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the terms "husband" and "wife," because of "SSM," and the lead legislator for that measure said that those terms were outdated and biased.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 >>
While supporters of traditional marriage are often presented as driven by emotion and religiosity and supporters of same-sex marriage are often presented as voices of rationality and reason, the reality is quite different. Traditional marriage supporters have presented a view, complete with foundational principles, for state recognition of conjugal marriage while same-sex marriage supporters have failed to answer two questions that are central to the issue.
Traditional marriage (TM) supporters have explained their view of what marriage is, why it matters for society and why government should recognize traditional marriage, for example, here, here, and here.
Same-sex marriage (SSM) supporters, on the other hand, have failed to address why they believe that reasoning is invalid, and to answer these two questions put to them by TM supporters: more >>
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt officially married in France over the weekend, their reps confirmed on Thursday.
After nine years together, including a two-year engagement, the superstar couple privately tied the knot on Saturday, Aug. 23, according to The Associated Press. Jolie and Pitt's civil ceremony was nondenominational and took place in a small chapel near their French home, Chateau Miraval. It was attended only by friends and family. In advance of the civil ceremony, Jolie and Pitt obtained a license from a local California judge who later conducted the ceremony in France.
Additional details about the wedding include the couple's six children; sons Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Knox, 5, and daughters Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and Vivienne, 5. Jolie walked down the aisle with her eldest sons while Zahara and Vivienne threw petals as flower girls. Also, Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, according to a spokesman. more >>
The fact that some people change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual (some as a result of professional therapy) is a problem for the homosexual movement. It seriously undermines the myth that homosexuality is a characteristic like race, which people are born with and can never change.
Homosexual activists have attacked the ex-gay movement, using legislation to outlaw "sexual orientation change efforts" (or "SOCE") with minors by licensed mental health providers. Such bills have passed in California and New Jersey, but have died or remain pending in several other jurisdictions—including the District of Columbia.
Most "sexual reorientation therapy" today consists of "talk therapy"—a client simply talking with a counselor about his or her feelings, experiences, relationships with parents and peers, etc. Some therapists add other positive techniques that have been validated in a variety of contexts—not just SOCE. more >>
Nearly two-thirds of American men watch pornography monthly and Christian men are paying nearly equal attention to the lustful practice, according to a study conducted by the Barna Group for Proven Men.
The study, which also highlighted the porn viewing habits of women, said Christian men were also watching pornography at work at the same rate as secular men. It further pointed out that 33 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 30 are either addicted to pornography or unsure if they are. Overall, 18 percent of American men, approximately 21 million, think they are either addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to porn.Table 1.1 Frequency of pornography viewing by menPornography Viewing 18-30 31-49 50-68 over 68several times a day 9% 10% 2% 0%at least once daily 20% 11% 6% 0%several times a week 34% 17% 17% 4%several times a month 12% 21% 13% 13%at least once a month 4% 8% 11% 11%a few times a year 3% 10% 16% 16%less often 12% 20% 24% 54%never 7% 3% 2% 3% Table 1.2 Frequency of pornography viewing by self-identified Christian menPornography Viewing Christian Non-Christianseveral times a day 7% 3%at least once daily 12% 10%several times a week 18% 29%several times a month 15% 14%at least once a month 12% 9%a few times a year 9% 17%less often 25% 12%never 3% 6%
According to the study, only two in 10 women watch pornography at least monthly, and Christian women watch porn at half that rate. more >>
People like the idea of marriage without realizing that it is not about what a person can take from it but rather what they can give, says Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church.
Furtick's message was the first sermon in his series "Meant to Be" that kicked off on Sunday. Taking from the biblical verses found in 1 Corinthians 7, which speak about sexual relations within marriage, he focused on the issues that most people seem to ignore.
"A lot of you are in love with the picture of marriage. If you're going to get married, you better be ready to go to work and do a job then come home and do another job because it takes work … Paul says (in 1 Corinthians 7), come into marriage not for what you can get emotionally or sexually but what you can give," said Furtick. more >>