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North American Lutheran Church bishop speaks out on marriage

The Rev. Paull Spring, bishop of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), recently joined leaders of other religious communities in the United States in releasing an open letter defending traditional marriage. “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment” expressed these leaders’ shared belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

The Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and organizer of the interfaith event, signed the letter as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, were among the other religious leaders who signed the letter.

“Marriage is the permanent and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family. Marriage is an institution fundamental to the well-being of all of society, not just religious communities,” the letter states.

“As religious leaders across different faith communities, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We honor the unique love between husbands and wives; the indispensable place of fathers and mothers; and the corresponding rights and dignity of all children.”

“It is significant that religious leaders from diverse Christian communities and from other faith traditions have been able to work together to affirm and defend God’s intention for marriage and its importance for our society,” said Spring.

“‘We believe and confess that the marriage of male and female is an institution created and blessed by God. From marriage, God forms families to serve as the building blocks of all human civilization and community,’” said Bishop Spring, quoting from “The Common Confession” affirmed by the NALC. “Alongside all faithful Christians, Lutherans have affirmed this traditional understanding of marriage for nearly 500 years.”

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