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    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

    Grammys Say “I Do” to Same-Sex Marriage

    Americans who don’t support redefining marriage to include same-sex couples got a nationally televised message late last night from the music industry: Get over it. With rapper-turned-talk host Queen Latifah officiating, 33 couples – some made up of two men or two women – got married near the end of … More

    Marriage Testimony: You Can’t Say Fathers Are Essential if the Law Redefines Marriage to Make Them Optional

    Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, testified before the Indiana House Judiciary Committee yesterday on their proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and woman. The controversial bill, which would place the amendment on the state ballot and give … More

    Obama Team’s Recognition of Utah Same-Sex Marriages Shows Need for State Marriage Defense Act

    Today’s announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the federal government will recognize the marriage licenses of same-sex couples in Utah—even though the state announced earlier this week that it would not—highlights the need for the federal government to respect state marriage laws. Just yesterday, bipartisan legislation was introduced in … More

    Supreme Court Stops Same-Sex Marriages in Utah

    The U.S. Supreme Court entered a stay today ensuring that Utah will not be forced to issue marriage licenses to people in same-sex relationships in the immediate future as the state continues to defend its law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “The states remain free—and should … More

    Redefining Marriage: Judicial Overreach at Close of 2013

    While most Americans were celebrating the Christmas season, judges were busy redefining state marriage laws. In New Mexico, Utah, and Ohio, judges have usurped the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to discuss, debate, and vote on important policy matters regarding the most fundamental institution of society. On December … More

    The Research Papers You Relied on the Most in 2013

    The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to policy research of the utmost intellectual integrity. This year featured debates on a wide range of policy issues, and Heritage’s research played an important role on Capitol Hill and throughout America. Here are the five most popular research papers from 2013. How Will You … More

    Does the American News Media Have an Anti-Christian Bias?

    In Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media, Warren Cole Smith, journalist and author, explains how a liberal worldview has pervaded America’s mainstream media and how its anti-Christian worldview is influencing American society. “Mass media is dominant in our culture today, and it has a profound … 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

    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