What is going on with marriage in Wisconsin?

This week’s radio commentary…

Wedding bells are ringing all across Wisconsin!  Considering our Wisconsin weather, it’s not surprising that almost 75% of weddings in Wisconsin take place in the months of May, June, July, August, September and October.

In the midst of these peak wedding months is a good time to look at the health of marriage in the Badger State.  Just how are we doing in Wisconsin on creating a culture of marriage – a society where young people are encouraged to marry, where marriages and families are supported?  Sad to say, right now the numbers are not telling a pretty story.

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Effort to repeal DADT on the fast-track

Update! Democratic leadership is forcing a vote in Senate committee tonight to attach a repeal of DADT to a defense authorization bill.  Also, Family Research Council just released this report on homosexual assault in the military [Warning:Graphic].

Thanks to a deal, or “compromise,” cut by LGBT activists, President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Congress may vote on two bills that would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).  This despite the fact that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen asked Congress to hold off action on the repeal until the military could conduct a review on get an opinion from the members of the military.  The compromise calls for a repeal immediately after the review is conducted, regardless of the findings.

Chuck Donovan at The Foundry (The Heritage Foundation’s blog), has some excellent insights into the danger of ignoring the needs and nature of the military, for the singularly selfish purpose of political expediency.

This crass political maneuver is an affront to the men and women in the military whose opinions matter, because they will be most affected by any change in the law. Regardless of what one thinks of full repeal—whatever it might mean in practice—lawmakers should wait until the ongoing survey of service personnel is completed and analyzed. Any legislative action now is premature, and a thumbing of the nose at the military.

>> read the rest of Donovan’s post here

Contact your legislators:

Senator Herb Kohl: 202-224-5653

Senator Russ Feingold: 202-224-5323

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Rep. Paul Ryan: 888-909-7926

Rep. Tammy Baldwin: 202-225-2906

Rep. Ron Kind: 888-442-9040

Rep. Gwen Moore: 202-225-4572

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: 800-242-1119

Rep. Tom Petri: 202-225-2476

Rep. Dave Obey: 202-225-3365

Rep. Steve Kagen: 202-225-5665

May is not November

This week’s radio commentary…

Last week’s primary results in states such as Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas seem to herald an anti-incumbent mood that many hope will sweep the country this coming November. Voters ousted entrenched politicians and Obama-backed candidates.  Conservatives were stoked.

In Kentucky, Rand Paul won the Republican nomination for an open US Senate seat over a GOP favorite.

The chameleon US Senator Arlan Spector lost the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania, although he was backed by President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Democrats were campaigning as if they were Republicans, and most candidates made a point of distancing their campaigns from either President Obama or Washington, or both.

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Pro-Family PAC Endorses Candidates for State Assembly

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Madison—Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC), in its first round of endorsements for this fall’s elections, announced today that it has endorsed the following candidates in the respective State

Assembly races:
Assembly District 5 – Craig Fletcher
Assembly District 35 – TomTiffany
Assembly District 49 – David Kuhle
Assembly District 52 – Jeremy Thiesfeldt
Assembly District 70 – Stephen Zdun
Assembly District 74 – Shirl LaBarre
Assembly District 92 – Dennis Clinard

Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented on the endorsements: “WFA PAC is very pleased to endorse these candidates. They have each shown that they are persons of integrity who understand that to lead Wisconsin properly, to ensure our state’s future, our best natural resource—our families—must be strengthened and preserved. These candidates are committed to do that by working to, among other things, reduce government regulation, improve the business climate in order to encourage job creation, ensure families can make their own health-care choices, protect human life, and strengthen the institution of marriage. These are values WFA PAC shares with these candidates and with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in their respective Assembly Districts.
We believe voters this fall will find themselves in agreement with these Wisconsin citizens who have stepped out and taken on the daunting job of running for a state-level office. WFA PAC wishes them the very best as they take their message to their fellow citizens.”

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Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, Judith Brant, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.

Apologizing to China…for immigration laws!?

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the Obama Administration’s “human-rights talks” (which went nowhere) with China’s Communist government leaders.  Apparently, Obama apologized to China in response to “Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.”

Let me see if I got that right…crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination?!  And China can accuse us of these “human rights violations,” because of their stellar record on human rights?  I don’t think so.  China is at the top of just about every human rights violation list:

  • Voice of the Martyrs: China has 13 prisoners on the prisoner alert list. The next highest is Eritrea with 4 (this does not take into account the vast population differences).
  • The U.S. Human Rights Report has listed China’s status on human rights violation as “poor,” “a country of particular concern, committing “serious violations” and “worse” for a decade (and that’s just the last decade).
  • The Freedom House Freedom in the World report has had China at the bottom 1/4 of the list and consistently “Not Free” scoring the worst possible score on political rights and worst or next-to-worse score on civil liberties since 1973 when they began the report.  Where’s the US?  The top 16 with the best possible score every year in political rights and civil liberties and consistently “Free.”  Imagine that!
  • Then there’s the whole one-child policy in China and the history of government-forced abortions that I’m not even going to go into here.

And China has the gall to bring up Arizona’s new immigration law?  They know our president, I must say, if they knew that red herring would work so well.

Do we apologize for America?  Do we apologize for the Christian principles and code of ethics for which she stands?  Do we apologize for the freedom she gives to her citizens and strives to attain for others? Do we apologize for the financial blessings her citizens gain through a strong work ethic?   Do we apologize for her speedy response to those in need both at home and in disasters around the world?

I say no!  God has incredibly blessed us as a nation and as I sing “God Bless America” this coming Memorial Day, 2010, I will sing it as an expression of gratitude and a pleading prayer that God would continue to grant us His mercy and blessing on this “land of the free.”  I can guarantee you I will not be apologizing for my country.

An update on BloodMoney, the film

The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List blog, SuzyB.org/blog, has an update on the Blood Money film.

Blood Money. Have you heard of it? While news about the film has been in circulation for several months, Blood Money still needs your help to get the latest pro-life movie into theaters nationwide. In a valiant attempt to expose the dark realities of the abortion industry – “This film will examine the history of abortion in America, from the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe v. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, to the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women that have had them.”

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ENDA the Road for Religious Liberty

This week’s radio commentary…

Imagine the following: You send your kids to a Christian camp every summer.  It’s the highlight of their summer, and you appreciate what they’re learning there.  This year, instead of the annual invite to attend camp, you receive a notice from the camp indicating that a recent lawsuit drained their resources and they’re closing down.

Your children are devastated, but you dig a little deeper and find out the lawsuit was an employment discrimination case, brought by the federal government against your favorite Christian camp because they refused to hire an open homosexual who rejects Christian teaching on sexuality and marriage.   You ask, and rightly so, “What happened to religious liberty? This is the United States, right?”

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WI Marriages & Divorces Report, what it means

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently released the Wisconsin Marriages and Divorces 2009 report. The full report can be found at: http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/marriages.htm.

Wisconsin’s divorce ratio for 2009 came in at 55.6%.  The previous two years were 53.6% and 51.2% for 2008 and 2007 respectively.  Since 1995, the rate has climbed 8% from 47.6% in that year.

Why the rise in the divorce ratio?  The main factor is the decline in the number of marriages in our state.  As you can see by the graph of marriages, divorces and the divorce ratio, divorces have remained relatively flat at around 16,000 annually.  However, the number of marriages annually has dropped by 14% since 1995.

The state reports that the marriage rate dropped again in 2009 to 5.3 per 1,000 from 5.6 in 2008.  This may seem like a small number, but it is actually a 5% decrease.  They report that since 1980, “the marriage rate has gradually declined…when the rate was 8.7.”  That is a 39% decline in nearly 30 years.

Why the decline in marriage rates?  In a word: cohabitation.  Young folks today are choosing cohabitation as an alternative to marriage.  It is a poor choice.  Wisconsin Family Council recently published a book I wrote to address this poor choice.  The book is called, Helping You Decide, a look at sexual relations before marriage.

If you are a pastor, I urge you to order this book and use it with couples who come to you to be married.  The book is meant to be used to open up the discussion and provide a framework to guide the couple to follow God’s Word.  It is a very short, easy read for the couple.  I include discussion questions for them and cover cohabitation, sex before marriage, virginity and purity.  You can order copies at www.wifamilyaction.org/helpingyoudecide.

Wisconsin Family Council has been working with pastors in Milwaukee and Racine to form Community Marriage Agreements and implement proven reforms that can lower the divorce ratio, lower cohabitation and increase marriages rates.  The solution to the problems of divorce, cohabitation and falling marriage rates lie in God’s Word, his servants and their collective effort through the church.  This is why we are passionate about supporting pastors and churches seeking to build marriage ministries.  It is the only way to turn these trends around.

– Eric Skelton, WFC Director of Marriage & Family Ministry

ENDA, what it means for businesses

Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg wrote a very compelling article for the Washington Times on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that will most likely come up for a vote soon in Congress.

Read the article here…

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Contact your legislators:

Senator Herb Kohl (cosponsor on Senate bill): 202-224-5653

Senator Russ Feingold (up for re-election this November. Cosponsor on Senate bill): 202-224-5323

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Rep. Paul Ryan (in favor of ENDA w/religious exemption and w/o transgender protection): 888-909-7926

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (cosponsor on House bill): 202-225-2906

Rep. Ron Kind (cosponsor on House bill): 888-442-9040

Rep. Gwen Moore (cosponsor on House bill): 202-225-4572

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: 800-242-1119

Rep. Tom Petri: 202-225-2476

Rep. Dave Obey: 202-225-3365

Rep. Steve Kagen: 202-225-5665