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Two Choices for Ky. Governor, But Only One Supports Parental Rights

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – The 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race is set, as incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin and Democrat state Attorney General Andy Beshear will face off in November. There are several obvious contrasts between the positions of Bevin and Beshear, but none are quite as stark as on the issue of parental rights.

As Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project explains, Kentucky families will be particularly troubled by Beshear’s opposition to the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children:

The Democratic Party’s increasing extremism against parents and families is about to be put on full display in Kentucky this year. Like his national Democrat colleagues, Andy Beshear has done much to undermine parental rights while in office, most notably refusing to defend Kentucky schools, students, and parents in the face of the Obama administration’s radical transgender “guidance” which would have forced girls to compete against boys in sports and taken away the rights of those same girls to have separate private facilities for their locker rooms and showers.

By contrast, Matt Bevin has consistently championed parental rights as governor. In addition to joining the lawsuit opposing the Obama policy when Beshear refused to do his job, he has also advocated for the passage of the Parents’ Rights Act, which would add strong protections of parental rights to Kentucky law.

Given the increasing anti-family posture of Democrats, Beshear needs to clarify his position. Does he support the rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and medical care of their children, and in particular, would he sign the Parents’ Rights Act? Voters will be watching closely.

The race between Bevin and Beshear is expected to be one of the most intently followed races in the nation this year.

To obtain an audio version of this quote or schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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