Category Archives: Marriage & Family

MO: Boone County to accept out-of-state same-sex “marriage” licenses

Briefing set for Virginia marriage appeal in 4th Circuit

Trial may redefine Michigan’s marriage amendment, adoption laws

Kay Hymowitz: As nonmarital births rise, women becoming more likely to plan pregnancies

    Kay Hymowitz at Family Studies: “Liberals presume structural forces—poverty, a dearth of marriageable men, and limited access to contraception and abortion—explain the rise in unmarried childbearing of the past half-century. These factors matter, but only up to a point. There’s no way to understand what’s happened to the family without looking at cultural changes as well. A growing number of Americans view having a child and getting married as two entirely unrelated life choices. We shouldn’t be surprised to find that people actually act on their beliefs.”

  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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R.R. Reno: The enduring appeal of marriage

California Methodists move to allow same-sex “marriages” despite church doctrine

Advocates of same-sex “marriage” seek ballot measure to repeal Ohio marriage amendment

Where the courts are on Nevada’s marriage amendment

Setting the stage for the Loving of our time | Charleston L. Rev.

Same-sex couples allowed to wed in Cook County, Illinois

Uproar over McConnell challenger’s comments on legal implications of same-sex “marriage”

Pa. lawyers defend state’s marriage amendment

Maxie Dunnam: Can we trust the United Methodist Church on marriage?

    Maxie Dunnam at Canon & Culture: “Can we trust the church in its understanding of marriage? If we can’t, then what can we trust the church with? . . . In his teaching, Jesus Christ underscored the importance and sacredness of lifelong marriage between one woman and one man. . . . This is the corporate, and continuing witness of the Church throughout history. We need to keep in mind that how we think must not be restricted to random feelings and even individual interpretation of Scripture. We need to be in harmony with the whole Body of Christ and all the saints now and forever.”

  • Posted: 02/20/2014
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The rights of children: biology matters

Alaska AG: State will continue to defend marriage amendment

Same-sex “marriage” advocates denied marriage licenses in Philadelphia

Idaho couples ask judge to rule on same-sex “marriage”

Nine couples seek to overturn Colorado’s marriage amendment

Polygamy bill yanked from the Utah legislature

“Up for polyamory? Creating alternatives to marriage”

Second judge ponders Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban

Manufacturing consent on same-sex “marriage”

Brian Brown: Judge Wright Allen’s wrong

Indiana moves closer to constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage”

More states likely to ban sexual-orientation change therapy

Dennis Prager: Judicial hubris is winning in marriage debate

Va. marriage ruling prompts little reaction from Cuccinelli

Washington to convert domestic partnerships into “marriages”

Indiana: State Senate expected to vote on HJR3 today

Federalism as a Way Station: Windsor as Exemplar of Doctrine in Motion

Couples ask judge to allow same-sex “marriage” in Kentucky

Francis J. Beckwith: Why privatizing marriage can’t work

Mississippi legislature adopts innovative education-choice program

New Report: Majority of U.S. teens don’t live in intact families

    Heritage: “The Index of Belonging and Rejection released this week from the Family Research Council (FRC) reveals a dismaying statistic about the state of American families: 55 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds in America do not live in intact families. Further, more than 40 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, and one in three children live in single-parent homes. If Americans are concerned about the next generation, it’s time to strengthen marriage.”

  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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Fathers sue Utah over law allowing mothers to secretly give up babies for adoption

Bill to slow Colorado’s adoption of Common Core dies in committee

Louisiana: “Same-sex couple clear adoption hurdle”

How to save marriage in America

Young Hoosiers believe marriage is not subject to whims of time

Virginia AG asks court to note Kentucky marriage ruling

Nevada groups launch push to redefine marriage

Judge issues no decision on Texas marriage amendment

How marital history, not just marital status, affects your health

    Laurie DeRose at Family Studies: “The life course perspective that he takes uncovers more subtle differences than the well-known facts that single mothers face disadvantages and that cohabitation does not carry all the benefits of marriage. For instance, Barban found that early childbearing and early cohabitation are associated with poorer self-reported health, more depression, and more risk behaviors (drinking and smoking), but early marriage is not. Also, short cohabitations followed by marriage do not seem to compromise health, but long-term cohabitations as well as repeated cohabitations do. More generally, lots of family transitions are bad for health, but with an important exception: normative transitions in a traditional sequence enhance health status.”

  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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Gerard V. Bradley: Eric Holder and the spirit of Windsor

Judge to hear challenge to Texas marriage protection amendment

Reno: Marriage, sex, and politics

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “Gay rights and sexual liberation more broadly are relatively cost-free commitments for today’s Democratic Party. . . . No rhetoric is too extreme, because it’s not in the slightest degree politically dangerous. The sorts of people who don’t want gay marriage are already on the other side. The Selma Analogy is an easy applause line in the current Democratic Party coalition. . . . Prosecuting a culture war that powerful business interests either agree with or think irrelevant provides a point of unity and feel-good commitment that helps party leaders avoid divisive issues. That’s why same-sex marriage and all it represents has become so important in domestic politics today, or at least a significant part of the reason why.”

  • Posted: 02/11/2014
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AZ: Push to expand school vouchers for private, parochial schools moves forward in House

The rise of cohabitation

Bradford Wilcox: No, Christianity is not bad for marriage

PA: Home schooler’s mom sues for son to play on Christian school’s sports team

“Idaho Supreme Court sides with Boise lesbian couple in adoption case”

Mormon church to weigh in on Utah marriage protection amendment

Indiana: Senate rules committee to debate marriage protection amendment

Federal funds to foster healthy marriage have little effect, study finds

Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy? | North Carolina Law Review

Hymowitz: How single motherhood hurts kids

AZ: Legislation would add hurdle for divorced parents who have custody of their kids to move

Peter Sprigg: States should retain power to define marriage

Chevy Olympic ads feature same-sex couples

Harvard Law professor: “Legal lions Boies and Olson set back gay marriage”

Senator says attorney in Utah marriage case has conflict of interest

Same-Sex Divorce | California Law Review

National Review: Save the charter schools

The negative effects of absent fathers

    Anna Sutherland at Family Studies: “Growing up without a father—whether that’s due to divorce, a nonmarital birth, or a father’s death—is associated with a host of negative effects. But given that children from low-income families, for instance, are more likely to live apart from their father in the first place, it can be hard to tell to what extent an absent father causes the problems that father absence is associated with, and to what extent other factors related to both family structure and child outcomes (like household income) are to blame.”

  • Posted: 02/04/2014
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Olson and Boies seek role in two same-sex “marriage” cases

Polygamy bill held up pending Utah legal case

Indiana: Senate panel schedules marriage ban hearing

“10th Circuit rejects request from 3 gay couples”

Ranking Oregon House Republican supports redefinition of marriage

Minnesota: Supporting redefinition of marriage brings in campaign cash

Va. House OKs measure to defend marriage protection amendment