As a father of two young children, I'm deeply concerned about the moral fiber of our state and nation. In the House of Delegates, I've introduced legislation to protect the unborn, define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and curb the expansion of gambling into our communities.
With a 100 percent pro-life voting record, I'm proud to have received the endorsement of West Virginians for Life in each of my elections. Now, following the birth of my second child I am reinvigorated to continue fighting for the rights of unborn children.
In 2010, I joined with pro-family legislators to advance a Constitutional Amendment that would have allowed West Virginians to vote on defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Sadly, this important effort to protect marriage was rejected by the liberal leadership of the House of Delegates. While I was disappointed in the Democrat leadership's use of underhanded tactics to silence the voice of our state's citizens on this important issue, I believe that traditional marriage is a cornerstone of our great country and will continue fighting to defend the sanctity of marriage.