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  • The Best Interest of the Dog

    09/30/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The supposed standard for child custody in family courts is the "best interest of the child." The Vermont supreme court has now extended that to the best interest of the dog. Daniel and Laura were divorcing, and the issue before the court was custody of their beloved 11-year-old German wirehaired pointer dog, Belle. Both had strong emotional ties to Belle and a record of good care. While awaiting court judgment, they made a temporary agreement to share time with the dog. Previously, a dog was considered property to be allocated like other tangible assets such as a house and car....
  • Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain

    09/29/2014 7:49:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | September 29th, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    Segregation was based on irrational, peculiar prejudice. By contrast, protecting marriage between one man and one woman is based on universal truths about our human nature.As readers of Public Discourse know, some proponents of homosexual pseudogamy now assert that argument is no longer necessary. We do not argue with segregationists, they say. We ignore them, we scorn them. They are not worth our time. They are mad or wicked. So too our courageous Ryan Anderson, who says that marriage by nature requires a man and a woman. “Shut up,” they explain. I fear that our age is so enslaved to...
  • Choral music not heard since era of Henry VIII has been played for first time in 500 years

    09/29/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-29-14 | Hannah Furness
    Choral music not heard since the time of Henry VIII has been brought to life for the first time in 500 years, as an academic unearths an untouched manuscript and shows it to a modern choir. The manuscript, a book of 34 religious songs, was given to Henry VIII as a lavish gift from a French diplomat in his early reign. Containing songs referencing Henry and his then-bride Catherine of Aragon, it is considered the most "luxurious" surviving diplomatic gift of its kind. It remained in the Royal Collection after the king's death, and was later given to the nation...
  • America’s Singleness Problem

    09/28/2014 7:11:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    ACCULTURATED ^ | 09/26/2014 | R. J. Moeller
    The anecdotal evidence that Americans are remaining single longer into their lives has more and more data backing it up. No longer is it merely the musings of worried relatives hoping to see that young man or woman in their life find a spouse. According to a recent story over at Bloomberg—Is Everybody Single?—we’ve reached a statistical, verifiable relationship tipping point as a society; one with far-reaching implications. Single Americans make up more than half of the adult population for the first time since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976.Some 124.6 million Americans were single in August, 50.2...
  • Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Boyfriend

    09/22/2014 11:14:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    First, do NOT read this article if you can’t handle the cold, hard truth. Go back to your Vampire Diaries. Second, Catholics love sex. If you don’t believe me, read a little European history. Oh, and look at your own family. (Nuff said? Okay.) Third, why on earth is sex such a big deal? It would be far easier for Catholics to just relax, already, and do what everyone else is doing – guilt free! Right? Wrong. Read on, if you dare… Not About Your Self-Esteem You can relax, because I am not going to deliver a lecture on your...
  • Pope Orders Review of Annulment Process to Simplify Procedure

    09/21/2014 1:29:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 142 replies
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages. A statement said Francis had appointed an 11-member commission of canon lawyers and theologians to propose reform of the process, "seeking to simplify and streamline it while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage". An annulment, formally known as a "decree of nullity," is a ruling that a marriage was not valid in the first place according to Church law because certain pre-requisites, such...
  • Why 25% of Millennials Will Never Get Married

    09/24/2014 7:11:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/24/2014 | Belinda Luscombe
    A new report from Pew Research predicts that more folks under 35 will be single forever. Here's why The number of Americans who have always been single and will never marry is at a historic high, says a new Pew Research report, partly because they don’t have jobs and partly because marriage is becoming less highly-regarded. Most people think it’s important for couples who intend to stay together to be married, but the number of single Americans who want to get married has dropped significantly even in the last four years. The report, based on census data and Pew’s surveys,...
  • Justice Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding

    09/23/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 9-22-14
    Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband. Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday that the same-sex ceremony was the first at which Kagan officiated. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater...
  • Seeking a Same-Sex Marriage Case Fit for History

    09/23/2014 7:01:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2014 | Adam Liptak
    The jockeying among the titans of the Supreme Court bar for a place at the lectern when the justices hear the next same-sex marriage case is as understated as it is unmistakable. In a half-dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, some of the best lawyers in the nation spent many pages arguing that their case was the right one in which to establish a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. They pointed out the attractive features of their own cases and the shortcomings of others. In legal jargon, streamlined cases without procedural pitfalls are said to be good vehicles. That made...
  • Did You Know That the Emperor Nero Engaged in Two Public Same Sex Marriages?

    09/22/2014 8:39:03 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 56 replies
    This article has an interesting account from the Roman Empire, that will enable you to understand what will happen to America when the gay agenda seizes 100 control: http://www.fgfbooks.com/Turner-Craig/2013/Turner130323.html ".....But our most detailed images of homosexual marriages come from the descriptions of Roman emperors. Nero, a depraved first-century emperor, married at least two men. He wed Pythagoras in a formal same-sex wedding by first putting on a bridal veil that made Nero the "bride" and Pythagoras the "groom." Every symbol of a classical marriage was present at this ceremony: a dowry, marriage bed, torches, and witnesses. Tacitus, the great Roman...
  • Is Marriage “Just a Piece of Paper”?

    09/22/2014 2:46:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 9/22/14 | R C Sproul
    In the past few decades, the option of living together, rather than moving into a formal marriage contract, has proliferated in our culture. Christians must be careful not to establish their precepts of marriage (or any other ethical dimension of life) on the basis of contemporary community standards. The Christian’s conscience is to be governed not merely by what is socially acceptable or even by what is legal according to the law of the land, but rather by what God sanctions.Unfortunately, some Christians have rejected the legal and formal aspects of marriage, arguing that marriage is a matter of private...
  • Help! What does a secular Conservative say to kids about gay marriage? (Vanity)

    09/22/2014 12:52:04 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 60 replies
    9-22-2014 | Self
    Before I get started with my question (and boy, do I need ideas!) I want to note that I'm a *secular* Conservative, and do not identify as a Christian. So any forthcoming ideas from y'all that are based strictly on Bible teachings, etc. are not going to be terribly useful to me. My problem: Our twin boys are 7 (pushing 8) and homeschooled. They probably know more about history than any other seven-year-olds in town, but I'll admit I've skipped over some areas of education so far. One of those "skipped over" areas is the concept of homosexuality. I wanted...
  • Let Your Fountain be Blessed

    09/20/2014 6:20:35 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 1 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. (Proverbs 5:15) At first reading, the meaning of this verse seems clear enough. Using images of a cistern and a well to describe your wife, the point is that you are to draw pleasure (water) only from her. Frankly, this interpretation is flawed. It does not sound like something a wise man would say: 1.Only a fool would compare his wife to a cistern. 2.Your wife is not merely there to give you what you want....
  • London businessman and his THREE wives - up to 20,000 such multi-wife marriages in POLYGAMY BRITAIN

    09/19/2014 8:18:33 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/19/14 | Rebecca Evans
    As a bright, eager student at Cambridge University, with one degree already under her belt, Nabilah Phillips could look forward to a successful career and comfortable future. After completing her engineering PhD she would, perhaps, take up a coveted, highly-paid job in industry, or stay on as an academic lecturing the next generation. Instead, however, Nabilah, now 35, took an extremely unexpected path.She abandoned her studies, forfeiting her hard-won university place and entered a polygamous marriag e, becoming the second wife of London businessman Hasan Phillips, 32 — who has since acquired a third wife. Nabilah, her husband and his...
  • Statement of Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell on HR566

    09/18/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    From an email
    Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell on HR566 RICHMOND, VA - Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Thursday on the passage of House Resolution 566: "Today the House of Delegates passed HR566, a resolution authorizing the Speaker to employ legal counsel to defend the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth, as well as protect the responsibilities, authority and prerogatives of the House of Delegates. "I am deeply concerned by Attorney General Herring's refusal to defend the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth. His actions represent a dangerous threat to separation of powers...
  • The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern “oikonomia”

    09/16/2014 2:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER I have been posting about the soon-to-be-released book by five cardinala and four scholars called Remaining In The Truth Of Christ. This book is a defense of the Catholic doctrine marriage. It is an important book, some of it may be hard for all readers to read, but it is worth the effort.It is still available for 25% off as a pre-order. HEREThus, I was please to find an EXCELLENT comment in the other entry, so good that I reproduce it here as a separate post.I want to thank PaterAugustinus for his honest evaluation of Orthodox oikonomia....
  • A happy marriage depends on a happy wife: study

    09/17/2014 5:27:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/17/2014
    A husband's happiness is significantly related to how his wife feels about the union, according to researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan, who say the happier the wife is with the marriage, the more content her husband will be with life in general. "I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life," noted Deborah Carr, a professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Science at RU. "Men tend...
  • Church doctrine on marriage ‘cannot change’, but some bishops will try: Cardinal Martino

    09/17/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 17, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    In a lengthy interview in an Italian Catholic paper, a former Vatican ambassador to the UN has said that any change to the Catholic doctrines surrounding marriage and sexuality is impossible. Cardinal Renato Martino has joined an impressive list of high-ranking prelates to say that the Synod cannot alter Catholic doctrine. The cardinal told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana there will “certainly” be presentations from bishops at the Synod “that do not correspond with the doctrine of the Church, but in the end, it will not be able but to reaffirm what the Church has always said about the family.”...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • What To Expect When You Are Expecting (Synodal Disaster)

    09/15/2014 2:00:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | September 15, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    We are now just weeks aways from the commencement of the Synod on the Family. Due to the words of a Cardinal Kasper earlier this year during a speech in preparation for the synod, and the praise it received from the Pope, many have begun to suspect that the Synod on the Family will introduce novelties that will contradict the Church's (and Jesus') clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Some even think that such an event could provoke a schism. I want to go on record that I do not expect that. Actually, what I expect is that the...
  • Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

    09/14/2014 5:44:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | September 12, 2014 | Marta Jiménez
    Marco Purcaro and Laura Capurso speak to CNA in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2014. The couple will be married by Pope Francis. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman...
  • Is polygamy next in the redefinition of marriage?

    09/13/2014 4:51:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/13/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    That question applies in the US — and possibly in some surprising places elsewhere. Let’s start in the US, where the march of court opinion has moved steadily over the last decade from the inherent right to sexual privacy and choice in Lawrence v Texas to the mandate for government recognition of partnership choices in the emergence of same-sex marriage as an equal-treatment issue. During the latter period of that arc, opponents of SSM warned that the same arguments deployed in that effort could be made to force recognition of polygamist relationships as marriages too, which SSM advocates hotly...
  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/12/2014 6:28:11 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 273 replies
    Answering Protestants Blog ^ | 12 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    According to Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon) President Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to several women, including Mary Magdalene, and had biological children. "..[In John 2,] Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. ... We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified. ... I do not despise to be called a son of...
  • Gay rights activists fund critics of Archbishop Cordileone

    09/12/2014 8:25:39 AM PDT · by San Francisco native · 3 replies
    Catholic San Francisco ^ | September 12, 2014 | Valerie Schmalz
    Gay rights money funds archbishop’s critics Faithful America part of national progressive advocacy network September 10th, 2014 Many Catholics in the San Francisco Bay Area were surprised by the strong negative reaction to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s decision to give a talk about traditional marriage at a June 19 Washington, D.C., rally organized to support marriage. A national online petition from Faithful America and a nationally publicized June 10 letter from 78 politicians and others urged the archbishop to withdraw from the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. The letter and petition citing “hate” speech by the National Organization for...
  • Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Saying "I Do"

    09/10/2014 8:33:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 59 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 9/10/14 | Rachel Sheffield
    Despite the lack of cultural support for positive practices that help couples toward healthy marriage relationships, the good news is that individuals have control over their relationship choices.Most young people want a happy marriage and family life. As a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows, the choices people make in their relationships prior to marriage matter. Unfortunately, the laissez-faire sexual practices embraced and promoted in our culture today don’t build a strong foundation for marriage. According to the report, authored by Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley of the University of Denver,...
  • Oregon GOP Senate Candidate Unveils Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

    09/09/2014 3:11:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Kirsten Appleton
    A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon is bucking the GOP by embracing gay marriage in a new campaign ad. The ad, from the campaign of Dr. Monica Wehby who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, prominently features a gay couple — Ben West, of Portland, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 with partner Paul Rummell to overturn Oregon’s same sex-marriage ban that went into effect in 2004. The majority of the Republican Party has opposed gay marriage, making Wehby a maverick in her party.
  • Marriage of 96 and 95-year-old in Virginia may be illegal, judge says

    09/09/2014 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 36 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | September 9, 2014 | Reuters
    Reuters) - The secret marriage this year of a 96-year-old Virginia woman and a 95-year-old man has drawn the scrutiny of a judge, who has ruled the marriage may be illegal, a lawyer said on Tuesday. Judge James Clark of the Alexandria Circuit Court ruled this month that the marriage between Eddie Harrison and Edith Hill may not be legally binding and ordered Hill's attorney, Jessica Niesen, to investigate it. The legality of the marriage surfaced during a custodial dispute over who should care for Hill, who was ruled legally incapacitated in 2011. Hill's granddaughter, Rebecca Wright, and daughter Patricia...
  • 36% of Generation Starting to Turn 21 This Year Born to Unmarried Mothers

    09/08/2014 9:13:04 AM PDT · by all the best · 31 replies
    cnsnews ^ | September 3, 2014 | Terence Jeffrey
    f you count a generation as spanning 20 years, then approximately 36 percent of the American generation born from 1993 through 2012 — which has begun turning 21 this year and will continue turning 21 through 2033—were born to unmarried mothers. 80,838,742 babies were born in the United States from 1993 through 2012, according to the birth reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 29,007,173 of those babies were born to unmarried mothers. That does not count the 40.6 percent of babies (1,605,643 out of 3,957,577) born in 2013 who were also born to unmarried mothers. In...
  • In rare move, Pope Francis to publicly celebrate 20 marriages

    09/06/2014 2:49:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | September 5, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Couples at the Vatican wait to be blessed by Pope Francis on Oct. 16, 2013. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 5, 2014 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' main liturgical celebrations for the month of September, during which he will publicly perform the marriage of 20 couples. September brings a full slate of activities for the pontiff, including the commemoration of lives lost in WWI, an audience with elderly, a day trip to Albania and the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage with couples in St. Peter’s Basilica. On Saturday, Sept....
  • Three-Parent Babies: They Already Exist

    08/26/2014 11:15:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 26, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    Back in March, I wrote a piece for CatholicVote about FDA evaluation of a process that would create multi-parent embryos: Things like this always begin for such seemingly noble scientific reasons, don’t they? But they rarely stop there. And of course in addition to creating tri-parent offspring, which creates ethical and genealogical nightmares in its own right, virtually every instance of embryonic modification involves a slew of violations of the moral law, from in-vitro fertilization to the destruction of fertilized human embryos — human life — deemed imperfect or unnecessary to achieve the desired outcome. This morning, I read...
  • Excerpts from Judge Feldman's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    09/04/2014 3:33:57 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 7 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 4 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Here are six excerpts from Judge Martin L. C. Feldman's landmark ruling against same-sex civil marriage in Robicheaux, et al. v. Caldwell. "The Court first takes up the most hefty constitutional issue: Equal Protection. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution commands that no state shall 'deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.' ... 'The Equal Protection Clause...essentially directs that all persons similarly situated be treated alike.' [Stoneburner v. Sec'y of the Army] However, 'if a law neither burdens a fundamental right nor targets a suspect class,' the Supreme Court has held, 'the legislative classification...
  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in France, says a spokesman for the couple

    08/28/2014 5:41:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 8/28/14
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday...
  • Polygamy Is Legal In Utah, For Now

    08/28/2014 12:02:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jim Dalrymple II
    A judge ruled Wednesday that the law making polygamy illegal in Utah is unconstitutional. Here’s what you need to know: What just happened? A federal judge in Salt Lake City — Clark Waddoups — issued a final ruling in the so-called Sister Wives case, which is known for the TLC show that prompted it. Sister Wives stars the polygamous Brown family, who sued in 2011 because officials where they lived threatened to come after them. The Brown family won their biggest victory in December, when the judge said the Utah law that made polygamy illegal — and which would have...
  • Marriage is Different from Popular Perception, Study finds

    08/27/2014 7:32:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 26 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The popular “try before you buy” mentality may be helpful when buying a car, but not necessarily when preparing for marriage. As summarized by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, “What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas,” so be careful what you do before marriage. wedding photo With so much attention given to the definition of marriage, the discussion about successful traditional marriages can often be neglected or overlooked. Left to educate the world on how to create a lasting and meaningful marriage are Hollywood and magazine stands—businesses that thrive on popularity and not necessarily...
  • Schlafly: Faulty Ideas About Marriage

    08/19/2014 11:10:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 19, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Political junkies will remember how former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was being groomed to run for president in 2012 before he made his foolish statement that the next president should "call a truce on the so-called social issues." Americans do not want a leader who is unable or unwilling to articulate and lead on important social issues. Four years after the Daniels misstep, many have failed to learn that lesson. The New York Times has proclaimed the "libertarian moment" has arrived, by which they seem to mean libertarian ideas about marriage and the family. We hear people say the libertarian...
  • Unwed Celebrity Mom Does Breastfeeding Pictorial

    08/17/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 17, 2014 | JP
    Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Inside the glossy is an article in which Wilde talks about what life is like for her “being a working mom.” An article featuring the vacuous ramblings of the newby mom (“I wasn’t going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother,” she told her interviewer) would be unworthy of comment here were it not for the pictorial that accompanied the article. Or, more specifically, the photo of Wilde sitting in the booth of some Hollywood diner, glammed up in a Roberto Cavalli dress,...
  • Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages

    08/16/2014 6:23:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man." The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie, who was born female, to dissolve his Hawaiian marriage with another woman, while the California Superior Court has ruled that the marriage of Jake Miller, also known as Buck Angel, with Elayne Angel is valid. A lower court had refused to dissolve the marriage of Beatie, who later got his birth certificate amended under Hawaiian law, with Nancy J. Beatie due to Arizona's ban...
  • Why Great Husbands Are Being Abandoned

    08/15/2014 3:47:26 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 76 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 13 August 2014 | Randi Gunther, Ph.D
    Not so many years ago, married men had the freedom to live by one set of rules away from home, and a different set at the hearth. Because they held the power to distribute resources however they wished, they could decide what and when to share them. As women have become legitimate wage earners with more powerful voices, they have challenged their chosen partners to participate in a whole new kind of connection that does not accept automatic hierarchy. In the last few decades women have slowly driven their point home. The millennial men, who are their current counterparts, are...
  • Confessions Of A Russian Mail Order Bride

    08/14/2014 11:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Caveman Circus ^ | July 18, 2014
    What did you do before you joined the mail order service? I just graduated from college. Why get into it? I was young and didn’t have clear intentions, just curiosity What was the appeal to the US? Russians have a romanticized vision of US – that is free, cool, and a land of opportunity. What were your perceptions of the US before you came? Has your experience been anything like what you were expected since your divorce? Perceptions before I came were shaped by Hollywood – so white picket fence and two story house with two kids and a dog....
  • On the Loneliness of the Sexual Revolution as noted in a wonderful new book

    08/11/2014 2:01:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/10/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I’ve pondered with you before on this blog (HERE) of the disappearance of something we used to call “dating”  wherein a young man would summon the courage to ask a young lady out to dinner, perhaps to the movies. He would do something called getting “dressed up,” and go to the young woman’s house,  often meet her parents, take her out for the evening, and return her home at a respectable hour. Dating was something that one did beginning in late high school or in college. Youth too young to date were often encouraged by adults to meet one another, and so the adults often...
  • A Year's Chase 'Ends' With Just 1 Day of Marriage for Man (Could Not Handle Two Wives at a Time)

    08/12/2014 2:03:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | Muna Al Khanjari
    Man seeks to divorce as he could not handle two wives at a time An Arab man chased an Arab woman for more than a year to make her his second wife. However, the bride and her family were shocked at the end of the very first day of marriage when he said that he wanted to divorce her because he cannot handle two wives at a time. Dubai-based lawyer Aisha Al Tunaigi, founding partner of Al Matrooshi and Al Tunaiji Law Firm in Dubai, told Emirates 24|7 that the man realised after the first night with his second wife...
  • How late-marrying, contraception-using progressives are helping the religious right

    08/12/2014 4:56:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/12/2014 | By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    f nothing else, the continuing fight over ObamaCare's infamous contraception mandate has revealed two profound cultural divides in America. The first is about the role of government. The other is about fertility. It increasingly seems as if the progressive secular worldview is almost hostile to fertility. The logic behind the contraception mandate all but implies that the only way to lead a truly free and human life is to lead a contracepted life. As the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez has argued, the mandate seems designed not so much to improve access to contraception — a nonproblem — but rather to...
  • Marriage Tips from a Couple Married for 87 Years

    08/11/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 12, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the National Organization for Marriage: Marriage Tips from a Couple Married for 87 YearsZelmyra and Herbert Fisher married on May 13, 1924. In 2008, they broke the Guinness World Record for being the longest married living couple. Both died at the age of 105–Herbert in 2011 and Zelmyra in 2013.Before their deaths, the Fishers answered fourteen questions about their relationship and what made their marriage last for nearly 90 years. One of their tips will comfort anyone who is preparing for marriage or hoping to strengthen his or her marriage:“There’s no secret to our marriage, we just did what...
  • 25-Year-Old Planning to Marry Charles Manson Says “It’s What I Was Born For”

    08/11/2014 12:27:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    WTKR ^ | AUGUST 10, 2014 | MATT KNIGHT
    Afton Burton was 16 and living with her parents in Illinois when she discovered Charles Manson. Now, nine years later, her name is Star, she’s 25 years old, and she considers herself Charles Manson’s wife, even though it isn’t official yet. “He filed for the first round of paperwork,” says Star, who says she’s in love with the 79-year-old convicted murderer. “I’m completely with him, and he’s completely with me. It’s what I was born for, you know. I don’t know what else to say.” Star says she was first attracted to Manson after reading about ATWA, Manson’s environmental philosophy...
  • One law student has a radical proposal for fixing marriage: Cut it off after four years

    08/09/2014 6:25:03 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | August 9, 2014 | Sarah Boesveld and Tristan Hopper
    Like many couples in their first months of courtship, Véronique Laliberté and Francys-Roch Bisson agreed to take things step by step. For this Gatineau, Que., couple, this also meant line by line — in the form of a relationship contract. The agreement, they say, sets clear expectations around resources and fidelity, guarantees they not take their partnership for granted, and gives them an easy out should they wish to take it. “We renewed after three months, we renewed after six months and now we have a contract for one year,” Ms. Laliberté told the National Post this week. “It’s working...
  • Saudi Men Need Wife's Nod to Marry Moroccan Women

    08/09/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 09, 2014
    Would-be husband must also have clean police recordMarried Saudi men need to have prior approval from their wives to marry Moroccan women in line with new rules enforced by the North African Arab country. Morocco has told Saudi authorities that citizens from the oil-rich Gulf Kingdom can have a Moroccan wife even if they are married, provided their wives agree to the new marriage. The new rules also stipulate that any Saudi seeking to have a Moroccan wife must present have police clearance in Saudi Arabia. “The new rules are intended to ensure Saudi men seeking to marry Moroccan women...
  • Target Openly Supports Gay Marriage in Legal Brief [I will go JC Penney on them]

    08/06/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Time.com ^ | 8/6/14 | Denver Nicks
    The major retailer has joined a group of companies in filing an amicus brief in support of gay marriage
  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 5:14:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    witchwind.wordpress.com ^ | 12-15-2013 | witchwind
    Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple. This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes...
  • Florida must recognize gay widower’s Delaware marriage... [Lawless Judge #4]

    08/06/2014 5:37:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/6/14 | STEVE ROTHAUS
    For the fourth time in 19 days, a South Florida judge has ruled against Florida's gay marriage ban, this time in the probate case of a Pennsylvania widower whose husband died suddenly in Boynton Beach. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis on Tuesday ordered W. Jason Simpson should be personal representative....