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Law and Religion UK: Some commentators have observed that dual state-religion marriage regimes operate outside the US, and we suggested that there are important differences that are of relevance when considering the necessity and value of the Pledge. In this post these issues are considered in relation to secular and religious marriage in Europe, with particular reference to the position within the UK.
The Christian Institute: Some of the devastating effects of divorce on children have been revealed in a survey commissioned by family lawyers.
The Houston Chronicle: Texas officials want a federal judge to uphold the state's marriage law, calling a request by same-sex couples to be allowed to immediately marry "untimely" and "out of order."
Christian News Network: A Georgia fire chief has been suspended without pay and has been ordered to undergo sensitivity training after publishing a book that contains quotes decrying homosexual behavior and other forms of sexual perversion.
The Gospel Coalition: Elesa Binner is a paralegal at a small law firm in Roanoke, Virginia. For those on the outside, a career in law often correlates with pursuing truth, righting wrongs, and serving justice—the stuff of courtroom dramas and fast-paced thrillers. For Elesa, though, working in family/domestic law is a way to reflect the kindness and compassion of God.
The Christian Institute: Smacking should not be banned in Wales because the vast majority of parents would be turned into criminals, a columnist has warned.
In the Light of the Law: 13. Distinguish civil marriage from sacramental? Of course. Divide them? No! (25 November 2014) in re Mark McCall. 12. Rusty Reno, “Marriage Pledge is not an imperative conscience” (24 November 2014), Reno’s retraction of part of his argument.
In the Light of the Law: Attorney Mark McCall’s essay on New York marriage law offers another defense of the oddly-named “Marriage Pledge” that, I fear, fails to appreciate what the Pledge actually calls for and, worse, misconstrues the fundamental relationship between so-called civil marriage and Christian matrimony. Let me deal with the latter problem first for it goes to a central point of confusion.
Alliance Defending Freedom: One voice can make such an incredible difference. Sometimes that line can sound almost like a platitude. But it’s a truth amply backed up by the Bible, and by history: somehow, amid all the din of daily life, one clear voice breaks through the ceaseless commotion … draws our focus … clears away the mental debris … condenses a thousand ideas and opinions into a single truth.
The Daily Signal: As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m particularly thankful for marriage—both on a personal level and for the critical role it plays in society. Today, my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. And last week, I was able to join hundreds from around the world at an International Interfaith Colloquium hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican on the complementarity of man and woman.
AP: Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can considers appeals.
The Gospel Coalition: “Rape culture” has come to mean different things for different people, and its use to shame and degrade any perceived misogynistic slight can cause a reflexively defensive attitude among certain sectors of the population.
Breakpoint: Some 60 percent of Americans live in a state where the definition of marriage has been changed to include same-sex couples. And the Supreme Court may soon enshrine the new definition nationwide.
Five Thirty Eight: Same-sex marriage has gained legal acceptance faster than even its most ardent backers could have believed just a few years ago. Now the Census Bureau is racing to adjust to the fast-changing landscape.
The Christian Post: Although Gallup polling from May indicates that American public opinion strongly favors legally recognizing same-sex marriage, 2014 midterm election exit polls found that voters were evenly divided on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Family Studies:“Do you have anyone to help?” This is the question on the lips of the moms at the suburban preschool my kids attend. And it means, have you asked someone—the caterer, the cleaning lady—to help cook and clean for the crowd?
The Christian Institute: An MLA is seeking to introduce a “conscience clause” in Northern Ireland, in response to an equality quango’s legal action against a Christian-run bakery in the Province.
Family Studies: In interviews we conducted with working-class young adults, my wife and I were surprised by the strength of their desires to have a long-lasting marriage and stable family life. But many of them were far from realizing those aspirations. Why? The wide-ranging challenges that frustrate their aspirations, which we must understand in order to find effective solutions, fall into four rough categories: family-of-origin, philosophical, psychological, and financial.
Red State: Even in Atlanta you will be made to care. Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, has been suspended for one month for writing a book in which he maintains orthodox Christian beliefs on sex and marriage.
The Washington Times (AP): Attorney General Bill Schuette and supporters of gay marriage have at least one thing in common: They want the U.S. Supreme Court to use a Michigan case to settle the legality of same-sex nuptials.