Category Archives: Marriage

Traditional Marriage, DOMA & More Topics Important to Utahans>

Marriage is a sacred bond. Marriage is trust. Marriage is the glue which keeps society together. Traditional marriage is also under attack.

Valuing marriage is the hallmark of any successful society. The benefits are innumerable. Studies have shown that married couples earn more money than cohabitating adults. Children raised by a married father and a mother are less likely to be poor, more likely to graduate school, and less vulnerable to depression. Strong marriages lead to lower crime rates. The argument for strong, traditional marriage is hard to disagree with. Why are the courts, the media, and liberal organizations trying to dismantle the tried and true path toward social stability? Parts of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have been struck down by activist judges.

As society chooses the path of irrationality and reckless behavior, let Sutherland Institute be your beacon of light when it comes to traditional marriage, same-sex marriage, DOMA, and more.

Who’s next to be ‘Eiched’? – Mero Moment, 4/8/14

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Here is a name you won’t soon forget: Brendan Eich. Like so many other success stories out of Silicon Valley, Brendan Eich … Continue reading

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Video: A citizen’s guide to the Utah marriage case, Part 2

Tweet   Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society and executive director of the Marriage Law Foundation, provides a citizen’s guide to the key arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Utah … Continue reading

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Video: A citizen’s guide to the Utah marriage case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Tweet To help Utahns get a better grasp on this historic case, Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society and executive director of the Marriage Law Foundation, provides a citizen’s guide to the key arguments … Continue reading

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Michigan judge’s dismissal of research was unbelievable

Tweet This op-ed by William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society, was published March 29 in The Salt Lake Tribune. What does “unbelievable” mean? To most of us, it means that something is clearly not true … Continue reading

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How state attorneys should have defended Amendment 3

Tweet Paul Mero delves into due process, equal protection, and substance in the second part of an essay that lays out what state attorneys should have argued in the Kitchen v. Herbert case (which resulted in the overturning of Utah’s … Continue reading

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The argument that should have been made

Tweet On Dec. 20, 2013, federal district court Judge Robert Shelby ruled Utah’s marriage law unconstitutional after the state attorneys who were assigned to defend the law failed to make a compelling case. A new paper by Sutherland Institute says … Continue reading

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Sen. Reid responds to LDS Church statement on same-sex marriage

Tweet I wholeheartedly support the LDS Church authorities’ call for civility among all those engaged in the public dialogue over same-sex marriage. In addition, their statement reminds all of us that faith leaders and people of religious conscience have First … Continue reading

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Supreme Court stay is a step toward sanity

Tweet This blog post was also published here at National Review. This morning, just a few minutes after the last submission from the state of Utah had been received, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a stay of a trial-court judge’s … Continue reading

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What Justice Scalia really said

Tweet A recent opinion piece in The Salt Lake Tribune tried to recruit Justice Antonin Scalia to the cause of redefining marriage. Here’s the passage: Even Justice Antonin Scalia, an ardent foe of gay rights, has recognized the folly of … Continue reading

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Supreme court DOMA and Prop 8 marriage cases: a preliminary analysis

Tweet The U.S. Supreme Court has now issued its decisions in the two marriage cases, both on 5-4 votes. In the Proposition 8 case, the majority said that since the group that had brought the measure to the voters had … Continue reading

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Redefining marriage: good for business?

Tweet Here’s an anecdote to add to the discussion over redefining marriage. The Blaze reported on an article from Chief Executive magazine listing the “Best and Worst States for Business.” The top states are: Texas Florida North Carolina Tennessee Indiana … Continue reading

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Substantive equal protection and the definition of marriage

Tweet A conventional narrative of constitutional history says that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the U.S. Supreme Court commonly used the “due process” clause of the Fifth and 14th amendments to strike down laws, particularly in the … Continue reading

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Talking about marriage: a new conversation?

Tweet On January 29, the Institute for American Values announced a New Marriage Conversation. The conversation was intended to address the “hollowing out of marriage in mainstream America” by bringing “together gays and lesbians who want to strengthen marriage with … Continue reading

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Why marriage is so important to society

Tweet The Heritage Foundation has written an excellent post outlining why marriage matters. Here are the main points of the piece, written by Ryan T. Anderson, along with a few of my own thoughts:  “[M]arriage exists to bring a man … Continue reading

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Trib columnist shows honesty about logic of ‘gay marriage’

Tweet One question we’ve often asked those who advocate for “gay marriage” has been this: If you believe that legal recognition of marriage should be based only on “love” – as opposed to the rights of children, or the benefits … Continue reading

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