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Greg Barlow Recently a Texas road construction project was postponed because of the discovery of a rare species of spider.  The project will not resume until scientists have fully evaluated the risks to the spider's habitat posed by a continuation of the project. Thousands of acres of...

Ann Bailey Showing once again that same-sex marriage is far from inevitable, the Australian parliament has voted overwhelming to reject same-sex marriage.  On September 19th, the lower house voted 98 to 42 against gay marriage and the next day thSenate followed suit with a 41 to...

Grace Sailor As I was surfing the Internet for national and world news I happened to see a blog/testimonial that I have to share with our UFI readers.  It reminded me a lot of my own wedding experience.  What a great memory!...

Rachel Allison Historians such as Edward Gibbon (1737-94), Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) and Will Durant (1885-1981) have analyzed the reasons for the fall of mighty civilizations. In summarizing cause and effect, an American educator lists six common reasons why each civilization fell: 1. They lost their religious convictions and...

Carol Soelberg You may not even know who Mark Regnerus is but to United Families International, he is a hero. We have waited almost two weeks to write about the vindication of Mark Regnerus, in the hope that we would be able to report that the...

Rachel Allison An article posted on “Mercator” entitled “How Addiction is Invading our Lives” is a must read for anyone who has a tendency toward addictive behavior.  Francis Phillips does a great job summarizing Damian Thompson’s The Fix: How addiction is invading our lives and taking over your...

Diane Robertson The United States Supreme court convenes soon. This season, the court will look at several cases concerning family law. On September 24th, the Supreme Court will begin its first review of Hollingworth v. Perry, commonly known as Proposition 8. On this same day, the...

Diane Robertson Michelle Obama gave a stirring and powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. She recalled a heart-warming love story between herself and the President. She talked about some of the values that mean the most to me and many Americans—family and hard...

Kelli Houghton Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republic National Convention sure made waves this past week.  Like many others, I thought the timing of the speech and some of the content was a bit unusual – but there were some elements that I loved. I especially...

Rachel Allison Once again the importance of staying connected with our adult children has been pounded home to me. The past several weeks are proof that although I believe my husband and I should “have a life,” when our children’s needs arise we must make ourselves...

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers: "During a week, how many evening meals do you sit down and eat together as a family?" Here’s how readers responded: 57 Percent                   Virtually every night  1 Percent                    Once a week 8 Percent                     2-3 times a week 34 Percent                   4-5 times a week As the...

Diane Robertson The Salt Lake City TV station, KSL has decided not to air NBC’s new homosexual themed sitcom, “The New Normal”. With the intense public debate over gay marriage, KSL’s controversial decision has made national headlines. NBC gives this description of the show on their website:...

 “That’s Obscene!”  It’s a phrase that’s tossed around regularly and depending on the context, can mean absolutely anything.  Have you ever wondered, however, whether or not there is a codified/legal definition of “obscenity” or is it simply “in the eye of the beholder?”  Turns out...

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers: “If genetic engineering were to give parents the ability to screen out ‘personality flaws’ in their children, would you take advantage of it?” Here’s how readers responded: 0   Percent           Yes 97 Percent           No 3 Percent             Unsure If given the opportunity, it's pretty clear...

Ann Bailey I love "infographics."   It's just a great way to learn information.   With the current economic challenges that the world faces, it's important that we all  be conversant in and understand how family breakdown contributes to our economic problems.  Marriage and family  matter! For the record,...

Rachel Allison According to the childstats.gov website, over half of America’s children are being raised in daycares. The first time I ever thought about a “daycare child” was before I had children of my own. I was with my friend at a park and a huge...

Ann Bailey As new college coeds get ready to start school, chances are they’re going to notice that there are fewer men in their classes.  In fact, the discrepancy stands at about 57 percent women to 43 percent men.   Women began to exceed men in college...

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers:  “In the current cultural and moral environment, is it more challenging and difficult to raise boys or to raise girls?” Here’s how readers responded: 46 Percent                           Boys 54 Percent                           Girls Perhaps you, too, have heard this question tossed around by parents struggling through...

Ann Bailey Ever wondered what it would be like to have your marriage arranged by a “matchmaker.”  Sounds like something from centuries past or a song from a well-known Broadway play.  But, I’m informed, the practice of using a traditional matchmaker is alive and well today. ...

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers: “If your 14-year-old child had Olympic-quality talent, would you be willing to let your child move a thousand miles away to train with a top-notch coach and live with a wonderful, yet non-relative, family?” Here’s how readers responded: Yes                         16...

Amanda Mitchell I am trying to get the word out about the CRPD and its long-term consequences. I believe this issue will be important to you. I believe the consequences for ratifying the CRPD are more grave than realized and urgent action needs to be taken....

Ann Bailey In a candid moment that surprised not a few gay advocates, singer Elton John has acknowledged that it will be “heartbreaking” when the boy being raised by him and his gay partner grows and realizes “he hasn’t got a mummy.”  Elton certainly has broken...

The 2nd annual Prague Gay Pride Parade will be held on August 18  and the U.S. State Department (via the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic) stands proudly in support of the event.  U.S. Ambassador Norman L. Eisen was a signatory to a 2011 letter...

Diane Robertson Two years ago, I said to my husband that it seems like the world is in a new war—not a war with weapons and killing, but a war of words and ideas.  Two years ago, my husband said that was an extreme view point....