Search Results for Peter Sprigg

  • Understanding Windsor: What the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Did -- and Did Not -- Say

    by Peter Sprigg

    March 13, 2014: Reason for the Law In 1993, a court in Hawaii issued a preliminary ruling that suggested that state might become the first to order that civil marriage licenses be issued to same-sex couples. Baehr v. Lewin, 74 Haw. 530, 852 P. 2d 44 (1993). Since marriages in one state had usually been recognized as legal by all states and by the federal government, this raised concern that a redefinition of marriage in one state might effectively impose this radical change on all fifty states and the federal government.

  • Testimony by Peter Sprigg in support of Indiana's HJR 3

    by Peter Sprigg

    February 10, 2014: Thank you for the honor of addressing you today to urge that you support House Joint Resolution 3, to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and support restoration of its second sentence, in order to protect the uniqueness of marriage as well.

  • States should retain power to define marriage

    by Peter Sprigg

    February 6, 2014: The last few weeks have been a roller coaster for marriage law in Utah. On Dec. 13, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups vindicated years of slippery slope arguments by opponents of marriage redefinition by declaring the state's law criminalizing polygamous cohabitation to be unconstitutional.

  • Testimony by Peter Sprigg in opposition to Senate Bill 212

    by Peter Sprigg

    February 4, 2014: I urge you to oppose Senate Bill 212 This bill caters to anyone who is "transgendered," a broad umbrella term that includes transsexuals (people who have had sex-change surgery), anyone who has changed or is changing their public "gender identity" (regardless of whether they have had surgery or hormone treatments), transvestites (people who dress as the opposite sex on an occasional basis for emotional or sexual gratification), and drag queens and drag kings (people who dress as the opposite sex for the purpose of entertaining others).

  • Marriage Is a Matter of Definition

    by Peter Sprigg

    January 3, 2014: November 18 marked the 10th anniversary of the landmark decision by the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of Massachusetts which resulted in that state becoming the first to issue civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (440 Mass. 309), the court declared, Limiting the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the basic premises of individual liberty and equality under law protected by the Massachusetts Constitution.

  • Why Science Doesn't Support Orientation-Change Bans

    by Peter Sprigg

    September 4, 2013: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed Assembly Bill 3371, which forbids licensed professional counselors in the state to "engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under 18 years of age."

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