FWI policy positions are based on scientific research, social science data, lessons from history, and what has been proven across cultures to produce the best outcomes for men, women, children and, thus, for society.
Family Watch International takes the following policy positions:
The family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, is the fundamental unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and government.
We support and promote natural marriage between one man and one woman.
Social science research has conclusively proven that a strong family based on marriage between a man and a woman is the best environment to protect, nourish and develop individuals. This family structure provides significantly better outcomes for individuals and societies than any alternative structure.
The Role of Mothers & Fathers
We recognize and promote the essential contributions and the irreplaceable roles of both mothers and fathers in the lives of their children and to society.
Research also shows that mothers and fathers, by nature of their genders, make unique contributions to the development of their children and that these contributions cannot be replaced by two “parents” of the same sex. If society sanctions marriages that make it impossible for children to be raised by either their mother or father, children suffer.
We defend the prior right of parents to guide the education and the upbringing of their children.
Sanctity of Human Life
We affirm the sanctity of life, the right to life before as well as after birth, and promote the protection of life at all stages.
Protection of Children and their Innocence
We work to protect the health and innocence of children by exposing the negative impact on children of sexually explicit school curricula and media, including pornography. We expose the deceptive and harmful nature of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), and how these school-based programs sexualize young children, encourage them to participate in risky sexual behavior, and undermine parental rights. (See StopCSE.org)
Respect for Religious Liberty
We uphold religious liberty and promote respect for the religious and cultural values of all people.
We promote family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children, and we promote domestic and international adoption.
Sexual Relations Within Marriage
FWI supports policies and programs that encourage abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage. We recognize that any sexual relations outside of marriage—whether premarital, extramarital, heterosexual or homosexual—generally bring negative outcomes to individuals, families, and society.
We oppose efforts by UN agencies, activist groups and developed countries, including the United States, to impose “sexual rights” (heterosexual or homosexual) on developing nations and especially on the innocent children of those nations. We condemn coercive tactics such as the withholding of critical aid money to pressure countries to comply with the sexual rights agenda.
We urge compassion for individuals who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion and we promote and defend the availability of therapies that can help them deal with their conditions.
It is our position that there is never any justification for violence against these individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and we oppose laws that provide harsh punishment for individuals based on these conditions.