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    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

    Ideology, Not Science, Behind Redefining Marriage

    Severe flaws and limitations exist in the scientific research into the relatively new phenomenon of same-sex parenting, argue preeminent political scientists Leon R. Kass and Harvey C. Mansfield in a brief filed with the Supreme Court by Nelson Lund. The scholars urge the Court not to redefine marriage based on … More

    Decoding the Constitutional Challenges to Traditional Marriage

    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 on March 26 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on March 27. With the arguments fast approaching, the parties’ briefs and amicus curiae briefs have started to trickle in—tackling the various issues raised in these … More

    The Giglio Smear: When Faith Is Called Bigotry

    Pastor Louie Giglio, whose Passion Movement has raised millions of dollars toward ending sex trafficking, removed himself from offering the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration after previous statements on biblical sexual ethics came to light. On January 9, the liberal political blog Think Progress brought attention to a sermon … More

    The Future of Marriage and the Wisdom of Tradition

    As Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and I argue in The Wall Street Journal, the future of marriage is the future of humanity. Conservatives rightly uphold the institution of marriage between a man and a woman because marriage is the seedbed of society, the necessary precondition for limited self-government. But … More

    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

    VIDEO: The Bloggers Briefing with U.S. Civil Rights Commissioners

    The U.S. Supreme Court will wade into the contentious debate over racial discrimination when it hears Fisher v. University of Texas this October. Two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will outline what’s at stake at today’s Bloggers Briefing. The briefing airs live at noon ET. Abigail Fisher … More

    Reasoning for Marriage

    The majority of Americans think it best to keep civil marriage as the union of a man and a woman. But a handful of judges have overruled the reasonable judgments and will of the people and their elected representatives, claiming that animus and anti-gay bigotry underlie such conclusions. For example, … More

    Next Stop for Proposition 8: U.S. Supreme Court

    It was no surprise today that the most liberal (and most-overturned) federal appeals court in the nation, the Ninth Circuit, refused a request for a rehearing by the entire court of the decision by a three-judge panel that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. This means that the proponents of Proposition … More

    Wedded to the Truth

    Americans don’t like to be misled, which is why the guys on the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters can make such a good living debunking false beliefs. However, before you can disprove a “myth,” you have to start with a myth—something that’s simply not true. Recently, the Washington Post’s Sunday “Five Myths” … More