I grew up in a household in which my mother had a PhD and worked while my father stayed home. My parents' unconventional relationship helped me to understand the importance of equality in a marriage, as well as the importance of pursuing a higher education. This upbringing encouraged me to support women's rights and gender equality.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I enjoyed knowing that all children of God, men and women, have Jesus Christ as our example. It was comforting me to know that women and men in the church are held to the same standards of worthiness and expected to strive to live as Christ did. Regardless of our gender, God sees our divine potential and has the same plan for us.
I have found my voice within the Democratic party. Unlike many of my peers, I find that the gospel of Jesus Christ and liberal values go hand-in-hand. I believe in equal rights for all people and in the importance of the care of the poor. In doing so, our families will be stronger. I believe that's what Heavenly Father desires of us.
My name is Claire. I'm a Democrat. I'm a Mormon.