The Words of the Jenkins Family from 2008
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rev. Michael Jenkins, President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (USA) announced his support today for California's Protect Marriage Act, Proposition 8. Jenkins affirmed strong support for the proposition, which would restore the definition of marriage in California as between a man and a woman.
"The received tradition of marriage, between a man and a woman, always has been and remains today the building block of society, the cornerstone of civilization. Marriage consecrated by God is called for as a key institution by every religion in the world. Every one protects women and children by honoring, celebrating, and fortifying marriage as a sacrament," Jenkins stated.
"To reduce marriage from a covenant with God between a husband and wife to a contract between two individuals, regardless of gender, is to impoverish the institution of marriage precisely at the time when America most urgently needs men and women to love each other, love their children, and love others with the enduring heart of a parent that comes from God alone," he explained. "Passage of Proposition 8 does not impinge upon the rights and privileges of anyone, but rather affirms the aspirational model of a marriage that represents a sacred covenant with the Divine and manifests God's image as brought forth in scripture as that of male and female and ultimately of a Father and a Mother," he said.
"However, a 'no' vote on Proposition 8 sends the wrong message to our children and to following generations about who we are as a people, what we live for, and who we live for. The fact is, a sanctified bond between a man and a woman represents more than a mere union between individuals. It represents the merging of the husband's lineage with that of the wife. The received tradition of marriage is meaningful because it has the vertical dimension of God's love and image as well as ancestral lineage and heritage. It also has a horizontal dimension of love between husband and wife. All children need and deserve parents who love them and who are married to each other. New life deserves origins in respect and loving intimacy. Nearly all Americans know this. Nearly all people in the world know this. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness begin with and are secured in a loving family rooted in marriage blessed by God," Jenkins said.
[The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Family Church of America, was founded by the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon.]
SOURCE Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
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