I was recently interviewed by a Hillsdale College journalism student on the debate in Michigan over whether its state Republican Party will "inevitably" adopt same-sex marriage. Given that this is a question often trotted out to end the debate, here's how I answered the question, which I hope you'll find helpful when discussing with friends and colleagues.
Commenting as an outsider on Michigan's political dynamics, it looks like trends there are quite similar to trends happening across the country when it comes to the GOP's youth revolt on traditional marriage.
First, as to the language of the "inevitability" of the GOP's adoption of same-sex marriage, I think it's a mistake for conservatives to employ language or ideas that have typically been sacred real estate for liberals. Conservatives should not concede to the "inevitability" of any argument, much less an argument built on metaphysical fictions like same-sex marriage. "Inevitability" implies that blind, impersonal forces propel history forward, which simply isn't true. Movements and ideas are predicated on the participation of people joined to them. People aren't impersonal; they're moral actors with a conscience that can be convinced that faddish ideologies aren't consistent or aren't socially prudent. Activists always consider their ideas "inevitable," that is, until they're brushed back by principled argument. The popularity of such movements to legalize same-sex marriage are built around peer pressure—that you don't want to be a repressive troglodyte or compared to the KKK. Conservatives ought to be more principled and shrewd than to accept the categories of debate that devolve into name-calling and rhetorical flourishes. more >>
Just one and a half months before the birth of their first child, Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard spent time together on a date to P.F. Chang's on Sunday.
The couple is expecting its first child, a baby boy, in March and are making the most of their remaining freedom before welcoming Baby Dilly to the family. They decided to do so by enjoying a meal together at a local P.F. Chang's. Jill posted a photo of the two of them to Instagram with the caption, "datenight with my amazing hubby @derickdillard #soinlove #19kids #PFChangs #Jillmdillard."
The two have had their entire relationship filmed by cameras for TLC's hit series "19 Kids & Counting" and will now become parents on TV as well. Fans are eager to see the birth of Baby Dilly and how Jill and Derick adapt to parenthood. However, given Jill's history within a large family, it may not take much adaptation at all. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-star and likely 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson, said Tuesday that Congress has the right to remove judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace, Carson argued that Congress should "reprimand or remove" federal judges who issue "unconstitutional" rulings striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.
"What the president and what the Supreme Court need to reiterate is that the states have a mechanism whereby they can determine the will of the people, it's called ballot referendum. It has been done multiple times already, 32 states have indicated that marriage is between a man and a woman, and a few judges have come and overturned that," said Carson. more >>
A Christian blogger has been accused of promoting rape culture for a post she wrote about her decision to no longer wear leggings in public.
Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she suggested that women who wear leggings risk inadvertently tempting members of the opposite sex. She shared her own experience in a 500-word blog post and it immediately went viral on social networking sites.
In it, the married mother of one, who prides herself on having "your not-so-average Christian family," shared that she made the decision to stop wearing leggings in public after having an honest conversation with her husband, Dale. more >>
Kirk Franklin recently honored his wife, Tammy, on their 19th anniversary and shared some insights about how their marriage has stayed intact over the years.
Franklin, 44, is a staple in the gospel music industry with his own Sirius XM radio station, Kirk Franklin's Praise, television hosting gigs on The Game Show Network's "The American Bible Challenge" and BET's "Sunday Best." But more than just a well-known Christian entertainer, Franklin is a husband who recently blogged about how his wife and God changed his life.
Franklin took to Twitter to share a blog post on Patheos.com, where he spoke about his marriage. After meeting Tammy at a swim party when he was 18, Franklin asked his wife to marry him. more >>
A spokesman for a conservative Christian organization that lobbies for traditional marriage has come out in support of a bakery that refused to make a cake for a customer who requested that it include the phrase: "God hates Gays."
Azucar Bakery of Denver is currently under investigation by the Civil Rights division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies for possibly discriminating against a customer last March.