Where Do the Presidential
Candidates Stand on
Marriage and the Family?
A week from tomorrow, our country will decide which leader will direct the course of our nation for the next four years. Never before have issues of concern to committed Christians been more at stake. The future of the family, our Christian values, and our religious freedoms truly hang in the balance. We pray that citizens across America will choose as our President a person who will honor God, defend the Christian faith, and respect Biblical values in the Oval Office.
We realize that many Christian voters have made the decision to disqualify one or more of the candidates because of their political views, personal conduct, or both. We understand and can identify with that sentiment. At the same time, we believe it is still important to share what information we have on the stances of the candidates on issues of paramount concern to the Christian community. The Missouri Family Policy Council has prepared the following analysis of the positions of the candidates and their past records on the subjects of marriage, the family, and religious freedom.
We encourage you to evaluate this information carefully and consider it prayerfully along with serious considerations of the character and conscience of the candidates. Please share this information with family and friends, fellow church members, and associates at school and in the workplace. Please be praying that the American people will have a discerning spirit as they choose the person who will greatly influence the moral direction and spiritual climate of our nation for the next four years.
Marriage and the Family
HILLARY CLINTON, Democrat
*Hillary Clinton supports last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. She said that "the ruling on marriage equality represents America at its best: just,fair, and moving toward equality. LGBT Americans are...full and equal citizens, and they deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples."
*During her service as a United States Senator, Hillary Clinton had a different view on this subject. At that time she said that "the sanctity of marriage [and] the fundamental principle that it exists between a man and a woman goes back into the mists of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and its primary and principal role during those millenia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become an adult."
*Hillary Clinton has expressed opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, which preserved marriage as the union of one man and one woman in federal law. She is opposed to a constitutional amendment which would restore authority to the states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
*Hillary Clinton says she will appoint justices to the Supreme Court who are committed to preserving "marriage equality."
*Hillary Clinton is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest homosexual rights organization.
DONALD TRUMP, Republican
*Donald Trump says he opposes the U.S. Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. "I don't like the way they ruled," Trump has said. "I disagree with the Supreme Court from the standpoint that it should be a states' rights issue and that's the way it should have been ruled on...I would have much preferred that they...let the states make those rulings themselves."
*Donald Trump has said that he would "strongly consider" appointing Supreme Court justices who would overrule the decision redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. In a previous statement, Donald Trump had said: "The decision has been made. It's the law of the land."
*Donald Trump has not expressed a firm position on the subject of a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court's decision on marriage. However, he has been previously quoted as saying that those who are proposing such an amendment are "just playing politics."
GARY JOHNSON, Libertarian
*Gary Johnson says that "the government has no business choosing who should be allowed the benefits of marriage and who should not. Certainly, religions and people of various faiths have the right to view marriage as they wish, and sanction marriage according to those beliefs. However, when it comes to the rights of individuals and couples under the law, government's promise should be to insure equal access to those rights to all Americans, gay or straight."
DARREL CASTLE, Constitution Party
*Darrell Castle believes that government should be taken out of the marriage business and that it instead should be an exclusively religious decision.
HILLARY CLINTON, Democrat
*Hillary Clinton has said that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed" in support of abortion rights.
*Hillary Clinton supports passage of the Equality Act, which would amend federal anti-discrimination law to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes. Such laws have been used on the state level to prosecute, punish, and fine Christian business owners who have declined to participate in same-sex union ceremonies, and to require that bathrooms,
shower rooms, and locker rooms be opened to individuals of the opposite sex.
*Hillary Clinton opposes the First Amendment Defense Act, which would protect individuals, businesses, and religious organizations from government penalties because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
*Hillary Clinton opposes the adoption by states of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which prohibits government from infringing on the "free exercise of religion" without a compelling interest that is narrowly focused. Hillary's husband, Bill Clinton, signed into law the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
*Hillary Clinton opposed the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby
decision, which protected family-owned businesses from being forced to pay for abortifacients in their company health plans under the provisions of Obamacare.
DONALD TRUMP, Republican
*Donald Trump has stated that religious liberty "is our first liberty in that it protects our right of conscience." He says that "activist judges and executive orders issued by Presidents have put these protections in jeopardy." Trump says his first priority if elected President would be "to preserve and protect our religious liberty."
*Donald Trump says he "will work to restore faith to its proper mantle in our society, that's what we have to do and we have to do that soon. We will respect and defend Christian Americans...Our Christian heritage will be cherished, respected, defended."
*Donald Trump supports the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prohibit the government from taking legal or punitive action against individuals, corporations, and religious institutions who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. He said that "I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signature and enactment."
* Donald Trump has promised to work to repeal the so-called "Johnson Amendment," which prohibits churches and other non-profit organizations from being involved in political activity.
*Donald Trump has made statements that many interpret as threatening the religious liberties of Muslim-Americans.
GARY JOHNSON, Libertarian
Gary Johnson opposes the adoption of state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. He says that he supports laws that "strike a balance between our shared American values of religious liberty and freedom from discrimination." Johnson adds that "certain politicians have twisted religious liberty and used it as a tool to discriminate."