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June 23, 2019

Recent family-related news included research on the importance of healthy relationships and tips to strengthen your bond with your partner, Ecuador recognizes same-sex marriage, personal reflections on being a long distance dad after a divorce and a declaration of a changed sexual orientation, a local celebration in recognition of the landmark Supreme Court case “Loving,” and a photographic essay looking at fatherhood created by an artist who was raised by a single mother.

For a Better Relationship, Try the 7-Day Love Challenge Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, June 11, 2019 Research shows that high-conflict partnerships without much affection are bad for us, while living with a warm, loving relationship seems to protect our health… Take the seven day challenge… and also click through this link for a Ted talk on the Harvard study that tracked nearly 800 men for more than 75 years focusing on this issue.

Ecuador’s Highest Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Kara Fox and Ana Melgar Zuniga, CNN, June 13, 2019 Ecuador’s highest court has ruled to recognize same-sex marriage, marking a watershed moment for LGBTQ rights in the Catholic-majority country. Ecuador’s LGBTQ movements have accomplished some victories over the years, notably through a 2008 constitutional protection that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, only a handful of countries in South America have legalized same-sex marriage, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

A Dad by Any Other Name William Dameron, The New York Times, June 14, 2019 “It’s difficult enough to navigate the turbulent waters of the post-divorce relationship with your children. But mine was complicated even more so by the 700 miles between us when my ex-wife and daughters moved away, and the gulf of acceptance my daughters would need to cross after the revelation of my sexual orientation.”

Riverhead’s First ‘Loving Day’ Celebrated with Film, Music and Spoken Word Denise Civiletti, Riverheadlocal, June 14, 2019 The June 12, 1967 US Supreme Court ruling in the “Loving” case overturned miscegenation laws in Virginia and 15 other states. The court held that “marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.” To deny that right on the basis of a racial classification violates the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, the court ruled… “Loving Day” started in 2004 as a graduate thesis by a student at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City and this year a Long Island community commemorated it at an event in Riverhead.

Tracing the Expanding Definition of Fatherhood Cameron Pollack, NPR, June 14, 2019 In 2012, Brooklyn-based photographer Dirk Anschütz became a father and the shift in his life was enormous. Anschütz was raised by a single mother and after his son Ray’s birth, Anschütz says he didn’t have a male parenting role model. This led to a curiosity about how other dads were raising their kids; curiosity that resulted in a six-year portrait project called “Fathers and Sons.”

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