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    15 States File Brief in Support of DOMA

    Fifteen states have filed an amicus brief in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), urging the Supreme Court to review an appellate court panel’s decision striking down the law. Passed by broad bipartisan majorities and signed by President Clinton in 1996, DOMA defines marriage as between one … More

    Judging Marriage: What Is the Proper Role of the Courts?

    Yesterday’s decision by the Ninth Circuit striking down California’s Proposition 8, which amended the California constitution to define marriage as a legal institution involving one man and one woman, has reignited the public debate about judicial activism. When courts weigh in on such controversial and political topics, it is necessary … More

    Charities Become Collateral Damage in the Debate Over Marriage

    Children served by private adoption and foster care organizations are finding themselves among the victims of collateral damage of state decisions to legally recognize same-sex couples. From county courts to the U.S. Congress, the debate over protecting the conscience rights of religious institutions is heating up. Before Illinois passed a … More

    A Little Drama in Defense of Marriage Is No Vice

    Struck by the rapid disintegration of the family in American life, Heritage’s Chuck Donovan recently called for a “Marshall Plan for Marriage” to rebuild the traditional institution and re-establish its importance. In an interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez posted today, Donovan talks candidly about why this work … More

    Prop 8 Ruling Roundup II

    In the wake of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision last month in Perry v. Schwarzenegger striking down the California constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, legal scholars and analysts continue to weigh in on the ruling. The decision has now been stayed by a … More