Saturday, April 21, 2012

Modern Day Adoptions

A new report shows far more open adoptions than closed.  Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gay-Marriage Law Case

From NPR:

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a gay and lesbian legal advocacy group have a told a federal appeals court panel that a federal law that denies benefits to married gay couples that heterosexual couples get is discriminatory.

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MR

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Men's Delay in Sexual Relationships

The NYT recently ran a piece about why American young men are increasingly delaying their first sexual experiences, suggesting that they are being more cautious, in part out of fear of becoming fathers too early.  Read it here.

MR

HT: SH

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Negative Impacts of Cohabitation on Marriage

A very interesting article from the NYT:

Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million. The majority of young adults in their 20s will live with a romantic partner at least once, and more than half of all marriages will be preceded by cohabitation. This shift has been attributed to the sexual revolution and the availability of birth control, and in our current economy, sharing the bills makes cohabiting appealing. But when you talk to people in their 20s, you also hear about something else: cohabitation as prophylaxis.

In a nationwide survey conducted in 2001 by the National Marriage Project, then at Rutgers and now at the University of Virginia, nearly half of 20-somethings agreed with the statement, “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together with you first, so that you could find out whether you really get along.” About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce.

But that belief is contradicted by experience. Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.

Researchers originally attributed the cohabitation effect to selection, or the idea that cohabitors were less conventional about marriage and thus more open to divorce. As cohabitation has become a norm, however, studies have shown that the effect is not entirely explained by individual characteristics like religion, education or politics. Research suggests that at least some of the risks may lie in cohabitation itself.

Read more here.

MR

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Embryo Custody in PA Court Ruling

From Philly.com:

For the first time, a Pennsylvania appeals court has confronted the complex question of who gets custody of embryos, ruling this week in favor of a Chester County woman who hopes to give birth using frozen embryos that her estranged husband wants destroyed.

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MR

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