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Defending Traditional Values

Democracy doesn't ask people to put aside their deeply held moral and religious beliefs for the sake of public policy. In fact, it does the opposite. 

In reality, democracy in America depends on engaged citizens - people of character, including religious believers, respectfully but vigorously fighting for their beliefs in the public square. 

My faith is part of who I am as a human being. It serves as my anchor and directs my actions.

For me, that means continuing to be a strong voice on fundamental issues of human dignity. 

Areas that I believe are vital to engage in the public arena include:

  • Defending and supporting family values.
  • Protecting the human person. 
  • Protecting traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
  • Defending Religious Liberties. 
  • Protecting life from conception to natural death.

Protecting these values is not only important for South Dakotans, but is also important, I believe, to serve as a witness to the entire country.  

As a simple example, due to COVID, many state governments placed unprecedented restrictions on the people’s right to exercise their religion, while simultaneously placing lesser burdens on for-profit businesses.
I was proud to co-sponsor a bill my colleague, Rep. Jon Hansen, passed in 2021 - “An Act to provide protections for the exercise of religious freedom.”
The new South Dakota law prohibits the government from treating religious conduct more harshly than secular conduct, and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty. So while people in states like California are forced to petition the Supreme Court just to exercise their religion, our new law will help ensure that the burdensome restrictions on the exercise of religion that we witnessed across the country will never happen in our state. 




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