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Life

We believe life is sacred and should be protected at every opportunity.  We believe from the moment of fertilization to the moment of natural death, human life is intrinsically and eternally significant.

We believe that comfort, cost, convenience, mental capacity, or the inability to comply with societal expectations of what people should be able to do is never a justification for terminating a life that would otherwise continue to live.

We have serious concerns for next year’s session relating to the aggressive agendas put forth by the pro-abortion and the LGBT lobbies in Washington State.

Marriage & Sexuality

The Family Policy Institute of Washington believes marriage is the most significant relationship in existence.  We believe life-long, heterosexual, monogamous marriages provide unique benefits to children and society that cannot be matched by any other relationship. As a result, we believe marriage should always be defined as a union of one man and one woman, and that marriage should be promoted and preferred above other relationships while recognizing the right of individuals to live freely outside the institution of marriage.

Despite the unfortunate decision of the Supreme Court, we will continue to defend the truth about marriage.  Every child has a mother and father.  Therefore, an understanding of marriage that recognizes the value of children being known and loved by their mother and father, which also encourages the adults to think more about best interest of the next generation than the desire for recognition of their emotional connections, will always be preferable.

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Whos Rights are Being Violated?
After the passage of proposition 8 in California, advocates of homosexual behavior went on the offensive demanding that their agenda be imposed on everyone.

 

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FPIW Testifying against SB6239 (Same-Sex “Marriage” bill)
Joseph Backholm, Executive Director | January 23rd, 2012

Religious Freedom

The Family Policy Institute of WA (FPIW) believes that religious observance and faith in God have an overwhelmingly positive impact on society.  Just as marriage has a foundational effect on the flourishing of family life, religious observance has a similar effect on community and national life.  The fostering of religious observance within a framework of religious freedom is a hallmark of our culture as shaped by our Founding Fathers. In the United States, the Judeo-Christian worldview has provided a sound basis for the flourishing of our national culture and our political system. The FPIW, in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, works to encourage the free worship of God as a great good for individuals, couples, families, communities and the nation.

Parental Rights

The Family Policy Institute of Washington believes that both the responsibility and the authority for raising children rest primarily with their biological or adoptive parents. Government should empower parents to control the upbringing of their children and minimize its interference with the exercise of parental authority, except in cases of demonstrable abuse or neglect.

Specifically, public policy should protect the right and maximize the power of parents to choose the form of education they wish for their children, be it public schools, secular or religious private schools, or home schooling. Public schools should avoid undermining parental authority or interfering with transmission of parental values to their children.

Medical procedures should not be performed on minors without parental consent, except in cases of medical emergency or public health necessity. The right of parents to impose necessary discipline upon their children should not be infringed.