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Missouri Family E-News 

June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Erases Television Indecency Penalties



The flood of filth on television is likely to accelerate as a result of a Supreme Court decision concerning the Federal Communication Commission's indecency regulations.


In a unanimous 8-0 ruling, the High Court ruled that the FCC's current indecency policy was enforced in a "vague" fashion and did not enable network television stations to know what is unacceptable.


The Supreme Court ruled that the FCC failed to give the broadcast networks "fair notice" that "fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be actionably indecent."  In doing so, the justices threw out fines and sanctions imposed against ABC and FOX television stations.


The case before the Supreme Court involved nudity in a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue" and obscenities uttered by singers Cher, Bono, and Nicole Ritchie at the Billboard Music and Golden Globes awards shows in 2002 and 2003.


The Supreme Court declined, however, to strike down the FCC's indecency policy altogether.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, stated that the FCC was "free to modify" its policy to reflect the ruling in this case.


Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council, was pleased that the justices rejected the effort by broadcast networks to eliminate indecency regulations.


"Once again, the Supreme Court has ruled against the networks' campaign to obliterate broadcast decency standards.  The Court has specifically acknowledged the FCC's ability to continue broadcast-decency enforcement as part of its public-interest obligation."     


New Mexico Upholds
Bias Charge Against Christian Photographer



The Alliance Defense is appealing a decision by a state appeals court in New Mexico which found a Christian photographer guilty of "sexual orientation" discrimination.


The case involves Elane Photography, a photographic studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Owners Jon and Elaine Huguenin are active in the wedding photo business.


Elane Photography was approached by a lesbian "couple" in 2006 to photograph their "commitment ceremony."  When the Huguenin's declined the request based on their religious beliefs, the couple filed a complaint with the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission alleging "sexual orientation" discrimination.


The Commission found the Huguenin's guilty of the charges in 2008, and ordered Elane Photography to pay the lesbian "couple" over $6000 in attorney's fees.  The Commission reached its conclusion despite the fact that neither same-sex "marriage" nor civil unions are legal in New Mexico.


Now a New Mexico Appeals Court has upheld the Civil Rights Commission's  

decision.  The appeals court affirmed a district court decision that the photography studio is a "public accommodation" and cannot refuse service based on "sexual orientation."  


"Americans in the marketplace should not be subjected to legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs," says ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence.  "The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing a photographer to promote a message that violates her conscience."   


The Appeals Court stated that it would be permissible for Elane Photography to refuse to photograph animals or small children, but not homosexual "couples."  "Neither animals or small children are protected classes, but sexual orientation is," the Court said.             


New Study Documents Social Fallout of
Same-Sex Parenting 



A new comprehensive study reveals that the children of homosexual parents experience greater social and psychological problems than those raised in a traditional family.  The study, conducted by sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin, is the most extensive survey conducted on the subject to date.


The New Family Structures Study conducted by Regnerus, has just been published in the academic journal Social Science Research.  The study found that the children of homosexual parents fared worse than children raised by a biological mother and father on 77 out of 80 outcome measures examined in the study.    


Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, says the University of Texas study is persuasive.  "This study is impartial, unemotional, and non-religious.  It is research conducted at a prestigious university and published in a respected scientific journal."


"The study reinforces a cultural truth on which public policy decisions on how marriage is defined ought to be based:  Moms and Dads matter, and the best environment in which to raise children is a household headed by their married mom and dad," Daly says.


Regnerus found that 24 percent of children with a homosexual father and 12 percent of those with a lesbian mother have recently contemplated suicide, compared with 5 percent of children from intact biological families or who were raised by a single parent.   One out of five children raised by a homosexual mother or father have recently received psychotherapy, compared to only 8 percent of those raised by biological parents.


The study determined that children of homosexual parents were particularly susceptible to sexual abuse.  Children raised by a homosexual father were three times more likely to have been touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver, and children raised by a lesbian mother were ten times more likely to have experienced sexual abuse.


Children of homosexual parents were more likely to have lower educational attainment, be on welfare, have more sexual partners, and be arrested more often.  Children from homosexual households reported less safety and security in their family of origin, and more ongoing "negative impact" from their family of origin.


The exhaustive study by Regnerus strongly rebuts other studies recently touted by homosexual activists claiming no difference between traditional parenting and parenting by same-sex "couples."  Another article in the journal Social Science Research calls those studies into question.


Family scholar Loren Marks of Louisiana State University says that those studies cited by the American Psychological Association have been flawed and inconclusive.  "None of the 59 studies referenced by the APA compares a large, random, representative sample of lesbian or gay parents and their children with a large, random, representative sample of married parents and their children."


Many of the studies championed by the homosexual rights movement were based on the parents' own assessments of their children's well-being, and few of the studies followed the children into adulthood.  One of the studies most often mentioned, the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, involved women recruited from announcements posted at lesbian events and in lesbian newspapers who offered their opinions on the success of their own parenting.


The study by Regnerus affirms what social science research has affirmed for decades:  Children do best when raised by their own biological mother and father who are committed to one another in a life-long marriage.


Regnerus offers this conclusion to the results of his research:  "The stable, two-parent biological married model is the far more common and accomplished workhorse of the American household, and is still, according to the data, the safest place for a kid."



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