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September 10, 2019

Recent family-related news included a personal take on an adult son and his step mother becoming roommates, a comic look at modern dating, a look at the question of whether rapists have the right to co-parent after the child is born, a Southern wedding venue restricts use of its space and a celebrity speaks about the importance of keeping the children out of the middle of their divorce.

Significant Mother Robert Landon, The New York Times, August 26, 2019 Beth was the author’s ex-stepmother, and they lived under the same roof in 1982 and became close. They eventually lost touch, but regained contact many years later and resumed their emotional closeness. As adults could they share a home – after all “mother” was still a part of her title?

Dating Material: Everything You’ll Need for Class This Year Olivia de Recat and Julia Edelman, The New Yorker, August 28, 2019 Dating Material” is a new monthly comic aimed at helping students of the school of modern dating navigate love and relationships.

When Your Rapist Demands Custody Michaela Haas, Mother Jones, September/October 2019 As many as 32,000 women get pregnant through rape every year, and at least one-third decide to raise the baby instead of getting an abortion or choosing adoption. But because more than a third of all states do not terminate an assailant’s custody rights unless he’s been convicted of felony sexual assault, the women who make that choice can be forced to co-parent with their rapist.

Mississippi Wedding Venue Refused Mixed Race Couple Citing ‘Our Christian Race’ Jennifer Doherty, Newsweek, September 2, 2019 In a Facebook video posted Saturday, the owner of Boone’s Camp Event Hall in Booneville, Mississippi, tells the family of a would-be client “First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race — I mean, our Christian beliefs.”

Wendy Williams talks about divorce and new dating life: ‘I’m a wife, not a girlfriend’ Joanna Rosa, ABCNews, September 5, 2019 Despite the hardships Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter had in their relationship, Williams refused to publicly badmouth Hunter as they’re co-parenting their 19-year-old son, Kevin Jr., together. “You just can’t throw away 25 years and then start talking recklessly about the other person,” she said. “Otherwise, what does that say about you?”

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