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  • SURVEY: WOMEN DON'T NEED TO TAKE THEIR HUSBANDS' LAST NAME

    10/21/2014 5:01:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 10/21/2014 | by Peter Moore
    Most people believe that it is up to the woman getting married whether she takes her husband's last name or not - but that kids should generally get their father's name The wedding of Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney in Venice has been one of the most talked about events of 2014. Amal, who is a prominent human rights lawyer in the UK, caused a certain amount of controversy due to her decision to take Clooney's last name as her own. Furthermore, unlike many women with professional careers, she will also professionally be known as 'Amal Clooney' instead of 'Amal...
  • Philadelphia Society Memories from Grand Rapids

    10/20/2014 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 18, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For several years now, I have been honored to be a member of a group known as the Philadelphia Society. The Society of leading conservative intellectuals was formed in 1964 in the wake of the Goldwater defeat. While I would never self-identify as an intellectual, I fall back on what the Sisters of St. Joseph used to tell us in grade school: “There’s two kinds of knowledge: knowing something and knowing where to find it.” You can gain a lot of insights at Society meetings. Here are just a few highlights from the Society’s regional meeting in Grand Rapids last...
  • Traditional marriage supporters urge Utahns to keep fighting [Black Pastors]

    10/18/2014 6:55:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Good 4 Utah ^ | 10/15/14 | Nadia Crow
    Two groups fighting for traditional marriage say they'll continue to speak up for the majority of Utahns who agree marriage is only between a man and a woman. The Coalition of African-American Pastors and the American Leadership Fund went to Utah's State Capitol asking them to fight with them....
  • In Idaho, Christian Pastors Ordered to Perform Gay Marriages. You Will Be Made to Care.

    10/18/2014 5:02:00 PM PDT · by cblue55 · 48 replies
    Red State ^ | October 18, 2014 | Erik Erikson
    It is one of the tenets of the current movement toward gay marriage. They get to get married, Christians are forced to provide goods and services if they demand it, but — and this is the key caveat of it all — but Christian ministers will not be forced to wed gays because of their religious concerns.
  • Why Do Marriages Fail? Here’s One Often-Overlooked Root

    10/17/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The news from the Synod this day is improved. Thanks be to God, many, yes many of the bishops and synod participants have articulated how deficient and misleading the “rough draft” Relatio was. Keep praying! The struggles to lay hold of and articulate with clarity God’s stunning teaching on Holy Matrimony and family in a doubtful world will continue.But, frankly, even at the moment Jesus uttered his unequivocal insistence that marriage was one man and one woman in an indissoluble bond, many were stunned and scoffed, If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is...
  • Houston, You Have A Liberal Fascist!

    10/16/2014 6:23:31 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 17 replies
    Self | 10/16/14 | Me
    Do Democrats know the difference between fascism and liberalism? Apparently the Mayor of Houston, Ms. Annise Parker, is incapable of separating her own sexuality – her fragile sensibilities and biased opinions – from the rights of others who disagree with homosexuality and/or gay marriage. What’s even more offensive, or better yet bewildering, is that she actually demanded local pastors turn over their sermons and personal correspondence for examination. Excuse me?!!! For examination by the gay Gestapo in this Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America?!!! Is Ms. Parker a Pontiff, a Governor of Rome, Nero? Yes, Houston’s Mayor...
  • Why more women choose not to marry

    10/16/2014 9:54:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/16/2014 | Pepper Schwartz
    ome revolutions happen in a single day; others over decades. The rise of the voluntarily single woman has been happening in Western societies slowly, over time, concomitant with well-paying jobs, legal protection from economic or physical abuse, reliable birth control and the possibility of fulfilling careers and adventures. Women are marrying at a later age these days, cohabiting with their partners or going in and out of short-term relationships without ever walking down the aisle. Currently, 53% of women over 18 are in the singles column. Put another way, women now have choices that allow them to customize the arc...
  • Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony

    10/16/2014 9:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old story told about the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. At one point he was so concerned that the players on his team had lost any sense of the basics of the game that he summoned them all into a classroom and had them all sit down at desks. Most of them expected a detailed review of the playbook, with diagrams on the board of X’s, O’s, and arrows. But to their surprise, the blackboard was empty and no playbooks were in sight. Lombardi walked in...
  • Indonesian officials ordered to pay $100 to marry second wife

    10/15/2014 8:45:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) - An Indonesian district has ordered male civil servants to pay 1 million rupiah (S$100) to marry a second wife to crack down on polygamy, officials said on Wednesday, but activists criticised it as a "crazy" bid to profit from the practice. Male officials in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country were already required to get written permission from their superiors if they wanted a second wife. Under Islamic law, men can have up to four wives. But in East Lombok district, they will now also have to pay a 1 million rupiah fee to the local...
  • Open Up and Say ‘Aah.’ Here are the new rules governing gay “marriage” in NC

    10/15/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Richard Burr’s favorite judge legalized gay “marriage” in North Carolina around 5:30 PM on Friday. By Tuesday, the Administrative Office of the Courts — the state agency overseeing all those guys and gals in the black robes – had published the ground rules for this brave new era:
  • Tom Cross - "A Different Kind of Republican" former Minority Leader IL HOUSE supports leftist causes

    10/14/2014 10:03:24 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 14 replies
    Tom Cross got the name "Double Cross" while he was Minority Leader in State House the Democrats ran everything but the Republicans would always help with votes like Civil Unions, Same Sex Marriage, Tax Increases. There would always be 3-5 Republicans that would vote in favor of the Democrats and they would pass a bill by a couple of votes.
  • A chaotic synod? Reason one: The nature of synods

    10/14/2014 8:32:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | By Dr. Jeff Mirus
    A chaotic synod? Reason one: The nature of synods By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Oct 10, 2014 It is very difficult to assess what is in the minds of most bishops as they work behind the scenes at the current Synod on the Family. The reports of the proceedings are very scanty, and often couched in terms that can be interpreted in multiple ways. A perceived lack of direction may be more apparent than real, of course, but there are three very good reasons why it is likely to be more real than apparent: (1) The nature of large...
  • Answering Ted Olson

    10/14/2014 5:03:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Appearing on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to let stand a number of judicial rulings overturning the acts of legislators and/or voters in 16 states, famed advocate Ted Olson offered the kind of reasoning that, in his former incarnation as a conservative, he would have scorned. "Over 59 percent of Americans now believe that marriage equality should be the law of the land," he proclaimed. Seconds later he seemed to contradict himself: "We have a Constitution and Bill of Rights precisely because we want protections from majority rule." Which is it: a fundamental right that ought...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska's Marriage Ban

    10/12/2014 4:56:26 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 39 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2014 | Mark Thiessen
    A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages. U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection. The state could appeal to the 9th Circuit Court, where chances of it winning were slim since the federal appeals court already has ruled against Idaho and Nevada, which made similar arguments.
  • David Brooks 'Applauds' GOP for Doing 'Absolutely the Right Thing' By Letting Go Gay Marriage Issue

    10/11/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 10/10/2014 | Staff
    Friday on PBS's "News Hour," syndicated columnist Mark Shields pointed out, "among young Republicans, 61 percent of Republicans -- young Republicans under the age of 30 are in favor of same sex marriage." New York Times columnist David Brooks "applauded," the GOP for "doing absolutely the right thing in withdrawing" and letting the country have its way. Brooks said "I sort of applaud the minimalism here. Sometimes you let the country have its way and you don't try to determine the shape of the country, you sort of modestly step back and let the country figure out what it believes....
  • What the 'gay marriage' debate is really about

    10/10/2014 10:29:10 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Exclusive: Matt Barber warns, 'The courts are tossing around spiritual nitroglycerin' It’s called Pandora’s Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it. Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism – that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers...
  • Historic day: Gay marriage is legal in North Carolina

    10/10/2014 4:43:50 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 42 replies
    FOX 8 WGHP ^ | October 10, 2014 | Web Staff
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Federal U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. has overturned North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The case was filed by members of the clergy seeking to marry gay couples. ... Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis issued the following statement following the ban being overturned: While we recognize the tremendous passion on all sides of this issue, we promised to defend the will of North Carolina voters because they – not judges and not politicians – define marriage as between one man and one woman and placed that in our state constitution....
  • A Shameful Day for the Charlotte Observer

    10/10/2014 8:17:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michael Brown
    In what sounded more like a gay activist screed in a high-school publication than a serious editorial in a major newspaper, the Charlotte Observer has officially declared war on people of faith and conservative moral values, mocking those who believe there is the slightest rational reason to resist the radical redefinition of marriage.Making no attempt to hide its disdain for the conservative, historic position, and gleefully mocking the views of the majority of North Carolinians, the editorial begins with three sentences ending in exclamation points – when is the last time you have seen that in a major editorial? –...
  • Oregon Governor's Fiancee Admits She Married A Man To Help Him Get U.S. Residency

    10/10/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Baynative · 35 replies
    HuffPo ^ | October 9, 2014 | Sam Levine
    Posted: 10/09/2014 9:18 pm EDT Updated: 10/09/2014 11:59 pm EDT CYLVIA HAYES Share 111 Tweet 29 Email 7 Comment 0 The fiancée of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) admitted on Thursday that she accepted $5,000 nearly two decades ago in exchange for marrying an Ethiopian man to help him obtain residency in the U.S. Cylvia Hayes, who got engaged to Kitzhaber over the summer, used the money to pay for a laptop and school expenses,
  • Legal hurdles cleared, Nevada sees first same-sex marriage

    10/10/2014 7:19:28 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY and JAMES DEHAVEN
    Clark County granted its first same-sex marriage license just after 5 p.m. Thursday, ending days of legal wrangling and waiting for gay and lesbian couples across Nevada. That license went to Theo Small and Antioco Carillo, one of eight couples that challenged that state’s gay marriage ban. That came after Clark County Clerk Diana Alba got the go-ahead from U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan. Carillo and Small picked up their license ahead of 12 other couples queued up at the Clark County marriage bureau, but they aren’t be the first same-sex couple married in the state. That distinction could...
  • Tears, cheers as gay couples get married in Vegas

    10/10/2014 6:42:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 10/10/14 | KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
    ....About 10 same-sex couples were waiting in line at the Clark County clerk's office as the announcement came shortly after 5 p.m. that gay marriage licenses would be issued, eliciting cheers and tears of joy from the crowd. Officials said the county Marriage License Bureau issued 40 licenses to same-sex couples Thursday. "It's amazing. This is it," Theo Small....
  • Oregon governor's fiancee admits to sham marriage

    10/09/2014 9:25:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 10-9-14 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Link only per FRee Republic rules.
  • Actor Stephen Collins investigated for alleged child molestation

    10/07/2014 5:38:09 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 81 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 10/7/14 | Staff
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Stephen Collins, the actor who played the father and pastor in the hit TV series, '7th Heaven,' is under investigation by the New York Police Dept. for allegedly molesting and exposing himself to at least three underage girls years ago...
  • Huckabee Vows to Leave GOP If It Doesn’t Fight Same-Sex Marriage

    10/09/2014 1:46:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 04:11 PM | Todd Beamon
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee threatened to leave the GOP and run for the White House in 2016 as an independent if Republicans “capitulate” and support same-sex marriage. “If the Republicans want to lose guys like me, and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and just abdicate on this issue—and go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter, either,” Huckabee told Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, on Wildmon’s “Today’s Issues” radio show. “Because at that point, you lose me; I’m gone.” “I’ll become an independent,” he vowed in an interview on Tuesday. “I’ll start...
  • West Virginia will stop defending bans on same-sex marriage, governor and attorney general say

    10/09/2014 11:48:57 AM PDT · by BurningOak · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 9, 2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    <p>West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) said Thursday that his office would stop defending the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to not hear appeals in other marriage cases.</p>
  • The Supreme Court's Nonruling on Gay Marriage

    10/09/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Three points need to be made about Monday's decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry. Point 1: While the court's liberal wing probably wanted to accept cases banning same-sex marriage in five states that have been overturned by three different federal appeals courts in recent months, the conservative majority, along with swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, apparently wished to see states resolve the issue. Perhaps they sought to avoid another Roe vs. Wade in which a previous court overturned all state abortion...
  • Gay Marriages Begin In South Carolina

    10/08/2014 7:35:30 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 16 replies
    Associated Press on Talking Points Memo ^ | October 8, 2014, 10:19 AM | BRUCE SMITH
    <p>CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina court has issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple despite the state's constitutional ban against the practice and the attorney general's pledge to defend it.</p>
  • In one conservative town, celebration and fears of ‘end times’ after ruling on same-sex marriage

    10/08/2014 1:27:30 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | October 8 at 8:44 AM | By Danielle Paquette
    CHESTER, Va. — The Christian preschool teacher heard the news on her car radio: Same-sex marriage is now legal in Virginia. This is it, she thought. The end times. “It could happen today,” Pam Rives said on Tuesday, tidying her lemon-yellow classroom at the Ironbridge Baptist Church. “This is just another step in that direction. As society changes, it takes God out of it.” Rives, 57, has taught 4-year-olds for nearly a decade in this conservative pocket of the South, which is home to 20,000 residents. Her school, lined with October pumpkins and bubble-lettered prayers, is down the road from...
  • Clark County to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses today

    10/08/2014 7:28:54 AM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/07/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    Finding that Nevada’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage imposes “profound legal, financial, social and psychic harms” on many of its citizens, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the prohibition, paving the way for gay unions in the Silver State. The court reversed a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the state’s voter-approved ban and remanded it back to District Court “for the prompt issuance of an injunction permanently enjoining the state, its political subdivisions, and its officers, employees, and agents” from enforcing the constitutional provision. The ruling also overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. Clark...
  • Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day – Here’s Why and Where

    10/08/2014 5:05:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 7, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to take up numerous state appeals regarding same-sex unions pretty much signals that the secular redefinition is here to stay. This is really no surprise given the rather deep confusion about sexuality and marriage in our culture. The polygamists and any number of other groups demanding recognition for their aberrant notions of marriage are sure to follow with all due haste. And what is to stop them, legally, at this point? The word “marriage” is now largely meaningless since, if marriage can mean anything, marriage means nothing, in the linguistic sense. At my...
  • The Gay Marriage debate

    10/07/2014 8:54:18 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 12 replies
    Me | 10/7/2014 | Me
    The Gay Marriage debate There is currently a controversy in America about same sex marriage. The problem is and always has been the definition of Marriage as between one man and one woman. The mistake we made over the last century was to allow the Government to equate Marriage as a legal rather than a religious covenant between individuals. The Government defined Marriage as a legal entity and established legal definitions as a union or legal contract that establishes rights and obligations between the married couple, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws. Even tax laws...
  • The Beauty of the Country of Marriage

    10/07/2014 5:21:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Matthew J. Franck
    Public Discourse recently published a very important essay titled “Breaking the Silence,” in which Janna Darnelle wrote with heartbreaking candor of what she and her children have suffered since her ex-husband abandoned their marriage, married another man under state law, and obtained joint custody of their children. When Darnelle’s essay was published, I had just finished reading Anthony Esolen’s new book Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity. As I read her essay, I realized that her story encapsulated nearly every one of the book’s arguments. Anthony Esolen is well-known to readers of Public Discourse, and his writings adorn many other...
  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

    10/06/2014 3:23:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 98 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz Official Website ^ | October 6, 2014 | U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to reject requests from five States to review state laws that prohibit same-sex marriage. “The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible,” said Sen. Cruz. “By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws...
  • Cruz: Supreme Court 'abdicating its duty'

    10/06/2014 3:22:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2014 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday slammed the Supreme Court for declining to hear appeals on lower court rulings that overturn same-sex marriage bans, calling the justices’ move “tragic and indefensible.” “By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution,” he said in a statement. “The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.” On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to hear challenges to lower court rulings on same-sex marriage...
  • Democracy died today in the USA: the Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) killed it

    10/06/2014 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 54 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 October 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace to you all in Jesus Christ, our Supreme, Merciful Judge. This is in the news at this time: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30...
  • High court denies gay marriage appeals [legal immediately in IN, OK, UT, VA and WI]

    10/06/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 211 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mark Sherman
    he Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • A man's ideal woman? She's in her mid-20s...whatever his age

    10/01/2014 1:00:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 92 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Fiona MacRae
    A study has found that men always want to be with women in their mid-20s The magic number for men of all ages was around 24 or 25-years-old Evolution and Human Behavior journal found women were more realistic They prefer to be with men who are around two or three years older Ask a man in his 50s about his ideal woman, and chances are she would be half his age. And if a 20-year-old described his dream date, he’d probably choose someone a little bit older. For, according to a study, no matter how old a man is he...
  • A Point of View: Why Short Men make Better Husbands

    10/04/2014 9:13:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/04/2014 | BBC News
    For the prime of a short man's life - Napoleon is the model here again - his shortness is not thematised at all. On horseback in the paintings by David or the Baron Gros, or enthroned by Ingres, Napoleon may look moon-faced, and the little ringlet that dangles above his eye may seem dandyish, but the last thing he looks is short. It is only later on Elba and St Helena that his diminutive stature becomes part of his self-knowledge. The true Napoleonic moment is when age and circumstances conspire to remind the short man of his stature. It was...
  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

    10/03/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    "I am not opposed to birth control," he said. After a pause, he elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that." ... Another student here pressed him on "the drug war," asking if Paul would support legalizing marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He said he wasn't supportive of drug use, explaining that pot "is not that great," but said drug laws should be left up to states. Colorado and Washington are experimenting with legalized marijuana, he said, and we...
  • Husbands, Hold Your Wife’s Hand

    10/04/2014 1:27:44 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 10/4/14 | RC Sproul, Jr
    It is both awkward and encouraging the feedback I have received over the past few years for the writing I have done during my beloved’s illness, homegoing, and absence. I especially rejoice when I hear that the things I have written have served another in a time of hardship. It remains my intention to use what I have written in a book in the future. That said, I still believe that the most vulnerable, most insightful, most helpful thing I wrote all along this journey was this brief tweet: I wish I had held her hand more — R.C. Sproul Jr....
  • Frenchman wins legal right to marry his ex-stepmother

    10/04/2014 12:29:59 PM PDT · by Stoat · 51 replies
    Elisabeth Lorentz to tie knot with Eric Holder after divorcing his father despite French law banning such unions   A former stepson and stepmother are finally due to tie the knot on Saturday after fighting for months with French authorities for the right to marry. Elisabeth Lorentz, 48, will marry Eric Holder, three years her junior, in the small village of Dabo in Alsace-Lorraine, northeastern France. She was previously married to Mr Holder's father but the couple are not blood relatives. Nonetheless, French law prohibits all unions between stepchildren and step-parents – even former ones. The couple pleaded their...
  • Bad Omens for the Future of Marriage: Is equivalent of no-fault divorce on the table for Catholics?

    10/04/2014 7:52:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/04/2014 | Nicholas Frankovich
    Traditionally, social conservatism has enjoyed the support of Catholicism, whose body of teaching on morals is a mother lode of ideas and arguments that retain much of their force even apart from their theological context. Rumors that the Church is poised to relax its position on the indissolubility of marriage are therefore troubling or encouraging, depending on which side you stand in the culture war. Tomorrow, a synod of bishops will convene in Rome to discuss the family. It’s a big topic, but what has developed as the headline item on the agenda is a question that on its face...
  • 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 · 28 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 · 63 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...