Governor Pence defends remarks about 2 parent families

Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Governor Mike Pence is being criticized for comments he made earlier this week in support of 2 parent families.

The governor’s comments were made at a Summit on the Family and the Economy hosted by his administration. While speaking there he said that “family is a key indicator of success.”

Among those who took issue are gay marriage advocates who say they believe in the success of all families.

But, in a one-on-one interview with 24 Hour News 8’s Jim Shella, the Republican governor pointed out that the theory he cited was first put forward by the Brookings Institution, a Democratic think tank.

“That if you finish high school, if you get a job or go on to school, and if you wait to have kids until you’re married,” he said, “you have discovered the pathway out of poverty. It’ll be better for them and certainly better for Indiana.”

“Nothing of this discussion about the importance of 2 parent families,” he went on the say, “should take anything away from the heroic efforts of single parents or people who have gone through the heartbreak of divorce.”

The governor’s support for traditional marriage, meantime, is well documented.

Pence says the Summit fits into a larger effort to strengthen families that includes the creation of family impact statements regarding state rules and regulations and a bill he signed this year to expand adoption. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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