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marriagephotoThe adage “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind for this installment of Marriage Month in Review, our monthly look back at the events and people who shaped the outlook for marriage and family in America.

First the April showers. On April 3, a Category 5 judicial hurricane devastated Iowa citizens when a handful of State Supreme Court justices imposed unnatural marriage law upon the people against their will, striking down the state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and denying Iowans the right  to determine their own laws. The move set the people of Iowa scrambling to correct the judicial overreach, and citizen groups affirmed they will reinstate traditional marriage via a constitutional amendment as early as 2011.

As we near the end of another month, “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind in the latest installment of This Month in Marriage News.
Despite setbacks from a month ago–chief among them, the imposition of gay marriage upon a vastly opposed Iowan citizenry  by activist judges–May has given the American family many reasons to cheer. A quick review of important headlines reveals that the marriage movement has picked up steam and has discovered a roadmap to rebuilding marriage and family after decades of legal and cultural deterioration. Here’s a look at some of the more sensational headlines, with a brief reflection on what it means to the future of American life:
California Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage 
Highlight quote: The ruling Tuesday by California’s Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that…the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult — particularly when voters are given a direct say”
Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire
The state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected changes that Gov. John Lynch had ordered for the same-sex marriage bill…The vote made the bill’s survival less certain.
“Prejean Praised by The Donald, Hailed as Queen Esther
Trump, Obama, Miss California Share Opposition to Same Sex Marriage
Miss California Keeps Title
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/us/13beauty.htmlMiss California keeps her crown, and her opinions
Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling
Shanna Moakler quits as Miss Calif. USAAs we near the end of another month, “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind in the latest installment of This Month in Marriage News.
Despite setbacks from a month ago–chief among them, the imposition of gay marriage upon a vastly opposed Iowan citizenry  by activist judges–May has given the American family many reasons to cheer. A quick review of important headlines reveals that the marriage movement has picked up steam and has discovered a roadmap to rebuilding marriage and family after decades of legal and cultural deterioration. Here’s a look at some of the more sensational headlines, with a brief reflection on what it means to the future of American life:
California Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage 
Highlight quote: The ruling Tuesday by California’s Supreme Court upholding a ban on same-sex marriages shows that…the road toward full marriage rights remains difficult — particularly when voters are given a direct say”
Setback to Gay Marriage in New Hampshire
The state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected changes that Gov. John Lynch had ordered for the same-sex marriage bill…The vote made the bill’s survival less certain.
“Prejean Praised by The Donald, Hailed as Queen Esther
Trump, Obama, Miss California Share Opposition to Same Sex Marriage
Miss California Keeps Title
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/us/13beauty.htmlMiss California keeps her crown, and her opinions
Melissa Etheridge in limbo after gay marriage ruling
Shanna Moakler quits as Miss Calif. USA director 

But if April gave citizens reason to worry over the fate of families stripped of vital legal protections, May offered Americans a slew of reasons to cheer.  A review of the month’s top headlines reveals that the national marriage movement picked up steam and confirmed a state-by-state roadmap to rebuilding marriage after decades of legal and cultural deterioration.

Here’s a look at headlines that made an impact on marriage this past month:

Stay tuned for June’s Marriage Month in Review.

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