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.

Is it bigotry to support traditional marriage?

Tweet   The most prominent theme in same-sex marriage advocacy is that opposition to gay marriage is bigotry. The charge is inherent in the idea that redefining marriage is a civil rights imperative and that those who resist are on … Continue reading

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Video games, parental rights and double standards

Tweet   Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent games to minors strike me as interesting, to say the least. Regardless of where one stands on this particular ruling, it … Continue reading

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Paved with good intentions: the Utah Supreme Court’s flawed analysis in Jensen v. Cunningham

Tweet   On April 30, 2003, 12-year-old Parker Jensen was taken to a doctor to have a small growth under his tongue removed. A long nightmare for the Parker family had begun, culminating in a recent legal decision by the … Continue reading

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Is marriage doomed with the young?

Tweet   The Deseret News recently ran a story on a new poll that suggests young people support same-sex marriage in high numbers. Shortly before this story came out, Gallup reported on a poll in which Americans were asked what … Continue reading

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Teaching children in schools: a sacred trust that demands scrutiny

Tweet   As I recently gave a presentation to a class of fifth-graders, I was reminded of the sacred trust we place in schoolteachers. When parents send their children off to school, perhaps sometimes reluctantly, they leave their little ones … Continue reading

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Suburbs Emptied of Children?

Tweet USA Today ran an interesting article ( pointing out one of the findings from the new Census data being released: “Children, the mainstay of suburbia and residential neighborhoods across the nation for more than a half-century, are fewer and … Continue reading

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All children need a father

Tweet The front page of the May 22 Deseret News carried an excellent story on fatherlessness in the United States. The experts interviewed for the story explained clearly the heightened risk to children who are raised without their fathers when … Continue reading

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Will Utah courts allow cohabiting adults to adopt?

Tweet The Deseret News has good coverage of family issues. The Sunday, May 15, edition included an excellent editorial by Dr. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia, who summarized some of the research on child outcomes in cohabiting households. … Continue reading

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Sundance Film Festival brings much more than money to Utah — and you may not like it

Tweet   The Sundance Film Festival brings a lot of economic activity to Utah, but is the festival something the state should endorse using tax dollars and legislation? A recent report estimates that the 2011 Sundance Film Festival produced $70.9 … Continue reading

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What ‘equal marriage’ advocates don’t seem to get

Tweet Two California gay couples recently scored a victory in federal district court in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. The case, which is now in appeal, is based on the argument that Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection and … Continue reading

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The growing culture against winning

Tweet What is this growing culture against winning? Perhaps it’s just Utah. Maybe it’s more widespread. In either case, it seems more and more people are embracing a culture of mediocrity in life, not just sports. Maybe the broader, government-entitlement … Continue reading

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The solution to early puberty: more talk about sexuality – or more involved parents?

Tweet On Thursday, the Deseret News ran a story about recent reports that say the average age of puberty in girls seems to be falling, with some experiencing it as early as 7 or 8. The article includes both good … Continue reading

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‘Gay Rights’ and Advocacy Research: When a Political Agenda Drives ‘Objective’ Scholarship

Tweet In the “gay rights” policy arena, we often see headlines about what may best be termed “advocacy research.” Advocacy research includes academic studies, conducted by supposedly objective scholars, which either try to draw politically relevant conclusions based on mediocre … Continue reading

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Fighting Addiction: The Individual, Family, Community and Government

Tweet A recent tragedy in my extended family has spurred some thoughts regarding addiction. A relative of ours overdosed on drugs. It’s not clear whether it was intentional or if it was a “hot” batch of drugs that took his … Continue reading

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