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    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

    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

    Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes

    Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do … More

    Marriage: Children, Freedom, and a Crucial Debate

    Those pressing the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 essentially argue that marriage as we’ve always known it is not constitutional. But redefining marriage would make marriage about the desires of adults rather than the well-being of children. That was the … More

    Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

    Religious liberty doesn’t stop at the church doors. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the nonpartisan public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religions, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court making the case that legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages creates hazards for … More

    Morning Bell: Make Your Voice Heard for Marriage

    Marriage is the fundamental building block of all human civilization. All Americans, especially conservatives, should respect this crucial institution of civil society. This is why 41 states and the federal government affirm that marriage is between a man and a woman. But these laws are on the line. Next week, … More

    Attorney General Edwin Meese on Marriage and the Courts

    Forty-one states continue to affirm that marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. In California, citizens voted directly to retain this understanding of marriage (after an activist court created a right to … More

    Making the Case for Marriage

    As the Supreme Court prepares to hear cases involving California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in late March, a new report by Heritage’s Ryan T. Anderson helps focus on the central issues in the ongoing marriage debate. Anderson writes: Marriage exists to bring a man and … More

    Broad, Diverse Defense of Marriage at Supreme Court

    Scholars have filed more than 50 amicus briefs with the Supreme Court urging it to uphold California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). While the media seems intent on ignoring these briefs and hyping the briefs on the other side, the sheer number and quality of … More