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Palmetto Family Council Weekly Update

September 25, 2009

Welcome to Palmetto Family Weekly Update.

In this issue…

-PFC VIDEO: “Standing for Marriage”

-REPORT: “The Politics and Principles of Real Health Care Reform

-NEWS: “California Gay Marriage Groups Launch Ballot Fight”

-FAMILY NEWS: “3 Ways to Keep Kids from Texting while Driving”


“Standing for Marriage”

Palmetto Family Council takes a look back at news coverage of its “Stand with Jenny” campaign this summer. As First Lady Jenny Sanford said in her public statement: “Actions have consequences, and we will be dealing with these consequences for a long time.”

As our state continues to deal with the on-going consequences of Governor Sanford’s actions, it’s important to realize that—beyond the political—our First Family’s difficulties remind us all how important it is to protect and nurture our marriages.

“This is a wake-up call in general for South Carolina,” said Palmetto Family Council CEO Oran Smith. “People should look to their marriages as a foundation of society.”

(Click HERE for the video.)


“The Politics and Principles of Real Health Care Reform”

The health care system may be ready for change, but according to the American Enterprise Institute, the highly regulated reforms President Obama and Congress are currently discussing are unlikely to reduce costs or improve outcomes.

While purely market-based reform will not be a panacea for the problems in the American health system, market discipline is necessary for reforms to be successful. We should strengthen effective competition that rewards initiative, and foster a system that does not protect poor business decisions with unearned taxpayer dollars.

We should provide help where it is most needed, and give consumers (and their doctors) the tools to make good decisions about their insurance and their medical care. We should lay the foundation for a new understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals, and we should take steps to ensure that the reforms enacted this year are sustainable over the long term.

(Click HERE for full report.)


California gay marriage groups launch ballot fight

Friday, September 25, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Gay rights activists hoping to win back the right to marry in California submitted a ballot proposal on Thursday for the November 2010 election—a date deep-pocketed gay rights advocates have said is too soon.

Californians in November voted to ban same-sex marriage after courts made it legal in the spring. Advocates ever since have been debating when to challenge the ban, known as Prop 8, in the state, which is closely divided on the issue despite a social liberal reputation.

The Los Angeles group Love Honor Cherish filed a proposed state constitutional amendment that repeals the gay marriage ban and says churches would not be forced to perform any marriage.

“Marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion,” the proposed amendment says in part.

A new fight to win back the right is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars to mount, and smaller groups are leading the way for the 2010 challenge, hoping grass-roots success will convince and shame wary donors that it is not too soon to return to the polls.

Love Honor Cherish estimates it needs a million signatures of support by April to qualify as a ballot proposal. The state attorney general must approve the language before petitions are circulated,

Social conservatives with strong grass-roots organizers of their own say they are confident of winning again.

Californians’ 2008 vote to ban same-sex marriage, months after the state’s top court legalized it, bolstered the power of social conservatives and sparked nationwide protests among gays and their allies. It was followed by legalization of gay marriage in a handful of mostly Northeastern states and a court challenge aimed at the U.S. Supreme Court.


3 Ways to Keep Kids from Texting While Driving

The new Rules of the Road for Texting from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that lobbies for safer media use, provides a practical way to start thinking about getting your family’s texting-while-driving habit under control:

  • Don’t move while texting. This means not just don’t drive, but don’t walk, bike, or skateboard.
  • With power comes responsibility. Make rules on where and when texting is acceptable. Not during meals, during class, or on family outings. Phones are off at night. And make it clear that you’ll yank the phone for violations of family rules. Consider monitoring children’s texts for cheating or inappropriate sexual messages as well. Think that’s rare? Thirteen percent of teenagers say they’ve sexted; one third say they’ve used mobiles to cheat in school.
  • Stop driving while texting yourself. Pretend you’re in California, where hands-free use is the only legal use of mobile phones in cars. Or just enjoy the chance to be unwired. Who knows, you might even talk to your kids instead.

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