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As I reported last week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) next month. This is critically needed legislation that would, if passed, permanently secure marriage as a legal bond solely between one man and one woman.

While many people have now contacted both of their senators to urge them to sponsor the Federal Marriage Amendment, it has become apparent that many others have yet to do their part to preserve traditional marriage.

This week, Paul Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, said, “Too few calls, too few letters and too few faxes are coming into the offices of members of the United States Senate urging them to stand firm in defense of marriage between a man and a woman. That’s why too many of the senators who should now be strong supporters of the Federal Marriage Amendment are still in the ‘uncommitted’ column.”

What a tragedy it would be if people of faith did not utilize this singular opportunity to positively impact the culture and the future of the American family.

In order to join together in a mass effort to protect traditional marriage, I am joining pastors across this nation as we establish Sunday, July 11, as “PROTECT MARRIAGE SUNDAY.”

In addition, I am calling on Americans everywhere to utilize Monday, July 12, as “CALL YOUR SENATORS DAY,” to urge both of their senators to support the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Thousands of churches will be participating in “Protect Marriage Sunday” on July 11.

On July 11, pastors will urge everyone attending Sunday services to call their two senators on July 12 as part of a massive grass-roots movement to protect traditional marriage. In this column, I have provided a list of all 100 U.S. senators, which includes their Washington, D.C., and home state phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Pastors may utilize this list in order to print up cards that can be dispensed to parishioners on July 11, making it very easy for people to call their senators the next day.

I am asking all pastors to lift up the God-ordained institution of marriage in their sermons on July 11 and to make clear the serious pitfalls that same-sex “marriage,” polygamy and other diverse family forms present. In addition, Sunday School teachers are encouraged to discuss marriage from a biblical perspective and also to discuss the threat of same-sex “marriage.”

Click on this link to be taken to the list of 100 senators: http://www.falwell.com/?a=p&content=1088092368.

Non-pastors reading this column are urged to e-mail it or to personally deliver it to their pastors, urging them to join in this critical campaign.

I am praying that we overwhelm Senate staffers with phone calls and that these calls will convince several senators that the vast majority of their constituents support traditional marriage. I want to help rally the troops in the cause to protect traditional marriage from arrogant judges and pompous politicians who seek to circumvent the will of the people in order to enact their ambiguous views on marriage – namely by authorizing same-sex “marriages.”

How to deal with seantors’ excuses

Many senators are willing to let a single activist federal judge declare all marriage laws void and to make same-sex “marriage” legal. We must not allow this to happen. But it will happen unless God’s people take action.

When you call your two senators, they may give you some excuses for not voting yes on the FMA. Some may say that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is already the law of the land and is sufficient to halt same-sex “marriage.” This is patently untrue. One federal judge can rule DOMA unconstitutional. Some senators are saying that the Constitution is too sacred to be altered or tampered with. But slavery and a woman’s right to vote, among other important matters, were all dealt with through a constitutional amendment. Other senators may say this is a states-rights issue. The sanctity of the family is far too precious to be left to unelected judges in Massachusetts, or any other state.

Gathering momentum

There is some good news to report: Since last week’s column, Sen. George Allen, R-Va., has announced he will vote for the Federal Marriage Amendment.

In a letter to a constituent, he wrote, “As a United States senator, I will support and protect the traditional, common-sense definition of marriage in law as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. While it was my hope that the existing Defense of Marriage Act could accomplish this goal, I believe that recent events and future court decisions indicate that a constitutional amendment is needed to protect the rights of the people in the states to define the institution of marriage.”

While this is indeed encouraging news, we need several other senators to come on board. That is why I am urging everyone reading this column to immediately take personal action to help in the passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Your action of calling both of your senators will have a powerful impact on this issue. Most senators will not vote against the FMA if enough constituents call to urge them to support the amendment. Remember, after you have called your senators, urge all of your friends and family members to also call and respectfully ask that their senators support the FMA. Most importantly, urge your pastor and congregation to observe PROTECT MARRIAGE SUNDAY and CALL YOUR SENATORS DAY.

It is imperative that we preserve traditional marriage for the sake of our future generations. Please join me and thousands of other concerned Americans in taking a stand for traditional marriage by (1) calling both of your senators, (2) urging your friends and family members to do the same, and (3) have your pastor participate in the Protect Marriage Sunday.

Again, click on this link to be taken to the list of 100 senators: http://www.falwell.com/?a=p&content=1088092368.

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