Category Archives: Marriage & Family

How the president got to “I do” on same-sex “marriage”

Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children

North Carolina AG asks judge to delay same-sex “marriage” case

Ohio school board debates teacher sexual orientation rule

Illegal surrogacy shouldn’t block adoption by same-sex spouse, NY court determines

Judge takes up Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits

“Pro-gay marriage Republican super PAC raises $2.75 million”

Lyle Denniston: Broader same-sex “marriage” ruling in Ohio

    Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: “The four couples, who originally sought only to have both parents’ names entered on birth certificates for children (already born or on the way), later asked the judge to widen his ruling and strike down as written — that is, for all circumstances — the ban against recognizing existing marriages. Turning to that wider issue, Judge Black declared: ‘There can be no circumstance under which this discriminatory classification is constitutional, as it was intended to, and on its face does, stigmatize and disadvantage same-sex couples and their families, denying only to them protected rights to recognition of their marriages and violating the [Constitution's] guarantee of equal protection.’”


  • Posted: 04/15/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Governor orders Illinois National Guard to recognize same-sex “marriages”

Revised same-sex “marriage” constitutional amendment language certified in Ohio

Marriage, parenthood, and public policy

Catholic school principal apologizes for comments about divorce, homosexuality made by guest speaker

Utah attorney general encourages traditional marriage supporters to “take the high road”

Nevada GOP drops platforms against abortion, same-sex “marriage”

Federal judge set to issue key Ohio marriage ruling

Florida House approves expansion of voucher program

Illinois House “kills effort to ban conversion therapy for gay kids”

Penn. legislator introduces legislation to allow divorce of out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

SCOTUSblog analysis of 10th Circuit hearing in Kitchen v. Herbert

Are Christians obsessed with sex?

Eugene Volokh: Why not get the state out of the marriage business?

    Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy: “And while I’m not a thoroughgoing Burkean, I do think that one shouldn’t jettison central institutions of society unless there’s a really good reason for it. The legal recognition of marriage is one such institution. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be changed at all, but I think the case for such changes has to be quite strong, and the more radical the changes the stronger. Mere abstract reasoning and a desire for legal simplicity, I think, shouldn’t suffice; one needs a strong practical case for why the changes are very likely to do substantial good. And I don’t think that case has been made in favor of the replace-marriage-with-contracts proposal.”


  • Posted: 04/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Missouri court denies TRO to prevent same-sex couples’ joint tax filings

Utah asks appeals court to block judge’s orders in adoption cases

ACLU sues for faster action to overturn North Carolina marriage amendment

How same-sex “marriage” ends family autonomy

    Stella Morabito at The Federalist: “Abolishing all civil marriage is the primary goal of the elites who have been pushing same sex marriage. The scheme called ‘marriage equality’ is not an end in itself, and never really has been. The LGBT agenda has spawned too many other disparate agendas hostile to the existence of marriage, making marriage ‘unsustainable,’ if you will. By now we should be able to hear the growing drumbeat to abolish civil marriage, as well as to legalize polygamy and all manner of reproductive technologies.”


  • Posted: 04/09/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Ohio governor reaffirms opposition to redefinition of marriage

Royal Oak asks AG Schuette to stop appeal on same-sex “marriage” ruling

IRS guidance on qualified retirement plans and same-sex spouses

Utah same-sex “marriage” debate shifts to appeals court Thursday

More moms stay home with their children

Utah’s lawyers have the resolve to defend traditional marriage

Ohio Rep. repeats call for impeachment of Judge Timothy Black over marriage rulings

Mormons stand firm on marriage

    Associated Press: “A top Mormon leader reiterated the church’s opposition to gay marriage Saturday during the church’s biannual general conference. ‘While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not,’ said Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve. ‘He designated the purpose of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults to, more importantly, advancing the ideal setting for children to be born, reared and nurtured.’”


  • Posted: 04/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: durangoherald.com

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Michigan asks 6th Circuit for quicker ruling in marriage case

Georgia parents sue state over private school scholarship program

The complex risks associated with cohabitation

    Family Studies: “In my first piece on Arielle Kuperberg’s study on cohabitation that got so much media attention, I focused on broad conceptual issues. In this piece, I am going to focus on more technical matters. While I remain impressed with aspects of Kuperberg’s study, I have concerns about some of the conclusions that can be drawn from the work. To recap, she showed that some of the risk of cohabiting is related to the age at which partners move in together, with those beginning to cohabit at a young age (just like those marrying at a young age) being at a higher risk for divorcing the partner with whom they cohabited prior to marriage. That’s an important finding, but I do not believe that it explains everything that is associated with risk in some patterns of relationship development that are associated with cohabitation before marriage.”


  • Posted: 04/03/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Alabama House approves call to put traditional marriage in U.S. Constitution

“Legal fight over dead gay man’s estate: his mom, 75, vs. his husband”

Judge to hear request to immediately force Indiana to recognize couple’s same-sex “marriage”

Utah governor signs bill to beef up adoption rules

Mozilla boss toughs out backlash over opposition to same-sex “marriage”

Alvaré on Windsor and a federal definition of marriage

    Kevin C. Walsh at Mirror of Justice: ”Professor Helen Alvaré testified in March before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with a proposed Kansas Religious Freedom Preservation Act. The written version of her testimony, worth reading in full, touches on an underappreciated feature of Windsor and post-Windsor cases finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Whether explicitly or implicitly, these cases develop and deploy a federal-law-based definition of marriage.”


  • Posted: 04/02/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: mirrorofjustice.blogs.com

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Oregon same-sex “marriage” ballot measure backers ask judge to make quick decision

Same-sex Key West couple files suit against Florida’s marriage amendment

Ypsilanti City Council may ask Michigan to lift stay on same-sex “marriage”

W. Bradford Wilcox: Why are families getting poorer when women’s wages are rising?

    W. Bradford Wilcox at The Atlantic: “What gives? What accounts for the paradox that women’s income is rising across the board yet family income is falling for the bottom 40 percent of families? Mainly, to paraphrase Hanna Rosin, the end of marriage and men in working-class and poor communities across the nation, coupled with the fact that maternal labor-force participation has plateaued since the 1990s. That is, a dramatic retreat from marriage, declines in men’s employment and income, and a leveling off of maternal labor-force participation have all combined to limit the income available to lower-income families, and to offset the increases in women’s income documented in this new report.”


  • Posted: 04/01/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Reihan Salaam: Tax the childless

    Reihan Salaam at Slate: “By shifting the tax burden from parents to nonparents, we will help give America’s children a better start in life, and we will help correct a simple injustice. We all benefit from the work of parents. Each new generation reinvigorates our society with its youthful vim and vigor. . . . The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that raising a child born in 2012 will cost a middle-income family a cumulative total of $301,970 over 18 years.”


  • Posted: 04/01/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Prof. Regnerus says Michigan judge showed bias in ruling allowing same-sex “marriage”

The problem with same-sex “marriage” and procreation

La. bill barring housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity fails

Boy Scouts of America revoke membership of “openly gay” troop leader

Same-sex divorce filings challenge Indiana’s marriage laws

GOP wrestles with its stance on same-sex “marriage”

10th Circuit panel selected for Utah marriage case

Quinnipiac poll: 50% of Virginia voters favor same-sex “marriage”

Opponents in Utah, Okla. same-sex “marriage” lawsuits clash over impact on kids

Ex-FLDS man wins child custody case involving Warren Jeffs

Ohio couple drops lawsuit over marriage amendment

Conservative group claims harm from Missouri same-sex couples filing joint tax returns

Evangelical leader shows how GOP can finesse same-sex “marriage”

Mozilla’s new CEO faces calls to resign over Prop 8 donation

    Ars Technica: “The internal response began this morning with two tweets from Mozilla Open Badges project lead Chris McAvoy. ‘I love @mozilla but I’m disappointed this week,’ McAvoy said, referring to the controversial decision to appoint Eich as CEO after he had donated thousands to both California’s Proposition 8 and political candidates who supported it.”


  • Posted: 03/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: arstechnica.com

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Same-sex couple married in Mass. will argue for a divorce in Florida

Michigan Congressional Democrats seek federal recognition of same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex couple “married” in Iowa asks Nebraska court to allow divorce

Legislator files proposed amendment to allow same-sex “marriage” in Missouri

David Harsanyi: Vouchers are not about Creationism

9th Circuit could reconsider whether “anti-gay” laws get more closely scrutinized by courts

Florida may ban minors under 16 from getting married

Study: Divorce has risen to record highs

Attorney sues for Puerto Rican recognition of Mass. same-sex “marriage”

6th Circuit panel extends freeze on Michigan same-sex “marriages”

Baton Rouge’s definition of “family” weighed by Louisiana Supreme Court

    Diana Samuels at The Times-Picayune: “The ordinance says that only a ‘single family’ may rent homes in A-1 zoning districts, the most common residential designation in Baton Rouge. The law defines family as ‘an individual or two or more persons who are related by blood, marriage or legal adoption.’ It restricts more than two unrelated people from renting a home together, and, if the owner of the property lives in the home, prohibits more than four unrelated people from living there. . . . It raises questions, for example, about the effect on gay and lesbian residents. A gay couple with a foster child wouldn’t be allowed to rent a home together under the law.”


  • Posted: 03/25/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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World Vision to recognize employees’ same-sex “marriages”

Indiana ends Common Core education standards