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    Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson Faces Backlash for Religious Views on Sexuality

    Phil Robertson, the patriarch and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, is under attack for his religious views on homosexuality. The beloved TV personality was indefinitely suspended by A&E after saying homosexual acts are sinful. A&E’s decision has sparked heated debates, particularly on Twitter, where “A&E” and “Phil Robertson” have been … More

    The Government Can Now Force You to Bake a Cake

    An administrative law judge in Denver, Colorado—a state that constitutionally defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman in 2006—has declared that Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, violated the law when he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. When a same-sex couple married … More

    Polygamy, Sister Wives, and the Slippery Slope

    Late last week, a federal judge in Utah struck down part of the state’s law that criminalizes polygamy. The challenge was brought by Kody Brown of the television show Sister Wives. Brown is a polygamist who has one legal wife and three other wives by “spiritual union” based on their … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    Obamacare Undermines American Values

    We wrote earlier this week about the ways Obamacare discourages marriage and work. These aren’t the only traditional values it undermines. Obamacare goes against two values that should be no-brainers: prioritizing American citizens over non-citizens, and prioritizing help for the disabled over assistance for able-bodied adults. Prioritizing Non-Citizens Over American … More

    How Obamacare Discourages Work and Marriage

    We were told that Obamacare was supposed to be compassionate toward the needy in America. While President Obama and his fellow liberals may have held the best of intentions while ramming Obamacare through Congress, the law’s policies are far from compassionate toward the uninsured and Americans with low and modest … More

    Upward Mobility, Equality of Opportunity, and the Family

    Discussions about poverty and upward mobility tend to overlook a growing amount of research arguing that socioeconomic differences in America are often rooted in family structure. They note that, as the stability of the family has steadily deteriorated, parents’ financial situation and their children’s future prospects have eroded. Sadly, as … More

    Anderson: Young Americans Haven’t “Given Up” on Marriage

    His hard work has put Heritage’s William E. Simon fellow, Ryan T. Anderson, among the brightest young defenders of marriage. Last night, he received recognition for his work, accepting one of five Buckley Awards presented by the Young Conservatives Coalition. Anderson, 32, thanked young Americans, his colleagues, and his mother … More

    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More

    New Study on High School Graduation Rates, Gender, and Parental Marriage

    Children living with married opposite-sex parents were more likely to graduate from high school than peers living with cohabiting, single, or same-sex parents, according to a new study in the Review of the Economics of Households. This finding is consistent with the decades of research on children’s educational outcomes and … More