Hillary would be strong advocate for women and families

June 14, 2016

Hillary would be strong advocate for women and families
A few years ago, a young evangelical came to our door, wanting to talk about how his religious group elevated the family. Uncharacteristically, I invited him into our living room to show him my husband’s and my framed wedding certificate, hung over our fireplace in what might be called a location of honor. We keep it there to signify the priority we place on our marriage. One doesn’t have to belong to a conservative political party or religion to care about family.

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Planet | November 24, 2021

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Roll out of the 2020 Census Operational Plan.