The U.S. Senate will likely vote on one of the most consequential issues facing the modern American family next month when senators will consider the passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment that would forever secure marriage as a bond between one man and one woman.

It is therefore imperative that pro-family Americans immediately contact their two senators to voice their support for a Federal Marriage Amendment. I am urging everyone reading this column to immediately call each of their senators to courteously, but firmly, urge them to cast a vote in favor of such an amendment when it comes up for a vote in the Senate. In a moment I will tell you how to contact your senators, but first please allow me to make the case for traditional marriage in America.

Gary Bauer is reporting that a deal has been struck between Senate Democrats and militant homosexual activists to kill any effort to protect traditional marriage. Mr. Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, said that, at present, many senators are “hiding behind a host of excuses to avoid doing the only thing that will preserve marriage in America as the union of one man and one woman.” That means the voices of those opposing same-sex marriage are not being heard.

We have seen courts in Hawaii, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts attempt to redefine marriage, and this effort will continue – ultimately successfully – unless a Federal Marriage Amendment is passed.

“The failure to pass an amendment,” said Mr. Bauer, “will give a green light to liberal judges all across the country and the consequences will be devastating. The words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ will be meaningless. Homosexual adoption will be instantly legalized, and generations of children will be raised in wholly unnatural environments – deprived of ever having the benefit of a mother and a father. The public schools will teach your children that two men ‘marrying’ each other are morally equivalent to one man and one woman. It’s legal, so it must be OK! Our kids will be taught how to perform ‘safe sodomy’ in their sex education classes. Churches will be pressured to either abandon the Scriptures or lose their tax-exempt status if they refuse to ‘marry’ homosexuals. That would be discrimination, after all!”

That’s not the future I want for my children and grandchildren. It’s not the future I want for evangelical churches across this nation.

It’s therefore time to get down and dirty!

I am joining with Gary Bauer and other Christian leaders to implore people of faith to launch into immediate action. The time is now to flood congressional offices with phone calls in defense of traditional marriage. Evangelical pastors also must take action in their pulpits, calling their congregations to action.

If we work together, we can literally impact the course of this vote and permanently safeguard traditional marriage in America.

Here is what you need to do right now: 1) Call both of your senators at the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and politely demand that they co-sponsor the Federal Marriage Amendment. Members of my staff have been calling their senators and report that Senate staffers record their names and zip codes so that the senators can be informed of their call.

2) After calling, call five friends or family members straight away and urge them to do the same.

3) E-mail this column to everyone in your address book and ask them to also call their senators.

4) Share this column with friends at church and at work and encourage them to speak up.

5) Give this column to your pastor and recommend that he utilize it this Sunday morning (Father’s Day) to encourage everyone attending to go on the offensive by calling their senators.

As Gary Bauer said, “The politicians in Washington must be made to fear for their political lives!” If multiple thousands of concerned Americans call their senators during the next few days, that fear will be set in place among those who are on the fence on this issue, and we will see traditional marriage preserved.

I urge you now to immediately call your senators (202-224-3121) to urge them to co-sponsor the Federal Marriage Amendment.

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