Mohler: Caesar, coercion, and the Christian conscience

Briefing set for Virginia marriage appeal in 4th Circuit

County clerk asks 10th Circuit to uphold Okla. marriage amendment

Holder says state attorneys general not obligated to defend marriage amendments

“Lawyers: Gay marriage a detriment to children” | AP

Trial may redefine Michigan’s marriage amendment, adoption laws

Brief in Okla. marriage amendment lawsuit expected | AP

Kay Hymowitz: As nonmarital births rise, women becoming more likely to plan pregnancies

    Kay Hymowitz at Family Studies: “Liberals presume structural forces—poverty, a dearth of marriageable men, and limited access to contraception and abortion—explain the rise in unmarried childbearing of the past half-century. These factors matter, but only up to a point. There’s no way to understand what’s happened to the family without looking at cultural changes as well. A growing number of Americans view having a child and getting married as two entirely unrelated life choices. We shouldn’t be surprised to find that people actually act on their beliefs.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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R.R. Reno: The enduring appeal of marriage

    R.R. Reno at First Things: “It’s not an accident that proponents of gay rights have fixed upon marriage. Some say it’s a cynical play for social acceptance: If they can win equality in marriage, then they can win it anywhere. Undoubtedly true, but superficial. The mystery of marriage conducts a powerful electrical current. It not only legitimates same-sex relationships; it also answers a basic human need for permanence, for union with another, for family, for a place to stand in the terrible flux of human life.”


  • Posted: 02/24/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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California Methodists move to allow same-sex “marriages” despite church doctrine

Russell D. Moore: Are Christians hypocrites on weddings and consciences?

Advocates of same-sex “marriage” seek ballot measure to repeal Ohio marriage amendment

Couple married in UK’s first ever Scientology wedding

Where the courts are on Nevada’s marriage amendment

Setting the stage for the Loving of our time | Charleston L. Rev.

Attorneys on both sides of Oklahoma’s marriage case work for free | The Oklahoman

Same-sex couples allowed to wed in Cook County, Illinois

Same-sex “marriage” lawsuits exploding in U.S. courts | NBC

Vaughn Walker’s “rational basis” decision in Perry now embraced by courts

Uproar over McConnell challenger’s comments on legal implications of same-sex “marriage”

UK Supreme Court judge Lord Wilson backs same-sex “marriage”

Pa. lawyers defend state’s marriage amendment

Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum won’t defend marriage amendment

Maxie Dunnam: Can we trust the United Methodist Church on marriage?

    Maxie Dunnam at Canon & Culture: “Can we trust the church in its understanding of marriage? If we can’t, then what can we trust the church with? . . . In his teaching, Jesus Christ underscored the importance and sacredness of lifelong marriage between one woman and one man. . . . This is the corporate, and continuing witness of the Church throughout history. We need to keep in mind that how we think must not be restricted to random feelings and even individual interpretation of Scripture. We need to be in harmony with the whole Body of Christ and all the saints now and forever.”


  • Posted: 02/20/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.canonandculture.com

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Alaska AG: State will continue to defend marriage amendment

Federal civil rights lawsuit seeks to overturn Ohio’s marriage amendment

Same-sex “marriage” advocates denied marriage licenses in Philadelphia

Idaho couples ask judge to rule on same-sex “marriage”

Nine couples seek to overturn Colorado’s marriage amendment

Polygamy bill yanked from the Utah legislature

“Up for polyamory? Creating alternatives to marriage”

Second judge ponders Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban

Court urged to not impose marriage redefinition in Italy | CNA

Manufacturing consent on same-sex “marriage”

Brian Brown: Judge Wright Allen’s wrong

Indiana moves closer to constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage”

OK: Same-sex “marriage” laws, religious business owners on collision course | Tulsa World

Dennis Prager: Judicial hubris is winning in marriage debate

    Dennis Prager at Townhall: “All these judges have a hubris that is simply breathtaking. They not only know that they read the Constitution more accurately than the vast majority of the residents of many of America’s states, but they are also entirely comfortable with forcing great majorities of Americans to accept this new definition of marriage. That it is conceit rather than legal reasoning is easily shown when one peruses the opinions of these judges.”


  • Posted: 02/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Va. marriage ruling prompts little reaction from Cuccinelli

European human rights court allows ADF to defend Italy’s marriage laws

Washington to convert domestic partnerships into “marriages”

Church of England rules out blessings for same-sex “marriages”

Indiana: State Senate expected to vote on HJR3 today

Kansas Senate leaders say they’ll alter language in religious freedom bill

TN bill would let wedding vendors refuse service if same-sex “marriage” ban struck down

Virginia the latest state to be impacted by court ruling on same-sex “marriage” | Aleteia

Fight over same-sex “marriage” moving to federal courts | AP

Federalism as a Way Station: Windsor as Exemplar of Doctrine in Motion

Couples ask judge to allow same-sex “marriage” in Kentucky

ADF, county clerk considering appeal of decision against Va. marriage amendment

Francis J. Beckwith: Why privatizing marriage can’t work

    Francis J. Beckwith at The Catholic Thing: “The only way to resolve these disputes is for the state to intervene. What to do with children, property, state residency, freedom of movement, etc. when marital relationships break down are public issues. They are not private ones. Consequently, in such a privatization of marriage scenario, the state would actually become more intrusive into ecclesial matters than it is at present.”


  • Posted: 02/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thecatholicthing.org

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Sens. Cruz and Lee introduce State Marriage Defense Act

“Norfolk federal judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional” | WVEC

Virginia judge strikes down same-sex “marriage” ban | USA Today

Federal judge overturns Virginia’s marriage amendment

Indiana marriage fight delayed, not over | AP

How to save marriage in America

    The Atlantic: “American marriage is not dying. But it is undergoing a metamorphosis, prompted by a transformation in the economic and social status of women and the virtual disappearance of low-skilled male jobs. The old form of marriage, based on outdated social rules and gender roles, is fading. A new version is emerging—egalitarian, committed, and focused on children.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.theatlantic.com

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Young Hoosiers believe marriage is not subject to whims of time

SPLC files suit challenging Alabama marriage protection laws

Virginia AG asks court to note Kentucky marriage ruling

Wendy Davis backs redefinition of marriage

Nevada groups launch push to redefine marriage

Four couples challenge Louisiana’s marriage amendment

Judge issues no decision on Texas marriage amendment

“Advocates hail lightning speed momentum with same-sex marriage” | ABC

How marital history, not just marital status, affects your health

    Laurie DeRose at Family Studies: “The life course perspective that he takes uncovers more subtle differences than the well-known facts that single mothers face disadvantages and that cohabitation does not carry all the benefits of marriage. For instance, Barban found that early childbearing and early cohabitation are associated with poorer self-reported health, more depression, and more risk behaviors (drinking and smoking), but early marriage is not. Also, short cohabitations followed by marriage do not seem to compromise health, but long-term cohabitations as well as repeated cohabitations do. More generally, lots of family transitions are bad for health, but with an important exception: normative transitions in a traditional sequence enhance health status.”


  • Posted: 02/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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ACLU to sue Missouri over marriage amendment

Gerard V. Bradley: Eric Holder and the spirit of Windsor

Judge hears challenge to Texas marriage amendment

Federal judge: Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

Judge to hear challenge to Texas marriage protection amendment

IN Senate committee passes same sex “marriage” amendment 8 to 4 | WNDU

The rise of cohabitation