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Family breakdown ‘could cost taxpayers £46bn’

March 5th, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Cohabitation, Divorce, Marriage Comments Off

Questions: Bishop of ChesterBy John Bingham, Telegraph

Welfare minister Lord Freud says Government has ‘clear duty’ to strengthen family and insists true impact of relationship breakdown goes 'far deeper' than benefits bill

The true cost of divorce and family breakdown in Britain goes “far higher” and “far deeper” than the multi-billion pound benefits bill, a welfare minister has warned.

Lord Freud said that the current £9 billion cost to the taxpayer of lone parent benefits amounts to just the tip of the iceberg when the full social cost of separation is taken into account.

He also called for marriage to be “put back into its rightful place” after a surge in the number of children being brought up by unmarried parents who he said were four times more likely to separate than those who tie the knot.

The Coalition should make “no apology” for saying that it has a “clear duty” to strengthen the family, he said.

The peer’s comments, in an article for The Telegraph, came as he acknowledged that family breakdown could be costing the country up to £46 billion a year.

Speaking in the Lords, he also said that the Government should actively attempt to reverse what he called a “major structural changes” in society away from marriage and towards cohabitation.

His remarks came in response to a question from the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Rev Peter Forster, about the cost to the welfare budget from family breakdown.

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Marry or move in together? Brain knows the difference

March 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Cohabitation, Marriage Comments Off

By Stephanie Pappas, Fox News

Marriage is linked with numerous health benefits that simply cohabiting doesn't seem to provide. Now, research suggests the reason why the brain links "just" living together with a lack of commitment and can't relax.

The new study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the brains of cohabitating and married heterosexual couples, as well as same-sex couples, half of whom considered themselves married despite lacking legal recognition. The findings revealed that parts of the brain are less reactive to stress when someone is with a person they consider themselves married to.

"We really pay close attention to when it's safe to let down our guard and to outsource our stress response to our social networks," said study researcher Jim Coan, a psychologist at the University of Virginia. [I Don't: 5 Myths About Marriage]

The findings were unexpected, Coan added: "I'm sort of freaking myself out with this research."

In a study published in 2006, Coan had found that when threatened with a mildly painful electric shock, married women had a decreased brain response to the threat when holding their husband's hand versus a stranger's, or no hand at all.

The effect occurred in the hypothalamus, an almond-sized structure buried deep in the brain that helps regulate some of the body's responses to stress, including increased blood pressure.

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Gender, Discrimination, and Marriage

March 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Discrimination, Gender, Marriage Comments Off

By Kelly Bartlett, Public Discourse

In the name of equality, same-sex marriage seeks to codify gender discrimination. But marriage welcomes everyone: husband and wife, father and mother, grandfather and grandmother.

My daughter was catching up on her college homework. Chapter Ten in her psychology textbook is titled “Sex and Gender.” It covers topics such as gender differences, similarities, and stereotypes. The chapter wends its way from transgender issues to sexual harassment to the glass ceiling, the invisible but real boundary in the workplace beyond which women are not welcome. The book defines sexism as “differential treatment of an individual on the basis of his or her sex.”

As the text points out, more than half of all women in the United States now work outside the home. They are breaking through the glass ceiling and garnering high-profile positions in private industry, government, and politics. There is one domain, however, in which women are increasingly discriminated against and excluded: families.

Ironically, same-sex marriage laws do this in the name of equality. We open our hearts and minds and definition of marriage to include two men, and in doing so we close the door to a wife in the living room, a mom in the nursery, and a feminine lover in the bedroom. We create a crass ceiling.

It’s one thing for two guys to love each other; it’s altogether different for society to endorse this union by granting these two men the status of marriage. A male marriage might not look overtly sexist, but what about the long-term effects? Redefining marriage grants men the legal right to deprive children of a relationship with their mother simply because she's female. Because she’s “born that way.” What if this gender discrimination continues?

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Modern marriage: a modelling course

March 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Self-actualising, HIP, egalitarian, neo-traditional – which model will save marriage?

Marriage is in trouble, and it’s not all down to the campaign to extend it to same-sex couples. It was floundering before anyone mentioned gay marriage, and continues, in the richer countries, on a path that many see as a decline. Divorce, cohabitation, single motherhood, all undermine the most basic institution of society, one still regarded by the majority of people as integral to their long-term happiness.
 
Not everyone takes a pessimistic view of these trends. Some scholars say marriage is not dying, just changing, although they admit that the process of change is hard on a lot of people – children who live in poverty, for example, and unemployed, unmarriageable men. They find it harder to agree, though, about what marriage is changing into. Two recent scholarly articles come to completely different conclusions about the new version of matrimony that is emerging.
 
A highly sensitive couple, but where are the kids?
 
Psychologist Eli J Finkel writes in the New York Times about the evolution of marriage from an institution focused on meeting basic physical needs (food, shelter, protection from violence), through a companionate phase in which couples increasingly sought to satisfy their sexual and emotional needs, to a self-expressive model in which today’s couples “view marriage less as an essential institution and more as an elective means of achieving personal fulfilment.”
 
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Marriage and Mental Health among Young Adults

March 2nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

Jeremy E. Uecker,  Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Abstract

Marriage is widely thought to confer mental health benefits, but little is known about how this apparent benefit may vary across the life course. Early marriage, which is nonnormative, could have no, or even negative, mental health consequences for young adults. Using survey data from waves 1 and 3 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (n = 11,695),

I find that married young adults exhibit levels of psychological distress that are similar to those of young adults in any kind of romantic relationship. Married and engaged young adults also report lower frequency of drunkenness than those who are not in a romantic relationship. Married young adults, especially those who first married at ages 22 to 26, report higher life satisfaction than those in other type of romantic relationships,those in no romantic relationship, and those who married prior to age 22. Explanations for these findings are examined, and their implications are discussed.

Social scientists have amassed a considerable amount of evidence showing that married individuals enjoy better mental health than never married and previously married individuals (Brown 2000; Gove, Style, and Hughes 1983; Horwitz, White,
and Howell-White 1996; Lamb, Lee, and DeMaris 2003; Marcussen 2005; Ross 1995; Simon 2002). Marriage is typically thought to increase psychological, social, and economic resources (Liu, Elliott, and Umberson 2010; Williams and Umberson 2004) and to help individuals avoid the stress of relationship dissolution (Liu et al. 2010; Simon and Barrett 2010; Williams and Umberson 2004).

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Slovakia Might Amend Constitution to Protect Marriage Against Re-Definition. Gay Lobby Gets Angry

February 28th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Marriage Comments Off

by J.C. von Krempach, J.D., Turtle Bay & Beyond

Since the origins of human civilization until about ten years ago it was clear to everyone that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex “marriages” therefore cannot exist. No one should therefore be surprised that in the constitutional laws of most countries there is no definition of marriage – it simply was not needed.
With the adoption, by a small but growing number of countries, of legislation that allows for same-sex “marriages”, the once universal moral and legal consensus on marriage has been destroyed. As a consequence, there is now also a growing number of States that, in order to protect society against attempts of international institutions (such as the UN, the EU, or the European Human Rights Court) to impose on them a new concept of marriage and family from the outside, are amending their constitutional laws to explicitly define marriage as a permanent union between one man and one woman.
 
In the EU, while eight countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, England, Spain, France, Portugal) have adopted, usually by a simple parliamentary minority, laws that allow for same-sex “marriages”, there are now seven Member States (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Croatia) that have constitutional laws to defend the concept of marriage against arbitrary re-definitions. The trend towards recognition of homosexual “marriages” is thus offset by a contrary trend in other countries. Indeed, it is more than offset, given that a law that was passed with a simple parliamentary majority (and, as it happened in France or Spain, against the clearly expressed will of a large part of civil society) does not reflect public opinion in the same way as a constitutional amendment for which a two-thirds majority is needed. One could therefore with right say that the real trend in Europe is to protect marriage against attempts to re-define it.
 
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Gay activist: I Will Dance on Traditional Marriage’s Grave

February 28th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Marriage Comments Off

By Amy K Hall, Stand to Reason blog
 
This isn’t the first time a proponent of same-sex marriage has been open about her ultimate goal of destroying marriage, but it’s certainly one of the most straightforward. Carina Kolodny writes in “Marriage Equality Is Destroying ‘Traditional Marriage,’ and Why That’s a Good Thing”:
To the enemies of marriage equality:…
 
For years and years I've strategically bit my tongue.
 
Had I not, I would have sided with you. I would have agreed with you. Marriage equality will, in time, fundamentally destroy "traditional marriage," and I, for one, will dance on its grave.
 
It's not a terribly difficult conclusion to draw.
 
As same-sex couples marry, they will be forced to re-imagine many tenets of your "traditional marriage." In doing so, they will face a series of complicated questions…. As questions continually arise, heterosexual couples will take notice – and be forced to address how much "traditional marriage" is built on gender roles and perpetuates a nauseating inequality that has no place in 2014….
 
So yes, I told a white lie while soldiering on toward this inevitable outcome. I bit my lip in favor of dignity and equality….
It’s Kolodny’s view that the existence of genderless marriages will introduce new patterns of living as a couple and new ways of getting children (or not having them at all) that opposite-sex marriages will begin to emulate. I think she’s correct that this will happen, but I disagree that it’s something to celebrate.
 
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Republican AGs reject Holder’s legal advice, vow to defend marriage

February 27th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Marriage Comments Off

Eric HolderBy Dustin Siggins, LifeSite News

The Obama administration's newest foray into the culture wars has sparked a major pushback by the nation's Republican attorneys general.

In an interview with The New York Times on Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder advised state attorneys general that they could refuse to defend state bans on same-sex “marriage.” He compared the decision to not defend state bans with not defending Jim Crow laws in the 1950s South.

On Tuesday, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) slammed Holder's remarks. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said, “What General Holder is asking state attorneys general to do is accept a gratuitously offered nonbinding legal opinion on an issue that has not been decided by a national court of competent jurisdiction at this time.”

In other words, according to Fox, Holder is expressing his personal opinion on a matter that has not yet been decided by a court with national authority. And in doing so, he is stepping beyond the normal bounds of his duty as U.S. attorney general.
 
Six Democratic attorneys general have declined to defend state laws or constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and a woman. One of the most prominent of these attorneys general, Mark Herring, entered office in January. Calls for impeachment began almost immediately after he declined to defend the state's constitutional amendment.
 
At least two Democrats, in North Carolina and Arkansas, have said they are putting their oath of office to uphold state laws and their state constitutions above personal views.
 
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For a dying institution marriage is in remarkably good health, but only for the rich

February 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

by Peter Franklin, Conservative Home

Viewed from some angles, marriage appears to be on its way out – even in a comparatively religious society like America’s. Writing for the Atlantic, Richard Reeves charts a precipitous decline:

“In 1960, more than 70 percent of all adults were married, including nearly six in ten twentysomethings. Half a century later, just 20 percent of 18-29-year olds were hitched in 2010. Marriage was the norm for young America. Now it’s the exception.”

But look more closely at the statistics and a different picture emerges. Firstly, much of the shift is explained by young Americans putting-off marriage rather than never getting married. Secondly, marriage is becoming the preserve of the well-to-do:

“Matrimony is flourishing among the rich but floundering among the poor, leading to a large, corresponding ‘marriage gap.’ Women with at least a BA are now significantly more likely to be married in their early 40s than high-school dropouts…

“During the 1960s and 1970s, it looked as if the elite might turn away from this fusty, constricting institution. Instead, they are now its most popular participants. In 2007, American marriage passed an important milestone: It was the first year when rates of marriage by age 30 were higher for college graduates than for non-graduates.”While marriage rates have fallen away in all income brackets, the extent of the decline is limited among the rich, but progressively greater as one goes down the income and education scale.
 

This divergence is a significant driver of inequality:

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Prenup plans could empty ‘till death do us part’ vow of all meaning

February 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage, Prenups Comments Off

By John Bingham, Telegraph

Legally enforceable prenups would turn wedding vows into ‘provisional’ promises and set couples up to fail before they are even married, says Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Rev Mark Davies

Plans to give prenuptial agreements legal force could render marriage vows to stay together “for better for worse” virtually meaningless, a prominent bishop claims.

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, said actively encouraging couples to prepare for the possibility of separation before they are even married would turn promises at the altar into little more than a “provisional” agreement.

He said it could empty marital vows of “all meaning” at a time when he claimed marriage is already at a “historically low ebb”.

His comments came as he addressed a special service for couples in his diocese marking major wedding anniversaries including silver, gold and diamond celebrations.

He told the congregation, at St Columba’s Church in Chester, that while those present could collectively celebrate “many hundreds of years” together, it was as if future generations of married couples were already being set up to fail.

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National Organization for Marriage Petition on marriage and life issues for our readers around the globe

February 15th, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

From NOM

https://www.actright.com/petitions/65 (Non US readers can select 'No State' (top of the list) from the drop-down box)

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Why Fight For Marriage?

February 12th, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

By Sherif Girgis, Public Discourse

One might grant, as I argued in my last two articles, that philosophy matters in general and on marriage—and that, with the right help, it can influence culture—but still wonder whether the marriage fight is worth waging. Isn’t it lost, given political and legal trends? Isn’t it peripheral to the Christian mission anyway?

A Live Battle

The pro-life cause was doing worse in the 1970s than the marriage cause is now. We are winning the first because an earlier generation refused to give up. Why, then, give up on marriage?

Around the time of Roe v. Wade, public opinion was moving swiftly for abortion on demand. Pro-life politicians (like Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton) were “evolving,” and pro-lifers were aging. They were accused of being anti-woman, warned of being caught on history’s bad side. And of course, the Court’s decision in Roe made substantive protections impossible for the foreseeable future.

But a few pro-life leaders were undaunted, and their intellectual and cultural work has paid off. My generation is more pro-life than my parents’, and my children’s will likely be still more.

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Polish Catholic Bishops attack dangerous “Gender” ideology

February 11th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gender, Marriage Comments Off

From Rorate Caeli

[...]  The gender ideology is the product of many decades of ideological and cultural changes that are deeply rooted in Marxism and neo-Marxism endorsed by some feminist movements and the sexual revolution. This ideology promotes principles that are totally contrary to reality and an integral understanding of human nature. It maintains that biological sex is not socially significant and that cultural sex which humans can freely develop and determine irrespective of biological conditions is most important. According to this ideology, humans can freely determine whether they want to be men or women and freely choose their sexual orientation. This voluntary self-determination, not necessarily life-long, is to make the society accept the right to set up new types of families, for instance, families built on homosexual relations.

The danger of gender ideology lies in its very destructive character both for men, people contacts and social life as a whole. Humans unsure of their sexual identity are not capable of discovering and fulfilling tasks that they face in their marital, family social and professional lives. Attempts to form different types of relations de facto seriously weaken marriage as a community created by a man and a woman and the family built on marriage.

We see different attitudes formed in reaction to actions demonstrated by advocates of the gender ideology. A decisive majority has no idea what this ideology is about and consequently does not feel threatened by it. A small group of people, particularly teachers and educators, as well as Catechists and pastoral ministers, tries to find their own constructive ways to counter this ideology. Finally there are those who, seeing the absurdity of this ideology, believe that Poles will reject the utopian visions they are presented with. Meanwhile, without public knowledge or Poles’ consent for many months now the gender ideology has been slowly introduced into different structures of social life: education, health service, cultural and education centres and non-governmental organisations. Some media portray this ideology in a positive way: as a means to counteract violence and to aim for equality.

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Marriage vow world record attempt

February 6th, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

From Evangelical Alliance

Thousands of couples at venues across the UK will reaffirm their wedding vows simultaneously on Saturday 8 February 2014 at 5:15pm. The Big Promise is attempting to achieve the world record as part of Marriage Week 2014.

The couples taking part in The Big Promise, launched in the Houses of Parliament during Marriage Week last year, hope to break the current world record of 1089 couples renewing their vows at the same time, which was set in America in 2009.

Tom and Doreen Shaw, from Sheffield, are celebrating fifty years of marriage on the day of The Big Promise. They can't wait to join with their friends, community and family to reaffirm their vows on their golden wedding anniversary.

Looking forward to the day, Doreen Shaw said: "We started out with nothing but our marriage wasn't built on what we had, rather on who we were. Marriage has made us better people I hope. We are so excited."

Dave Percival, Big Promise project coordinator, said: "The thought of thousands of couples from Newquay to Orkney saying together: 'We will' is just fantastic. The occasion will be both serious and huge fun – a bit like marriage really."

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Philosophy and a Life Well-Lived

February 5th, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage, Philosophy Comments Off

By Sherif Gergis, Public Discourse

The next generation of true culture-makers will be shaped purely by bad philosophy if its arguments go unanswered. As individuals and communities, we will be swayed by moral thought no matter what: the only question is whether it will be well thought out. The second in a three-part series.

In yesterday’s article, I reviewed some of the ways that philosophical arguments can stand on their own merits, without relying on theological premises, and even enable us to understand religious revelation. So, despite some Christians’ skepticism, they need philosophy.
 
But what about its value beyond the Church’s life?
 
For Individuals
 
First, do natural-law arguments ever persuade?
 
Yes. Over the last few years, my coauthors and I have heard from many saying we had convinced them to join the marriage debate by showing them its value (and giving them the moral vocabulary and syntax to discuss it); from others who decided to retire this or that contrary argument; and from still others who switched to our side of the issue. These have included non-Catholics, non-Christians, agnostics, even a prominent former Marxist thinker. We have often remarked, channeling Chesterton, that the argument for marriage has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found (we’d say feared) difficult and left untried.
 
Then where are the mass conversions? We freely admit that moral philosophy can’t produce them. It doesn’t convert en masse, because evaluating its arguments takes sustained attention. It requires holding several pieces together; discerning subtle patterns; and generating and testing alternatives by turns, in an always-unfinished process. Philosophy is famously better at knocking down than building up; even the strongest of its affirmative conclusions do not overpower but invite, suggest, recommend. And by itself, philosophy tugs so softly at the imagination and senses that it can pull the head before the heart, leaving readers not so much moved as divided.
 
Note that this is true of any philosophical argument, for any affirmative claim of any substance. That is why we are debating the same questions that faced the pre-Socratics 2,500 years ago—and will go on doing so until the final trumpet interrupts the final philosophy seminar.
 
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The other Super Bowl ad

February 5th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Marriage, Polyamory Comments Off

Dan SavageBy Ben Johnson, LifeSite News

Prominent Gay activisit Dan Savage proud of Butterfinger commercial promoting ‘threesomes’

While a Coca-Cola commercial showing a homosexual couple has generated some backlash, the debate overshadowed another advertisement: A Butterfinger candy bar ad that encouraged threesomes. 

[...]  Savage responded, “Proud of Butterfinger for promoting threesomes?!? F— proud! I want residuals and credit for the concept!”

Savage then retweeted a video of the commercial, saying that it “promotes bisexual monogamishamy [sic] & MMF threeways to spice up a marriage.”
 
The foul-mouthed activist has personal experience with the topic. “Savage, who adopted and raised a boy with his male homosexual lover-turned-'husband' Terry, has written about the sexual threesomes that he has engaged in with Terry,” Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, told LifeSiteNews.com.
 
Savage has written that monogamy leads to “boredom, despair, lack of variety, sexual death and being taken for granted.”
 
“Dan Savage is the personification of how 'gay marriage' erodes the idea of marriage,” LaBarbera said. “Rather than elevate marriage as the Left claims, homosexual 'marriage' actually drags it down by making a mockery of the commitment to fidelity that is at the heart of this wholesome institution.”
 
[...]  A member of the Minnesota Polyamorous Network told local media last year, “I think that we are the next equal rights movement.”
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Stop messing with the family, say the French

February 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Marriage Comments Off

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Passing a gay marriage law does not end the marriage debate, as the Prime Minister of France is discovering. Francois Hollande’s Socialist-led government has had to shelve plans to “update” family law after huge demonstrations in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against any further meddling with marriage and the family, Reuters reports.
 
About 100,000 people rallied to the protests organised by the movement La Manif Pour Tous (demonstration for everyone).
 
The government tried on Monday to reassure the protesters, who numbered over 100,000 in Paris and Lyon on Sunday, that the new law would not legalize assisted procreation for lesbian couples or surrogate motherhood for gay men who wanted children.
 
But when Socialist lawmakers insisted they would amend the planned bill to include those reforms, the government announced the draft law – which would also define the legal rights of step-parents in second marriages – needed more work.
 
"The government will not submit a family reform bill before the end of the year," the prime minister's office said.
 
The protestors evidently don’t believe Hollande – and he certainly has a credibility problem. In any case, with his evident confusion about marriage and the family, he hardly seems the person to lead a “reform” of family law. Most French citizens want him to reform the economy, which is limping along with huge levels of unemployment and a burdensome social security system that even Hollande agrees has to be cut back.
 
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Promoting abortion and undermining marriage is the real ‘inequality’

February 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Marriage, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite News

President Obama raged against “inequality” during his 2014 State of the Union address, using the phrase three times in just over an hour. But Senator Mike Lee said Obama has misunderstood the concept.

Real inequality has less to do with the gap between income classes and more to do with whether the government is using its might to retard economic opportunity, suppress the traditional definition of marriage, and deny millions of children the right to be born, says the senator.

“Inequality is denying viable, unborn children any protection under the law, while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards,” the Utah Republican said during his response to the State of the Union address, which was sponsored by the Tea Party Express.

“It's denying citizens their right to define marriage in their states as traditionally or as broadly as their diverse values dictate,” he added.

President Obama has often been cited as the most pro-abortion president in history, vowing to veto bills that would restrict late-term abortion or prevent taxpayers from funding abortion.

But perhaps his most aggressive work has been in promoting the redefinition of marriage from a union of one man and one woman to include same-sex couples.

Senator Lee's Utah constituents have felt the brunt of that effort. After a federal judge struck down the state's constitutional marriage protection amendment, Governor Gary Herbert won an injunction staying the order until the case could be decided – likely by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the Obama administration announced it would recognize same-sex “marriages” conducted between the ruling and the stay. Such unions would be legally null and void if the judge's ruling is overturned.

Lee, a Tea Party favorite, said many Americans “feel they have been forgotten by both political parties.”

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Casualties in the War on Poverty

February 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Culture, Marriage Comments Off

By John Stonestreet, Breakpoint

It’s been fifty years since President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” So who won? I’ll share my answer next, on BreakPoint.

Jesus broke the social stigmas of His time by snubbing those who loved riches and fraternizing with the poor and outcast. Because of this, Christians recognize a call to identify with and help those in poverty, and this is one of the great contributions Christianity has made to the world. But there’s much disagreement on how best to do that, especially during the last few generations in the United States.

Beginning in 1964, President Johnson and lawmakers set out to “eradicate poverty as we know it” through a series of government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, and Food Stamps, all of which date back to the Great Society.

But things didn’t go as expected. Not only did poverty remain with us, but as Dr. Jay Richards of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics explained to me in our latest edition of “BreakPoint This Week,” LBJ’s “war” and subsequent laws passed in the same spirit have done much more to entrench poverty than eradicate it.

In his book, “Money, Greed, and God,” Dr. Richards explains that despite nearly twenty trillion dollars of federal funds directed at lifting Americans above the poverty line, a steady percentage have remained there. What was once a temporary problem for many has become systemic and multi-generational.

Poverty, Dr. Richards says, is more than a financial state of being.

The decline of marriage is a prime example. The rate of out-of-wedlock births and broken families, particularly in the inner-city, has skyrocketed since 1964. Some “War on Poverty” programs actually discourage couples from getting married and becoming financially independent.

Laws passed with good intentions created dependency and undermined the culture of marriage. And this type of poverty is more insidious than just a lack of money. It’s what some call “relational poverty,” and it destroys families, and undermines communities.

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Fast and Furious

February 1st, 2014 Jill Posted in Marriage Comments Off

By Brian Brown, NOM

It's been another busy week in the fight to preserve marriage. There have been some fast and furious developments in the efforts to pass Indiana's marriage amendment (HJR3). And nationwide, citizens and civic leaders alike have been standing up to defend the principle of states' sovereignty against the perilous danger posed to it by the movement to redefine marriage.

First, let me catch you up on Indiana. Indianapolis' Other Speedway The developments in the Indiana legislature this week have been fast and furious, and our allies on the ground report changing indications by the hour. It's safe to say that the battle there has reached a crucial juncture this week.

The Indiana House of Representatives passed HJR3, but not before stripping a critical piece of the amendment language from the resolution. Now the matter is headed into the Senate, and the matter is not as simple as just "passing HJR3." We are working to send the message to the Indiana Senate that yes — they must pass HJR3… but… they must pass it in its original form, with the language removed by the House restored to its proper place.

This way, the measure will return to the House for a vote on the original, unaltered resolution, and we can hope to pass HJR3 so that Hoosier voters can voice their values about marriage at the ballot box in November 2014.

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