Souder: ‘Committed to Preserving Traditional Marriage’
From the department of irony…
It turns out that Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), who announced today that he’ll be resigning over news of an affair with a part-time staffer, is also one of the loudest proponents of family values on Capitol Hill. Here, for example, is the page on his (soon to be extinct) website where he vows his “fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation.”
The family plays a fundamental role in our society. Studies consistently demonstrate that it is best for a child to have a mother and father, and I am committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman.
The importance of Judeo-Christian values in America cannot be underestimated. Yet, in the public square, religion has been maligned by the courts to a point where children cannot pray in school and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down the Pledge of Allegiance. I am committed to fighting the assault on American values.
Along those lines, Souder spearheaded a 2006 report — “Abstinence and Its Critics” — designed to counter arguments from liberal Democrats that abstinence education is an unrealistic approach to reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.
TPM has the money clip of Souder discussing the importance of abstinence with his mistress last year.