Lynn D. Wardle is the Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at Brigham Young University.  He is author or editor of numerous books and law review articles mostly about family, biomedical ethics and conflict of laws policy issues. His publications present only his personal (not institutional) views.

My Articles

September 26, 2017, 12:20 PM EDT
In American family law, there are profound differences between the “horizontal” relations of adult partners (marriage, domestic partnerships, etc.) and the “vertical” relations of adults and children (parentage, guardianship, etc.). The focus of marriage is on the union of equals. The focus of parentage is on protection by adults of vulnerable dependent children. Sadly, some courts conflate those two different types of family relationships and ignore the distinctions between them.
August 15, 2017, 4:09 PM EDT
The Democratic Party has been debating whether support for abortion should be a litmus test for any candidate representing or receiving the support of the Democratic Party.  The debate began when the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Representative Ben Ray Luján, said in an interview that the Democrats will fund pro-life candidates in conservative districts, citing the party’s need to build “a broad coalition” to win control of Congress in 2018.
July 18, 2017, 10:21 AM EDT
Parentlessness is a great problem of both domestic and global concern.
June 28, 2017, 10:09 AM EDT
President Trump must continue without delay to nominate qualified candidates to fill the nearly 130 federal judicial vacancies.
June 14, 2017, 9:52 AM EDT
We can best honor Loving by repudiating Obergefell and same-sex marriage.
May 31, 2017, 12:32 PM EDT
The promotion of pro-marriage and pro-marital-family policies needs to be a matter of priority in our state and national laws and governmental agencies.
May 5, 2017, 2:28 PM EDT
The parens patriae authority of the state exists to protect those who are unable to protect themselves – including unborn children.
April 25, 2017, 12:37 PM EDT
The profound moral dilemmas that MAID creates are significant.
April 18, 2017, 11:00 AM EDT
Where to begin? 
March 9, 2017, 4:24 PM EST
Liberals used to claim to be defenders of the First Amendment.
March 2, 2017, 10:27 AM EST
Her inappropriate criticism cannot continue.
February 24, 2017, 2:36 PM EST
America must find a way to make marriage great again!
February 15, 2017, 11:33 AM EST
The speed with which these courts acted against Trump is disconcerting. 
February 7, 2017, 10:30 AM EST
Roe v. Wade really is very unpopular.
January 27, 2017, 3:04 PM EST
So we live in interesting times, indeed.
January 26, 2017, 9:42 AM EST
The Obergefell ruling seems to support a claim for polygamous marriages.
December 12, 2016, 11:59 AM EST
Children benefit most when raised by both a mother and a father. 
December 2, 2016, 12:40 PM EST
Another example of pro-abortion politics at its worst.
November 17, 2016, 2:59 PM EST
Judge Garland has been the victim of circumstances beyond his control.
November 7, 2016, 8:49 AM EST
Judge's unnecessary rudeness was inappropriate for a man of his reputation.