The Research So Far: Mom + Dad Still Best For Kids

By William C. Duncan In past decades, a large body of research has developed focused on the question of what family structures are most likely to promote child well-being. The basic consensus — based on comparisons of children raised by married biological parents, single parents, divorced parents, stepparents, etc. — is that children fare best, on average, when raised by their own biological parents in a stable marriage. More recently, a different body of research suggests that this consensus would not apply if the population being compared were children raised…

Analysis of 10th Circuit’s Radical Ruling on Marriage Amendment

Editor’s note: Utah is now at the heart of the debate over same-sex marriage. The state’s Amendment 3, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, was challenged in court as unconstitutional and was subsequently struck down by a federal judge in 2013. Utah appealed that verdict. On Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled against Utah, 2-1. If this case is appealed to the Supreme Court, which appears likely, the court’s decision may decide the future of marriage for decades – for the…

Responding to Questions About Gay Marriage Advocates Coming Out Of The Closet

My piece on gay marriage advocates outing the nature of gay relationships brought quite a reaction. However, I think the reflexive defensiveness missed the main points of the article. The responses to the article can be summed up in the following points: – This is a lie pushed by religious fanatic bigots! – Maybe it’s true, but who cares? Straight partners cheat too. – Maybe it’s true, but who cares? How do open marriages subvert marriage? This first response completely ignores what was actually written. This isn’t some fanatic, hater,…

It’s Now Safe For Gay Marriage Activists To Come Out Of The Closet

Back in 2006, I came across an article by Stanley Kurtz titled, “Zombie Killers”. In it, Kurtz uses statements from cutting edge social scientists and gay marriage activists and shows how they were saying the same thing about the effect of gay marriage on traditional marriage that its defenders were saying and had been doing so for years. Phrases like,“the queering of the social calls into question the normativity and naturalness of both heterosexuality and heterorelationality” are just academic speech for “gay marriage undermines marriage”. It was a fantastic way of pulling…