Entries by William C. Duncan

Utah still opts for marriage

A recent analysis of data from a large study being conducted by economists at Harvard shows that where one lives seems to dramatically impact odds of marrying. For example, a New York Times story explains: “Spending childhood nearly anywhere in blue America — especially liberal bastions like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington […]

How did we get here?

I had the opportunity last week to participate in a panel discussion at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., on the influence of the ideas and culture of the 1960s on the family policies pursued by the government today. The conference was sponsored by the journal The Family in America. The other panelists were […]

Family issues in the 2015 legislative session

Most of the attention paid to the Utah Legislature’s 2015 session focused, understandably, on the nondiscrimination bill endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There were some other important bills relating to family issues in the session as well, though. Senate Bill 297 This essential companion bill to the nondiscrimination legislation (SB296) […]

Are church walls meant to confine?

The current complexion of the debate about religious liberty has been shaped by three converging cultural streams: an increase in the size of government that has subjected increasing areas of public life to legal regulation, shrinking legal protections for religious liberty and acceptance of open hostility to religion. One obvious manifestation of this latter trend […]

ACLU suit tries to overturn reality

Last week, local news reported a lawsuit filed in federal court by Utah’s ACLU affiliate to force the state to recognize the same-sex spouse of a mother who conceived using “donor” sperm (these kinds of “donations” are typically paid for) from an anonymous man. The lawsuit points to a state law that allows the husband […]

Out of intergenerational poverty

At the end of March, the state issued a report on intergenerational poverty. This is the third annual report and was commissioned in legislation from 2013, the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act, which urged state government agencies to take steps to create a measureable decrease in the rate of intergenerational poverty. The report was issued by […]

Hysteria over Indiana’s protection of religious liberty: Elites take leave of their senses

The reaction to the Indiana Legislature’s enactment of a generic religious liberty law seems increasingly unhinged. The long knives of business, entertainment and political elites are coming out. Even, amusingly, “gamers.” This does little to assuage concerns that proponents of sexual revolution are motivated by animus towards people of faith. The basic reality is that […]

Strong new defense of the constitutionality of marriage

The Heritage Foundation has just published a strong piece of legal analysis by Ryan Anderson and Gene Schaerr on the same-sex marriage issue. Anderson is a prominent defender of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and Schaerr defended Utah’s marriage law in court at a significant professional sacrifice. The analysis demonstrates […]