Issue Position: Families, Marriage, and Children
My values are rooted in my religious faith and in my years of work as a health care provider, before I went to Congress to represent the great group of people that call the Third District home.
Traditional marriage is a union between a man and woman, and is at the very foundation of our society. Strong marriages between a man and a woman produce strong families, which then result in a strong nation. In America activist judges with their own agendas are trying to change the definition of marriage.
Because of this, I proudly cosponsored and voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment. This bill would define marriage in the Constitution and protect it from unelected judges who legislate on the bench in an effort to redefine marriage. Any state's voters and legislatures could grant civil unions if they desired without affecting the rights of other states. This has not yet passed the Senate, but I will continue to support it in the House.
Strong families are necessary for the future of our nation and I feel strong families are founded in respect for life. As a strong believer in the dignity of all human life, I am unapologetically committed to work to defend those who cannot defend themselves. To this end, I have supported measures before Congress that promote the sanctity of life, including an immediate ban on the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion and charging criminals with a separate crime if an act of violence against a pregnant woman results in the killing or injuring of the woman's unborn child. I also support the expansion of tax credits and encourage other support for adoption. I also co-sponsored and voted for legislation to ban human cloning.