Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Out-of-Wedlock Births in Michigan: Everyone Pays a Price

Children should be the focus of marriage debate says 13 year old

    Daily Herald: After I said these things at the Capitol, the protestors wrote about me on Facebook. They said that I was being taught to be a “hater” and was “narrow-minded.” But when people only consider adults’ rights and not the rights of children, who is being narrow-minded? As I said at the Capitol, something is very wrong when we favor the wants of consenting adults over the needs of children who cannot consent. Since children are defenseless they should be the focus of this debate. It’s not a perfect world, but we should always strive for this natural ideal: “it takes a mom and a dad to create a child, so it takes a mom and a dad to raise one.”

  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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Women’s Employment and the Decline in Marriage Are No Longer Related | Philip Cohen at The Atlantic

The Family Economy in Crisis: The Time for Reform Is Now

    Kevin Swanson at Vision Forum Ministries: What do you do with a society where the young 30-year-old men are playing computer games, and the 65-year-old men are playing golf? What happens to a society where there are far more retirees than Generation Y’s in the work force, especially if the social security system is nearing bankruptcy? This is where we are today, and the economic situation is dire. Unless we change the way we educate, the way we do our economics, and the way we integrate our families, I tremble to think of what will happen in the upcoming decades. Now is the time to redefine a biblical economy based upon the re-integration of the family.

  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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RNC chair Priebus to blame for GOP disaster, says black pastor

Rhode Island could take up marriage issue next week

To Whom Do Children Belong? | Melissa Moschella at Public Discourse

The road to same-sex marriage was paved by Rousseau | Robert R. Reilly at MercatorNet

    Robert R. Reilly at MercatorNet: Since how we perceive reality is at stake in this struggle, the question inevitably rises: what is the nature of this reality? Is it good for us as human beings? Is it according to our Nature? Each side in the debate claims that what they are defending or advancing is according to Nature. Opponents of same-sex marriage say that it is against Nature; proponents say that it is natural and that, therefore, they have a “right” to it. Yet the realities to which each side points are not just different but opposed: each negates the other. What does the word Nature really mean in this context? The words may be the same, but their meanings are directly contradictory, depending on the context. Therefore, it is vitally important to understand the broader contexts in which they are used and the larger views of reality of which they are a part since the status and meaning of Nature will be decisive in the outcome.

  • Posted: 04/16/2013
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NBC/WSJ Poll: “Latinos move in favor of gay marriage”

Marriage decline linked to men’s eroded earnings

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ is Not Inevitable, It’s Just Not Novel Anymore | Jeremy Dys at Engage Family Minute

Falling on Standing on Prop 8? | Ed Whelan at NRO

A Candid Case for Polygamy | Ed Whelan at NRO

Illinois Republicans fail to oust party chairman over marriage, results could be temporary

“Los Angeles meningitis victim declared brain dead, STD threat to gay men seen”

“Transgender Woman Banned From Idaho Grocery Store”

Which states will let gay couples divorce if the Defense of Marriage Act is struck down? | Slate

    William Baude at Slate: In the wake of the Supreme Court arguments about same-sex marriage, there has been widespread agreement that the justices aren’t likely to create a right to gay marriage throughout the land—thereby invalidating the ban in 41 states that don’t perform it. And there has also been lots of confusion about what, practically speaking, a ruling that stopped short of legalizing gay marriage in 50 states would mean. If the Supreme Court leaves the laws of most states intact, but strikes down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, will it create “legal chaos” as the federal government tries to figure out which marriages to recognize where? Or is it relatively obvious which couples will receive federal benefits?

  • Posted: 04/15/2013
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“After court, gay rights spotlight shifts back to Obama”

RNC members reaffirm party’s opposition to marriage redefinition

AZ: Bisbee backs down, under fire, to revise civil-union law

TN: Proposed charter school panel would oversee Knox, 4 other counties

“Gay marriage, Democratic leaders and the rush to follow”

African-American Clergy Coalition speaks out on marriage

Black Pastors Go on Radio Opposing Marriage Redefinition

“Study: support for same-sex marriage at 43 percent in Minnesota”

“The 50 most powerful lesbian and gay Americans” |

Will Evangelicals Leave The Illinois GOP Over Marriage?

Do infertile couples undermine the ‘procreation argument’ for marriage? | Peter Sprigg at LifeSiteNews

“Mont. lawmakers pass bill decriminalizing gay sex”

“N.H.L. Announces Initiative to Support Gay Athletes”

“Social Science Study Still Spooking Gay Advocates” | Austin Ruse at C-FAM

Wendell Berry’s Marriage Reversal | Christopher C. Roberts at First Things

Delaware Gov. urges support for marriage redefinition at U. of Del.

The Marriage Con

“Gay marriage fight not about equality, authors tell BYU students”

Texas: Legislators Looking at New Measures to Protect Homosexual Teens

Montana House backs repeal of law criminalizing sodomy

Rand Paul: America Needs A “Spiritual Cleansing”

Cong. Heitkamp (Dem-ND), Donnelly (Dem-IN) announce support for marriage redefintion

Mandated Infertility “Treatment” for Homosexual Couples

“Rand Paul: Let States Decide on Same-Sex Marriage”

State Laws Could Muddle Same-Sex Marriage Benefits | NPR

“Landrieu fails to lead on gay marriage” | Washington Post

Open Transgender Military Service: It’s Time to Get Started | Huffington Post

Sen. Mark Pryor (Dem-AR) opposes marriage redefinition

“Senate candidate seeks ruling on contributions by gay couples”

CNN “Poll: Obama most popular on gay issues”

“Orrin Hatch Endorses Civil Unions For Gay Couples To Preserve ‘Traditional Marriage’” | Huffington Post

Jim Wallis Now Supports Marriage Redefinition

“Mapping the Same-Sex Marriage Movement”

Illinois: Second GOP state lawmaker backs marriage redefinition

Columbia Political Science Professor Equates His Incestuous Relationship With Daughter to Homosexual Sex

Cohabitation’s Transaction Costs

Bozell: MSNBC Stands for ‘My Son Needs to Belong to the Collective’

OR: Juvenile Court May Order Immunization of Children In State Custody Over Religious Objections of Parents

“If Knot Now, When? The Impact of Delayed Marriage Among Twenty-somethings” | Meg McDonnell at Public Discourse

“Gay Connecticut couple accused of raping adopted children will face trial”

“Why we are losing the gay ‘marriage’ debate (and how we can win)” | John Jalsevac at LifeSiteNews

Focus on the Family Executive: Homeschool Asylum Case ‘Critical’

“Even Dictionaries Grapple With Getting ‘Marriage’ Right” | NPR

    NPR: Lexicographers know they’re on the hot seat as they confront the changing uses of the word. When Merriam-Webster revised its definition a few years ago, it went with a two-state solution. It kept an older definition for “marriage” as “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex,” but it added a second definition as “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of traditional marriage.” Not surprisingly, that triggered headlines like “Webster’s Redefines Marriage” on conservative websites.

  • Posted: 04/04/2013
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ACLU says Texas school reverses course: sexually confused boy can dress like girl for the prom

Justice Sotomayor and the Path to Polygamy | Carson Halloway at Public Discourse

Black lawmakers may hold key on marriage in Illinois

“Gay son of Rep. Salmon defends father”

Cosmo Named To ‘Dirty Dozen List’ for Being ‘As Pornographic as Playboy Magazine, But Without the Pictures’

Many Young Women Live With Men First, Marry Later | AP

MN GOP legislator proposes civil unions, “gay marriage” sponsor calls it insufficient

The Preservation of Marriage: A Battle Worth Fighting | Joan Frawley Desmond at NC Register

“3 Texas Democrats in DC not jumping on gay-marriage bandwagon”

Now, let’s get straight on marriage | David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch at NY Daily News

What feminism has come to | S.E. Cupp at NY Daily Post