What’s best for children?

Flawed Studies Seek to Push Gay ‘Marriage’ Agenda

You may have heard headlines this week like “Children of Same Sex Couples are Happier and Healthier than Peers, Research Shows” (from the Washington Post) reporting on a new study that supposedly shows that children with gay parents fare better. Sadly the headline is yet another example of the biased media pushing their agenda of redefining marriage. University of Texas Professor Mark Regnerus, who has done some groundbreaking research on this issue, has a great read on why this study is “suspect science.” His critiques show why these studies (and the media’s misreporting on them) simply can’t be trusted. Read Regnerus’ response here.

The reality is a long line of research has concluded that the intact married family, with a mother and father, is the safest and best environment to raise children. Regnerus’ own study, based on a large random sample of young adults that looked at a wide range of 40 developmental outcomes, found that in a majority of the outcomes children raised by their married biological parents had better outcomes than children raised by homosexual parents. Read more.

Texas Values is currently working on a Amicus Brief on this issue in the defense of Texas’ Marriage Laws that will be filed in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is expected to hear oral arguments on this case later this year.

Spirit Fest 2014 is November 23, Tickets on Sale Now

Texas Values is once again sponsoring a booth at Spirit Fest 2014 that will be held on Sunday, November 23 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Spirit Fest is Central Texas’ largest family friendly festival with many great Christian music artists performing, including Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Building 429 and many more. The event starts at 1 PM and will feature a Family Fun Zone, two stages for Christian artists to perform, and much more. SpiritFest is an event led by Spirit 105.9 radio station in Central Texas. Let’s support the freedom to hear Christian music on the radio and live in person!

This is a great family event that you will not want to miss. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Kelly Shackelford on “In Touch”

Liberty Institute President and CEO Kelly Shackelford, who is a board member of Texas Values, was a recent guest on “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley”—the media outreach ministry of First Baptist Church Atlanta. Kelly spoke about the work of preventing religious discrimination and defending your religious rights in our schools, our churches, our military, and throughout the public arena. Watch the video and be inspired to defend your faith.

Intern for Texas Values in Austin

Are you interested in joining us in standing for faith, family, and freedom in Texas? Do you share our passion for securing religious liberty, protecting marriage and family, and defending the unborn? The Texas Values team is seeking motivated individuals to intern and volunteer in our Austin office for our growing efforts. Interns must have a passion to promote biblical values and have a desire to learn more about public policy and the political process in Texas. Find out more.


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