(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at an event to discuss the importance of family values, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) Wednesday said that the family is vital to civil society and divine in nature.
“The family is the cornerstone of our society and an institution created by God,” McMorris Rodgers said at the Family Research Council on Wednesday.
McMorris Rodgers, who has a son with Down syndrome, has long been an advocate for pro-family issues, including co-chairing the House Down Syndrome and Military Family Caucuses.
She said being the mother of three children has confirmed her belief in the importance of family.
“Certainly, the best thing that has happened to me since I was elected to Congress – 35 and single – was getting married and becoming a mom,” McMorris Rodgers said, noting that she was the first woman to give birth twice will serving in Congress.
“And the experience of becoming a mom has only made it more clear to me the importance of family in our society,” McMorris Rodgers said. “The values provided by family are really innumerable – the stability, the comfort, the guidance – so important to us as individuals.
“The family is the cornerstone of our communities, and as communities we assemble for good,” McMorris Rodgers said.
McMorris Rodgers is also chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.