Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Republican candidates who go wobbly on marriage deserve to lose

    The Stream: Public opinion on same-sex “marriage” has shifted so quickly that major Democratic candidates for president in 2008 still had to pretend to believe in man-woman marriage (that is, “marriage”). It was only after Joe Biden gave the game away that President Obama officially endorsed same-sex marriage as soon as he did — in May 2012. By that time, a majority of Americans were just starting to tell pollsters they agreed. Now, a mere three years later, only the most stout-hearted public figures can make the man-woman marriage argument that Barack Obama was still making in April 2012.

  • Posted: 06/03/2015
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Analysis: “Sex change” surgery: What Jenner should know – from someone who suffered through it

Jenner’s transformation is a lose-lose for liberal ideology

Why I am opposed to gay marriage

Liberalism can’t understand sex

Caitlyn Jenner and love in the future tense

The case of the amazing gay-marriage data: How a grad student uncovered a huge fraud

    Slate: The exposure of one of the biggest scientific frauds in recent memory didn’t start with concerns about normally distributed data, or the test-retest reliability of feelings thermometers, or anonymous Stata output on shady message boards, or any of the other statistically complex details that would make it such a bizarre and explosive scandal. Rather, it started in the most unremarkable way possible: with a graduate student trying to figure out a money issue.

  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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Marriage is going out of style, and that could hurt

The prospects for polygamy

Civil servants have rights, too. Government should respect them.

Should we pity or praise the childless?

Transgender troubles in the church

Give the ‘bigot’ bomb a break

Why are behaviors the Bible condemns considered ‘morally acceptable’ by Christians?

Science Magazine officially retracts that discredited gay marriage study

Why family-friendly employment requirements aren’t always family-friendly

Science-gilding the marriage debate

McCrory vetoes same-sex marriage opt out for magistrates

Scouting the wrong side of history

Dr. Robert George’s defense of marriage

“The End of Men” is bad for women and vice versa

    ERLC: Any ideology that exalts one gender to the exclusion of the other is not honoring to God’s created design—namely that we bear his image (Gen. 1:26-27). Our humanity matters, and our maleness and femaleness matters. If men go the way of the Dodo Bird then we lose something precious about the image of God. And I don’t want to live in a world where that happens for men or women.

  • Posted: 05/27/2015
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A requiem for the Boy Scouts

Transition to sex predicts changes in religiosity

Tales of two social scientists

    First Things: Of course I have been talking, in the first story, about the beleaguered but unbowed Mark Regnerus, the sociologist whose New Family Structures Study was published in Social Science Research in 2012. (Full disclosure: Regnerus’s NFSS was funded in principal part, but uninfluenced by, the Witherspoon Institute where I work.) And the second story, which broke this week, is about UCLA political science doctoral student Michael LaCour, whose co-author, Donald Green of Columbia, has asked for the journal Science to retract their much-ballyhooed December 2014 article.

  • Posted: 05/27/2015
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Professor retracts same-sex marriage study over fake data

Doubts about study of gay canvassers rattles the field

I had a transgender parent. Unlike Obama, I don’t think transgender parents should be able to adopt.

“There must be a reason”: A father’s final gift to his same-sex attracted son

Was a gay-marriage paper fabricated?

Standing athwart the march of history, yelling, “Stop! Wait for me!”

Boy Scouts presidents calls for lifting the ban on gay troop leaders

Mental health’s LGBT blind spot

What the ‘mounting evidence’ on working moms really shows

Boy Scouts’ president calls for end to ban on gay leaders

National Review: For gay marriage and against Christian teaching

    Denny Burk: The National Review is a leading journal of conservative opinion. It should not be lost on us that many conservatives are eager to shed the albatross of traditional marriage. They view it as a political loser. Younger conservatives can hardly comprehend any reason to oppose gay marriage. At this point, the Republican party is divided on the issue with traditional social conservatives being the only ones holding the line. Those social conservatives have always been viewed as a key part of the Republican coalition. For the time being, they still are. But how long will that last? That a leading journal of conservative opinion would publish an article like this tells us something about the future of political conservatism in America.

  • Posted: 05/21/2015
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SPLC campaign would ‘ban help for gay people’

A majority of Americans now think gays are born that way

Louisiana Governor issues executive order protecting traditional marriage advocates

Data faked by same-sex marriage researchers

Gay-conversion therapy ban to be introduced in House

Divorced dads: For worse, for better

Jeb Bush to Brody File: There is no Constitutional right to gay marriage

Wawa sued by lesbian employee who helped start Gay-Straight Alliance

Third Circuit upholds federal porn regulations

Jeb Bush takes tougher stance against same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage and the ‘Loving’ precedent

Why parents should stop hoping their kids will get married

Why moms and dads both matter in marriage

Call it ‘gender fluidity’: Schools to teach kids there’s no such thing as boys or girls

The virtue of being a dad

How your hometown affects your chances of marriage

Divorce can mean a trip down the economic ladder for women

Mayor signs ordinance to protect housing rights for LGBT Tulsans, cites support for state religious liberty law

Marriage and dignity

What is marriage to evangelical millennials?

How unmarried men respond to their girlfriends’ unexpected pregnancies

How parents shape their kids’ health

Not dead yet? Marriage in twenty-first-century America

A four-part interview with Robert Oscar Lopez

What history says about comparing gay rights to civil rights

The power grab behind Obama’s support for parenting equality

DNA and transgenderism: A reply to Christopher Damian

Should you cohabitate before marriage?

Christian schools will have no choice about gay marriage

Oregon Governor to sign law banning sexual orientation change therapy for gay minors

The most troubling thing about same-sex marriage

Andy Stanley on homosexuality: He’s really right and really wrong

Two sisters, two views of gay marriage

Gay alliance bashes university for hosting debate with conservative Christian author

After the Supreme Court makes a decision on gay marriage, then what?