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Author critiques court decision on same-sex marriage

first_imgSupreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is trying his hand at “freshman philosophy” to redefine marriage in his Supreme Court opinion on same-sex marriage rather than relying on the words of the constitution and legal precedent, Ryan Anderson said.Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, gave a lectured titled “Truth Overruled: Marriage and the Future of Religious Freedom” in DeBartolo Hall on Monday evening. The lecture, which was sponsored by Students for Child Oriented Policy, discussed the impact of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage and its possible repercussions on marriage and the family.Anderson said heterosexual couples that do not adhere to the institution of marriage in its full meaning have caused the problems that afflict the family today.“The legal redefinition of marriage could only take place after the cultural redefinition of marriage,” he said. “It is only after 50 years of heterosexuals making a mess of love, and sex and the family with non-marital child bearing and high rates of divorce that Anthony Kennedy can say the male-female part doesn’t matter. … This problem with the decline of marriage rates and the increase of non-marital childbearing is a direct consequence of the sexual revolution and the values it began promulgating about the family.”Anderson said the problem with Justice Kennedy’s ruling is it enshrines the vision of sexuality and marriage that centers on adult romance into our constitution.“If you think the past 40 or 50 years of marriage practices in the United States has been a good thing for our children, and a good thing for families and communities, the same past 40 or 50 years where we’re seen the introduction about hook-up culture and the doubling of divorce rates, if you think that’s been a good thing for human well-being and human flourishing, then by all means cheer on Anthony Kennedy’s decision,” he said. “If you think this has been problematic in many respects for human well-being and human flourishing, then you might want to be cautious before having five unelected judges redefine what marriage is and then say our constitution requires it.”Anderson said the overarching argument of his book, which shares a name with the lecture, is that the marriage movement should model itself after the pro-life movement.“Just like Roe v. Wade, there is nothing in the constitution that actually says there is a constitutional right to have an abortion,” Anderson said. “So too, there is nothing in the actual constitution that requires a redefinition of marriage.”The Fourteenth Amendment does not give an explicit definition of marriage, Anderson said, and this lack of common understanding about the institution of marriage is the true point of contention in the marriage debate.“Everyone is in favor of marriage equality,” he said. “Everyone wants the law to treat all Americans equally. The only way that Kennedy could attempt to show the law was violating equality was to smuggle in his own vision of marriage that sees marriage about primarily consenting adult romance.”Anderson said the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is degrading the status of marriage in contemporary culture.“The law cannot teach both views of marriage, it will teach one or the other,” Anderson said. “The law will then shape our culture, our culture will then shape our beliefs, and our beliefs will shape our actions, and not just for you in the audience but for your children and your children’s children.”The restructuring of marriage to become more compatible with modern attitudes about dating will have negative consequences for the family, he said.“Now that Justice Kennedy has redefined marriage to make it a genderless institution, there is no institution left in public life that promotes the ideal that every child deserves both a mother and a father,” Anderson said. “What defining marriage does is say men and women are interchangeable and that mothers and fathers as replaceable.”Anderson said it is better for children to be raised by a mixed-gender couple, and that this benefit to children is the reason for governmental involvement in marriage.“A secondary concern of mine is the effect redefining marriage has on children,” Anderson said. “A child raised by both a mother and a father is provided with the best environment for human flourishing, and there are a few reasons why. Science supports the fact that biology matters, gender matters, and stability matters.”Anderson said the demonization of those who have traditional views of the institution of marriage acts as an obstacle to intelligent discourse on the topic.“If you heard people say over the course of the past decade that if you’re against same-sex marriage, then you’re no better than a racist bigot who is against interracial marriage, believe them,” he said. “Now that they are in the ascendency of cultural power, they intend on treating people who believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman as if they are racists or bigots.“Unlike the abortion issue, too many people at the elite level on the marriage issue view people who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman as not only wrong, but also evil. It is our challenge, as Middle America, to have a debate where reasonable people of good will can disagree but coexist.”Tags: #SCOP, marriage equalitylast_img read more

Heritage Aviation acquires Atlantic Aviation’s Burlington FBO

first_imgHeritage Aviation, Inc.,Heritage Aviation, Inc has acquired the Atlantic Aviation FBO (Fixed Based Operator) at Burlington International Airport (KBTV). Operations at the location will be managed under the Heritage Aviation brand.  Transient general aviation aircraft will be handled at Heritage Aviation’s existing South Ramp Facility. Heritage Aviation now offers nearly 100,000 square feet of heated hangar space. The acquisition is effective today. It will boost employment at Heritage by 20 to 120. Julia Atherton, Public Relations Manager at Heritage, said there was some reduction in employment at Atlantic, which should be more than made up as Heritage continues to grow. She said Heritage has added 65 people in the last five years.Atherton said the former Atlantic facilities will remain open and be used to serve the Burlington Airport-based tenant aircraft community. She said only the transient general aviation aircraft will be directed to the facilities off Williston Road, where the Heritage facilities are accessed.She said terms of the deal will not be released.Meanwhile, Atlantic owner, Macquarie Infrastructure Company (NYSE: MIC), said in a statement that it had divested its BTV and Hayward, California, operations, saying they were “sub-scale.” Atlantic, it said, is negotiating the acquisition of additional US-based FBOs. Proceeds from the sales of the Hayward and Burlington operations will be retained to fund a portion of these acquisitions, should negotiations result in a purchase agreement.‘Atlantic concluded that its operations at each of Hayward and Burlington were sub-scale relative to their markets. Selling the FBOs at these airports provides Atlantic with an opportunity to pursue expansion into regions they believe have stronger growth prospects,’ added Hooke.Following the announcement of the sales, MIC reaffirmed its full-year guidance for Atlantic of EBITDA (earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization) of between $125 and $130 million.Atlantic operates the largest network of fixed base operations in the U.S. and opened its newest facility at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City on June 21st.About Heritage AviationHeritage Aviation is a Burlington, Vermont based diversified aviation services Company providing FBO, Maintenance and Avionics, Charter and Aircraft Management.  The FBO division provides 24/7 ground handling, fueling, deicing and related aviation support services and is ideally situated as an international technical stop with U.S. Customs on-site.  The Company’s Diamond Award winning FAA certified repair station has provided aircraft maintenance and avionics services continuously for twenty-five years.  The Company’s charter division, Heritage Flight, operates aircraft globally and domestically.  Heritage Aviation operates a LEED Gold certified general aviation facility, including on-site renewable energy, as part of a commitment to environmental sustainability.About Macquarie Infrastructure CompanyMacquarie Infrastructure Company owns, operates and invests in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses providing basic, everyday services, to customers in the United States. Its ongoing businesses consist of three energy-related businesses including a gas production and distribution business (The Gas Company in Hawaii), a controlling interest in a district energy business (District Energy), and a 50% indirect interest in a bulk liquid storage terminal business (International-Matex Tank Terminals). MIC also owns and operates an aviation-related airport services business (Atlantic Aviation). The Company is managed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Macquarie Group. For additional information, please visit the Macquarie Infrastructure Company website at www.macquarie.com/mic(link is external).  July 1st, 2011 – Burlington, VT ‘Heritage Aviation, Inc . MIC.last_img read more

NAFCU hits the virtual road with state-specific webinar series

first_imgAs NAFCU seeks ways to keep the industry informed of the latest information and challenges impacting operations amid the coronavirus pandemic, the association is launching a virtual roadshow featuring more than 20 events targeting individual states and regions.“At NAFCU, we are well aware of the challenges credit unions face amid the coronavirus pandemic,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “In response, our team is taking our passion and commitment to extreme member service on a virtual roadshow to assist the industry in overcoming operational and regulatory challenges. NAFCU is committed to the success of the credit union industry and its 120 million members, and we are proud to offer proactive and localized learnings during this difficult time.”The roadshow kicks off Monday with an event specifically for New York-based credit unions and runs through the end of July with events covering all 50 states and U.S. territories where credit unions operate.See the lineup of events to register for your specific state (registration for July’s events will be available soon). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 32,557

first_imgThe Ministry of Health has recorded 193 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours raising the country’s tally to 32,557.This is after 3381 samples were collected and taken for testing the deadly virus.Out of the 193 cases, three are foreign nationals while 137 were male and 56 were female. In terms of age, the youngest was a two-month-old infant while the oldest was 87 years old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 On a good note, the Health Ministry has recorded 225 recoveries. 188 are from Home Based Care Programme while 37 were discharged from various health facilities. Total recoveries now stand at 18,895.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryThe country has lost six patients due to COVID-19 bringing the total fatalities to 554.While addressing the media on the country’s COVID-19 status, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman noted that 768 children under the age of 10 years had tested positive and four died due to COVID-19.Also Read  KNCCI training to help special group SMEs cope during COVID-19On the other hand, 430 under the age of five have been confirmed positive with two deaths due to the virus.“Early reports from the experience in China, indicated that the proportion of children infected by the virus was small and that they generally experience mild disease,” said CAS Rashid Aman.“It was thought they could be community reservoirs of transmission in households, but emerging evidence suggests that children are not super-spreaders of the virus,” he added.Also Read  MOH told to vacate, fumigate schools ahead of reopeningCAS Rashid said that the Health Ministry was advocating for the establishment of newborn units, in all level four and level three facilities, to decongest County referral hospitals and level five facilities.He said that the newborn deaths account for 42% of all Under 5 deaths and 56% of all infants.On health care workers strike the CAS appealed to healthcare workers to continue rendering services stating that their grievances are being addressed by the government.last_img read more