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July 22, 2020 Roundup

Recent family-related news included domestic violence victims in the U.K suffering catastrophic consequences due to cuts in services, the great importance of communication for interracial couples, complications for international couples due to the coronavirus, struggles for a married lesbian couple despite the recent Supreme Court ruling and despite the broadening definition of family to include more than two parents, complications still exist.

As Domestic Abuse Rises, U.K. Failings Leave Victims in Peril Amanda Taub and Jane Bradley, The New York Times, July 2, 2020 The British government, after failing to heed early warnings that domestic abuse would soar during the coronavirus lockdown, is still struggling to adequately respond more than four months later. For victims trapped with their abusers, the consequences have been catastrophic…When the pandemic hit, front-line services were already under pressure from years of austerity. Private charities, which play a leading role in providing help, had lost funding. Shelters had been forced to close. Budget cuts left police departments struggling.

For Interracial Couples, Advocacy Is a Love Language Brianna Holt, The New York Times, July 2, 2020 Having tough conversations about racism, police brutality and current events aren’t an option for Black and white couples — they’re essential…A lucid understanding of the trials and tribulations that Black people face in America is one that is not easy to grasp, but close-knit relationships have proven to create understanding and heightened awareness for non-Black partners.

For Cross-Border Couples, Plans to Reunite Are Still On Hold Tammy La Gorce, The New York Times, July 7, 2020 Though the land border within Canada is closed, making driving or walking over for nonessential reasons a violation, flights arriving from Canada are allowed. This has eased the burden of enforced separation for some couples…

Music, Marriage, a Happy Life in the Church. Now, Harder Times Kathleen Gray, The New York Times, Updated July 8, 2020 Terry Gonda, a music director at her parish near Detroit, was told she would be fired because she is married to a woman. Days later came the Supreme Court ruling on L.G.B.T.Q. workplace rights. Ms. Gonda said that she thought the Supreme Court ruling might give the archdiocese pause before going through with firing her, but she didn’t expect it because of ministerial exemptions to workplace civil rights protections. What she finds galling is that instead of just not renewing her contract when it expired on June 30, the church is choosing to fire her instead.

Two Dads; One Mom: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Patricia Fersch, Forbes, July 13, 2020 In 2017, courts in at least twelve states had said that children can have more than two parents….The trend is towards broadening the definition of family nationally to include more than two parents. How it all works out for the children and the parents is yet to be determined.

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