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With the support of Senator Ernst and 11 other “woke” Republicans, the party that celebrates the ability to kill babies up to the moment of birth is ecstatic over their newfound opportunity to strip the definition of traditional marriage from federal code and replace it with whatever definition any state chooses. The same crowd that aggressively supports the “transing” of kindergarteners and the surgical mutilation of children in the name of gender transitioning needed at least ten Republican votes to overcome the 60-vote threshold to move HR 8404, the misnamed “Respect for Marriage Act,” to the floor of the US Senate where only 51 votes are needed for passage. Senator Joni Ernst voted “Yes.” Thankfully, Senator Chuck Grassley did not.
To be a conservative means that you conserve the foundational, Biblical values that have enabled God to bless our nation. Outside of respect for the unborn, nothing is more foundational to a flourishing society than one-man, one-woman marriage and the home. Yesterday, Senator Ernst proved that she is no conservative. Even if she votes “No,” on the final floor vote, which is highly doubtful, she will still be responsible for enabling it to get there. As we repeatedly see in the current political arena, an “R” beside your name is not enough. We don’t just need Republicans in office; we need Republicans with a Biblically calibrated moral compass and the courage to act on it.
Unfortunately, Joni Ernst failed in her responsibility to defend conservative values. Unlike the errant 47 House Republicans, including Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks and Rep. Ashley Hinson, who were only given 24 hours’ notice before a vote on the same bill in July, Senator Ernst had more than three months and repeated warnings of the bill’s danger from Iowans and numerous major conservative organizations from around the country. But that didn’t stop her from voting “Yes.”
The final Senate vote will likely take place after the Thanksgiving break. Then the bill will go back to the US House where, even though passage is essentially assured, a fully informed Rep. Miller-Meeks and Rep. Hinson will have an opportunity to correct their initial mistake.
Let your voice be heard. Please call Senator Ernst’s office today and express your profound disappointment in her betrayal of conservative values. Then call Senator Chuck Grassley’s office and thank him for voting “No.” 

Author: Pastor Brad Cranston

Founder of Baptists for Biblical Values


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