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Issue Position: Family Values

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Traditional Marriage: I fully support North Carolina's proposed Marriage Amendment (Amendment 1), which provides that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized" in North Carolina. We all know that the family is the most basic building block of society. With hundreds of nonpartisan and nonsectarian marriage and family scholars repeatedly finding that children do best when raised in context of intact, traditional marriages, we must do whatever is necessary to protect this sacred institution. For more information on where I stand on the issue of traditional marriage, please see my published article, "Marriage: In Society's Moral Cross-hairs."

Jacqueline & her family after the Calvary Church Season Finale Concert 2011
The Sanctity of Life: I share the views of pro-life advocate, Imelda Jensen, who in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee stated the following: "The inalienable right to life proclaimed by Thomas Jefferson, and the equal protection of the laws, secured to us by the 14th amendment, are not selective grants of governmental benevolence; they are inherent properties of each human being, whether unborn or aged or unable to care for himself. The glory of our constitutional system is that we recognize these principles as essential parts of man and not as gifts of the state." Whether belonging to an unborn child, a disabled adult, or the elderly, all life is precious and must be protected. I fully oppose programs that funnel taxpayer funding, whether state or federal, to organizations that provide abortions.

Education: The North Carolina education system is one of the worst in the Nation. We must change this…for our children, our communities, our economy, our Nation. Recent history tells us that throwing money at our schools is not making a difference. We all want "better facilities" for our children, but we must turn our attention from form and let it rest on substance. I believe in an education system that emphasizes the academic performance and enrichment of its students. Producing good results -- not securing tenure -- should incentivize teachers to do their part in educating the next generation.


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