Which Same-Sex Marriage Related Action is Lawless?

The Supreme Court last week ruled 5-4 that the 14th Amendment required the states to recognize same-sex unions as legal marriages.Today, the Family Research Council released the following press release:Family Research Council Commends Texas Officials for Declining to Blindly Follow Five JusticesWASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement calling the U.S. Supreme Court ruling an act of "lawlessness" and provided guidance that "county clerks and t … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Blog: We Probably Have Two More Opinion Days; No Same Sex Marriage Decision Today

I've been watching the Supreme Court blog a bit today. One of the bloggers there just wrote the following in response to this question "So - at the end of tomorrow's session we'll find out if there will be opinions or just orders on Monday?" TejinderWe'll definitely know for sure then. But we predict already that there will be opinions on Monday. It's customary, on the second-to-last opinion day of the Term, for the Chief Justice to announce that the remaining opinions are coming on the … [Read more...]

Salon on Mixed Orientation Marriages in the Middle of Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Yesterday, Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory examined mixed orientation marriages as a possible new political statement against same-sex marriage. The article was triggered by the amicus brief filed by a Utah attorney on behalf of some people in mixed orientation marriages. She also interviewed me for the article and I am quoted extensively.While my survey results are still unpublished (I keep getting distracted), the study has helped inform my views on the subject. Some essentially same-sex … [Read more...]

Religious freedom and same-sex marriage: Pew Foundation Q & A

Many comment threads on this blog turn into discussions of same-sex marriage. Well here is a post where that conversation will be on point.The Pew Foundation yesterday published a Q & A on the topic with "professors Robert W. Tuttle and Ira "Chip" Lupu of The George Washington University Law School to discuss how some states are trying to reconcile these and other potential conflicts between the legalization of gay marriage and the free exercise of religion."This is timely given the … [Read more...]

Iowa Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage in the heart land.Note the attorney quoted at the end of the article: Richard Socarides. Charles Socarides son. English majors, help me, is that irony?It seems even clearer to me that this issue will eventually come before the Supreme Court. Can the nation long sustain a patchwork quilt of laws regulating marriage?Here is the ruling summarized with a link to the full court documents. … [Read more...]

California Supreme Court recognizes same-sex marriage right

If you get Google alerts or some similar service, you already know that the California Supreme Court has issued a ruling recognizing a right to marriage for same-sex couples. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:The state Supreme Court struck down California's marriage law banning same sex couples from getting married in a historic decision Thursday that declared the law unconstitutional discrimination.The decision will surely touch off an impassioned political fight.The 4-3 opinion is … [Read more...]

Same-sex marriage conversation: What do we know? Part 2

As Part 2 of my series on same-sex parenting research, I am posting the transcript of a presentation delivered at the Catholic University just over a year ago. A section on same-sex marriage was provided after Michael Bailey and prior to my speech at the same comference.(Quotes removed at the request of Brad Wilcox)Here is a more socially conservative scholar who comes to an assessment similar to Meezan and Rauch: we don't know much and not really enough.Some distinctions are arising … [Read more...]


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