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March 31, 2019

Recent family-related news included a new spin on the concept of a honeymoon, a guide to a happier divorce, adoption agencies in Michigan no longer permitted to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals, pressure to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland and sex outside of marriage is decriminalized in Utah.

Until Honeymoon We Do Part Danielle Braff, The New York Times, March 13, 2019 Today some couples are taking separate honeymoons, otherwise known as solomoons or unimoons… According to Jessica Carbino, an online dating expert and sociologist: “Given the recognition that for most couples today, marriage and partnership is considered all-consuming… perhaps separate vacations is a recognition among some couples that all expectations cannot be met by a single person.”

Be Honest, Be Kind: Five Lessons from an Amicable Divorce Kate Gunn, The Guardian, March 16, 2019 “The secret was that those five years of untangling our lives weren’t just about the nuts and bolts of separation and divorce — they were about building up a new friendship, too. It may seem extreme to talk about friendship in the same breath as divorce but, while it wasn’t easy, by remaining friends, life is now so much better for all of us.”

State-Funded Adoption Agencies in Michigan Barred from Refusing LGBTQ Parents Vanessa Romo, NPR, March 22, 2019 Faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan that benefit from taxpayer funding will no longer be allowed to legally turn away same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals based on religious objection, under the terms of a settlement in a lawsuit alleging the practice constituted discrimination.

Same-Sex Marriage and Northern Ireland The Guardian, March 28, 2019 Friday, March 29, marks five years since the first same-sex weddings in the UK. A cause for genuine celebration, it also serves as reminder of the continuing exclusion of the LGBT community in Northern Ireland… Northern Ireland’s same-sex couples are being denied the simple right to marry, despite overwhelming support among the public as well as the backing of at least 55 of the 90 assembly members.

Utah Repeals 1973 Law That Criminalized Sex Outside of Marriage Sasha Ingber, NPR, March 29, 2019 Utah’s 1973 fornication law designated sex outside of marriage as a class B misdemeanor. The act carried a possible penalty of up to six months in jail or a maximum fine of $1,000… Utah was among only a few states that retained these laws.

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