Category Archives: Defense of Authentic Marriage

Can Marriage Be Destroyed?

Thesis: It is said (G.K. Chesterton, The Superstition of Divorce), “This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.”

Antithesis: But, it is objected (Robert R. Reilly, The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement), “The problem is that acting against the ends of marriage will tend to destroy it.”

WWSTS – What would St.Thomas Say? (Synthesis)

Growing up without a father transforms children’s brains

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/growing-up-without-a-father-transforms-childrens-brains-study

by Ben Johnson
December 10, 2013

MONTREAL, December 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study shows that growing up without a father not only affects behavior – it transforms children’s brain structure.

That’s the verdict reached by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center and recently published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Researchers studied the behavior and brains of Californian mice who, like humans, are monogamous and raise their children as a unit.

Mice separated from their fathers showed greater aggression, anti-social behavior, and “abnormal social interactions” than those raised with both parents.

“The behavioral deficits we observed are consistent with human studies of children raised without a father,” said Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, the report’s lead author.

However, more groundbreaking was their finding that the behavior was not the only thing affected by the lack of a father. Mice raised by one parent had a misshapen prefrontal cortex, the portion of the brain associated with behavior, decision-making, and problem solving.

“This is the first time research findings have shown that paternal deprivation during development affects the neurobiology of the offspring,” Gobbi said.

The report states, “Our results emphasize the importance of the father during critical neurodevelopmental periods, and that father absence induces impairments in social behavior that persist to adulthood.”

The absence of a father has been associated with a string of poor behavior and life outcomes, including higher rates of substance abuse and criminality.

A report published by the Center for Social Justice found that half of all children in Britain are living in a single-parent home, more than 1 million British children in all.

By contrast, the presence of fathers – even uncommunicative ones – raises the levels of positive outcomes for children.

In 2011, researchers at the University of Melbourne found that delinquent behavior was reduced by 7.6 percent among boys who lived with their biological fathers, and five percent points for those living with non-biological fathers only, especially violent and gang-related crime.

High School Graduation rates Among Children of Same-Sex Households

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As It Turns Out, It Does Make a Difference

By Douglas Mainwaring
October 20, 2013
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/as_it_turns_out_it_does_make_a_difference.html

One key element in the national discussion about same sex-marriage has been its effect on children.  Gay marriage proponents have insisted that scientific studies lead to the irrefutable conclusion that children raised by same-sex couples do just as well as those raised in homes with a mom and a dad.

That assertion is now being challenged by a vast new scientific study, conducted by Douglas W. Allen of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

Utilizing a 20% sample of the 2006 Canada census, the study, “High School Graduation rates Among Children of Same-Sex Households,” found that children living with gay and lesbian families in 2006 were about 65% as likely to graduate compared to children living in homes headed by married heterosexual couples.

The previous body of research, consisting of about fifty studies, and heavily relied on by same-sex marriage activists, the media, and even Supreme Court jurists, suffers from serious drawbacks.

This new research calls into question the reliability of those studies and their conclusions.  In his analysis of his study’s findings, Professor Allen notes:

The literature on child development in same-sex households is lacking on several grounds.

The research is characterized by levels of advocacy, policy endorsement, and awareness of political consequences, that is disproportionate with the strength and substance of the preliminary empirical findings.

Almost all of the literature on same-sex parenting (which almost always means lesbian parenting) is based on some combination of weak empirical designs, small biased convenience samples, ”snowballing,” [i.e., the practice of asking individuals within a study to recruit their friends and associates to join the study] and low powered tests.

Many of the past studies which served to justify the ruling by California Supreme Court Justice Vaughn Walker in overturning California’s Prop. 8, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in his Windsor decision, were seriously flawed, leading to false, no longer substantive conclusions, like this one:

Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology. (Justice Vaughn Walker, section 70, Perry v. Schwarzenegger)

Walker’s conclusion no longer resonates as valid.

Because the sample base for the Allen study was extremely large, data for gay and lesbian couple households could be examined separately.  The research is revealing, offering new insights.  Among them, children of gay parents are estimated to be 69% as likely to graduate compared to children from opposite-sex married homes.  Children in lesbian households are 60% as likely to graduate from high school.

Perhaps most startling are the findings regarding the gender of the children and their graduation outcomes, which vary wildly based on whether they were raised in gay vs. lesbian households.  Daughters raised by gay men are only 15% as likely to graduate, while daughters of lesbian parents are 45% as likely to graduate.  Interestingly, sons of lesbian parents are 76% as likely to graduate, while boys raised by gay men are 61% more likely to graduate than those raised by lesbians.

A 2012 study published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus was universally condemned by the LGBT activists and many in the media, presumably because it challenged the conventional wisdom founded on previous research.  When “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?” was published, a national campaign to discredit Regnerus’s work immediately ensued.  With the publication of this new research, Regnerus’s work is vindicated, if not proven prescient.

The Allen study demands a re-examination of the conventional wisdom that has propelled the national debate about same-sex marriage and its impact on children.

We have been too hasty to declare ourselves “on the right side of history” when it comes to enacting same-sex marriage.  Is it good for kids — as so many have asserted — that we have recent court rulings and ballot initiatives decided based on a very small array of weak research, leading to refutable, unscientific conclusions?

When it comes to assessing the reliability of past studies, it must be noted that researchers have studied only those community members who are convenient to study.  Many studies recruited through LGBT events, bookstore and newspaper advertisements, word of mouth, networking, and youth groups.  A common method of recruitment was to use a combination of the above methods to form a sample base, and then recruit friends of the base.  Still other studies failed to even mention how their samples were arrived at.  Each different procedure has a different and unknown source of bias.

Both the U.S. census and the Canada census show that children living with same-sex parents perform more poorly in school when compared to children from married opposite-sex families.  This study suggests that more research is required to discover why.

It also demands that we immediately slow down the freight train of same-sex marriage legislation and judicial decisions barreling across our nation.  No matter how entitled gays and lesbians feel to co-opt the institution of marriage and pursue “equality,” the needs and rights of our children must come first.

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WHO KNEW? Homosexual Activists Aim to Destroy Marriage

Masha Gessen

Judith Stacey

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-revolution-of-the-family-the-marxist-roots-of-homosexualism

The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homosexualism’

by Hilary White

Friday, August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – I have been asked recently “what is homosexualism?” I started using the term in my writing on these issues a few years ago when it became clear that we were dealing not with a group of people, but with a particular ideology that is often held by people who are not themselves homosexuals.

A few days ago in The Guardian, Peter Tatchell wrote a pretty good description not only of that ideology’s goals but its origins. This political ideology, often called “queer theory” by its proponents in academia, is what is being pushed, quite openly these days, by the “gay rights” movement. Despite what we are told all day by their collaborators in the mainstream media, from the six o’clock news to your favourite sit-com, this movement is not about “equal rights”. It is about re-writing the foundational concepts of our entire society. I predict that it will not be much longer before the pretense of “equality” is dropped, having done its work. Continue reading

R Kids Equal To You?

Are Kids Equal to You? Every Child Needs A Married Mom & Dad. Don't Believe It? Ask Any Kid.

Do Colors Lie?

Blue U.S.A.

If Statistics Lie, Colors Can Be Made To.

Religious Wars < Fascism (the political manifestation of the period of economic history known as Monopoly Capitalism) < Leftism (the doctrine that the individual is less than the State)

The real truth belied by the Leftist Lie (“The State is greater than the individual”) cannot be disclosed in the media, therefore, Leftist U.S. States are “True Blue”. Conservative U.S. States are “Red” (bloodletters).

The yellow and dark blue colors have not yet been made to lie, in the Marriage Equity / Defense of Authentic (vs. Counterfeit) Marriage conflict.

They still declare themselves openly.

Kids of SSA – Smile or SHUT UP!

http://catholicexchange.com/what-do-the-children-say/

Same Sex Parenting: What Do the Children Say?

by ROBERT OSCAR LOPEZ on MAY 13, 2013

boy 2During the oral arguments about Proposition 8, Justice Anthony Kennedy referred to children being raised by same-sex couples. Since I was one of those children—from ages 2-19, I was raised by a lesbian mother with the help of her partner—I was curious to see what he would say.

I also eagerly anticipated what he would say because I had taken great professional and social risk to file an amicus brief with Doug Mainwaring (who is gay and opposes gay marriage), in which we explained that children deeply feel the loss of a father or mother, no matter how much we love our gay parents or how much they love us. Children feel the loss keenly because they are powerless to stop the decision to deprive them of a father or mother, and the absence of a male or female parent will likely be irreversible for them. Continue reading

SSA People & Others On The Left Who Don’t Support Marriage “Equity”

Same-Sex Attracted People, And Others On The Left Who Dissent From The Current Ideological Orthodoxy

Left and Right agree: Gay “marriage” brings in “choking,” “authoritarian” social “conformism”

BY HILARY WHITE, ROME CORRESPONDENT

ROME, May 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While pro-family advocates have noted the incredible rate at which the homosexualist movement has gained the political upper hand in the last five years, others are voicing concern about the shrinking “social space” in the public discourse for those who still object to “gay marriage.”

Some pundits on the left and the center-right are warning that as the homosexual movement gains legislative ground, the freedom to object is narrowing and those holding out against it are increasingly under threat. The stunning advances made by the “gay movement” some are saying, is not a triumph for social freedom, but for an increasingly brutally enforced social conformism.

Left-libertarian British journalist Brendan O’Neill warned in a column in Spiked, that in 20 years of writing on political issues, “I have never encountered an issue like gay marriage, an issue in which the space for dissent has shrunk so rapidly, and in which the consensus is not only stifling but choking.” Continue reading

Hate Crime Legislation – Back Door to Censorship

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/hate_crime_legislation_back_do.html

May 10, 2009

Hate Crime Legislation – Back Door to Censorship

By James Simpson

An extension of the Hate Crimes law recently passed the House of Representatives which will essentially codify into national law the “speech codes” that are smothering academic freedom on college campuses today. This law is the back door method Obama and his fellow socialists will use to stifle free speech in this country, as explained in an informative article by Jerry Kane at American Daughter.

To heck with the “Fairness Doctrine.” Who needs to limit censorship to the airwaves? This legislation will silence anyone who disagrees with them.

Hate crimes legislation has its roots in the communist-inspired, so-called Frankfurt School founded in Frankfurt, Germany by Bolsheviks in the 1920s. Its goal was to implement communism in the West quietly by gradually subverting popular culture — a movement known as Cultural Marxism. One of its leading lights, Herbert Marcuse, opined that the prevailing Western social order is repressive by definition and discriminates against minorities simply by existing.

This creates a phenomenon he called “repressive tolerance” because even though other views are allowed within Western culture — you know, by that insignificant little old thing called the First Amendment — the Capitalist view is still permitted. It goes without saying that Marcuse considered that to be unacceptable.

…”partisan tolerance,” i.e. tolerating the views of those “repressed minorities” only — who Marcuse assumes share his partisan hatred for everything noncommunist — while actively muzzling the views of the majority.

Instead, he proposed what he called “partisan tolerance,” i.e. tolerating the views of those “repressed minorities” only — who Marcuse assumes share his partisan hatred for everything noncommunist — while actively muzzling the views of the majority.

So now we have a word for Democrats’ eye-popping hypocrisy when they wrap themselves in the mantle of free speech while simultaneously attempting to suppress non-Leftist ideas. We have a word for the Left’s double standard in championing “repressed minorities” only when those minorities share their politics, while savaging principled, accomplished minorities like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell or Janice Rogers Brown. We have an explanation for why so many college campuses, supposedly the society’s heart of open-minded intellectual inquiry, actively, even violently intimidate conservative speakers — when they let them onto campus at all. Continue reading

Who do you believe?

This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. – G.K. Chesterton

I May Be Straight But I'm Not NarrowAre “Straight” Supporters of “Marriage Equity” Aware of Just WHO They’re Defying?

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit upon His glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ … Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’…And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” – Matthew 25:31-33, 41, 46

“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ “

Jesus said, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come! If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna.” – Matthew 18:6-9

Was Jesus just a nice man, a teacher like Buddha, or is He Who he said He is? He came as the Suffering Servant, in part to show us how much He loves us. His love is a consuming blaze, like a refiner’s fire which will burn off all the dross and slag and leave only gold.

Do you think you can ignore what Jesus said, and who He actually is?

 

Every Little Child doesn’t just Want, but Desperately NEEDS, a Married Mommie & Daddy

This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. – G.K. Chesterton

It’s Now Coming Out, That Merely HAVING A Parent Who Is Acting Out In The Active Homosexual Lifestyle–Even If The Child Lives Elsewhere–Is INCREDIBLY Damaging To The Child’s Happiness And Well-Being

The New NON-Normal

What about the children of same-sex couples?

by Peter Sprigg

…only 1 in every 17 children of “gay” parents actually lives with a same-sex couple. So the “new normal” isn’t normal…

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2013 (Family Research Council) – A few weeks ago, there was a flurry of news coverage of a new “Policy Statement” (that’s what it was, by its own labeling—it wasn’t a “study”) from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which endorsed the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

The impression which advocates for marriage redefinition seek to create in the public’s mind is that children of homosexual parents are essentially in exactly the same position as children of heterosexual parents, and children raised by same-sex couples are in the same position as children raised by married opposite-sex couples, except regarding the gender of the parents. Continue reading