Stop messing with the family, say the French

french flag 4 February 2014 Passing a gay marriage law does not end the marriage debate, as the Prime Minister of France is discovering. Francois Hollande’s Socialist-led government has had to shelve plans to “update” family law after huge demonstrations in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against any further meddling with marriage and the family, Reuters […]

Minimum alcohol pricing would save lives (UK study)

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The Guardian 10 February 2014 Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would lead to 860 fewer deaths a year and 29,900 fewer hospital admissions among heavy-drinkers while having only a slight effect on moderate drinkers, according to research into the policy’s impact. The study, from Sheffield University, predicts that making stronger drinks more expensive, through a […]

How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids


New York Times 8 February 2014 The last few weeks have brought an unusual convergence of voices from both the center and the left about a topic that is typically part of conservative rhetorical territory: poverty and single-parent families. Just as some conservatives have started talking seriously about rising inequality and stagnant incomes, some liberals […]

It’s walkies down the aisle as Edinburgh dogs wed

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Edinburgh News 10 February 2014 IT might seem a barking idea but this Edinburgh couple hope to lead the way in a new craze – pet weddings. Bride and groomed Terri and Terrance took a walk down the aisle in a canine wedding in one of the most romantic wedding venues in Scotland. The terriers, […]

Family First head resigns as marriage celebrant

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Otago Daily Times 9 February 2014 Bob McCoskrie has resigned as a marriage celebrant because he rejects the state definition of marriage, and says others have done the same. Mr McCoskrie, national director of Family First NZ, posted the announcement on his blog. Referring to the Marriage Amendment Bill which legalised gay marriage, the post said the “act of […]

Elder abuse increasingly over money

EUTHANASIA young and elderly 10 February 2014 Authorities are warning elderly people to be on guard against “caregivers” ripping them off. A rise in the number of lonely and sick elderly Kiwis being cared for in their own homes has laid fertile ground for financial abusers posing as caregivers, cleaners or gardeners, elder specialists Age Concern say. Increasingly, […]

Planned Parenthood (US) pays out for killing teen in abortion

abortion lies 7 February 2014 The Planned Parenthood abortion business has been forced to pay a $2 million settlement to the family of a black woman it killed in a botched legal abortion in 2012. Walter Hoye, a black pro-life leader who has closely followed the case, obtained a copy of the court order awarding the […]

Why Fight For Marriage?

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Public Discourse 6 February 2014 One might grant, as I argued in my last two articles, that philosophy matters in general and on marriage—and that, with the right help, it can influence culture—but still wonder whether the marriage fight is worth waging. Isn’t it lost, given political and legal trends? Isn’t it peripheral to the […]

Marriage – the nice guy wins after all

marriage 8 February 2014 Women might shack up with a good-looking bloke but when it comes to tying the knot nice guys finish first, new research suggests. The United States study found that for men, having an above-average personality coincided with a greater chance of marriage. But for those with better-than-average looks, living with a […]

Child Youth and Family takes baby of child abuser into care

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Radio NZ 2 Feb 2013 The Ministry of Social Development says a decision to remove the baby of a woman involved in an horrific child abuse case was supported by the rest of her family.