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The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience is a manifesto issued by evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian leaders to affirm support for the pro-life movement, traditional marriage (vs., for example, same-sex marriage), and one's right of freedom of religion (in particular, condoning civil disobedience against laws contradicting those understandings of life and marriage). It was drafted on October 20, 2009 and released November 20, 2009, having been signed by more than 150 American religious leaders.

The drafting committee includes evangelical leader Charles Colson, Princeton Universitymarker professor Robert P. George, and Beeson Divinity School dean Timothy George. Notable signatories include New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Francis Rigali, and Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, along with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Focus on the Familymarker founder James Dobson, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson, and Orthodox Church in America primate Jonah .

The Declaration's website encourages supporters to sign the declaration, and claims that , more than 225,000 people have signed.

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  1. Manhattan Declaration Website, Accessed December 1, 2009

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