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The Real Significance of the Popular Vote in Ireland: Making Gay Marriage Legal

The Real Significance of the Popular Vote in Ireland: Making Gay Marriage Legal

While headlines celebrate the significance of Ireland voting to become the first nation in the world to make gay marriage legal, the real significance of the vote may be found in the U.S. Supreme Court. In a case before the Supreme Court right now, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit,

Rebuttal: No, “Pro-Lifer,” Supporting Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You More Pro-Life

Recently an article entitled “In Defense of Gay Marriage, from a Pro-Life Republican” appeared on the blog Third Base Politics. The author, Councilman Phil Van Treuren of Amherst, Ohio, advances the premise that the pro-life movement must embrace marriage redefinition. Van Treuren castigates Cleveland Right to Life and other pro-life groups that maintain that traditional

OCR Streetview: Politicians, Corporate Sponsors Redefine Equality at Columbus Pride Parade

  The Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, Ed Fitzgerald, shook my hand on High Street in Columbus at the June 21st “Pride” parade honoring LGBT lifestyles. Eager to show support for what many Ohioans consider radical moral upheaval, Fitzgerald and numerous supporters in “Fitzgerald for Governor” T-shirts worked the crowd — on both sides of

The Fight for Marriage, Part 2: Is There Even An Argument for Traditional Marriage?

Dr. Robert George, Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis argue the following: “What we have come to call the gay marriage debate is not directly about homosexuality, but about marriage.  It is not about whom to marry, but about what marriage is.” The two views can be summarized as: (1) the conjugal view and (2)

Tilting at Ducks – A New Year’s Resolution for Conservatives

Blasting across the free speech scene like a red neck during hunting season, Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family that stars on the A&E reality television show Duck Dynasty, created a feather storm of controversy as he (rather graphically) shared his views about homosexual marriage with GQ Magazine. Facebook news feeds from metropolitan LA to

How Ohio Benefits from a Religious Freedom Bill

How do supporters of same-sex marriage, abortion advocates, and–more neutrally–civil rights advocates in Ohio view the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act, H.B. 376, just introduced in the Ohio General Assembly? This is a curious question in view of recent events. The Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to all Americans,

SSM Advocates Start Ohio Spin Campaigns on Marriage, Discrimination

In September and October, Equality Ohio launched campaigns to persuade Ohioans to accept same-sex marriage (SSM) and to change federal and state law on workplace issues. Their strategy is surely influenced by a recent poll of Ohio voters. The Public Religion Research Institute found that most voters would not approve a marriage redefinition—good news for

Four Same-Sex Marriage Questions Americans Must Answer

This summer’s US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 has tossed the issue of same-sex marriage back to the states [read on OCR here & here]. This means that Ohioans (indeed, all Americans) must revisit the legitimacy of the sincere claims of same-sex partners who want their unions to be recognized as

The Marriage Decisions and the Death of Reason

If you celebrated the marriage decisions handed down by the Supreme Court yesterday, you are a socialist, a deviant who believes “if it feels good, do it!”, a crass enemy of all that is good who needs to remember that God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve! Did that sound harsh? Did that

SCOTUS: Supreme Inconsistency

Before today the Supreme Court of the United States had issued no rulings regarding homosexual marriage.  Today it issued two. As I kept my eye on internet news sources and watched for tweets that would indicate the outcomes, I first saw the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). While I was disappointed in

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