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

Bradford Wilcox: No, Christianity is not bad for marriage

LDS Church, other faiths say traditional marriage is crucial to children, society

Couples sue to force Ohio’s hand on same-sex birth certificates

Mormon church to weigh in on Utah marriage protection amendment

Indiana: Senate rules committee to debate marriage protection amendment

Methodists in crisis over same-sex “marriage,” church law

Federal funds to foster healthy marriage have little effect, study finds

    LA Times: “The federal government will have spent roughly $800 million on its Healthy Marriage Initiative . . . But the initiative does not seem to have changed state marriage or divorce rates. Between 2000 and 2010, marriage rates continued to dwindle as the federal money poured into local programs, according to new research from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.latimes.com

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Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy? | North Carolina Law Review

Justice Department will give nation-wide recognition to lawful same-sex “marriages”

Hymowitz: How single motherhood hurts kids

    Kay Hymowitz at The New York Times: “Single-parent families are not the same in the United States as elsewhere. Simply put, unmarried parents here are more likely to enter into parenthood in ways guaranteed to create turmoil in their children’s lives. The typical American single mother is younger than her counterpart in other developed nations. She is also more likely to live in a community where single motherhood is the norm rather than an alternative life choice.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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AZ: Legislation would add hurdle for divorced parents who have custody of their kids to move

Peter Sprigg: States should retain power to define marriage

State AGs shirk their duty to defend state laws

Harvard Law professor: “Legal lions Boies and Olson set back gay marriage”

    Noah Feldman at Bloomberg: “What there isn’t is room for Olson and Boies, two accomplished, intelligent and perfectly charming people who have lumbered into an extremely sensitive and complex area of legal activism in which they are, frankly, newcomers. Their Proposition 8 efforts substantiate this problem. Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit wrote an opinion in the Prop 8 case that was designed to avoid Supreme Court review — because he himself, a former colleague of Kennedy’s and the maestro of pushing the constitutional envelope, judged that the Supreme Court was not quite ready. When the case went before the Supreme Court anyway, Olson and Boies pushed the claim for universal gay rights instead of emphasizing Reinhardt’s narrow holding. They had to — because they were in it for the historic judgment, not to win a one-off case for their clients.”


  • Posted: 02/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Senator says attorney in Utah marriage case has conflict of interest

Alabama Chief Justice pushes for marriage protection amendments

    AP: “‘The moral foundation of our country is under attack,’ Chief Justice Roy Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. He mailed letters Wednesday to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying the only union recognized by state and federal governments is ‘the union of one man and one woman.’ He also is setting up a website to rally public support.”


  • Posted: 02/06/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Sherif Girgis: Why fight for marriage?

Same-sex “marriage” legal arguments heat up in Virginia, Utah | CBS

Defense of marriage amendment expected to be issue in Wisc. AG race | OneNewsNow

Same-Sex Divorce | California Law Review

“Judge vows quick ruling on Va. gay marriage ban” | CBN

Arguments heard in federal challenge of Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban | NYT

“Virginia wedding ban builds illegal way for gays, Olson says” | Bloomberg

Olson: Judge in Virginia marriage ban case says she’ll rule “soon” | Keen News Service

Utah tells court children threatened by same-sex “marriage” (Virginia case) | Malay Mail

Court hearing in constitutional challenge to Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban | Daily Press

Case challenging marriage amendment heard in Va. | WRIC