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Gary Johnson on Families & Children

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


Refused 'Marriage Vow' pledge; it condemns gays & singles

In August, he was not invited to the Republican debate in Iowa. Which might have had something to do with his response to the "Family Leader's 'Marriage Vow' pledge," a social-conservatism manifesto that Michele Bachmann and several other of his rivals jumped to sign. "In one concise document," Gary said in a YouTube video, "they manage to condemn gays, single parents, single individuals, divorcees, Muslims, gays in the military, unmarried couples, women who choose to have abortions, and everyone else who doesn't fit into a Norman Rockwell painting."

Um, maybe not the best way to appeal to the base. "I never, ever, when I entered this process of running for president of the United States, thought I would be excluded from the debate table. Ever." He pauses, incredulous. "What does two terms as governor get you?"

Source: Lisa DePaulo in GQ Magazine , Nov 1, 2011

Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

Growing evidence suggests that children from families in which fathers do not contribute their time and support endure a number of risk factors. Children with absent fathers are more likely to drop out of school, become teenage parents, develop drug or alcohol problems, or become involved in violent criminal behavior. Congress and the administration have recently proposed a number of federal programs to support state and local fatherhood initiatives.

NGA’s Position

Governors believe that government at all levels can and should take immediate action to help reduce the number of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and encourage active participation by fathers of all ages in raising their children. Governors have played a leadership role at both the national and state level in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to strengthen the role of fathers in their childrens’ lives. While many Governors are using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other federal program funds to support state-specific fatherhood initiatives, additional investment in fatherhood would broaden the population of fathers that can be served. Governors believe that there should be support of and coordination between existing programs and any new federal funding stream designated for fatherhood initiatives and that these new initiatives should not be funded at the expense of another vital human service program.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA12 on Sep 7, 2001

Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:


Source: NGA policy HR-28. Fatherhood Policy 01-NGA6 on Aug 15, 2001

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