Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Nine couples seek to overturn Colorado’s marriage amendment

Polygamy bill yanked from the Utah legislature

“Up for polyamory? Creating alternatives to marriage”

Second judge ponders Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban

Manufacturing consent on same-sex “marriage”

Brian Brown: Judge Wright Allen’s wrong

Indiana moves closer to constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage”

More states likely to ban sexual-orientation change therapy

Dennis Prager: Judicial hubris is winning in marriage debate

    Dennis Prager at Townhall: “All these judges have a hubris that is simply breathtaking. They not only know that they read the Constitution more accurately than the vast majority of the residents of many of America’s states, but they are also entirely comfortable with forcing great majorities of Americans to accept this new definition of marriage. That it is conceit rather than legal reasoning is easily shown when one peruses the opinions of these judges.”


  • Posted: 02/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Va. marriage ruling prompts little reaction from Cuccinelli

Washington to convert domestic partnerships into “marriages”

Indiana: State Senate expected to vote on HJR3 today

Federalism as a Way Station: Windsor as Exemplar of Doctrine in Motion

Couples ask judge to allow same-sex “marriage” in Kentucky

Francis J. Beckwith: Why privatizing marriage can’t work

    Francis J. Beckwith at The Catholic Thing: “The only way to resolve these disputes is for the state to intervene. What to do with children, property, state residency, freedom of movement, etc. when marital relationships break down are public issues. They are not private ones. Consequently, in such a privatization of marriage scenario, the state would actually become more intrusive into ecclesial matters than it is at present.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thecatholicthing.org

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Mississippi legislature adopts innovative education-choice program

New Report: Majority of U.S. teens don’t live in intact families

    Heritage: “The Index of Belonging and Rejection released this week from the Family Research Council (FRC) reveals a dismaying statistic about the state of American families: 55 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds in America do not live in intact families. Further, more than 40 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, and one in three children live in single-parent homes. If Americans are concerned about the next generation, it’s time to strengthen marriage.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Fathers sue Utah over law allowing mothers to secretly give up babies for adoption

    FOX News: “A dozen men are suing the state of Utah in federal court because of a law that allows mothers to put their babies up for adoption without the biological father’s consent, or sometimes even knowledge. The civil rights lawsuit claims the Utah Adoption Act has resulted in what amounts to ‘legalized fraud and kidnapping.’”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.foxnews.com

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Bill to slow Colorado’s adoption of Common Core dies in committee

    The Denver Post: “The Senate education committee Thursday night rejected a bill that would slam the brakes on the Colorado Academic Standards, including the Common Core and the testing adopted with it, after six hours of passionate pleas from both sides to do right by students. Senate Bill 136, sponsored by Fort Collins Republican Vicki Marble, would have delayed testing for a year while an independent task force examined both the standards and a cost-analysis of implementation.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.denverpost.com

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Louisiana: “Same-sex couple clear adoption hurdle”

How to save marriage in America

    The Atlantic: “American marriage is not dying. But it is undergoing a metamorphosis, prompted by a transformation in the economic and social status of women and the virtual disappearance of low-skilled male jobs. The old form of marriage, based on outdated social rules and gender roles, is fading. A new version is emerging—egalitarian, committed, and focused on children.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Young Hoosiers believe marriage is not subject to whims of time

    Julie Kitchel of Young Hoosiers for Marriage at The Indianapolis Star: “Contrary to media reports, young Hoosiers do support HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman if Hoosiers are given the chance to vote this November. Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research showed that 54 percent of 18-34- year-olds support the proposed amendment. But perhaps more telling than the polls were the more than 100 young Hoosiers who gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday. They represent that there are young people from around the state who care about marriage and desire the opportunity to vote this November.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.indystar.com

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Virginia AG asks court to note Kentucky marriage ruling

Wendy Davis backs redefinition of marriage

Nevada groups launch push to redefine marriage

Judge issues no decision on Texas marriage amendment

How marital history, not just marital status, affects your health

    Laurie DeRose at Family Studies: “The life course perspective that he takes uncovers more subtle differences than the well-known facts that single mothers face disadvantages and that cohabitation does not carry all the benefits of marriage. For instance, Barban found that early childbearing and early cohabitation are associated with poorer self-reported health, more depression, and more risk behaviors (drinking and smoking), but early marriage is not. Also, short cohabitations followed by marriage do not seem to compromise health, but long-term cohabitations as well as repeated cohabitations do. More generally, lots of family transitions are bad for health, but with an important exception: normative transitions in a traditional sequence enhance health status.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Gerard V. Bradley: Eric Holder and the spirit of Windsor

Judge to hear challenge to Texas marriage protection amendment

Reno: Marriage, sex, and politics

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “Gay rights and sexual liberation more broadly are relatively cost-free commitments for today’s Democratic Party. . . . No rhetoric is too extreme, because it’s not in the slightest degree politically dangerous. The sorts of people who don’t want gay marriage are already on the other side. The Selma Analogy is an easy applause line in the current Democratic Party coalition. . . . Prosecuting a culture war that powerful business interests either agree with or think irrelevant provides a point of unity and feel-good commitment that helps party leaders avoid divisive issues. That’s why same-sex marriage and all it represents has become so important in domestic politics today, or at least a significant part of the reason why.”


  • Posted: 02/11/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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AZ: Push to expand school vouchers for private, parochial schools moves forward in House

The rise of cohabitation

Bradford Wilcox: No, Christianity is not bad for marriage

PA: Home schooler’s mom sues for son to play on Christian school’s sports team

“Idaho Supreme Court sides with Boise lesbian couple in adoption case”

Mormon church to weigh in on Utah marriage protection amendment

Indiana: Senate rules committee to debate marriage protection amendment

Federal funds to foster healthy marriage have little effect, study finds

    LA Times: “The federal government will have spent roughly $800 million on its Healthy Marriage Initiative . . . But the initiative does not seem to have changed state marriage or divorce rates. Between 2000 and 2010, marriage rates continued to dwindle as the federal money poured into local programs, according to new research from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy? | North Carolina Law Review

Hymowitz: How single motherhood hurts kids

    Kay Hymowitz at The New York Times: “Single-parent families are not the same in the United States as elsewhere. Simply put, unmarried parents here are more likely to enter into parenthood in ways guaranteed to create turmoil in their children’s lives. The typical American single mother is younger than her counterpart in other developed nations. She is also more likely to live in a community where single motherhood is the norm rather than an alternative life choice.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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AZ: Legislation would add hurdle for divorced parents who have custody of their kids to move

Peter Sprigg: States should retain power to define marriage

Chevy Olympic ads feature same-sex couples

Harvard Law professor: “Legal lions Boies and Olson set back gay marriage”

    Noah Feldman at Bloomberg: “What there isn’t is room for Olson and Boies, two accomplished, intelligent and perfectly charming people who have lumbered into an extremely sensitive and complex area of legal activism in which they are, frankly, newcomers. Their Proposition 8 efforts substantiate this problem. Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit wrote an opinion in the Prop 8 case that was designed to avoid Supreme Court review — because he himself, a former colleague of Kennedy’s and the maestro of pushing the constitutional envelope, judged that the Supreme Court was not quite ready. When the case went before the Supreme Court anyway, Olson and Boies pushed the claim for universal gay rights instead of emphasizing Reinhardt’s narrow holding. They had to — because they were in it for the historic judgment, not to win a one-off case for their clients.”


  • Posted: 02/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Senator says attorney in Utah marriage case has conflict of interest

Same-Sex Divorce | California Law Review

National Review: Save the charter schools

The negative effects of absent fathers

    Anna Sutherland at Family Studies: “Growing up without a father—whether that’s due to divorce, a nonmarital birth, or a father’s death—is associated with a host of negative effects. But given that children from low-income families, for instance, are more likely to live apart from their father in the first place, it can be hard to tell to what extent an absent father causes the problems that father absence is associated with, and to what extent other factors related to both family structure and child outcomes (like household income) are to blame.”


  • Posted: 02/04/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Olson and Boies seek role in two same-sex “marriage” cases

Polygamy bill held up pending Utah legal case

Indiana: Senate panel schedules marriage ban hearing

“10th Circuit rejects request from 3 gay couples”

Ranking Oregon House Republican supports redefinition of marriage

Minnesota: Supporting redefinition of marriage brings in campaign cash

Va. House OKs measure to defend marriage protection amendment

Is “sex worker” a legitimate phrase?

Monogamy made us human

Court upholds Hawaii law permitting same-sex “marriage”

Suit against VA marriage amendment gains class action status

Marriage shift has Kansas right scrambling for legislative solutions

Liberalism’s biggest lie: If you like your morality, you can keep it

Ed Whelan: The Maine Supreme Court’s bathroom mess

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence wants voters to decide on same-sex “marriage” ban

Utah AG joins other states in defending Nevada’s ban same-sex “marriage”

Arkansas seeks to toss federal lawsuit challenging voter-approved law banning same-sex “marriage”

Patrick J. Deneen: Corporatism and same-sex “marriage” are natural bedfellows

Maine Supreme Court rules in favor of transgender student in Orono school bathroom case

Blue Cross of North Carolina to offer family policies to same-sex couples

Kansas: Measures introduced to end ban on same-sex “marriage”

Judge: Most of suit challenging WV marriage protection amendment can proceed

Court to allow Utah lengthier brief in same-sex “marriage” appeal

VA: “Bill banning gay conversion therapy fails in House”