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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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The Poll You Won’t See on the Nightly News

June 6th, 2013 Comments off

from Brian S. Brown, President, National Organization for Marriage

You probably heard, because any message that supports gay marriage gets trumpeted everywhere, of a Pew poll finding that some marriage supporters are getting discouraged and view gay marriage as “inevitable.” Let me tell you, nothing is inevitable to free born men and women except that one day we will all be held accountable by our Creator for whether and how we stood up for His vision of good on this earth.

More Americans than the media wants you to think understand this fact.

A new poll released by the very liberal HuffPo/YouGov finds that a plurality of Americans oppose the Supreme Court overturning DOMA, with just 41 percent saying federal law should redefine marriage, while 45 percent want the Court to uphold the federal law defining marriage as one man, one woman. The same poll found that flat-out, more Americans oppose gay marriage than support in this poll (45 percent to 43 percent). Read more…

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French marriage activists vow to fight on

May 29th, 2013 Comments off

by Blaise Joseph

The marriage debate in France has been watched closely around the world. The huge rallies in favour of traditional marraige have been particularly noteworthy. Following the redefinition of marriage in France last week, MercatorNet’s Blaise Joseph caught up with young French marriage activist Maxime Lagorce, from La Manif Pour Tous Sydney, who recently spoke at the World Congress of Families.

So first up: France has just redefined marriage. What is the mood in the country? How do people feel about it? Read more…

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When you say ‘Gay marriage is inevitable,’ do you mean rich people want it?

May 9th, 2013 Comments off

By Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published May 9, 2013, at

You have no doubt heard the news that gay marriage is inevitable.  The New York state legislature redefined marriage in 2011. Rhode Island redefined marriage earlier this week.  Delaware just removed the gender requirement from marriage. Minnesota is poised to vote on the issue this week.  This steady drumbeat of state legislatures changing the definition of marriage as it has been known for millennia surely must show that so-called gay marriage is inevitable.  Read more…

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Dr. Morse’s talks in the Minnesota for Marriage Road Trip

May 6th, 2013 Comments off

from Dr. Morse, regarding these podcasts:

In the first one in Montevideo, I just lay out the essential public purpose of marriage. I think this gets the discussion off on the right foot.
In Eden Prairie, I talk about Equality, giving people some ideas about how to respond to the relentless argument that “equality” requires us to redefine marriage.
In Owatonna, I deal with the March of History meme that is so common and destructive.  Read more…
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Activists rally as Minn. lawmakers consider same-sex marriage bill

May 6th, 2013 Comments off

by Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Advocates on both sides of the debate over same-sex marriage continue to step up their efforts.

Minnesota for Marriage resumed its statewide bus tour this weekend, and Jennifer Roback Morse spoke at a stop on Saturday in Eden Prairie. Roback Morse founded the California-based Ruth Institute, which promotes marriage to college students. Read more…

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