At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit that took place on Saturday, Governor Walker discussed life, marriage, and religious liberty:
It wasn’t just in those areas either. Some of these you may have noticed, some you may not, but in our first budget we defunded Planned Parenthood in the state of Wisconsin. We made sure dollars for women’s health went into the public health systems in the counties and other places where it was less controversial, and we passed major pro-life legislation in the state of Wisconsin as well.[…] [On returning power to the states:] That’s not only true on funding of national federal agencies, that’s true on things like marriage. Marriage is a decision that should be defined by state governments, not at the federal level, and in Wisconsin and other states marriage is defined as one man and one woman and states should be the ones that make that decision.
And when we talk about that we should be standing up for religious freedom. I’m proud to say in my state it’s actually in the state’s constitution. Last time I checked, it’s in our nation’s Constitution as well. It’s about religion, it’s about what our founders thought about in the ten amendments, the ten first amendments in the Bill of Rights. We need to uphold the Constitution in the United States and uphold the ability to practice your religion whether you’re Christian, or Jewish, or anywhere else. We shouldn’t be picking winners and losers. We should be saying that’s exactly why we founded this country because our founders got tired of the oppression coming from other places around the world.
In America we should be the shining star that says: You should be able to practice your religion, and that government should defend you doing it every single time.
Joshua Pinho works for American Principles in Action.