Lynn Wardle

PROVO — A BYU law professor looking to defend the family has jumped into the 3rd Congressional District race to challenge incumbent Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

Conservative and outspoken Republican Lynn Wardle has a long history of fighting attempts to redefine marriage, legalize same-sex marriage and allow abortion on demand. He was the primary consultant for the drafting of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

"The family and religious liberty are under attack now, and the government that should be protecting families and persons of faith seems to be leading the assault," he said.

A surprise, last-minute entrant in the 3rd District, Wardle, 64, is taking on one of the state's most popular politicians in Chaffetz. Orem resident Brian Jenkins also is seeking the GOP nomination.

Wardle has taught family law, biomedical ethics and health law, conflicts of law and related courses as a law professor for more than 30 years. He has also written more than 100 articles in support of marriage, family, religious liberty, and rights of conscience of health workers.

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