Category Archives: Marriage & Family

PS, Justice Kennedy: Same-sex marriage isn’t good for kids

Children raised by same-sex couples may do worse when the couples marry

Preview on same-sex marriage — Part IV, Supporting the states

Preview on same-sex marriage — Part III, Supporting the couples

Preview on same-sex marriage — Part II, The states’ views

Preview on same-sex marriage — Part I, The couples’ views

Commentary: ‘Accommodation’ is not a dirty word

New Jersey reparative therapy ban is upheld over boy’s challenge

Third Circuit again rejects challenge to New Jersey reparative therapy ban

The jujitsu of same-sex marriage

    First Things: There has been no want of “writing on the wall” about the upcoming cases on marriage. Justice Clarence Thomas could not help but remark on the point that a majority of his colleagues had already, and gracelessly, signaled their “intended resolution of that question.” And yet, writers and lawyers on both sides continue to expend their genius in writing briefs for the Court, clinging to the possibility that the words they set down may yet tip the balance.

  • Posted: 04/17/2015
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Same-sex weddings: What would Rick Santorum do?

American views of same-sex marriage are divided by faith and friendship

Chart: Amicus briefs from opponents of same-sex marriage

The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage

Redefining marriage would put kids of heterosexuals at risk

California Appeals Court: No duty to warn congregants of child molester

How your marital status affects your taxes

Judge cuts legal fees in Alaska same-sex marriage case

“Conservative’ judicial activism for same-sex marriage: With amici like these, who needs enemies?

The Christian baker’s conscience

The culture degrades, but truth endures

Christians as homophobic bigots – every good fairly tale needs a big bad wolf

Obama calls for laws banning conversion therapy

Progressives spurn science in denying emotional harm caused by same-sex parenting

    Aleteia: When a British science journal published an American study in January showing that emotional problems are more than twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents, nobody expected the author, or the journal editors, to escape criticism. The “consensus” within the social science establishment is that the kids being raised by same-sex couples are doing fine, and will do even better if these parents are allowed to marry. Any researcher who finds anything different must be wrong, incompetent and homophobic.

  • Posted: 04/09/2015
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Obama calls for end to ‘conversion’ therapies

What’s a conscience worth?

Obama calls for end to ‘conversion’ therapy for youths

Colorado Senate kills bill to ban conversion therapy for minors

Gordon College accuses activists of discriminating against its Christian students

No right to Bible-themed cake, court rules

Naive young evangelicals and the illiberal DNA of the gay rights movement

Must Christianity change its sexual ethics? History may hold the key

Celibate gay Christian leader urges faithful to ‘normalize’ committed friendships

Chaplain Alliance defends conscience at Supreme Court

Kirsten Powers: Same-sex marriage debate’s sore winners

Heads LGBTs win, tails Christians lose

Cyberbullying is wrong – but so is adultery

Mormon leaders laud ‘traditional families,’ warn against ‘counterfeit’ lifestyles

A note from Creator Cakes

Fund raises $840,000 for Memories Pizza after attacks over same-sex marriage views

First, they call us bigots…

Tim Cook, mainstream media, and the LGBT brigade

Hyping same-sex marriage deep in the heart of Texas

    First Things: Texas is a big place, and as Robert Wuthnow has recently reminded us in Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State, it has an oversized role in matters of religion and politics. That is one reason why the recent Texas Monthly cover story of falling head over heels for gay marriage struck me as significant. Now, a month later, the reviews are in. The April “Roar of the Crowd” letters section describes a “voluminous inrush of response,” often including the magazine itself, returned in protest. The staff seems likely, however, to take the rebuke as a badge of honor.

  • Posted: 04/01/2015
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When families fragment, honor the suffering

    Family Studies: If we want to empower young people like Toby, we have to start by honoring their suffering. By that I mean that someone has to know Toby’s name, create a safe space for him to tell his story, and connect him to other communities with webs of belonging, as well as to professionals (for instance, therapists, clergy, and substance abuse counselors) that can help. This process gives a person the experience of “feeling felt,” in psychiatrist Daniel Siegel’s phrase.

  • Posted: 04/01/2015
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Millennial motherhood: Connected but lonely

Yes, your time as a parent does make a difference

Marriage in decline: No big deal? Three reasons Yglesias is wrong

Kentucky argues marriage law not biased

“I was a transgender woman”

The Church as the last defender of the power of human reason

    Aleteia: Even accounting for the use of the pejorative “fundamentalist” to mean “people who have religious reasons to disagree with me,” the fundamentalist spirit remains a problem. Christians can be vigilant and rigorous in enforcing the rules, and social ideals they confuse with the rules, but not so vigilant and rigorous in imitating the Savior who ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. The world is right to call us out on this.

  • Posted: 04/01/2015
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Supreme Court veteran, first-time advocate to argue for same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage, state-by-state

Yes, tyranny is a fitting word

Same-sex marriage isn’t about justice, it’s about Selma envy

Judicial tyranny unMoored

School district violates Christian college students’ rights, civil rights official says

Preach from the rooftops: Evangelium Vitae at Twenty

When my father told me he wanted to be a woman

Gordon College reaffirms ban on students, faculty engaging in extramarital sex, homosexuality

The girl with two mommies

Toward a graciously historic sexual ethic

Dolce & Gabbana under fire for defending the traditional family

Helping religious leaders retrieve their voices on marriage

    Family Studies: I’ve long believed marriage can be strengthened, and nonmarital birth rates measurably reduced, if we find ways of taking greater advantage of our nation’s religious institutions and traditions. More than a few observers think I’m wrong for thinking as I do: some because they gauge the power of faith as insufficient in such matters, and others because they believe marriage as we have come to know it in the United States and other key parts of the world is beyond rescue.

  • Posted: 03/20/2015
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Marriage law shouldn’t permit ‘poisonous’ polygamy, says ex-FLDS member

South Dakotans believe FLDS polygamist group wants to expand

For Christian millennials, same-sex marriage debate produces new views on morality

Oklahoma plan to restrict same-sex marriage may backfire

Attorneys battle over who will argue for same-sex marriage in Supreme Court

Alabama federal judge declines to lift same-sex marriage order

Alabama judge urges quick action if same-sex marriage wins

Prominent San Francisco evangelical church drops celibacy requirement for same-sex couples

Where Christian churches, other religious stand on same-sex marriage