Jennifer Roback Morse of The Ruth Institute defends traditional marriage to young people
by Les Sillars
This article was originally published April 18, 2013, at worldmag.com.
Jennifer Roback Morse, an economist, rejects the notion that increasing support for homosexual marriage among young people means that its legalization is somehow inevitable. She is founder and president of The Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund that promotes traditional marriage to college students and other young adults. The arguments for marriage can work with that group, she said, because they’ve never heard them before. Presented well, the case is “extremely powerful.” Read more…
So much for tolerance and free speech.
by Hilary White
LONDON, March 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A volunteer chaplain for a Scottish police force has told MPs he was removed from his post after expressing his views opposing the government’s plans to create “gay marriage.”
The Rev. Brian Ross, a former minister of the Church of Scotland has told a Commons committee that he fell afoul of the “equality and diversity policies” of the Strathclyde Police after he said on his blog that marriage is between a man and a woman. Read more…
by Blaise Joseph
The argument that same-sex marriage may in the long-run lead to polygamous marriage is so often dismissed as “scare tactics” because we are told “no one is arguing for polygamous marriage.” And yet Jillian Keenan, a New York feminist writing in Slate, a mainstream online liberal magazine, is arguing for just that. She explains why supporting polygamous marriage must follow on from same-sex marriage. Read more…
from Brian Brown:
Thanks to the March and the coverage, I can introduce you this week to some extraordinary people the MSM never want you to meet, so you can see for yourself: the able, intelligent, and extraordinary Next Gen leaders for marriage that are now emerging in this fight:
Meet the young heroes facing down the Goliath forces opposing us!
You know of course our own able and extraordinary Thomas Peters, NOM’s communication director.
He went on MSNBC and fought and held his own in the lion’s den (with God’s help I take it!): Read more…
By Thomas Burke
This morning roughly 2500 people gathered on the National Mall for the March For Marriage, a demonstration supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman. The participants hope to influence the Supreme Court hearings underway this week regarding two issues:
- California’s Proposition 8, a referendum that amended the state’s constitution to define marriage as strictly between one man and one woman in that state; and,
- the Defense of Marriage Act, known to politicos as DOMA, which defines marriage for federal purposes as between one man and one woman, and leaves states the right to decide the same within their own borders. Read more…
Submitted by Ginny
This is the best concise summation I have read of how belief in traditional marriage ends up being labeled as homophobia.
The problem, as law scholar Gerard Bradley points out, is that critics of religious faith tend to reduce all of these moral convictions to an expression of subjective beliefs. And if they’re purely subjective beliefs, then—so the critics argue—they can’t be rationally defended. And because they’re rationally indefensible, they should be treated as a form of prejudice. In effect, two thousand years of moral experience, moral reasoning, and religious conviction become a species of bias. And arguing against same-sex “marriage” thus amounts to religiously blessed homophobia. Read more…
Institute for Marriage and Public Policy , Harvey C. Mansfield and Leon R. Kass
The case rests squarely on sociology and psychology. How reliable can this be, ask two distinguished scholars.
Today the US Supreme Court begins hearings on two same-sex marriage cases. Scores of organisations have presented “amicus briefs” to the Court as background to the legal arguments. Here we present an edited version of a submission by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and two distinguished scholars. Leon Kass, of the University of Chicago, and Harvey Mansfield, of Harvard University, are experts on the limits of the scientific method and on issues relevant to the appropriate structure of family life. This is a long but extremely valuable contribution to the debate over same-sex marriage. Read more…
By Ryan T. Anderson
Editor’s note: Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon fellow at The Heritage Foundation and co-author of the book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter, 2012)
(CNN) — “Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children,” proclaims a headline in The New York Times. But the advocacy group presented no new studies, no new data, to support this claim. And the studies the group cites have been shown to be insufficient to come to this conclusion about same-sex parenting. Read more…
By Oleg Cetinic, The Associated Press
PARIS — Paris riot police fought back crowds who pushed their way onto Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue as part of a huge protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Read more…