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From The New York Times

"The place where you grow up . . . affects your odds of marrying, a large new data set shows.

"The most striking geographical pattern on marriage, as with so many other issues today, is the partisan divide. Spending childhood nearly anywhere in blue America — especially liberal bastions like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington — makes people about 10 percentage points less likely to marry relative to the rest of the country."

Read more: David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy, The New York Times
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From The Federalist

". . . Downey hasn’t let up trying to revive a fellow addict’s career. He’s now saying the only way he’ll do another Iron Man movie is if Gibson is allowed to direct it. Of course, there’s always a chance Gibson really is a monster. But I choose to take Downey’s word that it’s time to forgive, because I’d rather live in a society where we err on the side of too much forgiveness than not enough."

Read more: Mark Hemingway, The Federalist

(H/T E. Stephen Burnett)
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From The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

"God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth, and to subdue it for God’s glory.

"Jesus, the second Adam, has taken up that task. Just as the first Adam had a bride to serve as his helper (Genesis 2:18-25), so the second Adam has chosen a bride to serve as his helper. . . ."

Read more: Hugh Whelchel, The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
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From Acts of Faith

"As many conservative evangelical leaders work to anticipate the potential fallout from any decision from the court that would be unfavorable to their stance on the issue, Franklin Graham’s popular Facebook prayers are evidence that others believe the fight is hardly over, even as the case sits in the hands of the justices."

Read more: Abby Ohlheiser, Acts of Faith, The Washington Post
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From Yahoo News

"The Boy Scouts of America will no longer seek to revoke the charters of chapters that accept gay adult leaders, the organization's president, Robert Gates, told its national leadership on Thursday."

Read more: Jason Sickles, Yahoo News
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From The Week

"Because the Irish state recently and hastily arrogated itself tremendous new powers to act in the 'best interests of the child,' and because the consideration of biological parentage in family law court cases would give an unequal advantage to opposite sex partnerships, the legal force of biological parentage will be eroded.

"In fact, guaranteeing the right to procreate to same-sex couples practically demands the erasure of biological parenthood, as same-sex couples cannot have children without involving a member of the opposite sex, somehow. And equality demands even more. To create the equal experience of full parenthood for both, the child's curiosity (or claims) on his or her biological parents must be obviated and denied, whatever the heartbreak."

Read more: Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week
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From Religion News Service

"The Rev. Michael Yat and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith, both from the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, have been charged with undermining the constitutional system and spying, offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment."

Read more: Frederick Nzwili, Religion News Service

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From The Washington Post

"A highly publicized and influential scholarly study about people’s views on same sex marriage has been disavowed by one of its co-authors, citing 'irregularities' in the data provided by his partner in the research. He is seeking a retraction of the study, published in the journal Science.

"The study purported to show the ease with which peoples’ minds can be changed on the subject of same-sex marriage after short conversations, particularly with gay advocates."

Read more: Fred Barbash, The Washington Post
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From The Christian Institute

"Last year a Dutch academic warned Westminster not to legalise assisted suicide because the number of euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands has soared since the legalisation of the practice in 2002.

"Theo Boer originally supported euthanasia, but has now reviewed close to 4,000 euthanasia cases and said that it is becoming the 'default' mode of dying for cancer patients."

Read more: The Christian Institute

(H/T Mark Shea)
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From Christianity Today

"John 'Jack' Templeton Jr., who took over the [Templeton] foundation that his wealthy investor father created in 1987, died on Saturday, May 16, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 75. . . .

"The annual Templeton Prize is one of the foundation’s most renowned features. In 1973, the first prize was awarded with the intention to recognize 'a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.' Past recipients include Billy Graham, Chuck Colson, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa."

Read more: Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today
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From ChristianWeek

"Some say evangelical communities in Canada are being persecuted. However, this not only mocks the actual persecution of many Christians around the world, but also pushes otherwise sympathetic people away from our concerns, and, frankly, makes us look ridiculous. The gospel is offensive enough on its own; we don’t need to help it along by behaving foolishly ourselves.

"But does that mean the discomfort many of us now experience is based on imaginary events? Certainly not."

Read more: Tim Perry, ChristianWeek
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From The Belfast Telegraph

"The family-run bakery, which delivers across the UK and Ireland, turned down the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage."

Read more: Claire Williamson, Deborah McAleese, and Lesley-Anne McKeown, The Belfast Telegraph
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