This week’s Home School Heartbeat features an interview with presidential candidate Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. Home School Heartbeat has invited all of the 2008 candidates to participate, and an interview will be aired for each candidate who accepts. Each candidate will be asked exactly the same questions. Neither this interview nor any others should be construed to be a political endorsement.
Senator Sam Brownback, seeking the Republican nomination, how would you protect the sanctity of marriage?
Senator Sam Brownback:
Several ways, and we have to protect this institution as a union of a man and a woman for life. This is a key institution, it is a building-block institution for any society, it is a building-block institution for our society; unfortunately, it’s under attack by the courts. So, number one would be to appoint judges that are strict constructionists to stay within the limits of law, and don’t see their role as social-change agents and responsible for changing society. Number two, I support a constitutional amendment—federal constitutional amendment—defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman. I wish we didn’t have to go that route, but I am afraid we are going to need to go that route to protect this fundamental institution. And I don’t think we ought to be putting in provisions in the tax code that are opposed to marriage, but ones rather that support marriage, and marriage as the definition the union of a man and a woman.
Senator Brownback, I thank you so much for those very interesting responses about marriage, and we appreciate your work in the United States Senate, especially in the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Thank you, Mike, it’s been a pleasure working with you on it as well.