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Marriage, Marketing, and Intimidation

Over at The Public Discourse, Doug Mainwaring has written a fantastic article about the tactics that marriage redefiners increasingly embrace, and how marriage supporters must fight back against substance-lacking intimidation and personal attacks. Advocates of same-sex marriage have aggressively used the media, political correctness, and manipulation to push their agenda on the American people, Mainwaring […]

Bishop Morlino: Marriage is First "Domino" of Civilization

Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, said he is “deeply saddened” by a federal judge’s recent judicial activism against Wisconsin’s marriage amendment.  Bishop Morlino promised to continue defending marriage and its vital role in society. Bishop Morlino said, in part (emphasis added): Marriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between […]

Marriage Debate Far From Over

Kenneth D. Whitehead recently wrote in Crisis Magazine that the marriage debate is far from over.  A court-imposed redefinition of marriage will not settle the debate, he wrote, nor will government coercion of bakers, photographers, or florists who refuse to participate in same-sex “weddings.” Comparing the current marriage debate to the debate over abortion before […]

Human Rights Campaign: "Fear is a Healthy Motivator"

So the so-called Human Rights Campaign finally admits that they support scaring people into agreeing, or pretending to agree, with them when it comes to marriage.  The group also admits that they “judge” attorneys who work to defend marriage, despite previously decrying anything they saw as “judgmental.”  These not-so-shocking admissions come in a recent Reuters news article titled U.S. law firms flock […]

Why Academic Freedom Matters (Now More Than Ever)

On May 19, the Intercollegiate Review published a brilliant essay authored by Robert P. George, NOM’s founding Chairman. The essay is adapted from George’s new book, Conscience and Its Enemies: Exposing the Dogmas of Secular Liberalism.  It explores why academic freedom is necessary: Perhaps it is worth pausing to ask why we care—or should care—so much about intellectual […]

Marriage Debate Has High Stakes

The stakes have never been higher as advocates of redefining marriage continue to push for a radical reordering of the most basic foundation of society. A recent article out of Oklahoma describes many of the concerns that pro-family advocates have about the push to re-define marriage, particularly as it relates to religious liberty:  …for opponents the damage […]

Push for Racial Equality Different from Marriage Redefinition

Equating redefining marriage to civil rights is a popular tactic of the other side.  Jeff Shafer of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that the principles underlying the push for racial equality are very different from the principles behind the push to redefine marriage: May 17 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, in which the […]

ICYMI: Black Pastors Argue Redefining Marriage Not Comparable to Civil Rights Struggle

Last week, a coalition of black pastors said that it’s incorrect and offensive to compare redefining marriage to the civil rights movement.  The group held a press conference to announce an amicus brief being filed in favor of Michigan’s marriage amendment. The Thomas More Law Center filed the amicus on behalf of more than 100 black pastors from Detroit, Michigan, and […]

Valley Family Forum Sponsoring a Bus to the March for Marriage

The Valley Family Forum, directed by Dean Welty,  is hosting NOM’s President, Brian Brown, as the keynote speaker at the Forum’s 13th Annual “Salute to the Family” dinner on May 27th. The Forum has also announced that they will be chartering a bus from Harrisonburg, VA to come to the March for Marriage! You can find the […]

ICYMI: New Heritage Research Piece Explains Why the Analogy between Same-sex Marriage and Interracial Marriage is a False One

From Ryan Anderson, on The Foundry blog at Heritage: Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage? One refrain in debates over marriage policy is that laws designating marriage as exclusively the union of male and female are today’s equivalent of bans on interracial marriage. Some further argue that protecting the freedom […]

Pope: "The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman."

From CNSNews: During his General Audience speech at St. Peter’s Square on Apr. 2, before a crowd estimated at 45,000, Pope Francis first cited Genesis, saying, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them. … Therefore a man leaves his father and […]

"Notre Dame, you have a voice..."

A group of plucky students at Notre Dame made news this week with a petition to the University officials “to take up the defense of marriage at this pivotal moment in the national discussion surrounding this foundational institution.” The Cardinal Newman Society provides more details: The petition was created by members of the newly formed […]

Gay British Critics on Redefining Marriage: "A Disastrous Miscalculation"

The Christian Institute reports: Same-sex marriage”fundamentally changes” the definition of the institution and only a few homosexual “protesters” even wanted the change, two gay commentators have said. Art critic Brian Sewell and newspaper columnist Andrew Pierce made their comments as the first same-sex weddings in the UK took place on Saturday. The article continues: [Sewell] commented that […]

Michigan's Catholic Bishops: Judge's decision "strikes at the very essence of family, community and human nature"

The Catholic bishops of the seven archdioceses and dioceses of Michigan released a statement Friday responding to the decision by federal district court Judge Bernard Friedman finding Michigan’s Marriage Amendment unconstitutional – a decision they called “most regrettable.” The statement is posted on the site of the Michigan Catholic Conference, and reads in part: Today’s decision from […]

Cruz: Obama Administration "Most Hostile to Marriage" in Nation's History

From Politico [emphasis added]: The Texas Republican has been plugging his State Marriage Defense Act, a bill he introduced with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to require the federal government to respect state laws defining marriage between a man and a woman…. [Cruz said,] “This administration is the most hostile-to-traditional-marriage administration this country has ever seen.” Cruz cited […]