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.

Marriage and our nation’s destiny – Sutherland Soapbox, 3/24/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. In a recent message, I referenced Senator Mike Lee’s January 2015 Heritage … Continue reading

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Senator Mike Lee’s focus on ‘putting families first’ — Sutherland Soapbox, 2/24/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Much has been said over the past several weeks about the number … Continue reading

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Is apple pie next? — Sutherland Soapbox, 2/17/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Motherhood and apple pie, as the idiom suggests, are things we can … Continue reading

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The research so far: Mom + Dad still best for kids

In past decades, a large body of research has developed focused on the question of what family structures are most likely to promote child well-being. The basic consensus — based on comparisons of children raised by married biological parents, single … Continue reading

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Reflections from Rome: Inspiring conference focuses on the complementarity of men and women in marriage

Last week my wife and I had the privilege of attending an historic international, interreligious colloquium in the Vatican.  Entitled Humanum: The Complementarity of Man and Woman, the conference explored the complementarity of men and women in marriage.  Participants came from … Continue reading

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Intergenerational families: Humanity’s keystone species

At Yellowstone last summer, we heard about keystone species, “a species that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to its abundance.” These species solve large ecological problems that would otherwise threaten the very existence of an ecosystem. … Continue reading

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S.L. Tribune op-ed: World Conference of Families does not spread fear

As administrator of the ninth World Congress of Families (WCF) to be held next fall in Salt Lake City, and as a lifelong Utah resident and Latter-day Saint, I appreciate the opportunity that Erika Munson’s Nov. 2 op-ed provides to … Continue reading

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U.N. Human Rights Commission defends the family unit

In a post titled “No Good Document Goes Unpunished,” Laura Bunker of United Families International points out that even the United Nations recognizes the family as the fundamental unit of society. She writes, In observance of the 20th anniversary of … Continue reading

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There’s so much more to caregiving than government ‘support’ – Mero Moment, 7/8/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Big-government advocates at AARP tell us that Utah ranks dead last in support for family caregivers. To be clear, AARP means that Utah … Continue reading

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Self-selected sample sinks same-sex study

An Australian study about the well-being of children in families headed by same-sex couples has been seized upon as an indication that the children benefit from an ungendered structure that creates “a more harmonious family unit … therefore feeding on … Continue reading

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Utah beware! A list of ‘extremists’ and potentially ‘very dangerous’ people at the World Congress of Families

You may have heard a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) spokesman claim on Utah radio that Sutherland Institute will be bringing 3,000 “extremists” and “very dangerous” people to Utah to attend the ninth World Congress of Families (WCF) next year. That … Continue reading

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

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 to … Continue reading

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Why the ‘natural family’ matters to the community

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 of … Continue reading

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Dodgy social science in the Utah same-sex marriage case

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 and … Continue reading

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Family and poverty

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 during … Continue reading

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