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    Marriage: Get Equipped for the Supreme Court’s Decisions

    The Supreme Court is expected to rule in challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman sometime this week. Below is a list of ways that you can prepare for the Court’s decisions. Ahead of the Supreme Court’s decisions: Get … More

    5 Things You Need to Know About the Supreme Court's Marriage Cases

    Next week the Supreme Court will decide two cases dealing with the definition of marriage. One concerns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for the purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman. President Clinton signed DOMA into law after Congress … More

    Members of Congress Speak Up for Fatherhood and Marriage

    This week, the celebration of Father’s Day provided Members of Congress an opportunity to speak up in support of fatherhood. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R–MO) led multiple Members in floor speeches on the importance and necessity of fathers. They particularly emphasized fatherhood in connection with marriage. Fatherhood in the context of … More

    Civil Rights and Marriage

    Earlier this week, Pew released a report showing that media coverage of the debate over the redefinition of marriage was biased by a factor of 5 to 1 in favor of same-sex marriage. The report also showed that for those supporting the redefinition of marriage “the central argument…was one of … More

    Equality and the Redefinition of Marriage

    At a reception last week for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, President Obama reiterated his support for the redefinition of marriage, claiming inspiration from the Declaration of Independence: And it’s something that can be traced back to our Declaration of Independence—the fundamental principle that all of us are … More

    Fathers Optional? Not to Children

    Father’s Day is this Sunday. A time to celebrate fathers throughout America, it is also a time to bring renewed attention to the consequences of fatherless households. President Obama has been a powerful spokesman for those growing up without a father, drawing on personal experience that he recalls frequently. Consider … More

    Pro-Marriage Victory in Illinois

    On Friday, the Illinois legislature ended its session, failing to pass a much-anticipated same-sex marriage bill. The New York Times reports that the bill’s failure to reach a vote in the State House was apparently due to a lack of votes supporting the redefinition—despite a Democratic supermajority. President Obama, along … More

    Today at the Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act

    This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Windsor, a constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits. In this case, the issue was an estate tax bill faced … More

    Marching for Marriage—and Children (SLIDESHOW)

    Photos by Benjamin Myers Photography “Kids deserve a mom and a dad.” That was the overarching message as thousands gathered this morning on the National Mall to honor the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. “We stand for millions of Americans who want the … More

    Today at the Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage and California’s Proposition 8

    This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, a constitutional challenge to California’s definition of marriage as the union of a man and woman. During the oral argument, both Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito noted that same-sex marriage was a very recent experiment—just over a … More