Washington State’s high-profile same-sex marriage law, aggressively pursued and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire in February, has been blocked from going into effect after proponents of traditional marriage delivered more than 200,000 petition signatures demanding that state voters be allowed to make the final decision on the definition of marriage. The Seattle Times reported that Preserve Marriage Washington, the group leading the campaign, submitted more than 241,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office June 6, double the 120,577 needed to put the issue before voters in November.
Emboldened by the refusal of state officials to defend a law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman, a number of homosexual couples in Illinois have filed a pair of lawsuits against the state in hopes of forcing the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex partnerships. Religion Today reported that the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York-based homosexual group Lambda Legal are representing at least 25 same-sex couples who complained that they were denied marriage licenses in Cook County. “Both suits challenge a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman, arguing that the Illinois Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry under due process and equality clauses,” reported Religion Today.
Pro-family groups are taking major U.S. merchandiser Target Corporation to task for its recently announced initiative to raise money for homosexual activism. Two years after getting into hot water with homosexual groups for backing Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who supported a state amendment to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, the Minnesota-based Target Corp. is now “inching into the gay-pride market,” reported the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “offering 10 rainbow-themed T-shirts for sale online and promising to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council [FEC], a group for gay and lesbian families.”
On Tuesday, a law went into effect in Utah requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before having an abortion.
The California Legislature is seriously considering making it hard or impossible for parents to help minor children who may become practicing homosexuals.
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.
Many 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.”
According to the latest numbers from the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics, [the birth rate among American teens is at its lowest since the mid 1940s. Officials with the reporting agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), credited “strong pregnancy prevention messages” for the decrease, and added that use of contraceptives “may have contributed.”