Our social morals and values define us as human beings and as a nation. As a life-long Methodist, the grandson of Swedish immigrants, a father, a grandfather and a Sunday School teacher of 30 years, I hold my values and the true importance of our nation’s many freedoms very close to my heart.
I have co-sponsored the Marriage Protection Amendment because I believe it is important for the sanctity of marriage and for the laws of this country that we have a seamless definition of marriage, and the only way to do that is to establish one in the Constitution.
I have a deep respect for life, and a voting record that reflects that respect. I am personally opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother. I strongly support the view that we need to create a culture of life in America.
I have always been committed to protecting the free exercise of speech and religion in America. In the past, I have supported the right of Georgia communities to publicly display the Ten Commandments and have co-sponsored legislation to keep the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe that all Americans can remember the important principles upon which our nation was founded without infringing on the religious rights of their fellow citizens.
A key step both in this process and in ensuring that our traditional values are upheld is appointing federal judges who understand that laws are made in Congress and not the courthouse.