Making The Mormon Case For Hillary Clinton

Recently, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton published an op-ed in the Mormon-owned Deseret News. In the op-ed, Hillary makes the case to the voters of Utah why she's the best candidate for President. Much of her op-ed focuses on her defense of religious freedom and the importance of the U.S. Constitution. She quotes several prominent LDS people including church prophets and other high profile figures like Mitt Romney. Her case is a strong one, particularly in Utah where the large majority of Republican Mormons can't tolerate Trump at all. There are other options this election and I'm here to make the case that in addition to being a champion for religious freedom and the constitution, Hillary Clinton will be the most pro-family candidate we've ever had, very much worthy of Mormons' consideration come this November.

As Mormons, the importance of families is an integral part of our theology, it's baked into the core of what our doctrine is about -- eternal families. Every conference session we are told we must "defend the family." While unfortunately most Mormons are misguided on what "defending the family" truly means, most believing they are to oppose marriage equality, what "defending the family" actually means is to be pro-family, to advocate for improved policies and laws that benefit and strengthen all American families.

In this election the choice is clear, there could not be a more pro-family candidate than Hillary Clinton. Her record on these issues is unmatched, shown below are just a few of the countless ways she has advocated for families and children her entire career.

  • Newly out of law school, Hillary joined the Children's Defense Fund where she advocated for impoverished children and kids with disabilities.

  • During her tenure as First Lady in Arkansas, she helped establish the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program to promote early childhood education. The program now operates in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
  • As First Lady of the country, she fought for and was successful in helping pass, the Children's Health Insurance Program. The program now provides health coverage to more than 8 million children. Senator Ted Kennedy said that if not for Hillary, the Children's Health Insurance Program wouldn't be in existence today.
  • Serving as a Senator from New York Hillary was a champion for 9/11 first responders and their families. She fought to ensure that they had easy access to the medical treatment and health care they deserved.
  • While Secretary of State Hillary advocated for the rights of women and children abroad. She fought for women's access to economic opportunity and lead the fight for a U.N. Security Council resolution to combat sexual violence against women and children in conflict zones.
  • As a Mormon, I believe that being pro-family means supporting the issues that Hillary Clinton has advocated for her entire life. Being pro-family means electing a candidate who fights for paid maternity leave so that a mother or father can stay home with their new child. Being pro-family means electing a candidate who believes we must close the pay gap so that women in the workplace are paid equally to their male counterparts. Being pro-family means electing a candidate who will work for making quality, child care a reality for all families in this country. Being pro-family means electing a candidate who's advocated for gender equality abroad, helping break down the social, economic, and legal barriers that hold women back. Being pro-family means electing Hillary Clinton and so come November 8th, this Mormon will be proud to say that #I'mWithHer.