It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside café the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eatery's open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead.
We were discussing the wedding ceremony from the previous day. The blushing bride, a delightful young woman, happened to be about eight months pregnant and, to my knowledge, had not been the beneficiary of a second immaculate conception.
As the tsunami bursts forth from still waters without warning, our youngest daughter's face abruptly took on an air of contemplative curiosity. She looked to me and asked, "Dad, how can she (the bride) already have a baby in her tummy if they're not married yet?" more >>
The owners of a New York farm, who were fined $13,000 for "discriminating" against same-sex couples by refusing a wedding service to a lesbian couple due to their religious convictions, have now decided not to hold any marriage ceremonies even though it will likely hurt their business.
A month after a judge ruled that the farm owned by Cynthia and Robert Gifford is a public accommodation and therefore they must abide by the N.Y. anti-discrimination law, the couple has decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property, according to Alliance Defending Freedom.
"Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run," TheBlaze quoted ADF attorney James Trainor as saying. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald, and the two recently revealed some details of impending ceremony, including that all-important first kiss.
"We're really looking forward to the first kiss!" Jessa told ABC News. "We're talking about it – what if we miss or mess up? We're gonna have to plan this out or something."
Seewald recently moved to a guesthouse on the Duggar property, which could mean that the couple will exchange vows sooner rather than later. Sister Jill Duggar said "I do" to her husband Derick Dillard in June, and Jessa assured fans that there will be quite a few differences between the two ceremonies. more >>
After 22 years of marriage Phil Schubert, president of Abilene Christian University, ranked among the top 10 Christian colleges in the United States, and his wife, Jamie, are getting a divorce citing "irreconcilable differences."
And despite the move that can get employees at a number of Christian colleges fired, the school's board says Schubert still has their full support in remaining at the helm of the university.
Barry Packer, chairman of ACU's Board of Trustees, revealed in an email to faculty and staff cited by ACU's student publication The Optimist, which broke the story, and The Christian Chronicle, while the board was disheartened by the breakdown of Schubert's marriage, members remained confident he is the right man to continue leading the school. more >>
A judge in Utah has finalized his ruling allowing for a polygamous union of people who star in a reality television program.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups finalized his decision Wednesday, having already declared a part of the state ban on polygamy to be unconstitutional.
Waddoups ruled that Kody Brown, star of the TLC series "Sister Wives," and his four wives could be married, striking down a provision of Utah law that barred cohabitation. more >>
I have always tried to argue that there is a very serious civil outcome to redefining marriage, and it has nothing to do with religious liberty or the idea of "sacramental marriage."
Since marriage is society's primary way of acknowledging and understanding parenthood, redefining marriage redefines parenthood. Here in California, the affects of "SSM" and redefining parenthood are rapidly making their way through the legislature. Last year, Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing three or more legal parents for children, which was inspired by a "SSM" custody dispute.
Now we have this: AB 1951. This bill will change birth certificates to allow for a gender-neutral option for parents. Gay couples will be able to list both of themselves on the child's birth certificate. California recently did away with the terms "husband" and "wife," because of "SSM," and the lead legislator for that measure said that those terms were outdated and biased. I suppose we can infer the same thing for "mother" and "father." more >>