Over at the Power Line blog, my former AEI colleague Steve Hayward notes that the first same-sex divorce in the state of Indiana occurred a couple of weeks ago. Will gay couples end up divorcing at higher rates than straight couples? Steve justifiably wonders whether American social scientists will be willing to study the durability of same-sex relationships, given the witch-hunting of Mark Regnerus and others who have published data that paint such relationships in a negative light.
Since Steve also cites the kerfuffle over my own politically incorrect research (on immigration), I might as well be the one to point to some of the studies on same-sex divorce in northern Europe, where gay unions have been legally recognized for much longer than here in the U.S. Although the research is preliminary, the general finding is that, yes, same-sex couples are more likely to divorce than opposite-sex couples.
The best study I've seen focused on Scandinavia, where same-sex civil unions - essentially marriages in everything but name - have been legal for about two decades. The authors had access to population-level administrative data that generated a sample size of over 1,500 same-sex unions. After controlling for age, region, country of birth, education, and duration of the partnership, male couples in Sweden were 35 percent more likely to divorce than heterosexual couples, and lesbian partners were over 200 percent more likely to divorce. Whether the couples had children made little difference in the relative rates. more >>
Men who lack an affectionate father-son relationship tend to spiral emotionally, spiritually, and financially for years, says Mars Hill teaching pastor Dave Bruskas.
In a recent interview led by pastor Mark Driscoll, Bruskas notes that young men nowadays are not encouraged enough to grow up which prompts major repercussions that affect their lives and relationships.
"I see the same things over and over…many young men, even if they had a dad that wasn't a Christian but was a provider for the home, they've missed that affectionate fatherly relationship. A lot of times, where I see shortcomings manifest are in the three big categories of money, sex, and power," said Bruskas. more >>
The recent "Hobby Lobby" Supreme Court decision defended the rights of the owners of a company to refuse to fund a health plan that covered abortifacient "contraceptives." The Hobby Lobby owners argued that such medications violated deeply held religious beliefs. So for now, by a disturbingly close 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court has asserted that government has no right to force business owners to violate their conscience-provided that the business is "closely held."
The response of the leaders of both parties demonstrates why medical decision-making and politics are not compatible. It also represents another reason why the federal government should not be involved in health care and why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) deserves to fail.
To illustrate, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said, "Today's decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed Constitutional lines in pursuit of" big government. He then added, "The President's health care law remains an unworkable mess and a drag on our economy." more >>
Senior citizens in Madison, Tennessee, will have the opportunity to spend their retirement years at a church campus now that a local megachurch is in the process of building a $15 million retirement home.
Cornerstone Church is donating seven of its 40 acres for the project and will provide a Christian-based retirement experience for independent and assisted-living residents at the anticipated 110-unit locale.
"Madison has a large aging population, not only in Tennessee but nationwide," Dana Lawson, chief financial officer at Cornerstone, told The Christian Post. "We saw that need and started asking how we could help." more >>
President Barack Obama may have new pressure on him to consider religious liberty issues regarding his pending executive order barring LGBT employment discrimination.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, many believe a renewed demand for religious exemption consideration now exists.
On Monday, the highest court in the land ruled 5 to 4 that a closely held business such as a family-owned one could be exempted from providing certain forms of birth control due to religious objections. more >>
"This is the scariest thing the Court has ever done," emailed a friend to me yesterday. Understandably, women's hearts are beating fast and our heads are spinning with confusion due to uproars declaring a heightened "war on women" in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius decisions.
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold citizens' First Amendment right to live and work according to our moral convictions should not scare women. What should frighten us is the deceptive and potentially harmful misinformation so-called "progressive" voices within pro-abortion lobby groups, mainstream media, and, most disappointingly, from some within the Church are feeding us.
Lending to the "war on women" outcry yesterday was Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. According to The Huffington Post, Richards stated, "Today, the Supreme Court ruled against American women and families giving bosses the right to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage." more >>