Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Gender and the Institutional Nature of Marriage

Judge: Tenn. must recognize 3 same-sex “marriages”

Lawyer in common law divorce suit challenges SC marriage amendment

    WYFF: “A lawsuit filed in Greenville this week could challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Cathy Swicegood, of Mauldin, is seeking a divorce from her female partner of 13 years. But because Swicegood was never legally married, she has no legal protections under South Carolina law . . . ‘We are seeking the courts to issue an order that says both South Carolina laws that ban same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, not only under the South Carolina constitution, but more importantly under the United States constitution,’ he said.”

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  • Posted: 03/14/2014
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Denny Burk: Why the GOP is embracing same-sex “marriage”

    Denny Burk: “I have said it before, and I will say it again. 2012 was the last time the GOP will ever run a presidential candidate who opposes gay marriage at the level of public policy. Those days are behind us. It is only a matter of time—perhaps a very short time—before a majority of the GOP finds itself in full support of the right of gay people to wed.”


  • Posted: 03/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.dennyburk.com

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South Dakota couple prepares to challenge marriage amendment

Kentucky governor hires outside counsel for same-sex “marriage” appeal

ACLU sues Florida seeking recognition of out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

W. Bradford Wilcox: Is it time for Catholic Church to accommodate divorce revolution?

    W. Bradford Wilcox at First Things: “There is another reason the Pope and his Church should not simply accommodate this wave: It has taken a devastating toll on the ‘least of these’—especially children and the poor. In the United States, for instance, a recent study of economic mobility for poor children in communities across the nation by Harvard economist Raj Chetty found that “the strongest and most robust predictor [of mobility] is the fraction of children with single parents.” In other words, poor children in the U.S. are much more likely to be trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty if they grow up in communities without strong two-parent families.”


  • Posted: 03/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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“Heightened scrutiny” law of the land under 9th Circuit

Ariz. lawmakers renew push to dump Common Core education standards

    Arizona Daily Star: “Unable to kill outright the Common Core program, state senators now are moving to let schools opt out of the national education standards. On a voice vote Wednesday, the Senate approved SB 1395 and SB 1396. While the wording and methodology are different, both essentially allow local school board and charter school operators to decide they do not want to implement the standards.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: azstarnet.com

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Judge: Same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

Pew: “61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage”

Methodist bishop to end trials for ministers who perform same-sex weddings

Albert Mohler interview on the redefinition of marriage

Will Alabama grant same-sex couple’s request for divorce?

The rich-poor marriage gap in Canada

First Things reviews Gene Robinson’s case for same-sex “marriage”

    Dennis Di Mauro at First Things: “While Robinson served as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, he surprisingly uses far more secular arguments than theological ones. The religious ones he does use are often speculative. Robinson explores the commonly used verses proscribing homosexual sex by referencing Daniel Helminiak’s 1994 book, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. Using Helminiak’s work, he proceeds to reinterpret the verses in Leviticus 18 and 20, Genesis 19, Judges 19, Romans, 1 Cor. 6, and 1 Tim 1. His conclusion? None of these verses deal with homosexuality. They are dismissed as merely divine proscriptions against violence, prostitution, idolatry, or some other sin, or as anthropological remnants of an outdated and bigoted age.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Windsor: the new distortion factor | Walter Weber

Obama should not be afraid to talk about marriage

Arizona senators still don’t back same-sex “marriage”

Judge: Michigan marriage ruling within two weeks

The Atlantic: “The real polygamous, feminist wives of Salt Lake City”

Lee and Rubio working on new “pro-growth, pro-family” tax reform plan

    The Weekly Standard: “The Tax Policy Center, a project of the liberal-leaning Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, released a new analysis this week of Senator Mike Lee’s family-friendly tax reform plan. According to TPC, the Utah Republican’s plan would reduce federal revenues by $2.4 trillion over 10 years, a much larger reduction than suggested by initial estimates.”


  • Posted: 03/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.weeklystandard.com

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Fate of Michigan marriage amendment now rests with federal judge

Florida: federal judge denies motion to dismiss Gay-Straight Alliance suit

Wisconsin: Shorewood adopts transgender student guidelines, protections

Public accommodations provision in Md. transgender rights bill draws outcry

Florida may allow expansion of private school vouchers

“Boston St. Pat’s parade rescinds invite to gay group”

How gender-neutral Bible translations prepared the way for Christian acceptance of same-sex “marriage”

    Louis Markos at The Imaginative Conservative: “I would propose a third cause for why so many Bible-believing Christians are embracing, or at least not openly opposing, the eventual legalization of marriage between people of the same sex. They are doing so because the ground has been carefully laid and watered by a subtle but pervasive change in our cultural perceptions of men and women. Rather than identify, nurture, and celebrate masculinity and femininity as distinct but complementary God-given realities, our culture has been coaxed—by forces within the public school system, the media, the academy, and (alas) the seminary—to view boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives as ultimately interchangeable.”


  • Posted: 03/06/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theimaginativeconservative.org

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Sasha Volokh: North Carolina judge strikes down vouchers

WaPo poll: “Support for same-sex marriage hits new high”

    Washington Post: “Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able to deny serving gays for religious reasons. Fifty percent say the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry, while 41 percent say it does not.”


  • Posted: 03/06/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Wyoming couples sue to overturn marriage amendment

Rand Paul: “I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage”

Illinois: Kane County won’t license same-sex “marriages” before June

Judge refuses to block Wisc. marriage amendment, proposes speedy trial

Colorado governor endorses redefinition of marriage

NM: Curry County judges stop performing marriages, others step in

Illinois AG: County clerks can issue same-sex “marriage” licenses

Western U.S. Republicans to urge 10th Circuit to redefine marriage

Kentucky AG explains refusal to defend marriage amendment

Mark Regnerus testifies in Michigan marriage case

Al Jazeera’s The Stream: Christianity’s culture clash over homosexuality (video)

    Al Jazeera / The Stream: “US Christians are facing a culture clash within their faith over gay rights. In the past few months, seven states have ruled bans on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Growing support for gay rights across the country has Christian churches divided over how to respond. On Monday, The Stream looks at the internal tensions and how they’re playing out in the US and overseas. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.”


  • Posted: 03/04/2014
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Indiana Senate bill clarifies same-sex tax filing language

Mike Gonzalez: The marriage imperative

Kelly Bartlett: Gender, discrimination, and marriage

Same-sex couples claim Utah AG wrongly intervening in adoption cases

Entrusting marriage to liberals/progressives

    Paul Kengor at The American Spectator: “What’s happening in Arizona and elsewhere is precisely what I’ve warned people about for some time: Don’t entrust liberals/progressives with the institution of marriage. You do so at great peril to the culture and republic. It’s bad enough to acquiesce to their breathtaking efforts to suddenly redefine an ancient, natural, and Biblical institution. It will be far worse to deal with the unforeseen consequences of their actions.”


  • Posted: 02/28/2014
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  • Source: spectator.org

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Mona Charen: The traditional family structure isn’t obsolete

    Mona Charen at National Review: “Examining married parents, Brad Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies finds that most are following a ‘neo-traditional’ pattern. Mothers do nearly 70 percent of the childcare and housework in these households, while fathers do 65 percent of the breadwinning. Though scorned as outmoded, this pattern actually matches women’s preferences. Fifty-three percent of married mothers say that part-time work is ideal, and another 23 percent prefer to be stay-at-home moms.”


  • Posted: 02/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Jonah Goldberg: Celebrate same-sex “marriage” — or else

Utah tells judges to reject adoption petitions filed by same-sex couples

Ilya Somin on implications of Texas marriage ruling

Kentucky ordered to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex “marriage” advocates file brief in Utah case

The Abilene Paradox and manufactured consent on same-sex “marriage”

    Doug Mainwaring at The American Thinker: “The proponents of same sex marriage hope to continue to create a cascade of public approval, where judges, legislators, and voters get caught up in what appears to be an overwhelming, rising tide of consent. The fear of being ‘out of step with friends and neighbors’ ends up eclipsing one’s normal, rational inclination to think and discuss. Political correctness overrides both intellectual inquiry and natural law. Debate is silenced as intellectual curiosity and honesty are deadened.”


  • Posted: 02/26/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.americanthinker.com

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NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes

Romney to Brewer: Veto of religious liberty bill “is right”

MO: Boone County to accept out-of-state same-sex “marriage” licenses

Briefing set for Virginia marriage appeal in 4th Circuit

Trial may redefine Michigan’s marriage amendment, adoption laws

Kay Hymowitz: As nonmarital births rise, women becoming more likely to plan pregnancies

    Kay Hymowitz at Family Studies: “Liberals presume structural forces—poverty, a dearth of marriageable men, and limited access to contraception and abortion—explain the rise in unmarried childbearing of the past half-century. These factors matter, but only up to a point. There’s no way to understand what’s happened to the family without looking at cultural changes as well. A growing number of Americans view having a child and getting married as two entirely unrelated life choices. We shouldn’t be surprised to find that people actually act on their beliefs.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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R.R. Reno: The enduring appeal of marriage

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “It’s not an accident that proponents of gay rights have fixed upon marriage. Some say it’s a cynical play for social acceptance: If they can win equality in marriage, then they can win it anywhere. Undoubtedly true, but superficial. The mystery of marriage conducts a powerful electrical current. It not only legitimates same-sex relationships; it also answers a basic human need for permanence, for union with another, for family, for a place to stand in the terrible flux of human life.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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California Methodists move to allow same-sex “marriages” despite church doctrine

Advocates of same-sex “marriage” seek ballot measure to repeal Ohio marriage amendment

Where the courts are on Nevada’s marriage amendment

Setting the stage for the Loving of our time | Charleston L. Rev.

Same-sex couples allowed to wed in Cook County, Illinois

Uproar over McConnell challenger’s comments on legal implications of same-sex “marriage”

Pa. lawyers defend state’s marriage amendment

Maxie Dunnam: Can we trust the United Methodist Church on marriage?

    Maxie Dunnam at Canon & Culture: “Can we trust the church in its understanding of marriage? If we can’t, then what can we trust the church with? . . . In his teaching, Jesus Christ underscored the importance and sacredness of lifelong marriage between one woman and one man. . . . This is the corporate, and continuing witness of the Church throughout history. We need to keep in mind that how we think must not be restricted to random feelings and even individual interpretation of Scripture. We need to be in harmony with the whole Body of Christ and all the saints now and forever.”


  • Posted: 02/20/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.canonandculture.com

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The rights of children: biology matters

Alaska AG: State will continue to defend marriage amendment

Same-sex “marriage” advocates denied marriage licenses in Philadelphia

Idaho couples ask judge to rule on same-sex “marriage”