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Delegates to the 127th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus Aug. 5 adopted a resolution pledging to join with Catholic bishops conferences around the world “in their efforts to achieve legal and constitutional protection at the national, state, territorial or local levels for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.”

The convention noted that at “the Sixth World Meeting of Families in Mexico City in January 2009, Pope Benedict XVI urged all Christians to reaffirm the dignity and the irreplaceable value of the family founded on the marriage of a man and a woman open to human life in all its stages.”

The resolution declares that “marriage is not a chance sociological or historical construction but instead reflects the natural biological complementarity of man and woman which predates the state and is woven into the social and religious fabric of every major culture and society.”

“Marriage,” the resolution states, “provides for the mutual fulfillment of spouses as well as the procreation and education of children,” and “this mutual bond is the most vital resource for the development of society and provides the most favorable environment in which to protect the rights and the best interests of children.”