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marriedcoupleFollowers of the same-sex marriage issue were forced to endure another painful round of marriage debates this week, as news commentators  offered empty arguments against traditional marriage (e.g., “the State is unfairly favoring one type of love and attraction over another”) and absurd arguments favoring same-sex marriage (e.g., “one’s gay sexual tastes are analogous to being black or female”). To help erase the bad memories and fuzzy logic, here’s our own  Marriage Debate:

    Q. What are the best arguments in favor of preserving and strengthening traditional marriage laws?

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    MarriageNewsNow! Top Ten Arguments for Strengthening Traditional Marriage Laws
  1. The State has a definite interest in protecting by law the unique heterosexual union that creates, feeds, nurtures, and educates its massive citizenry from infancy to adulthood.
  2. Children need a long-term stable home that marriage law helps to ensure.
  3. Marriage law protects dependent spouses and children from economic destitution and poverty arising through spousal departure.
  4. Families formed without marriage contracts dissolve easily and repeatedly, leading to high rates of child neglect, abuse, and juvenile delinquency.
  5. Same-sex marriage threatens American democracy via judicial imposition of laws contrary to the democratically determined will of the American people.
  6. Gay marriage law removes basic freedoms with regard to religious ceremonies, the right to conscientious objection, and the right of parents to determine the educational curriculum for their own children.
  7. Legalization of gay marriage threatens constitutional rights of free speech under the guise of “hate speech” censorship laws.
  8. All cultures of human history have recognized marriage as a unique contract between men and women oriented to the long-term project of raising of families.
  9. Gay marriage defies nature’s own design; the parts don’t work that way.
  10. All major religions denounce same-sex marriage as against God and nature.

Marriage Debate LogoAmid news that gay marriage law is leading to the shutdown of church adoption services, a new gay sex curriculum in elementary schools, and same sex marriages in a few states, it’s time to bring back our exciting Marriage Debate.

We’ve all heard the question, “How does letting gays marry threaten heterosexuals?” The idea behind the question is that same-sex marriage has no real negative consequences.  So, let’s put the matter up to debate:

Q. How Exactly Does Gay Marriage Law Hurt Heterosexuals and Their Families?

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MarriageNewsNow! Top Ten Ways Gay Marriage Law Hurts Heterosexuals and their Families

  1. Same-sex marriage law would not stipulate (or even insinuate) that adult partners are agreeing to raise children together; therefore, the all-inclusive same-sex marriage contract leaves heterosexual women and children without essential legal and economic protection against penalty-free spousal abandonment.
  2. Same-sex marriage law would not stipulate that adult partners must stay together for any duration of time; therefore, the all-inclusive same-sex marriage contract places heterosexual spouses and children at grave risk of economic destitution through penalty-free spousal abandonment.
  3. Same-sex marriage law would not severely penalize a spouse who exits the contract; therefore, the all-inclusive same-sex marriage contract offers no legal recourse for the faithful spouse or the children now struggling to survive without the committed help of the departing spouse.
  4. Same sex marriage law would create injustice in adoption services, for gay-couple adoptions institutionalize gender discrimination against one sex and deprive children of the normative right to both a mother and a father as provided in nature.
  5. Same sex marriage law would legally and logically open the door to polygamy, polyamory, polyandry, or to any group of cohabiting individuals that requests “marriage” status and benefits.
  6. Same sex marriage law would be fundamentally unequal, unfair, and unjust, for homosexuals would receive from the state equal benefits as heterosexuals without providing to the state an equal number of new citizens and related caregiving services.
  7. Same sex marriage law leads to gay sex indoctrination of  young children in taxpayer funded public schools.
  8. Same sex marriage law marginalizes and stigmatizes religious groups, and removes the right of religious charities to deliver the services required by their faith communities.
  9. Same sex marriage law would permit self-interested spouses to quit the contract for any reason, potentially causing grave economic harm to responsible faithful spouses.
  10. Same sex marriage law would redefine gay cohabitation as “marriage,” thus destroying the child-oriented, family distinction and culture of marriage which takes great effort to maintain.

With the Tiger Woods marriage scandal now reaching as many as ten mistresses, it’s time to call a spade a spade: Woods has cheated on his kids and is a bad person. When you screw around, you screw your kids—there’s no nice way to put it.

Betrayed and despondent, wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of Sam Alexis Woods and Charlie Axel Woods, has reportedly left the Woods home in fury and shame. The world’s top golfer has shattered his kids’ lives, and the Woods Florida mansion grows more chaotic each day. Today’s drama surrounds an unidentified woman who has left the home, this time on life support.

When a person inflicts this level of pain and suffering upon children and spouse, who cares about a golf score. With Tiger scoring on and off the course, can anyone doubt that the Nike brand will soon become associated with family betrayal, treachery, and child abuse? Gatorade thinks so and has wisely dumped Tiger.

Father Earl Woods would be ashamed of his son’s recent performance with the following ten homewreckers, as listed by Extra:

1. Cori Rist
2. Mindy Lawton
3. Jaimee Grubs
4. Rachel Uchitel
5. Kalika Moquin
6. Jamie Jungers
7. VIP Club Hostess – unnamed 26-year-old from Orlando, Fla.
8. Unnamed British TV Broadcaster
9. Unnamed Older woman
10. Holly Sampson, pornographer/prostitute

Fellatio at AMAs

This week Adam Lambert executed a predictable-but-sizable performance stunt in which the Idol graduate showed  himself to be more of a shock-jock-styled controversialist and less of a serious performer. Sigh.

Nevertheless, the act was part of a trend likely to spawn a new category of stage performance: the sex artist. Instead of being categorized as “rock-n-rollers,” raunch artists like Lambert–who believe the essence of a good show is public fellatio, french kissing, and other obsessive-compulsive sexual behavior–fit best in these categories: gay dancer, striptease, or even S&M artist.

The issue raises questions for critics: Should performances by Lambert, Lady Gaga, and others receive their own genre title like “sex performer” or “S&M artist”? Apple’s iTunes could perhaps have a digital downloads section to accommodate artists that specialize in uncomfortable public displays of affection. The current categories of “pop” and “rock-n-roll” simply don’t do justice to these public expression trends–they are unquestionably a different format of music.

Either way, respectable pop brands like American Idol will need to distance themselves rapidly from this new breed of sex actors. The easiest way to accomplish this is to define a new genre into which performers like Lambert can find a better descriptive fit for their immature, compulsive public sexuality.

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Heroes of feminism

Imagine a world in which Carrie Prejean is hailed, marriage is properly defined and defended in law, and people treat one another with basic decency and respect.  Now look at the liberal world that smears, attacks, and bullies good people and time-tested life principles. In that hellish world, liberals let loose attack lawyers and media thugs to materially destroy anyone who defends humanity’s greatest institutions, traditions, and people. Culture war is real war.

But Carrie Prejean is a warrior, and liberals fear her for a reason. When people like Prejean stand up and speak out, liberalism crumbles. It is for this reason that liberals plot daily to destroy America’s heroic conservatives by any means necessary. It’s a well funded, multi-billion dollar effort.

Yet here’s reality: so long as good people and organizations rally behind the Prejeans of our society, an entire army of anti-American thugs can’t harm her. There is strength in numbers, in coalitions, and in social networks—these provide an impenetrable shield.

So stand up for Carrie and all those like her who speak out for what’s right. United we stand!

For You, Ed

Comeback kid, Ed Swiderski, wins heart, final rose

Comeback kid, Ed Swiderski, wins heart, final rose

Ed Swiderski, the 29-year-old tech from Chicago, made a stunning proposal in Monday night’s final episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette that will go down as the biggest comeback in franchise history.

Swiderski had left the program early in the season under pressure from his boss and a skyrocketing U.S. unemployment rate, but the charming, soft-spoken ex-workaholic  returned episodes later in a major gamble to win the heart of Vancouver’s proud daughter, Jillian Harris.

Fans expecting a final shoot out between two suitors were treated to a gutsy, if  slovenly, copycat return from Reid Rosenthal, the  No. 3 man whom Harris dumped in the penultimate episode. But alas, it was too little too late for the indecisive but cheerily neurotic Philadelphian real estate mogul.

The shocker of the night may have been the loss of Kiptyn, the show’s front runner and exemplary model of human DNA perfection. For all of  of his energy, charm, and levelheadedness, the Kipster couldn’t pull out a win over the down-to-earth Chicagoan. Despite a set of abs that would make a xylophone jealous, and a California lifestyle best described as “work hard play hard,” Kiptyn may have been too restrained—or disinterested—to throw caution to the wind and submit to ABC’s romantic fantasy…er, reality show. 

With enough twists and turns to give both Jillian and ABC viewers vertigo, the final episode eventually stopped spinning, and the final rose ended up in the hands of suitor Ed—which may have been a good thing after all. Like Jillian,  Swiderski expressed an ability to think of Jillian in the long term—80 years in one statement. His interest in family life and in growing old together with Harris, not to mention a robust Midwestern work ethic, have all the early makings of lifetime of commitment.

Of course, while the final ceremony ended in a beautiful engagement, the couple has now spent months back in the real world, thousands of miles apart. By this time Ed has returned to the daily work grind, and Jillian has had time to reflect on the dramatic loss of Kip and Reid.

Viewers clamoring to hear from the couple now that the ABC has closed up its  multimillion dollar Cupid Camp for another season can tune in to the post-season reunion special, “After the Final Rose.” The show airs Tuesday night at 10pm EST.

Bachelorette Jillian - ABC Press Photo

Bachelorette Jillian - ABC Press Photo

She may have felt like “a hillbilly” while hanging out with all those aristocratic bachelor families this week, but ABC Bachelorette Jillian Harris proved her inner cultivation by welcoming back Ed from Chicago.

In a previous episode, bachelor Ed made an untimely exit from the show at the urging of his computer systems boss, who apparently couldn’t offer his star employee six weeks of “reality leave” in a troubled economy.

Ed’s surprise reappearance this week was an attempt to re-prioritize life, the Michigan native ultimately choosing a 1-in-4 chance at engagement over continued viability in his IT career.

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But Ed was not the only ghost to resurface from episodes past: nice guy Jake (left of Ed) made a bold decision to come back on the show just to out the country-pickin’ Wes and his supposed girlfriend back home. The drama exposed a weakness in Jillian’s otherwise flawless judgment when the Canadian adventurer—gasp!—kept Wes for another week and showed even-keeled wine maker Jesse the door.

And with that somewhat shaky performance Jillian Harris has whittled down her pack of beaus to four (the lovable goofball Michael being too young and silly to contend seriously against the likes of Kiptyn, Ed, and even Reid).

Will this season’s Bachelorette identify a true man fit for traditional marriage? Will her focus on children and family guide her safely away from that two-timin’ guitar-strummin’ Wes? Will Jon & Kate tune in to learn what marriage is all about? Is Kiptyn still a front-runner now that Ed has traded in a Chicago career for a chance at a Canadian queen? Let us know what you think.

proudWe all know what it means to have pride in one’s work, country, family, or community or faith group. But does America fully grasp what it looks like to have pride in one’s gayness?

President Clinton was first to declare June “Gay Pride month,” but President Obama recently updated that endorsement by designating the month as LGBT Pride month. (Is it possible that heterosexuals are next in line to have a month dedicated to being heterosexual, at least for the sake of fairness and equality?)

To help Americans fully grasp what it means for our country to have gay pride as a nation, here are two parades that show what real pride is all about. This first video displays San Francisco’s pride for being gay:

This second video, shot in Berlin, shows that exhibiting pride in one’s gayness is a very Germanic thing, too.

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