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  • Organizing Groupthink: The Left applies lessons learned from gay-marriage victories to the next war.

    08/15/2014 11:25:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | August 15, 2014 | Maggie Gallagher
    Politico treated it the way we treat news stories nowadays, in our celebrity-driven culture in which a beloved actor’s suicide can drive front-page news for a whole week: “Media Matters’ David Brock expands empire,” it reported.David Brock may not be exactly an A-lister, but he is one of a contemporary cluster of insiders who have changed the way the “mainstream media” game is played. Bias, once the offshoot of genteel groupthink, has become progressively, aggressively organized. Advertisement Under the old model, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which played a key role in bringing down Jack Abramoff and...
  • Cooper, Mozilla, Firefox

    05/01/2014 2:11:47 PM PDT · by Flame Retardant · 8 replies
    American Principles Project ^ | 5-1-14 | Maggie Gallagher
    Right now most people who believe in the classic understanding of marriage are in shock, they are awed by the powers now shutting down the debate and by our ineffectualness at responding to these developments. The temptation to shout and yell and stamp our feet in ineffectual ridiculousness is understandable, but it is to be resisted. The version of America we were born into is no more.... The rapid collapse of opposition to gay marriage we are witnessing did not just happen, and it was not inevitable. But it is.... Hiding or pretending is not going to help us, now....
  • Maggie Gallagher on the “gay marriage” wars

    10/29/2010 1:16:21 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | October 29, 2010 | Q & A: Ben-Peter Terpstra and Maggie Gallagher
    Ben-Peter: What are the two worst “pro-gay marriage” arguments you’ve heard? Maggie Gallagher: “It’s not going to affect you” and “It’s inevitable.” When government adopts the core moral idea driving same-sex marriage, it’s going to change the meaning of marriage for everyone, and in ways that will make it very hard for those most committed to marriage—traditional faith communities—to act on our values in public and therefore to transmit these values to the next generation. Nothing is inevitable but death and taxes. The reason this argument is so powerful and dangerous is that it is the definition of victory in...
  • Gay marriage is to be the public expression of a powerful new norm

    10/26/2010 3:25:12 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 37 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | 26 October, 2010 | Q & A: Ben-Peter Terpstra and Maggie Gallagher
    Equality is the state religion. If equality demands we accept that there is no difference between same-sex and opposite sex relationships, then people who cannot accept that, who do not believe it is true, will become second-class citizens – tolerated perhaps, but only in a marginalised and stigmatised way. We are already seeing the engine of state power being used to exclude traditional religious believers, especially from posts of cultural power – in the U.S. for example, graduate schools are now kicking out counselling students who say they cannot help gay couples maintain their relationships. They are willing to refer...
  • Imposing San Francisco Values On First-Graders

    10/15/2008 4:28:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 703+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2008 | Maggie Gallagher
    Thank God for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. If, when the dust settles at the ballot box this Nov. 4, California voters definitively repudiate the California Supreme Court's unjust gay marriage ruling by voting Yes on Proposition 8, Mayor Gavin Newsom will be a big part of the reason why. Even the San Francisco Chronicle acknowledged on Monday that in recent weeks, Mayor Newsom's role in the gay marriage debate "has turned decidedly unheroic." "He's become everyone's worst nightmare," said Barbara O'Connor, a professor of political communications at Sacramento State University Gay marriage is coming "whether you like it or...
  • Maggie Gallagher on "Gay Marriage" in California: Redefinition Revolution

    06/17/2008 8:55:59 AM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 41 replies · 230+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 17, 2008 | Maggie Gallagher
    Today, California same-sex couples are rushing to the altar. But this November, California voters will have their chance to say “I do” or “I do not” to gay marriage. In the meantime, what have we learned about what gay marriage will mean for gays, for marriage, and for the wider society? In just the last few months, a newly confident same-sex-marriage movement is becoming more open and revealing about the answers. The New York Times, of all places, gave us a glimpse in its front-page story this past Sunday, “Gay Couples Find Marriage Is a Mixed Bag.” What can we...
  • California's Epic Battle For Marriage And Religious Liberty (MUST READ!!!)

    05/21/2008 2:46:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/21/2008 | Maggie Gallagher
    They say we are tired of culture wars. Tell that to the California Supreme Court, which didn't sound tired at all when it lobbed a big, fat hand grenade into the marriage debate. Ideas have consequences. And the California court endorsed two big, brand-new, very bad ideas. The first idea is that the internationally recognized human right to marry includes same-sex marriage. In U.S. constitutional law, fundamental human rights are those deeply rooted in our traditions. Not even in Massachussetts or in New Jersey could the courts quite stomach the idea that same-sex marriage is deeply rooted in those traditions....
  • Why Hillary Beats Rudy

    10/10/2007 11:47:13 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 53 replies · 1,281+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2007 | Maggie Gallagher
    Front-runner Rudy Giuliani increasingly claims the mantle of invincibility -- issues, schmissues, he's the only guy who can beat Hillary. Judging from my recent cocktail party conversations, it's having an impact. But these same conversations reveal how much wishful thinking goes into the myth of Rudy the Invincible. "I can't believe the American people will vote for that woman and her husband, a philanderer," one wealthy businessman told me. "Who are you supporting?" I innocently inquired. "Rudy," he said. Can you spell "cognitive dissonance"? Sean Hannity spends hours every afternoon criticizing those in the GOP coalition (such as Dr. James...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Flounders - Few Homosexuals Interested in Tying the Knot

    06/25/2006 5:21:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 2,004+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 24, 2006
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, JUNE 24, 2006 (Zenit.org).- After the clamor to legalize same-sex marriage, it turns out that not many homosexuals really want it. Following a bitter battle last year, the Spanish government gave homosexuals the right to marry. Since the law took effect last July 3, until May 31, only 1,275 same-sex marriages took place, reported the Madrid daily newspaper ABC last Saturday. Comparatively, that would add up to a mere 0.6% of the 209,125 marriages contracted in Spain during 2005. Of the total number of same-sex marriages, 923 were between males and 352 among females. A recent study by...
  • Why Kids Need Married Mothers and Fathers, Maggie Gallagher on Child Well-being Studies

    04/14/2006 9:25:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 631+ views
    Zenit ^ | 04.10.06
    WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 10, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Children who are raised by parents who are not married are at a greater risk of depression, suicide, child abuse, domestic violence, academic failure, criminal activity and poverty.  So says Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and contributor to the book "The Meaning of Marriage" (Spence). Gallagher shared with ZENIT findings from studies on children with parents who never married or divorced, and the importance of traditional marriage for a child's well-being and the common good. Q: Why should Catholics be concerned about marriage in the public square? Gallagher:...
  • Marriage as a Public Good - Scholars Defend Institution's Role in Society

    02/25/2006 5:05:49 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 521+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 25, 2006
    PRINCETON, New Jersey, FEB. 25, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Marriage's role as a public institution is increasingly under attack. In the midst of pressures for legalization of same-sex marriage, formal recognition of de facto couples, and the continuing problem of divorce, the traditional view of marriage is no longer clear to many people. But a volume of essays just-published collects an impressive array of evidence by leading scholars defending marriage and arguing that it serves the common good. "The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals" (Spence Publishing) is edited by Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain, professors at Princeton...
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Marriage* But Were Afraid to Ask Stephanie Coontz

    02/24/2006 4:37:45 PM PST · by madprof98 · 10 replies · 519+ views
    NRO ^ | 2/23/06 | Maggie Gallagher
    In Sunday's New York Times, Stephanie Coontz, director of public education for an outfit called the Council on Contemporary Families (which advocates for non-traditional families), administered a pop quiz on marriage. Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, offers the iMAPP marriage quiz, below: The iMAPP Pop Quiz on Marriage1. True or False: Young women today are more eager to marry than young men. True. According to the Monitoring the Future Survey, 82 percent of high -chool seniors who are girls said having a good marriage and family life was "extremely" important to them, compared to...
  • Judge Roberts Bats A Thousand (I smell a 'RAT, do you?)

    09/14/2005 5:38:44 PM PDT · by gobucks · 117 replies · 3,022+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 14 Sept 05 | Maggie Gallagher
    It was a battle of the sound bites yesterday at the Senate Supreme Court nomination hearings. The score? Judge John G. Roberts 1, Democrats 0. Each of the senators got first licks yesterday in a round of ceremonial speeches, but last up was Roberts himself, and he hit the ball out of the park: In his opening statement, Roberts made his role crystal clear by a homey analogy. "Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. ... Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire." Then he promised, "And I will remember that it's...
  • "Massive rally" in Azerbaijan - (where was western media for this PRO-BUSH rally?)

    06/06/2005 3:53:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 746+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JUNE 6, 2005 | SHERRIE GOSSETT
    Did you miss this story from the Guardian (via AP)? BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) - About 10,000 opposition protesters chanted "Freedom!'' and carried pictures of President Bush as they marched across Azerbaijan's capital Saturday, urging the government of this U.S. ally to step down and allow free parliamentary elections this year.... Supporters of several opposition parties chanted "Freedom!'' and "Free Elections!'' while holding placards with such slogans as "Down with robber government!'' Some carried a picture of Bush with the inscription: "We want freedom!''
  • Maggie Gallagher: Granting legal benefits to gay couples won’t mute the marriage debate

    06/06/2005 3:46:59 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 9 replies · 554+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 6, 2005 | Maggie Gallagher
    Ramesh Ponnuru proposes a "Fourth Option" in the gay-marriage debate in the current issue of NR, by which he means a form of civil union or domestic partnership that would be available to non-sexual unions as well as same-sex couples. As a marriage advocate, I have no strong objection to such a proposal, provided that it is available only to couples who are not otherwise eligible for marriage, and provided that married couples are ineligible to enter such unions. (This is not a theoretical concern: The prestigious American Law Institute has already urged states to permit married people to create...
  • Scandal-stung Bee columnist talks to SN&R (WITCHHUNT!)

    05/18/2005 2:52:08 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 11 replies · 540+ views
    News Review ^ | 05/18/05 | Jeffrey M. Barker
    Scandal-stung Bee columnist talks to SN&R Diana Griego Erwin says she never made anyone up, criticizes the American journalism ‘witch hunt’ By Jeffrey M. Barker Diana Griego Erwin says she didn’t put this T-shirt on specifically because a reporter would be coming over to interview her. But as I am invited into her McKinley Park-area home, her white top is the first thing I notice. Its pink lettering reads: “Speak freely, while you still can.” The irony of the phrase will become increasingly apparent over the course of the morning. I’ve come here armed with a Manila folder packed with...
  • Newspaper Columnist Resigns After Inquiry(drama queen alert)

    05/13/2005 6:44:50 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 851+ views
    LATIMES ^ | 05/13/05 | James Rainey
    Newspaper Columnist Resigns After Inquiry The Sacramento Bee says Diana Griego Erwin could not confirm the identities of her sources. The writer says she did nothing wrong. By James Rainey Times Staff Writer May 13, 2005 The Sacramento Bee announced Thursday the resignation of an award-winning columnist, the latest in a series of cases across the nation in which journalists had been forced from their jobs because of questions about the veracity of their reporting. In an explanation to readers, Bee Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez wrote that Diana Griego Erwin could not adequately answer questions that first arose last month...
  • Griego Erwin resigns amid internal inquiry into her columns(Sac Bee Columnist)

    05/12/2005 7:16:25 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 31 replies · 1,482+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 05/12/05 | Rick Rodriguez
    Rick Rodriguez: Griego Erwin resigns amid internal inquiry into her columns By Rick Rodriguez -- Bee Executive Editor Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, May 12, 2005 Diana Griego Erwin, whose column has appeared in this space three days a week, resigned Wednesday amid an internal inquiry into whether some people mentioned in several recent columns actually existed. During our inquiry we found we could not authenticate the existence of several people even though they were identified by name, age and sometimes by the neighborhoods in which they were reported to have lived. We used extensive online database searches as well...
  • Maggie Gallagher: The Future of Catholicism

    04/08/2005 7:48:59 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 32 replies · 999+ views
    Yahoo! News Op/Ed ^ | April 6, 2005 | Maggie Gallagher
    Pope John Paul the Great is not yet buried, but the divisions among American Catholics have already taken center stage on cable television: Will the next pope be Catholic? Maggie Gallagher Of course, JP II's critics don't put it that way. But the long-deferred hopes of this group (call them sexual liberals) -- that the Catholic Church is about to abandon its ancient teachings on premarital sex, abortion, divorce, homosexuality and, above all, birth control -- have burst out anew in the 24-hour coverage of the pope's death. The latest ammunition? A Gallup opinion poll released this weekend that shows...
  • GAO To Investigate Bush Administration Payments To Columnist

    03/25/2005 11:56:24 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 118+ views
    WNBC ^ | 3/25/05 | AP
    Congressional investigators will look into whether the Bush administration violated any laws when it paid syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher to help promote a marriage initiative, Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy and Frank Lautenberg said. The Government Accountability Office told the two senators, who had requested the inquiry, that it would investigate in a letter sent to their offices late Thursday. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, is already looking into the Education Department's relationship with several public relations firms, which includes the agency's $240,000 contract with syndicated columnist and TV personality Armstrong Williams. The Education Department had hired Williams to...
  • White House Payments to Columnist Probed

    03/25/2005 5:31:19 PM PST · by Crackingham · 24 replies · 709+ views
    AP ^ | 3/25/05 | Donna De La Cruz
    Congressional investigators will look into whether the Bush administration violated any laws when it paid syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher to help promote a marriage initiative, Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy and Frank Lautenberg said. The Government Accountability Office told the two senators, who had requested the inquiry, that it would investigate in a letter sent to their offices late Thursday. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, is already looking into the Education Department's relationship with several public relations firms, which includes the agency's $240,000 contract with syndicated columnist and TV personality Armstrong Williams. The Education Department had hired Williams to...
  • What Harvard Finds Unfit to Print

    02/20/2005 11:21:53 AM PST · by tbird5 · 9 replies · 710+ views
    catholiceducation.org ^ | October 19, 2000 | STANLEY KURTZ
    In the ivory tower today, the idea that marriage is good is apparently considered an extremist notion. On the other hand, the idea that there are few real differences between normal men and convicted rapists is regarded as cutting-edge theory. That, at least, seems to be the conclusion of Harvard University Press, which recently, and under highly unusual circumstances, rejected an important new book on the benefits of marriage. The book — The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off — is by Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher, and has just been published, to considerable...
  • Columnists' errors, CNN's treason

    02/10/2005 2:31:54 PM PST · by billorites · 4 replies · 718+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | February 10, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    A journalistic scandal involving payment of thousands of dollars has received massive attention in the mainstream media. One concerning the exchange of 30 pieces of silver has not, so far. In January and early February, four American journalists came under fire to various degrees, as indicated by the number of Lexis-Nexis mentions during the month beginning Jan. 8: Armstrong Williams, 1,133; Maggie Gallagher, 238; Michael McManus, 43; Eason Jordan, 12. Let's start with conservative columnist Williams, who found himself in trouble after news reports revealed he quietly took $241,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to promote its policies on...
  • 'N.Y. Times' Offers Correction on Maggie Gallagher Editorial (she charged "reckless disregard")

    02/01/2005 8:19:47 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 5 replies · 853+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | Feb 1 05 | Editor & Publisher
    In a prominent move, The New York Times offered a correction on its editorial page today regarding a previous editorial concerning columnist Maggie Gallagher. She had sent the newspaper an e-mail, E&P has learned, charging "reckless disregard of the truth." This is the latest twist in the current controversy over payments from government agencies to newspaper columnists and whether some are being paid as advisers or with the expectation they may also promote certain policies in their published writing. The Times correction reads: "An editorial last Thursday incompletely described the contract between the Health and Human Services Department and the...
  • Searching for article from WND on Clinton bloggers

    02/01/2005 10:40:51 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 4 replies · 287+ views
    I saw an article posted here a few days ago which detailed how the Clinton administration used bloggers, or paid bloggers, too. It was kind of a rebuttal to the charges about Maggie Gallagher and the other person being "paid" to support the President. It was a WorldNetDaily article. I've searched their site, this site, and googled it, and I can't find it. Does any quick-minded individual here remember this article, or could find the link for me? I'm using it in a debate. Thanks!
  • Gallagher Criticizes 'WP' Article; Kurtz Rebuts

    01/26/2005 8:03:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 589+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | January 26, 2005 | Dave Astor
    NEW YORK Maggie Gallagher released a statement this afternoon taking issue with aspects of the Washington Post article by Howard Kurtz that today broke the news that she received $21,500 from the Department of Health and Human Services for marriage-themed writing projects. She called one of the Kurtz passages "completely false." Kurtz, after being contacted by E&P, read a rebuttal statement over the phone, in which he said she was attempting to "blame the messenger." Here are Gallagher's comments, followed by Kurtz': "On January 26, 2005, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post wrote that I 'had a $21,500 contract with...
  • Maggie Gallagher Responds to Howard Kurtz (Kurtz Busted)

    01/26/2005 1:15:39 PM PST · by ArmyBratproud · 31 replies · 1,510+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | Jan. 26, 2005
    Syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher issued the following statement today: On January 26, 2005, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post wrote that I "had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal." To me, this is an extremely serious charge. It is also completely false. -snip- I was not paid to promote the President's marriage proposal. In 2001 I was approached by HHS to do research and writing, not on the President's $300 million marriage initiative, but on marriage... -snip- Moreover on Jan. 25, I offered Howard Kurtz copies of my contract...
  • Bush Orders an End to Hiring Columnists

    01/26/2005 12:56:34 PM PST · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 470+ views
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | Wed, Jan. 26, 2005 | SIOBHAN McDONOUGH -- Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday ordered his Cabinet secretaries not to hire columnists to promote their agendas after disclosure that a second writer was paid to tout an administration initiative. The president said he expects his agency heads will "make sure that that practice doesn't go forward." "All our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet," Bush said at a news conference. Bush's remarks came a day after syndicated...
  • A Question of Disclosure (Maggie Gallagher on the fomenting Kurtz Controversy)

    01/25/2005 9:42:07 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 5 replies · 478+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 01/25/05 | Maggie Gallagher
    A QUESTION OF DISCLOSURE Tue Jan 25, 7:59 PM ET  Op/Ed - Maggie Gallagher By Maggie Gallagher I just got off the phone with Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post. He called me with a very good question: "You had a contract with HHS to do some work on marriage issues in 2002. Should you have disclosed that?" Maggie Gallagher   Hmm, good question, Howard. First the facts. In 2001, the Department of Health and Human Services (news - web sites) approached me to do some work on marriage issues for the government, including a presentation of the social science...
  • The Rise of the Values Voters

    11/23/2004 7:46:22 AM PST · by johnny7 · 26 replies · 646+ views
    National Review ^ | November 23, 2004 | By Maggie Gallagher
    Guns, abortion, and gay marriage “really, really motivate people.”What does it mean that "moral values" emerged as the single most important issue in this election?David Brooks's post-election column in the New York Times was called "The Values-Vote Myth." "Much of the misinterpretation of this election derives from a poorly worded question in the exit polls. When asked about the issue that most influenced their vote, voters were given the option of saying 'moral values.' But that phrase can mean anything — or nothing. Who doesn't vote on moral values? If you ask an inept question, you get a misleading result."...
  • KERRY AND THE RELIGION THING

    08/04/2004 12:07:09 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 905+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Aug 3 | Maggie Gallagher
    For John Kerry, this religion thing is a problem. On the one hand, he wants to appeal to Dem elites who tend to be (let's face it) more secular than not. On the other hand, he doesn't want to offend the vast majority of voters who consider themselves religious folk, especially black and Hispanic Democrats. Unlike George Bush, John Kerry has to straddle not only the difference between his base and the swing vote on religious themes, but a radical difference in taste between key constituents of the Democrat Party. A June Time magazine poll, for example, showed just 7...
  • Maggie Gallagher: Marriage Matters

    07/13/2004 3:28:00 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 4 replies · 234+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 13, 2004 | Maggie Gallagher
    I. Why Does Marriage Matter? When their mothers and fathers don't get and stay married, bad things happen to more kids more often: more poverty, welfare dependence, child abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, physical illness, infant mortality, accidental death, homicide, premature and promiscuous sexuality, early unwed pregnancy, suicide, juvenile delinquency, educational failure, conduct disorders and adult criminality. Children suffer and whole communities pay the cost in crime, social disorder and high taxes as government steps in to deal with the needs created when families fall apart. Family structure matters and the family form that does the best job for kids...
  • An Ambiguous Amendment: Getting back to basics in the marriage debate

    03/29/2004 8:00:54 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 2 replies · 51+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/29/2004 | Maggie Gallagher
    For three years the Alliance for Marriage has been working to create a consensus around the need for a federal marriage amendment. When President Bush announced his support for a constitutional amendment on marriage, the "Musgrave/Allard" language crafted by the Alliance for Marriage was the only language on the table. The main thrust of this Federal Marriage Amendment is to create a common national definition of marriage, and to leave the question of civil unions or other partnership benefits to state legislatures: Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither...
  • Latter Day Federalists

    03/20/2004 11:36:33 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 40 replies · 444+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 29, 2004 | Maggie Gallagher
    Why we need a national definition of marriage. I HEARD IT ON FEBRUARY 27, 2004, for the very first time: an argument on a major media outlet for polygamy. "It doesn't really matter to me who marries who," said attorney Ron Kuby on ABC 770 talk radio. "You can't deny millions of people rights because you are afraid other people might demand their rights too." The good news is, the latest polls show 92 percent of Americans oppose polygamy. The bad news is, the pollsters are asking the question. In San Francisco, Nyack, Portland, Asbury Park, Seattle, and New Paltz,...
  • Gay marriage, San Francisco-style (Maggie Gallagher)

    02/26/2004 11:22:52 AM PST · by Gritty · 17 replies · 396+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2004 | Maggie Gallagher
    Tuesday President Bush announced his support for a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in the strongest possible terms. Meanwhile, in California, a majority of San Franciscans support gay marriage. And so, despite the fact that a few short years ago, a majority of Californians voted to define marriage in state law as the union of a man and a woman, the mayor of San Francisco decided he was above the law and ordered clerks to issue putative marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Americans have a tradition of civil disobedience, in which ordinary citizens risk jail in order to affirm a...
  • BE A MAN, GET A WIFE

    01/20/2004 2:06:45 PM PST · by presidio9 · 249 replies · 619+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jan 14 | Maggie Gallagher
    Oh, say it ain't so, Dave! When Britney got married-and-annulled in a Las Vegas minute, the headlines screamed. It was not just the standard anti-Hollywood moralizers. Pundits, talking heads and (judging from my mail) lots of regular people wanted to moralize that because Britney acted like, well, a 22-year-old pop tart, marriage should be redefined to include same-sex couples. The state of Gwyneth Paltrow's womb was a matter of intense public interest. Elizabeth Hurley's spontaneous pregnancy grabbed similar public space. But when a Midwestern icon (and at 56, a grown man) like David Letterman has a baby out of wedlock...
  • THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILDREN

    12/23/2003 9:22:46 PM PST · by nypokerface · 13 replies · 159+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/23/03 | Maggie Gallagher
    The package came to Austin Ruse's office in Washington, D.C., about a month ago, anonymously. Austin runs a small think tank, The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, whose mission, he says, is to be "a U.N. watchdog on social policy." No doubt that is why the document ended up on his desk. The thing sat on his desk for several days before he realized what a time-bomb someone had sent to him: a secret plan to create an international right to abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights apparently realized how damaging the memo is, too. I have in my...
  • Splitting Up -- the Politics of Gay Marriage

    12/08/2003 6:04:19 AM PST · by Stop Legal Plunder · 8 replies · 203+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 8, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    For me, the first, last and most important question about gay marriage is: Will it help or hurt marriage as a social institution? Is it, in other words, a good idea? But for political elites a second question naturally comes close behind: What are the likely political consequences of making same-sex marriage a highly visible issue, through a federal marriage amendment, or some other means? Conventional wisdom has it that this is a difficult issue for both Democrats and Republicans. This perception is probably fueled by the reality that GOP and Democratic elites live in the same zip codes and...
  • Marriage Defeatists

    12/05/2003 11:21:51 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 121+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 15, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    From the December 15, 2003 issue: Federalism is a poor excuse for abandoning a core social institution. IS MARRIAGE WORTH a constitutional amendment? A fair number of conservatives think not. "Leave it up to the states!" urges John McLaughlin. George Will, with customary eloquence, calls "constitutionalizing social policy" both a "misuse of fundamental law" and "imprudent . . . at a moment when we require evidence of the sort that can be generated by allowing the states to be laboratories of social policy." William Safire sees civil union as one of the "basic rights" that should be recognized in...
  • Good news/bad news

    12/03/2003 11:12:22 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 231+ views
    townhall.com ^ | Maggie Gallagher
    For Dick Gephardt and the other Democratic presidential candidates, the good news is the bad news: "When you measure progress on the threats that could inflict the greatest number of casualties, it's clear this president is gambling with our safety," Gephardt charged in Iowa this week. Eighty-one U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq last month, the bloodiest month of the war. According to Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, this is because of a new, more aggressive effort to root out Fedayeen still loyal to Saddam Hussein. When you go after the enemy, he said, "you will lose American soldiers, you...
  • Massachusetts vs. Marriage

    11/22/2003 12:37:47 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 1,610+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 1, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    LAST WEEK, the long-awaited Massachusetts Goodridge gay-marriage decision came down--hard. In a 4-3 ruling, the Massachusetts high court held that the millennia-old, cross-cultural definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is utterly irrational. Using the lowest level of scrutiny (the "rational basis" test, which almost always results in deference to the legislature), four well-educated judges could not think up any reason other than "animus" why the people of Massachusetts and their elected representatives might not want same-sex marriage. Only a fool or a madman (or a bigot), they implied, could possibly disagree. The judges gave...
  • Goodridge decision comes down hard (Mass. Same Sex Marriage)

    11/18/2003 10:47:35 PM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 1,450+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 11/19/03 | Maggie Gallagher
    So at last it has happened: Four judges in Massachusetts, ruling in a same-sex marriage case, have decided that children don't need mothers and fathers, that marriage has nothing to do with getting children what they need. Marriage is a passing plaything of the latest fashionable ideology, a toy for adults with graduate degrees to tinker with, at their pleasure. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court judges, in Hillary Goodridge and others vs. Department of Public Health and another, displayed their own massive ignorance about marriage, its history and its public purposes. Four people claim that "the government creates marriage."...
  • TRUTH OR DARE

    11/17/2003 3:18:47 PM PST · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 312+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Nov 12 | Maggie Gallagher
    Can we get honest about sex? I know it seems all we do is talk openly and honestly about sex. But while we blather on about it on "Oprah," there is one set of sexual truths we have all rather studiously repressed: gender. For 30 years, elite women have insisted we all talk and act as if we believed in androgyny (or the idea that there are no natural differences between men and women). Which, mind you, is a very different matter than equality (which is the idea that social institutions should do justice to both men and women). Until...
  • In Sickness and In Health: The Amazing Vow Power

    10/15/2003 8:56:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 186+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 15 Oct 03 | Chuck Colson
    Forty years ago, a study called the Hammond Report analyzed the smoking habits of half a million people. Its conclusion: Smoking is dangerous to one's health. It was a warning that ended up on every pack of cigarettes sold. Ten years later, a researcher took another look at the Hammond Report and found something that had been overlooked -- something just as hazardous as a pack-a-day cigarette habit -- that is, divorce. As Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher write in their book, THE CASE FOR MARRIAGE, an enterprising Surgeon General might wish to slap a warning label on divorce decrees,...
  • To 'Promote the General Welfare': Marriage and the Common Good

    10/14/2003 9:29:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 26 replies · 744+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 14 Oct 03 | Chuck Colson
    "Losing [the debate about marriage] means losing marriage as a social institution, a shared public norm," writes columnist Maggie Gallagher. "The question is not whether this is a battle we can win, but whether it is a battle we can afford to lose." Gallagher is right. As we fight this battle to keep the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, we have to be careful to articulate the value of marriage in ways that make sense to the general public. That's why this week has been designated "Marriage Protection Week," and it's why BreakPoint...
  • THE NEW SCIENCE OF GENDER

    09/24/2003 8:19:49 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 7 replies · 234+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Sep 17 | Maggie Gallagher
    What are we, the adult society, telling boys and girls about what it means to be a man or a woman? Consider three vignettes, pulled almost at random: one a big news story, one a small local bit of news, the third a scholar's anecdote. Story one: Madonna (news - web sites), at a press conference for her new children's book, wearing a green and pink floral "English lady" dress, preaching the gospel of good motherhood. Superimpose that image against the portrait of Madonna, scarcely more than a week ago, in dominatrix wear, initiating two teen idols into a sloppy...
  • Good news about marriage

    09/10/2003 7:11:31 AM PDT · by bedolido · 9 replies · 212+ views
    Townhall ^ | 09/10/03 | Maggie Gallagher
    For marriage nuts, the big question lately has been: Are things getting a little bit better, or are they still getting worse and worse? For years, family diversity advocates preached the gospel of despair: In a nation dedicated to the progressive drama -- each generation better off than the last -- elite voices counseled, for reasons of their own, that this one problem was intractable, stubborn, impossible to reverse. Best (they urged us) just to ignore the fact that half or more of our children grow up in fatherless homes, and get on with the business of making the world...
  • SNUBBING THE BLACKS, ANGLICAN STYLE

    08/14/2003 1:05:18 PM PDT · by schaketo · 12 replies · 215+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | August 13, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    So the U.S. Anglicans have decided to consecrate a bishop who believes gay sex can be sacramental and practices what he preaches. Traditional Anglicans are calling for a second Anglican province in America, begging to be allowed to place themselves under the leadership and authority of African archbishops. The archbishop of Canterbury has called an emergency meeting to prevent schism in the American church, which amounts to about 2.2. million people (or just 1 percent of American adults, and less than 3 percent of the 79 million Anglicans worldwide). One percent can be a very powerful number. The enormous press...
  • Snubbing the black, Anglican style

    08/13/2003 11:19:36 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 194+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    So the U.S. Anglicans have decided to consecrate a bishop who believes gay sex can be sacramental and practices what he preaches. Traditional Anglicans are calling for a second Anglican province in America, begging to be allowed to place themselves under the leadership and authority of African archbishops. The archbishop of Canterbury has called an emergency meeting to prevent schism in the American church, which amounts to about 2.2. million people (or just 1 percent of American adults, and less than 3 percent of the 79 million Anglicans worldwide). One percent can be a very powerful number. The enormous press...
  • The Divorce Thing (Divorce & Gay Marriage, a truly trenchant analysis)

    08/13/2003 5:50:48 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 16 replies · 1,041+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Aug 13, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    Andrew Sullivan has a new idea. If gay-marriage opponents really cared about marriage, we would propose a constitutional amendment to ban divorce. Logically, of course, this is a complete non sequitur: Don't do what is possible to protect marriage, try to do what is impossible. Gee, that is a real recipe for progress. But I have found this argument has a weird appeal for many conservatives, especially those who are unaware of serious ongoing cross-ideological efforts to revive marriage as the normal, usual, and generally reliable way of raising children. (See for example, The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles)...