Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Head Heart Hand: “Instead of saying ‘We can finally get married’, the most common response to the referendum result from both the leaders of the Yes campaign and their considerable army of supporters in the media and political classes has been: ‘Gays have finally been validated.’ All the talk was of ‘recognition’, not marriage.”
National Catholic Reporter: Guam’s archbishop said a judge’s June 5 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. territory was “a defeat” not only “for Christian principles” but “for our island and the whole of humanity.”
USA Today: Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday that gay and lesbian troops for the first time will be protected from discrimination by the same equal opportunity policy that protects other service members.
ERLC: “The ERLC is an indispensable champion for religious freedom and human dignity and a strong, steady voice of hope,” said ADF CEO, Alan Sears. “ADF is honored to partner with the ERLC as fellow servants of churches and Gospel ministers across America who are looking for answers to the challenges against our fundamental freedoms of religion, speech and conscience.”
Conservative Review: There is a deep sense of urgency among the GOP elite in Washington to implement “an Obamacare fix” and place the Republican stamp of approval on subsidies in the event that the Supreme Court invalidates them in King v. Burwell. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there is no such urgency to implement a religious liberty fix in the event that the Court mandates a new civil right for homosexual couples.
Focus on the Family: Many were surprised when Bruce Jenner started appearing in public with long hair, wearing a dress and then announced his decision to “transition into a woman.”
The Daily Signal: Later this month The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on state marriage laws. Here are the three most important things you need to know about the case, and what to do after the Court rules.
The Stream: At one point, there were upward of 50 gender options available for users to choose on Facebook. Things must have changed, because when I checked this morning, it was down to three: male, female and a write-in custom option.
CBN: A Jewish counseling center will defend its right to help clients with unwanted same-sex attraction in a New Jersey courtroom this week.
The Stream: At a moment when many on the left are desperately trying to conjure up enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman president, others on the left want to turn the word “woman” into a term of exclusion and oppression.
Public Discourse: No matter what well-intentioned teachers and administrators believe, LGBT acceptance programs designed by GLSEN and funded by the CDC are designed to encourage kids to question their gender identity and sexual orientation.
The New York Post: As for the broader issue of whether gay and lesbian relationships are even morally acceptable, only 40 percent said yes in 2001. Today that number stands at 63 percent.
The Federalist: Can gays and Christians co-exist in America? As the saying goes, “Can this marriage be saved?” I still hope the answer is yes. But for now, it is very much up in the air—and the answer is no longer in Christians’ hands.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Real people are feeling the effects of the passage of sexual orientation, gender identity nondiscrimination ordinances across the country.
Family Studies: The future of the Healthy Marriage Initiative, which funds relationship education classes and related programming for low-income families, is at risk.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): Thanks to a shortage of women created in part by China’s one-child policy, the country has become a hotbed of human trafficking. Desperate men pay exorbitant rates to marriage brokers who trick women into coming across the border and sell them like slaves.
World Magazine (Subscription Required): Faith-based organizations worry dire consequences could follow the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.
Public Discourse: It’s easy to confuse fundamental rights with intensely-desired goods—and thus to wrongly invest the latter with the moral urgency and primacy of the former.
The Washington Post: “We’re identifying those places where we understand that people are going to need protection on religious-freedom and freedom-of-conscience grounds, and engaging allies in those states,” said Greg Scott, an Alliance spokesman.
Christian News Network: The North Carolina Senate has voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would allow some judges to opt out of participating in same-sex ceremonies.
The Federalist: As a former transgender myself, who underwent all the surgeries in mid-life and lived eight years as the female Laura Jensen, I will take care not to be hurtful. But I have concerns.
The Federalist: A central theme of modern, or third-wave feminism is that women should not be treated merely as sexual objects. A central theme of the trans movement is the presentation of trans women as hypersexual objects. Feminism is not big enough for both of these themes. Either being a woman is essentially defined as being alluring to men, or it isn’t. Either the playboy bunny defines the essence of womanhood, or it doesn’t.
CNS News: As the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges this month, one thing is clearly true: The proverbial cat has officially been let out of the bag in terms of what some people have in mind if the high court does not allow states to affirm the definitions of marriage they have always had.
The New York Times: Reflecting both on Caitlyn né Bruce Jenner and the Gallup data that inspired my own sojourn into polygamy, Damon Linker argues that social conservatives (in particular, his friend and mine Rod Dreher) are wrong to portray the rise of social liberalism as a matter of individualism unbound from all moral restraint. Rather, it represents the triumph of one distinctive moral code, the morality of rights, over another, the morality of ends.
The Christian Institute: The renowned actor and human rights campaigner Sir Patrick Stewart has said that he backs the stand being made by Ashers Baking Company.
The Christian Institute: The SNP Government has been accused of trying to “buy support” for its Named Person plans with a “bribe” for people who attend a training and development event.
The Christian Institute: A senior Roman Catholic bishop has warned that Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme could lead to “unwarranted interference in family life”.
The Christian Institute: Parents in Scotland could be reported to a state-appointed named person if their child has not been shown “love, hope and spirituality”, a senior Government advisor has suggested.
The Christian Institute: An author and family campaigner whose father lived as a woman when she was growing up has spoken out to say that all children need a mum and dad.
The Christian Institute: Alliance Party councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown is to bring a motion calling for the law to change to allow same-sex couples to marry “in Belfast and across Northern Ireland”.
The Independent: Patrick Stewart has weighed into the ‘gay cake’ debate, saying that he supports the right of the Christian bakers to refuse to ice messages they find offensive.
First Things: Though the U.S. Supreme Court is at present considering whether the constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry in civil law, the Court is not obligated to take into consideration the anthropology of Genesis 1-2 as it is received by the New Testament. But any church worthy of the name is indeed obligated to do so.
Family Studies: The vast majority of American children in the child welfare system live with foster families. Yet one in seven of them, and one in three of the system’s teens—close to 57,000 young people in all on a given day—reside in a group setting.
The American Spectator: With all respect to Greg Gutfeld, who I usually agree with, gay marriage is absolutely not a conservative idea. Not unless, as liberals do with marriage, one redefines conservatism.
Public Discourse: Supporters of transgender ideology believe that they are freeing people from restrictive understandings of gender. In reality, the more our society tries to free itself from gender stereotypes, the more it becomes enslaved to them. By saying that people can be born in a body of the wrong gender, transgender activists are saying there is a set of feelings that are only allocated to women and another set for men.
National Review: The public wants the states to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriage: In a February CBS News/New York Times poll, 56 percent of the public wanted the issue decided state-by-state while 38 percent wanted a federal policy.
BBC: The day after Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage almost every German newspaper cover displayed a rainbow.
Legatus Magazine: The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments inObergefell v. Hodges on April 28. As the arguments progressed, countless court watchers, politicos, lawyers, and others (myself included) were glued to their computer screens, eagerly awaiting live-blogged updates on the proceedings from inside the courtroom.
Stand to Reason Blog: As rational human beings, we desire to think consistently about the world, but consistent views aren’t necessarily accurate ones. We can help people think consistently, but we’re rapidly losing our ability to help people think accurately. The problem comes down to a worldview difference.
National Review: With all of the fuss about transgender issues these days–and support–I have been warning that the next stage in radical self-recreationism will be to allow people suffering from the terrible mental illness, body integrity identity disorder (BIID), to have healthy limbs amputated or spinal cords severed to allow an able-bodied sufferer to become the disabled person they know themselves to be.
Remarriage in the United States: If at first they don’t succeed, do most Americans “try, try again”?
Contemporary Families: Wedding season is here again, and for many couples that is literally true. In 2013, 40 percent of all marriages — four out of every ten — were remarriages for either the bride or groom.
The Daily Signal: In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s impending decision on the gay marriage case, Sen. Mike Lee is attempting to protect religious non-profits by passing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from “discriminating” against faith-based institutions.
The Stream: Public opinion on same-sex “marriage” has shifted so quickly that major Democratic candidates for president in 2008 still had to pretend to believe in man-woman marriage (that is, “marriage”). It was only after Joe Biden gave the game away that President Obama officially endorsed same-sex marriage as soon as he did — in May 2012. By that time, a majority of Americans were just starting to tell pollsters they agreed. Now, a mere three years later, only the most stout-hearted public figures can make the man-woman marriage argument that Barack Obama was still making in April 2012.
The Stream: The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance, and tolerance. If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.
The Federalist: For years, a major aim of the sexual revolution has been to deconstruct gender differences as being “social constructs,” mere cultural projections of what maleness and femaleness are and mean. This critique evacuated gender of any physical meaning and reduced it to an existential feeling—a feeling of being male or female, regardless of one’s sexual biology.
Mere Orthodoxy: The torrents of passion the sexual revolution released are now receding, leaving behind the ruins and rubble of broken lives and homes. We once thought we might have all the feelings of love without any of the boundaries; but by trying to set eros free, we instead shattered it.
Public Discourse: Because it reduces the human person into a mere vehicle for abstract rights, liberalism has no language to express the transcendence and sacrifice of human sexuality.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp says it’s up to schools to protect a student’s privacy, safety and dignity.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In the United States, the word “discrimination” comes with a lot of baggage – evoking images of slavery, white-only drinking fountains, and segregated schools.
The Daily Caller: I’m convinced that removing the gender requirement from marriage will expand the power of the state into areas that are currently none of its business and should never be any of its business.
Slate: The exposure of one of the biggest scientific frauds in recent memory didn’t start with concerns about normally distributed data, or the test-retest reliability of feelings thermometers, or anonymous Stata output on shady message boards, or any of the other statistically complex details that would make it such a bizarre and explosive scandal. Rather, it started in the most unremarkable way possible: with a graduate student trying to figure out a money issue.
USA Today: It’s June — the time of year when we’re supposed to hear wedding bells. You know the drill: The invitations start pouring in and you find yourself scrambling to order gifts from registries and block off summer weekends to attend ceremonies and parties.
The New York Times: ON every issue save abortion, social liberalism is suddenly ascendant in America. The shift on same-sex marriage has captured the headlines, but the change is much more comprehensive: In just 15 years, we have gone from being a society divided roughly evenly between progressive and traditionalist visions to a country where social conservatism is countercultural and clearly in retreat.
First Things: Ireland’s recent decision to approve same-sex marriage, by popular referendum, has left the country’s Catholic reputation in ruins.
The Daily Signal: Yesterday, the North Carolina House passed a bill that would protect magistrates who object to performing solemnizing ceremonies for same-sex marriages and clerks who object to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Breitbart: During a recent Vatican conference centered on the challenges women face throughout the world, Pope Francis used the words of Pope Benedict to affirm the link between the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and those regarding social ethics.
Time: An Australian political party has put forward a bill that would make same-sex marriage legal down under.
YouTube (CitizenLink): The Supreme Court is considering redefining marriage. What happens to churches if the court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage? CitizenLink has free resources to help protect your church or ministry. Please visit the following link to download these resources.
Fredericksburg (The Free Lance-Star): The Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization, sent a letter to the Fairfax School Board.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Cities across the U.S. are contemplating new laws that would put “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the same category as race or religion.
Juicy Ecumenism: When the LGBT agenda infects church authorities something has to give: the Gospel or sexual libertarianism. In the case of Dr. Giles Fraser, the priest-in-charge of South London’s St. Mary’s Newington and former canon chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the gospel gave.
The Gospel Coalition: Since the early 2000s, Gallup has tracked Americans’ views of the moral acceptability of various issues and behaviors. The overall trend clearly points toward a higher level of acceptance of a number of behaviors that the Bible clearly condemns. In fact, notes Gallup, the moral acceptability ratings for 10 of the issues measured since the early 2000s are at record highs.
HuffPost: Science magazine officially retracted a major study on same-sex marriage and public opinion on Thursday without the consent of the lead author, UCLA graduate student Michael J. LaCour.
Commentary Magazine: As far as the many on the left are concerned, Senator Marco Rubio’s comments about the possible implications of the acceptance of gay marriage makes more opposition research about the 2016 Republican presidential contender unnecessary.
The Daily Signal: When Maria Harrill was growing up in suburban Maryland in the early 1990s, she kept a journal outlining all the things she’d do when she was a mom.
Public Discourse: Citing tenuous social science that should not (and probably does not) change anyone’s mind merely obscures what people are actually divided over—namely, the purpose of marriage as a social institution.