The Marriage Definition Amendment Initiative
The 2006/2008 Marriage Definition Initiative is a
joint project of the Family Institute of Connecticut , Family Institute
of Connecticut Action, and Family Institute of Connecticut Action
2006 begins a pivotal time for Connecticut
families: perhaps the most pivotal year in a generation. Across the
country, marriage is under attack, particularly in the courts. Twenty
states have successfully turned to their own constitutions to protect
marriage from activist judges and well-funded interest groups. The
2006/2008 Marriage Definition Initiative is designed to lead an effort
here in Connecticut to protect marriage in this critical time. We
believe that t he best opportunity for protecting the definition of
marriage is passage of an amendment to the state constitution.
The Marriage Definition Initiative centers around
rallying Connecticut residents to support a constitutional convention
this November, using the one opportunity Connecticut residents have
every twenty years for direct input into their Constitution.
While we believe the campaign will result in many
benefits for the pro-family agenda, including getting family-friendly
state legislators elected, increased public awareness on critical
family issues, and development of a grass-roots network of pro-family
groups, the goal of the Marriage Definition Initiative is: To obtain a
majority "yes" vote for a constitutional convention in November 2006 or
November 2008 and, through that convention, secure an amendment to the
Connecticut State Constitution defining marriage as a union between one
man and one woman.
The goals of the Initiative are as follows:
Develop a campaign to educate Connecticut residents on:
- The status of marriage and other family-related issues in the state.
- The opportunity presented by the convention.
- The voting records of state legislators and candidates on these critical issues.
- Legal and political developments in these areas.
We also seek to:
- Get family-friendly state legislators elected
and apply pressure to compel legislators and candidates to make public
and clear their position on this issue.
- In the process of the campaign, increase overall public awareness on critical family issues.
- Develop a coalition of like-minded groups and volunteer resources to support these efforts and promote a pro-family agenda.
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