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The Christian Post: An Arkansas town's controversial transgender ordinance that Michelle Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" had campaigned against has been repealed.
The New York Times: The theory that the falling divorce rate (among other indicators) among college-educated Americans is evidence that marriage has been successfully reinvented in the wake of the sexual revolution; that progressive ideas — the acceptance of premarital sex and cohabitation, an egalitarian vision of gender roles in parenting and breadwinning, a stronger emphasis on romantic compatibility and personal fulfillment — have basically been responsible for that reinvention; and that the main cultural force (setting aside economics) preventing working class Americans from embracing this successful reinvention is the unfortunate persistence of traditionalist norms and attitudes about sex and gender roles.
Law and Religion UK: “It is the Government’s view … that in order to make a decision on whether to take forward the specific proposal to permit legally valid marriage ceremonies for those with non-religious beliefs, it is necessary to carefully consider the legal and technical requirements concerning marriage ceremonies and registration and the range of relevant equality issues. To this end the Government will ask the Law Commission if it will begin as soon as possible a broader review of the law concerning marriage ceremonies." So in brief, the answer is “Er, not just yet”.
The Christian Institute: A judge has today heard further evidence in the case against the controversial Named Person scheme.
Family Studies: But what about the educational disadvantage associated with single parenthood? Is it smaller in poor countries than in rich countries?
Family Studies: To wit: having fewer sexual partners is associated with increased odds of enjoying a high-quality, stable marriage.
Study: Men who use porn are less likely to get married, may be contributing to decline in marriage in the US
The Christian Post: Men who use pornography are less likely to get married, according to a study published last month that shows the easy accessability of porn on the Internet has become a substitute for seeking a marriage partner among men ages 18 to 35.
The Chron (AP): Hawaii's Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a state Republican representative's lawsuit challenging the marriage law.
The New York Times (AP): Prime Minister Enda Kenny says the legalization of same-sex marriage will be put to a public referendum in May.
Russell Moore on Vatican trip: World’s religious leaders optimistic about their fight against the sexual revolution
The Christian Post: Leaders from most of the world's major religious groups who gathered at the Vatican last month for a conference on marriage left optimistic that they can win their fight against the forces of the sexual revolution emanating from the West, Dr. Russell Moore said.
One News Now: Kansas lawmakers are preparing an effort to enshrine religious freedom in state law via a renewed campaign prompted by the urging of several religious leaders.
Christian News Network: An appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that ordered the state of Massachusetts to pay for the sex change operation of a man who was convicted of murder over 20 years ago.
Family Studies: Leah fought with her new husband, Gary, on their wedding night. Within a month, their marriage “crashed and burned.” Leah, then 23, had been in a relationship with Gary since she was sixteen. When they argued before they were married, Leah said they would always fix the problem. “But once we were married,” she said, “we didn’t want to.”
The Atlantic: Jane Austen's classic is 200 years old, but longtime spouses and relationship experts alike stand by the principles it presents.
The Washington Post: “As more states have marriage that includes two men or two women, more people are going to be confronted with a decision: Do I follow my conscience, politely decline to participate in a same-sex celebration and be punished? Or do I surrender my freedom to live and work faithfully at the government’s command?” said Greg Scott, spokesman for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that is advising state legislatures and represents about half a dozen business owners.
Public Discourse: One option for pro-marriage business owners: obey the law and serve same-sex weddings, but make it known publicly that you believe that the law forcing you to do this is unjust, needs to be changed, and is obeyed only out of your respect for law and the democratic process.
WND: “The preeminent social purpose of marriage – and the overriding reason why government recognizes marriage – is to connect children to both of their biological parents,” argued a brief submitted by the Alliance Defending Freedom to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of supporters of a Florida law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
NewsCut: When the Minnesota Legislature convenes in St. Paul next month, it’ll head for a showdown over whether businesses who don’t favor same-sex marriage should be required to do business with same-sex couples. How broad the legislation is isn’t entirely clear yet, since it hasn’t been filed.
Opposing Views: The debate over whether religious shop owners can be compelled to provide services for weddings of same-sex couples continues. One such owner, Jack Phillips, of Lakewood Colorado, finds himself, still, at the heart of that debate.
The New York Times: Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. There are no Halloween treats in his bakery — he does not see devils and witches as a laughing matter. He will not make erotic-themed pastries — they offend his sense of morality. And he declines cake orders for same-sex weddings because he believes Christianity teaches that homosexuality is wrong.