Cruz: Leave Definition of Marriage to States

On February 10, Senator Ted Cruz reintroduced the State Marriage Defense Act. In a statement released on the occasion, he said: “Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state ‘choices about who may be married,’ the Obama Administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage.” Politico reports on the full story here.

Jindal to CNN: I’m Not For Changing the Definition of Marriage

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke to CNN on February 10 and made it clear that he will not “evolve” on gay marriage. Jindal stated that he is “not one of those politicians,” and that “[his] faith teaches [him] that marriage is between a man and a woman.” He emphasized that he is “not for changing the definition of marriage.” You can see the video of Jindal’s full interview here.

Christie Announces Concerns with Common Core

In Iowa on February 10, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed his “grave concerns” with Common Core, according to The Des Moines Register. He attributed his concerns to the “way the Obama administration has tried to implement it through tying federal funding to these things.” Christie felt that having federal money tied to the standards changed it from the “voluntary type system” he initially supported. He stated that, “in the end education needs to be a local issue.” You can read the full report here.

Jindal Slams Common Core in New Education Plan

On February 9, Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal released his 42-page plan for education reform entitled “K-12 Education Reform: A Road Map.” The plan is highly critical of Common Core: [E]ducation is best directed at the local level, not by the federal government. In today’s debate this brings us to the issue of Common Core, which this plan discusses. When Common Core first came on the scene it was described as an effort led by states to seek high standards for our students. It sounded pretty good. But Common Core has become a way for the federal government to dictate a national

Fiorina Criticizes Common Core, Touts Social Conservatism

In an interview with the Christian Post, published on February 6, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina expressed her views on a number of different issues, most notably on life, marriage, and Common Core. On life: [L]ife is an important issue that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about. Like I said at that March for Life event, science is on our side. It shows that unborn babies feel pain and dream at five months and that the DNA on the day that we die is the same DNA we had as a zygote. Every human life is precious and has potential.

The Hill: Rand Paul Fires Back at ‘Audit the Fed’ Critics

On February 5, The Hill reported on criticism of Senator Rand Paul’s Audit the Fed bill. In response, Sen. Paul was quoted as saying, “Citizens have the right to know why the Fed’s policies have resulted in a stagnant economy and record numbers of people dropping out of the workforce.” You can read the full story here.

Jindal Emphasizes Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Views

After the American Principles Project’s State Lunch on February 5, LifeSiteNews interviewed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. The governor stated that he was “proud to stand up for innocent, unborn life,” and that he was “proud to stand up and say that I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, between a man and a woman.” He urged his fellow potential candidates to follow suit and stand up for their conservative beliefs as well. Jindal reiterated that he was “a believer in traditional marriage…a believer in protecting innocent human life, unborn life. [As well as] a strong believer in religious liberty.” You

Huckabee Discusses Marriage, Religious Liberty on CNN

On February 1, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and discussed his views on marriage. He lambasted other Christian politicians who have “evolved” on the issue, saying, “unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, OK, I’m just gonna evolve.” Huckabee then likened asking a Christian to accept gay marriage to “asking somebody who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.” You can find the full interview here.

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