A global movement to preserve and reclaim the definition of marriage was launched in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday.

The Australian Christian Lobby was pleased to join with dozens of leaders from pro-family groups from throughout the world in signing the Cape Town Declaration.

“With just 23 of 190 United Nations member countries having redefined marriage in law, the new global marriage movement is determined to prevent further slippage and to win marriage back where it has been lost,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.

“It is exciting to be part of a global movement which is not giving up on the truth about what marriage is.”

Mr Shelton said a common theme at the event, organized by the newly formed International Organisation for the Family (IOF), was pressure from governments to change toilet and shower policies at schools to allow boys to use girls’ facilities and vice versa.

“‘Safe Schools’-style gender fluid agendas are what have quickly come next in countries where the law on marriage has changed.

“In Africa, where only South Africa has redefined marriage, delegates told us of rich countries like the United States threatening to withdraw aid money if they do not implement the political agenda of LGBTIQ activists.”

Mr Shelton said the minority countries which had lost marriage were inspired by Australia’s fight to preserve it.

The Cape Town Declaration affirms that marriage between one man and one woman is the “bedrock of civil society” and that it is at the “heart of any just social order”.

Signatories pledge to “not falter or flag until the truth about marriage is embraced in our laws and honoured in our lands”.

Members of the public are invited to sign the Cape Town Declaration on line.

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