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WV Pastors Overwhelmingly Unite in Support of Marriage

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Number of Religious Leaders Urging Governor Manchin to Defend Marriage More than Triples

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Just one month after the release of a poll indicating broad support among West Virginians for the addition of a marriage protection amendment to the state constitution, the number of pastors and religious leaders signing on to an open letter to Gov. Joe Manchin on the subject has more than tripled.  Lawsuits that have redefined marriage and efforts to circumvent the democratic process have given pastors throughout the state cause for concern.

“Members of the religious community in West Virginia are increasingly concerned by the actions of radical judges imposing their personal agendas on the public,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “Since the election, the reactions around the country of those who favor redefining marriage have raised the level of concern about protecting religious liberties.  These religious leaders hope for the opportunity to engage in the democratic process and protect marriage as 30 states before them have.”

Dys is referring to reports of vandalism, physical assaults, threats, and other acts of intimidation targeted at the religious community by homosexual activists.

The high courts in Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts have all thrown out their states’ Defense of Marriage acts.  Those laws were the same type as West Virginia’s act, which remains vulnerable since the state has no constitutional amendment defining marriage.  “Marriage” licenses for same-sex couples began being issued in Connecticut last week.

“Every time marriage as the union of one man and one woman goes before voters, marriage wins,” said Dys.  “West Virginians want to define marriage for themselves.  They do not want their government, or an agenda-driven court, imposing a law that knowingly deprives children of a mom and dad.  They know a marriage amendment is the best way to achieve this protection.”

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, and more than 100 pastors representing thousands of West Virginia churchgoers have asked Manchin to lead efforts to amend West Virginia’s constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The letter, which has grown from 30 signatories to 105 at present, is available at  More detailed information is also available at the site, including the poll results demonstrating that 73% of West Virginians support a marriage protection amendment.

Pastors who have not signed the open letter to Manchin may continue to add their names by sending an e-mail to or by calling 304-982-2803.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

November 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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  2. […] Family Policy Council of West Virginia has issued this press release that begins: “Just one month after the release of a poll indicating broad support among West […]

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