Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education, and has expertise in bioethics and natural law theory.

My Articles

January 29, 2019, 9:11 AM EST
Recently, I heard from a woman who has a teenage daughter four years into the process of transitioning.
December 18, 2018, 10:14 AM EST
Two remarkable things took place last month in the world of biotechnology: A Chinese doctor claimed to have created two genetically modified human embryos who were successfully nurtured to birth, and the worldwide scientific community roundly rejected this experiment as a violation of ethics.
November 26, 2018, 3:39 PM EST
In Sunday’s New York Times, Andrea Long Chu writes a heartfelt and heartbreaking op-ed on life with gender dysphoria. Titled “My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy,” the op-ed reveals painful truths about many transgender lives and inadvertently communicates almost the exact opposite of its intended argument.
October 31, 2018, 9:49 AM EDT
Nancy Pelosi made headlines last week stating that if Democrats reclaim the House of Representatives, a top agenda item will be to pass laws banning disagreement on LGBT issues.
June 4, 2018, 2:30 PM EDT
Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a big win for the religious liberty of all Americans. The court made it clear that hostility toward religion has no place in America, least of all in our government.
March 9, 2018, 3:03 PM EST
Sex “reassignment” doesn’t work. It’s impossible to “reassign” someone’s sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially.
February 19, 2018, 3:30 PM EST
Parents in Ohio lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter Friday because a judge ruled that she should be allowed to receive therapy, including testosterone therapy, to identify as a boy.
February 12, 2018, 8:38 AM EST
People say that we live in a postmodern age that has rejected metaphysics. That’s not quite true.
February 1, 2018, 9:35 AM EST
Properly understanding sex, gender, gender identity, and gender dysphoria will continue to be pressing concerns in 2018.
January 22, 2018, 2:48 PM EST
Twenty-eight years ago, the release of “When Harry Met Sally” highlighted one big debate: whether men and women could really be just friends.
December 8, 2017, 3:59 PM EST
On Dec. 5, the Supreme Court heard the case of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who can’t in good conscience design and create wedding cakes that celebrate same-sex marriages. The justices now will decide whether states, consistent with the First Amendment, can force citizens to express support for same-sex marriage through their artistic products.
August 22, 2017, 4:08 PM EDT
Support for marriage as the union of husband and wife isn’t anti-gay.
July 27, 2017, 11:14 AM EDT
Trump’s announcement that it would not be feasible to open the military to personnel who identify as transgender returns the military to the policy it had always observed, before the Obama administration’s 12th-hour, politically driven imposition of a transgender agenda.
June 26, 2017, 3:40 PM EDT
The Supreme Court has the chance to protect the right to dissent and the civil liberties of those who speak and act in accord with what Americans had always previously believed about marriage—that it is the union of husband and wife.
June 23, 2017, 10:03 AM EDT
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday that a Mississippi law that protects religious liberty and the rights of conscience in light of the redefinition of marriage may go into effect.
May 8, 2017, 12:01 PM EDT
Why isn't Trump making religious freedom in America "Great Again"?
March 1, 2017, 3:44 PM EST
Liberals are calling anything they dislike “discrimination.”
February 2, 2017, 4:56 PM EST
Liberals shouldn't be concerned in the first place.
January 31, 2017, 2:54 PM EST
Trump should issue such an executive order.
November 10, 2016, 10:51 AM EST
A Trump administration can fix this right away.