Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Wyff4 (WCSC): The South Carolina Supreme Court ordered state probate courts not to issue same-sex marriage licenses until a federal judge decides whether the state constitution’s marriage law is legal.
The Federalist: The wedding industry suggests spending a ton of cash on a ring and ceremony for marital bliss. Some economists looked into it and say it’s bad advice.
The Daily Signal: A recent Heritage Foundation forum highlighting the relationship between marriage, family structure, and societal well-being noted positive cultural trends as well as troubling data.
The Federalist: All you’ve done is redefine the parameters of marriage. You support gay marriage, not “marriage equality.”
SCOTUS Blog: An order rushed out by Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy as the Court was about to go to the bench this morning has created — for the time being — a wave of confusion about the status of same-sex marriage in Nevada.
AP: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday allowed same-sex marriage to begin in Nevada, clarifying that an earlier order temporarily blocking gay unions applies only to Idaho.
Religion News Service: Pope Francis and his bishops got a wake-up call Tuesday (Oct. 7) from a Wisconsin couple who said the Catholic Church was failing to deal with the collapse of the traditional family.
National Review: A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.
The Daily Signal: Monday’s action from the Supreme Court is, as I noted, a setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.
Politico: Sen. Ted Cruz has slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to not to take up gay marriage cases in several states, calling the move “tragic and indefensible.”
Religion News Service: United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a same-sex wedding without taking the case to trial.
Aleteia: Supreme Court decision comes, coincidentally, at the beginning of an important meeting in Rome.
The Gospel Coalition: How to review a book like this? Do I come at it from the artistic elements of the writing? Or do I assess its theology? How does a reviewer critique someone else’s story? Is it best to cite Scriptures that contradict some of her conclusions? Or should we set Jennifer’s memoir within the larger context of evangelicalism in order to see this movement’s beauty and flaws?
The Daily Signal: The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible.
The Gospel Coalition: I’m now convinced any church that holds a traditional view of sexuality must also foster a radical practice of Christian community in which living out a biblical sexual ethic becomes possible and even attractive.
The Gospel Coalition: When marriage gets difficult, or our kids are ungrateful, it’s easy to look at the past and think, I made the wrong decision. I married the wrong person. Let me assure you: you didn’t.
The Daily Signal: Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review appeals from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin on the definition of marriage. This means that lower court rulings that struck down state marriage laws now will go into effect, forcing the redefinition of marriage in these states and potentially in other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits. This is an unfortunate setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.
Moore to the Point: The Supreme Court has declined to take up appeals from states in which the courts have found same-sex marriage to be a constitutional right. This paves the way for same-sex marriage in many, perhaps most, places in the United States. Many Christians may be unaware of how momentous this is, since the denial of cases doesn’t come with quite the shock and awe of a ruling handed down. The effect though is wide-ranging. So what should our response be as the church of Jesus Christ?
SCOTUS Blog: This morning the Court issued additional orders from its September 29 Conference. Most notably, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state marriage laws and amendments.
Public Discourse: Parents have a fundamental right to raise and educate their children as they see fit. Their authority precedes that of the state.
Aleteia: Numerous media outlets have discussed a Pew Research study about marriage that was reported one week ago. Most media coverage spun the survey findings something like this: American adults are shunning marriage in large numbers. Marriage is on the decline. Fewer adults view marriage as positive.
Nathan Cherry: Activists pushing for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” don’t want you to hear from former homosexuals. In their world there is no such thing. Anyone claiming to be a “former homosexual” is, in their opinion, either a liar suppressing their true identity, or they never were really a homosexual. I’m not sure how someone can claim to be a homosexual without ever really being one – it doesn’t seem like something you do as a recreational past time.
Public Discourse: In addition to the tragic stories of surrogacy gone wrong, there are families and surrogates with “happy endings.” It is important to hear these stories, too, and to respond to the arguments they make in favor of surrogacy.
First Things: Catholic University has cancelled a screening of the film Milk, a biopic of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician murdered in 1978 by an angry office-seeker. Because Milk was the first outspokenly gay elected official in California, he is a martyr to the cause of gay rights, and the film (with Sean Penn) emphasizes Milk’s struggle against homophobia.
Campus Reform: Sex educators will use PowerPoint presentations and puppet demonstrations to teach students how to have consensual, safe sex.
The Atlantic: On April 24, 2012, President Obama went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to make his case for student-loan forgiveness and college affordability. After slow-jamming the news, Obama pointed to a surprisingly traditional justification for helping young people reduce their student loan debt: It was causing them to delay marriage.
The Federalist: So, shouldn’t one at least slightly consider such things when deciding whether you want to have kids? Maybe just a little? Nope. Because no matter what, you will never have enough money to satisfy their voracious appetites, keep them properly educated and musically trained, or ensure they are well-fed, well-dressed, well-spoken cultured exemplars of humanity.
The Christian Post: The Pew Research Center recently released a study claiming that a quarter of Millennials will never get married, and those that will won’t get married until they’re older. While it’s true that Millennials are waiting longer to get married, the data ignores generational traits driving young people to tie the knot.
Family Studies: Our narrative about how and why divorce occurs seems incomplete to many who have experienced its effects. The desire to probe its deeper, underlying causes seems weak in a culture that generally views divorce as a doorway to new beginnings.
Breakpoint: To make the case for same-sex marriage, advocates tell a lot of stories. But some stories are not being told, and they’re important too. I’ll explain.
First Things: It follows from these twin principles of nature and grace that a number of traditional principles in Catholic theology are not up for renegotiation: the nature of heterosexual marriage, the permanency and indissolubility of the marriage bond, the definition of adultery.
Christian News Network: A Mennonite congregation in Ohio has voted to leave the Mennonite Church USA in part due to concerns over what it believes is a lack of discipline against those who engage in homosexual behavior.
First Things: The following is an excerpt from The Hope of the Family, a booklength interview with Gerhard Cardinal Müller, forthcoming from Ignatius Press.
Christian News Network: The month of September saw numerous sex trafficking arraignments and sentencings nationwide, as both local and federal law enforcement continue to expose child prostitution rings from shore to shore—a growing problem that reports state are inadequately addressed in most states.
AP: Divorce procedure is generally inconsistent from state to state, but the process has become more streamlined for same-sex couples who travel to a marriage recognition state to tie the knot.
Reuters: The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Monday to consider whether they should take up the hotly contested question of whether states can ban same-sex marriage.
Nathan Cherry: Are they heterosexuals? Some are, but not all. Some are simply choosing not to be homosexual in order to adhere to their religious convictions that homosexuality is a sin. This makes LGBT activists angry. They say these people are denying who they “really are” in favor of a lie. They don’t understand the biblical commands to be holy and deny oneself – including sexual desires – in order to live a life pleasing to God.
The Christian Post: Members of Minnesota Catholic Church are lamenting over the resignation of their music director of 17 years who was asked to leave his position after marrying his same-sex partner.
National Review: This is a policy that does not apply only to people who have had surgery or hormonal treatment to modify their bodies. The right to shower with girls is now an absolute right.
The Christian Post: Titled “The Future of Marriage: To The Supreme Court and Beyond,” the panel was held Saturday afternoon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.
The Salt Lake Tribune: Support for same-sex marriage in Utah remains split, a new poll reveals, though a majority of Utahns believe the state’s ban on gay and lesbian unions ultimately won’t survive.
The Washington Times (AP): An assistant Missouri attorney general argued Monday in a St. Louis courtroom that state law, backed by a vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.
Aleteia: Our society may be about to take another step in the process of denying these wise words of Jesus on human sexual relations. With widespread divorce, we have long ago moved past the conviction that the two become one flesh. Now our courts are denying that in marriage the two must be a man and a woman. Soon, some argue, they will have to deny that the two must be only two.
Aleteia: A protest over the firing of chemistry teacher and coach, Barb Webb — who is newly pregnant through “nontraditional means” (read IVF) and “married” to her lesbian partner — drew about 120 people to the sidewalks at Marian High School in the northern Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.
The Washington Post: On June 26 of last year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, and since then lower courts have issued a string of decisions redefining marriage in the states. This month, in a widely celebrated opinion written by Judge Richard Posner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit declared that it had “no reason to think [the governments of Indiana and Wisconsin] have a ‘reasonable basis’ for forbidding same-sex marriage.”
Public Discourse: Segregation was based on irrational, peculiar prejudice. By contrast, protecting marriage between one man and one woman is based on universal truths about our human nature.
Family Studies: The factors that contribute to the decline are myriad. For one thing, many Americans are getting married later. And for another, many unmarried Americans are not single. According to the Pew Report, “24 percent of never-married Americans ages 25 to 34 currently live with a partner.”
The National Law Journal (access via Google): By far the most heavily invested in defending state bans is the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom founded by 30 evangelical Christian leaders in 1994. Headed by Alan Sears, a former Reagan Justice Department attorney, the alliance describes itself as an “unique legal ministry” defending religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. It has 44 lawyers on staff and nearly 2,200 “allied” attorneys nationwide. Alliance attorneys are lead counsel in federal cases from Hawaii, Oklahoma and Virginia, and amicus counsel in dozens of others.
The Washington Post: A report being released today analyzing recent Census Bureau data shows just how much marriage may, indeed, be becoming just another “old tradition.” The Pew Research Center found that the share of never-married Americans has never been higher. Fully one in five people over the age of 25 have never been married, up from one in 10 in 1960.
The Sacramento Bee: Betty Grotheer was a 16-year-old high school student from Carmichael when a young civil engineer named Lewis Pritten asked her parents for her hand in marriage. He was already 22, a friend of one of her older brothers. Truth be told, she wasn’t all that interested in him.
Yes, you read that headline right. Just a fair warning, the video embedded in the story isn’t for everyone. Via The Daily Mail: Swinging might not be the obvious way to spread the word about religion but for Cristy and Dean Parave, from Florida, it is ideal.
Wave News: A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School.
Fox News (AP): A Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic illegally fired employees because they’re transgender, a federal agency alleged Thursday in two lawsuits.
Deseret News: Utah intends to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down part of the state’s anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.”
AZ Central: Among other issues, the board debated sex education and the district’s use of Campbell biology textbooks. The books are used across the country, but Smith suggested pulling it from schools because of a mention of abortion and the morning-after pill in the newest edition. Burk asked for redactions in the individual books.
Pew Research: After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high.
Russell Moore: This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of churches shares a Christian sexual ethic with all orthodox Christians of every denomination for 2,000 years. One of the arguments made by some, though, is that this is hypocritical since so many ministers in our tradition marry people who have been previously divorced.
Acton Institute: For the past three decades, there has been an attempt by the political class to divide conservatism into two main branches: social and economic. The two are often pitted against each other despite the fact that most conservatives in America would identify with both sides. Mainstream conservatives realize what the elite class does not: economic and social factors are inextricably linked together.
Christianity Today: Nearly 35 years into my marriage to Bill, our shared commitment to the Lord has given us a life together that has been formed by Scripture. But our story at this point is more about the existential ache found in the book of Ecclesiastes than the youthful passion in the Song of Solomon.
The Gospel Coalition: Not so same-sex marriage. For those seeking to secure the rights of two men or two women to marry, the ultimate goal isn’t to extend political, legal, medical, and hereditary rights to homosexuals (civil unions would accomplish that), but the radical redefinition of marriage itself.
U.S. adults say children need to learn responsibility; Experts say parents must stop over-indulging children
The Christian Post: A new Pew Research Center survey shows more than half of adults believe responsibility is one of the most important values to teach children.
Christian News Network: A Christian legal organization is calling for the recusal of two United States Supreme Court justices from a possible upcoming case involving the right of states to ban same-sex “marriage” since the women have officiated over homosexual ceremonies themselves.
Religion News Service: “We believe that, following the lead of Pastor Danny Cortez, New Heart Community Church has walked away from the Southern Baptist Convention’s core biblical values,” said Roger Oldham, a spokesman for the committee.
SCOTUS Blog: A state judge in Louisiana, ordering state officials to treat as legal the California wedding of a same-sex couple, has struck down a state law on such marriages — the same law that was upheld in federal court earlier this month.
Public Discourse: The commitment to be faithful to one’s spouse—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—is not a pledge to keep the same feelings. It is a pledge to do certain things, to voluntary conduct.