Italy-based religious news agency Zenit:
Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have joined together in an open letter to all Americans to voice their shared concern for marriage and religious freedom.
The letter, titled "Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together," was released today. Signatories include leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, and Pentecostal communities in the United States.
Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of the four signing Catholic bishops.
"Marriage and religious liberty are at a crisis point in the United States," he said. "This letter is a sign of hope. Not only are tens of millions of believing citizens represented in the letter's signatories, but the letter itself testifies to the growing and shared awareness of just how important marriage and religious freedom are to the well-being of our country. The letter makes a compelling argument that needs to be heard by all of us, especially those in positions of authority: Anyone truly concerned with religious freedom must also be a defender of marriage's perennial definition."