The GOP’s Pro-Family Heritage


Traditional family values have always been supported by the Republican party. In 1856, the very first Republican platform of all affirmed traditional marriage by declaring it the “duty of Congress to prohibit… those twin relics of barbarism – Polygamy, and Slavery.” In 1968, the first Republican platform after Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society denounced the practice of providing welfare benefits to unmarried mothers because it “erodes self-respect and discourages family unity and responsibility.”

The first Republican platform after Roe v. Wade in 1976 denounced that pro-abortion, anti-family decision. More recently, every Republican party platform since 1996 has opposed the legal recognition of same-sex unions at every level of government. The necessity of providing legal benefits for husband-wife unions was reaffirmed in the platforms of 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. In 2013, the GOP even passed a special resolution declaring that marriage is a “relationship that only a man and a woman can form.”

Our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, won the Republican nomination and the presidency primarily because of his compelling refutation of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision. He made a public commitment not to enforce that decision beyond the individual parties to that case. After his election, Lincoln stood by that promise. Like Andrew Jackson before him, Lincoln insisted that Congress and the President had a duty to interpret the Constitution within their own spheres of power and not leave it to the unelected judiciary to invent new rights based on their personal definitions of morality. Republican voters do not want a candidate who will back down on key moral issues.

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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

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