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  • Commentary posted December 11, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre The Right to Life and a Culture of Marriage

    The abortion rate keeps dropping. The latest numbers from the CDC, released last week, show that the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1973, the year the Supreme Court manufactured a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade. This raises two important questions: What is the cause of the decline in abortion? And how can we build on this success to protect…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Ignore Your Conscience -- or Go to Jail

    It's hard to imagine a more bedrock American right than being free to live according to your religious convictions. The very idea of being forced to violate your beliefs seems unthinkable. Unless you happen to believe that marriage refers exclusively to the union of a man and a woman. Because more and more often, the government is penalizing and coercing those who…

  • Commentary posted September 30, 2014 by Edwin Meese III, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Let States, Not Courts, Decide Marriage Policy

    On June 26 of last year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, and since then lower courts have issued a string of decisions redefining marriage in the states. This month, in a widely celebrated opinion written by Judge Richard Posner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit declared that it had…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Marriage policy should be worked out in states

    News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state's constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost unnoticed. The case involved a same-sex couple married in Iowa that sought a divorce in Tennessee. Because Tennessee does not recognize…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Four Problems and a Response to Obama’s LGBT Executive Order

    Earlier Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers should respect the intrinsic dignity of all of their employees, but as I explain in greater detail at the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, today’s executive order undermines…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. The Right to Be Wrong

    One of the hallmarks of religious liberty protections is that they protect people of all faiths, even if their beliefs seem unfounded, flawed, implausible, or downright silly. Recognition of a right to religious freedom does not, however, depend on religious skepticism, relativism, or indifferentism. Rather, it rests on the intelligible value of the religious quest—the…

  • Commentary posted June 19, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre Bear Witness to the Truth about Unborn Human Life

    While it is a self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, what is self-evident in the technical philosophical sense is not always readily assented to, or immediately obvious. In many ways this is the story of debates throughout American history, and it is true today in the…

  • Commentary posted May 22, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Six Things You Can Do to Support Marriage and Freedom

    In the media's portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June - if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public opinion polling, especially of my peers in the Millennial generation. Many also point to the forced…

  • Commentary posted May 22, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

    In the media’s portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June — if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public-opinion polling, especially of my peers in the Millennial generation. Many also point to the forced…

  • Commentary posted May 17, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. The Evolution of Marriage

    ‘A girl for every boy, a boy for every girl”: That’s the main thesis of William Tucker’s engaging new book. With polygamy, you see, there isn’t a girl for every boy, and the leftover boys must find some other — usually disruptive and frequently violent — way to pass their time. But the “unique social contract of monogamy — a male for every female, a female for every male…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Freedom to Marry & Dissent, Rightly Understood

    Historically and across cultures, marriage has been the institution that unites a man and woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to children born of their union, providing their offspring with the distinctive contributions of paternal and maternal care and influence. That understanding of marriage shaped its structuring norms, including the norm of sexual…

  • Lecture posted April 28, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. A New Time for Choosing on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Today’s Challenges to the Principles of Ronald Reagan’s Conservative Manifesto

    Ryan T. Anderson The more things change, the more they stay the same. Rereading “A Time for Choosing,” it is amazing to see just how much things haven’t changed. Ronald Reagan expresses concern that government taxes too much of our incomes, that government spends more than it raises, that government is transforming into a welfare state that’s trapping the poor, that…

  • Backgrounder posted April 10, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Leslie Ford Protecting Religious Liberty in the State Marriage Debate

    For years, a central argument of those in favor of same-sex marriage has been that all Americans should be free to live and love as they choose, but does that freedom require the government to coerce those who disagree into celebrating same-sex relationships? A growing number of incidents demonstrates that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual…

  • Backgrounder posted April 4, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Marriage, Reason, and Religious Liberty: Much Ado About Sex, Nothing to Do with Race

    Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage? One refrain in debates over marriage policy is that laws designating marriage as exclusively the union of male and female are today's equivalent of bans on interracial marriage. Some further argue that protecting the freedom to speak and act publicly on the basis of a religious belief that…

  • Commentary posted February 19, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. ‘Homosexual Jim Crow Laws’? Get Real

    “Christians backing this bill are essentially arguing for homosexual Jim Crow laws.” So asserts Kirsten Powers in today’s USA Today. What could justify such an assertion? Nothing. Powers is wrong about the law. The bill in question is a religious-liberty protection being debated in the Kansas legislature. The bill would protect all citizens from being forced by the…