Soul liberty, the core of rule of law and human rights
 World Evangelical Alliance Liaison Office Geneva  


1.       Sexual orientation should have no bearing on a person's status as a citizen with civil rights in the political community. Civil rights include the right to life, property, religious freedom, free speech, freedom of association, access to a fair trial, participation in political and legal processes, and equal treatment under the law. When the civil rights of citizens are threatened because of their sexual orientation, it may be appropriate for government to provide special protection against such discriminatory treatment.

2.       Human society includes various forms of friendship and relationships, some of which involve enduring commitments. There is no reason to single out homosexual relationships for extra public-legal recognition or benefit. The uniform protection of civil rights assures all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, of the right to form associations for legal, educational, financial, religious, and other purposes.

3.       In addition to recognizing the civil rights of individuals, public law should also recognize the rights of certain institutions and organizations such as marriage, family, church, university, and corporation. Only by doing this can government do justice to the diverse institutions of a complex society.

4.       Marriage is one of the most important institutions of any society and should be recognized as a life-long covenant between one man and one woman that includes and legitimately bounds sexual intercourse (coitus). Sexual intercourse holds the potential for life-generation and should therefore be contained within marriage. From marriage may emerge children and the parental responsibility of spouses, who with their children constitute a nuclear family.

5.       Public law does not create marriage or the family, which originate outside the political bond. But the law should recognize these two institutions and may, for purposes of public health and social wellbeing, support and regulate them. The primary aim of public recognition, support, and regulation should be to protect and encourage these institutions and the parental care of children. This is essential for a healthy and stable society.