Category Archives: Marriage & Family

CNN: Rick Warren’s views on homosexuality

“Op-ed: Utah Invokes pre-Civil War notions to fight gay marriage”

From Romer v. Evans to United States v. Windsor: Law as a Vehicle for Moral Disapproval in Amendment 2 and the Defense of Marriage Act

Guardian For Amish Girl’s Medical Decisions Seeking To Withdraw

Rasmussen: Military Women in Combat? What Do Voters Think?

“Gay youths 148% more likely to be physically abused in relationships: DOJ-funded report”

Cohabitation’s Mixed Effects on Long-Term Unions

Petitions block Chattanooga’s new domestic partner benefits law

NE: Douglas County to extend benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses

    Omaha.com: Douglas County will extend benefits to the same-sex spouses of employees who were married legally in other states. The County Board voted Tuesday to change the definition of an eligible spouse from “legally married spouse” to “the person to whom the employee is legally married, regardless of whether that person is of the same gender or opposite gender of the employee.”


  • Posted: 12/06/2013
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Peonage for the Twenty-First Century

More Signs That Us Births May Have Stopped Falling

Federal judge to hear arguments in challenge to Utah marriage

    Salt Lake Tribune: A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage brought by three couples who contend the prohibition is unconstitutional. Each side has asked U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby for summary judgment — that is, to find based on lack of disputed facts and existing law that there is no need for what would likely be a protracted legal fight over Utah’s Amendment 3, the ban approved by voters in 2004.


  • Posted: 12/05/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.sltrib.com

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“The straight line from marriage equality to divorce equality”

“Gay Weddings 17 Percent Of Washington Marriages” | AP

“Transgender Cop In Conn. Files Complaint” | AP

CT: “High Court Hears Claim for Retroactive Gay Marriage Rights”

Challenge to Utah’s marriage laws back in court

Dallas council committee splits over definition of marriage

“Cardinal Dolan on Gay Marriage Movement: ‘We’ve Been Outmarketed’”

CDC: 62 Percent Of HIV-Positive Men Have Unprotected Sex

“Q. & A.: Evan Wolfson On Winning The Gay-marriage Fight” | The New Yorker

    Richard Socarides at The New Yorker: When do you think the Supreme Court might rule that there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage? Nobody can answer that precisely. There are now some forty-four cases in nineteen or twenty states moving forward. And one of them may be the case, or it may be some other case down the road. We can encourage the Court to take the right case at the right time and do the right thing—within a matter of years, not decades.
    A lot of people now say this is inevitable; it’s a done deal. What do you say to those people? You know, ten minutes ago many of those same people were saying it was impossible. Now they are saying it’s inevitable. The truth of the matter is: it was never either.


  • Posted: 12/03/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.newyorker.com

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The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are ‘better at map reading’

    The Independent: A pioneering study has shown for the first time that the brains of men and women are wired up differently which could explain some of the stereotypical differences in male and female behaviour, scientists have said . . . “These maps show us a stark difference – and complementarity – in the architecture of the human brain that helps to provide a potential neural basis as to why men excel at certain tasks, and women at others,” said Ragini Verma, professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


  • Posted: 12/03/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.independent.co.uk

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What Makes a Marriage? Love, Sex, or Comprehensive Union | Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George

    Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George at Public Discourse: Prof. Charles Reid thinks love makes a marriage. He claims we think sex makes a marriage. In truth, comprehensive union makes a marriage. And getting marriage right matters for everyone . . . Redefining marriage collapses the distinction between marriage and companionship in principle and in practice. It therefore undermines all the marital norms . . .


  • Posted: 12/02/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Grandparent visitation case appealed to ND Supreme Court

Louisiana Voucher Assault, Round 2: Justice’s lawsuit takes a bizarre turn to keep kids in rotten schools.

“Gay men push to end 30 year blood donation ban”

“In some states, gays fight for right to divorce”

9th Circuit: Wild Order of Federal Marital Benefits for Unmarried Same-Sex Domestic Partners | Ed Whelan at NRO

Federal personnel to process Texas National Guard same sex couple benefits

Will Californians Get To Vote On Protections For Trans Students? | BuzzFeed

Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect

The Baby Boom for Gay Parents | Natalie Angier at NYT

Wanting Marriage and Pursuit of Happiness | Natalie Angier at NYT

The Changing American Family | Natalie Angier at NYT

Marriage rites: what’s blood got to do with it?

“Sixth Graders Polled On Gay Marriage, Abortion And Gun Control”

Forgetta About the Child. “Custody Battle Raises Questions About the Rights of Women”

Judge sets two week June trial for challenge to Pa. marriage

Marriage and families undercut by cohabitation and debt, Cardinal O’Malley says

Military’s ‘Biggest Problem Is Consensual Sex’

    WorldNetDaily: “The numbers are rising, quite frankly, because an awful lot of women are now serving with men in close conditions. You now have women serving on submarines, which has never been true up until about two years ago. You have a situation where people are under stress, they’re working in very close conditions and things are going to happen,” Babbin said. “The biggest problem is not the offensive nature of sexual assaults. The biggest problem is consensual sex.”


  • Posted: 11/22/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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“Gay Couples Ask Federal Court To Force Tennessee To Issue Them Marriage Licenses”

1st 3 Women Marines Graduate From Infantry Course Out of Class of 15

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Decries Marriage Redefinition And Misuse Of Pope Francis’ Words In Illinois

Study: Men With Attractive Wives More Satisfied In Marriage

“U-M study: Bans on same-sex marriage and adoption negatively affect self-esteem of gay men”

    MLive.com: “Our study extends this current work by noting that LGBT discrimination can also affect how and what people dream for their future,” U-M professor José Bauermeister said in a release. “[Gay men's] dreams about becoming fathers—may fail to be a protective factor towards their psychological health if they live in states where LGBT discriminatory policies are in place.”


  • Posted: 11/21/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Pulaski County, AR clerk: Marriage lawsuit a state issue

Car insurance fight challenges VA marriage law

    NBC12.com: The other driver didn’t have insurance. With her medical bills mounting, Tucker tried to access her wife Frazier’s underinsured motorist coverage. She also tried to access the same coverage of her in-laws, who they live with. State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance denied the claim. “State Farm’s position is that a same sex marriage that is recognized in another place other than Virginia is not recognized under this Virginia policy,” said Lori Smith, the couple’s attorney.


  • Posted: 11/21/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nbc12.com

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Nike’s big contribution to redefining marriage in Oregon comes with strings attached

“Quinn To Sign Gay Marriage Law On Historic Lincoln Desk”

Nike announces support for Oregon initiative to redefine marriage

GOP ponders tweak to marriage amendment

Houston Pastors’ Coalition Responds to Mayor Parker’s Domestic Partner benefits decision | Houston Pastor’s Coalition

“Gay-marriage momentum comes to a sudden halt after Illinois”

“Texas National Guard refuses to process military housing allowance for gay couples”

Christian Leaders Combat Epidemic of Fatherless Families With ‘Father-Shift’ Movement

    Christian Post: As proof of the epidemic nature of the problem, Father-Shift leaders point to data that includes the fact that, in America, 24.7 million children (33 percent) lived in a biological-father-absent home in 2010. More than 20 million lived with no father (biological, adoptive, or step) in the home. “This means that one out of every three children is growing up without a father present in the home,” Father-Shift states.


  • Posted: 11/19/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Jindal claims victory in fight with administration over La. voucher plan

Parents Applaud DOJ Retreat On Opposition To Louisiana Educational Choice Program

“The Gayest Place”: 10% of D.C. is LGBT | NY Times

“Gay & Lesbian Consumers Had $830 Billion to Spend in 2013″

“United Methodist jury convicts Pa. pastor who performed son’s same-sex marriage”

South Carolina Parents Remove Children From School to Protest Common Core

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon Thumbs Nose at State Constitution

“Dick Cheney daughters Liz and Mary in gay marriage spat”

Bishop will lead prayers of exorcism as Illinois governor signs gay ‘marriage’ bill

“Marriage amendment roils Indiana GOP”

“Gay Indians wed as more tribes give blessings to same-sex unions”

“Gay rights activists praise Kentucky for allowing same-sex benefits”

“United Methodists Try Pa. Pastor Over Gay Marriage”

Pew Study: 27% of Jewish Children Live in Orthodox Homes

Love and Unity: Sexual Ethics in the Modern World | Christopher Kaczor at Public Discourse

Penalty for Marriage in Obamacare

About that pedophile-sexual ‘orientation’ description: Whoops, just a typo

    One News Now: The APA created an uproar when it decided to classify pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” rather than a mental disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM. Now, the APA is saying in effect it was just a mistake – equivalent to a typographical error or omission.


  • Posted: 11/15/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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“What the Gay Community Lost While It Was Winning Gay Marriage” |

    Noah Berlatsky at The Atlantic: “Marriage inevitably values heterosexual hierarchies and lifelong monogamous commitment,” Moscowitz says — but that “inevitably” is exactly what’s at stake in the marriage equality debate. Conservatives who insist that gays marrying will change marriage as we know it are correct.


  • Posted: 11/15/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Transgender Texas Student’s Tuxedo Photo Banned