Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Rand Paul: “I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage”

Illinois: Kane County won’t license same-sex “marriages” before June

Judge refuses to block Wisc. marriage amendment, proposes speedy trial

Colorado governor endorses redefinition of marriage

NM: Curry County judges stop performing marriages, others step in

Illinois AG: County clerks can issue same-sex “marriage” licenses

Western U.S. Republicans to urge 10th Circuit to redefine marriage

Kentucky AG explains refusal to defend marriage amendment

Mark Regnerus testifies in Michigan marriage case

Al Jazeera’s The Stream: Christianity’s culture clash over homosexuality (video)

    Al Jazeera / The Stream: “US Christians are facing a culture clash within their faith over gay rights. In the past few months, seven states have ruled bans on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Growing support for gay rights across the country has Christian churches divided over how to respond. On Monday, The Stream looks at the internal tensions and how they’re playing out in the US and overseas. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.”


  • Posted: 03/04/2014
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Indiana Senate bill clarifies same-sex tax filing language

Mike Gonzalez: The marriage imperative

Kelly Bartlett: Gender, discrimination, and marriage

Same-sex couples claim Utah AG wrongly intervening in adoption cases

Entrusting marriage to liberals/progressives

Mona Charen: The traditional family structure isn’t obsolete

    Mona Charen at National Review: “Examining married parents, Brad Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies finds that most are following a ‘neo-traditional’ pattern. Mothers do nearly 70 percent of the childcare and housework in these households, while fathers do 65 percent of the breadwinning. Though scorned as outmoded, this pattern actually matches women’s preferences. Fifty-three percent of married mothers say that part-time work is ideal, and another 23 percent prefer to be stay-at-home moms.”


  • Posted: 02/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Jonah Goldberg: Celebrate same-sex “marriage” — or else

Utah tells judges to reject adoption petitions filed by same-sex couples

Ilya Somin on implications of Texas marriage ruling

Kentucky ordered to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex “marriage” advocates file brief in Utah case

The Abilene Paradox and manufactured consent on same-sex “marriage”

    Doug Mainwaring at The American Thinker: “The proponents of same sex marriage hope to continue to create a cascade of public approval, where judges, legislators, and voters get caught up in what appears to be an overwhelming, rising tide of consent. The fear of being ‘out of step with friends and neighbors’ ends up eclipsing one’s normal, rational inclination to think and discuss. Political correctness overrides both intellectual inquiry and natural law. Debate is silenced as intellectual curiosity and honesty are deadened.”


  • Posted: 02/26/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.americanthinker.com

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NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes

Romney to Brewer: Veto of religious liberty bill “is right”

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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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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R.R. Reno: The enduring appeal of marriage

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “It’s not an accident that proponents of gay rights have fixed upon marriage. Some say it’s a cynical play for social acceptance: If they can win equality in marriage, then they can win it anywhere. Undoubtedly true, but superficial. The mystery of marriage conducts a powerful electrical current. It not only legitimates same-sex relationships; it also answers a basic human need for permanence, for union with another, for family, for a place to stand in the terrible flux of human life.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.canonandculture.com

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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

    Dennis Prager at Townhall: “All these judges have a hubris that is simply breathtaking. They not only know that they read the Constitution more accurately than the vast majority of the residents of many of America’s states, but they are also entirely comfortable with forcing great majorities of Americans to accept this new definition of marriage. That it is conceit rather than legal reasoning is easily shown when one peruses the opinions of these judges.”


  • Posted: 02/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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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

    Francis J. Beckwith at The Catholic Thing: “The only way to resolve these disputes is for the state to intervene. What to do with children, property, state residency, freedom of movement, etc. when marital relationships break down are public issues. They are not private ones. Consequently, in such a privatization of marriage scenario, the state would actually become more intrusive into ecclesial matters than it is at present.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thecatholicthing.org

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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Fathers sue Utah over law allowing mothers to secretly give up babies for adoption

    FOX News: “A dozen men are suing the state of Utah in federal court because of a law that allows mothers to put their babies up for adoption without the biological father’s consent, or sometimes even knowledge. The civil rights lawsuit claims the Utah Adoption Act has resulted in what amounts to ‘legalized fraud and kidnapping.’”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.foxnews.com

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

    The Denver Post: “The Senate education committee Thursday night rejected a bill that would slam the brakes on the Colorado Academic Standards, including the Common Core and the testing adopted with it, after six hours of passionate pleas from both sides to do right by students. Senate Bill 136, sponsored by Fort Collins Republican Vicki Marble, would have delayed testing for a year while an independent task force examined both the standards and a cost-analysis of implementation.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.denverpost.com

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Louisiana: “Same-sex couple clear adoption hurdle”

How to save marriage in America

    The Atlantic: “American marriage is not dying. But it is undergoing a metamorphosis, prompted by a transformation in the economic and social status of women and the virtual disappearance of low-skilled male jobs. The old form of marriage, based on outdated social rules and gender roles, is fading. A new version is emerging—egalitarian, committed, and focused on children.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Young Hoosiers believe marriage is not subject to whims of time

Virginia AG asks court to note Kentucky marriage ruling

Wendy Davis backs redefinition of marriage

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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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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AZ: Push to expand school vouchers for private, parochial schools moves forward in House

The rise of cohabitation