Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Empowering teen girls means protecting their overall health, not just preventing pregnancy

    Family Studies: Twenty-six year-old “Hannah” participated as a teenager in a St. Louis study that provided 14 to 19 year-olds with free birth control, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). She told the New York Times that, “Having an IUD … I think its empowering.” Now married, she said she enrolled in the study to “break the cycle of poverty in my family.” Published this October in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study found that teenagers involved in the free contraception program (72 percent chose LARC) “had lower annual pregnancy, birth and abortion rates than teenage girls nationwide.” The findings are being used to strengthen the push for LARC as a “first line” of defense against early pregnancy for adolescents.


  • Posted: 10/30/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Will steps step up to the challenge of elder care?

    Family Studies: Last month the Institute of Medicine released a dense and edifying report on the current and future state of end of life care, Dying in America.Overall, the esteemed, interdisciplinary authors stressed the importance of treating the patient as part of a broader family system and not as an isolated, autonomous being with signs and symptoms of disease to be treated. I fully support this premise based on my experience in hospice care where the patient and family are considered an integrated unit to be served by the healthcare team.


  • Posted: 10/30/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Southern Baptists break bread with groups that disagree at conference

Learning about love: How sex ed programs undermine happy marriages

Did Russell Moore denounce reparative therapy for same-sex attraction?

District finally agrees to stop using ‘purple penguin’ handouts

Robert George: Same-sex marriage proponents won’t tolerate dissent

Churches should shift priorities from defending to re-teaching marriage, say ERLC conference panelists

NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece

One trait that set apart the earliest Christians

Ten things that are killing the family

Southern Baptists admit errors on homosexuality but reject same-sex marriage affirming churches

ETSU wonders about impact of sex week

Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

Between magesterium and magistrate: Notre Dame’s choice on marriage’s meaning

If you care about the poor, care about marriage

How the decline in marriage is fueling inequality

“Murphy Brown” was wrong, new research suggests

The economic case for not giving up on marriage

And this just in! Southern Baptists still convinced Christianity has been correct on marriage for 2,000 years

    Get Religion: Like I suggested earlier, people in public life that journalists embrace tend to “argue” that something is right, or “observe” certain truths to be self evident. Those on the wrong side of issues “rail” against them. They also “believe” that something “goes against God’s will” rather than, well, defend 2,000 years of Christian doctrine on a topic.


  • Posted: 10/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.getreligion.org

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Southern Baptists’ surprising tones towards sexuality

Notre Dame University to hose controversial ‘Gay in Christ’ conference

Top United Methodist council affirms reinstatement of minister who officiated same-sex wedding

The passion of pregnancy

    First Things: In quiet hallways and private corners, I’ve made my confession to trusted friends. Guilty and ashamed, but seeking solace, I have admitted the truth: I hate being pregnant. Now, in the throes of my sixth round of this freely chosen misery, I have decided to speak openly. We religious types rarely, if ever, publicly address the real burden that pregnancy puts on women. Instead, we jump ahead to the value of the life she carries. Unless we find ways to acknowledge this aspect of the experience of women, our defense of the truth that every human life has value risks ringing false.


  • Posted: 10/27/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Living on both sides of the parenting gap

Why voters in seven states should choose their children over gambling

Culture war, spiritual war

Has the sexual revolution come full circle?

    Summit: Since the 1960s, the predictable slide of collegiate culture toward a bacchanal of sexual permissiveness has upended the old-fashioned view that men and women fill distinct roles in relationships. For generations, women played the pursued, men the pursuers. In a culture that placed a premium on virginity, a young woman needed no excuse to refuse sex. Her default answer was “no.”


  • Posted: 10/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.summit.org

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Some Las Vegas wedding chapels are turning away same-sex couples

Second federal court upholds natural marriage

Stunted by sexuality

North Carolina judge resigns so he won’t have to conduct same-sex marriages, thinks other magistrates will do the same

Obama claims Constitution ‘guarantees same-sex marriage in all fifty states’

How does religion influence family formation decisions?

Contraception won’t fix fatherlessness

Advice for a declining culture from Archbishop Chaput

How sex difference makes a difference: A reply to Ilya Somin

Puerto Rico federal court dismisses same-sex marriage lawsuit

Ministers jailed for refusing to perform same-sex marriages?

Appeals court calls for dismissal of same-sex marriage suit against state

Chances are your teen is looking at porn

The endangered family and why it must be saved

    Acton Institute: It’s easy to say that a “family can be anything you choose.” You can have Molly has two mommies, or Jaxon who splits his time between Dad’s house and Mom’s or some version of “his, mine, ours.” In reality, the traditional family is a necessary economic and sociological element of a strong society. It’s like the game Jenga: you can slide and maneuver things all you want, but eventually, it all comes crashing down.


  • Posted: 10/21/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.acton.org

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Putting to rest a bad argument: Marriage law and sex discrimination

President Obama evolves on marriage. Again.

Holder: Federal benefits now available to same-sex couples in more states

Wendy Davis supporters try to suggest Greg Abbott is against interracial marriage, but …

As his wife delivers their baby, group smears this pro-marriage professor as international criminal

Same-sex marriage: No one expects the secular inquisition

Can ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings?

Arizona Catholic Bishops’ statement on decision overturning marriage amendment

For more millennials, it’s kids first, marriage maybe

Faith and family, better together? Religion and family around the globe

North Carolina county magistrate resigns out of refusal to perform same-sex marriages

Christian college, under pressure over homosexuality, feeling push from students, faculty

Damnatio Memoria? The Council of Trent and Catholic teaching on divorce

Apple and Facebook offer coverage for egg freezing. Is it a sign of progress for women?

Traditional marriage backers urge registers of deeds to follow their conscience

A church in exile: Hillsong shifts on homosexuality

NC magistrate may lose job after refusing same-sex couple

Are same-sex marriage states ridding themselves of Christians?

Skydiving weddings and social support

Same-sex marriage arrives in conservative Idaho

Pasquotank magistrate refused to perform same-sex marriage

Really, it’s okay to be single

Choosing against the odds

    Family Studies: For all the debate and sensitivity around what makes for a “normal” family today, some things are so intrinsic they remain untouchable. At some basic level families embody a set of commitments for spouse, parent and child, provide stability when functioning well and inculcate a sense of responsibility between members and generations. Through setback and success, these three are ingredient to the building of any contented life, and the family has typically been the school for their tutelage.


  • Posted: 10/15/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Has the Catholic Church changed its teachings on sex and marriage?

The next same-sex marriage fight: religious exemptions

Answering Ted Olson: Changing marriage is not the way to secure dignity and respect for same-sex couples

A pastoral failure

What parents need to know about Snapchat

Same-sex marriage decisions: The constitution protects homosexuals but not blacks and women

The key to successful parenting: Ignore your children