This pledge was created in October, 2011 to provide a more welcoming and inclusive understanding of family. Is this something you can personally endorse? Please join Reach And Teach in The Defense of All Families Pledge. Our immediate goal over the next month is to get over 10,000 signatures and we can use your help by signing the pledge and spreading the word. You can also get a poster of this pledge here that helps support this project and lets you visibly get this pledge out.
THE DEFENSE OF ALL FAMILIES PLEDGE
We value and respect — and we pledge to protect — every family that is committed in mutual love and that provides for the safety and well-being of its children and each other.
"We value and respect — and we pledge to protect — every family"
Today the family comes in all shapes and sizes. There are families with one parent or two or three or four. There are families in which the loving caregiver is not a parent at all but rather a grandparent, a cousin, an aunt, an uncle, a neighbor, or an older sibling. Our families include mixed-gender and same-gender couples. They come from a variety of ethnic, spiritual, and faith backgrounds. Our families include children by birth, foster children, adopted children, or no children at all. For these reasons, we stand for the diversity of family and against a one-size-fits-all model of a family ideal.
"that is committed in mutual love"
A commitment to love, caring, responsibility, and mutual respect extends across all faith and belief traditions in our country. For this reason, we stand with families committed to acting out of love as a primary rule. We stand against those who would deny a loving family's right to exist.
"and that provides for the safety and well-being of its children"
Not all families include children, but for those that do, the most basic concern to both a family and the community to which that family contributes is a deep and committed desire to lovingly and responsibly look out for the safety and well-being of children. For this reason, we stand with all families that commit to nurture the most vulnerable of our society. We stand against all who would strip away from a family the legal protection and ability to fulfill this role.
"and each other."
A family today goes beyond the "nuclear family" model of the past. We need our extended support networks of family and friends to care for all within our community and the larger world. For these reasons, we stand for the extended family in all of its beautiful diversity. We stand against those who seek to define families so narrowly as to exclude and devalue not only same-sex nuclear families, but also the extended family which in its diversity nurtures the interconnectedness of our society.
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Thanks much to Tikkun Magazine/Network of Spiritual Progressives, More Light Presbyterians, Believe Outloud, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and many other friends, supporters, and organizations that are helping to spread the word about this pledge. Together we are making a difference.
The Defense of All Families Pledge by Derrick Kikuchi / Reach and Teach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.