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APP Announces “Big Family Pledge” for Candidates Ahead of Midterms

February 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, American Principles Project (APP) announced the release of “The Big Family Pledge” ahead of this year’s midterm elections. The pledge aims to help voters by getting candidates on the record regarding the most important issues facing America’s families.

Candidates who sign the pledge promise to “actively support legislation, litigation, and other efforts that would”:

  1. Defend girls’ sports by prohibiting biological males from participating, including at the collegiate level;
  2. Protect children from experimental “gender transition” procedures, including irreversible surgeries, chemical castration, and psychiatric neglect;
  3. Let kids be kids and protect them from dangerous and divisive propaganda being taught in schools, such as critical race theory and gender ideology;
  4. Safeguard children from exposure to pornography, obscenity, and indecency.
  5. Protect life from conception to natural death.

Three Texas GOP gubernatorial candidates — Allen West, Don Huffines, and Chad Prather — became the first to sign the pledge this week. Governor Greg Abbott has thus far declined to sign.

APP President Terry Schilling released the following statement detailing the purpose of the pledge:

“Parents will be perhaps the most important group of voters in the upcoming midterm elections. As we saw in Virginia last fall, family issues are deciding factors, and parents are motivated to vote for candidates who will fight for them in office. But first, they need to know which candidates they can trust.

“This is the reason for APP’s Big Family Pledge. By getting candidates on the record on issues of greatest concern to families, we hope to help parents make the most informed choice they can at the ballot box. For too long, political leaders have been allowed to campaign on being ‘pro-family’ without making any specific promises to parents. That time is over.

“We’ve taken the Big Family Pledge to Texas candidates first, as Texas has one of the earliest primaries in the country and is a state of unique importance to families. However, we plan to ask candidates nationwide to sign in the coming weeks, and we will continue to provide updates as we learn which leaders are willing to back up their rhetoric with a firm commitment.”

To schedule an engagement with American Principles Project, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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