Entries by William C. Duncan

Justice Thomas on liberty and dignity

Although it has received less attention than the more comprehensive opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts and the wittier and more and biting opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent in the recent marriage case contains powerful insights into a divide between those who are promoting the cause of moral revolution and those […]

2 moms on birth certificate? Case highlights 2 pressing needs

In their recent marriage decision, the Supreme Court justices voting for redefinition were so focused on adult interests in securing the government’s approbation of their relationships, that they appeared not to recognize the decision would soon have significant implications for the interests of children. An early implication of the decision is evident in a recent […]

It’s all about me

Invoking vague catchphrases and platitudes about the autonomous self, a bare majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the 14th Amendment contained a hitherto unknown requirement that each state redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. This requirement, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, comes from “rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to […]

Happy Father’s (and Mother’s) Day

For 30 years, Edgar Guest wrote a poem a day for the Detroit Free Press. Hs cross-town “rival” Anne Campbell at the Detroit News wrote six poems a week for 20 years.* They both wrote about many things, as one would have to with that kind of an output, but a lot about children and […]

A child’s perspective

Our laws and broader policies have a complicated relationship with the interests of children. On the one hand, children typically have no formal role in making law. They may even be excluded, for policy reasons, from weighing in on matter that directly affect their lives. For example, state laws do not give children a voice […]

Why is big business toeing the line set by lefty elites?

One thing that has surprised some people about the religious liberty debates in states like Indiana, Louisiana and Arkansas is the vociferous opposition to religious liberty protections from large corporations. Similarly, many large corporations filed a brief encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to mandate same-sex marriage on all the states. What gives? Why are businesses […]

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 […]