Category Archives: Marriage & Family

“In Conservative Wyoming, Signs of a Thaw on Same-Sex Marriage”

“First day of gay marriage in Delaware”

“Ten states to tackle gay marriage next” | NBC

“Both sides say Kennedy opinion on gay marriage could doom state laws”

“Gay Couple May Be 1st To Win Green-card Petition”

“Republican Consultants Sign Up to Help ACLU Push Gay Marriage” | Rush Limbaugh

“Gay lawmaker to fight Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban” | USA Today (chart included)

Christie: SCOTUS DOMA ruling is bad and an example of judicial supremacy

“Marriage Ruling Renews GOP Centrists-vs.-Base Feud” | AP

A Gay Marriage Muddle: Even the dissenters aren’t sure what the majority is saying. | WSJ

Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage Decisions– Installment 3: The Amazing Power of A Decision Based On Standing | Howard Friedman at Religion Clause Blog

The Supreme Court’s Marriage Decisions by the Numbers | Heritage Foundation

Rahm Emanuel: ‘Gays are the next Jews of fundraising’

ACLU Hires Steve Schmidt to Lobby GOP on Marriage Redefinition: $10M War Chest for 50 State Initiative

In Silicon Valley, the Same-Sex Marriage Debate Was Already Over | Wired

Obama Asks Holder Implement DOMA Ruling Swiftly

“Pentagon to extend benefits to gay service spouses”

“Gay couples can immigrate under DOMA ruling”

“After Demise of DOMA, Lambda Legal Plans Swift Action in New Jersey”

Growing Pains: The Trouble with Colo.’s Gender-Bending Civil-Rights Ruling

MN: Support for marriage redefinition costs Republican Sen. Branden Petersen

Germany: “Anti-discrimination” Policies Always Were Ridiculous. But Now They Turn Into A Serious Danger.

The real threat to marriage | Religion News Service

    Tom Ehrich at Religion News Service: As I officiate at a family wedding in this charming coastal city, it seems to me the institution of marriage is alive and well — and in serious trouble. The trouble isn’t out-in-the-open homosexuality, birth control, abortion, assertive women, or any of the right-wing alarms. The trouble is poverty. The less affluent you are, the more likely you are to have a child without the benefit of a partner, at an age too young for effective parenting, and in chaotic living arrangements.


  • Posted: 06/25/2013
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  • Source: www.religionnews.com

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What’s Behind The US Decline In Marriage? Pragmatism | Forbes

    Trevor Butterworth at Forbes: A good marriage is unrealistic given the economic stresses haunting blue collar America and especially low-income black communities: the loss of earning power and status among low and unskilled men, and large numbers in prison or engaged in drug dealing. The simple fact behind the decline of marriage in the US is economic pragmatism. “Marriage is becoming a class privilege,” said Kefalas. All the talk of recession and culture and cohabitation and education is a way of avoiding talking about the economic collapse of an entire class of American male.


  • Posted: 06/25/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.forbes.com

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The Same-Sex Marriage Lie | Ryan T. Anderson at the Christian Post

Tucson approves civil unions for same-sex couples

Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus discusses the potential consequences as the Supreme Court decides two landmark marriage cases

Prayer service for marriage redefinition at National Cathedral

“Same Sex Marriage Fast Facts” | CNN

“Polyamory Advocate: Gay Marriage ‘Blazing the Marriage Equality Trail’”

Michigan House Democrats unveil bills to redefine marriage

“Public Shifts Fast on Same-Sex Union Support” | WSJ

Dissension And Fiscal Woes Beset The Girl Scouts: $347M unfunded pension liabilities

    AP: Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it’s time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will.


  • Posted: 06/24/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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“Ryan Anderson’s uphill fight to change young minds on gay marriage” | Sarah Pulliam Bailey at Washington Post

Disney’s Good Luck Charlie to Feature Family with Same-Sex Parents

Bill in Congress would upgrade records of those discharged under DADT

    Stars and Stripes: A bill circulating in the House would upgrade the service records of gay, lesbian and bisexual troops who were discharged due to sexual orientation and eventually open the door to veterans’ benefits. The Restore Honor to Service Members Act was proposed Thursday by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., according to a joint statement from their offices.


  • Posted: 06/21/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.stripes.com

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MIT adopts new policy to mitigate federal tax burden for same-sex couples

“Exodus leader admits ‘same-sex attraction,’ urges talks with gays”

Marriage License Surcharge May Fund Domestic Violence Programs in RI

Same-sex marriage isn’t ‘inevitable’ | Penna Dexter at Baptist Press

    Penna Dexter at Baptist Press: Robert Oscar Lopez is an associate professor — with tenure — of English and classics at California State University, Northridge. In a recent column at the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse, he argues that those who insist legal same-sex marriage is inevitable are making a couple of fallacious assumptions. One is “that the increase in support for same sex marriage will be consistent over time rather than fickle.” The second is that same sex marriage is gaining support because people are becoming more enlightened about it, often from knowing someone who is gay.


  • Posted: 06/20/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bpnews.net

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Churches urged to prepare for marriage issues | Baptist Press

Should Christians “Legislate Morality” on the Nation? | Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute

Equality and the Redefinition of Marriage | Ryan Anderson at the Heritage Foundation

Marriage and Civil Rights | Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation

GOP lawmaker: Teach grade-school classes on traditional gender roles

    The Hill: Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said grade-school students should be taught classes about traditional gender roles in a floor speech on Tuesday. “You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade-school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important,” Gingrey said.


  • Posted: 06/20/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: thehill.com

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“Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: ‘We’re Sorry’”

Illinois Proponents of Marriage Redefinition Gearing Up

“Is the momentum for gay marriage real, or just media hype?” | The Week

    The Week: In fact, it wasn’t even close, say Paul Hitlin, Amy Mitchell, and Mark Jurkowitz at Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. In nearly 500 articles and TV segments from March 18 to May 12, “stories with more statements supporting same-sex marriage outweighed those with more statements opposing it by a margin of roughly 5-to-1.” . . . No kidding, says Rich Lizardo at The American Spectator. “The report might as well have been titled ‘The Sky Is Blue’ because this only confirms what everyone already knew.”


  • Posted: 06/19/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: theweek.com

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A Catholic view: Why Marriage Matters | Tim Roder at Washington Post

Latinos’ changing views of same-sex marriage | Pew Research

Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage | WSJ Video

Constitutional Amendment Introduced to Protect Children, Parents

NJ Poll: 57 percent of Catholics surveyed support same-sex marriage

DOMA decision could expand rights for gay feds, but with questions

David Boies On Gay Marriage Ruling: Opponents Likely Don’t Have Standing | Huffington Post

Half of “LGBT adults” have no religious affiliation

Same-Sex Couples, A Widow, And A Nation Wait On The Supreme Court

Portland State U. study: traditional marriage rates unaffected by same-sex marriage

We Should Reform Child Support | Phyllis Schlafly at Townhall

    Phyllis Schlafly at Townhall: Child support formulas are based on the ridiculous notion that a father would make those same sacrifices for an ex-wife who is living with her new husband or boyfriend and for children he never or seldom sees. Many fathers would happily do more to support their children if they got to see their kids more and were more engaged in their lives. But current child support laws have reverse incentives: The more the mother prevents such contact, the more child support she receives. Child support is not even really child support, because the mother has no obligation to spend the money on the kids, and faithful payment of child support does not buy the father time with his kids. The purpose of child support is to allow the mother to maintain a household and standard of living comparable to the father’s.


  • Posted: 06/18/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Traditional Marriage Movement Gaining Steam

“Why the Supreme Court may not say ‘I do’ to gay marriage” | Yahoo News

“African-Americans And Gay Marriage: It’s Complicated” | NPR

U.S. media cheers for same-sex marriage: Study

“Supreme Court gay-marriage rulings: Anything but simple” | USA Today

Group files Arizona initiative to redefine marriage in 2014

Military Plans Would Put Women In Most Combat Jobs

Why Both Sides Want Marriage Settled By The States

    NPR: “People forget that durable rights don’t come from courts, they come from consensus and strong support from society,” says Jonathan Rauch, author of Denial, a recent memoir about growing up gay. “We are winning the right to marriage in a bigger, deeper way by winning it in the court of public opinion.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.npr.org

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Teens can’t find jobs: economy, poor work ethic to blame

    NCPA Policy Digest: A cultural shift in work ethic also could be partially to blame, says Clark Hodges, a financial strategist for the Dallas-based investment advisory firm Hodges Capital Management. “The way (teens) have grown up, they’ve always been handed things,” he says. “They don’t have the incentive or drive to work. That may be a generalization, but I think it’s a big factor.”


  • Posted: 06/17/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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What Is a Mother to Do? Questions for Same-Sex Marriage Advocates | Deborah Savage at Public Discourse

All female roaring aside, children still need fathers | Kathleen Parker at USA Today

    Kathleen Parker at USA Today: My argument that men should be saved is that, despite certain imperfections, men are fundamentally good and are sort of pleasant to have around. Most women still like to fall in love with them; all children want a father no matter how often we try to persuade ourselves otherwise. If we continue to impose low expectations and negative messaging on men and boys, future women won’t have much to choose from. We are nearly there.


  • Posted: 06/14/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: usatoday30.usatoday.com

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Illinois Cardinal on marriage: ‘The legal creation of what is naturally impossible is not inevitable’

    Catholic New World: Nonetheless, the legal creation of what is naturally impossible is not inevitable. Cultural change can be redirected so that the long road to obtain respect that has been traveled by many homosexually oriented persons can be maintained without destroying the institution of natural marriage. Since the difference between men and women is different from racial difference, same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue. A newly invented civil right cannot be used to destroy a moral good, lest society itself go into decline.


  • Posted: 06/14/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.catholicnewworld.com

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“Gay marriage little mentioned at faith confab” | Politico