Recent family-related news included an in-depth look at statistics around marriage and parenting in the United States, a study concerning the trend of millennials to delay marriage, a controversial practice in a Kiev clinic regarding incorporating DNA from three parents when assisting infertile couples, a complex divorce that spans different countries and centers around a $500 million yacht and the Supreme Court tackles the issue on whether businesses can discriminate against gay parents by invoking the first amendment.
The Changing Profile of Unmarried Parents Gretchen Livingston, Pew Social Trends, April 25, 2018 One-in-four parents living with a child in the United States today are unmarried… Driven by declines in marriage overall, as well as increases in births outside of marriage, this marks a dramatic change from a half-century ago, when fewer than one-in-ten parents living with their children were unmarried (7%).
Put a Ring on It? Millennials Couples are in No Hurry Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, May 29, 2018 The eHarmony report on relationships found that American couples aged 25 to 34 knew each other for an average of six and a half years before marrying, compared with an average of five years for all other age groups… Both men and women now tend to want to advance their careers before settling down. Many are carrying student debt and worry about the high cost of housing.
Clinic Claims Success in Making Babies with 3 Parents’ DNA Rob Stein, NPR, June 6, 2018 In a clinic in Kiev, doctors are using DNA from three different people to create babies for women who are infertile…These babies end up with DNA from three different people: the woman trying to have a baby; her male partner; and the egg donor who has provided 37 mitochondrial genes… Some worry the procedure may open the door to “designer babies.”
A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Dollar Yacht is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce David Segal, The New York Times, June 6, 2018 With a spa, a swimming pool, two heliports and room for 18 guests, the Luna is more like a floating luxury villa than a yacht… It now sits in a dry dock in Dubai, the most fought-over prize in what has been called Britain’s most expensive divorce.
In Narrow Decision the Supreme Court Sides with Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple Adam Liptak, The New York Times, June 4, 2018 The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court’s decision was narrow, and it left open the larger question of whether a business can discriminate against gay men and lesbians based on rights protected by the First Amendment.
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