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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 25, 2010 / 10 Shevat 5770

Federal Court Has Become the New Feelings Forum

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forget the law. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has allowed the trial over a challenge to overturn Proposition 8 — the 2008 California ballot initiative that limited marriage to "a man and a woman" approved by 52 percent of California voters — to turn into what the measure's opponents like to call a "teachable moment." That's another way of saying that the law isn't as important as feelings in this trial.


Feelings rule — and not just because the measure's foes somehow believe that Californians haven't been taught enough about gay people. Anti-8 attorneys have chosen to argue that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in light of a 1996 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a Colorado ban on gay-rights measures because it was motivated by animus toward homosexuals. If they can convince Walker that the Proposition 8 people are haters, he may overturn the will of the majority of California voters.


Plaintiff Kristin Perry of Berkeley testified in the first week of trial, "The state isn't letting us be happy." You know, that's the way a teenager talks — yet it now rates as evidence in Walker's court.


On Tuesday, the feelings-a-thon continued with Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders as star witness for Proposition 8 foes. Sanders used to oppose same-sex marriage, but favored domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. In 2007, the San Diego City Council passed a resolution supporting San Francisco's legal efforts supporting same-sex marriage. Sanders' lesbian daughter, Lisa, told him it was OK if he vetoed the measure. She explained in a press conference later that it was "more important" that her father remain mayor of San Diego.


Nonetheless, a teary-eyed Sanders supported the resolution. He testified that his earlier support for civil unions had been "grounded in prejudice." And: "I was discriminating even against my own daughter."


Sanders also said, however, that his support for civil unions was not based on "moral disapproval" or hatred and that others could support Proposition 8 without animus toward gays. That punctures the "no" side's legal argument.


UCLA Williams Institute researcher Lee Badgett also testified for the anti-8 folks. She talked about the economic advantages of same-sex marriage as opposed to civil unions. But as pro-Proposition-8 attorney Chuck Cooper noted, Badgett herself wrote an October 2006 op-ed piece supportive of civil unions that referred to domestic-partner law as "equal treatment of same-sex couples."


Equal? That's odd. The anti-8 complaint refers to domestic partnership as a "separate-but-unequal" institution that brings "irreparable harm" on the two plaintiff same-sex couples.

Letter from JWR publisher


Was Badgett a hater who wanted to hurt gay people in 2006? Did she want to treat the two couples as, to quote the complaint, "second-class citizens?" When Lisa Sanders told her father he could oppose same-sex marriage, was she intent on "stigmatizing gays and lesbians"?


Of course not. Domestic partnerships exist to recognize and provide legal protections for committed gay and lesbian couples. But after Mayor Gavin Newsom decided to flout marriage law and open up City Hall to same-sex marriages in 2004, the ground shifted.


I'm happy for those same-sex couples married during San Francisco's 2004 Winter of Love, before voters passed Proposition 8. But any attempt to force same-sex marriage legalization through the courts makes it impossible to pre-empt possible unintended consequences.


My fear: that someday, some judge will recognize polygamous marriages lest a family in Berkeley feel unhappy or because anti-polygamy laws discriminate on the basis of religion. If the no-on-Proposition-8 argument prevails, why not?


Besides, after hundreds, arguably thousands, of years of Western marriage limited to heterosexual couples — with the occasional but never-lasting recognition of polygamy — a humble society ought to hesitate before upending a tradition that has worked. A court fiat is not how a smart society makes deliberate and informed decisions.


This lawsuit may not be about Proposition 8 alone. If Walker strikes down Proposition 8 and the U.S. Supreme Court backs him, you could see a same-sex marriage ruling as sweeping as Roe vs. Wade.


And to think that the outcome could hinge on whether the "no" side successfully establishes animus. Toward that end Thursday, anti-8 attorney David Boies succeeded in marginalizing Proposition 8 supporter Hak-Shing William Tam, by prompting Tam to admit he believes homosexuals are 12 times more likely than heterosexuals to molest children. Talking to the press later, the Yes on 8 folks tried to distance themselves from Tam, but he was one of the measure's official proponents.


Thing is: Tam does not speak for the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8. Boies' colleague Ted Olson, who beat Boies in the rancorous legal battles over the 2000 Florida recount, made a strong argument for same-sex marriage in a recent Newsweek. But he did not make a strong "conservative" case, as he claimed. While many conservatives support same-sex marriage, a conservative should want to debate the possible consequences of upending family law. A good conservative doesn't push a court to impose a ruling that shreds states' rights, as well as the right of Californians to govern themselves.

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