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May 19, 2019

Recent family-related news included nuptials on the NYC subway, Mr. Ratburn ties the knot, an in-depth look at long distance relationships now and in the past, the citizenship of a child of a same-sex couple is questioned, and Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

Couple Ties the Knot on the Q Train ABC7, May 11, 2019 Two U.S. Army soldiers who met while serving recently got married on a Q Train. Robert Musso boarded a Manhattan-bound train at the Barclays Center late Saturday afternoon. He picked up Francis Denmark at the DeKalb station, and a justice of peace (some of us may recognize from NYC Family Court) was there to officiate their wedding.

PBS Kids Arthur Opens Season With a Same-Sex Wedding and a Cake Sandra E. Garcia, The New York Times, May 14, 2019 “PBS Kids programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation,” Maria Vera Whelan, the senior director of marketing, communications and social media for children’s media and education at PBS, said in a statement. “We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS Kids every day.”

The New Long Distance Relationship Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, May 14, 2019 Though long-distance relationships differ in so many different ways that it’s reductive to lump them together, two paradoxical findings commonly emerge in the research on them: People living in different places than their partner tend to have more stable and committed relationships — and yet, when they do finally start living in the same place, they’re more likely to break up than couples who’d been co-located all along.

The Trump Administration is Denying Citizenship to the Children of Same-Sex Couples Because They Were Born ‘Out of Wedlock’ Susanna Heller, Business Insider, May 15, 2019 Roee and Adiel Kiviti have been married almost six years and live in the United States. They are both American citizens, as is their 2-year-old son, Lev. However, they say their infant daughter, Kessem, has been denied birthright citizenship under a State Department policy that considers her “born out of wedlock.” Both children were born in Canada using an egg donor and a surrogate mother.

Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Historic First for Asia Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, May 17, 2019 Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation. The vote came almost two years after the island’s Constitutional Court ruled that the existing law — which said marriage was between a man and a woman — was unconstitutional. The panel of judges gave the island’s parliament two years to amend or enact new laws.

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