Category Archives: Marriage & Family

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.

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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

    Huffington Post: The official agenda for the 2013 Young Republican National Convention this week includes several subjects near and dear to the heart of the GOP: the Second Amendment, voter targeting, campaign finance and even a session on “growing minorities in our party” (read: black and Latino voters). But there is no reference to one issue that some Republicans contend will be instrumental to winning in 2016: gay rights.‬

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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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?

A Roe By Any Other Name – Make no mistake: Windsor ends the same-sex marriage battle. | Mona Charen at NRO

Why The Reagan Democrats Departed | Patrick J. Buchanan at Human Events

How Will the Church Respond to the SCOTUS Rulings? | Engage Family Minute

After Windsor: Michigan same-sex partners benefits suit advances | Marty Lederman at SCOTUS Blog

Poll: Support for marriage redefinition hits high after ruling | USA Today

Rep. Gohmert: What’s Next – Legalized Polygamy?

Judge: Trial possible on Mich. DOMA lawsuit

DOMA ruling: Echoes of Roe vs. Wade | Maggie Gallagher at Mercury News

Ohio governor signs statewide voucher expansion for low-income students

Marriage Decisions of Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Undermine Rule of Law | Liberty Counsel

“Marriage” – A Question of Usage | Ed Whalen at NRO

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

    NY Times: For State Representative Cathy Connolly, Wyoming’s only openly gay legislator, this winter brought a rare moment of promise: her bill to create domestic partnerships advanced further than anything like it in the history of this deep red state — sailing through committee and onto the floor of the full House. Victory seemed possible.

  • Posted: 07/01/2013
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“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