Religious Leaders Urge Fight Against Gay Marriage

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WASHINGTON -- The National Marriage Summit wrapped up Tuesday on Capitol Hill and featured strategies for battles over same-sex marriage.

More than 100 religious leaders opposed to same sex marriage gathered in Washington this week to work on a national strategy.

They believe a clear majority of Americans oppose gay marriage, but the problem is getting them to engage in the battle. They worry if those people won't engage, the war could be won by the minority who are passionate for same-sex marriage.

"What we've got to do is inform people, awaken people, and let them know this is not a time to be passive, just sitting back," said Rev. Larry Tomczak of Sovereign Grace Ministries in Gaithersburg, Md. "We've got to be engaged in prayer and then in a compassionate way, we've got to communicate the truth, then be involved in the political process."

After their two-day summit, they took their message to Capitol Hill, where a couple of lawmakers joined them to say they will fight hard in Congress for traditional marriage.

"Everything that we are as a people is taught to the next generation through that foundation stone of marriage between a man and a woman," said Rep. Steve Kind, R-Iowa. "And if this civilization is going to survive and prosper and go to the next level up to its destiny, then we're going to have to have the kind of relationships that have built this country and built this civilization, and that's marriage."

"Law restrains certain things," said Lou Engle, founder of the organization, The Call. "Once law is removed it opens the floodgate, proliferates it and makes it commonplace. It mainstreams it into education and everything else. That's the difficulty we have with gay marriage."

"Marriage will probably be abandoned in the future if we go this way and that's not good for children," Engle added.

Religious leaders at the marriage summit say if you do not want same sex marriage to be legal in your state tomorrow, you need to take action against it today.

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