Civil discourse has long been regarded as a necessary component of a well-functioning democracy. But a New York Times reporter believes that value should be abandoned in relations with those who disagree with him on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Josh Barro claimed that those who oppose redefining marriage to include same-sex unions are "unworthy of respect" and he is justified in being uncivil toward them in a Twitter debate with Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
The debate began when Barro tweeted on July 23 that "anti-LBGT attitudes" should be "ruthlessly" stamped out. Several conservative publications noticed the tweet and wrote about it (see here and here). They pointed out that in 2012 a gunman did try to "stamp out" the traditional marriage supporters at Family Research Council. Barro clarified that by "stamp out" he did not mean to "off people," but "we should make anti-LGBT views shameful like segregation." more >>
Tameka "Tiny" Harris is sending a heartfelt message to her rapper husband Clifford "T.I." Harris after sharing that she was working through issues within her marriage.
Tiny, 39, took to Instagram to celebrate her four-year wedding anniversary while remembering her wedding day in front of social media fans.
"4 yrs ago @troubleman31 made me The Mrs. Harris, this was the best day ever!! My own Fairy Tale Wedding....El Debarge singing 'All this Love' for our first dance and @iamjamiefoxx sung me dwn the aisle," Tiny wrote on Instagram. "It doesn't get much better than that!! Happy Anniversary to the man I LOVE, my husband!!" more >>
Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed that changing her understanding of gender roles as they relate to marriage strengthened her 16-year union with Will Smith.
The "Gotham" star, 42, and the "Fresh Prince" actor's almost two decade-long marriage is somewhat of a rarity in Hollywood and subsequently it is often subject to media scrutiny. In a recent interview Jada revealed why their union has lasted so long in an industry where most marriages fail.
"Will, to me, encompasses everything. It's almost as if calling him 'my husband' is too small of a word for what he means in my life — and especially how I feel we, as women, identify the idea of a husband," she told Net-a-Porter's The Edit. more >>
Are Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald engaged? New speculation has begun since her sister, Jill, published a tweet using Jessa's first name and Ben's last name together.
Jessa and Ben have been together for some time and even went to Central America with family on a mission trip. They were accompanied by several members of the Duggar family and members of S.O.S. Ministries, and many thought that the trip could lead to a marriage proposal or a huge announcement from the family once they returned.
The couple's relationship has been prominently featured on TLC's "19 Kids & Counting," which simultaneously captured special moments for Jessa's sister Jill as she got engaged and married Derick Dillard. While the Duggar family is generally open about their relationships, there is bound to be some amount of privacy given, especially soon after the Duggar wedding. more >>
Fight the New Drug, an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the dangers of pornography addiction, believe the issue is a matter of public health.
The group uses innovative ways to inform the young men and women of the U.S. about the hazardous nature of over consumption of pornography. They do so by using scientific facts from studies that analyze the addiction's effects on the brain.
"We feel that education is the strongest tool that we can implement in our society to counteract the negative impact that pornography is having," said Clay Olsen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fight the New Drug to The Christian Post. more >>
This is the third in a five-part debate series on same-sex marriage between James W. Doig and Robert P. George. It originally appeared on The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse. You can read Part One here and Part Two here.
Thanks for your thoughtful response to my initial comments. In your opening paragraphs, you ask that I provide a general account of what marriage is. To me, it is a continuing relationship between two individuals who commit their lives (including their sexual lives), their futures, and their fortunes to each other. The two individuals may be of opposite sexes or the same sex. If they have children-natural or adopted-that commitment extends to the children as well.
Some observers may want to extend the term marriage to other patterns of human relationships; I would not. However, I believe, as I understand you do, that some legal protections (filing joint income-tax returns, etc.) might be extended to individuals in some non-marital but stable relationships. more >>