This One's for You, Stanley
Scientists say its “okay” for two first-cousins to marry. (i.e. the risk of genetic defects is about the same as for 40-year-old women). This assumes, of course, that genetic defects are the ”real” rationale for incest prohibitions. Story here.
Christianity Today is reporting that Richard Cizik has resigned at vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals. Cizik was best known for his attempts to broaden evangelicals’ public political agenda to include environmental issues, especially global ...
A Pink Christmas in Amsterdam
Because. . . .why stop at redefining marriage? Somebody out there is furiously writing the Christmas lyrics right this minute. “
The AP reports: ”A Dutch gay group has organized a ‘Pink Christmas’ festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger ...
A new study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, based on 5000 face to face interviews in 2000 and 2001, finds “Almost half of college-aged individuals had a psychiatric disorder in the past year.”
If true, (and of course “diagnostic creep” may be ...
Sacramento Bee is reporting that the California Supreme Court has refused to issue an injunction against Prop 8 but will hear the case . . .
Chuck Norris endorsed Prop 8.
The latest data: Prop 8 is up 51.9 to 48.1, with 91 percent of the vote counted. Results here.
California Marriage Amendment Watch
With 14 percent reporting, we are up 56 to 44 percent.
Arizona’s is up 56 to 43 percent. Florida is above the 60 percent mark (62 to 38 percent). Lots of votes yet to count, though. But there’s little sign the Obama juggernaut is depressing the marriage vote.
Waiting on California. . . internal polls the ...
John Paul the Great University Goes Viral
Students and faculty at a feisty small start up, San Diego’s John Paul the Great University, produced a number of Youtube videos on Prop 8, in obedience to John Paul II call i.e. “The new world of cyberspace is ...
New Study: Women Soldiers and Sexual Trauma
15 percent of recently returned female soldiers utilizing the VA health care system report experiencing a sexual trauma during service, compared to 0.7 percent of male soldiers, according to preliminary research results from a Department of Veteran Affairs study released at the ...
Hollywood, Unions Outraise Marriage Supporters 6-1.
According to the Baptist Press,
Having been out-fundraised by more than 6-to-1 this month in large donations, supporters of a California constitutional marriage amendment are warning they will lose on Election Day unless they receive a heavy influx of donations ...
Abortion Changes You in the NYC Subways
Ed Mechmann, a blogger for the Archdiocese of NY (!), spots the new “Abortion Changes You” ads while riding the subway.
Where Have All the (Right-Leaning) Playwrights Gone?
Alison Carey is looking for a few good conservative playwrights.
Well, at least one.
Alison is a 48 year old Harvard graduate who is now director of American Revolutions (snazzy title that!) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland — one of ...
California Poll: Prop 8 Ahead by a Nose
The latest SurveyUSA poll shows 48 percent of likely California voters support Prop 8 with 45 percent opposed. That’s down from a 5 point lead in last week’s Survey USA today.
An emergency appeal by pro-gay marriage advocates in response to poor ...
Obama's Abortion Extremism
The Witherspoon Institute launches “The Public Discourse” with this fabulous piece Ed mentioned yesterday by Prof. Robby George on “Obama’s Abortion Extremism:”
Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the ...
Connecticut Supremes (cont.)
Connecticut insiders are buzzing about the possible consequences of Friday’s same-sex marriage decision for Question One on the ballot Nov. 4—a call for a state constitutional convention. (See www.ctconcon.com for more info).
Connecticut, unlike California, has no ...
Big Marriage Wins in the Making?
Things are looking good for marriage amendments in California, Florida and Arizona.
California is the big surprise. After discouraging polls all summer, the latest CBS News/SurveyUSA Today poll shows Prop 8, the California marriage amendment, surging ahead 47 percent to 42 percent, ...
Today, California same-sex couples are rushing to the altar. But this November, California voters will have their chance to say “I do” or “I do not” to gay marriage.
In the meantime, what have we learned about what gay marriage ...
Why All the Bailouts Will Fail
Rich Vigilante and Andy Redleaf in Monday’s NY Post:
The [Bush] administration’s belief that saving GM from the bankruptcy it so richly deserves is essential to saving the rest of the economy symbolizes how it misunderstood the crisis ...
Marjorie Christofferson's Courage
Marjorie Christofferson is — or was — the manager of El Coyote a restaurant in LA founded by her Aunt. She gave $100 to Prop 8. Today Lisa Derrick of the Huffington Post is reporting she has resigned in the face of an ongoing ...
What's Your Divorce Risk?
Justin Wolfers (over at Freaknomics) has with his significant other and fellow economist Betsey Stevenson put together a widget for calculating the risk that you will divorce in the next 5 years, given a few simple demographic characteristics. (I think he ...
How Much Change in Health Care Can Americans Tolerate?
A new study of 21 countries published in the Journal of Health and Social BehaviorJ (lead author: Prof. Bernice Pescosolido) finds cultural constraints in how much change in their health care systems citizens will tolerate.
Most people agreed that government should “...
The Artist Currently Known as Prince has a profile in The New Yorker. ” So here’s how it is: You’ve got the Republicans and basically they want to live according to this.” and Prince points to a Bible. “But ...
Marriage Victory Thoughts
California is huge, of course. It proves that when it comes to marriage, there are no blue states/red states. Americans believe unions of husband and wife really are unique and deserve a unique status in our culture and law.
Like Jonah, I’m going to bed. But it looks like a marriage sweep. If we win in California, Arizona and Florida, what will this mean?
I’m telling the press: “This vote, like earlier votes in Wisconsin, Oregon, and ...
With 84 percent of the vote in, Florida is voting for marriage 62 percent to 38 percent.
The Return of Open Attacks on Religious Minorities: Prop 8's Legacy
Well this is certainly change.
The voices of tolerance in California are concluding their campaign against Prop 8 with this TV ad, which engages in a level of blatant religious hatred I’ve never seen in American politics. Ever.
Why Does Maggie Care So Much About Restoring Marriage?
I get asked this a lot. Two answers from me, one longer on ThePublicDiscourse.com, Witherspoon Institute’s interesting new cyberzine and one op ed length, in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Rick Warren endorses Prop 8
In his e-mail to his church members he writes: “For 5,000 years, every culture and every religion – not just Christianity – has defined marriage as a contract between men and women,” Warren wrote. “There is no reason to change the universal, historical ...
Cardinal Egan's Message to Joe Biden (and the Rest of Us) on Abortion: "Just Look"
As featured in the web briefing, this is very moving and very smart, too. Do you think Joe from Scranton will read it?
"Gay Marriage and the Role of Judges"
The Federalist Society’s civil rights and religious liberties practice group is sponsoring a panel discussion at noon at the Mayflower in D.C. tomorrow (Thursday Oct. 23). Stuart Taylor is the moderator, and I’m speaking as one the one ...
Targeting Mormons -- "Hell to Pay"
But not unexpected. After they are done with Joe the Plumber, the voices of tolerance are targeting Mormon donors to Prop 8.
Have they no shame?
From The Daily Kos:
Now, I have nothing personally against the Church ...
The Truth, the Whole Truth And. . .
The latest Protect Marriage Yes on 8 television ad in California shows an incredibly cute 8 year old Hispanic girl bringing the book King and King home to her mother saying “Guess what I learned in school today. . . I can marry a ...
Connecticut Supremes (Part 3)
The Connecticut majority’s opinion is boring in its extraordinariness.
Court overturns marriage as a concept on grounds that something called “sexual orientation” (details of definition of category to be worked out by future courts but has something to do ...
Four Connecticut Judges Overturn State's Marriage Laws
Another 4-3 court ruling for SSM in Connecticut. The civil unions law there not only failed to protect marriage it was used by gay marriage advocates to argue that marriage laws are unconstitutional.
The middle ground is fast falling away. . . ...
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell compared Barack Obama to Adlai Stevenson, another “cerebral” presidential candidate with a funny first name.
Mike Gerson, however, noticed it first.
By the narrowest of margins (4-3, just like Goodridge), the California supreme court ruled Thursday that Proposition 22, passed by 62 percent of California voters in 2000, is unconstitutional.
We therefore conclude . . . the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic ...