Category Archives: Marriage & Family

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

    LA Times: “The federal government will have spent roughly $800 million on its Healthy Marriage Initiative . . . But the initiative does not seem to have changed state marriage or divorce rates. Between 2000 and 2010, marriage rates continued to dwindle as the federal money poured into local programs, according to new research from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy? | North Carolina Law Review

Hymowitz: How single motherhood hurts kids

    Kay Hymowitz at The New York Times: “Single-parent families are not the same in the United States as elsewhere. Simply put, unmarried parents here are more likely to enter into parenthood in ways guaranteed to create turmoil in their children’s lives. The typical American single mother is younger than her counterpart in other developed nations. She is also more likely to live in a community where single motherhood is the norm rather than an alternative life choice.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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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”

    Noah Feldman at Bloomberg: “What there isn’t is room for Olson and Boies, two accomplished, intelligent and perfectly charming people who have lumbered into an extremely sensitive and complex area of legal activism in which they are, frankly, newcomers. Their Proposition 8 efforts substantiate this problem. Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit wrote an opinion in the Prop 8 case that was designed to avoid Supreme Court review — because he himself, a former colleague of Kennedy’s and the maestro of pushing the constitutional envelope, judged that the Supreme Court was not quite ready. When the case went before the Supreme Court anyway, Olson and Boies pushed the claim for universal gay rights instead of emphasizing Reinhardt’s narrow holding. They had to — because they were in it for the historic judgment, not to win a one-off case for their clients.”


  • Posted: 02/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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

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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

Is “sex worker” a legitimate phrase?

Monogamy made us human

Court upholds Hawaii law permitting same-sex “marriage”

Suit against VA marriage amendment gains class action status

Marriage shift has Kansas right scrambling for legislative solutions

Liberalism’s biggest lie: If you like your morality, you can keep it

Ed Whelan: The Maine Supreme Court’s bathroom mess

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence wants voters to decide on same-sex “marriage” ban

Utah AG joins other states in defending Nevada’s ban same-sex “marriage”

Arkansas seeks to toss federal lawsuit challenging voter-approved law banning same-sex “marriage”

Patrick J. Deneen: Corporatism and same-sex “marriage” are natural bedfellows

Maine Supreme Court rules in favor of transgender student in Orono school bathroom case

Blue Cross of North Carolina to offer family policies to same-sex couples

Kansas: Measures introduced to end ban on same-sex “marriage”

Judge: Most of suit challenging WV marriage protection amendment can proceed

Court to allow Utah lengthier brief in same-sex “marriage” appeal

VA: “Bill banning gay conversion therapy fails in House”

“MA man files discrimination complaint, claims job offer rescinded over same-sex spouse”

Marriage is not just for rich people

VA: Herring explains decision to fight marriage protection amendment

Ross Douthat: Social liberalism as class warfare

    Ross Douthat at the New York Times: “Is it just a coincidence that this self-interested elite holds the nearly-uniformly liberal views on social issues that it does? Is it just random that the one idea binding the post-1970s upper class together — uniting Wall Street’s Randians and Harvard’s academic socialists, a left-leaning media and a right-leaning corporate sector, the libertarians of Silicon Valley and the liberal rich of the Upper West Side — is a hostility to any kind of social conservatism, any kind of morals legislation, any kind of paternalism on issues of sex and marriage and family? Is the upper class’s social liberalism the lone case, the rare exception, where our self-segregated, self-interested elites really do have the greater good at heart?”


  • Posted: 01/30/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: mobile.nytimes.com

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Nebraska: Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

SD: Brookings County clarifies policy on same-sex “marriage” benefits

Judge denies adoption to avoid undermining N.Y. same-sex “marriage” law

Utah bill would let residents support marriage amendment on tax form

ACLU suit against Utah’s marriage amendment moves to federal court

Wilcox: Obama should have talked about marriage

Oklahoma marriage appeal will be put on fast track

9th Circuit grants 30-day rehearing extension in “sexual orientation in jury selection” case

Indiana House amends HJR-3, possibly delaying referendum

The dubious promise of universal preschool

    David J. Armor and Sonia Sousa at National Affairs: “The evidence suggests that we aren’t exactly sure what kind of program would succeed in leveling the playing field for low-income children. A review of the research on Head Start and other preschool programs, with a rigorous consideration of the benefits claimed by these programs and an informed cost-benefit analysis, must therefore be undertaken before the federal government spends billions of dollars on a new, untested program.”


  • Posted: 01/27/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalaffairs.com

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Fighting family breakdown will take more than contraception

CBS airs same-sex “weddings” during Grammy awards

    LifeSiteNews: “‘Same Love’ was nominated for Song of the Year at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, but lost out to Lorde’s ‘Royals.’ But it’s the on-stage performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis that had people talking Monday morning, after 33 couples – many of them gay and lesbian – got legally ‘married’ during the performance, with rap artist Queen Latifah presiding.”


  • Posted: 01/27/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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Ross Douthat: More imperfect unions

“Gay-rights movement in uncharted territory” with Judge Reinhardt’s “heightened scrutiny” decision

Sen. Alexander to file bill encouraging school choice

Second Circuit to hear same-sex custody case in Conn.

Utah: Religious freedom and anti-bias bills announced at pro-traditional marriage gathering

Alaska senator: Same-sex “marriage” inevitable

Republicans slam Virginia AG Herring’s decision to attack marriage protection amendment

“Second sentence” becomes focus in Indiana marriage fight

“Utah governor says he’s open to civil unions, but must defend same-sex ban”

Virginia AG won’t defend “unconstitutional” marriage amendment

Harvard study: Family is most important factor in social mobility

    W. Bradford Wilcox at Slate: “Of all the factors most predictive of economic mobility in America, one factor clearly stands out in their study: family structure. By their reckoning, when it comes to mobility, ‘the strongest and most robust predictor is the fraction of children with single parents.’ They find that children raised in communities with high percentages of single mothers are significantly less likely to experience absolute and relative mobility.” The study is here.


  • Posted: 01/23/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Judge consolidates challenges to Oregon’s marriage amendment

Supreme Court struggles to determine child pornography restitution

Judge rules Kansas sperm donor owes child support to same-sex couple

OK: Edmond lawmaker files bill for second vote to uphold traditional marriage

ACLU sues Utah for not recognizing same-sex “marriages”

Supreme Court hears case on child pornography restitution