Category Archives: Marriage & Family

House votes 221-207 to limit federal control over education

“Immigration Review Panel Announces Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Rule”

House Votes to Shift ‘No Child Left Behind’ Oversight to States

“NY official pushes Feds to recognize gay marriages” in all states

“California’s County Clerks Meet Over Same-Sex Marriages”

Quinnipiac Poll: “50% of Virginians surveyed back same sex marriage”

Richmond, Virginia: “3 councilmen propose gay-marriage ordinance”

“The IRS’s Gay-Marriage Tax Problem”

“Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage Gathers Dust In House Committee” | Huffington Post

“Wyoming Senate primary pits pro-gay ‘marriage’ Republican Cheney against pro-marriage incumbent Enzi”

More Women Are Keeping Their Own Names After Marriage, Says Facebook

    PolicyMic: Keep her own name. Take his. Take his and make hers a middle name. Take his legally but use hers professionally. Hyphenate. These are just five of the plethora of options from which women can choose regarding what to do with their last names after marriage.

  • Posted: 07/18/2013
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PA: Consider ouster of attorney general

Pastors want Kane to defend Pa. DOMA

Capitol Police arrest pastor praying for Pennsylvania attorney general A Montgomery County pastor, in an effort to see Kane, was arrested Friday while attempting to ride an elevator to a secure floor where her office is located. Pastor Wiliam Devlin said he came to pray for Kane, so she would “have a change of heart.” Capitol police cited him for disorderly conduct and carried him out of Strawberry Square, said police spokeswoman Holly Lubart. He’ll face a fine for the misdemeanor offense, she said.

  • Posted: 07/18/2013
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Marriage Rate Lowest in a Century | Science Daily

“Brain drain in states barring gay marriage” | Hank Plante at USA Today

“Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage” | ABC (AP)

Porn is everywhere. But that’s not what’s killing marriage. | Washington Post

Public schools can be fixed by ending compulsory attendance law

“Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says”

Evangelical Fuller Seminary Says “Yes” to Homosexual Campus Club | The New American

Are Women Wired Sexually Like Men? | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at Huffington Post

Covenant v. traditional marriage in Arkansas

“Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage”

Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty | Heritage Foundation

Marriage May Calm a Criminal Impulse in Men

Defining ‘Traditional Marriage,’ Not Redefining It | Sarah Prager at the Huffington Post

Liz Cheney Would Be Fourth Republican Senator To Back Marriage Redefinition

Marriage Survey From Reveals Men’s Attitudes On Marriage | Huffington Post

Texas: Man withdraws suit challenging marriage

The Slippery Slope to Polygamy and Incest | Kent Greenfield at the American Prospect

Is Family Decline Behind Religious Decline?

    Christianity Today: According to Mary Eberstadt, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, it has a lot to do with the fact that fewer young people are getting married and having kids. And if they do finally settle down to start a family, it’s much later than it used to be. For Eberstadt, there’s an intrinsic link between faith and family, and the decline of the family in Western society has a lot to do with the shrinking size of our churches. In fact, that’s How the West Really Lost God, as the title of her new book puts it.

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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AR Attorney General Rejects Ballot Title Proposal to Repeal Marriage Amendment

Couples file suit challenging Arkansas marriage laws

A Brief History of Sex Ed: How We Reached Today’s Madness | Miriam Grossman at Public Discourse

“Young Republicans Convention Balks At Gay Marriage, Despite Poll Numbers” | Huffington Post

Court due to make second trip down the aisle | Rick Hasen at Reuters

Straw Man Arguments Against Marriage Redefinition Seem Legit | Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute

    Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute: The question has been asked “how does same-sex ‘marriage’ hurt anyone?” It’s one of those deceptive arguments designed to emphasize personal narrative over smart public policy and facts in the marriage debate. After all, if it doesn’t “hurt” anyone else, or keep anyone from living their heterosexual life, surely it can’t be wrong.

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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ACLU amends complaint in Montana domestic partner challange

SPLC demands Mississippi board end discrimination against business owner | Southern Poverty Law Center

    Southern Poverty Law Center: In the 1990s, she operated O’Hara’s, a bar that mainly served LGBT customers. In the community of Shannon, Miss., it was a place they could gather and socialize without fear of discrimination. After Newton decided to reopen the business recently, she went before the Shannon Board of Aldermen to get a business license – a hearing she believed would be routine.

  • Posted: 07/15/2013
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N.J. Gov. Christie walks a fine line on marriage | USA Today

“No ‘witchhunt’: New Scout alternative will allow gay scouts, too, but emphasize chastity”

“The Future of Same-Sex Marriage” | NY Times Editorial

Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too

The ‘Federal Law of Marriage’: Deference, Deviation, and DOMA

“Demographic Change Amplifying Racial Inequities” | AP

Firing woman to avoid extramarital affair is unfair, but not gender bias, Iowa Supreme court rules

Transgender At Age 6 : Family Embraces Decision To Let Daughter Live As Boy

“Opponents Want Calif. Court To Stop Gay Weddings” | AP

HRC poll shows most Virginians oppose marriage redefinition

Oklahoma marriage challenge drags on into ninth year

Federal judge will hear arguments on Michigan marriage amendment, adoption in October

ACLU unlikely to legally challenge Ohio same-sex marriage ban

What must be done for the future of marriage | Ryan T. Anderson at Wash. Examiner

Bad things happen to children when marriage is redefined | Ryan T. Anderson at Wash. Examiner

“PPP poll shows more Iowa voters back same-sex marriage” | Des Moines Register

Williams Institute Study: “Same-Sex Couples Make Great Parents” | Think Progress

Dreams delayed or denied, young adults put off parenthood

Indiana marriage debate heats up

    Walter Nicgorski at South Ben Tribune: Indiana officials right to act on gay marriage ban South Bend Tribune Editorial: No need for marriage ban Evansville Courier & Press: Same-sex couples seeking marriage in Indiana could be charged Same-sex couples applying …

  • Posted: 07/10/2013
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ACLU challenges marriage in PA, NOM says it is telling that they are using the courts

HBO to Produce Documentary on Marriage Legal Fight

“11th Circuit Revives Gay Ukrainian’s U.S. Asylum Claim”

Federal benefits won’t extend to domestic partners under DOMA ruling

ACLU and Lambda Legal file three new marriage challenges: NC, PA, VA

OPM Memos and Letters on Same Sex “Marriage”

Moore: Church’s views ‘seem freakish’ to culture

OH: Former GOP AG Petro backs campaign to redefine marriage

“America’s Change of Mind on Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights” | Barna Group

“Homosexuality and the pews: Seven signs influencing congregational acceptance of gays and lesbians” | ARDA

    Association of Religion Data Archives: But until recently, there had been relatively little research on the responses of religious communities. New studies by researchers such as Andrew Whitehead, reported in the latest issue of the Review of Religious Research, and Gary Adler, who shared his findings in the journal Social Problems, are providing insights into which congregations are more likely to be welcoming to gays and lesbians, and what this means for the future. The studies analyze data from the 2006-2007 National Congregations Study, which asked a series of questions about how welcoming communities are to gays and lesbians in committed relationships. Some key indicators of congregational attitudes emerged . . .

  • Posted: 07/08/2013
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Girl Scouts of Northern Calif. March In S.F. Pride Parade | CNSNews Video

School Trangender Bill, Pay-for-egg Bounty Head to Governor | Cal. Family Alliance

Only 5 Days For Lower Court Opinion To Cite SCOTUS Decision On DOMA

“The big enchilada: Are same-sex marriage bans now illegal?” | Fortune

“Gay Marriage Ruling Already In Use In Other Cases” | AP

Same-Sex Parenting: Child Abuse?