Our initiative

Join hands for marriage and family in Europe!

When a man and a woman get married, it’s because they desire to undertake one of the greatest projects that exists – to start a family together.

The State recognises marriage not because it cares about feelings, but because the renewal of generations and the raising of children guarantee the future of the nation. This explains the importance of marriage, which, it’s worth remembering, is not a mere contract, but an institution.

Marriage protects the family because it is based on a commitment to live together in a spirit of mutual respect and of responsibility for the children that come from it.

Naturally, the family is essential for every individual as well as for society. It is the place where children are welcomed and brought up; where each of us has their place in the generational line. The family connects us all to each other and is the place where solidarity and sharing begin, the best social safety net and the most effective protection from solitude. The family is also the motor of the economy, for the present and for the future.

In short, the family is the basic unit of society.

It is for this reason that the founders of the European Union ensured that the subsidiarity principle applied to everything to do with the family, which is the exclusive responsibility of Member States. In other words, political decisions related to the family are to be taken at the national level, close to families.

Nevertheless, for some time now, EU texts have more and more frequently mentioned the family. In some cases, these texts go as far as defining the family – even if such definitions differ from one text to another. In addition, many reports have been adopted in recent years by the European Parliament dealing with the issue of filiation, in other words the family.

This creates problems, all the more so because the concept of marriage and the family is the subject of increasingly divergent views from one European country to another.

So in the end, as it is no longer clear what is meant, European texts are becoming impossible to interpret and apply.

The EU has therefore an urgent need for clear and precise definitions of marriage and the family. Of course, it is necessary that these definitions should contribute to European unity by being based on the common denominator of all Member States, that which reflects the universal reality of humanity – marriage between man and woman, and the bonds of father, mother, and child.

MUM, DAD & KIDS therefore asks you to join in a ‘European Citizens’ Initiative’ (ECI), which is put forward so as to express the will of the citizens of the 28 Member States.

For many people to consciously deprive a child of a father or a mother, and of the knowledge of its origins, is both unjust and artificial. It is essential to respect marriage between a man and a woman, and the links that bind father, mother and child.

Help us reach a high number of signatures and make our appeal a strong political signal for European decision makers.


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