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Ohio Attorney Embraces Opportunities to Defend Marriage

Perhaps no one understands better than David Langdon how much heroic effort is being poured into defending marriage against the nationwide onslaughts of the homosexual legal agenda.

An allied attorney since the first National Litigation Academy in 1997, David Langdon has been as involved as anyone can be with the Alliance Defense Fund without actually being on staff.

Over the years, the Ohio lawyer has attended multiple National Litigation Academy sessions, earned a place in the ministry’s "Honor Corps" (where he’s donated more than 3,500 billable hours to ADF clients), and now, along with his wife, Ann, has joined the ADF Ambassador program.

His legal specialty is marriage and family issues – indeed, he first heard of ADF while working for Citizens for Community Values of Ohio, a state family policy council (FPC) associated with Focus on the Family. He still works closely with FPCs across the country, counseling them on corporate, tax, and regulatory issues.

In connection with ADF, he works hard to promote stricter government regulation of sexually oriented businesses, and is one of the great veterans of the ministry’s war to defend marriage. In 2004, he and his then-law partner (now ADF attorney) Jeff Shafer were instrumental in securing an Ohio constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

It took some doing. The two drew heavily on ADF resources and support to litigate nearly 50 cases over a three-week period, as activists filed suits in every county of the state in order to block efforts to get the amendment on the ballot. But the rigors of Ohio were only a training ground for the challenges of Massachusetts, where Langdon has for years counseled those working to pass a similar amendment – after four judges arbitrarily ruled in 2003 that the Commonwealth’s constitution should be revised to fabricate so-called same-sex "marriage."

"Overturning that through citizens’ initiatives has been very difficult," Langdon says, given that in Massachusetts, the legislature – not the voters – determines what measures go on a ballot. Pro-marriage advocates have not yet mustered the necessary legislative quorum, but they continue to try. "It’s just amazing the resolve they have up there." He says he finds that same resolve in ADF.

"It seems ADF is everywhere right now…. I’m amazed how involved we are around the country. It’s hard to know the impact, but it’s huge." And people like David Langdon are making it so.

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