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A “State of the Union” Report: Understanding Dialogue on Same-Sex Marriage

Last week, yet another step toward the inevitable legalization of same-sex marriage took place in Washington, D.C. That is an odd masthead to an article discussing same-sex marriage from the “conservative” perspective. The posturing in recent days has been of either embitterment or sullenness.  Facebook was practically awash with red equals signs; less present, but [...]

The End and the Means: Thinking About HB 1150 and the Nondiscrimination Policy

As of Monday, March 25, Tennessee State Representative Mark Pody has decided to drop a controversial bill relating to Vanderbilt University’s recently instituted nondiscrimination policy. The bill (HB 1150/SB 1241), which would have rendered Vanderbilt’s police force unable to legally make arrests or otherwise carry out its regular duties, is only the latest of several [...]

Prop 8 Reaches the Supreme Court: What the Decision Means for the GOP

preme Court of the United States will have a number of choices in its decision on California’s hotly contested Proposition 8. The amendment, which was passed during the state elections of 2008 and added to the California Constitution, provides that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” While [...]

Anchor Link Raises Privacy Concerns: Why the New System Goes too Far

Anchor link is certainly transforming the relationship between Vanderbilt University and student organizations.  In case you haven’t been bombarded by information about Anchor Link or just did not care about what Anchor Link is, it is a student involvement website that allows students to become more involved with and manage their extracurricular activities. It is [...]

The New Gun Control Debate

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, permanently altered the dynamic of the gun control debate in America in a way that other recent mass shootings simply could not. No, it may not have had the shock factor that Aurora had, as Sandy Hook was not our first experience with a school [...]

A House Divided? Pope Benedict’s Resignation Bears Consequences For Spiritual and Secular Alike

On February 11th of this year, Pope Benedict XVI made an unprecedented announcement that rocked both the secular and the spiritual communities—that as of February 28, he would no longer hold the office of pope. Stepping down in the name of his health and advancing age—and, some say, due to the stress of several recent [...]

Gun Control in the Wake of Tragedy: Congress’ Inability to Compromise Leaves Children at Risk

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of twenty young children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary school on December 14th, 2012, there has been an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy, grief, and support from people all over the United States and the world. Along with this [...]