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Marriage Preservation


July 2015
Gay Marriage—Nothing New Under the Sun
Gay marriage and homosexuality were part of the moral landscape faced by the first Christians in Ancient Rome.
By Benjamin Wiker, Catholic World Report

Given that the gay marriage agenda will be increasingly pressed upon Catholics by the state, we should be much more aware of what history has to teach us about gay marriage—given that we don’t want to be among those who, ignorant of history, blithely condemned themselves to repeat it.

Contrary to the popular view—both among proponents and opponents—gay marriage is not a new issue. It cannot be couched (by proponents) as a seamless advance on the civil rights movement, nor should it be understood (by opponents) as something that’s evil merely because it appears to them to be morally unprecedented.

Gay marriage was—surprise!—alive and well in Rome, celebrated even and especially by select emperors, a spin-off of the general cultural affirmation of Roman homosexuality. Gay marriage was, along with homosexuality, something the first Christians faced as part of the pagan moral darkness of their time.

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April 2015
Forcing States to Recognize Gay Marriage Could Increase Number of Abortions
Gene Schaerr
On the surface, abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated. However, as explained in an amicus brief of 100 scholars of marriage, filed in the pending Supreme Court marriage cases and summarized here, the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain that the Supreme Court would be wise not to set in motion. Even in the short time that same-sex marriage has been officially recognized in some states at home and abroad, man-woman marriage rates have declined. In a nutshell: A reduction in the opposite-sex marriage rate means an increase in the percentage of women who are unmarried and who, according to all available data, have much higher abortion rates than married women. And based on past experience, institutionalizing same-sex marriage poses an enormous risk of reduced opposite-sex marriage rates.  More ...

March 2015
Dolce and Gabbana: ‘Children Should Have a Mother and a Father’ 
‘The family is not a fad,’ said fashion duo in new interview. ‘There are things that cannot be modified. The family is one of them.’

ROME — Creators of the luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana sparked global controversy over the weekend after coming out in defense of marriage, saying that children have the right to a mother and a father.

“The family is not a fad,” said co-founder of the fashion empire, Stefano Gabbana, in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama. “In it, there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

Sharing this view with his business and former romantic partner, Domenico Dolce told the magazine: “We didn't invent the family ourselves.”

Dolce and Gabbana, who are openly homosexual, went on to say that children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, and they condemned the use of artificial means of conception, such as in vitro fertilization.

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July 2014
Bait And Switch: How Same Sex Marriage Ends Family Autonomy
The goal isn't equality - it's abolishing an institution.
Stella Morabito

Abolishing all civil marriage is the primary goal of the elites who have been pushing same sex marriage. The scheme called “marriage equality” is not an end in itself, and never really has been. The LGBT agenda has spawned too many other disparate agendas hostile to the existence of marriage, making marriage “unsustainable,” if you will. By now we should be able to hear the growing drumbeat to abolish civil marriage, as well as to legalize polygamy and all manner of reproductive technologies.

Consider also the breakneck speed at which the push for same sex marriage has been happening recently. The agenda’s advocates have been very methodical in their organization, disciplined in their timing, flush with money, in control of all information outlets, including media, Hollywood, and academia. And perhaps most telling is the smearing of any dissenter in the public square, a stigma made de rigueur by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in his animus-soaked opinion that repealed the Defense of Marriage Act.

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June 2013
Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story on Marriage
From: Polygamy and Government, Posted by David Foster

The most philosophical and learned of Supreme Court Justices, Joseph Story, published an (anonymous) essay on “Natural Law” in 1836. The whole essay deserves word by word study as a profound statement of the principles underlying the Constitution as Story believed. He addresses the issue of marriage and polygamy in some of the most thoughtful sentences ever written by a US Justice, as follows:

“Marriage is an institution, which may properly be deemed to arise from the law of nature. It promotes the private comfort of both parties, and especially of the female sex. It tends to the procreation of the greatest number of healthy citizens, and to their proper maintenance and education. It secures the peace of society, by cutting off a great source of contention, by assigning to one man the exclusive right to one woman. It promotes the cause of sound morals, by cultivating domestic affections and virtues. It distributes the whole of society into families, and creates a permanent union of interests, and a mutual guardianship of the same. It binds children together by indissoluble ties, and adds new securities to the good order of society, by connecting the happiness of the whole family with the good behavior of all. It furnishes additional motives for honest industry and economy in private life, and for a deeper love of the country of our birth. It has, in short, a deep foundation in all our best interests, feelings, sentiments, and even sensual propensities; and in whatever country it has been introduced, it has always been adhered to with an unfailing and increasing attachment.

“Polygamy, on the other hand, seems utterly repugnant to the law of nature. It necessarily weakens, and in most cases, destroys the principal benefits and good influences resulting from marriage. It generates contests and jealousies among wives; divides the affections of parents; introduces and perpetuates a voluptuous caprice. It has a tendency to dissolve the vigor of the intellectual faculties, and to produce languor and indolence. It stimulates the sensual appetites to an undue extent, and thus impairs the strength and healthiness of the physical functions. It debases the female sex. It retards, rather than advances, a healthy and numerous population. It weakens the motives to female chastity and to exclusive devotion to one husband. Besides; the very equality in point of numbers of the sexes seems to point out the law of God to be, that one woman shall be assigned to one man. And in point of fact, the countries, where polygamy has been allowed, have been uniformly debased, indolent and enervate, having neither great physical, nor great intellectual ability.

“If marriage be an institution derived from the law of nature, then, whatever has a natural tendency to discourage it, or to destroy its value, is by the same law prohibited. Hence we may deduce the criminality of fornication incest, adultery, seduction, and other lewdness [presumably including sodomy?]; although there are many independent grounds, on which such criminality may be rested.”



March 2011
From the American College of Pediatricians'

"Tradition and science agree that biological ties and dual gender parenting are protective for children. The family environment in which children are reared plays a critical role in forming a secure gender identity, positive emotional well-being, and optimal academic achievement. Decades of social science research documents that children develop optimally when reared by their two biological parents in a low conflict marriage. The limited research advocating childrearing by homosexual parents has severe methodological limitations. There is significant risk of harm inherent in exposing a child to the homosexual lifestyle. Given the current body of evidence, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adoption, foster care, or reproductive manipulation. This position is rooted in the best available science."

Retrieved Mar 1, 2011 from

Sept 2010
Texas Court Upholds Ban on Gay ‘Marriage’
By Peter J. Smith

DALLAS, Texas, September 3, 2010 (  - A Texas appeals court has struck down a trial court’s ruling Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” violated the rights of a homosexual couple seeking a divorce. The court declared that “the natural ability to procreate” constituted the rational basis to restrict marriage to a man and a woman.

The Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas struck down the previous ruling that said that two homosexual plaintiffs  married in Massachusetts, identified as J.B. and H.B., had a right to a same-sex “divorce” in Texas based on the “full faith and credit clause” of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs obtained a marriage license from Massachusetts in September 2006, moved to Texas in 2008, and later that year J.B. demanded a no-fault divorce.  More ....

Marriage fee gets surprise blessing
House OKs cost increase, but some lawmakers say bill slipped past them
May 16, 2007

AUSTIN — In a switch some blamed on end-of-session blur, the House sent Gov. Rick Perry a bill Tuesday that doubles marriage license fees to $60 unless future brides and grooms take a class on how to be good spouses.

Before the Senate approved the bill with the fee hike last week, the House had taken it out, calling it a marriage tax and government meddling in private lives.

Tuesday, the House reversed itself, returning a carrot-and-stick approach to the bill. You take the eight-hour class, your marriage license is free. You don't, you pay double.

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A Sterile Worldview
Vanishing Russia
by Chuck Colson
October 25, 2006

According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, Russia "has lost the equivalent of a city of 700,000 people every year since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991." We're talking about the population of San Francisco or Baltimore—a grim reminder of how fruitless some worldviews can be.

If demographic trends hold steady, Russia's population, which stands at 142 million today, will drop to 52 million by 2080. At that point, according to Sergei Mironov, the chairman of the upper house of the Dumas, the Russian parliament, "there will no longer be a great Russia . . . it will be torn apart piece by piece, and finally cease to exist."

Mironov isn't alone in his fears. Russia's demographic crisis raises "serious questions about whether Russia will be able to hold on to its lands along the border with China or field an army, let alone a workforce to support the ill and the elderly."

Even more disturbing than the numbers are the reasons behind them: that is, "one of the world's fastest-growing AIDS epidemics . . . alcohol and drug abuse . . . [and] suicide" are among the leading causes of Russia's shrinking population.

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In Our View - The Married Minority
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Columbian editorial writers

Move over smug married types. Unmarried couples and singletons now make up the majority of American households, according to a New York Times' analysis of new government figures. Bridget Jones must be smiling. If only she'd known this sooner, she would not have spent so much time swimming in Chardonnay, feeling like "a tragic freak" and pining for Mark Darcy.

The Census Bureau found that more households than not have unmarried people. Just 49.7 percent of the nation's 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples, down from 52 percent five years ago.

There are many culprits an increase in cohabitation is one. But marrying age is likely the most significant factor driving this shift. Among Americans aged 35-64, married couples still make up a majority of all homes. It's in homes headed by people aged 25 to 34 that this unmarried trend lives and thrives.

... Family-friendly workplaces are still important and good for the bottom line, as is treating all singletons fairly.

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Beyond Marriage
by Gary L. Bauer, Chairman Campaign for Working Families
August 1, 2006

Pro-family advocates have repeatedly warned that attempts to redefine marriage will lead to polygamy and perhaps even a total devaluation of marriage. Our concerns have been greeted by the cultural elites with scoffing and skepticism. But now we don't have to speculate anymore; the proponents of homosexual "marriage" admit it and they have posted their manifesto online at

No longer content with "the narrow terms of the marriage debate," they are now advocating, "Legal recognition for a wide rage of relationships, households and families - regardless of kinship or conjugal status." They also demand, "Access for all, regardless of marital or citizenship status, to vital government support programs, including but not limited to health care, housing, Social Security and pension plans, disaster recovery assistance, unemployment insurance, and welfare assistance."

My Father Was an Anonymous Sperm Donor

By Katrina Clark
December 17, 2006
The Washington Post

I really wasn't expecting anything the day, earlier this year, when I sent an e-mail to a man whose name I had found on the Internet. I was looking for my father, and in some ways this man fit the bill. But I never thought I'd hit pay dirt on my first try. Then I got a reply -- with a picture attached.

From my computer screen, my own face seemed to stare back at me. And just like that, after 17 years, the missing piece of the puzzle snapped into place.

The puzzle of who I am.

I'm 18, and for most of my life, I haven't known half my origins. I didn't know where my nose or jaw came from, or my interest in foreign cultures. I obviously got my teeth and my penchant for corny jokes from my mother, along with my feminist perspective. But a whole other part of me was a mystery.

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July 2006
Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Homosexual "Marriage" Ban

By Gudrun Schultz

SEATTLE, Washington, July 26, 2006 ( - The Supreme Court of Washington issued a long-awaited ruling today, upholding the state's ban on homosexual "marriage," reported this morning.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court upheld the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as solely the union between one man and one woman.

DOMA was instituted to "promote procreation and to encourage stable families," Justice Barbara Madsen wrote in the decision.

"The legislature was entitled to believe that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples furthers the State's legitimate interests in procreation and the well-being of children."

Washington's ban on homosexual marriages, which passed the state Legislature with an overwhelming majority in 1998 despite the veto of Governor Gary Locke, was challenged in 2004 by 19 homosexual couples. Backed by gay activist organizations including the Northwest Women's Law Center, Lamba Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the couples launched two suits claiming the ban violated their constitutional right to equality. 

The Court's decision to uphold the same-sex marriage ban marks a significant victory for supporters of traditional marriage in the country, following close behind the New York State Appeals Court ruling earlier this month upholding the state's constitutional ban on homosexual "marriage."

As in the Washington state decision, New York's ruling was made primarily on the grounds of protecting the best interests of children. The Court said the state of New York was justified in refusing to recognize same-sex marriages based on concern for the welfare of children alone, stating:

"To recognize marriage between people of the same sex would result in the abolition of male and female by making gender irrelevant, and the abolition of gender would have devastating effects on children. Children do best when raised with a mom and a dad."

Massachusetts remains the only state in the union to permit homosexual "marriage."

An additional seven states are facing lawsuits seeking to overturn marriage laws, including New Jersey and California.

See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:

Seattle Archbishop Condemns Gay "Marriage", Fears State-made Theology, Lawsuits

Judge Legalizes Same-Sex "Marriage" for Washington State

New York's Highest Court Rules 4-2 In Favor Of Traditional Marriage

Supreme Court Opinions:

Feb 2006
French Government Report Says No to Homosexual “Marriage

"To affirm and protect children’s rights and the primacy of those rights over adults’ aspirations.”

Clark County Marriage Statistics

Marriage Comparisons Divorce Comparisons
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Data Sources: Washington State Department of Health Stats, National Center for Health Statistics, US Census Bureau, UN Statistics Division

Additional Data Sources
Clark County Health Dept National Center For Health Statistics
Washington State Dept of Health US Census Bureau
UN Statistics Division  

Marriage dearth .... "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold." .... Matthew 24:12-13 ......