Supreme Court Debates Meaning of Marriage and Consequences of Judicial Redefinition
Rather than rush to a fifty-state “solution” on marriage policy for the entire country, the Supreme Court should allow the laboratories of democracy the time and space to see how redefining marriage will impact society as a whole.
Redefining Marriage Would Erode Religious Liberty and Free Speech Rights of Citizens and Churches
Finding a right to same-sex marriage in the Fourteenth Amendment would threaten the religious liberty of citizens and organizations who support marriage and silence or chill the speech of dissenters.
Gender-Diverse Marriage Laws Do Not Infringe the Liberty of Gay and Lesbian Americans
According to a recent amicus brief by scholars of liberty, same-sex marriage is not only counter to the Supreme Court’s long line of personal liberty cases, it may even be prohibited by them.
“Sex Change” Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know
The dark and troubling history of the contemporary transgender movement, with its enthusiastic approval of gender-reassignment surgery, has left a trail of misery in its wake.
A Warning from Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights
Americans need to understand that the endgame of the LGBT rights movement involves centralized state power—and the end of First Amendment freedoms.
Marriage, Self-Government, and Civility
Those suing to overturn state marriage laws are not merely asking the Court to recognize a new right. They are asking the Court to declare that the Constitution removes this issue from democratic deliberation.
The Fall of Fertility: How Redefining Marriage Will Further Declining Birthrates in the United States
Redefining marriage undermines the ties between marriage and procreation. This will contribute to already declining fertility rates in the United States as marriage rates drop and marriage becomes even more adult-centric in meaning and function. The consequences to the economy and society will be harmful and multifaceted.
Judicially Mandating Same-Sex Marriage Would Put the US at Odds with the Western World
Fewer than 9 percent of the countries belonging to the United Nations have redefined marriage to include same-sex relationships—and only one of those did so via its judiciary. A judicial redefinition of marriage would make the United States an extreme outlier on the global stage.
Just the Facts, Ma’am: Rebutting the False “Inevitability” Narrative
More than fifty million people have, by their votes, demonstrated that they continue to understand the profound importance of marriage. They deserve better than to have the decision to protect or redefine marriage taken out of their hands by the Supreme Court.
Justice Scalia’s Worst Opinion
Antonin Scalia is one of the most brilliant, principled, sound, and thoughtful jurists ever to sit on the Supreme Court. But twenty-five years ago today, his legal skills utterly failed him.
“Conservative” Judicial Activism for Gay Marriage: With Amici Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
A group of distinguished conservative public servants, policy makers, and political operatives has signed an amicus brief saying the US Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage. They argue that this is the truly conservative position—but it takes quite a bit of logical contortion to accept their argument.
Redefining Marriage Would Put Kids of Heterosexuals At Risk
The metamorphosis of marriage from a gendered to a genderless institution would send the message that society no longer needs men to bond to women to form well-functioning families or to raise happy, well-adjusted children. That would be bad news for children of heterosexuals on the margins: the poor, the relatively uneducated, the irreligious, and others who are susceptible to cultural messages promoting casual or uncommitted sex.
PS, Justice Kennedy: Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t Good for Kids
Same-sex parenting is not unique in the alternative family landscape. What is unique is encouraging an alternative parenting structure guaranteed to deny a child’s right to a biological parent.
The Coming Combustion: Faith and Fear on the Streets of Cuba
Cubans are ready for change—even if it comes by way of violence.
Wolf Hall: Tudor History through an Anti-Historical, Anti-Catholic Lens
Anti-Catholic animus or simple error disguised as history or art will not advance our understanding of a complex and divided period of conflict.
Civil Courage and Transcendent Truth: The Enduring Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life left a vital legacy of civil courage rooted in transcendent truth. His death is an example of joyful hope amidst suffering.
David Bentley Hart Jumps the Shark: Why Animals Don’t Go to Heaven
Thomists don’t believe that animals go to heaven, but not for the reasons that David Bentley Hart seems to think. Unlike human beings, non-human animals are entirely corporeal creatures—all matter and no spirit.
Dear Monica: Cyberbullying Is Wrong – But So Is Adultery
Monica Lewinsky has reappeared on the national stage and is speaking out against cyberbullying. Perhaps she should consider addressing the breakdown of the American family instead.
Now Is the Time to Talk About Religious Liberty
Religious liberty is precisely what allows a pluralistic society to live together in peace.
Passover, Abortion, and Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ginsburg praises the heroic women who defied Pharaoh’s authority to save the Hebrews’ baby boys from death. Apparently, she does not have an eye for contemporary parallels.
The Perils of Political Propaganda: Mass Hysteria over Indiana
It’s fine for people to express disagreement with the Indiana RFRA—if they know what’s in it. We must not allow ourselves to be manipulated by political propagandists into mob hysteria.
I Was a Transgender Woman
The reprieve provided by surgery and life as a woman was only temporary. Hidden deep underneath the make-up and female clothing was the little boy hurt by childhood trauma, and he was making himself known.