Preserve Marriage - Protect Children's Rights is a national, Quebec-based organization,
formed to protect the fundamental and internationally recognized rights of
every child that are being threatened by the movement to redefine marriage
in Canada and in other countries. Although its members may have deep convictions, Preserve Marriage
believes that it is possible to adopt intelligent, civic minded positions
without the need to resort to moral arguments.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes a fundamental right
for every child on our planet. This right will be abolished for the Canadian
child if marriage is redefined as the union of any two persons. That is the
child's right to know and be raised by his mother and father, as far as
possible. It isn't always possible, as in cases of adoption and divorce. But
in such cases, again according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
public policy must give priority to the best interests of the child.
Traditional marriage, by its very structure, upholds the child’s right to
his mother and father. Redefining marriage abolishes that right, without any
regard to the best interests of the child.
Preserve Marriage recognizes and rejoices in the love and dedication that
every parent expresses towards his/her child, regardless of the family
structure to which he/she belongs. Marriage implies two parents who have the
responsibility according to Canadian law for the care and protection of
their child. Preserve Marriage in concerned about the intentional absence
of either a father or a mother among the child’s two parents, when a
marriage between two men or two women is officiated.
Marriage takes no position against long-term homosexual couplings, or the
exchange of vows between same-sex partners. It takes no position on the
morality of homosexual behaviour. It is not associated with any political
party or faith group, but welcomes and seeks to empower every Canadian that
is willing to defend the fundamental rights of the child, as upheld by the
universal institution of marriage.
Convention on the Rights
of the Child, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human