The Unexpected Consequences of Laws and Lies

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Two of my recent posts at The American Conservative turned out to be about unintended consequences.  The first, "Drop Those Wedding Rings in the Name of the Law," covered the suit filed by the United Church of Christ in North Carolina to be allowed to perform private, unofficial, same-sex weddings.Currently, it is illegal for anyone who can conduct legal weddings to conduct extra-legal ones.  It's a bizarre constraint on religious practice, but the original purpose of the law has nothing to d … [Read more...]

World Vision, Bad Science, and Living Death Sentences

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Here's the round-up of the posts I've done this week at The American Conservative, starting with the most timely one.The Perils of Workplace Purges Two organizations stumbled into controversy this week over employment and gay marriage. World Vision, a Christian organization that provides humanitarian aid, announced it would hire staff in gay marriages (previously, this was a violation of the employee code of conduct) and then, two days later, reversed the decision. Meanwhile, at Mozilla, t … [Read more...]

Legal Shortcuts So Sharp You’ll Cut Yourself

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Sorry for the absence, readers!  We've been short-staffed due to plague at work.  This week will be usual posts, and next week the atheist round of the Turing Test will begin.I'm a little troubled by the way same-sex marriage is becoming de facto legal in Pennsylvania.  When I was having SCOTUSblog parties back in June, I found the reasoning based on standing kinda messy.  If a law is challenged, it seems like the appropriate state officials should be obligated to defend it.  Ducking it s … [Read more...]

Yes, I am in favor of civil gay marriage!

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It looks like folks thought I was being coy in Sunday's post about the knock-on effects of gay marriage.  In fact, I was trying to avoid having the "gay marriage: yay or nay" debate hijack the point I was making: that the advent of gay marriage has made people pause and ask exactly what marriage is instead of embracing or rejecting it in a knee-jerk way.  The argument I was making didn't have the moral stature of gay marriage as a premise, and I wanted it to discuss something orthogonal to the us … [Read more...]

What would someone have to say to you to get you to break up your family?

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For your own good at that.This isn't a hypothetical question.  There are plenty of examples where we think this kind of intervention is acceptable or even necessary.  In decreasing order of urgency: an abusive spouse, two people who bring out the worst in each other, a couple that's stayed together out of inertia, the person you're with at the beginning of a romantic comedy, etc.But no matter how urgent the need for this conversation, most of us would recognize that this is a really trick … [Read more...]

And Speaking of Sample Size Problems…

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Remember that study contrasting outcomes for children of gay parents with children in other kinds of families?  We discussed a couple methodological concerns here already, but I want to give them credit where it's due.  The New Family Structures Survey put together a very nice interactive visualization for their data.  And, even more credit, their sample sizes and demographic breakdowns are available right on the first page of the visualization.People have complained about how few children in … [Read more...]

2012 Queer Blogathon [Index Post]

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In June of 2012, I took one leg of the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon, promising to put up twelve posts in twelve hours, all of which were prompted by comments on the mammoth thread "Go Ahead, Tell Me What’s Wrong with Homosexuality."  I started with empirics, and somehow meandered off into discussion of companionate marriage and bank robberies-as-first-dates by the end.  The Blogathon raises money for the SSA, and, of course, they'll welcome your donations even if you're reading this long af … [Read more...]


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