Withstanding intense pressure from homosexual activist groups, voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman — effectively prohibiting homosexual “marriage” in the state.

As some totalitarian-minded governments escalate their attacks on parental rights and homeschooling, the Vatican’s delegation to the United Nations called on the world to respect families, the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, and non-governmental forms of education. The Holy See’s representatives also called on UN member governments last week to stop indoctrinating the youth.

cohabitationMany parents and churches have long advocated that unwed couples avoid living together before marriage. Now even secular research has shown that it can have severe drawbacks. The New York Times chimed in on the subject April 14 with an opinion piece entitled, “The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage.”

A new study published in the medical journal Neurology provides a strong case for the connection between moderate physical activity and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. The four-year work, part of the ongoing Memory and Aging Project at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, limited participants to those who did not already have evidence of dementia. It found that those who were ranked in the bottom 10 percent in terms of physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop the disease.

President Obama, who has declared that his views on marriage are “evolving,” has come out in opposition to Minnesota’s proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. The voter initiative, passed by the state legislature in May 2011 and set for the November ballot, reads: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”