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    Debating Same-Sex Marriage

    Civil, substantive arguments on the nature and purpose of marriage can sometimes get lost in rancorous rhetorical crossfire over the definition of the institution. John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher’s exchange in their new book Debating Same-Sex Marriage is a welcome exception. For Corvino, marriage establishes your “Number One Person,” that … More

    Federal Court Upholds Marriage in Hawaii

    Yesterday, the federal district court in Hawaii ruled that Hawaii’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman does not violate the U.S. Constitution. This ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review multiple cases involving the issue of same-sex marriage and voters in Maryland, Minnesota, … More

    Marriage on the Ballot in Four States This Fall

    When citizens in Maryland, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota go to the polls in November, they will be confronted with ballot initiatives that speak to the central question of what marriage is. In Minnesota, voters will consider whether to amend their state constitution to preserve the definition of marriage between one … More

    With Marriage on Ballot in Four States This Fall, Prop 8 Supporters Seek Supreme Court Review

    Earlier this week, supporters of Proposition 8, the 2008 California marriage amendment, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of California voters to define marriage as one man and one woman in their state constitution. This request comes at the same time that voters prepare to vote on … More

    The Future of Marriage: Who Decides?

      “Who gets to make the decision about restructuring and redefining the basic cell of the civil order?” asked University of St. Thomas law professor Teresa Collett on a panel discussing the institution of marriage at The Heritage Foundation Tuesday. Is it the courts? Or under our concept of ordered … More

    Chick-fil-A Latest Example of How Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom

    Same-sex marriage combined with nondiscrimination policies will result in significant discrimination against individuals and institutions that hold to the belief that marriage is—and should be defined in law as—the union of one man and one woman. In the latest illustration of how this will happen, a Chicago alderman recently explained … More

    Fair or Fowl? Big City Mayors Want You to "Eat Les Chikin"

    Same-sex marriage is a hot-button issue that divides the country and arouses passions on both sides. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, in a recent interview with the Baptist Press responded to a question about opposition toward his support of the traditional family that he was “guilty as charged.” Cathy … More

    ADF Appeals Case of Christian Photographer Who Refused to Photograph Same-Sex Ceremony

    The drive to redefine marriage is inextricably linked with the stubborn habit of punishing those who disagree with the redefinition and hold to marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We were reminded of this on May 31, when the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a … More

    New Research on Children of Same-Sex Parents Suggests Differences Matter

    Two peer-reviewed articles published Sunday in a scholarly journal cast doubt on a core assumption used to advance same-sex marriage. A number of studies and articles have suggested that research shows no difference in outcomes between children whose parents have same-sex relationships and their peers raised by heterosexual parents. For … More

    Court Strikes Down The Defense of Marriage Act

    Today, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held unconstitutional a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining “marriage” exclusively as opposite-sex unions, setting up an all-but-certain Supreme Court case for next year. Acting in response to a Hawaii Supreme Court … More