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November 20, 2017

Recent family-related news included a story about a chance meeting in a therapist’s waiting room, progress in Australia regarding gay marriage, data regarding underage marriage in the United States, a touching animation about breaking up, and finally one stepdaughter took her relationship with her stepdad one step further.

The Other Woman Speaks Steven Kurutz, The New York Times, November 7, 2017 Sitting outside the office of a therapist, where he had gone to work through the end of his marriage, Mr. Hertwig spotted another waiting patient, a woman he recognized. More than that: He went over to her and blurted, “Are you the wife of the guy my wife is having an affair with?”… “she found talking with the husband of the woman that her husband was having an affair with more therapeutic than any therapy session.

Australia Votes for Gay Marriage, Clearing Path to Legalization Adam Baidawi and Damien Cave, The New York Times, November 14, 2017 A solid majority of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a historic survey that, while not binding, paves the way for Parliament to legally recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples.”…Alex Greenwich, a state lawmaker from New South Wales and the co-chairman of Australian Marriage Equality, an advocacy group, said the vote “shows that Australians have truly come together in support of their gay and lesbian mates and have said that everybody should be able to have the freedom to marry.”

Is It Legal For an Older Man to Court a Child Bride in the U.S.? Nurith Aizenman, The New York Times, November 15, 2017 Twenty-five states do not set a minimum age at which a person can get married, and eight more set it at an age lower than 16. Alaska and North Carolina, for example, set the age at 14. In New Hampshire it’s 13 for girls, 14 for boys.

Fight or Flight REANIMATION, Stephane Laplatte, Boris Wilmot, Thomas Vage and Yann Deval, The New York Times, November 16, 2017 As her relationship with her boyfriend was coming to an end, the writer Sarah L. Courteau grasped for a moment of tenderness between them.

At Last, Connected by Blood Amy Carleton, The New York Times, November 17, 2017 When my stepfather, Skip, learned he had Stage 4 renal failure, he had two options. One was dialysis, which would prolong his function at the current level. He refused. The other option was to receive a new kidney…So I gave him one of mine.

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