What about the children of same-sex couples?

first_imgFamily Research Council 4 April 2013A few weeks ago, there was a flurry of news coverage of a new “Policy Statement” (that’s what it was, by its own labeling—it wasn’t a “study”) from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which endorsed the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.The impression which advocates for marriage redefinition seek to create in the public’s mind is that children of homosexual parents are essentially in exactly the same position as children of heterosexual parents, and children raised by same-sex couples are in the same position as children raised by married opposite-sex couples, except regarding the gender of the parents.Yet some data reported in the AAP’s own Policy Statement tend to undermine that message. Consider this quote:“The US 2010 Census reported that 646,464 households included 2 adults of the same gender. These same-gender couples are raising ~115,000 children aged ≤18 years and are living in essentially all counties of the United States. When these children are combined with single gay and lesbian parents who are raising children, almost 2 million children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents in the United States.”If the estimate of 2 million children with “gay and lesbian parents” is correct, then comparing it with the figure of 115,000 being raised by same-sex couples indicates that only 1 in every 17 children of “gay” parents actually lives with a same-sex couple. Thus, the model of “gay parenting” held up by homosexual activists in the marriage debate—that of children being raised in a stable household by a loving and committed same-sex couple—is extraordinarily rare in the real world, even as a fraction of the already small minority of children who have a homosexual parent.Last summer, University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus published a groundbreaking study of homosexual parents in the journal, Social Science Research. It showed that children of homosexuals suffered disadvantages in numerous areas—both when compared with children raised in an intact biological family, and when compared with other, less stable (but heterosexual) parenting situations. (I summarized its findings and responded to critiques of it in a series of blog posts.)One of the chief criticisms of his work (and really, one of the only criticisms of any substance) was that many of the 236 subjects he identified—young adults whose parent had a homosexual relationship while they were growing up—had never actually lived with the parent and the parent’s same-sex partner. Therefore, it was argued, the Regnerus findings could not be considered relevant to debates about children being raised by same-sex couples.The reason for the paucity of children raised by same-sex couples in the Regnerus study was simple—they could hardly be found in a representative, population-based sample. The data-gathering group hired for Regnerus’ New Family Structures Study screened 15,000 young adults—and found only two who had been raised by a same-sex couple from birth to age 18. In both cases, the couple was a lesbian one—they found no one who had been raised by a homosexual male couple from birth.In other words, what some liberal activists (and Hollywood) like to refer to as “the new normal”—kids being raised by homosexual couples from birth—is not normal at all, even for kids with a parent who has homosexual relationships.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/what-about-the-children-of-same-sex-coupleslast_img read more

Murphy makes Ulster switch

first_img Press Association Boss Humphreys hailed the signing, backing Murphy to beef up Ulster’s pack next season. “Ruaidhri is a highly talented young Irish prop whose experience of Super Rugby will bring an extra dimension to our front row next season,” he said. “I am delighted that he is joining us and I have no doubt that he will be a huge success at Ravenhill in the coming years.” Irish prop Ruaidhri Murphy has signed a two-year deal to join Ulster from the Brumbies in the summer. Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip’s decisions to reject strong big-money offers from France’s Top 14 to stay with Leinster underline the IRFU’s determination to keep as many home grown stars in Ireland as possible. Conor Murray and Paul O’Connell also re-signed with Munster and Rory Best committed to Ulster, leaving Johnny Sexton Ireland’s sole frontline exile, at Racing Metro. Murphy’s move to Ulster will allow Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt to take a close look at the Dublin-born front-rower. “When I was deciding my future, it came down to joining Ulster or staying with the Brumbies,” said Murphy. “The Brumbies are a fantastic franchise and Canberra is a brilliant place to live, but I am Irish, I have an Irish family and I have always had the urge to return to Ireland one day and to play my rugby back home. “Ulster are a quality team: they are currently one of the leading sides in Europe and their fans are famous around the world. “I spoke to [Ulster rugby director] David Humphreys about the vision that he has for Ulster – he has huge ambition and big aims for the team. That is exciting and I hope that I can play a part in bringing those aims to reality.” The 26-year-old will return home from Australia and join Ulster for next season, replacing London Irish-bound Tom Court. The Leinster Academy and Ireland Under-20s graduate’s homecoming is another boost for the IRFU in keeping Irish stars on home shores. last_img read more

Rea extends lead

first_img The 28-year-old secured his third successive win and his fourth of the season by edging out Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) to secure victory by 0.051 seconds after a thrilling final lap in the first race. Davies appeared to have claimed the win when he overtook Rea in the dying moments, only to see the Northern Irishman retake the lead on the final corner and seal a dramatic win. Press Association Jonathan Rea extended his lead at the top of the World Superbike Championship with a strong display at Aragon on Sunday.center_img Rea’s Kawasaki teammate, Tom Sykes, had to settle for the final podium place despite making an impressive start and leading for the early stages of the race, while Leon Haslam (Aprillia Racing Team – Red Devils) finished fourth. Rea, who equalled his record number of wins in the season despite suffering from illness, was forced to settle for second in race two as roles were reversed and Davies secured victory after a dominating performance. However Rea extended his lead to 26 points at the top of the leaderboard, although his nearest rival Haslam picked up points with a third-placed finish having been pipped to the line by half a second. Alex Lowes suffered a disappointing morning for Suzuki. The 24-year-old was forced to retire in the first race and had to settle for 14th in the second after being run off track in the early stages before recovering. last_img read more

Senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams continues to struggle at the X

first_img Published on April 4, 2017 at 10:31 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse’s most important player has slipped into mediocrity.Amid the worst stretch of his career, perhaps brought on by a nagging injury, SU senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams has won only 52 percent of his chances at the X. The 2016 Tewaaraton Award Nominee has posted a 50-percent faceoff success rate or worse in four of his last five games. He had a career-worst 4-of-18 day against Duke before freshman Danny Varello replaced him. Last week at then-No. 1 Notre Dame, Williams lost three of the first four faceoffs of the game and finished only 10-of-23 in the upset victory.For years, Williams has given the Orange a sense of ease. In his sophomore and junior years, he delivered game after game with few blemishes. Yet a slow start has extended into a disappointing season, which SU head coach John Desko attributes to his FOGO’s injury. Williams gets another chance to step back on track for the No. 2 Orange (7-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast), which visits unranked Hobart (4-5, 1-1 Northeast) on Wednesday night.“He’s a little banged up,” Hobart head coach Greg Raymond said. “Maybe that has a little to do with it. I don’t think there’s anything going on with him … Opponents find ways to infiltrate ways of him getting into a groove and make him not as comfortable.”Four faceoffs into Saturday’s contest against UND, Williams looked like he did the week prior, when he posted a career-worst day in a near loss to Duke. Saturday, despite his slow start, Williams strung together four of the last five faceoffs in the first half. It set up a Syracuse transition goal and several lengthy possessions, allowing SU to work its offense and take a two-goal lead headed into the break. When Williams clicks, so does Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Notre Dome scored three unanswered third-quarter goals to erase a three-score deficit headed into the final frame. Williams lost 4-of-5 faceoffs during that period, allowing UND to dominate possession and score four goals in the quarter.“He started out well,” Desko said after the 11-10 win over UND. “He did a really nice job getting the ball out to himself … They tried to muck things up in there and try to slow Benny from getting out clean.“Then their double poles, anytime that happens, you’re going to make it hard for us to get the ball.”Williams’ struggles at the X can’t be attributed to one reason. His lingering injury could fuel this trend, though the roots may run deeper. Duke head coach John Danowski said veteran faceoff specialists wear down toward the end of their college careers. Fortunately for SU, the offense capitalized on 15 Duke turnovers to overshadow Williams’ career-worst game, a near-Blue Devils win if not for a Jamie Trimboli game-winner in overtime.SU ranks a mere 27th in faceoff winning percentage. Whether Williams’ struggles signify a more prolonged downturn and whether the Orange uses more of Varello, who’s 20-of-30 from the X and has drawn rave reviews from teammates, remains to be seen. Williams still has five regular-season games, an ACC tournament and possible NCAA tournament to fully recover from the injury that sidelined him for SU’s only loss of the year. He can still redeem his underwhelming performance.“It’s just a matter of him getting his technique back,” Desko said.The SU offense has scored goals at the right times. Its defense has shut down some of the best attackmen in the country, which came Saturday in UND stud Ryder Garnsey. A healthy Williams would make Syracuse, two wins away from its best start since 2011, even more dangerous down the stretch.“He’s a beast,” Raymond said. “We’re still preparing for him like he’s the best one in the country.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tyus Battle’s career-high 28 points helps Syracuse outlast Iona, 71-62, for 2nd win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Tyus Battle glanced over his left shoulder, surveying the options in front of him. He made the split-second decision to attack from the right wing in transition, beating to the rim a pair of Iona defenders with two right-handed dribbles. He laid the ball in for an and-1, extending Syracuse’s lead to five and sending the Carrier Dome to its loudest level with about 12 minutes to play.“I knew I was going to draw the foul somehow,” said Battle, who added three assists and five rebounds. “I live for stuff like that.”Several minutes later, Battle picked up the offense by knocking down back-to-back jumpers. They followed Iona’s second successful alley-oop of the half, both the result of a Gaels forward sneaking behind the backs of SU’s three bigs down low. But Battle answered en route to his 23-point second half.Syracuse’s sophomore guard and the center of the SU offense keyed a small but significant second-half spurt that carried SU (2-0) long enough to beat Iona (0-2), 71-62, on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. Battle scored a career-high 28 points for SU, better than his previous high of 23.In the first half, the Orange looked fairly similar to how it came out in the two exhibition games, as Syracuse struggled to create gaps in Iona’s loose man, or matchup zone. The Orange found little penetration until late, when Battle said he grew more aggressive and commanded the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndy Mendes | Digital Design EditorSyracuse lost five of its six most-played players and about 43 of the 57 shots it took as a team per game last season. Four days after he scored 18 points in the opener, Battle provided an early indicator of the player he needs to be this season for Syracuse.“Tyus took over the game,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It was a two-point game, he took it over. He made huge plays. They’re a pretty good defensive team. He made some pretty big-time plays today.”Led by Battle, its only returning starter from a year ago, the Orange collected enough buckets and fended off Iona to survive for its second victory to start the year, avoiding what would have been its earliest loss since the 2003-04 season. Iona made the NCAA Tournament last year, but could not contain Battle in what was Syracuse’s second of six straight home games to start the season.The Orange entered the break ahead, 32-28, after a drive and right-handed finish by Frank Howard as the buzzer sounded. It capped a relatively stagnant first half for the Syracuse offense. In the second half, Battle hit a couple of teardrops, dribble-drive layups and 3-pointers. He shot 11-of-19 overall and 2-of-7 from distance, injecting life in the SU offense.“It’s something he should be able to do every game,” said SU center Paschal Chukwu, who grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. “He came up big when we need him to.”Tyus Battle shot an efficient 11-of-19, 57.9 percent, in scoring a career-high 28 points to help Syracuse defeat Iona on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerThe Gaels, an up-tempo, 3-point heavy team, finished 22-13 last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, better than SU’s NIT bid. In the teams’ first meeting in seven years, Battle and Howard spearheaded an otherwise lethargic SU offense. They traded buckets for the early part of the second half until Battle’s back-to-back jumpers sparked the mini run.With just over two minutes on the clock, Battle extended Syracuse’s lead to 10 via a step-back jumper, his “go-to.” On an inbounds play with under one minute to go, Battle caught a football-style over-the-shoulder pass and jammed it with two hands, capping the best performance of his Syracuse career.Whenever Syracuse seemed to be on the verge of pulling away, Iona pulled back within striking distance. SU — led by Battle’s second-half explosion — held out long enough to preserve the win.“I think at the end of last year he was playing just like this,” Boeheim said. “But he’s more confident, he’s stronger and knows what he’s got to do.” Commentslast_img read more

NCAA Championships: Justyn Knight takes 2nd in 5K, Aidan Tooker 4th in steeplechase

first_img Published on June 8, 2018 at 11:09 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu As the rain fell on the third day of the outdoor NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Syracuse runners had a strong showing despite not taking home any championship hardware. Justyn Knight, in the final race of his SU career, placed second in the men’s 5000-meters with a time of 13:55.03. Philo Germano, also racing his last collegiate race, placed 14th.In the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Aidan Tooker broke a ten-year-old SU record by almost three seconds to take fourth place with a time of 8:35.41. Freshman Noah Affolder came across ninth.While Germano faded to the back early in the 5K, Knight hung around 10th place until there were four laps to go. By the last lap, Knight had made his way to fourth, challenging for second and third with a huge final push. While Stanford’s Sean McGorty crossed the line in first, Knight edged out Stanford’s Grant Fisher, the defending champion of the race, for third by .01 seconds.In the 3000-meter steeplechase, Tooker started out in the back with Affolder before shooting up to fifth by lap three. On the the final lap, Houston’s Brian Barraza, who had pulled away early with a large lead, tripped over the first hurdle. Tooker took advantage and finished strong to earn fourth while Minnesota’s Obsa Ali cruised to the national title with a time of 8:32.23.Tomorrow at 6:54 p.m. ET Paige Stoner will run Syracuse’s last race of this year’s NCAA Championships in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase final.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 1 Wake Forest defeats Syracuse, 1-0, after failing to win last 2 seasons

first_imgWake Forest junior Machop Chol raced down the right side of Syracuse’s penalty box before playing a ball across the center of the penalty area.Defender Dylan McDonald slid in for the block but was too late. Midfielder Simon Triantafillou tried to stop the ball with his outstretched foot, but he couldn’t. Demon Deacons’ striker Justin McMaster was all alone at the far post. As easy as his finish was to give Wake Forest the win, the Orange made life difficult for the nation’s No. 1 team the entire evening.One quality run behind SU’s defense, pass and finish proved the difference as No. 1 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Syracuse (2-2-3, 0-1-1 ACC), 1-0, on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Orange had been a difficult foe for the WFU the past two seasons when the Orange played them to a draw in 2017 and beat WFU 2-0 in 2018. “You’re on the road against an elite team, you’re going to absorb pressure,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We worked extremely hard, I thought the front three and midfield block were excellent, we really limited their chances.”Outside of what McIntyre said was a 10-to-15 minute stretch where SU was under heavy pressure, SU’s effective and selective pressing and solid defending kept Wake Forest out of dangerous areas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen starting goalkeeper Christian Miesch was called into action, he made the necessary saves, including one in the 87th minute when McMaster was in on goal at the top of the box. Miesch kept the Orange in the game with a diving save in the 51st minute and another routine save on a swirling long-range shot in the 84th minute. SU probed the WFU defense, but never broke through. senior Massimo Ferrin’s late free kick whipped into the waiting arms of Wake Forest goalie Andrew Pannenberg. Once SU went down, McIntyre opted to pull off Ferrin and midfielder Ryan Raposo, giving them one final rest and instructions before putting both on with striker Luther Archimede for the final minutes. “I wanted to get them a breather,” McIntyre said. “We left it all out there. They had a couple chances in the last minute in transition once we were throwing everything forward.”The Orange switched their formation, McIntyre said, and he wanted to inform them of the switch. Archimede and Ferrin tried to hold up the ball and spark counterattacks the entire night. They created half chances, but never had one the moment like WFU had earlier in the half to grab the lead. When midfielder Julio Fulcar received a pass 12 yards from goal, he was unable to bring it down to his feet without an incidental strike of his hand, nullifying the chance. In total, the Orange produced eight shots, but just one on goal and only two in the second half.“It’s how you then go and support those front guys,” McIntyre said. “If I was going to be critical of one thing, our final pass could have been a little bit sharper tonight.”SU sent more numbers forward late, but never generated a high-quality scoring chance. The best opportunity came for Archimede, whose left-footed shot in the final minutes skidded wide of Pannenberg’s post.Wake Forest’s defending pair of Michael DeShields and Nico Benalcazar shut down most of Syracuse’s attacks before they entered the penalty box, and while the Orange were mostly successful in negating the Demon Deacons’ attacks in the opening frame, one  cross won Wake Forest the game.“Our back four really limited their chances,” McIntyre said. “We out connected passes, just that final delivery and final pass selection was not quite good enough. I think we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation.”The Orange will now travel to Colgate next to take on the Raiders on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Comments Published on September 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Qualifier for 2019 DOAMF Charity Golf Set for Saturday

first_imgThe Qualifier for the ninth edition of the annual Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation (DOAMF) Charity Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.Participants at the Qualifier will be hoping to pick slots in the Draw for the Final of the event billed for March 30, 2019 at the same venue.‎Thousands of lives have been touched through the annual golf event that pulls golfers together to commit to charitable projects through the DOAMF platform and, the organisers are looking forward to another year of impacting indigent communities through the game of golf. The Coordinator of the Organising Committee, Pat Bassey, said that the Foundation hopes to leverage this year’s tournament to break new grounds in the number of people reached and to sustain the tradition of accountability to all stakeholders.“From the proceeds of the 2018 event the Foundation reached more than 2,500 people, of which 14 were added to its full academic scholarship roll – making a total of 26 beneficiaries on the Scholarship Support programme.“In the year 2018, eight beneficiaries of this programme successfully graduated from various universities and polytechnics. The scholarship recipients are in all tiers of education, from primary through tertiary education. The goal this year is to raise the bar on all fronts.“We are also very pleased to have committed volunteers come out yearly to serve passionately, in addition to committing financial and material support, helping us meet and serve the less privileged.“A number of them are very busy corporate executives and business owners who make out time to serve, being evidence of strong identification with the objective of bettering our society through the DOAM Foundation,” stressed the Coordinator.The funds generated through the DOAMF Charity Golf events are channeled to support social causes in the specific areas of education, health and medical intervention within needy families and communities.Bassey also highlighted some of the projects embarked on in 2018 which included; free medical treatments carried out for indigenes of Wera Community, Ikorodu, Lagos State and replicated outside Lagos State, for indigenes of Alamala Community, Abeokuta, Ogun State, and which impacted on more than a thousand beneficiaries comprised of children, youth, adults and senior citizens.“The Foundation also held educational programmes for students of Randle Senior Secondary School, Apapa Senior Secondary School, and United Christian SeniorSecondary School, all in Lagos, where entrepreneurial and social skills, and etiquette, were taught in addition to donations made to the schools,” he added.Bassey concluded by saying: “For us, we measure progress in terms of value received by the beneficiaries of the Foundation’s initiatives and the number of people impacted. As in prior years, the goal is to reach further and create more impact on deserving families and communities. So we need more support and, as always, we are committed to work even harder.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ghana can win the Afcon if – Abedi Pele

first_imgFormer Black Stars captain Abedi Pele believes Ghana can win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa.The former Olympic Marseille kingpin says it is possible if only the team eschews complacency.Pele, who was part of the team that won Ghana’s last Nations Cup title in 1982 at age 16 holds the record for the most appearance in the Afcon final.“Ghana have always been one of the strongest in the Afcon so I believe that Ghana is always going to play that seniority role in the Afcon,” he football maestro told Metro Tv.“The coach has done his homework, and the technical men have made their choices. They have won a couple of friendly matches and have given the country a lot of hope and confidence so we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping it goes well for them.”The 48-year-old was, however, quick to caution the team against complacency. “Football on the continent is not easy these days, the fact that Cameroon and Egypt didn’t qualify tells a lot. “We should be careful and attach a lot of seriousness to the matches and with the talents in camp, I am sure they will make an impact.”last_img read more

Thus Barcelona dismisses Valverde: “In the final part of his second year he had two disappointments …”

first_img“The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to Ernesto Valverde for the professionalism, the commitment, dedication and always positive and close treatment He has always shown all the estates that make up the Barca family, and wishes him luck and success in the future.Ernesto Valverde has led the first team of FC Barcelona in a total of 163 official matches, with a balance of 108 wins (66.25%), 35 draws (21.47%) and 20 losses (12.26%). During this time, he has raised four titles: two leagues, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup. After a long wait, the Football Club Barcelona made official the goodbye of Ernesto Valverde as a Barca coach, while they announced Quique Setién as their substitute. In a statement published on the web explains the terms of the termination of the contract that united both parties, which highlights the “two disappointments” experienced last season, the defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League and the one suffered against Valencia in the final cup. The rest of the statement reads as follows: His stage started the summer of 2017, when he took the reins of the first team after four seasons at the helm of Athletic Club. After lose the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid In his premiere as coach Culé, he was able to drive to Barça until the League and Cup double – won against Sevilla in the Wanda Metropolitano – while in the Champions League the team fell in the quarterfinals against AS Roma.163 games as coach culéDuring its second year, FC Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup played in Tangier against Sevilla and also the league title, achieved mathematically against Levante in the Camp Nou. The final leg of the course had two disappointments: the elimination against Liverpool in the semifinals of the Champions League and the defeat in the Cup final played in Seville against Valencia.In this 2019/20 season, Barça has closed the first round as leader of the League competition – tied to points with Real Madrid – and qualified for the round of 16 in the Champions League, while last week the team fell in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético de Madrid “.last_img read more