Category Archives: Family

Family Issues in Utah

Strong families lead to stronger communities. Family issues—and court rulings, legislation, and pop culture that affects them—cover a large swath of American and local politics, especially these days when liberal legislation and activist judges are undoing what made this country great in the first place. Even though countless studies have shown that strong societies require strong, natural families, there’s a battle being fought between traditional values and new age liberalism. Sutherland Institute is firmly on the side of traditional values.

Use this website as a reference for anything related to family issues in Utah and the rest of the country.

Sutherland’s amicus brief calls marriage and family ‘pre-political institutions’

Tweet Sutherland Institute filed an amicus curiae brief Monday with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the state’s appeal of Kitchen v. Herbert – the case in which the judge struck down Utah’s Amendment 3, briefly allowing same-sex marriages … Continue reading

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Why the ‘natural family’ matters to the community

Tweet Many Utahns are asking why, exactly, the “natural family” is so vital. The short answer is this: A free society requires formal and broad recognition that the natural family is the fundamental unit of society. Marriage is the cornerstone … Continue reading

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Dodgy social science in the Utah same-sex marriage case

Tweet In their recent submissions to a federal court judge who’s being asked to mandate same-sex marriage in Utah, the plaintiffs included a declaration from a sociologist, Charlotte Patterson, who commonly weighs in on litigation with the message that mothers … Continue reading

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Family and poverty

Tweet On Father’s Day 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama spoke at the Apostolic Church in Chicago. He spoke about families and how tragic it is that half of all black children live in single-parent homes. He said this rate had doubled … Continue reading

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DOMA ruling reveals ultimate goal of “gay rights” activists

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Recent Supreme Court decisions regarding homosexual rights have confirmed the validity of the old adage that, “The devil always oversteps his … Continue reading

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Understanding the “Gay Agenda”: Part 1 – In the Beginning

Tweet The following is part 1 of a multi-part series covering some of the history and tactics of the “gay rights” movement. By the fall of 1987, AIDS was devastating the homosexual community throughout America. The well-documented promiscuity among homosexuals … Continue reading

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‘Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women’

Tweet In 2008, the daughter of novelist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, wrote about how her mother’s extreme feminism poisoned her life. Rebecca Walker rued her upbringing and praised the happiness that motherhood has now brought her. Her … Continue reading

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Will this Legislature uphold or undermine ideals of family?

Tweet Animating the Sutherland Institute’s efforts on family issues at the Legislature is the principle that individual family disintegration or failure to form is not the only problem our society faces. The increasing social and legal acceptance of family breakdown … Continue reading

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America’s demographic cliff

Tweet Will a lack of children lead to America’s decline? Jonathan V. Last wrote a thought-provoking essay for Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about “America’s Baby Bust”: For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country’s brutal … Continue reading

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Talking past each other

Tweet The phrase “talking past each other” surely applies to the “debate” in which we are supposedly engaged over the meaning of marriage as it relates to divorce, redefinition, cohabitation, unwed parenting, etc.  On one side, there are discussions of … Continue reading

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Weighing decisions of character against feelings of discomfort

Tweet In our continued debates over moral issues, it is not uncommon for politicians, opinion leaders and others to announce that, after agonizing over the issue, they have decided to change positions or announce positions in favor of things like … Continue reading

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Spending our children’s inheritance

Tweet One of the gems in Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France is his description of the tradition threatened by the social engineering of the French Revolution as an “entailed inheritance derived to us from our forefathers, and … Continue reading

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Polyamory and willful blindness?

Tweet Imagine a scenario where a small child is allowed to play with loaded weapons without meaningful oversight from the parents. Then imagine the parents excuse their behavior by saying that the child had not yet been shot or shot … Continue reading

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Academic witch hunt ends in acquittal

Tweet A Child Trends report in 2002 concluded: “First, research clearly demonstrates that family structure matters for children, and the family structure that helps children the most is a family headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage.” There … Continue reading

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Helen Gurley Brown and the American family

Tweet Helen Gurley Brown’s death last week was followed by a number of laudatory stories about her trail-blazing career at Cosmopolitan magazine. Undoubtedly she was successful, measured by influence and money. But I find it hard to lionize her career … Continue reading

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