American Legion Endorses …

Salt Lake CityUT – August 25, 2006 – The American Legion, the same organization that begins its weeklong annual national convention today in Salt Lake City, has formally endorsed a definition of the natural family in language long-supported by the Sutherland Institute and closely resembling a recentKanab City resolution.




Just two years ago, in 2004, The American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, adopted a resolution (#401) defining the natural family as “the fundamental unit, inscribed in human nature and centered on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage.”




As quoted on June 8, 2006 by the U.S. Newswire, Thomas L. Bock, National Commander of The American Legion, commenting on the proposed marriage resolution said, “Our position is specific and it reflects the attitude of most of Americans.  The American Legion opposes all efforts to undermine, alter, or otherwise corrupt the institution of marriage, which is the cornerstone of a healthy family.”




The definition of the natural family originated as part of the Second World Congress of Families in 1999. The administrator of that Congress was Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero, then – Executive Vice-President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford, Illinois.




Mero has stated that plain-speaking, common sense people of good will understand the innate value of the natural family.  “The American Legion is an organization whose members are accustomed to selfless acts and thoughts about this nation and the citizens who comprise it.”  He added, “Endorsing the natural family is a selfless act in an age of selfish special interests.”




The American Legion Resolution can be found at:




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