Written by David E. Smith
The 2016 Illinois Republican Convention was held in Peoria this past weekend on Friday and Saturday. We are thrilled to report that leftists within the party failed to advance their agenda in the newly adopted 2016 Illinois GOP Platform.
If fact, Illinois Republicans strengthened the Right to Life plank in the platform and rejected an attempt to water down and distort the Marriage and Family plank!
THANK YOU to all of you who took time last week to contact the members of the platform committee and helped to spread the word of the attempt to subvert the Marriage and Family plank. YOU made a huge difference.
The eighteen members of the platform committee (one appointee from each of Illinois’ congressional districts) met on Friday to consider new language for section VII of the platform–the plank on Marriage and Family.… Continue Reading
The Illinois Family Action (IFA) Board of Directors enthusiastically endorses Dr. Jay Kinzler for U.S. Congress in Illinois’ 6th District. Kinzler, a medical doctor and Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, fully understands the importance of family, the sanctity of life, and the definition of marriage. Dr. Kinzler has a proven record in local government reining in waste and corruption. His commitment to accountability in government will help efforts to stop the continued out-of-control spending in Congress.
“The decision to endorse Dr. Kinzler over incumbent Peter Roskam was not easy,” said IFA executive director David E. Smith. “However, Roskam’s recent vote in favor of the budget-busting omnibus bill and the big government education bill (ESSA) that creates a new federal pre-kindergarten program, despite our calls against these proposals is frustrating.”
“But perhaps most troubling is Roskam’s unapologetic support and endorsement for U.S.… Continue Reading
Ted Cruz supporters cheer as caucus returns are reported at the caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Dear Friend of Marriage and Religious Liberty,
Senator Ted Cruz’s victory [last night] is a resounding affirmation by the Republican voters of Iowa of their determination to protect the institution of marriage against the onslaught being waged against it by cultural and judicial elites.
Iowans have said to the five U.S. Supreme Court justices who in the Obergefell decision sought to impose “same-sex marriage” on them and the people of every other state: This will not stand!
Left-wing activists and the Democratic presidential candidates they support want to stigmatize Christians and other supporters of traditional marriage and bully them into acquiescence. But by giving traditional marriage advocate Ted Cruz a great victory this evening, Iowa Republicans have sent a message that they will fight for marriage and the family and refuse to be intimidated.… Continue Reading
Santorum, Huckabee, Cruz, Jindal make the A Team
Written by Maggie Gallagher
On June 26, a narrow majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices struck down the traditional definition of marriage, ruling all 50 states must recognize same-sex unions as marriages.
The four dissenters included the usually mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts, who called the majority opinion “dangerous to the rule of law”: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”
Chief Justice Roberts also underscored the “serious questions about religious liberty” the decision raises: “Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage. . .there is little doubt these and similar questions will soon be before this Court.… Continue Reading
Written by Samuel Smith
As the question “Would you attend a same-sex wedding?” has been thrown at many Republican presidential candidates following June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared during Thursday night’s Fox News Republican presidential debate that he has, in fact, attended a gay wedding.
When asked by Fox host Megyn Kelly how he would explain his opposition to gay marriage to a hypothetical gay son or lesbian daughter, the former chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee explained that while he believes in traditional marriage, his faith tells him to be loving and accepting to all.
He added that since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state bans against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, the ruling must be honored, which is a position that he has taken since before the U.S.… Continue Reading
Written by Matt K. Lewis
Behind every great man, there’s an incredibly astonished woman. And if you’re a Republican politician, the odds are pretty good she’s not on board with everything in your agenda. Along those lines, social conservatives have a new reason to worry about Scott Walker: Tonette Walker.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Wisconsin’s first lady publicly distanced herself from her husband over the issue of gay marriage. What is more, it’s clear that Scott Walker’s views are out of step with his entire family on the issue.
Consider this excerpt regarding the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling:
“That was a hard one,” Tonette said, pausing and choosing her words carefully. “Our sons were disappointed. . . . I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.”
“It’s hard for me because I have a cousin who I love dearly — she is like a sister to me — who is married to a woman, her partner of 18 years,” she said.
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Written by Michael Gryboski
Carly Fiorina, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has stated that if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state-level gay marriage bans, she “wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse” their decision.
Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who announced her candidacy earlier this month, spoke with the blog Caffeinated Thoughts last week and was asked: if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state laws banning gay marriage would she support a hypothetical amendment overturning the decision.
“I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land, and however much I may agree or disagree with it, I wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse it,” said Fiorina.
“I very much hope that we would come to a place now in this nation where we can support their decision, and at the same time support people to have, to hold religious views and to protect their right to exercise those views.”
Regarding businesses owners who’ve been legally punished for refusing service to gay weddings, Fiorina stated that there is a “need to protect religious liberty in this country.”
“I think this is a nation that should be able to accept that government shouldn’t discriminate on how it provides benefits and that people have a right to their religious views and those views need to be protected,” continued Fiorina.… Continue Reading
Written by Leonardo Blair
As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28, Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), urged pastors across America to preach and pray against it because “marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us.”
“We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?” asked Cruz in a letter sent to tens of thousands of pastors highlighted by CBN News.
“Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front,” said Cruz.… Continue Reading
Written by Dr. Michael L. Brown
I believe Hillary Clinton is now telling the truth regarding her views on same-sex “marriage.” I just don’t believe she was telling the truth in the past, especially when she expressed her opposition to it. Can anyone say “Shades of Barack Obama,” whose views on the subject also “evolved”?
When it comes to President Obama, David Axelrod has now confirmed what seemed obvious for years, namely, that he lied about his views on redefining marriage so as not to drive away black (and other morally conservative) voters. As a headline in TIME magazine announced: “Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008,” with the subtitle bluntly stating, “A striking admission of political dishonesty from the keeper of the Obama flame.”
Again, this was no surprise to those who were aware of Obama’s views before he came into national prominence, not to mention the positions he articulated behind the scenes to LGBT activist groups when he began his presidential campaign.… Continue Reading
Written by Michael F. Haverluck
While addressing one of the nation’s leading homosexual activist groups on Friday in the nation’s capital, Vice President Joe Biden used the name of Jesus Christ in vain while defending the claim of the LGBT community that homosexuality is hereditary.
What’s your reaction to Vice President Biden’s comments to the Human Rights Campaign?
Biden was challenging prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s assertion last week that homosexuality is a choice … a learned behavior — not a gender or inherent biological state of being.
“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” the acclaimed neurosurgeon told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Apologizing later for his “choice of language” on a Facebook post, Carson wrote that even though he opposes same-sex “marriage” due to his Christian beliefs, individual states should be able to choose whether it’s legal.… Continue Reading