Traditional Marriage & Sanctity of Life
The bed rock of the nation lies with the strong foundation of family and a clear respect for life.
Marriage is the fundamental building block of our society. For many years, many have tried to undermine the traditional family and have asked judges to redefine marriage, providing a constitutional guarantee for same-sex marriage. I have been one of the leading voices in the Senate against this agenda of judicial activism.
To preserve traditional marriage, I have introduced and promoted constitutional amendments defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Such an amendment is necessary because a small minority and their judicial activist allies are seeking to usurp the will of the people and impose same-sex marriage on all of the states. Ultimately, the American people, not unelected judges, should decide policy on critical social issues such as this one.
Our Founding Fathers were clear. All people have rights given to them by their Creator, and the first among these is the right to life. Without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless, and for that reason, I have always been strongly opposed to abortion. During congressional debate on this subject, I informed my colleagues that ten times the number of American lives lost in all of our nation’s wars have been lost in the continuing tragedy of abortion.
With time and continuing education, the effort to protect the sanctity of life will prevail, but we must be vigilant. We cannot allow federal funds to be used for abortions; we must continue to stand against those who accept abortion on demand. I have introduced legislation to repeal federal funding of abortion through the recently passed health law, and I will continue to fight to make sure that the constitutional promises of life and liberty are not denied to the unborn.
|6/25/14||Hatch Statement on Appeals Court Decision on Utah Same-Sex Marriage Law|
|6/26/13||Hatch Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act|
|2/14/13||Hatch, Colleagues Introduce Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act|
|1/31/13||Senators File Brief with the Supreme Court On The Defense of Marriage Act|
|1/22/13||Hatch Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade|
|5/31/12||Hatch Statement on Appeals Court Ruling that DOMA is Unconstitutional|
|5/9/12||Hatch Statement on President Reversing Position on Same-Sex Marriage|