debate in our relativistic society.

Last week Canadian courts legalized homosexual marriages, and now the liberal Canadian parliament is working on legislation to validate that ruling. According to today's New York Times, the United States recognizes legal Canadian marriages. Moreover, Canada does not have any residency requirements to obtain a legal marriage there. You can see where this is leading.

Homosexual advocates will point to Canada as an example the United States should emulate. The Canadian example is bad enough, but the issue of homosexual marriage is currently pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Court. We have all the makings of a constitutional and societal crisis over the very definition of marriage and family, yet most of our political leaders are silent! I believe the White House must be proactive. It must speak up now and it must speak boldly in defense of traditional marriage. It must send strong signals to Capitol Hill that a constitutional amendment must pass to ensure that marriage in this country remains the union of one man and one woman.

Ken Connor, Family Research Council, June 19

Hockey Players, Cold Fronts and Now Gay Marriage
Canada soon will be sending us "married" homosexuals. The decision of the government not to appeal the Ontario court ruling--and Prime Minister Chretien's pledge to quickly pass a gay marriage bill in Parliament--makes this a done deal. What does this mean for the United States? Countries recognize each other's marriage contracts. Homosexuals in the U.S. already are traveling north to get "married" and returning to demand their states recognize these Canadian contracts. And "married" homosexual Canadians moving south also are likely to demand legal recognition of their marital status. Yet 37 states have enacted defense of marriage (DOMA) laws defining marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. And the federal DOMA law exempts states from having to recognize same-sex "marriages" from other states. Consequently, this has all the makings of a diplomatic mess.

The assault on marriage from every quarter--the courts, legislatures, the cultural elite, and now Canada--is unprecedented in human history. Americans seeking to preserve marriage as the bedrock foundation of society must make their voices heard.

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