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    Poll: GOP Voters Wedded to Marriage as One Man, One Woman

    About eight out of 10 Republican voters strongly believe marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman, a new poll from Wilson Research Strategies finds. The poll, commissioned by the Family Research Council and American Values, was conducted March 18 to 20, just before Brendan … More

    It’s Time to Protect Religious Liberty in the Marriage Debate

    For years, a central argument of those in favor of same-sex marriage has been that all Americans should be free to live and love as they choose; however, does that freedom require the government to coerce those who disagree into celebrating same-sex relationships? A growing number of incidents demonstrates that … More

    Obama DOJ Should Respect State Authority on Marriage

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week a new Department of Justice policy regarding marriage: “[E]ven in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized, the federal government will not use state views as a basis to object to someone in a same-sex marriage invoking this right.” As justification for this … More

    Hawaiian Citizens Testify in Support of Marriage

    Over the past five days, thousands of Hawaiians poured into the state capitol to stand for marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Prompted by an upcoming vote in the state House of Representatives on SB 1, nearly 5,000 people signed up for two-minute slots to testify … More

    Some State Clerks Breaking Law, Issuing Phony Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    In spite of clear Pennsylvania law to the contrary, a Pennsylvania clerk recently started issuing invalid same-sex marriage licenses, abdicating his duty to uphold the law. Yesterday, a state court ordered him to stop. In New Mexico, a similar situation has also occurred. Activists in various states are encouraging rank-and-file … More

    The Obama Administration, Marriage, and the States

    Just as families are getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states’ authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the … More

    Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Religious Liberty in New Mexico

    Earlier today, the Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer’s ability to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony—even when doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs. As Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, explained: “The … More

    DeMint: Do Traditional Marriage Supporters Deserve to Be Treated with Dignity?

    Some people can’t seem to understand why anyone would support marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Indeed, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued last week that the only reason Congress had for passing the Defense of Marriage Act was to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” others. Justice … More

    California Marriage Case: It’s Not Over Yet

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, finding that the official proponents of California’s Proposition 8 (which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman) lacked standing to defend the law in court. Throwing out the federal appellate court’s decision, the … More

    Morning Bell: The Supreme Court's Marriage Decisions by the Numbers

    The morning after two important—and troubling—Supreme Court decisions in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases, here’s the lay of the land. The important takeaway: The marriage debate is every bit as live today as it was yesterday morning…and that means it’s time to redouble our efforts … More