Posts Tagged ‘same-sex marriage’

Social Issues, the American Electorate and the Presidency

February 20, 2012

In this column from the “Wall Street Journal”, James Taranto examines the impact of social conservatism on presidential elections, highlighting the new book by Jeffrey Bell, The Case for Polarized Politics.  Bell makes the case that the social issues are a winner for GOP candidates, despite what the political pundits and media outlets may say.  

Some excerpts:

“Social conservatism, Mr. Bell argues in his forthcoming book, ‘The Case for Polarized Politics,’ has a winning track record for the GOP. ‘Social issues were nonexistent in the period 1932 to 1964,’ he observes. ‘The Republican Party won two presidential elections out of nine, and they had the Congress for all of four years in that entire period. . . . When social issues came into the mix—I would date it from the 1968 election . . . the Republican Party won seven out of 11 presidential elections.'”

“In Mr. Bell’s telling, social conservatism is both relatively new and uniquely American, and it is a response to aggression, not an initiation of it. The left has had ‘its center of gravity in social issues’ since the French Revolution, he says. ‘Yes, the left at that time, with people like Robespierre, was interested in overthrowing the monarchy and the French aristocracy. But they were even more vehemently in favor of bringing down institutions like the family and organized religion. In that regard, the left has never changed. . . . I think we’ve had a good illustration of it in the last month or so.’

Mounting Doubts About Same-Sex “Marriage” | First Things

October 21, 2011

Important article by Brian Raum.
Mounting Doubts About Same-Sex “Marriage” | First Things

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Edges Out Christian Adoption Agency

September 15, 2011

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) informed the Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA) — a 61-year-old group that has been contracting with the state to place foster children in homes since 1965 — that its contract will not be renewed in the new fiscal year, since the agency won’t place kids with same-sex couples.

Catholic Charities in Illinois is suing the state to be allowed to continue adoptions, despite their policy to only place children in married (one man, one woman) homes.

Read more…

Another reason we need a Marriage Protection Amendment in Pennsylvania. Visit

The Chilling of Our First Amendment Rights

July 21, 2011

An absolute MUST read by Maggie Gallagher.  Chilling indeed.  (First published on National Review Online)

The Chilling of Our First Amendment Rights – By Maggie Gallagher – The Corner – National Review Online

Are Christians Obsessed With Gays and Abortion?

March 14, 2011

This is an article truly worth reading.  David French looks at the facts versus the perception:

Imagine a world in which mainstream coverage of Christian America reflected our actual expenditures and actual efforts. You’d barely hear from people like me, and perhaps you wouldn’t even have to. We’d have the entirely justified reputation as America’s most generous community. Yet instead we’re labeled as “homophobic” or “anti-choice,” and that label dogs us in all aspects of our public life.

But that’s because of other people’s obsessions. Not ours.

Are Christians Obsessed With Gays and Abortion?.

Gosnell Connection: Delaware Doc Loses License

March 8, 2011

In today’s Philadelphia Daily News, a report on Delaware’s Department of Justice looking into connections of a Delaware abortion clinic and Dr. Kermit Gosnell — the Philadelphia abortionist charged with numerous counts of murder and other charges.
Doctor kills baby while 17-year old watches. “Pro-choice” politicians and bureaucrats let this happen to protect “access” and “choice.” Shameful.
Gosnell pal’s license lifted | Philadelphia Daily News | 03/08/2011.

When is a leg not a leg? When it’s not.

August 16, 2010

We bring you a must-read article from Professor Stephen J. Heany on the fallacy of “same-sex marriage.”
Abraham Lincoln once asked how many legs a dog has if we call a tail a leg. The answer, he said, is four: calling a tail a leg does not make it so. We chuckle and move on. But what if people began to argue that a tail really is a leg? READ THE REST HERE

Central Institution of Society Takes a Direct Hit

August 6, 2010

From Dr. Albert Mohler on the overturning of Proposition 8:

“Thousands of cases make their way through the Federal courts each year. Some are important, but only a few have lasting legal significance. Whatever happens on appeal, the decision handed down yesterday by Judge Vaughn R. Walker will reverberate for decades to come. Yesterday, a very important gavel fell on marriage. The central institution of human civilization suffered a direct hit, and its future hangs in the balance.”

“It is not bigotry, it is biology.”

August 5, 2010

Bishop Harry Jackson, prominent African-American leader, Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church and Chairman of Stand for Marriage DC Coalition says this about the court ruling overturning Proposition 8 in California:

“The implicit comparison Judge Walker made between racism and marriage is particularly offensive to me and to all of us who remember the reality of Jim Crow,” says Bishop Jackson. “It is not bigotry it is biology that discriminates between same sex couples and opposite sex couples.”

“A marriage requires a husband and a wife, because these unions are necessary to make new life and connect children to their mother and father. Judge Walker’s slur will not stand the test of time and history, we demand that Congress and the Supreme Court act to protect all Americans’ right to vote for marriage,” states Jackson.

Obama Administration’s Gay All-Star List

May 6, 2010

Elections matter. Case in point: a recent post on the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute’s website that details its ongoing project to get “gay and lesbian leaders” appointed to positions in government, especially within the Obama Administration (see The website goes on to provide a list of gay and lesbian leaders already in the Obama Administration. Imagine the impact they are having on policy direction and implementation as you review their list (with comments from the GLLI website included):

While Barack Obama lays out a broad agenda to move the country forward, his staff is actually undertaking the hard work of implementation. Appointed officials have the power to set or influence the policies of the many federal departments and administrative agencies that make up the executive branch of government.

The Project will ensure that qualified, committed and talented members of the LGBT community have a fair shot at being appointed to important federal positions.

For more answers to common questions about the Presidential Appointments Project, read our FAQ.

As of now, the following LGBT leaders have secured spots in the Obama administration:

* Mark Agrast- Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice
* Raul Alvillar- Congressional Relations Officer, Housing and Urban Development
* Judy Applebaum- Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice
* Cynthia Attwood- Member, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
* Vic Basile- Senior Counselor to the Director, Office of Personnel Management
* Anthony Bernal- Scheduler, Office of Dr. Jill Biden
* Jeremy Bernard- Director of White House and Congressional Affairs, National Endowment for the Humanities
* John Berry- Director, Office of Personnel Management
* Jeremy Bishop- Special Assistant to the Secretary, Office of Public Engagement at the Department of Labor
* Brian Bond- Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
* Raphael Bostic- Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Housing and Urban Development
* Ebs Burnough- Deputy Social Secretary, Office of the First Lady
* Michael Camunez- Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance, Department of Commerce
* Lyle Canceko- Deputy Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Commerce
* Jamison Citron- Confidential Assistant, Office of White House Liaison, Department of Health and Human Services
* Brook Colangelo- Chief Information Officer, White House Office of Administration
* John Connor- Director, Office of White House Liaison at the Department of Commerce
* John Coppola- Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board
* Jeffrey Crowley- Director, Office of National AIDS Policy
* Fred Davie- Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
* Justin DeJong- Deputy Press Secretary, Department of Agriculture
* Marisa Demeo- Associate Judge, DC Superior Court
* Jenny Durkan- U.S. Attorney, Western District of Washington
* John Easton- Director, Institute of Education Sciences
* Eric Fanning- Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy
* Chai Feldblum- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
* Carl Fillichio- Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs and Communications
* Daniel Gordon- Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, OMB
* Kathy Greenlee- Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services
* Steve Gunderson- Member, President’s Commission on White House Fellows
* David Hansell- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, Administration for Children and Families
* Emily Hewitt- Chief Justice, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
* Jennifer Ho- Deputy Director, Accountability Management at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
* Fred Hochberg- Chairman, U.S. Export-Import Bank
* David Huebner- U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand
* Glenda Humiston- State Director for Rural Development in California
* Shin Inouye- Director, Specialty Media
* John Isa- Deputy Executive Director, Federal Office of Compliance
* Karine Jean-Pierre- Regional Director, Office of Political Affairs
* Kevin Jennings- Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
* Kristina Johnson- Under Secretary, Department of Energy
* Jenn Jones- Special Assistant, Department of Housing and Urban Development
* Elaine Kaplan- General Counsel, Office of Personnel Management
* Brad Kiley- Director, White House Office of Management and Administration
* Harry Knox- Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
* Kei Koizumi- Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development, Office of Science and Technology Policy
* Andy Lee- Chief of Staff, Office of Innovation and Improvement at the Department of Education
* Jeffrey Lerner- Regional Director, Office of Political Affairs
* Sara Lipscomb- General Counsel, Small Business Administration
* Zach Liscow- Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers
* Thomas Lopach- Senior Vice President, Congressional Affairs, U.S. Export-Import Bank
* Sharon Lubinski- U.S. Marshall
* John Marble- Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Personnel Management
* Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman- Special Counsel to the USAID Administrator
* Mercedes Marquez- Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
* Kathy Martinez- Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor
* Michael Martinez- Special Assistant, National Resources Conservation Division, USDA
* Mary Beth Maxwell- Senior Advisor, Department of Labor
* Philip McNamara- Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
* David Medina- Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady
* David Mills- Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Department of Commerce
* Alison Nathan- Associate Counsel to the President, White House Counsels Office
* Jeffrey Neal- Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
* Ven Neralla- Director of Priority Placement, Presidential Personnel
* Dave Noble- White House Liaison, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
* Matt Nosanchuk- Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice
* Dylan Orr- Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
* Joseph Palacios- Board of Visitors for WHINSEC
* Paolo Palugod- Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, DOJ
* Peter Pappas- Chief Communications Officer for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce
* Raul Perea-Henze- Assistant Secretary of Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs
* Drew Perraut- Policy Analyst, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB
* Mark Perriello- Director of Priority Placement, Presidential Personnel
* Gautam Raghavan- Deputy White House Liaison at the Department of Defense
* Peter Roehrig- Special Assistant, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
* Constance L. Rogers- Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources at Interior
* Donna Ryu- U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
* Ellie Sue Schafer- Director, White House Visitors Office
* Tarak Shah- White House Council on Environmental Quality
* Amanda Simpson- Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
* Richard Sorian- Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, HHS
* Campbell Spencer- Regional Director, Office of Political Affairs
* Everette Stubbs- Deputy Director, White House Visitors Center
* Nancy Sutley- Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
* Jonathan Swain- Assistant Administrator, Small Business Administration
* Kenneth Tolson- Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
* Moe Vela- Director of Operations, Office of the Vice President
* Alex Wagner- Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs
* Douglas B. Wilson- Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Department of Defense
* William Woolston- Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers