Ben Sasse on Civil Rights
Kids are best raised in a world with one mother & one father
The candidates were asked about the federal government's role when state laws conflict, such as the differing rules on same-sex marriage. Sasse said government's interest in marriage is ensuring that children are raised with a parent of each
gender. "It's empirically obvious that kids are best raised in a world with one mother and one father," he said. He said other questions, such as civil unions, are better left to the states. "The government is not interested in who your best friend is,"
Domina disagreed with Sasse's overall assessment of same-sex marriage. "I am aware of no data to suggest that on a consistent basis that children have a better outcome with a single mother and father living together than children with two
fathers or two mothers," he said. He said that the government should address these issues only insofar as they affect taxes. It should stay out of private matters, Domina said.
Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate
, Jun 2, 2014
Children are best raised by a father and mother
Asked if the federal government should address conflicting state and federal laws on same-sex marriage, Sasse said he believes in traditional marriage and children are best raised by a father and mother and doesn't believe the government should be in
the business of defining marriage.
Domina disagreed, saying it's the responsibility of government to define marriage. He said he's not aware of any studies showing children fare better with a mother and father than with two fathers or single parents.
Source: WatchDog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate
, Jun 2, 2014
Don't redefine one-man-one-woman marriage
Strong marriages, traditional families, and local communities are critical to the well-being of any civilization--and especially to a republic. What does this mean?
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues"
, Nov 14, 2013
- Marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is the fundamental building block
of society and should be respected and strengthened, not redefined.
- At a time of rising out-of-wedlock births, resulting in the physical and spiritual impoverishment of the young, government should not create incentives against marriage.
Respect faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage.
Sasse co-sponsored respecting faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage
Congressional Summary: The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that:
Legal Argument Opposed: [Secular.org]: "The stated purpose of FADA is to protect the tax-exempt status, government contract, or any other federal benefit of those who do not comply with the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. This act's true impact would allow for sweeping, taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children--all under the guise of religious liberty. FADA would completely eviscerate the historic nondiscrimination Executive Order that President Obama signed last summer that prohibits federal contractors from
engaging in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The First Amendment protects freedom of religion and freedom from religion, not the special privileges of the religiously affiliated at the expense of the fundamental rights of other Americans."
- marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or
- sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.
Political Argument Opposed: [ACLU, July 20, 2015]: The House of Representatives & leading anti-LGBT organizations are pushing a bill--disingenuously titled the First Amendment Defense Act--that would open the door to unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, single mothers, and unmarried couples. This bill would
Source: H.R.2802 16-HR2802 on Jun 17, 2015
- allow federal contractors, including those that provide homeless shelters or drug treatment programs, to turn away LGBT people
- permit a university to fire an unmarried teacher simply for becoming pregnant
- permit federal employees to refuse to process tax returns, visa applications, or Social Security checks for all married same-sex couples
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