Friday, on a 236-173 vote, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the
so-called Equality Act, a bill that adds gender identity and sexual orientation
to all federal anti-discrimination laws. Eight Republicans joined 228 Democrats
in voting in support of the bill. Sixteen Republicans didn’t vote, along with
seven Democrats. All three of Wisconsin’s Democratic representatives
supported the measure with four of the state’s five Republican representatives
voting against the it. Republican Representative Sean Duffy didn’t vote.
bill, at a minimum, does an end-run around religious freedom, allows men to
play on women’s sports teams, forces curriculum changes in public schools to
include instruction at all grade levels that affirms same-sex relationships and
gender transitions. The bill now moves to the Senate where Wisconsin Democrat
and openly homosexual US Senator Tammy Baldwin is a lead sponsor.
The so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) is moving very quickly through Congress. Despite the bill’s name, the Equality Act would dramatically elevate the rights and privileges of a select few while dealing a devastating blow to parental rights.
H.R. 5 is far-sweeping; it would amend several federal civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes equal to immutable and inborn characteristics like race, age, sex and national origin.
The results of this radical legislation will be widespread and disastrous. We need only look to the states or our neighbor to the north with similar laws to predict what we’re in for should the Equality Act become law.
In 16 states now, parents do not have a choice when they seek counseling for their children struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. In other words, counseling that encourages children to change their gender – even to go through irreversible “genital reconstruction” operations – would be protected by the state. But counseling to help children accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed. These therapy bans interfere with parents’ right to direct their children’s upbringing and completely disregard family faith or values. What’s worse—the bans were passed with no regard for what type of therapy may actually be best for children long-term.
In Ohio — a state without legislation of this sort — a judge already removed custody from parents of a 17-year-old for their refusal to allow her to undergo life-altering gender transition hormone treatments. This decision came after a two-year custody battle which started with family services alleging parental neglect and abuse for their religiously held beliefs about gender. When the child was placed in temporary custody of family services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital recommended the 17-year-old undergo hormone therapy at its Transgender Health Clinic, which she did.
This hospital tells first-time patients that their healthcare providers may speak to minors without their parents because “Sometimes young people also have questions that they are afraid to ask in front of their family or guardians.” The clinic also conducts a psychosocial interview to “help understand how the patient and family or guardians are functioning and see if there are any needs.”
It’s not far-fetched to surmise that what they really mean is “see if parents support the gender transition of their young son or daughter, and if not, we’ll take you to court.”
That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian dad earlier this year. In February, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ruled that a 14-year-old girl would be administered testosterone injections by her doctor against her father’s wishes and consent. Despite a parent’s insistence that his minor daughter should wait until she was older — not a child anymore — to make this life-altering decision, the court said the child had the right to decide for herself. The judge, who ruled on the basis of federal law, blatantly dismissed parental objection to the medical treatment of his minor child.
As if the case couldn’t get any worse, it did. Just last month, the judge declared the father guilty of “family violence” due to his “expressions of rejection of [her] gender identity.” In other words, a dad refused to refer to his daughter as a boy. As a result, he was convicted of a crime against his daughter, given a gag order and ordered not to expose his daughter to any resources which may bring her gender identity or treatment into question.
These cases seem to say everyone other than parents knows best! We believe differently.
We know that parents have a God-given and Constitutionally protected right to direct the upbringing of their children—including their moral values, faith, education and healthcare. We cannot allow misguided legislation to threaten that right!
We believe families should have the right to pursue mental health counseling consistent with their beliefs and religion — be it for depression, anxiety, gender confusion or any other condition.
We believe parents must have the right to prevent their children from accessing experimental puberty-blocking hormones, cross-sex hormones (which can lead to sterilization), and certainly irreversible, life-altering “genital reconstruction” surgery.
Two years ago, Boy Scouts of America announced an historic change. Girls would be allowed to join Cub Scout dens as the organization worked to welcome girls into their flagship program.
By February of this year, girls could become full-fledged Boy Scouts, now just called “Scouts BSA” and so far about 14,000 girls have joined.
In Southern Wisconsin’s Glacier’s Edge Council, nine girl troops have already formed including Troop 7444 in Reedsburg. Read more HERE.
For Reedsburg families who have a problem with their daughters joining the Boy Scouts but want their daughters to be part of an organization for girls that promotes the right values, you need to know Troop WI1412 of American Heritage Girls available. More information on this troop can be found HERE.
To find an American Heritage Girls troop near you, click HERE.
For the Boy Scouts alternative, Trail Life USA, click HERE to find a troop in your area.
On Tuesday, five pro-life bills were given public hearings in the state legislature. The Assembly Health Committee heard testimony on the “Born-Alive Protection” bill and on two bills stopping Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions, as well as on a bill that would prohibit abortions based on sex, race, or disability, and on a bill that would require that women seeking a chemical abortion be told about how they can reverse the effects of RU-486. Various senate committees heard the senate versions of the bills. The bills are fast-tracked in both houses. Wisconsin Family Action **testified on a number of these pro-life bills.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, shares, “While no bill is perfect and each of these bills could be improved—and a couple really should be—the legislature is giving Governor Evers an opportunity to do the right thing regarding protecting human life and safeguarding women. We will soon find out whether the governor is beholden to Planned Parenthood, or if he is really all about children, as he says he is.”
Briefly, here is a short summary of the bills: **SB175/AB179: Born Alive Protection Bill – Requires any health care provider present at time of abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skilled care and diligence to presrve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health provider would give to any other child born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion.
Read WFA testimonies on SB175 and AB179 respectively.
SB173/AB182: Prohibits abortion based on sex, disability, race, color, national origin or ancestry. This bill also has an exception for so-called fatal anomalies.
SB174/AB180: Requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be given to a woman who is planning to have an abortion induced by the same. This is about the very potent RU486. Essentially, the bill requires that the woman be told that the first drug in the RU486 regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that if she acts quickly, the woman can reverse the effects of the first drug and perhaps save her baby. This bill also requires abortion providers to report additional information. This information would be added to the “Woman’s Right to Know” publication. **AB181/SB199: Prohibits Medicaid funds from going into entities that perform abortions or are affiliated with organizations that perform abortions. This bill provides this prohibition but deals exclusively with Planned Parenthood. There is currently no senate version of this bill.
**SB187/AB183: Also deals with stopping these joint federal and state Medicaid monies from going to abortion providers but this bill has an express exemption for hospitals that perform abortions because of certain situations (rape, incest, life of the mother).
Read WFA testimonies on SB187 and AB183 respectively.
With all of these bills having had public hearings this week and the Assembly Health Committee having a vote in the committee today (Thursday, May 9) or tomorrow on these bills, it’s clear that the committee is going to move very quickly on these proposals. We suspect they will all be on the agenda next week when the Assembly convenes a floor session.
By taking action on these pro-life bills, the legislature is giving Governor Evers the opportunity to do the right thing (he has said he is “all about the kids”) and sign the bills into law. If he chooses to veto them, then the entire state of Wisconsin will clearly know where the Governor stands on life and, in some ways, on the protection of women.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Call your state legislator to give your opinion on these bills. Find your state senator and state representative and his/her contact information HERE. Please continue to pray about these bills and for our pro-life state legislators here in The Badger State.
Wisconsin news was filled recently when a young man from West Allis won the largest Powerball jackpot in our state’s lottery history. Admittedly, the $326 million after-taxes purse will be life-changing for the winner; but the lottery is much more
about creating losers than winners. Consider, for instance, that the largest number of scratch-off tickets in Wisconsin are sold in the zip codes with the highest poverty rates and highest welfare dependency. For every winner, there are many, many losers, a situation fostered by state-sanctioned gambling.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, shares, “I sincerely wish this winner well. However, I believe the lottery is a blight on our state. It’s hard to imagine that we think it’s good governing to have a scheme that requires the citizens to lose in order for the state to win. For starters, we need to stop preying on those who can least afford to gamble and quit the heavy lottery advertising, which is unconstitutional, in those high-poverty zip code areas.”
“Rather than take a stand for the biblical definition of marriage, Michigan’s largest Christian adoption agency waved the white flag last week, informing its employees that it will comply with a decision issued by the state’s lesbian attorney general that requires faith-based adoption agencies to place children in homes of so-called “LGBTQ” couples if they want to receive taxpayer funding.
‘Bethany Christian Services (BCS), a global nonprofit founded in Michigan in 1944 that currently operates in 35 U.S. states, has announced it will facilitate the placement of foster care children into gay and lesbian households in Michigan.”
BCS president and CEO Chris Palusky penned a response to this decision HERE.
“Adoption agencies should be free to make this kind of decision if they want to; however, they should never be forced to do so. And that’s pretty much what happened,” says Julaine Appling, “Michigan told Bethany Christian Services you either violate your religious beliefs or you must close. Bethany Christian Services either doesn’t really believe what it claims or it just caved to the government bully.”
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“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally cracking down on organizations that sell abortion pills over the internet. Organizations such as AidAccess.org and Rablon (who host a pharmacy network that includes sites like AbortionPillRx.com and AbortPregnancy.com) were issued letters from the FDA to immediately stop selling unapproved versions of mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs used in the abortion pill regime.”
Again we see elections have consequences. The FDA is now under conservative leadership. Its rule-making is reflecting this administration’s pro-life, pro-woman positions. This ruling is a recognition that abortion is always heinous, and it’s even more so when greedy people prey on confused and stressed pregnant women. Shutting down these operations is a great move.
From Institute for Family Studies: “… there was one societal shift over the past decade that influenced the lives of today’s teens and young adults more than any other generation: the spread of smartphones and digital media like social media, texting, and gaming.
“While older people use these technologies as well, younger people adopted them more quickly and completely, and the impact on their social lives was more pronounced. In fact, it has drastically restructured their daily lives. Compared with their predecessors, teens today spend less time with their friends in person and more time communicating electronically, which study after study has found is associated with mental health issues.”
Parents really are the key in this area. Giving kids technology too early with little or no oversight and accountability is dangerous in so many ways. Parents need to act on these three words for the well-being of their children—filter, restrict, monitor. Intentional parenting in this area is absolutely required if we are going to spare our children the negative consequences of technology.
“State and local sexual orientation gender identity policies are a Trojan horse. They claim to promote equality but have been used to allow males into women’s sports and spaces, attack businesses and charities, and politicize medicine. Even though the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the effects of these policies, politicians are rushing to expand their reach. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently introduced the so-called “Equality Act,” which would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes in federal anti-discrimination law.”
Read the rest of the article HERE. “These laws are indeed a Trojan horse,” says Julaine Appling, president of WFA. “From H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act at the federal level, to similar ordinances passed recently in a number of Wisconsin municipalities, they all—under the guise of equality and anti-discrimination—actually create gross and dangerous inequality and promote discrimination, especially against people of faith. We do well to defeat them at every level.”
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Governor Evers’ budget proposal includes legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of what he says is a “small amount” of marijuana, 25 grams, which is the equivalent of 75 joints. As a backup plan, should the Republican-
controlled legislature not keep these provisions in the budget, Assembly Representative Melissa Sargent, a Democrat from Madison, is holding a press conference today announcing that she is introducing a stand-alone bill to fully legalize marijuana, which would include both medicinal and recreational use.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “As states across the country have embarked on this drug experiment, the evidence mounts that any legalization of marijuana comes with consequences, not the least of which is increased crime. In fact, law enforcement in Colorado deems this a public safety issue. Wisconsin lawmakers need to hear from citizens before going very far down this policy path.”
April 3, 2019 – Madison, WI – Yesterday, Spring Election Day in Wisconsin, was an historic day. Despite all attempts to discredit him for his Christian faith, Judge Brian Hagedorn garnered a hard-won and narrow victory in the race to be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.
Wisconsin Family Action extends a hearty congratulations and thanks to Brian and his family for their hard work and steadfast commitment to staying the course despite the unjust attacks on their personal lives and their religious beliefs. We believe Justice-elect Hagedorn will serve us well. We also congratulate Justice-elect Hagedorn’s campaign for all they did to take this race across the finish line.
Wisconsin Family Action recognizes that victories like Brian’s don’t happen without the labor, financial support, time commitment and prayer of supporters like you and your family. Our partnership and excellent teamwork really do make a difference on election day whether the race is local, statewide or even nationwide. So we thank everyone who had anything to do with this victory, including other groups such as Americans for Prosperity, and especially you the voters!
Wisconsin Family Council Engages in Founders’ Bible Project
Pastors, ministry leaders gather in Madison to remind citizens of the historical impact of God’s Word on our state and nation
Madison, WI – Pastors and ministry leaders from across Wisconsin came to Madison today as a part of Wisconsin Family Council’s “Pastors’ Day at the Capitol.” The major focus of the time was the presentation of a copy of the Founders’ Bible to the people of each legislative district. Following is a statement about this project from Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council:
“At a time when public officials are attacked for their faith and America’s religious heritage is rabidly excised from its schools and institutions, citizens from across Wisconsin have gathered here at the Capitol to present to the people of each legislative district a beautiful Founders Bible documenting the profound influence of Scripture throughout our nation’s history.
That heritage is everywhere. In a few short weeks it will again be Good Friday – the 154th since the assassination of the youthful skeptic who became the most religious of all Presidents and who strove like no other to know and do the will of God.
It was that President who explained America’s providential quest in 272 immortal words – words whose profound meaning is incomprehensible to modern secular ears but which, as Professor Rufus Fears once observed, were readily understood by a then Christian people.
For two years, Union armies had marched to the Battle Hymn of the Republic:
In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me; As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free! While God is marching on.
Then, in November 1863, just as man is born in God’s image but marred by sin, Abraham Lincoln explained at Gettysburg that though America was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that men are created equal, its birth was marred by human bondage. And as the Son of God died that man might live free from sin through a new birth of righteousness, so the thousands who died at Gettysburg gave their last full measures of devotion that America might live through a new birth of freedom, rid of slavery’s curse.
Finally, after two more years of horror, on Palm Sunday 1865, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and Lincoln steamed up the Potomac to Washington in triumph.
Five days later, on Good Friday, he was murdered.
The American people who understood the meaning of the President’s address at Gettysburg likewise understood the meaning of his death. As Michael Medved wrote in The American Miracle, the martyrdom of the nation’s savior commenced reconciliation as nothing else could. And for one and a half centuries since, it has inspired us to dedicate ourselves to the unfinished work he and heroes throughout our history have so nobly advanced.
Of course we know the world will neither note nor remember what we say here. But we give these Bibles in hope that the people of Wisconsin and America may never forget what God has done here in this great land, and that for generations to come, each may know both a new birth in Christ and the blessings of repentance and righteousness on our nation.”
Wisconsin Family Council is a statewide, not-for-profit organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.
ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
November 19, 1863
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Neubauer’s campaign said the appellate judge volunteered for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s but is uncertain whether she donated to the group. She hasn’t given to politicians or political groups since taking her seat on the bench a decade ago.
On Tuesday, April 2, Wisconsin will be looking to voters to fill the highest judicial position in The Badger State. Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer are vying for this most critical position. It is up to us as voters to be sure we know these candidates before we vote in this election.
To assist you as you prepare for this upcoming election, Wisconsin Family Council has created THIS Voter Information Publication (VIP) that compares these two WI Supreme Court candidates. Click HERE to view and download your free VIP. The publications are c3 friendly and suitable for churches to hand out to their congregations. Please be a friend and share this information either by forwarding this email or photocopying the VIP to hand out to those in your sphere of influence. WFC will be mailing over 25,000 copies of this document to well over 500 churches. If you want print copies to distribute, call 888-378-7395. Don’t wait! Early in-person voting and absentee voting starts very soon! To find out what’s on your ballot or where your polling place is, click HERE.
If you need additional assistance, Wisconsin Family Action stands ready to serve you. Call us at 608-268-5074 or (toll free) 866-849-2536.
From One News Now:
“The government controls all healthcare already in our urban core; the government controls all daycare in our urban core; it controls all housing in our urban core; it controls all education in our urban core – and what we see is distress,” says Starr Parker.
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Family Council notes that the threat of socialism is real. We now have at least a couple of generations conditioned to believe pretty much everything should be free. What they don’t understand is someone is always paying for their “free” and that under socialism our rights and freedoms will be gone. We believe families must instill in their children Biblical truth about work, earning one’s way, and true freedom.
From the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty:
“[Last week], the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Governor Tony Evers will propose freezing enrollment in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs and curtailing the expansion of independent public charter schools in his budget proposal, set to be introduced on Thursday. The proposals represent the most brazen attack on school choice in Wisconsin in nearly a decade.”
Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFC president, states, “Tony Evers has never been a friend to or a fan of any school choice idea other than public schools. The good news in this is that the conservatives who have the majority in our state legislature are committed to the voucher program and to all other educational choices. I can’t imagine they agree to any of these budget proposals. Elections continue to have consequences.”
Wisconsin Family Action is on the front lines promoting school choice and more each and every day. Won’t you click HERE now to invest in our work on your behalf today?
From Live Action:
[On Monday, February 25, 2019], the United States Senate voted on an anti-infanticide bill introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation needed 60 votes to pass, and it failed by a vote of 53 in favor and 44 against. The bill stated that “if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is a cosponsor of this critical legislation.
Late Monday, after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill to stop infanticide, House Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a similar bill to require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.
H.R. 962, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.
Read more HERE.
All of this comes on the heels of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ pitch to reopen state funding for Planned Parenthood (previously blocked by former Governor Walker) with his so-called “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” proposal he has included in the state budget. Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “The Governor is obviously proud of his pro-abortion position and his relationship with Planned Parenthood, our state’s largest abortion provider. But he doesn’t really care about babies. Abortion is not health care—not for women and certainly not for their unborn babies. Giving Planned Parenthood more taxpayer money means more unborn babies killed and their mothers put at risk.”
“Governor Tony Evers announced on Monday, Feb. 18 that his budget will include proposals to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establish an expungement procedure for individuals who have completed their sentence or probation for possession and align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards.
“Gov. Evers also wants to decriminalize possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana for amounts of 25 grams or less. This language would also prevent localities from establishing their own ordinances or penalties for possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana. The governor’s plan would also establish an expungement procedure for individuals convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 25 grams of marijuana who have completed their sentence or probation.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “This is a policy issue and doesn’t belong in the budget. That said, we have a major opioid crisis. Many parents whose kids are involved with this epidemic will tell you the addiction started with marijuana. If we are going to deal with this issue, introduce a stand-alone bill and let’s have plenty of public debate about it. Too much is at stake to do otherwise.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) which would protect infants who are delivered alive after a failed abortion procedure has been scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Monday, February 25.
This Senate action comes several weeks after the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act (RHA).” Among other provisions, the RHA repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion.
“The Senate will cast a vote on [Monday] February 25th to try to break the Democrat filibuster against a bill to stop infanticide.
“…Pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of five times.”
**Contact WI US Senator Ron Johnson (R) and thank him for co-sponsoring this bill. Let him know you are thankful for his leadership and ask him to use his influence to get others to join him in voting in support of this bill. Email Sen. Johnson or call him at (202) 224-5323. **Pray that the Senate passes the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act on February 25.
**Share this information with other WI friends and encourage them to contact Sen. Johnson and to also pray.
**Support the work of Wisconsin Family Action; we are 100% pro-life, from conception to natural death. We are YOUR voice in the legislature. Click HERE to donate TODAY.
Tuesday, February 19, is Wisconsin’s spring nonpartisan primary election when the ballots are determined for the April 2 general election. While there is no statewide race on the ballot today, many communities will have primaries for mayors, city council, village and town boards, school boards, or local and appellate judges. Wisconsin Family Council recommends visiting myvote.wi.org to see if you have a primary race you need to vote in today, or you can also call WFC at 888-378-7395 for help. The polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s far better to check before the polls close now to see if you have a primary election on February 19 rather than to find out after the fact. As Christian citizens let’s do our part to be knowledgeable, responsible, and prayerful voters and encourage others to join us. Here’s the reality: Every election has consequences, and every vote in every election matters.
“So, you’ve blown your stack. You admit it. You confess your wrongness to all involved parties. You apologize, asking forgiveness. And you resolve to not be that way again, to not do it again. But there’s the problem. The resolve of our own nature will fail. We need supernatural enablement for change. Overcoming anger requires something humanly impossible, something supernatural. The good news is that Jesus came to make it possible for all kinds of people—including angry parents—to be changed into people who yield their expectations to God in service to others, specifically their children.”
Click HERE to read “7 Tips for Keeping Your Cool When Kids Misbehave.”
WFA president Julaine Appling adds, “Good parenting means thinking through and planning ahead in order to respond in a godly manner to situations that try a mom’s or dad’s patience. We know discipline done in raw anger doesn’t model godliness to children; but discipline done under the control of the Holy Spirit speaks volumes to kids about the God we want them to come to know, love and serve.”
Did you know that married adults live longer lives, have better health, and greater personal happiness? Children who are raised by a married mother and father perform better in school, have fewer addictions, fewer teen pregnancies, and less trouble with the law. Research clearly shows that marriage boosts measures of human well-being for children, women, and men:
Only 4% of homes with a married mother and father are on food stamps at any given time, while 28% of single-mother homes are on food stamps.
78% of married people own their own home, while only 41% of cohabitating adults do.
Married men benefit from an average annual economic “marriage premium” of at least $15,900 per year compared to their unmarried peers.
The seismic shift in family structure over the course of the past few decades has broadened income gaps and deepened class divides. The New York Times highlighted sociological evidence of the impact of marriage on wealth, status, health, and happiness in an important article, “Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’”. Scholars at the National Marriage Project – a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Virginia – explain marriage as a “wealth-generating institution,” which is true for people of every race.
Research shows that marriage is the unsung anti-poverty program.
Learn how to get help for yourself, help others or form a marriage committee at www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org.