The Case for Marriage

The Case for Marriage

Throughout July, we’ve featured a series of posts on the Foundations blog titled, “Why Protect Marriage.” Here’s a recap of the posts:

Dale Schowengerdt went on Tom Brown’s new show on KPXQ, Koinonia, to discuss his post. Listen to it here and be sure to follow our blog for more in this series.

Now is not a time to grow weary or discouraged. Don’t listen to media reports or predictions from others that same sex “marriage” in New York means the debate is over. Now is the time to redouble our prayers and efforts to stand for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

More Fallout from “Obamacare” 

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the latest from the nationalization of health care the federal government will force virtually every employer to pay for emergency contraception in their employee healthcare plan. Emergency contraception can work to cause an abortion.

Along with the dangers this poses for the preborn and women, this mandate has severe implications for the rights of conscience of business owners. National Review Online writes about this decision will mean for you and me here, The Misguided Birth-Control Crusade Continues. The Heritage Foundation also provides some good insight in this article, HHS’s New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience.

It’s That Time Once Again

Early voting has begun in four key Arizona city elections. These elections often are decided by less than 20% of the electorate. Values voters have a unique opportunity to impact city leadership by voting!

CAP’s Voter Guide website, azvoterguide.com, features survey results from Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott. Be sure to check it out before you vote. If your town isn’t holding elections, you can still make a difference by making sure your friends and family are informed and turn out to vote.

If a candidate hasn’t responded, we’ve provided their email address and phone number so you can contact the candidate directly and ask them to answer the survey. You can also contact them on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve compiled a list of their usernames for your convenience.  Yuma friends – note that no candidate for your city has responded!

The Ongoing Court Battles with Planned Parenthood

CAP continues to closely monitors two cases filed by Planned Parenthood challenging CAP-supported pro-life laws. On the Foundations blog, I posted two resources that explain our ongoing fight to enact key aspects of the Abortion Consent Act and abortion clinic regulations.

Looking for Fall Interns

CAP currently has openings for fall semester interns. Read more about the qualifications and how to apply.

azvoterguide.com is Your Guide to the Phoenix City Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2011
Contact: Aaron Baer, 602.424.2525, ext 242, or 602.456.1792

AZVOTERGUIDE.COM IS YOUR GUIDE TO THE PHOENIX CITY ELECTION
WEBSITE GIVES STRAIGHT FORWARD ANSWERS ON WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND

PHOENIX – Discovering where candidates for city offices stand on the issues is easier now thanks to the free online resource, azvoterguide.com. This nonpartisan service compiles survey results from city election candidates in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott to give voters the clear information they need to be an informed voter.

Candidates indicate on their survey whether they support or oppose 15 statements on critical issues that face our city. Examples of these statements include:

  • Using city funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion.
  • Prohibiting fully nude performances and touching or tipping dancers in sexually oriented businesses.
  • Allowing private companies to compete with city government for contracts to provide city services.
  • Providing a “domestic partners registry” for unmarried, cohabiting homosexual and heterosexual couples.
  • Regulating the hours and locations of medical marijuana dispensaries

On azvoterguide.com, you can access copies of the actual surveys candidates filed out, and read the comments they wrote. You can download a pdf of the Voter Guide which compares the candidate’s responses here: http://bit.ly/pWhqQb

If a candidate decided not to respond, their phone number and email address is provided, and you are able to send the candidates a blank version of the survey for them to complete and return to Center for Arizona Policy: http://bit.ly/nyMi1B

You can also contact the candidates via Facebook and Twitter. Their usernames have been compiled here: http://bit.ly/n6SlrY

With as few as 10% of the voting population expected to turn out to vote on August 30, it is essential that voters get the facts about the candidates, then turn out to vote their values on Election Day.

For more information on the Voter Guide, visit www.azvoterguide.com. For information on Center for Arizona Policy, visit www.azpolicy.org or contact Aaron Baer, 602.424.2525.

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends
the foundational values of life,
marriage and family, and religious liberty.
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AZVoterGuide.com Now Includes City Election Update

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) released the first edition of the 2011 City Elections Voter Guide on azvoterguide.com today. This non-partisan, free resource provides you with straightforward answers from the candidates about where they stand on critical issues for the August 30 election.

CAP surveyed every mayoral and city council candidate in Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott to find out their positions on issues that they are likely to address if elected. The answers have been compiled in one place to make it simple for you to be an informed voter this year. Candidates also were able to include comments on their surveys, which can be downloaded at azvoterguide.com.

For thirteen years, CAP has surveyed individuals running for office in Arizona to provide you, the voter, with the information you need for upcoming elections. During the 2010 election season, CAP reached more than 500,000 people with this important resource.

Candidates who have not yet submitted their survey answers still have the opportunity to respond and have their answers included in the next edition. The contact information for those candidates is currently included in the Voter Guide. If you would like to know where those candidates stand, please contact them and ask them to respond to CAP’s Voter Guide survey. You can access the survey here.

City elections can have a significant impact on all Arizonans. It’s imperative for all Arizonans to register to vote, discover where the candidates stand, and then vote their values on August 30.

For more information, visit http://www.azvoterguide.com.

When Marriage Comes Under Attack

When Marriage Comes Under Attack

Late last Friday, New York’s state legislature decided to radically redefine marriage. In a less than transparent process, New York became the sixth state in the nation to call marriage something other than the union of one man and one woman – and only the third to do so by legislative action. There are thirty states, including Arizona, with constitutional amendments protecting marriage.

We are publishing a series of posts on the Foundations blog this week and next about why it’s so important to stand for the true definition of marriage. We’ll look at what the Scripture says about marriage, whether this is really a “civil rights” issue, and the impact on our religious freedom. Check out the first post of the series by CAP’s Communications Director Aaron Baer: “Why Protect Marriage.

Celebrating Our Independence

While you celebrate our nation’s independence this 4th of July with family and friends, I hope you take time to reflect on the blessing of living in this great country, and the responsibility that comes with it.

That responsibility starts with exercising our freedom and right to vote our values. City elections throughout Arizona are less than two months away on August 30. Be sure you and your friends are registered to vote, and consider talking with your pastor about holding a voter registration drive at your church in the coming weeks. CAP has everything you need to get started registering voters. We’ll also be publishing a city election Voter Guide at azvoterguide.com in the coming days.

City elections can have a profound impact on the entire state. Our opponents specifically target these elections because it’s much easier for them to influence the outcome and then advance their agenda. We cannot afford to be silent in these local elections. If you haven’t already done so, check out this blog post by CAP’s Blackstone intern Angelina Nguyen about how one city’s bad policies can have an impact on everyone in the state.

Summer Break

5 Minutes for Families will be going on a short summer break through the month of July. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch the Foundations blog for updates from us during this time. I’ll be back with more updates and news you need to know that impacts your family in August. Happy Independence Day!

Stand for Marriage? You’re Not Alone

Stand for Marriage? You’re Not Alone

Most of the popular culture would have you think that if you believe in the true definition of marriage, you are part of a small minority. A new comprehensive study by the Alliance Defense Fund suggests otherwise. In what is likely the most extensive national research survey of its kind, ADF and Public Opinion Strategists found that 62 percent of Americans believe that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.”

This actually shouldn’t come as a shock. When this issue has been before the voters, 31 states have voted to protect marriage in their state constitution – like Arizona did in 2008. Reality is that we have much to be hopeful about in our battle to preserve the definition of marriage.

Who is the Father?

Father’s Day sparked a slew of stories about dads and their role in the family. Jennifer Lahl wrote this piece about a recent decision by British Columbia’s high court in favor of donor-conceived children having access to their biological information. Rulings like this are critical to advancing the public conversation about In Vitro Fertilization and understanding the rights of all involved – especially the children.

The New York Times told the story of a young boy, conceived through sperm donation, being raised by two women and the sperm donor (who the boy only knows as uncle right now) and the sperm donor’s same-sex partner. The problems with this arrangement are evident, and the long term effects on the child in this story will probably never be told. When the needs of children are second to the wants of adults, there are always consequences, and sadly, it’s typically the children who pay the price.

On the Radio

On Monday, I was on for the full hour of the Andrew Tallman Show on 1360 KPXQ AM to discuss the Abortion Consent Act litigation. I had a great time with Andrew talking about the pro-life movement in Arizona. Click here to listen to the podcast.

City Elections Impact Everyone

On the Foundations blog this week, CAP’s Blackstone legal intern Angelina wrote about the impact one city’s election can have on the entire state. Read more here.

Time is Running Out to Register to Vote

Many city elections are just two months away. If you’re not registered to vote, you’ll want to soon! If you are, please forward this email to your friends and family, and remind them to register and be sure to turn out to vote on August 30. We are in the process of compiling the results for our city election Voter Guide and will be publishing them in the next few weeks to AZVoterGuide.com.