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Issue Position: Family

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My wife, Claudia, is the oldest of seven children and I am the youngest of six. We have been blessed with four children of our own. Faith and family have always been priorities in our lives and a source of stability and support. Marriage is ordained by God and strong families are essential to ensuring a strong Central Missouri.

I was raised by a single mother who was committed to family and through no fault of her own was left to raise six children alone. Although I was not raised in a traditional family unit, I understand the importance of family and the influence a committed parent(s) can have on the lives of their children.

We cannot and should not allow government to redefine marriage as anything other than the union between one man and one woman. To redefine marriage directly undermines the role of a male and a female as created by God. Central Missourians have spoken loudly and clearly on this issue, and I will vigorously defend against attempts to undermine this view of the family structure.


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