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Today, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

ICYMI: I spoke on the floor today about “Why Marriage Matters” [….] 2:26 PM – 12 Feb 2015

The video:

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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): Thank you. Mister Speaker, I rise today in support of National Marriage Week. It’s an honor to promote an institution that has been the cornerstone of society for centuries. And I’m blessed to celebrate this week with my husband of thirty years, Lowell Hartzler. When a man and woman join together in holy matrimony they are not only starting a life together and creating a family, they are also establishing the foundation of a healthy society. Researchers document many benefits to marriage – better health, greater personal happiness, enhanced financial stability, and positive impacts for children. Boys and girls raised at home by a mom and dad perform better in school, have less addiction, experience lower rates of teen pregnancy, and see less trouble with the law. At a time when some question the future of marriage I think it’s wise to reflect on the unique benefits the intact marriage family provides. Social science clearly tells us that marriage leads to greater wealth, health, longevity, and happiness. It is something to aspire to, to treasure, and to fight for. Not only does society benefit, but most importantly, so do the men and women who commit to a lifetime of love, laughter, faithfulness, and future generations. I yield back.

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“…Researchers document many benefits to marriage – better health, greater personal happiness, enhanced financial stability, and positive impacts for children…”

Interesting. That’s a strong argument for marriage equality. Uh…

“…At a time when some question the future of marriage…”

Who exactly?

“…Social science clearly tells us that marriage leads to greater wealth, health, longevity, and happiness…”

That’s another strong argument for marriage equality.

“…It is something to aspire to, to treasure, and to fight for…”

A lot of people are. The courts are agreeing with them, too.

Previously:

Jim White (D) in the 4th Congressional District: speaking out (February 12, 2015)