by Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published at September 16, 2011.

Last week’s hearing in the California Supreme Court on whether the proponents of Prop 8 have standing to defend the measure in court seemed to go well for the defenders of natural marriage. But another issue lies beneath the surface of the court arguments. The issue is what kind of people are the marriage redefiners: Ted Olsen, Rob Reiner, and the American Foundation for Equal Rights? (more…)

The Same-sex “Marriage” War: Why the Traditional Definition Should Remain the Standard

“We are the heirs of the fortitude and foresight of generations past,
and it is a legacy for which my own country is rightfully proud.”
-President Barack Obama
“Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize” December 10, 2009


I would like to preface my words by stating that my opinions are not meant nor should be taken as personal attacks to those who identify as homosexual.  I love and value them as people and my heart goes out to them in any valid injustices they suffer.  If nothing else I say is understood in the way I intend it, please understand this: loving people who identify as homosexual and opposing same-sex marriage are not mutually exclusive.  There is a difference between loving a person and actively endorsing his or her actions.  My statements are to address the issues involved in defining marriage as anything other than the union of a man and a woman.  Marriage affects all of society, not just the alleged rights of a minority.


On December 10, 2009, President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.  In his acceptance speech, he talked of war between and within nations, its realities, and its consequences.  While pondering his remarks, I could not help but see a parallel in his message to a central focus in America’s “culture wars”—namely, genderless or so-called same-sex “marriage”.  I use his speech as a both a backdrop and a point of departure.  As such, his statements are sometimes used in a different context than his strict original intention.  Nevertheless, I believe the comparisons are valid and the principles completely applicable.  Like the President, “I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of [marriage].  What I do know is that meeting these challenges will require . . . vision.”[1] Unlike the President, I argue that if he or this nation truly espouses the principles he invokes in his Nobel speech, then the first step to strengthening marriage is to reverse the trend that has led us to even consider including same-sex couples into the institution of marriage.


by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

Published at September 23, 2008.

Bradley Lashawn Fowler, a gay man, claims that Christian publishing powerhouses, Zondervan Publishing and Thomas Nelson Publishing infringed his constitutional rights. Fowler alleges the companies’ bibles’ references to homosexuality as a sin made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.” According to a local TV station, “his family’s pastor used that Zondervan Bible, and because of it his family considered him a sinner and he suffered. Now he is asking for an apology and $60 million, ‘to compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability.’” (more…)

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

This article was first published at on February 20, 2006.

The recent New York Times article on the Cuddle Puddle at Stuyvesant High School unwittingly undermines the legal strategy of the Gay Rights movement. Because the article chronicles the sexual adventures of a group of hetero-sexual students, you might think it would fall squarely in the pro-homosexual camp. Nonetheless, a close read of the piece completely dismantles one of the leading claims made by the gay rights legal strategists: the claim that sexual orientation is a fixed trait. You know the idea: People are born gay or straight. Only an ignoramus or a Neanderthal would even imagine that there is an element of choice, chance or change in sexual orientation. (more…)

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

This article was published in the National Catholic Register on July 1, 2005.

Just when we thought Kinsey was dead and buried, he turned up again like a bad penny in the sex ed curriculum of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Public Schools. (more…)

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