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March 23, 2021 Roundup

Recent family-related news included Japan taking an important step in recognizing same-sex marriage and insights from young people on the subjects of marriage and divorce. Other important family news included the argument that “coercive control” must be recognized as a crime and a look at the additional stress of divorcing someone who has mental illness.

My Two-House, Duffel-Bag Life Natalie Muñoz, The New York Times, March 5, 2021 Thoughts from the 15-year-old author include: “Processing a parents’ divorce for any child, but especially for an only child, is a lot like going through the stages of grief…The divorce, to me, felt as if some imaginary family member had died, someone I didn’t even realize existed yet held the singular role of binding our family together.”

The Marriage Pact Sarah Gonzalez & Alex Mayyas, NPR, March 5, 2021 This 20 minute Planet Money segment delves into a love matching system designed by students at Stanford University and now in use at several universities. The idea of this project is to match every student on campus with their perfect partner, using an algorithm.

In Landmark Ruling, Court Says Japan’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional Rachel Treisman, NPR, March 17, 2021 A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a landmark decision that supporters hope will pave the way for marriage equality in the only G-7 nation to not fully recognize same-sex partnerships.

Divorcing Someone with Mental Illness Katherine Miller, Divorce Magazine, March 17, 2021 Divorce is rarely an easy thing to experience. However, when you’re divorcing someone with mental illness, it can be even more difficult. The author stresses: “The one thing that is definitely not going to work is trying to get the other person to change…”

Domestic Violence: Coercion And Control Equates To A Loss Of Liberty, Sense Of Self And Dignity For Women Patricia Fersch, Forbes, March 19, 2021 The author makes a compelling argument regarding treating “coercive control” as a crime: “While all forms of abuse are about power and control, coercive control is a strategic form of ongoing oppression and terrorism that invades all arenas of women’s activity by limiting access to money and other basic resources…Courts must recognize this form of abuse as readily as they can see bruises, cuts and broken bones and take the necessary legal steps to remove these abusers from their victims, homes, neighborhoods, places of work and schools.”

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