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Mike Pence's commitment to his marriage worth emulating

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Guest editorial from The Times Leader, Princeton:

Vice President Mike Pence raised plenty of eyebrows after a Washington Post article which reported he will not eat a meal with a woman other than his wife. His commitment to his marriage is sure something the rest of the nation could emulate.

While some may dismiss his sentiment as prudish, we applaud it. We commend him for moral steadfastness in a culture which doesn’t seem to embrace the value of a monogamous marriage. Obviously Pence adheres to the principle that discretion is the better part of valor.

One blogger made a pertinent point when noting that a man in a position of authority has more opportunities — and we might add, more temptations — than you might expect. Over the years there have been way too many scandals involving men in positions of power and prestige. It is obvious that Pence is taking the high road to make sure to not allow himself to be the subject of suspicion or innuendo. All he needs to do is refer to King David to show the dangers of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Blogger C.R. Wiley, senior pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Manchester, Conn., is right on target when he states, “When it comes to women’s rights, my wife’s rights trump all others.”

As a result of this revelation from 2002, The Atlantic carried a story that maintains such a policy “hurts women.”

That story claimed, “When men avoid professional relationships with women, even if for noble reasons, it actually hurts women in the end.” The rationale in that story was that a policy like this would keep women from earning more money and prevent them from being promoted faster.

But that ignores a salient point made by Wiley — your wife loves you and those who object to the policy do not.

We like what the former CEO of the blog RedState said when asked if there was ever a good reason for a married person to eat out alone with a member of the opposite sex. The answer: “Planning your spouse’s surprise party or funeral and that is it.”

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