Signs of push-back against Obergefell

Nov 13, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, Conjugality: Not all American states have placidly accepted the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v Hodges to declare same-sex marriage constitutional. Some are listening to advice from legal scholars that “state officeholders” should “refuse to accept Obergefell as binding precedent”. If this gathers momentum, there could eventually be some scope for state governors to ignore Obergefell as a precedent. Instead, they could argue that the Court had spoken authoritatively only for the parties involved in that case alone. It’s not likely, but a crack may be opening. Here is what happened in Mississippi. Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, a 52-year-old credit analyst, who already had two children from a failed heterosexual marriage, moved to California in 2008 so that she could marry Dana Ann Melancon. But the relationship soured and they separated in 2010. When Ms Czekala-Chatham applied for a divorce, citing adultery and habitual cruel and inhuman treatment,  she...

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Al Mohler: Contraceptives and divorce led to same-sex marriage

Oct 22, 2015 by

By Mark Woods, Christian Today: A leading Southern Baptist theologian and commentator is to issue a call for “faithful, biblical witness” in a book to be released next week. The president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Rev Dr Al Mohler, reflects in We Cannot Be Silent on the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the emergence of “transgenderism” and on divorce. Interviewed for the seminary’s Southern News, Mohler said: “I am confronted daily with Christians who are asking one of the most basic questions and that is, ‘How did this happen?'” In his book, Mohler says America’s Supreme Court will be held accountable by the court of “divine judgment” for legalising same-sex marriage. In the Southern News interview, he said: “The biblical worldview explains that the fallen human reason will demonstrate itself in sinful irrationality. And even though same-sex marriage is, biblically speaking, not possible, in terms of human culture it...

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Alternatives to Divorce

Aug 24, 2015 by

The Ashley-Madison hackings are about to unleash a tsunami of unhappiness in a million homes throughout the UK, affecting the lives of two million adults and probably as many children again, assuming that each family has an average of 2 children. Were this an outbreak of flu it would be scaled as an epidemic with emergency measures put in place. We live in a society of “one-strike and you are out”.  Already the papers report that some divorce proceedings have been initiated. The response of some media commentators has been to make light of the issue. For example: “Perhaps the Ashley-Madison hack contains a lesson about openness and acceptance.” (Katie Glass Sunday Tines August 23).  My Week in the Saturday Times has a fictional wife looking out of a window and saying: ““There’s a traffic warden out there, weeping. There’s a lot of screaming and shouting. Two policemen are...

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Why there’s no such thing as gay adultery in UK law

Aug 1, 2015 by

By Jennifer Tracey and Rebecca Smith, BBC: A woman who was unable to divorce her husband on the grounds of adultery because he had affairs with men wants the law changed. Anna and her husband were married for 20 years before she discovered he was having 10 different sexual relationships with men. He denied everything, but the pictures and jokes she found on his phone left her in no doubt about what was going on. When she contacted a lawyer to obtain a divorce, she assumed there would be two grounds open to her – adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Instead, she was surprised to find adultery was not an option. This was because her husband had sex with other men and not with a woman. In the UK, adultery can only occur between members of the opposite sex and must involve vaginal intercourse. She opted to divorce him on...

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Further evidence for the link between family breakdown and economic inequality

Jun 2, 2015 by

by Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: Compared to most other western countries, America has high levels of income inequality and low levels of social mobility. It is often assumed that the former is responsible for the latter – because, like the rungs on a ladder, the wider the gap between different parts of the income spectrum, the harder it is to climb. But according to a brilliant article by Aparna Mathur on the Brookings website, growing inequality hasnot resulted in lower social mobility: “Over the past 35 years, after-tax real incomes for the top 1 percent have grown by 200 percent, but real incomes for the bottom quintile have only grown by 48 percent. “But despite this rise in income inequality, economic mobility in the U.S. has remained largely unchanged, according to a new study which measures mobility as the likelihood of a child in the bottom quintile rising to...

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Cardinal Nichols’ criticism of faithful priests is deeply disturbing

Mar 26, 2015 by

By John Smeaton, SPUC: I am deeply disturbed by Cardinal Nichols’ criticism of the 461 brave priests who signed a letter upholding the unchangeable teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage and Holy Communion. In the letter, which was published in the Catholic Heraldyesterday, priests from all over England and Wales pledged to remain faithful to Catholic teaching and to offer true pastoral care to all those who find themselves in difficult situations. A statement made by Cardinal Nichols spokesman said: “Every priest in England and Wales has been asked to reflect on the Synod discussion. It is my understanding that this has been taken up in every diocese, and that channels of communication have been established.” It continued: “The pastoral experience and concern of all priests in these matters are of great importance and are welcomed by the Bishops. Pope Francis has asked for a period of spiritual...

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