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A coalition of evangelical leaders signed a 'Christian manifesto' on human sexuality


An evangelical coalition comprised of 150 Christian leaders released a "manifesto" Tuesday, reaffirming their belief that marriage should be a union between a man and a woman.

In the manifesto, dubbed "The Nashville Statement," the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) lists its 14 key beliefs regarding human sexuality. The Nashville Statement covers a range of topics from sex outside of marriage to gender identity.

β€œIt is our prayer that this statement might provide help for churches and Christian organizations that are looking for biblical guidance on how to address homosexuality and transgenderism," CBMW said in a press release. "We wish to influence a rising generation of evangelicals who are under pressure to abandon scriptural teaching about marriage, gender, and sexuality.”

See the Full Statement by the CBMW below:
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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry rebuked the statement, saying it is "poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville."

The statement has already been signed by influential evangelical leaders like Steve Gaines, president of The Southern Baptist Convention, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in the District of Columbia. More leaders are being urged to sign on via a Twitter campaign.

Circa's affiliate WZTV contributed to this report.

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