Tag Archives: marriage

How Judge Shelby got the 14th Amendment wrong

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution has been at the epicenter of most controversial court decisions over the past 40 years. … Continue reading

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Why the ‘natural family’ matters to the community

Many Utahns are asking why, exactly, the “natural family” is so vital. The short answer is this: A free society requires formal and broad recognition that the natural family is the fundamental unit of society. Marriage is the cornerstone of … Continue reading

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Judge Shelby’s dubious decision: sophistic logic, pop psychology, and conclusory reasoning

Judge Robert Shelby holds the dubious distinction of being the first federal judge following the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision to come to the novel conclusion that the United States Constitution requires a state to redefine marriage to include same-sex … Continue reading

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Some habits are hard to break

The Salt Lake Tribune reported recently on the legal answer filed in the federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s marriage laws. It seems that in response to the filing, an activist group brought a copy of the Constitution to the attorney general’s … Continue reading

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What can we expect from judges?

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to bring lawsuits in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia alleging the U.S. Constitution mandates redefining marriage in those states’ laws to include same-sex couples. It was probably not a good sign that shortly … Continue reading

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The bottom line in the marriage cases

With Supreme Court decisions imminent in two cases about marriage, it is good to remember the question the court is being asked to answer. The two cases ask the same basic question: Does the U.S. Constitution require a state (Proposition … Continue reading

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Redefining marriage: good for business?

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 The … Continue reading

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Talking about marriage: a new conversation?

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 straight … Continue reading

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Defending the pillars of society

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: Last week, at the Sutherland Institute annual dinner, our special guest was Professor Robbie George from Princeton. Professor George is described by … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage and our better selves

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: Last week the United States Supreme Court received arguments in two cases regarding same-sex marriage. The Proposition 8 case out of California … Continue reading

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Why marriage is so important to society

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 and … Continue reading

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Trib columnist shows honesty about logic of ‘gay marriage’

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 or … Continue reading

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Op-ed: The House has got dating all wrong

There is an axiom that Utah culture is only a decade, perhaps even only a few years, behind a broader American culture in decline. Recently, as the Utah House of Representatives debated the Dating Violence Protection Act, HB50, further evidence … Continue reading

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Will this Legislature uphold or undermine ideals of family?

Animating the Sutherland Institute’s efforts on family issues at the Legislature is the principle that individual family disintegration or failure to form is not the only problem our society faces. The increasing social and legal acceptance of family breakdown and … Continue reading

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What is marriage? The divorce edition

It is a tired trope that people who care about marriage are inordinately worried about it being redefined and should just work to address the problem of divorce. Of course, in fact, they have been doing just that for a … Continue reading

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