Families are stronger when there is a traditional marriage as the basis for the family. Prophets have declared that marriage is ordained of God. The scriptures tell us that the first marriage on this earth took place when Heavenly Father performed the wedding ceremony for Adam and Eve. Traditional marriage between man and woman has been the norm for more than 6,000 years.
One difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is their attitudes about traditional marriage. Romney is for traditional marriage, and Obama is not. This difference may cost Obama some votes in the African-American communities.
We all know that Barack Obama was for traditional marriage - until he needed campaign cash. When his coffers did not fill as rapidly as he needed, he declared that he had "evolved" from being for traditional marriage to being for gay marriage.
When Mitt Romney spoke at the 103rd national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he spoke to them like adults and equals. Mitt basically walked into hostile territory that day because the vast majority of African-Americans strongly support Democrats and their liberal economic plans.
The crowd booed when Romney declared that he would repeal Obamacare; however, they loudly and strongly applauded when he shared his strong stance on marriage. "A study by the Brookings Institution has shown that for those that graduate from high school, who get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of becoming poor is two percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76%.... Here at the NAACP you understand the deep and lasting difference that family makes. […] Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country and that must be our goal. As President I will promote strong families and I will defend traditional marriage."
About the same period of time Texas Governor Rick Perry was interviewed by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution for the Uncommon Knowledge series at National Review Online and reaffirmed his strong support for marriage. "If you are going to base your public service upon your values then you are going to get criticized by those who don't agree with those values. I don't back away from my positions on traditional marriage, on abortion. Those are values, and actually they are values from my perspective, they can't be equivocated. You are either for traditional marriage or you are not. You are either for protecting innocent life or you are not…. The issue of traditional marriage is one that continues to bubble forward and I happen to believe that if you are going to have a society that is successful, economically or otherwise, you are going to have to have values that you attach that society to.
"For 2000 years we have had marriage between a man and a woman…. I suspect that issue is not going to go away, but just because you share a different view, or you are flexible on the issue does not mean that God has changed his mind about it."
Just because a small percentage of the citizens of this nation want to change the definition of marriage, the majority do not have to accept that change. Like Romney and Perry, we must be willing to stand firm on our principles and promote strong families by defending traditional marriage. We must keep traditional marriage as the norm if we want the family to remain the core unit of society. We must do our part to stand for marriage.