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2.5 million signatures tallied supporting marriage amendment

WASHINGTON (BP)–Pro-family leaders gathered in Washington July 9 to announce that some 2.5 million people have signed online petitions in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

The groups presented 1.4 million signatures to legislators July 9 and will present an addition 1.1 million on July 13. The Senate is debating the marriage amendment and the House is expected to take up the amendment before the November election.

The petitions were gathered by such groups as the American Family Association, the American Center for Law and Justice and the Center for Reclaiming America.

“Thirty-eight states have previously gone on record stating marriage is between one man and one woman,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement. “The people are making their voices heard in their states but unfortunately, that is not enough.

“With activist federal judges, some no doubt waiting for the opportunity to redefine marriage for the entire country, we must have an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and we are here today with yet another clear example of the overwhelming public support for an amendment to protect marriage.”

More than a dozen states likely will vote on state constitutional marriage amendments this fall. That includes petition drives in Arkansas, Michigan, Montana and Oregon that appear to have succeeded.

Sen. Wayne Allard, R.-Colo. — who supports a marriage amendment — appeared alongside pro-family leaders at the news conference.
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