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May 27, 2019

Recent family-related news included an interview with the first legally married couple in the United States, expansion of Sesame Street programming for children who have experienced trauma, the growing popularity of weekday weddings, a look at the impact on a heterosexual marriage when the woman earns more than the man and a report on the recent Irish referendum on same sex marriage.

The 1st Legally Married Same-Sex Couple ‘Wanted To Lead By Example’ Victoria Whitley-Berry, NPR, May 17, 2019 Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish didn’t set out to make headlines when they got married on May 17, 2004 …That morning, McCloskey and Kadish were the first same-sex couple to get legally married in the U.S. after being together for nearly 20 years. “We felt we were married already,” Kadish tells Morning Edition host Rachel Martin. “This was just making it legal.”

‘For-Now Parents’ and ‘Big Feelings’: How Sesame Street Talks About Trauma Julie Beck, The Atlantic, May 20, 2019 Foster-care resources — which include an interactive storybook and printable activities, as well as videos featuring Muppets — are the latest in a series of packages that Sesame Workshop is producing to support kids going through traumatic experiences. Sesame picked three issues to focus on — homelessness, foster care and substance abuse. Many of the resources emphasize the importance of relying on a broader community for support and activities such as breathing exercises and artistic expression show up repeatedly.

The Couples Who Get Married on a Weekday Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, May, 23, 2019 According to data from the 2018 Real Weddings study, conducted by the wedding-planning website The Knot, approximately one in five weddings has taken place on a Monday through Friday for the past seven years. American weddings are transforming to reflect the individual tastes of brides and grooms, and when they take place is just one variable that engaged couples today feel empowered to customize.

Changing This One Thing in Your Marriage Dramatically Increases the Risk of Divorce Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch, May 24, 2019 The financial gender balance within marriage seems to be changing at a faster pace than society’s attitudes about successful women. Some academic research suggest that heterosexual couples are more likely to split up and less likely to marry when the husband earns less …People’s attitude about finance and romance also seems to change during the second or third marriage.

Divorce Referendum: Ireland Votes to Liberalize Laws BBC News, May 26, 2109 People in the Republic of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly in favor of liberalizing divorce laws in a referendum held on Friday. The Constitution currently states that spouses must be separated for four of the previous five years to divorce. But that clause will now be removed, allowing the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) to decide a new separation period before divorce is allowed.

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