The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. Article 2 of the Arkansas Constitution guarantees that “no human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience.”
We believe in our “natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of our own consciences.”
We further affirm our defense of religious freedom for all peaceful religions and that all citizens have the absolute right to make public references to God in all public functions and venues.
Arkansas Republicans believe that marriage is the foundational unit of a healthy society. We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that the integrity of this institution should be defended, protected, strengthened, and nurtured at all levels of government.
Arkansas Republicans support the traditional definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment between one man and one woman.
We believe that an Arkansas family has the primary responsibility for its own welfare, including the education and moral training of its children.
We are beings created in God’s image; and as such, we believe all Americans should have equal opportunity to succeed regardless of race, nationality, origin, gender, or creed and should be granted no special preferences based on these criteria.
Most importantly, we believe all unborn children have a fundamental right to live in order to avail themselves of these equal opportunities. We commend all those who provide or promote alternatives to abortion. We also oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, genocide, infanticide, cloning, and embryonic/fetal stem cell research.
We applaud all legislation passed by Arkansas Republicans that promotes life and withholds the use of public monies to pay for abortions or finance groups that enable it.
Furthermore, we support the appointment and election of judges who respect traditional family values, the sanctity of human life, and are committed to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Arkansas Republicans support legislation that ensures abortion coverage is prohibited from being mandated in state-sponsored health care exchanges, federal exchanges, federal-state partnerships, and high risk pools created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
We oppose federal efforts to force doctors and hospitals to treat patients according to self-perceived gender identity and federal rules requiring state health programs to offer coverage for that treatment.
Healthcare is not a right; it is a service. As a compassionate society, we will aid those in need; however, a government takeover of healthcare is detrimental to the entire health care system.
Arkansas Republicans support the freedom of every Arkansan to choose the health insurance plan that best suits his or her needs, as well as the freedom not to choose without the threat of reprisal from the federal government through taxes or fines.
We strongly support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its replacement with laws where Arkansans have multiple patient-centric health choices and states have full flexibility and authority to design a Medicaid program that best fits their needs through federal block grants.
Arkansas Republicans strongly commend our state’s efforts to combat human trafficking. We salute those in law enforcement who rescue the victims of human trafficking and support all efforts to provide victims comfort and healing from their nightmare.
We also applaud the bipartisan work of the Arkansas General Assembly to improve our laws so that we may do our part to defeat this modern-day scourge and call for continued vigilance so that no person shall be held in slavery or servitude.
Equality of individuals before the law has always been a cornerstone of our party. Bigotry has no place in our state. Arkansas Republicans denounce those persons, organizations, publications, and movements that practice or promote racism, hate actions, or religious intolerance.
As Republicans, we fully support the Second Amendment’s guarantee of our individual right to keep and bear arms. We call on governments at all levels to strictly enforce existing gun laws. We remind all Arkansas law enforcement and prosecutors that Arkansas law recognizes the right of our citizens to freely carry handguns in the open. Furthermore, we support efforts to expand reciprocity agreements to allow Arkansans with concealed weapons permits to travel freely on interstate journeys.