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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Declaration

Martin Luther King Jr.On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we stand up to defend these truths and their intimate relationship to the natural and civil rights of minor children:
  1. Marriage is the only institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. It is the only institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born of their union. Children have a fundamental, natural, human right, as far as possible, to know and to be loved and cared for by their married mother and father.
  2. God’s people, clergy and laity alike are major stakeholders and leader for natural marriage and family life. They have a primary role to advocate for this fundamental right of children and to offer pastoral care that safeguards marriage and family life.
  3. The U.S. federal, state, and local governments and their appointed agencies and staff have a Constitutional mandate to safeguard and defend this fundamental right of children to be nurtured, protected, and reared by their mothers and fathers.
  4. The private sector, including business and non-profit organizations have a moral, ethical, and public obligation to support the natural and civil rights of children to be nurtured, protected, and reared by their mothers and fathers.
  Therefore, we will:
  1. Inaugurate a national civil rights movement that begins in the Washington, D.C. Region to build a coalition of America’s faith traditions that includes clergy and laity of the Abrahamic religions and denominations on behalf of the fundamental human rights of children.
  2. Advocate for children to be nurtured and parented as much as is possible by their own mothers and fathers, and especially for married mothers and fathers.
  3. Promote and support marriage and the pastoral needs of couples regarding marriage, including preparation, enrichment, stepfamily support, crisis care, and reconciliation.
  4. Lead a movement to establish agreements by clergy across faith traditions in defined geographical areas that lead to increased and improved marriage and family life, family and relationship education, marriage-mentor ministries, and other marriage-supportive care in houses of worship, community by community.
  5. Lead and facilitate training of marriage-mentor couples community by community.