For Sale: Purity Ring, Slightly Used

I thought this was good: an Ebay auction for a Used Purity Ring.This purity ring has a double-band and is etched with True Love Will Wait. It's gently used and looks like new. This isn't weird. Really. It's just that ... how should I say this? ... the ring is no longer needed.What do I have in common with Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Nick Jonas? They don't wear their purity rings anymore, and neither do I.This ring will bring you good luck!Condition: Pre-owned. Material: … [Read more...]

Deep in the heart of Texas

From the San Antionio Express-News:A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Lone Star state's refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages is also unconstitutional, he ruled.U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, however, also issued a stay, meaning the bans remain in effect for the time being.“Regulation of marriage has traditionally been the province of the states and remains so today,” Garcia wrote in the 48-page rul … [Read more...]

Republican Senators in Arizona Request a Do-Over

Dr. Science at Obsidian Wings has pointed out that many of the people in the "traditional marriage" crowd are just not very good at their jobs. Particularly those in government or the legal profession. Whether it's composing legal cases stuffed with arguments that have already been rejected, or pushing for policy without understanding the language of the bill you're sponsoring, the performance is simply embarrassing.Now here's another data point for that theory from AZ Central. It … [Read more...]

The Shelby Decision

I've just gotten around to reading the Shelby decision (pdf) that struck down Amendment 3 in Utah. Judge Robert Shelby's decision is worth a read if you have time for a 50 page document. It looks like the state of Utah trotted out all the usual arguments against same sex marriage, and Shelby knocked them down one after another.For example, the argument from tradition:Finally, the State contends that the fundamental right to marriage cannot encompass the right to marry someone of the … [Read more...]

Marriage and the Dismal Science

Mark Driscoll has a poorly-worded lecture for the singletons up at the Mars Hill blog:For the first time in American history, the majority of adults are single rather than married. Nine out of ten people eventually marry. The average man is about 30 years old for his first marriage, and the average woman is in her late 20s for her first marriage. This is nearly a decade later than was the case 60 years ago, which has contributed to such things as fornication and cohabitation.Despite all … [Read more...]