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.

When Tiger Woods’ values disintegrated, so did his world

  Tiger Woods recently announced that he and his longtime caddie Steve Williams parted ways. Williams’ departure is simply the latest in the stream of friends, family members and corporate partners who have left in the wake of Woods’ stunning … Continue reading

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Faith, family, free markets: fertile ground for happiness

  America’s founders believed that God endowed us with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” Let’s focus on the third unalienable … Continue reading

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Tribune article stacks up ironies

  Last Friday’s edition of The Salt Lake Tribune included a story titled, “Gay BYU filmmaker ready to tell his story,” by Peggy Fletcher Stack (July 8, 2011). The article is about Kendall Wilcox, yet Ms. Stack appropriates Mr. Wilcox’s … Continue reading

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Advocacy research in the ‘gay rights’ arena: a follow-up

  Two months ago, I wrote a post about advocacy research: “scholarly” research driven by a political agenda rather than a scientific agenda, often at the expense of objectivity and methodological rigor. The specific study I cited as an example … Continue reading

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Is it bigotry to support traditional marriage?

  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 “the … Continue reading

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Video games, parental rights and double standards

  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 is … Continue reading

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

  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 Utah … Continue reading

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Is marriage doomed with the young?

  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 percentage … Continue reading

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Teaching children in schools: a sacred trust that demands scrutiny

  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 under … Continue reading

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Suburbs Emptied of Children?

USA Today ran an interesting article (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-06-03-fewer-children-census-suburbs_n.htm) 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 increasingly … Continue reading

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All children need a father

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 the … Continue reading

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Will Utah courts allow cohabiting adults to adopt?

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. He … Continue reading

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

  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 million … Continue reading

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

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 Due … Continue reading

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The growing culture against winning

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 culture … Continue reading

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