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“Legal Stranger” Given Parental Rights in Custody Case

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Adoptive mother must share children with former roommate and girlfriend

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – Below is the story of a recent court decision in Montana where, for the first time, parental rights were given to a non-parent. Not just a non-parent, a “legal stranger,” as Alliance Defense Fund legal counsel Austin Nimocks stated it. This is more than frightening; this is a shocking picture of where our judicial system is headed as they seek to purposely play culture wars in cases involving former homosexual partners.

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Written by Nathan Cherry

October 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm

The Cloakroom » Hill Update: Targeting DOMA

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From Tom McClusky writing on FRC Action’s The Cloakroom Blog:

Undermining DOMA

Senator Liebermann (I-Conn.) plans on holding a hearing tomorrow in his Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in 342 Dirksen on his bill to expand federal benefits reserved for federal employees and their spouses to homosexual federal employees and their “partners.” This would be effectively neutralizing most of the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996 by a large bipartisan majority and signed by President Bill Clinton.

Witnesses for the bill include John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Mr. Berry, an open homosexual activist, is best known for his recent comments on how the Obama Administration will undermine marriage piece by piece using legislation such as Senator Lieberman’s. The other witness is Dr. William Hendrix, Global Leader, Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow Chemical (GLAD).

via The Cloakroom » Hill Update: Targeting Domiciles and DOMA, and Sen. Boxer’s Hot Flashes.

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 14, 2009 at 11:35 am

Change is in the air….10.19.09

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We are grateful for the thousands of readers that have made the Engage Family Blog the best pro-family, policy blog in West Virginia.  In just two years, the Engage Family Blog has nearly quadrupled in readership.

Because it has become so popular, we are putting the final touches on a new blog that we hope will be bigger and better.  Some changes we have planned include a new domain, integrating with, and a new podcast link with iTunes.

When we make the change, you’ll want to update your bookmark and/or change the RSS feed to which you’ve subscribed.  But don’t worry, we’ll let you know when to make the adjustments.

Stay tuned – the change you’ve hoped for comes on Monday.

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

The Engage Family Minute – October 14

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October 14, 2009 at 8:00 am

The Engage Family Minute – October 13

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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 13, 2009 at 8:37 am

POLL: Homosexuality is Morally Wrong, Majority Oppose Gay Marriage

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Recent polling shows that most Americans still oppose homosexuality/gay marriage.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, W.V. – A recent poll by the Pew Research Center is telling the story mainstream news and other left-leaning organizations don’t want you to hear: the majority of Americans are still opposed to same-sex marriage. The poll concludes;

“Of 4,013 adults…shows that 49 percent say that homosexuality is morally wrong, 9 percent morally acceptable and 35 percent say it is not a moral issue. That’s little changed from a February 2006 Pew poll, when 50 percent said it was morally wrong, 12 percent morally acceptable and 33 percent said it was not a moral issue.”

“Among races, blacks in the Pew poll were most likely to say homosexuality is morally wrong (64 percent morally wrong, 5 percent morally acceptable), followed by whites (48 percent, 8 percent, respectively) and Hispanics (43 percent, 15 percent).”

“The poll also found that among all adults, 53 percent oppose “gay marriage” and 39 percent support it. Blacks again led the way in opposition, with 66 percent saying they oppose changing the definition of marriage; 52 percent of whites and 49 percent of Hispanics said likewise.”

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Written by Nathan Cherry

October 13, 2009 at 8:27 am

The Threat to Religious Freedom: What Politico Didn’t Print

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Candi Cushman at Focus on the Family Action’s Drive Thru Blog writes the following after being quoted in Politico regarding her and Focus Action’s objection to (1) the President’s address to the Human Rights Campaign, (2) the nomination of Chai Feldblum, and (3) the continued rule of Safe and Drug Free Schools czar, Kevin Jennings.

Candi tells the rest of the story:

Let’s take the three events one at a time:

President Obama’s speech to the Human Rights Campaign. Among other things, President Obama pledged to eradicate a federal law defending traditional marriage. We need only look to Massachusetts, the first state to legalize full-fledged gay marriage, to understand the threat this poses to both parental rights and religious freedoms. Parents in that state are now being told they can’t exempt their 2nd graders from lessons about same-sex marriage—even if it conflicts with their most deeply held religious convictions.

The intolerance of same-sex marriage advocates was on display for all to see during the debate over California’s Prop. 8, which added wording to the state constitution defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Prop. 8 supporters were subjected to vehement blackballing and even physical attacks. Church buildings were defaced and some people lost their jobs because of their stance.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm