INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence said Friday that his plan promoting two-parent households as a means of breaking children out of poverty would be limited to married couples, meaning gay couples in Indiana would be excluded.
Pence has argued that decreasing the number of children living in poverty requires promoting marriage and "two-parent, in-tact households," as part of a broader policy plan he says will help strengthen Indiana's economy. Gay marriage is banned in Indiana.
"I understand the desire of some to hurry off to the fault lines of a social issues debate, but I actually think we could create a broad consensus around this where we say in effect, 'Are there ways for us in Indiana to affirm two-parent, married couples and to encourage more kids to get married, to stay married and to wait to have kids until they get married?'" Pence said.
Pressed on why same-sex couples would not meet his metrics, Pence said it's because they are not married.
"I understand it. I get it. Our focus here is on an affirmative statement about traditional, two-parent married couples," he said. Pence argued his beliefs are in keeping with previous Indiana governors, and cited former Gov. Evan Bayh, who argued that "strong families" are the best remedy for America's social ills.
The marriage debate promises to be front and center for whoever wins the governor's office in November. Indiana's law banning gay marriage was approved in 1996. Some lawmakers are pushing a measure that would allow voters to decide in 2014 whether to amend the Indiana Constitution to restrict marriage to between one man and one woman.
"I think Mike Pence needs to look at the many, many cases where same-sex couples do it well and in many cases have done it better than opposite-sex couples," said Aaron Schaler, president of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats, a group representing gay Democrats.
Rick Sutton, president of Indiana Equality, which is lobbying against placing the marriage ban in the Indiana Constitution, said he was not as concerned by Pence's position but would have a problem if Pence began using state money without including gay couples in any effort.
Pence talked about his views on family in an interview with The Associated Press Friday in which he also pushed for expanding Indiana's school voucher program and improving vocational education. Pence is the frontrunner in the race to replace the term-limited Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, and his policy proposals have largely echoed those pushed by Daniels over the last eight years. His Democratic opponent is John Gregg, who also opposes gay marriage.
"I think it's time to take Indiana from reform to results," he said.
Before deciding to run for governor last year, Pence was talked up as a presidential contender among evangelicals and social conservatives looking for an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Pressed on the question Friday, Pence would not rule out a future run for the White House, saying only that he was focused on running for governor now.
"I was honored that some people mentioned me in that context some years ago, but we chose Indiana because this is where we believe we can make the most difference and it is 110 percent of our focus," he said.
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hunter480 | October 9 2012 6:52am
"Find a gun like the one in your avatar & part your hair with it, you homophobic, Bible-beating bigot."
THERE`S that legendary liberal love and inclusion........
bongoshaftsbury | October 8 2012 9:30pm
Find a gun like the one in your avatar & part your hair with it, you homophobic, Bible-beating bigot.
hunter480 | October 7 2012 11:17am
Homosexuality is a sin in Gods` eyes. It`s unnatural, it`s unhealthy, and children have no business living with sexual perverts. Gods` Word says a man shall leave his parents and cleave unto his wife. In Genesis` creation account, God made Adams` helpmate, from his rib, and it was his wife, Eve. In several places, Gods` Word makes clear that one man, and one woman is His design for marriage, and for the family.
Liberals, whether by malicious intent, or whether by sincere concern for people, claim that it is loving and accepting to not only condone, but to celebrate homosexuality, and homosexual couples. The fact is however, as with any, and every case in which we say we know better than God, or when we willingly defy His will and intent, we wind up harming people, and even society. Mr. Pence is exactly correct when he infers that traditional marriage, Gods` plan for the family is the fabric of a society. While no one can deny that heterosexual couples have cost society much, both in terms of human suffering and fiscal pain, the only reasonable solution, is to repair traditional marriage, not ask society to embrace a counterfeit lifestyle.
As a culture goes, so goes a society. This culture has embraced celebrity worship, liberal "alternatives" to traditional Christian values, and an "inclusive and accepting" approach to societal breaches from the norm. Look at the results. It has cost us plenty in increased costs for incarceration of criminals, welfare to care for children who are having children, and general apathy and disregard for the values we must embrace and promote in order to create and sustain a healthy, wholesome society. But even if you disregard the financial costs to our society, how can you not care about the emotional trauma this liberal agenda has inflicted upon our children? And not only our children, but many people in our culture are hurting, searching for something solid, lasting to cling to. Something to give them a feeling of worth, something to give them a feeling of wholeness, and of purpose.
Immediately after the horrific events of 9-11, we came together as a nation, as a people. Our lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle stood shoulder to shoulder and sang "God Bless America". We cried, and we prayed in public, and no one was "offended". In the horror of this evil act, we rediscovered our common ground, we focused on our similarities and didn`t fight over our differences. While we turned inward, we at the same time turned outward towards others. To our credit, we even turned upward, and acknowledged God, and asked Him to shine His Face upon us. Sadly, it didn`t last, but it offered us a glimpse of what we might be as a society, as a culture, if we could see past the superficial things that advertising has made us believe we need to find happiness. It caused us to, intuitively, long for, and seek those things in our lives which give us real meaning and hope. Those things which have lasting impact and value.
I so wish, for my family, for my culture, and for my country, that we could make our way back to that time. Not to the evil, not to the suffering and pain, but to that time when we realized again what is really important, and we embraced that.
indyreader | October 7 2012 10:18am
Gay couples not in Pence family plan.
No kidding? You could have knocked me over with a feather.
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