FRC’s Leo Johnson: Showing The Love

Economic Independence Is Transforming India’s Marriage Culture

Has marriage gotten too expensive?

Women More Likely Than Men to Support Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

85% Think Christian Photographer Has Right to Turn Down Same-Sex Wedding Job | Rasmussen

BBC to air kids’ show on ‘gay marriage’

The more siblings, the longer your marriage will last

Sen. Marco Rubio: Prayer in Congress proves freedom of religion

“Conservative Christians try to build a new national scouting organization after Boy Scouts of America votes to accept openly gay members” | Dallas Morning News

“Nigerian bishops warn against legalization of same-sex marriage”

Santorum challenges Tea Party’s focus on economic issues

“Ted Cruz Steals Rick Santorum’s Thunder Among Iowa Evangelicals” | Caffeinated Thoughts

UK: No. of over 60s getting divorce up by three quarters

A high divorce rate means it’s time to try ‘wedleases’

Hispanics lean strongly Democratic regardless of place of birth, Gallup finds

Abortion Polls Test the Conscience of a Church

“Abortion and gay rights: Wisconsin looks like a red state”

Will the Millennial generation have the lowest marriage rate in history?

    Helen Smith at PJ Media: Add this all together and marriage is not in the cards for many men today, or is so stressful, it is only for the more educated and affluent who can delegate some of these tasks to others. With fewer career prospects and higher expectations of marriage, the average guy this age may just opt out and decide that marriage is not an option. And divorce is more expensive than ever and filled with more uncertainty for men.

  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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“Gay marriage and U.S. evangelicals: conciliatory tone, traditional doctrine”

Washington Post Gets it Wrong on Freedom, Homeschooling | Scott Woodruff at HSLDA

Redefine Marriage, Debase Language? | Ryan T. Anderson at NRO

Black Conservatives, Pastors and Concerned Citizens to Gather in Chicago Suburb to Discuss Plight of the Black Family

Arab elites push back political Islam

Pediatricians should decorate office with pictures of gay couples: Medical group

UK: Fear of intolerance ‘stops children playing out’

Gallup: Most in U.S. Want Marriage, but Its Importance Has Dropped

Pew Study: More Millenials Are Living With Parents

More U.S. companies buckle under LGBT pressure | World Magazine

Portsmouth Bishop on England’s New Definition of Marriage

American women who attend religious services have the largest families, study finds

Why are millennials leaving church? Try atheism

These Stats Paint the Right Picture | Nathan Cherry at the Engage Family Blog

Who Am I to Judge? The Pope, the Press, and the Predicament | Albert Mohler, Jr.

Return to paganism increasing in England

4 Reasons Being Happily Married Could Make You A Better CEO | Forbes

    Steve Cooper at Forbes: One thing that has been consistent over the years, however, is how beneficial a happy marriage is to a person’s health—including mental, physical, financial and other ways. If you really want to excel in the boardroom, take care of your needs and responsibilities in your own living room first. Here are four reasons that being happily married could make you a better CEO.

  • Posted: 07/31/2013
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U.S. Marriage Rates Keep Declining | Scientific American

U.S. more polarized on abortion; opposition grows in South

Rasmussen: Men Are Still Chief Breadwinners in Most Relationships

Gallup: “In U.S., 52% Back Law to Legalize Gay Marriage in 50 States”

Alito Shrugged: Libertarianism has won over the Supreme Court conservatives

WSJ/NBC Poll: Americans support ban on late term abortions: 44%-37%

Obama celebrates Ramadan: ‘Islam has contributed to the character’ of US

55% See Marriage As Very Important To U.S. Society

Even Democrats Agree | World Magazine

What Must Be Done for the Future of Marriage | Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation

“How Gay Marriage Became Legitimate: A revisionist history of a social revolution” | Richard A. Posner at The New Republic

Sex, money and lies: ‘Culture of Corruption’ boomerangs on Democrats as scandals blossom nationwide

Supreme Court Clerks Ten Years Later

    Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy: As Derek notes, there are some very interesting trends based on ideology, too. Consider the career paths of the 16 who clerked for what we might call the liberal-ish Justices (Stevens, Souter, Breyer and Ginsburg). In my experience, all of the 16 members of that group are identifiably left-of-center. Of the group, 9 of the 16 are academics and 8 of the 9 are at “Top 14″ schools. You see a different path with the 19 who clerked for conservative-ish Justices (Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas). They tended to be a more politically diverse group, with probably about 70% identifiably right-of-center. Of the 19 clerks in that group, only 6 became academics and only 1 of the 6 is at a “Top 14″ school.

  • Posted: 07/24/2013
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“Only 24% of Americans aware that religious freedom is 1st Amendment right”

Mary Ann Glendon and the Structure of Religious Freedom | Richard W. Garnett at Public Discourse

Russian Orthodox leader vows to continue battle against ‘gay propaganda’

For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1

The Last Days of Biglaw

Quinnipiac Poll: “50% of Virginians surveyed back same sex marriage”

Worth Worrying About? Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom | Richard W. Garnett at Commonweal

    Rick Garnett at Commonweal: However, as religious liberty increasingly comes to be seen as something clung to by a few rather than cherished and exercised by many, as religious traditions and teachings start to strike many as the expensive and even dangerous concerns of quirky, alien margin-dwellers, and as the “benefits” of allowing religious believers’ objections or religious institutions’ independence to stand in the way of the majority’s preferred policies begin to look more like extractions by small special-interest groups than broadly shared public goods, we should expect increasing doubts about whether religious liberty is really “worth it.” We should be concerned that the characterization by the majority in Windsor of DOMA’s purpose and of the motives of the overwhelming and bipartisan majority of legislators that supported it reflects a view that those states—and religious communities—that reject the redefinition of marriage are best regarded as backward and bigoted, unworthy of respect. Such a view is not likely to generate compromise or accommodation and so it poses a serious challenge to religious freedom.

  • Posted: 07/19/2013
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Survey: Do Americans Believe Capitalism and Government are Working?

“Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage” | ABC (AP)

UK: Challenge issues to Archbishop over Lords vote on marriage redefinition

Public schools can be fixed by ending compulsory attendance law

Surprise, surprise! Thoughtful and largely accurate New York Times story on abortion polling

44% Favor Ban on Abortion After 20 Weeks, 41% Oppose

“Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says”

Are Women Wired Sexually Like Men? | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at Huffington Post

“Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage”

Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty | Heritage Foundation

Marriage May Calm a Criminal Impulse in Men

Defining ‘Traditional Marriage,’ Not Redefining It | Sarah Prager at the Huffington Post

Marriage Survey From Reveals Men’s Attitudes On Marriage | Huffington Post

British House of Commons Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage; Authorizes Study of Humanist Ceremonies

When the Oppressed are Oppressors: The Breakdown of the Black Family

On the Claim that Separation Strengthens Religion

    Marc O. DeGirolami at the Center for Law and Religion Forum: One hears this kind of “fascinating paradox” claim frequently, but what’s much more fascinating is that one hears it from both conservative and progressive quarters. For conservatives it reinforces the myth of special American religious vigor that Americans like to tell themselves is a vital source of their collective civic health. For progressives it represents a distinctively American and putatively “pro-religion” argument for keeping religion as far away from politics as possible. American exceptionalism may be out of favor in elite circles, but this particular strain of it dies hard. The claim is that religion is so vibrant in America only because (or uniquely because) it is so pure, so separate from public institutions.

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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Is Family Decline Behind Religious Decline?

    Christianity Today: According to Mary Eberstadt, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, it has a lot to do with the fact that fewer young people are getting married and having kids. And if they do finally settle down to start a family, it’s much later than it used to be. For Eberstadt, there’s an intrinsic link between faith and family, and the decline of the family in Western society has a lot to do with the shrinking size of our churches. In fact, that’s How the West Really Lost God, as the title of her new book puts it.

  • Posted: 07/16/2013
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