By AlaskaWatchman.com

There is absolutely nothing more foundational to society than the institution of marriage and the right to exercise one’s religious beliefs in the public square.

Sen. Dan Sullivan had pledged to defend and uphold these tenets in the U.S. Senate, but on Nov. 16, he abandoned these fundamental pillars by voting with all the Democrats to advance legislation that will enshrine same-sex “marriage” into federal law, thereby protecting it from any possible U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the future which might reverse the 2015 gay marriage ruling and return the question to states.

Both Sullivan and Sen. Lisa Murkowski shunned the vast majority of their GOP colleagues in helping Democrats overcome the 60-vote filibuster so they could push this bill through Congress before Republicans take control of the U.S. House in January.

If Sullivan is willing to harness the immense power of the federal government to redefine the legal definition of marriage and family, it is impossible to trust him to hold the line on any other foundational issue.

There is very little to stop Democrats at this point, as the filibuster was the last remaining roadblock.

While Murkowski’s vote was expected, Sullivan has cast himself as a social conservative, and his decision to side with Democrats on this issue is a profound betrayal – both to family values and the official platform of the Republican Party when it comes to defending marriage and family.

In addition to cementing gay “marriage” as the law of the land, the bill also poses grave threats to the religious liberties of Americans who fundamentally hold that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Legal watchdog groups across the nation have warned that the legislation will most certainly be weaponized to force businesses, nonprofits, social and charitable groups into affirming, accommodating and enabling same-sex “marriage” across the country.

The goal of the Respect for Marriage Act is simply to ensure that conservatives will never be able to reaffirm traditional marriage in state law. This legislation will make it extremely challenging to overturn existing Supreme Court opinions that currently reject the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

While Sullivan, Murkowski and their Democratic partners claim the bill has been “fixed” to protect religious liberties, this is false. Amendments to the bill only deal with actual marriage celebrations that are done by pastors and churches. They do not protect faith-based schools, adoption agencies or nonprofit agencies from acting in accord with the belief that marriage is the bond between a man and a woman.

Make no mistake, this legislation can and will be used by the federal government to go after Christian schools, universities and nonprofits. It will also be weaponized to hinder individual states from challenging the LGBTQ agenda.

If Sullivan is willing to harness the immense power of the federal government to redefine the legal definition of marriage and family, it is impossible to trust him to hold the line on any other foundational issue.

When Sullivan said, earlier this year, that he and Murkowski “make a good team,” few could have predicted he had this in mind.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Sen. Dan Sullivan has betrayed Alaskans on the most critical issues

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


33 Comments

  • Mike Coons says:

    Unless Kelly can pull this off, a Mary, Lisa and Dan Congressional Delegation spells doom for Alaska!

  • Bob Bird says:

    He was shipped up here to replace Uncle Ted. His only “Alaska Connection” was his wife. Boy, he sure rocketed through the ladder of Alaska politics as A.G. for Sean Parnell, eh? I figured he would be better than a Democrat.
    Ummm … no. He IS a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Deep State institution of the Rockefeller Republicans. That explains his meteoric rise to the top. It was something he begged me not to bring up when I interviewed him on the radio in 2020. Might as well have Mark Begich or Al Gross. They were perhaps honest liberals, openly contemptuous of Christian values. Perhaps they might have been a little better than a Lying Snake? Probably not, but at least we would have been able to easily recognize an enemy.

  • Eric says:

    Thank you Joel for your relentless reporting. God bless you.

  • JC says:

    He has betrayed the Republican Party and his Catholic faith as well.

  • @KGAK100 says:

    Sen. Sullivan is not a representative in any way of the people of this country nor this state no matter what happens he will never get my vote again no matter what not ever i have read this bill H.R. 8404 and so should every one else Sullivan represents him self he thinks he is a nobal man his only will is to stay in power no matter the cost to the citizen this bill soon to be law violates every thing this great country stands for and Sullivan knew this when he voted for it!!!!!!!

  • Terry Stires says:

    “There is absolutely nothing more foundational to society than the institution of marriage and the right to exercise one’s religious beliefs in the public square.” Your premise is false though it serves your narrow interests.

    • Dee Cee says:

      What is the most foundational thing to society then, if not marriage between a man and a woman for the sake of the betterment of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children?

      Marriage is not a made-up religious or political institution, but a natural institution. If this idea is wrong then why did almost everybody agree with it throughout human civilization history, and why was it identified as such by the formative philosophers of western thought: Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, etc? Marriage is the fundamental unit of society. Without it, society is destroyed. And that, it seems, is the bilateral aim of our elected representatives so they can remake society into something that is impossible to achieve today. Young people will have no moral grounding and no role modeling without it. These roles, filled by parents traditionally, will be replaced with propagandists and social engineers. Look where that leads. See what effect divorce has on adult children to see the natural consequence. But aside from that, this bill codifies compelled speech by forcing businesses participate in gay weddings, in violation of the workers’ or owners’ conscience. Here is the most direct attack on Judeo-Christian beliefs.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Flood his email! Let him know that he has failed. I know Murky doesn’t care, but Dan knows that RCV may not be a thing next round and he won’t squeak by in the next election now that he’s shown his true colors beyond a doubt.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Steve, from my understanding, the rcv will still have to be used in 2024. The People would get the chance to vote to get rid of rcv in 2024 because it would put on the ballot then. Praying that Our Heavenly Father graces us with a positive event that would stop rcv from being used BEFORE 2024.

    • Matthew myers says:

      Sellout Sullivan pretends to be pro-American, a Christian, and a Republican. He is actually a collaborator for the opposite. No more votes for him. Not ever.
      Anyone but Lying Lisa.
      Anyone but Sellout Sullivan.
      NEXT!!!

  • Johnny says:

    Et tu, Brute?

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Ok Alaska who do we starting right now to build up for taking Dan Sullivan’s position? I think with all the trouble he is causing in the Mat-Vally I say David Eastman might be a good person for his seat. Anyone with me?

  • Marlin Savage says:

    Sullivan sees Alaska’s largest city has been completely “Californicated” and is courting these leftist voters just as Nepotistic, daddy’s spoiled, princess, Lisa has been doing for years….

  • Harry says:

    Yes on Eastman. Senator Sullivan, rank choice voting will not save you.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Eastman or Begich. Never Sullivan again.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Not Begich. You notice Begich never makes the news? Why? Is the left purposely holding down any news of Begich to make him appear like a good, clean, America-First candidate? I think that they are. I shared a link on a earlier topic in a reply to you I believe. The link went to a 2020 Financial statement that Begich submitted in 2021 when he was filing to run (?). In my humble opinion, Begich has too many ties and investments to organizations that run dark. Not Begich. Not ever.

  • Dana Raffaniello says:

    Time we start asking Shelly Hughes, Mike Shower, and David Eastman, if they would consider running for our Congressional and Senate seats.

  • Dana Raffaniello says:

    They say Dan is a Marine. Well it seems he does not seem to know that Marines do not retreat like he just did here. So is Dan a coward caving in to the left, or are his true colors coming to light.

  • John J Otness says:

    Its how Globalist communist roll.

  • Mary says:

    I would vote for Eastman or Hughes. But with RCV, righteous people have little chance in a legitimate honest election.

  • Jimbo says:

    He’s proven to be a rino. Tight with Mitch and Lisa. We need to replace him with a real conservative. Nick?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Not Begich. You notice Begich never makes the news? Why? Is the left purposely holding down any news of Begich to make him appear like a good, clean, America-First candidate? I think that they are. I shared a link on a earlier topic in a reply that went to a 2020 Financial statement that Begich submitted in 2021 when he was filing to run (?). In my humble opinion, Begich has too many ties and investments to organizations that run dark. Not Begich. Not ever.

    • Matthew myers says:

      Not Nick or Palin. An actual conservative.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Sulliedman using his manhood as a communist turncoat! I’m not surprised at anything anymore! Saudi took the sword to twelve individuals in Riyadh this last Friday. It’s time to bring that here and apply justice to our criminal lying “ leaders”!

  • Sharon says:

    Never voting for Sullivan again. Yes, to Eastman.

  • Michael Hughes says:

    “Just another brick in the wall”

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