Does the Constitution require the government to recognize same-sex marriages? That's the question the judges of the US Supreme Court will address this term in hearing arguments relating to several same-sex marriage cases from the states.
“It’s not whether government recognized same-sex marriage is a good or a bad idea, it’s whether it’s required by the Constitution,” says marriage expert Ryan T Anderson in a talk given at The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio last month.
The Constitution is in fact silent on what the definition of marriage is, Anderson noted.
The 37th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday was one of the best-publicised events in Sydney’s social calendar. About 10,000 people participated, with 150 floats chugging through the gay district. An estimated 200,000 watched the spectacle, which one disillusioned gay journalistdescribed as “a sweaty orgy of glitter-coated body parts”.
Three local TV channels broadcast live coverage of the sexually-explicit activities, which have become so much a part of Sydney life that they hardly provoke hostile comments any more.
But this year there was a protest.
Channel 7 and Channel 9, two commercial stations, and SBS, a government-funded station, agreed to broadcast a 40-second advertisement from the Australian Marriage Forum which criticised same-sex marriage during their coverage. (The YouTube version has gone viral and has been viewed about 200,000 times.)
Three Thai men have advertised their “marriage” on the internet and appeared in Thai media, claiming the distinction of being, possibly, the first gay men to have a three-way wedding. Joke, 29, Bell, 21, and Art, 26, had their ceremony on Valentine’s Day in Uthai Thani Province. At Breitbart, Thomas D. Williams notes:
The threesome did not undergo a state ceremony, since Thai law does not recognize same-sex marriages or polygamy, but the trio claims that their union is sanctioned by Buddhist law. Buddhism is notoriously short on rules and does not forbid polygamy, though Buddhists are counseled to limit themselves to one wife. Buddhism has no official teaching regarding homosexual practice, other than prohibiting it for celibate monks.
The justices of Alabama’s Supreme Court made a dramatic stand for marriage this week by defying federal court decisions supporting gay marriage in the state. At the same time they delivered a broadside at arguments used by the gay marriage movement and federal courts to overturn state marriage laws.
The decision came after a month of marriage chaos in the state that began with an Alabama district court decision. Judge Callie Granade ruled that the state’s refusal to license and recognise same sex marriages is unconstitutional and ordered Attorney General Luther Strange to stop enforcing the law.
Strange appealed for a stay of the order to a federal district court, which instead argued why it should go ahead, and then to the US Supreme Court, which also allowed the lower court order to proceed. Some counties began issuing the licences,…
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A new opinion poll conducted by Amarach Research on behalf of The Iona Institute has found that ninety-one percent of respondents believe that when a child is being placed for adoption, it is best to place the child with a man and a woman.
Ireland’s new Children and Family Relationships Bill has no such preference, meaning it is at odds with the opinion of the vast majority of Irish people, says Iona’s director David Quinn. “No assumption is made that it is in a child’s best interests to be placed with a mother and father when he or she is being placed for adoption.”
The question put to respondents was as follows: When a child is available for adoption, who is it best to place the child with? (rank in order of preference, 1 for ‘best’ and ‘5’ for least best)
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Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired last Tuesday by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Cochran has been a firefighter since 1981 and was appointed Atlanta’s fire chief in 2008. In 2009, President Obama appointed him as U. S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration in Washington, D. C. In 2010 he returned to serve as Atlanta’s fire chief.
After 34 years of service he must have done something pretty bad to get fired, so what was it? Did he let someone’s house burn down? Nope. Did he suddenly get incompetent at dealing with his staff? Did he launch an unauthorised, bold new plan to reform the fire service in Atlanta? No, and no.
Why do people in the United States (and probably other Western countries, as well) over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians in the population? Ever since 1948, when the Kinsey Report suggested 1-in-10, Americans have accepted wildly exaggerated figures. Last year, The Smithsonian, the official web magazine of the famous museum in Washington DC, even suggested that it was 1-in-5!
However, a recent government survey in the United Kingdom found that in 2013, 1.6% of UK adults identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. This is a very small proportion of the population, but it becomes even smaller when the figures are broken up. Only 1.6% of men identified as gay; only 0.8% of women as lesbians; and 0.5% of men and women as bisexual.
A Mississippi woman wants the state Supreme Court to recognise gay marriage – so that she can divorce a partner she married in San Francisco.
Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, a 52-year-old credit analyst, who already had two children from a failed heterosexual marriage, moved to California in 2008 so that she could marry Dana Ann Melancon. But the relationship soured and they separated in 2010.
When Ms Czekala-Chatham, who now has a new girlfriend, applied for a divorce, citing adultery and habitual cruel and inhuman treatment, she failed. The state predictably argued that Mississippi could not grant a divorce for a marriage which it did not recognise. It was a result that she found devastating. In her eyes, divorce was an important dimension of the social recognition of marriage.
The skinny little kid rapping away on the stage has short spiky hair and baggy pants and jacket, just like a boy, and his voice hasn’t broken yet so it passes as a girl’s. Truth to tell, this youngster is a girl, except she thinks she’s a boy, and, well, mom is cool with that and so, it seems, is everyone at else at Camp Aranu’tiq, “a camp for transgender and gender-variant youth”, where she is performing her rap.
Alex can’t be more than eight years old, a very early stage on the journey of discovering what sexuality means, but she badly wants to be a boy and has “always felt that way”. That’s what she told her mother sometime in the last year or so.
This short but touching video is a promo for a major world conference in Rome next week reaffirming the beauty and wisdom of traditional marriage. The growing movement for same-sex marriage has not escaped the attention of the Vatican. One of its responses is Humanum, an international, interreligious gathering to support and reinvigorate marriage and family and social life.
The "colloquium" will bring together representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries -- persuasive evidence that it is not just Christians who oppose the redefinition of marriage. The November 17-19 gathering will conclude with a joint statement on marriage.
The speakers represent both Sunni and Shi’ite Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, and Judaism as well as the Mormon church, various Protestant denominations and the Catholic Church.
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