World Congress of Families Withdraws Invitation to British MP

ROCKFORD, IL, February 19, 2013 -- The Local Organizing Committee of the 7th World Congress of Families, to be held in Syndey in May, has withdrawn the invitation for one of their keynote speakers because he changed is vote on marriage in the British Parlament. The member, Duncan Smith, MP, also serves as the UK's Secretary of State.

WCF7 Sydney

WCF7- Sydney, a conference to affirm the Natural Family will take place on May 15-18 with delegates from over 70 countries. This Congress, with the theme “Happy Families, Healthy Economy: A New Vision for National Prosperity and Social Progress”, will be an historic event as the first Congress in the southern hemisphere, the first in the Asia-Pacific region and the first in an English speaking country. 

Larry Jacobs, vice president of the Howard Center, the sponsor of the congress said, "In an unfortunate change of position, Mr Duncan Smith voted last week in favor of “same-sex marriage,” despite his many years of support for the natural family and traditional marriage as the first Roman Catholic to serve as the Conservative Party leader. The letter to Mr Duncan Smith from the Local Organizing Committee and Mary Louise Fowler (Chairperson) is quoted here for your reference:"

“The World Congress of Families Organizing Committee has watched the debate in the United Kingdom regarding the government recognition of “same-sex marriage” with considerable interest and growing apprehension.

Regrettably, you cast your vote in support of the Marriage (Same-Sex) Bill last week, a bill which is at odds with the World Congress of Families’ definition of the natural family, marriage, and a child’s right to be raised by its mother and father. As a consequence of your vote, it is the decision of the Organizing Committees (Australia, New Zealand and International) that the invitation extended to you to be a Keynote speaker at the upcoming World Congress of Families 7, to be held in Sydney 15-18th May this year, be withdrawn.”

The WCF exists to affirm and defend the natural family as the fundamental unit of society necessary to renew a stable, free and prosperous  civilization.  The definition of natural family comes from a working group of the World Congress of Families, crafted in May, 1998, in a Second Century B.C. room in the ancient city of Rome. It is informed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), by the findings of science, by the wisdom of human nature through the ages and is consistent with the beliefs of the Abrahamic religions.  This definition reads:

The natural family is the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centered around the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage, for the purposes of:

  • satisfying the longings of the human heart to give and receive love;
  • welcoming and ensuring the full physical and emotional development of children;
  • sharing a home that serves as the center for social, educational, economic, and spiritual life;
  • building strong bonds among the generations to pass on a way of life that has transcendent meaning
  • extending a hand of compassion to individuals and households whose circumstances fall short of these ideals.

Thanks to you, the leaders and supporters of the international pro-family movement, we will continue to stand strong for the natural family and for the children of the world!.

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