Archive for the ‘Politics & Marriage’ Category

Betsy Kerekes on “The Drew Mariani Show”

January 29th, 2014 Comments off

(January 28, 2014) Betsy Kerekes is Drew Mariani’s guest on his eponymous show, where they discussed marriage–how to have a better one, Ruth’s recent publication “101 Tips for a Happier Marriage,” and related questions. Order the book on Amazon, or check out the store at our website–it makes a great wedding gift.

Oh, and the conference Drew and Betsy mentioned? It’s called “Healing the 21st Century Family.” One day in Carlsbad, California, full of encouragement, healing, and inspiration–and not a polar vortex in sight. Check out our website for the details.

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Reframing the Marriage Debate

November 15th, 2013 Comments off

by , a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 conference alumnus

This article was originally published August 2nd, 2013, at ethika politika.

If there’s one lesson that conjugal marriage advocates should have learned by now, it’s this: While the best arguments win public opinion debates, rational arguments are almost never the “best arguments” to make. Read more…

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Religious Freedom, Homosexual ‘Rights’ Clash in Supreme Court Appeal

November 11th, 2013 Comments off


Lawyers for a Christian couple have filed with the Supreme Court an appeal of a New Mexico court that said homosexual rights are more important than religious freedom.

In the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, Elane Huguenin and her husband, Jonathan,  are photographers who were fined by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission for refusing to photograph a homosexual “commitment ceremony.” The state does not recognize civil unions nor homosexual marriages. Read more…

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The Battle over Marriage in our Military

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

from the Nom blog

In recent days, you might have read the news about the latest battlefront in the fight for marriage: a battlefront, this time, where real soldiers are involved.

I’m talking about the National Guard in Texas and Mississippi, whose leaders are choosing to obey those states’ marriage laws instead of a Department of Defense directive that would have the entire DOD recognize same-sex ‘marriages.’ The contention over that directive from Defense Secretary Hagel is just the latest fallout of June’s fateful Supreme Court ruling against Section III of the Defense of Marriage Act. Read more…

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‘Get the Government Out of Marriage’ is a Red Herring

July 9th, 2013 Comments off

by Jennifer Thieme

This article was first published February 8, 2013, at

A red herring is something that distracts people from the issue at hand. It allows people who are otherwise thoughtful and intelligent to not think about another topic too deeply. Libertarians often make claim to “get the government out of marriage,” but this ends up serving as a distraction from the real policy issue at hand. There are a several reasons I believe it’s a red herring, or at least an idea that people haven’t thought through too well. Read more…

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Supreme Court marriage rulings shift American government tradition

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off

by Sheila Liaugminas

We have always been a nation whose government serves by the consent of the governed, with separate and enumerated powers, states’ rights, rule of law and all that. Things have been ‘evolving, in popular parlance. With the Supreme Court rulings on marriage this week, we got a paradigm shift from self-government to ‘the tyranny of the majority,’ though that needs clarification to understand the meaning of “majority”, the way most of the language we’re using these days could benefit from clarification. Read more…

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What’s next for “the holy estate of matrimony”?

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off
The recent Supreme Court decision in US v. Windsor denies that marriage is a natural institution and redefines it as an artificial construct.

In the just-decided United States v. Windsor case, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion of the court that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. Read more…

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Marriage, the Court, and the Erosion of Constitutional Democracy

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off

by Matthew Tuininga

What future does democratic self-government have in our country if same-sex marriage supporters are willing to undermine it through the courts?

There is a lot of good analysis on the Supreme Court’s decisions last Wednesday to throw out California’s Proposition 8 case (Perry v. Hollingsworth) and to overthrow key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (United States v. Windsor). Same-sex marriage supporters are elated at the incredible progress the gay rights movement has made in recent years. The more optimistic marriage defenders point out that the decisions don’t really change much: they simply refer the argument over marriage to the states, to let the democratic process, and civil society, do its work. And who could argue with this sort of federalism? Read more…

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In our opinion: Ruling in DOMA case needless, thoughtless, damaging

July 2nd, 2013 Comments off

This week the U.S. Supreme Court inserted itself into the heart of America’s contentious and evolving national conversation about the nature of marriage. But instead of offering a thoughtful framework for the accommodation of the complex moral issues and the many legitimately engaged voices involved in that conversation, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing on behalf of five justices, borrowed the phraseology of constitutional law to issue a polemical ultimatum against those who cherish how traditional marriage unites men and women for the benefit of children. Read more…

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MYTHBUSTERS: What do the SCOTUS decisions on marriage mean?

June 27th, 2013 Comments off

Chris Oravetz is the Assistant Director of Special Projects for the Archdiocese of New York’s Family Life/Respect Life Office. He is also ITAF 2011. In this article, he calls for the marriage debate to turn toward questions of the common good, as well as the definition of marriage.

The “jury” is out.

On Wednesday, June 26th, the nine justices of the Supreme Court of the United States announced rulings on two cases involving the definition of marriage.  In both 5-4 decisions, the traditional understanding of marriage as constituted between one man and one woman was not upheld.  Each case was unique: the Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional on the grounds that the federal government would be treating same-sex couples as “second-class” in states that have recognized these couples under law, a challenge to the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment due process clause. Read more…
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