NOTE: I realize the 2012 election has long since passed, but the issues that distinguished Romney from Obama will certainly be relevant in the 2016 election and will likely distinguish the Republican nominee from the Democratic nominee. The Democratic nominee in 2016 will very probably hold the same essential views that Obama has espoused.
Romney or Obama?
Facts for Latter-day Saints to Consider
Michael T. Griffith
June 2, 2012
As Latter-day Saints, we are free to vote for the candidate of our choice. The Church is neutral on political candidates and parties. It is left to us, as individual members, to apply the principles of the restored gospel as we cast our votes. Although the Church does not endorse candidates or parties, the Church has given us some guidelines about the kinds of candidates we should support. The Church has also taken official positions on certain important issues of our day. When faced with a choice between a candidate who agrees with the Church’s stated positions on vital issues and a candidate who rejects those positions, it stands to reason that we should support the candidate who reflects our values and principles.
In this presidential election, the choice is between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Let’s consider their views on issues on which the Church has taken a position.
* Romney opposes same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage). Obama, on the other hand, has done everything in his power to advance same-sex marriage and has recently come out openly in support of it. Romney supports the proposed federal marriage amendment. The Church has officially endorsed the federal marriage amendment and has called for its passage. Obama, on the other hand, not only opposes the federal marriage amendment, but wants to force states that have banned same-sex marriage to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Obama even wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the federal law that allows states to choose whether or not to accept gay marriage.
When Obama’s lawyers went to court over the Defense of Marriage Act in 2010, they argued that having children is not one of the main reasons for marriage. This, of course, contradicts not only what the gospel tells us about marriage, but it also contradicts what Western civilization has traditionally taught about marriage for over 2,000 years.
Obama has even taken the position
that public schools should teach children, as young as the second grade,
positive portrayals of homosexuality. In
a Democratic presidential debate held at
* Romney believes states should be
able to ban gay marriage. So does the
Church. The Church went to great lengths
to help pass Proposition 8 in
* Romney supports abstinence education, which means he supports having public schools teach teens that they should not have sexual relations until they are adults (and often this teaching includes the idea that sexual relations should be reserved for marriage). It is no exaggeration to say that Obama has waged war on abstinence education. Not only has Obama reduced federal funding for abstinence education programs, but he has also issued regulations that prohibit federally funded marriage education programs from even mentioning abstinence in their instruction and materials.
* Romney supports protecting unborn
children from elective abortion. In
other words, he supports making abortion illegal except in cases of rape,
incest, and endangerment (i.e., when the baby’s birth would pose a serious risk
to the mother’s life). Obama, on the
other hand, is the most radically pro-abortion president in American
history. Obama opposes any restrictions
on abortion and has appointed federal judges who favor overturning all
restrictions on abortion. If Obama’s
judges become the majority on any federal appeals courts or on the Supreme
Court, they will most certainly overturn the ban on partial-birth abortion and
will also overturn waiting periods, parental consent laws, and informed consent
laws. When Obama was in the
* Romney does not believe the federal government has the right to force churches to pay for contraception, sterilization, and the morning-after pill in healthcare plans for their employees. Nor does he believe that insurance companies should be forced to include birth control, sterilization, and the morning-after pill in their healthcare policies. Obama believes the opposite. Obama recently issued regulations, through his Secretary of Health and Human Services, to force churches to pay for birth control, sterilization, and the morning-after pill in health insurance policies for their employees. Then, in response to public uproar over this unprecedented contraception mandate, he issued a meaningless modification to the regulation that said the insurance companies would have to pay the cost of those provisions, but of course the end result is that churches will be paying for these provisions through higher premiums for their policies.
The Church, in its official policy handbook for local leaders, strongly discourages sterilization (such as tubal ligations and vasectomies). Furthermore, the Church’s health insurance plan for Church employees does not cover “contraception, birth control devices, and/or sterilization procedures.” Because of Obama’s contraception mandate, the Deseret Mutual Benefit Association, which is the insurance company that the Church uses to cover its employees, will now be forced to offer and pay for sterilization, and even the morning-after pill.
* Romney believes in the
long-standing right of churches to select their own leaders and employees,
including the right to decide who can teach in schools that they run. The Church itself has gone to court to defend
this right. Obama, on the other hand,
has tried to abolish this sacred right.
In a recent case between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and
* Romney believes that our anti-pornography laws (also known as obscenity laws) should be enforced and that pornography is a serious and growing problem. The Church has repeatedly spoken out against pornography and has called for vigorous enforcement of anti-pornography laws. Obama, on the other hand, has been noticeably lax about enforcing obscenity laws. Indeed, LifeSiteNews notes that “enforcement of obscenity laws has plummeted under the Obama administration.”
Some other facts to consider:
* Obama has appointed open gays, lesbians, and transsexuals to positions in his administration. In addition, a few months after taking office, Obama issued an official presidential proclamation that has made the month of June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Month.”
* In a speech that he delivered in
* When Obama spoke at
* Obama has approved a new regulation that virtually abolishes the right of doctors and nurses to refuse to perform abortions. This action has been condemned by the Christian Medical Association, the Catholic Medical Association, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Medical Students for Life, and several other groups.
* In the three Thanksgiving Day
messages that Obama has delivered, he has failed to even mention God in the
body of the messages and has said nothing about thanking God for
In my opinion, the choice is
clear. We can either vote for a
candidate who agrees with the Church’s position on opposing same-sex marriage,
protecting traditional marriage, opposing abortion, supporting abstinence
education, and enforcing our anti-pornography laws, or we can vote for a
candidate who takes the opposite view on all those issues. We can either vote for the candidate who
opposes the contraception mandate or we can vote for the candidate who imposed
it. We can either vote for the candidate
who opposes forcing doctors and nurses to perform abortions against their will
or we can vote for the candidate who is actively trying to force them to do
so. And, we can either vote for the
candidate who acknowledges and honors
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T. Griffith holds a Master’s degree in Theology from The Catholic
Distance University, a Graduate Certificate in Ancient and Classical History
from American Military University, a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from
Excelsior College, and two Associate in Applied Science degrees from the
Community College of the Air Force. He
also holds an Advanced Certificate of Civil War Studies and a Certificate of
Civil War Studies from