In one of the first large-scale comparisons of the children of same-sex parents to other types of parenting, children raised by gay and lesbian couples were only 65 percent as likely to graduate from high school as those raised in traditional two-parent households, even after controlling for factors such as income and education of the parents.
The study, "High school graduation rates among children of same-sex households," by Douglas W. Allen, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, was published in the newest edition of the journal, Review of Economics of the Household.
Unlike previous studies of same-sex parenting, Allen was able to conduct a large-scale side-by-side comparison of same-sex parenting to other family structures - such as single parents and unmarried opposite sex parents - using the 2006 Canadian census. more >>
On July 23, a bipartisan majority of the House approved amendment 35 to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, effectively defunding square circles . . . er "atheist chaplains." The amendment codified current Department of Defense Policy under which chaplains must be certified by a religious organization whose primary function is to perform religious ministries, whose beliefs are sincerely held, and whose practices and rituals are not illegal or contrary to public policy. In other words, a chaplain is to be religious.
That chaplains are religious is not surprising, since Merriam-Webster's defines a military chaplain as "a priest or other . . . religious leader who performs religious services for a military group." That military chaplains believe in some outside being is not surprising: after all, the chaplaincy's motto is, Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country).
What is surprising is that prominent humanists like Jason Heap would apply to be chaplains. more >>
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington has announced that couples whose wedding plans were disrupted by the government shutdown can use the National Cathedral's grounds as a new site.
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde stated Wednesday evening that couples forced to cancel their weddings because of the shutdown may hold the ceremonies at the gardens on the Cathedral grounds.
The office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has requested this week a stay on a judge's ruling that same-sex couples in the state be allowed to marry starting on Oct. 21. Christie's office requested the judge delay implementating her ruling so that no same-sex marriages take place as the state pursues an appeal process.
In a letter sent to the state's Supreme Court justices earlier this week, New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman wrote that along with seeking a delay for the Oct. 21 deadline for same-sex marriages in the state, Christie is also seeking to have the court case expedited to the state's Supreme Court, instead of the usual practice of taking it through an intermediate appellate court first.
Christie's request for a delay was expected after his office announced Friday it would appeal the ruling reached by Judge Mary Jacobson. Jacobson ruled earlier on Friday that same-sex couples in the state should legally be allowed to marry so they can receive the federal benefits granted to them through the Supreme Court's June ruling that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Not allowing same-sex couples to marry would violate the equal protection guarantees found in the state's constitution, Jacobson wrote. more >>
The National Organization for Marriage announced Thursday a lawsuit in federal court against the Internal Revenue Service for illegally releasing confidential tax documents to the Human Rights Campaign.
In March 2012, HRC published the confidential information on its website, which included the names of donors, who were subsequently harassed. The information was also republished by The Huffington Post.
Releasing confidential tax information without permission is a felony under federal law. But currently, no one is being prosecuted for the alleged crime, and the Justice Department will not confirm whether or not there is an ongoing investigation into the alleged crime. more >>
A Christian evangelist known for his activism against homosexuality in Uganda has announced that he will run as a candidate for governor in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Scott Lively, author of the controversial book The Pink Swastika and head of Abiding Truth Ministries, has declared his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts. Lively, himself a native and longtime resident of the Bay State, made the announcement Monday in a press release posted on his website.
"The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent)," reads the press release in part. more >>