Marriage and Family

The South Carolina Republican Party considers the sacred institution of marriage as fundamental to the stability, betterment and perpetuation of our society. Many economic, emotional, and physical ills in our culture could be avoided if abstinence before and faithfulness in marriage were the standard of behavior. “Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a federal constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it”(2008 Republican National Platform p. 53). We affirm that the same creator who endowed men with the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, also established marriage consisting of one man and one woman, that marriage so constituted is morally right, that any deviation from this is morally wrong. We reject the notion that marriage may legitimately be redefined based upon cultural preferences.

We oppose efforts to redefine the marriage unit to accommodate proponents of homosexual “marriages” and oppose any legislation that legally recognizes same-sex marriage, civil unions, or allows such couples to adopt children or provide foster care. Morally and pragmatically, the Party considers homosexuality a lifestyle detrimental to the health and well-being of individuals and therefore opposes its promotion as simply “an alternate lifestyle.” We applaud the state for prohibiting same sex marriage and adoptions, and consider such as detrimental to the peace and tranquility or our state.

The Party considers the traditional American family to be the essential unit of our society. We oppose any governmental actions which tend to weaken the family, the family being the social unit of wedded man and woman with their natural-born or adopted children. We affirm the wonderful differences with which each gender is created and oppose efforts to blur or disregard the uniqueness of male and female genders. Furthermore, we affirm that one’s gender is fixed at birth and that no citizen should be entitled to special treatment or accorded any special benefits not accorded to others of the same birth gender regardless of how they have altered their anatomy or appearance. We oppose federal, state, county, or municipal laws, regulations or ordinances that require a person to be granted special rights or protections based on his or her “perceived” gender identity. Numerous scientific studies demonstrate that divorce negatively affects the physical and mental health, welfare, and economic status of the adults and children involved. Therefore, we believe that the laws of South Carolina regarding divorce should be tightened not relaxed in order to stabilize society by strengthening the family unit and protecting all children in its care.

We oppose efforts in education to redefine the meaning of family through its suggested curriculums and call on the State Department of Education and local school districts to uphold the traditional family as the model of behavior for children. We call upon all state agencies dealing with children to uphold the state’s definition of family in placing all children in its care.

We oppose any legislation which offers financial incentives for mothers to leave home for the workforce or creates a scenario in which the state becomes the parent. We support the Republican concept of across-the- board tax relief for all parents of young children and the elimination of the marriage penalty tax.

The Party is appalled by the increasing incidences of physical and sexual, child and spousal abuses, as well as the abandonment of families by one spouse. We offer our compassion and admiration to single parents, who carry out their parental duties in the face of great challenges. We call upon our legislators to protect such parents from further economic abuse through tighter laws and swifter means for collecting child and spousal support. We also encourage couples to make the commitment of marriage before they have children; studies show this commitment greatly benefits the children of that union.

The Party considers one of the extreme forms of familial abuse to be the killing of the defenseless unborn and the euthanizing of the elderly. We support legislation which protects the family and all of its members, from the youngest to the oldest, and hereby reaffirm our commitment to the Right of all human beings to live.