Petition drives to support a proposed federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman are under way in 24 states, including Utah, by Families for America Inc.

The nonprofit organization said it is moving ahead with petitions rather than waiting for Congress to act. "In light of the impending crisis in Massachusetts and the disregard for constitutional and statutory definitions of marriage across America, the time to act is now," said Arthur Taylor, Families for America president.

"The vast majority of people in the country support the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman and it is imperative that the will of the people be heard rather than leaving the matter to the decision of a few courts. Now, each voter in America can have a voice in determining the outcome," Taylor said.

For more information, call Laman Milner, 801-910-5335 or through e-mail at Families for America can be reached at 402-238-3136 or at its Web site,