Interfaith Alliance Rejects Proposed Marriage Amendment

April 22, 2004

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

On April 22, 2004 The Interfaith Alliance reported, "Today, The Interfaith Alliance, the nation’s largest interfaith organization called on the United States Congress to reject a proposed amendment to the Constitution, known as the Federal Marriage Amendment." The organization released a statement saying, in part: "As a mainstream religious organization of over 150,000 people of faith and goodwill who come from over 70 faith traditions, we believe that people of faith in a religiously pluralistic society are bound together by shared principles of compassion, civility and mutual respect for human dignity. While pronounced differences exist within our collective religious traditions in regard to the recognition of same-gender relationships, The Interfaith Alliance strives to model a dialogue between faith traditions that upholds our shared principles while neither critiquing nor evaluating the theology or practice of any faith tradition... Respecting the rights of those in our diverse communities of faith who deem same-gender marriage to be consistent with their religious creed ensures that the United States will continue to be the most religiously pluralistic country in the world. We firmly believe that it is not the purview of our government to enshrine in our laws the beliefs of one particular faith tradition over others."