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.

Marriage: a cornerstone, not a luxury good — Sutherland Soapbox, 12/16/14

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. Prominent sociologist Andrew Cherlin had an interesting piece in the New York … 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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6th Circuit marriage decision is powerfully protective of liberty – Sutherland Soapbox, 11/11/14

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.  Last week’s decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth … Continue reading

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Statement on 6th Circuit Court marriage decision

In a strong, well-reasoned opinion, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has vindicated the rights of the people of those states to recognize marriage as the union of a husband and wife. It is … Continue reading

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Take the long view of court’s (non)decision on marriage — Sutherland Soapbox, 10/7/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.  Utah’s marriage law, and a measure of its self-determination, has now been wiped out by the inaction of the U.S. Supreme Court. As … Continue reading

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Statement on Supreme Court’s refusal to hear marriage case

Children are entitled to be raised by a married mother and father. Sutherland Institute is deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has failed to correct the lawlessness of lower courts that have deprived the people of Utah and other states … Continue reading

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‘A secular society is not our judge’

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the LDS Church minced no words about the true nature of marriage last month during a commencement speech at BYU: Social and political pressures to change marriage laws are resulting in practices contrary to God’s … Continue reading

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Not so fast: Federal judge says Constitution doesn’t require redefining marriage

Perhaps the most powerful argument for same-sex marriage has been that it is “inevitable.” It’s powerful because it contains an implicit threat: If you think there is something unique and uniquely valuable about marriage between a husband and wife — … Continue reading

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A possible Supreme Court twist in Utah’s marriage case

Last week, Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that Utah’s marriage amendment (approved by the Legislature and two-thirds of voters in 2004) is unconstitutional because the … Continue reading

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UtahPolicy.com poll: Most Utahns oppose same-sex marriage

A new Dan Jones/UtahPolicy.com poll shows that a majority of Utahns are “completely opposed” to same-sex marriage – and “completely support” Utah’s legal defense of Amendment 3: A new Zions Bank/UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds 53% … Continue reading

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Human rights court: Civil unions are good enough

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in a case involving a Finnish transsexual that there is no legal right to “gay marriage” and that a civil union is sufficient for same-sex couples. From the LifeSite website: The European … Continue reading

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Make marriage easy to break, and guess what? – Mero Moment, 8/5/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. If you make something easy to break, it gets broken. This is self-evident. It’s why poorly made toys break more often and poorly … Continue reading

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What is marriage – and why is it a matter of public policy?

I’m not going to say anything about morality, anything about theology or anything about tradition. There are some people who talk about marriage and talk about the same-sex marriage debate in terms of a moral argument, a theological argument or … Continue reading

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Is it to be civil debate or ‘stamp-’em-all-out’?

In a revealing Twitter exchange, Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson and The New York Times’ Josh Barro debated whether human beings who support traditional marriage are “people unworthy of respect” and whose attitudes should be “stamp[ed] out, ruthlessly,” in Barro’s words. … Continue reading

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Deseret News: Utah granted stay in same-sex-marriage case

(Deseret News) The U.S. Supreme Court put recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah on hold until the outcome of the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling. Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted the state’s petition Friday for a stay after … Continue reading

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