Christian, Islamic, Jewish Leaders Unite to Oppose Homosexual Marriage

Mon Feb 9, 2004 - 12:15 pm EST

BOSTON, February 9, 2004 ( - In a statement released Saturday, leaders of several religious groups’ petitioned legislators to support a constitutional amendment that would preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  The leaders, which included Archbishop Sean O’Malley, as well as several representatives of evangelical and Christian Orthodox churches, Islamic councils, and Jewish groups, wrote that “Should the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to redefine marriage as any voluntary union of persons become the law of the land, it would have an enormously negative impact on our society.”

A constitutional convention will take place on Wednesday to decide whether an amendment to the constitution—which would enshrine the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman - should be passed.  If such an amendment is approved, the change will go to a ballet referendum in 2006.

The religious groups’ statement concludes that “All eyes are on Massachusetts; may they see our courage and resolve to safeguard the fundamental institution of marriage.”  In related news, approximately 2000 people rallied at Boston Common on Sunday in support of the constitutional amendment, carrying placards which said such things as ‘Let the people vote,’ ‘Marriage, ancient, sacred,’ and ‘Homosexuality is not normal.’  Read related coverage ‘Poll Reveals More than Two-thirds of Massachusetts Voters Want Vote on Marriage’ at:

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