We believe that marriage is a sacred institution created by God at the beginning of human history, and that the traditional family is the foundation of a strong society. Being foundational to the well-being of mankind, these God-ordained social structures are not subject to being altered or redefined by man. Despite the Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of marriage, we maintain that a family consists of the union of one man and one woman through matrimony, with the addition of one or more natural or adopted children. We also believe that parental rights regarding the welfare of children supersede government rights, and that those rights should be acknowledged and protected by all governing authorities.
Social science has clearly shown that children do best when raised by a mother and father, who are committed to one another in lifelong marriage. Kids raised in a two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, and less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage. Marriage is also the greatest antidote to child poverty, with children born outside of wedlock five times more likely to live in poverty than those raised by a married mom and dad. Since intact marriages and healthy families are necessary to a stable, peaceful and prosperous nation, government at all levels should pursue policies that encourage and strengthen traditional marriage and families and not undermine them.
For these reasons, we believe the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision that legalized same-sex marriage should be reversed, either by judicial reconsideration or constitutional amendment. We also oppose government discrimination against businesses or individuals, such as Colorado baker Jack Phillips, that decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that contradict their religious convictions. There is no justification for the U.S. government to force anyone to violate their beliefs regarding matrimony which, as Justice Kennedy stated, are held “in good faith by reasonable and sincere people here and throughout the world.” We therefore support measures such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would ensure that no federal agency discriminates against individuals or institutions for following their conscience about marriage as a man-woman union.
We also believe the primary right and responsibility for raising children belongs to their biological or adoptive parents, and that government should minimize interference with the exercise of that authority, except in cases of criminal abuse or neglect. Our laws should protect parental rights to choose the best way to educate their kids, including public schools, secular or religious private schools, or home schooling, and public schools should avoid undermining parents’ authority and values. Health and legal decisions for minor children also rest with parents and should never be made by an agent of government without their consent, except in cases of medical emergency or public health necessity. Parental judgments about disciplining their children, including spanking, should also be respected