As an individual, and a representative of the people, I have and will continue to stand for marriage as defined between one man and one woman. I humbly respect the opinion of others, but it must be understood that standing for traditional marriage is not discriminatory towards individuals, as all citizens of North Carolina have the equal right to marry as defined by the people of our state.
We must have a clear understanding of the issue at hand and distinguish from one’s individual actions involving their personal lives from the individual actions of citizens involving their civil government. People, through their civil governments, have the right to establish laws that reflect morality. Civil governments have laws against murder, rape, and other actions that individual citizens deem as immoral. This right to establish laws that reflect morality includes the ability to have laws supporting the traditional view of marriage, as well as, opposing traditional marriage as other states in our nation have enacted.
Over 60% of North Carolina voters established the fact that they believe in protecting the institution of the family by laws that provide the greatest opportunity for the family unit to prosper. With a State and a Nation that is built upon individual liberty and the associated individual responsibility that comes along with those freedoms from centralized governmental control, I personally believe that the institution of the family is a cornerstone of our society and must be protected. For our Federal Court system to take action that negates the voice of a strong majority of North Carolina voters is a tragedy. Above all the short and long term consequences of turning away from the institution of marriage between one man and one woman, my heart grieves most for those children who may miss the opportunity to be raised by an adoptive mother and father and instead be adopted into same-sex households.
As your elected representative, it is my desire to be transparent regarding where I stand on the issues and how I will use your voice and your vote if allowed to continue to fight in Raleigh on your behalf. It is my hope that the voice of the people will rise up and cause our State and Nation to return to the very founding principles that once made it great. With your support, I am ready to help return us to prosperity.
Our State Constitution establishes the truth that our rights are God given. No President, no Governor, no State, no individual grants us our rights; only God. As a Nation and as a State, we cannot acknowledge the One who grants our rights and deny His role in our government. In this great nation we have the freedom of religion, which I will honor to the highest degree, but in no way will I refrain from standing for my Lord Jesus Christ. You have that same freedom, no matter what religion you practice.
It is important to understand that we have the “freedom of religion” but that fact does not imply that we have to be “free from religion”. I am so thankful that I live in a country where I can profess my Savior and I can stand for those principles that I hold dear. Though I am far from perfect, my integrity, character, and strength are founded in God’s Word.
As a result, I believe that life begins at conception and I will fight for the rights of the unborn. I believe in the Biblical view of marriage between only a man and a woman. I believe in the Church’s role in compassion and the government’s separation from such.
This is who I am. I respect the differing views of others, but I must be truthful about my values. I have never known greater peace than knowing Christ, and I hope that others have or will soon find that peace.