Tag Archives: same-sex marriage

The argument that should have been made

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 a … Continue reading

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

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 Amendment … Continue reading

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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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Supreme Court stay is a step toward sanity

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 mandate … 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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Clueless AG Office lawyers opened door for Shelby’s specious ruling

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Four days is a long time for me to be silent about the “gay marriage” ruling in Utah. I’ve thought through this, read … Continue reading

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What Justice Scalia really said

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 Utah’s … Continue reading

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Dodgy social science in the Utah same-sex marriage case

In their recent submissions to a federal court judge who’s being asked to mandate same-sex marriage in Utah, the plaintiffs included a declaration from a sociologist, Charlotte Patterson, who commonly weighs in on litigation with the message that mothers and … 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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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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Substantive equal protection and the definition of marriage

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 economic … 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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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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