Category Archives: Marriage & Family

How same-sex “marriage” ends family autonomy

    Stella Morabito at The Federalist: “Abolishing all civil marriage is the primary goal of the elites who have been pushing same sex marriage. The scheme called ‘marriage equality’ is not an end in itself, and never really has been. The LGBT agenda has spawned too many other disparate agendas hostile to the existence of marriage, making marriage ‘unsustainable,’ if you will. By now we should be able to hear the growing drumbeat to abolish civil marriage, as well as to legalize polygamy and all manner of reproductive technologies.”


  • Posted: 04/09/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Ohio governor reaffirms opposition to redefinition of marriage

Royal Oak asks AG Schuette to stop appeal on same-sex “marriage” ruling

IRS guidance on qualified retirement plans and same-sex spouses

Utah same-sex “marriage” debate shifts to appeals court Thursday

More moms stay home with their children

Utah’s lawyers have the resolve to defend traditional marriage

Ohio Rep. repeats call for impeachment of Judge Timothy Black over marriage rulings

Mormons stand firm on marriage

    Associated Press: “A top Mormon leader reiterated the church’s opposition to gay marriage Saturday during the church’s biannual general conference. ‘While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not,’ said Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve. ‘He designated the purpose of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults to, more importantly, advancing the ideal setting for children to be born, reared and nurtured.’”


  • Posted: 04/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: durangoherald.com

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Michigan asks 6th Circuit for quicker ruling in marriage case

Georgia parents sue state over private school scholarship program

The complex risks associated with cohabitation

    Family Studies: “In my first piece on Arielle Kuperberg’s study on cohabitation that got so much media attention, I focused on broad conceptual issues. In this piece, I am going to focus on more technical matters. While I remain impressed with aspects of Kuperberg’s study, I have concerns about some of the conclusions that can be drawn from the work. To recap, she showed that some of the risk of cohabiting is related to the age at which partners move in together, with those beginning to cohabit at a young age (just like those marrying at a young age) being at a higher risk for divorcing the partner with whom they cohabited prior to marriage. That’s an important finding, but I do not believe that it explains everything that is associated with risk in some patterns of relationship development that are associated with cohabitation before marriage.”


  • Posted: 04/03/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Alabama House approves call to put traditional marriage in U.S. Constitution

“Legal fight over dead gay man’s estate: his mom, 75, vs. his husband”

Judge to hear request to immediately force Indiana to recognize couple’s same-sex “marriage”

Utah governor signs bill to beef up adoption rules

Mozilla boss toughs out backlash over opposition to same-sex “marriage”

Alvaré on Windsor and a federal definition of marriage

Oregon same-sex “marriage” ballot measure backers ask judge to make quick decision

Same-sex Key West couple files suit against Florida’s marriage amendment

Ypsilanti City Council may ask Michigan to lift stay on same-sex “marriage”

W. Bradford Wilcox: Why are families getting poorer when women’s wages are rising?

    W. Bradford Wilcox at The Atlantic: “What gives? What accounts for the paradox that women’s income is rising across the board yet family income is falling for the bottom 40 percent of families? Mainly, to paraphrase Hanna Rosin, the end of marriage and men in working-class and poor communities across the nation, coupled with the fact that maternal labor-force participation has plateaued since the 1990s. That is, a dramatic retreat from marriage, declines in men’s employment and income, and a leveling off of maternal labor-force participation have all combined to limit the income available to lower-income families, and to offset the increases in women’s income documented in this new report.”


  • Posted: 04/01/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Reihan Salaam: Tax the childless

    Reihan Salaam at Slate: “By shifting the tax burden from parents to nonparents, we will help give America’s children a better start in life, and we will help correct a simple injustice. We all benefit from the work of parents. Each new generation reinvigorates our society with its youthful vim and vigor. . . . The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that raising a child born in 2012 will cost a middle-income family a cumulative total of $301,970 over 18 years.”


  • Posted: 04/01/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Prof. Regnerus says Michigan judge showed bias in ruling allowing same-sex “marriage”

The problem with same-sex “marriage” and procreation

La. bill barring housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity fails

Boy Scouts of America revoke membership of “openly gay” troop leader

Same-sex divorce filings challenge Indiana’s marriage laws

GOP wrestles with its stance on same-sex “marriage”

10th Circuit panel selected for Utah marriage case

Quinnipiac poll: 50% of Virginia voters favor same-sex “marriage”

Opponents in Utah, Okla. same-sex “marriage” lawsuits clash over impact on kids

Ex-FLDS man wins child custody case involving Warren Jeffs

Ohio couple drops lawsuit over marriage amendment

Conservative group claims harm from Missouri same-sex couples filing joint tax returns

Evangelical leader shows how GOP can finesse same-sex “marriage”

Mozilla’s new CEO faces calls to resign over Prop 8 donation

    Ars Technica: “The internal response began this morning with two tweets from Mozilla Open Badges project lead Chris McAvoy. ‘I love @mozilla but I’m disappointed this week,’ McAvoy said, referring to the controversial decision to appoint Eich as CEO after he had donated thousands to both California’s Proposition 8 and political candidates who supported it.”


  • Posted: 03/28/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: arstechnica.com

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Same-sex couple married in Mass. will argue for a divorce in Florida

Michigan Congressional Democrats seek federal recognition of same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex couple “married” in Iowa asks Nebraska court to allow divorce

Legislator files proposed amendment to allow same-sex “marriage” in Missouri

David Harsanyi: Vouchers are not about Creationism

9th Circuit could reconsider whether “anti-gay” laws get more closely scrutinized by courts

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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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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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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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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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