What was already a great week for conservatives just turned into an incredible one -- thanks to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Good news hasn't been easy to come by on marriage, but after big wins in the election, voters can finally celebrate one in the courts. After a couple of bright spots for states' rights in an otherwise gloomy year, two judges may have just turned the same-sex "marriage" debate on its head.
For liberals, who had gotten pretty accustomed to the courts doing their bidding, the Sixth Circuit's ruling came as quite a shock. Unfortunately, that's the situation America is in right now -- it's actually surprising when a court does its own job and not the legislature's! Most judges have been too busy moving their ideology forward at the expense of the Constitution to bother themselves with the rule of law. Fortunately, two George W. Bush appointees bucked that trend and issued a common sense opinion that keeps the marriage amendments of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee intact -- for now.
Unlike the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, Judges Jeffrey Sutton and Deborah Cook recognized that the government has a reason, a "rational basis," for preserving marriage. And that reason isn't rooted in animus, but a civilizations'-old understanding of marriage's benefits and place in society. "A dose of humility makes us hesitant to condemn as unconstitutionally irrational a view of marriage shared not long ago by every society in the world," wrote the duo, "shared by most, if not all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the States." more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar has been at the center of rumors since last Thursday about her behavior after exchanging vows with husband Ben Seewald at their wedding and has now spoken out to refute those same rumors.
"Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all," Duggar posted to Instagram on Saturday. "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)."
The rumors alleged that Jessa and Ben consummated their marriage while still in the church. They were reportedly busted by sister Jinger, who walked in on them in the act. However, none of the rumors have been substantiated, and now Jessa has taken to social media to seemingly respond to all of those rumors, as well as the one who started it. more >>
Despite a wealth of social science research showing that children do best when raised by their biological, married mother and father, PolitiFact rated this claim "false" after Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, stated it on Fox News Sunday.
"We know from the social science that children do best with a mom and a dad," Perkins said on the Oct. 12 Sunday morning news show.
Later that afternoon, PolitiFact posted an article rating the statement "false." more >>
A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring state constitutional amendments banning gay marriage are not a violation of the U.S. Constitution is part of a trend in opposition to redefining marriage, Brian Brown and Tony Perkins argued.
The appeals court ruled in a two to one decision Thursday that the state bans of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were constitutional.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that the Sixth Circuit ruling was part of a changing trend in the marriage definition debate. more >>
Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch featured on "19 Kids & Counting," said on Friday that he does not choose who his children marry but has been an instrumental part of their relationships.
"I do not choose who my children marry. Over the years, I have suggested guys to my daughters, or we have had a lot of guys that approach us and are interested in this girl or that girl, but each of our girls have chosen their spouse or their own," Jim Bob told People.
Daughters Jessa and Jill were each introduced to their husbands by Jim Bob, who played matchmaker. He was a prayer partner with Jill's husband Derick Dillard and even accompanied his daughter across the world to visit the missionary and his family in Nepal. Jessa's new husband Ben Seewald worked for Jim Bob before courting Jessa. He had a close relationship with Jim Bob but, like all future Duggar spouses, had to seek permission from her father before proposing. more >>
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage by a 2-to-1 vote on Thursday. The ruling overturns lower-court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions unconstitutional.
Observers say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling will most likely force the Supreme Court to make a decision on same-sex marriage for the nation.
"This circuit split means that the Supreme Court's ignoring of this issue will not be able to continue," said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. "The people of the states have the right to recognize marriage the way virtually every human culture has, as the union of a man and a woman. The Supreme Court should affirm this right, for all 50 states." more >>