Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
NOM Blog: According to the results of a new Pew Research Center survey, “support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off,” reports the Associated Press.
ABC News (AP): A survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off after several years of dramatic growth.
The Blaze: Telling the public that you’re an evangelical who believes the Bible is God’s infallible word, while advocating for same-sex marriage, doesn’t act as a trump card to avoid accountability. The Gospel doesn’t bend to accommodate our whims or the feelings of others.
The Catholic/Evangelical/Baptist/LDS/Lutheran amicus curiae brief in support of cert in the Utah same-sex marriage case
Mirror of Justice: A couple weeks back, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod filed an amicus curiae brief in support of certiorari in the Utah same-sex marriage case.
Nathan Cherry: What if rather than adhering to biblical convictions, Christian business owners just agreed to perform services for same-sex weddings and donated all the money from those events to Christian organizations dedicated to defending traditional marriage?
The Washington Times (AP): The court could decide in its upcoming term whether same-sex couples nationwide have the right to marry under the Constitution.
The Washington Times (AP): A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest’s decision to prohibit a same-sex couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman.
New York Times: The battle is for a place in the history books. Still, the sniping among the lawyers was a little unseemly, said James A. Campbell, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the [laws] on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma and Virginia.
Aleteia: To offer advice about the same-sex marriage debate may already be an unduly optimistic assessment of the circumstances. Is there really still a marriage “debate”? It seems more likely that same-sex marriage is a fait accompli that is no longer up for discussion. Those who oppose same sex marriage, we are told, are bigots living in the past.
Public Discourse: The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. We must stand for marriage—and for the precious lives that marriage creates.
Family Studies: As much as parents would hope their children will have good friends and healthy romantic relationships, they can’t guarantee against broken hearts and hurt feelings. But as common sense suggests parents can help prepare their children to establish good relationships with their peers by first establishing good relationships with their children.
Science World Report: A happy marriage is often dependent on equality and understanding from both partners. However, recent findings reveal that the contentment of female partners may essentially be more important than male ones in heterosexual unions.
Pew Research: A new report released today by the Pew Research Center shows how the values Americans bring to parenting are strongly linked to their own ideological leanings. But aside from ideology, the survey finds widespread agreement among parents over the traits that children should be taught.
Fatherhood: The longer I’m at National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), the more evidence piles up that shows how devastating having an incarcerated parent is for children.
Liberals teach kids tolerance over faith; conservatives teach kids faith over tolerance, new survey finds
Deseret News: While parents take seriously the task of teaching children values, a new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday shows a gulf between how conservatives and liberals, women and men, young and old and different races order the values they believe children should be taught.
SCOTUS Blog: If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was speaking for the Supreme Court on Tuesday night in Minnesota about how the Justices will deal with the same-sex marriage issue this Term, the question just may go untouched for a time. She seemed to be saying that, until there is a fresh split among federal appeals courts on the issue, there would be no need for the Court to move with dispatch to confront the constitutional controversy.
Life Site News: In recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian and Catholic.
Family Studies: A new study came out earlier this month concluding that whether parents cooperate or not makes little difference to how children cope with divorce. So “Does divorce always damage children?” became the rather loaded topic of discussion for the lunchtime show at a local BBC radio station recently, to which I was asked to contribute.
The Washington Times (AP): A federal judge has reinstated four same-sex couples’ claim against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.
Wish TV (AP): Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.
Deseret News: Marriage is becoming a hot topic among sociologists, who debate if social policy should be encouraging the institution of marriage or focusing on bolstering relationship traits that seem to go along with marriage.
‘Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off’ Author: Porn addiction highest ever among women, including married and virgins
The Christian Post: Young women are battling with pornography now more than ever, many of whom are married or girls who are still virgins, says Christian author and blogger Shellie R. Warren.
The Gospel Coalition: The Story: An new survey reports five trends in America’s religious congregations: more ethnic diversity, more acceptance of gays and lesbians, increasingly informal worship styles, declining size, and declining denominational affiliation.
NOM Blog: In Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis presided over the marriage of 20 couples at Saint Peter’s Basilica. In his remarks during the celebration, the Holy Father spoke beautifully about the meaning of marriage and family.
National Review: Posner was clearly leaving himself wiggle room on the issue, and has used it. At some point between 1998 and 2012, the Blade notes, Posner changed his mind about same-sex marriage, announcing the change in a rambling posting on his blog that cited his newfound conclusions (based in part, it seems, on a Wikipedia entry).
Public Discourse: Although we uphold the cultural taboo on incest, we accept something with precisely the same negative effect on integrity, marriage, and family: pornography.
Nathan Cherry: A collaborative effort between Proven Men Ministries and the Barna Group has revealed the results of a new study showing just how addicted to porn many Christians really are. Proven Men Ministries founder Joel Hesch says this is an “epidemic” that may “spiral out of control” if left unchecked.
“Evangelicals for Marriage Equality” launch draws harsh criticism: No coherent argument made that supports same-sex marriage
The Christian Post: “I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships,” wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Coalition for Divorce Reform: I’m intrigued by the recent article in Time Magazine suggesting that millennials try out a “beta marriage” model instead of marriage as we have understood it through the ages. Like many of us, millennials too see life as a series of multiple choice options, all within their control. Frankly, they also view their right to choose as their privilege, as some sort of right or entitlement.
Public Discourse: At a time when many children grow up without the love of their biological father, the sacrificial love of the men who willingly fill that void demands recognition.
Family Studies: The gender gap doesn’t bring out the best in journalists. With important exceptions, articles on the subject are padded with overly broad statistics, cherry picked research, a myopic view of men and women as lone economic actors, over-credulous references to Sweden, and most insidious of all, an implicit, never-argued assumption that in a just world (i.e. Sweden) women and men would reveal almost exactly the same preferences.
SCOTUS Blog: Matching the speed of lawyers and lower courts in handling the same-sex marriage controversy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set the stage for its first look at all of the pending cases, when the Justices assemble on September 29 for a private Conference.
Time Magazine: I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships.
The Gospel Coalition: Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not only small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned.
Huffington Post (AP): Women’s colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning — single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations — demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms.
Public Discourse: Most young people want a happy marriage and family life. As a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows, the choices people make in their relationships prior to marriage matter. Unfortunately, the laissez-faire sexual practices embraced and promoted in our culture today don’t build a strong foundation for marriage.
The Spectator: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the ebullient Archbishop of New York, has welcomed the ‘wise decision’ by organisers of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade to lift their ban on gay groups marching under their own banners. He has ‘no problem with it at all’.
Religion Clause: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday heard oral arguments in cases from Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii challenging marriage laws.
Public Discourse: To effect a real change in behavior, colleges must not only change the messages they send—they must establish new patterns for college life.
National Review: The fortunes of the main branches of American social conservatism are rapidly diverging. On the one hand, we are riding a wave of pro-life legislation sweeping across the nation. Dozens of pro-life laws have been passed in the states in just the past few years, and pro-life sentiment, especially among young people, is hovering around an all-time high. On the other hand, in the wake of United States v. Windsor, it seems that every week another state’s definition of marriage is being overturned by state or federal courts. Our cultural consensus in favor of the traditional definition of marriage has collapsed — most precipitously among young people.
Canon and Culture: In 2012, Dan Cathy—son of Truett Cathy, who founded the much-loved Chick-fil-A restaurants—answered honestly and affirmatively when asked whether he opposes gay marriage. “Guilty as charged,” he replied.
LA Times: Three federal appeals court judges who have ruled in favor of marriage redefinition in the past are to hear arguments Monday on whether to uphold marriage laws in Western states.
Christianity Today: As the age of first marriages climbs, it seems many people are delaying or dismissing marriage because of their own family’s experience with divorce. In some respects, their fears are justified. Divorce has visited the doorstep of too many marriages that we thought would never open the door. Since the ‘70s, about a million kids each year watch their parents divorce.
Public Discourse: Speech codes won’t fix what ails a relationship marketplace that aggravates—rather than relieves—the risk of sexual violence. California’s proposed law will simply multiply accusations, legal proceedings, and judicial headaches.
Aleteia: A federal judge’s recent ruling that upheld Louisiana’s traditional definition of marriage may provide a new legal strategy for defending the institution of marriage in the courts.
Deseret News: Backers of a petition supporting traditional marriage delivered a list of more than 18,600 signatures to Gov. Gary Herbert’s office Friday, saying Utahns don’t need to be ashamed of taking that stand.
ABC News (AP): Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or do not have asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all.
One News Now: The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Indiana’s marriage law and Wisconsin’s marriage amendment unconstitutional. A federal judge in Louisiana, meanwhile, ruled this week that the state had the legal right to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
SCOTUS Blog: Ruling that the Supreme Court’s one-year-old decision striking down a provision of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act “does little more than give both sides in this case something to hope for,” a federal judge in New Orleans on Wednesday upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages and its refusal to recognize any such union performed in another state. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin C. Feldman thus became the first by a federal court to reject a constitutional challenge since the Justices’ decision in United States v. Windsor.
Christian News Network: A federal judge nominated to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan has upheld Louisiana’s state constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Acculturated: The fact that any of this might need scientific backing is disheartening. And the notable recommendations found in this article—prison reform, a stronger job market for men, changes to child support laws, etc.—fail to address the deeper, moral quandary of a society that has largely given up on the idea that marriage is the foundational institution for human flourishing (and ought to be treated with the seriousness it deserves). Releasing prisoners won’t create better fathers. A stronger economy doesn’t sway the soul from sexually reckless behavior.
The Federalist: More and more fathers nowadays are staying at home with their kids, but Americans are still dubious about this phenomenon. Conservatives as a rule are delighted to embrace the warm, nurturing figure of the stay-at-home mom. Dads, by contrast, are expected to build careers and bring home the bacon. Maybe it’s time for that to change.
The Week: A majority of Americans already favor same-sex marriage — and most everyone agrees that same-sex marriage will continue to be accepted by an ever-bigger majority.
The Federalist: The most recent U.S. government estimate issued at the end of August shows that parents are projected to spend $245,340 over 18 years to raise a child born in 2013. Not surprisingly, it reports that parents spend the most housing their children and then paying for childcare and education. The report itself does not attempt to inform people of how much money they need to have before having another child.
LA Times: A federal judge in Louisiana upheld the state’s marriage law Wednesday, marking the first time a federal court upheld such a law since the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, according to court filings.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The termination of a same-sex couple at Cor Jesu, the all-girls Catholic high school in the Affton area, has prompted an outcry from alumnae.
CBS/AP: A federal judge has upheld Louisiana’s marriage law, as well as the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.
The Federalist: A recent article recounts Tish Harrison Warren’s interactions with Vanderbilt University officials as they systematically revoked the ability of campus groups with defined mission statements to exist on campus. The college refuses to recognize or allow on campus any organizations that require members or leaders to agree with specified ideas. So, for example, the Democrat students organization must allow Republicans run for its offices, and environmental groups had to open posts to climate-change critics.
IPPR: We surveyed 500 18-year-olds to gauge their attitudes to sex and relationships, and their opinion of the education and support they had received.
The Christian Post: For years we have heard about the widespread use of pornography in the American church, especially among men, but the results of a recent poll are absolutely devastating: only three percent of Christian men say they never view porn and only 25 percent say they view it less than “a few times a year.”
NY Daily News: Though attitudes about marriage are undeniably changing, much of America still respects its historic meaning. Lest we forget, Catholics and many Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim groups believe — and only sanction — a union of one man and one woman as marriage.
One News Now: The most recent action came when a Florida federal judge struck down that state’s marriage amendment, which had been approved by 62.5 percent of voters. A stay on the court’s decision has been issued, but Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow, “It’s ridiculous when federal courts overturn the natural order of marriage.”
The Daily Signal: Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage? One refrain in debates over marriage policy is that laws defining marriage as the union of male and female are today’s equivalent of bans on interracial marriage.
Sun-Times (AP): Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending marriage laws in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
Catholic Online: In an article in the Wall Street Journal published on June 12, 2014, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, wrote about a medical fact, sex change or what is now routinely called “sexual reassignment surgery” is what he called “biologically impossible”. He also referred to what is routinely called “transgenderism” as a mental disorder.
JC Online (Indianapolis Star): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz., contends that marriage should be preserved as an institution linked to procreation.
Deseret News: A generation ago, no one would have questioned the premise that the family is the basic unit of society. Today, it is questioned from many sides.