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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.

Amicus brief to Supreme Court explains churches’ interest in Prop 8 case

Among the submissions to the U.S. Supreme Court explaining why the federal Constitution does not require states to redefine marriage is an important amicus brief representing a number of religious denominations, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. … Continue reading

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Can we save marriage by redefining it?

A peculiar case for redefining marriage posits that the institution can be strengthened by redefining it. More people will then, the argument goes, want to marry or at least will want to strengthen marriages generally. The challenge is that the … Continue reading

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Why the Supreme Court marriage decision is good news

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review two decisions of lower federal courts that had struck down two laws preserving the definition of marriage as the union of a husband and wife. One of the laws was the … Continue reading

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A consequential time for marriage

What if the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a policy of “gay marriage” on the entire country, in spite of the fact that nearly two-thirds of states maintain a traditional definition of marriage? On the other hand, what if the court … Continue reading

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'Freedom to marry'

If you believe that the “freedom to marry” includes any relationship outside of one man and one woman, you don’t understand the meaning of freedom. Most people are at liberty to do a great many things, but not all personal … Continue reading

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The intrinsic good of marriage

One of the events in the John Adams Center’s recent Goods of Family conference (a really important event put on by the Center’s director, Ralph Hancock) was a superb lecture by Russell Hittinger of the University of Tulsa. Dr. Hittinger … Continue reading

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Anti-discrimination laws and marriage

Many people wonder why conservatives who speak up for traditional marriage and the natural family also often oppose fundamentally flawed laws that would add “sexual orientation” to anti-discrimination laws. If you ask some “gay rights” advocates, the answer is simple: … Continue reading

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The mistakes of ‘the gay mind’

Recently I wrote about “the secular mind” in The Salt Lake Tribune. With this blog post I write about “the gay mind.” By way of preface, four items: First, I want to make clear that I’m speaking generally about the … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage inevitable? Not so fast

At a Sutherland Institute event in April 2011, Maggie Gallagher noted that victory in a war comes when one side believes it is no longer worth fighting. Thus, one of the most important arguments made by those who want to … Continue reading

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Defending traditional marriage at UVU ethics week

Utah Valley University’s Center for the Study of Ethics very kindly invited me to give a speech on “The Meaning of Traditional Marriage” on Sept. 18 as part of an Ethics Awareness Week In the speech I tried to explain what … Continue reading

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Playing chicken with religious liberty

Hopefully many readers have been to Chick-fil-A recently. After the company’s president expressed his belief that marriage is the union of a husband and wife, four big town mayors have threatened to prevent the company from doing business in their … Continue reading

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Protect marriage, protect life

The small and brave contingent of the University Faculty for Life was in Utah recently for their annual conference hosted this year at Brigham Young University. My presentation examined the linkages between the deconstruction of marriage as a social institution … Continue reading

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What’s the big rush to get divorced?

In the 2012 session, the Utah Legislature took a welcome baby step toward restoring moral seriousness to the state’s treatment of divorce by restoring the (very short) 90-day waiting period before filing and finalization. At the other end of the … Continue reading

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Video: Marriage gap linked to lack of college education

According to Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, marriage is losing ground among Americans who are not college-educated. Those who are college-educated stay married longer and have more marital stability. This marriage gap … Continue reading

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How marriage affects the economy

What do personal choices regarding marriage have to do with the economy? Quite a bit, according to a number of studies. Take a look at this report, a synthesis of recent research regarding marriage and the economy, which Sutherland co-published … Continue reading

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