Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. By encouraging the norms of marriage—monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence—the state strengthens civil society and reduces its own role. The future of this country depends on the future of marriage. The future of marriage depends on citizens understanding what it is and why it matters and demanding that government policies support, not undermine, true marriage.
Read the whole thing. Well worth the time.
***The next time somebody tells you that redefining marriage will have no effect on them, educate them (well, at least try).
For years now, a central argument of those in favor of same-sex marriage has been that all Americans should be free to live and love how they choose. But does that freedom require the government to coerce those who disagree into celebrating same-sex relationships?
A growing number of incidents show that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual orientation have created a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage. Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.
Who are the intolerant ones, again?
***Obama's stimulus, five years later. Yep, they're trying to tell us it *worked*.
Five years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. The $830 billion spending blowout was sold by the White House as a way to keep unemployment from rising above 8%. But the stimulus would fail on its own terms. 2009 marked the first of four straight years when unemployment averaged more than 8%. And of course the unemployment rate would have been even worse in those years and still today if so many people had not quit the labor force, driving labor-participation rates to 1970s levels.
*** "SIS! Your blind date is here!"
***Here's a shock poll, and one you won't be hearing much about: 71% of Obama voters, 55% of Democrats "regret" voting for his re-election. Kinda late now, guys.
***U.S. takes the gold for the first time in ice dancing. I haven't seen this yet, I'll have to watch it on Video on Demand - looking forward to it!
***Iran says it won't scrap any nuclear facility. That's tellin' 'em, Barack!
***There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. ~Josh Billings
***Have a great day!