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Marriage Isn’t about ‘I Do,’ It’s about ‘Says Who’

Marriage Isn’t about ‘I Do,’ It’s about ‘Says Who’

Every controversy, every disagreement and every schoolyard brouhaha comes down to one simple question: Says Who? The entire issue that has filled the headlines, sound bites and featured stories the last two weeks can be boiled down to the same two words. Though the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was focused

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 on the Air: Contrary to Spin-Doctors’ Claims, Super-Majority of Ohio Republicans and Churches Support Natural Marriage

  OCR Featured Contributor Charles Tassell joined guest-host and former Mayor Don Robart (R-Cuyahoga Falls) to set the record straight on disputed reports about the number of Republican Ohio officials on record in support of same-sex marriage. The total is strikingly few, according to a recent press release from Citizens for Community Values (CCV), which was picked

OCR on the Air: Co-Founder Adam Josefczyk Answers, “Are the Culture Wars Over?”

Are the ‘culture wars’ over, as some maintain? Quite the contrary! OCR Co-Founder Adam Josefczyk returned to Ohio Politics with Bryan Williams on Sunday, May 25 to discuss the article “The Culture Wars Are Permanently ‘Out of the Closet,’” by OCR Featured Contributor Paul William Pyle. Listen to the interview:   Read the article: “The Culture Wars Are

The Culture Wars Are Permanently ‘Out of the Closet’

Rumor has it that the culture wars are over. If gay rights were the only battle, those rumors could be true. The pace of change on this issue is nothing short of breathtaking. State after state is either approving same-sex marriage or being forced to accept the arrangement by judicial declaration. Gay-rights supporters are rejoicing.

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

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