Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Defense of Marriage - #2990 - Update: Gay California Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Upheld - The Blaze (2) Government Agencies Double Down on Defense of Marriage Act - Citizen Link (3) As Cohabiting Increases, Marriage Remains Best Bet - Citizen Link (4) Health and Human Services Official Tells Youth Summit: We're Recruiting LGBTs to Adopt Kids - CNS News (5) Gates Expectations - Family Research Council

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a gay judge‘s ruling to strike down California’s same-sex marriage ban, noting that his fellow jurist could not be presumed to have a personal stake in the case just because he was in a long-term relationship with another man. We originally covered this story yesterday. In a 19-page ruling, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker had no obligation to divulge whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he declared last year that voter-approved Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Ware called it the first case in which a judge’s same-sex relationship had led to calls for disqualification. He said there probably were similar struggles when race and gender were the issues.  Read more.......

Government Agencies Double Down on Defense of Marriage Act - Citizen Link - From the Internal Revenue Service to a California bankruptcy court, and from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to federal court rooms, a pattern has emerged that troubles marriage advocates — a pattern that is more than just coincidental. As the ongoing legal battle over California’s marriage amendment in a San Francisco federal courtroom on Monday, stories involving several same-sex couples supposedly harmed by the voter-approved measure started appearing.  During a four-and-a-half-month window of time in 2008 — when the status of the voter-approved Proposition 8, defining marriage as one man and one woman, was in legal limbo — nearly 18,000 “couples” wed in California. Now, years later, a few of these same couples are reappearing to challenge statutes that undergird marriage.  Read more........

As Cohabiting Increases, Marriage Remains Best Bet - Citizen Link - Out of every 10 couples in the U.S., at least one is cohabiting. That’s an increase of 25 percent since the 2000 Census.  One sociologist suggests unmarried couples are “hedging their bets,” as they wait for the economy to improve.  But, as the Family Research Council (FRC) points out in a research paper, the “best bet” — for adults, children and even the economy — is marriage.  “Marriage and Economic Well-Being” finds that intact married families outperform other family structures across basic economic measures such as employment, income, net worth, poverty, receipt of welfare, and child economic well-being.  In fact, just 5.8 percent of married families were living in poverty in 2009, according to Census data. That’s compared with families with an unmarried female head of household, which face poverty 29.9 percent of the time. When an unmarried man is listed as the head of household, 16.9 percent of the families are in poverty.  Read more......


Health and Human Services Official Tells Youth Summit: We're Recruiting Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender to Adopt Kids - CNS News - David Hansell, who runs the federal government’s Administration for Children and Families, told a group of high school students at the U.S. Department of Education’s “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)” youth summit on Tuesday that the Obama administration is recruiting “LGBT parents” to adopt children.  “[O]f course, we’re also trying to recruit more foster and adoptive parents who are lesbian and gay,” Hansell said in a general session of the summit held at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. (As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Department of Education barred reporters from attending the summit’s breakout sessions, which were also held at the hotel.)  Read more........

Gates Expectations - Family Research Council - If the military's homosexuals can openly serve, will straight soldiers still want to? That's the question on everyone's minds as our servicemen wade into the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Secretary Robert Gates, who is taking one last tour through Afghanistan, came face-to-face with some of the strongest opposition to the change: Marines on combat assignments. During a Q&A session, one sergeant was openly frustrated that the administration had corrupted the military's ideals. "Sir, we joined the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps has a set of standards and values that is better than that of the civilian sector. And we have gone and changed those values and repealed the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy," he said. "We have not given the Marines a chance to decide whether they wish to continue serving under that. Is there going to be an option for those Marines that no longer wish to serve due to the fact that their moral values have not changed?"Read more........

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