Monday, March 28, 2011

What Marriage Has Become

by Christopher Wolfe
[hat tip: A Banner is Unfurled]
The widespread adoption of different versions of no-fault divorce by most states after 1970 transformed marriage and family. The traditional presumption in favor of the permanence of marriage (with certain well-defined exceptions) gave way to a situation in which one of the partners, for whatever reason, could unilaterally end the marriage. This marked a cultural shift from regarding marriage as a truly fundamental social institution to regarding it as primarily a personal union in which there is a very limited social interest.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DOMA in the LA Times

by The Playful Walrus

The president is not obligated to defend laws that are unconstitutional and thus indefensible.

The Playful Walrus
By the same reasoning, a court trial should not be available to someone who is obviously guilty. Isn't the constitutionality the precise question being discussed in the court cases?

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