Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Florida may ban minors under 16 from getting married

Study: Divorce has risen to record highs

Attorney sues for Puerto Rican recognition of Mass. same-sex “marriage”

6th Circuit panel extends freeze on Michigan same-sex “marriages”

Baton Rouge’s definition of “family” weighed by Louisiana Supreme Court

    Diana Samuels at The Times-Picayune: “The ordinance says that only a ‘single family’ may rent homes in A-1 zoning districts, the most common residential designation in Baton Rouge. The law defines family as ‘an individual or two or more persons who are related by blood, marriage or legal adoption.’ It restricts more than two unrelated people from renting a home together, and, if the owner of the property lives in the home, prohibits more than four unrelated people from living there. . . . It raises questions, for example, about the effect on gay and lesbian residents. A gay couple with a foster child wouldn’t be allowed to rent a home together under the law.”


  • Posted: 03/25/2014
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World Vision to recognize employees’ same-sex “marriages”

Indiana ends Common Core education standards

R. R. Reno on the real marriage inequality — between rich and poor

    R. R. Reno at First Things: “In sum: in America today the rich have the money and the social capital. They’ve got all the good jobs and the stable marriages that allow them to pass on those advantages to their children. This inequality is so extreme, that even the poor people who get and stay married are getting ground down. Sixty-five percent of rich white Americans self-report that they have happy marriages. Slightly more than 30 percent of poor Americans say the same. Again, that reflects a stark divergence as compared to earlier decades—another growing inequality.”


  • Posted: 03/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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“What Judge Friedman learned about gay families from a lesbian law clerk”

Legal questions abound over same-sex “marriages” in Michigan

AZ Supreme Court: State funds for private schools legal

    AZ Daily Sun: “Arizona’s controversial voucher-like system of using state funds to send children to private and parochial schools is legal, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday. Without comment, the high court refused to disturb a Court of Appeals decision which said the program, officially dubbed ‘empowerment scholarship accounts,’ does not run afoul of a state constitutional provision that bars public funds from being used to subsidize private and parochial schools.”


  • Posted: 03/21/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: azdailysun.com

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Jury sides with family in polygamist sect lawsuit

Russell Shaw: The sexual revolution and the breakdown of marriage

Proposed law would ensure parental rights in Missouri

Federal judge could rule today in Michigan same-sex “marriage,” adoption case

In Oregon marriage case, Judge McShane faces decisions on standing and staying

Kentucky AG on refusal to defend marriage: “I wanted to be on the right side of history”

    Huffington Post: “Conway sat down with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, explaining that when the Kentucky and U.S. constitutions ‘were in conflict,’ he had to act in favor of the U.S. Constitution as ‘the ultimate law of the land.’ ‘I felt like that from a fiscal responsibility standpoint, I didn’t need to be wasting taxpayer resources in a lawsuit that we weren’t going to win or in an appeal that we weren’t going to win,’ Conway said. ‘For the sake of my daughter’s view on my public service in the future, I wanted to be on the right side of history.’”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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Primary victories for Illinois Republicans who backed redefinition of marriage

Notre Dame panel addresses Catholic marriage

    The Observer: “On Monday evening, the Tocqueville Program, the Institute for Church Life, the Gender Relations Center and the Center for Ethics and Culture sponsored a panel discussion entitled ‘Marriage, the Church, and the Common Good: Philosophical, Pastoral, and Social Reflections.’ The panel featured Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, Ron Belgau and Jennifer Roback Morse, who discussed evolving views on sexuality and challenges people face in modern marriages.”


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ndsmcobserver.com

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The hidden cost of surrogacy

Heritage panel: Personal opinion no excuse to abandon marriage laws

    Heritage: “Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost the Virginia governor’s race in November, joined two other legal experts at a Heritage event examining what they regard as a disturbing trend: the willingness of state attorneys general to heed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s advice – and example – by refusing for political reasons to enforce or defend laws with which they disagree. The Friday afternoon event, called ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ also featured Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, and Ed Whelan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.”


  • Posted: 03/17/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Alabama same-sex couple denied divorce will pursue court fight

Gender and the Institutional Nature of Marriage

Judge: Tenn. must recognize 3 same-sex “marriages”

Lawyer in common law divorce suit challenges SC marriage amendment

    WYFF: “A lawsuit filed in Greenville this week could challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Cathy Swicegood, of Mauldin, is seeking a divorce from her female partner of 13 years. But because Swicegood was never legally married, she has no legal protections under South Carolina law . . . ‘We are seeking the courts to issue an order that says both South Carolina laws that ban same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, not only under the South Carolina constitution, but more importantly under the United States constitution,’ he said.”

    South Carolina Amendment 1


  • Posted: 03/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Denny Burk: Why the GOP is embracing same-sex “marriage”

South Dakota couple prepares to challenge marriage amendment

Kentucky governor hires outside counsel for same-sex “marriage” appeal

ACLU sues Florida seeking recognition of out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

W. Bradford Wilcox: Is it time for Catholic Church to accommodate divorce revolution?

    W. Bradford Wilcox at First Things: “There is another reason the Pope and his Church should not simply accommodate this wave: It has taken a devastating toll on the ‘least of these’—especially children and the poor. In the United States, for instance, a recent study of economic mobility for poor children in communities across the nation by Harvard economist Raj Chetty found that “the strongest and most robust predictor [of mobility] is the fraction of children with single parents.” In other words, poor children in the U.S. are much more likely to be trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty if they grow up in communities without strong two-parent families.”


  • Posted: 03/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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“Heightened scrutiny” law of the land under 9th Circuit

Ariz. lawmakers renew push to dump Common Core education standards

    Arizona Daily Star: “Unable to kill outright the Common Core program, state senators now are moving to let schools opt out of the national education standards. On a voice vote Wednesday, the Senate approved SB 1395 and SB 1396. While the wording and methodology are different, both essentially allow local school board and charter school operators to decide they do not want to implement the standards.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: azstarnet.com

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Judge: Same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

Pew: “61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage”

Methodist bishop to end trials for ministers who perform same-sex weddings

Albert Mohler interview on the redefinition of marriage

Will Alabama grant same-sex couple’s request for divorce?

The rich-poor marriage gap in Canada

First Things reviews Gene Robinson’s case for same-sex “marriage”

    Dennis Di Mauro at First Things: “While Robinson served as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, he surprisingly uses far more secular arguments than theological ones. The religious ones he does use are often speculative. Robinson explores the commonly used verses proscribing homosexual sex by referencing Daniel Helminiak’s 1994 book, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. Using Helminiak’s work, he proceeds to reinterpret the verses in Leviticus 18 and 20, Genesis 19, Judges 19, Romans, 1 Cor. 6, and 1 Tim 1. His conclusion? None of these verses deal with homosexuality. They are dismissed as merely divine proscriptions against violence, prostitution, idolatry, or some other sin, or as anthropological remnants of an outdated and bigoted age.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Windsor: the new distortion factor | Walter Weber

Obama should not be afraid to talk about marriage

Arizona senators still don’t back same-sex “marriage”

Judge: Michigan marriage ruling within two weeks

The Atlantic: “The real polygamous, feminist wives of Salt Lake City”

Lee and Rubio working on new “pro-growth, pro-family” tax reform plan

    The Weekly Standard: “The Tax Policy Center, a project of the liberal-leaning Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, released a new analysis this week of Senator Mike Lee’s family-friendly tax reform plan. According to TPC, the Utah Republican’s plan would reduce federal revenues by $2.4 trillion over 10 years, a much larger reduction than suggested by initial estimates.”


  • Posted: 03/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.weeklystandard.com

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Fate of Michigan marriage amendment now rests with federal judge

Florida: federal judge denies motion to dismiss Gay-Straight Alliance suit

Wisconsin: Shorewood adopts transgender student guidelines, protections

Public accommodations provision in Md. transgender rights bill draws outcry

Florida may allow expansion of private school vouchers

“Boston St. Pat’s parade rescinds invite to gay group”

How gender-neutral Bible translations prepared the way for Christian acceptance of same-sex “marriage”

    Louis Markos at The Imaginative Conservative: “I would propose a third cause for why so many Bible-believing Christians are embracing, or at least not openly opposing, the eventual legalization of marriage between people of the same sex. They are doing so because the ground has been carefully laid and watered by a subtle but pervasive change in our cultural perceptions of men and women. Rather than identify, nurture, and celebrate masculinity and femininity as distinct but complementary God-given realities, our culture has been coaxed—by forces within the public school system, the media, the academy, and (alas) the seminary—to view boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives as ultimately interchangeable.”


  • Posted: 03/06/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theimaginativeconservative.org

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Sasha Volokh: North Carolina judge strikes down vouchers

WaPo poll: “Support for same-sex marriage hits new high”

Wyoming couples sue to overturn marriage amendment

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