Jacobs commented: "World Congress of Families is proud to be in such distinguished company as the National Organization for Marriage (the March organizer), Concerned Women for America, Human Life International, Family Research Council and the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute in resisting efforts to deconstruct marriage -- the foundation of the natural family and civilization and the guarantor of the rights of children to be raised by their mother and father."
Jacobs added: "Our Partners have been in the forefront of efforts to save marriage around the world: (1) including Red Familia's campaign to stop 'same-sex marriage' in Mexico City, (2) Christian Concern's involvement in a coalition which delivered half-a-million signatures to 10 Downing Street on a petition to maintain marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the United Kingdom, and (3) the Australian Family Association, Endeavour Forum and Dads4Kids helping to defeat a 'gay marriage' bill in the Australian Parliament in August 2012."
The societal importance of marriage and the natural family (a universal definition adopted in 1998 by a diverse, multi-faith, working group of international leaders from the World Congress of Families), was affirmed again in The Madrid Declaration, adopted at the conclusion of World Congress of Families VI (May 27, 2012). It proclaims: The "natural family is inscribed in human nature and centers on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in the lifelong covenant of marriage. The institution of marriage foremost provides love and joy to the couple and is also aimed for the procreation and rearing of children. The marital union also offers security for them in times of trouble, the foundation for a society that balances order and liberty, and the binding of generations."
"Marriage holds primacy over every other human institution," Jacobs observed. "Jews, Christians and other Abrahamic faiths believe that marriage was ordained by God. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) calls the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman, 'the natural and fundamental group unit of society and [as such] is entitled to protection by society and the State.' Indeed, both marriage and the family predate the State. Even secular anthropologists agree that marriage and family were a significant factor in the development of our modern society."
World Congress of Families VII (May 15-18, 2013) in Sydney, Australia will explore the theme "Happy Families, Healthy Economy: A New Vision for Prosperity and Social Progress." It will include sessions on: The Impact on Children of Legalizing 'Same-Sex Marriage,' Marriage as an Instrument of Human Development, What Families Are Best for the Economy? and a special parliamentary session on "Winning the Legislative Battles." Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage, will be among the speakers the Congress. For more information about World Congress of Families VII Sydney 2103, click here: wcfsydney2013.org.au.