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Religious right presses house GOP on social issues.

Religious Right leaders have called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republican officials in the 112th Congress to focus on social issues as well as the economy and national defense.

According to Baptist Press, a letter sent in late December from 30 prominent religious conservatives asked Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) not to ignore issues such as abortion and marriage.

"When considering America's fiscal and national defense policies, which are critically important, we believe that social issues, including, but not limited to, the sanctity of human life and the preservation of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, are indispensable," the letter asserts.

Signers included Religious Right regulars such as Southern Baptist lobbyist Richard Land, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, American Values' Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson and Newt Gingrich associate Jim Garlow of Renewing American Leadership. They all agreed that focusing on these social issues are "essential for America and our future."

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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