Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Two Kansas lawmakers push outlawing ‘revenge porn’

Obama first President to say ‘Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual’ in SOTU speech

Sex education in America: How yesterday’s extremists shaped today’s sex ed

School district requires parental permission to join a pro-’gay’ club; ACLU reacts

How marriage makes people healthier

    The Economist: THE link between marriage and better health is well established. Less clear is whether marriage causes good health or vice versa—healthy people may simply be more likely to marry in the first place. In a recently updated paper Nezih Guner, Yuliya Kulikova and Joan Llull of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona looked at data on Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 in order to try to work out which way the causation runs. Does marriage make people healthier?

  • Posted: 01/20/2015
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351 studies from 13 nations prove benefits of households with a dad, a mom, and their kids

Justices take up marriage challenges

Incest: The next frontier in ‘reproductive freedom’

Has SCOTUS stacked the deck against same-sex marriage in how it has framed the question?

On same-sex marriage, Supreme Court to weigh rights

What’s the real story on marriage and family trends? Here are 11 findings

Supreme Court to rule on whether states have right to define marriage

Report: New York woman to marry her biological father

Virginia seeks to remove references to ‘husbands and wives’ from state law books; replace with gender-neutral ‘spouse’

Taking up same-sex marriage, but on its own terms

Is the next Roe v. Wade coming? Supreme Court to hear marriage case

Same-sex marriage returns to the Supreme Court

Supreme Court agrees to settle same-sex marriage dispute

Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage

Supreme Court to hear marriage challenge: How should Christians respond?

Russell Moore responds to Supreme Court taking up same-sex marriage cases

Research shows the hands-on dad isn’t a new phenomenon

Brownback touts ‘healthy families’ as key to state’s success

Fathers who spend time with their kids make happier employees

Is porn bad for marriage?

Judge rules South Dakota’s voter-approved marriage amendment unconstitutional

Minister sues Mich. for right to marry same-sex couples

The problem with exposing kids to sexual and violent content

NYT same-sex marriage advocate claims ‘live and let live,’ but wants gov’t coercion, Ryan Anderson argues

Is a lavish wedding a prelude to divorce?

Massachusetts: The best state for children?

Same-sex marriage warning as Florida introduces redefinition

Gender-neutral single-stall restrooms now required in West Hollywood

Same-sex divorce granted by family court judge

Cautious about marriage, but not cohabitation

‘Gay Christian Network Conference’ features “Third Way” pastor

Judge rules South Dakota’s marriage law unconstitutional

Starkville mayor vetoes board’s repeal of non-discrimination resolution

Judge O’Scannlain’s dissent from denial of en banc review in marriage cases

    National Review: Late last Friday, the Ninth Circuit issued an order denying the petitions for rehearing en banc in the Nevada and Idaho marriage cases. The order includes a strong dissent from Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, joined by Judge Johnnie B.Rawlinson and Judge Carlos Bea. (It’s possible that other judges voted for rehearing but chose not to register their votes publicly, but, given the composition of the Ninth Circuit, I doubt that the vote margin was close.) Rawlinson is a Clinton appointee. Given the dissent’s discussion of Loving v. Virginia, I’ll also note that she is African-American.

  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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“Religious liberty” is now a right-wing “dog whistle”

Religious liberty vs. erotic liberty–religious liberty is losing

Strip clubs linked to crime, but ban them? The law’s on their side

Court denies one same-sex marriage case (UPDATED)

Issue same-sex marriage license, lose your salary, Texas bill would tell state employees

War on Poverty: WMass sees link between teen pregnancy, poverty

Study finds more reasons to get and stay married

Supreme Court delays action on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage showdown in the Fifth Circuit on Friday

Sen. Marco Rubio laments court rulings on same-sex marriage

To restore marriage, restore labor unions?

Same-sex spouses of Florida state employees granted health insurance, retirement benefits

Supreme Court to meet again to decide on hearing same-sex marriage

It’s a matter of when, not if, the Supreme Court will tackle same-sex marriage

Miami archbishop warns employees against supporting same-sex marriage, even in a tweet

United Methodists settle complaint against bishop over same-sex wedding

Jeb Bush: We need to ‘show respect’ for both supporters, opponents of same-sex marriage

Women, the pill, and the sexual revolution

Florida bishops respond to state’s change in definition of marriage

Women of mockery

Group planning legal action against DC for banning conversion therapy for same-sex attracted youth

Should pastors stop signing civil marriage certificates?

Florida AG won’t say if she’ll keep pushing marriage law

Florida counties end courthouse ceremonies to avoid performing same-sex weddings

Idaho governor takes fight to defend marriage amendment to U.S. Supreme Court

Family and ‘The Vanishing Neighbor’

    Family Studies: Shifting family structures and the transformation of American community life are typically engaged separately, the assumption being that the thesis of Bowling Alone doesn’t have a lot to do with today’s changing family patterns. And there are many ways in which what goes on between neighbors, within volunteer associations, and through other social networks don’t touch the more enduring bonds within families, which have roots and dynamics internal to themselves. But reading Marc Dunkelman’s updated take on precisely how American community has changed in his 2014 book, The Vanishing Neighbor, I was prompted to ask how the social shifts he observes might be putting the family in a more fluid and uncertain place in the hierarchy of relationships Americans, and particularly young adults, engage today.

  • Posted: 01/06/2015
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The legacy of the libertarian sexual ethic

    Family Studies: My own research with working-class young adults leads me to believe that they have basically made peace with sexual permissiveness—at least outside of marriage—even as they retain some ambivalence about it. They tend to move in quickly with new romantic partners, even as they worry that people rush too quickly into relationships. From survey data, we know that people without a college education have more lifetime sexual partners than those with a college education, and that most of them see no problem with premarital sex.

  • Posted: 01/06/2015
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When an imprisoned parent isn’t home for the holidays

Improving the case for marriage

#YesWomenAndChildren are safer within intact marriages

If the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in 2015, how will evangelicals respond?

Florida set to become 36th same-sex marriage state as judicial hold expires

These Florida clerks will stop performing all courthouse weddings as same-sex marriage battle intensifies

Florida marriage law heads for midnight end

Same-sex marriage prompts call for clergy to shun civil ceremonies