Marriage/Committed Relationships (societal aspects)
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 19, 2013 Military Rules Leave Gay Spouses Out in Cold
QUOTE: Gay marriage is now legal in nine states and in Washington, D.C. But because same-sex marriages are not recognized under federal law, the spouses of gay service members are barred from receiving medical and dental insurance and surviving spouse benefits and are not allowed to receive treatment in military medical facilities. Spouses are also barred from receiving military identification cards, which provide access to many community activities and services on base, including movie theaters, day care centers, gyms and commissaries.
New York Times Dec 09, 2012 Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into Overdrive
QUOTE: The speed with which the court is moving has some gay rights advocates bracing for a split decision. The court could strike down the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide. At the same time, it could reject the idea that the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide....However the court rules in the California case, its very decision to consider it is a change from the caution of an earlier era.
New York Times Dec 05, 2012 Rape is shredding Syria's social fabric
QUOTE: Honor killings, forced marriages and divorce are just a few of the ways shame is destroying lives in Syria. There is also suicide when the shame becomes too much to bear....The unending "dishonor" and manipulation of Syrians through sexualized violence is committed by all sides, although the majority of our reports indicate government perpetrators.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 17, 2012 My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’
QUOTE: The fact of the matter is, we all pick and choose. We’re all selective in our interpretation and application of the biblical text. The better question to ask one another is why we pick and choose the way that we do, why we emphasis some passages and not others.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 14, 2012 Adultery, an Ancient Crime That Remains on Many Books
QUOTE: This is yet another example of American exceptionalism: in nearly the entire rest of the industrialized world, adultery is not covered by the criminal code. Like other state laws related to sex — sodomy, fornication, rape — adultery laws extend back to the Old Testament, onetime capital offenses stemming at least partly from a concern about male property.
New York Times Nov 11, 2012 Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer
QUOTE: The new accounts of the events that led to Mr. Petraeus’s sudden resignation on Friday shed light on the competing pressures facing F.B.I. agents who recognized the high stakes of any investigation involving the C.I.A. director but who were wary of exposing a private affair with no criminal or security implications.
New York Times Jun 21, 2012 Elite Women Put a New Spin on an Old Debate
QUOTE: The article in The Atlantic, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor who recently left a job at the State Department, added to a renewed feminist conversation that is bringing fresh twists to bear on longstanding concerns about status, opportunity and family. Unlike earlier iterations, it is being led not by agitators who are out of power, but by elite women at the top of their fields, like the comedian Tina Fey, the Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and now Ms. Slaughter. In contrast to some earlier barrier-breakers from Gloria Steinem to Condoleezza Rice, these women have children, along with husbands who do as much child-rearing as they do, or more.
New York Times May 11, 2012 Same-Sex Marriage Activists Look to Law
QUOTE: Several cases are winding their way through the judicial system, most of which challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The myriad indignities that gay couples and their families regularly encounter are one reason many of them say they are fighting to dismantle the law. But the financial burden they also bear can be measured. And several court cases put that into stark focus.
New York Times May 09, 2012 North Carolina's ban on gay marriage sparks cheers, jeers
QUOTE: North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 08, 2012 Tortured Afghan teen on attackers: 'The same should be done to them'
QUOTE: Under Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, women were banned from classrooms, politics or employment. Women who wanted to leave home had to be escorted by a male relative and were forced to wear burqas. Those who disobeyed were publicly beaten....Rights groups have cited advances since then....But stories of honor killings, poisoned wells at girls schools and disfigurements persist.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 11, 2012 New law stops injustice of paying alimony forever
QUOTE: ...I didn't know it was common for ex-wives to go back to court when a former spouse got married and get an increase in alimony if the new wife added income to the marriage. I also discovered that the lower-earning spouse needed to be supported to the standard of the lifestyle of the marriage -- and that judges could not put an end date to alimony, even for short-term marriages.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 09, 2012 New alimony law is bad for women
QUOTE: First the (oversimplified) basics: The new law decides whether alimony will be granted, if at all, based not on a wide variety of criteria -- such as the value of the nonworking spouse's contributions to the marriage -- but on how many years the couple stayed married and how much money the working spouse made during the marriage.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 30, 2011 In Afghanistan, Rage at Young Lovers
QUOTE: It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart...An angry crowd of 300 surged around them, calling them adulterers and demanding that they be stoned to death or hanged.
New York Times Jul 11, 2011 Polygamist, Under Scrutiny in Utah, Plans Suit to Challenge Law
QUOTE: The lawsuit is not demanding that states recognize polygamous marriage. Instead...will ask the federal courts to tell states that they cannot punish polygamists for their own “intimate conduct” so long as they are not breaking other laws, like those regarding child abuse, incest or seeking multiple marriage licenses.
New York Times Jul 08, 2011 As Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal, Some Choices May Be Lost
QUOTE: Now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in New York, at least a few large companies are requiring their employees to tie the knot if they want their partners to qualify for health insurance....But some gay and lesbian advocates are arguing that the change may have come too soon: some couples may face complications, since their unions are not recognized by the federal government.
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law
QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...
New York Times May 21, 2011 Not Going to the Chapel
QUOTE: I’m boycotting all heterosexual weddings. How utterly absurd to celebrate an institution that I am banned from in most of the country...Do devout evangelicals crash couple-swapping parties? Do undocumented immigrants march in Minuteman rallies?
New York Times May 11, 2011 Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading'
QUOTE: Intricate beaded necklaces are a symbol of the Kenyan nation. But to young Samburu girls, the necklaces are a symbol not of national pride, but something much darker, that can lead to rape, unwanted pregnancies -- and even the deaths of newborns...
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 29, 2011 Confusion Over Policy on Married Gay Immigrants
QUOTE: While it is routine for American citizens in heterosexual couples to obtain green cards for their foreign spouses, the Defense of Marriage Act has barred such status for immigrants in same-sex marriages... President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that the administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, although it would continue to enforce the law...
New York Times Mar 27, 2011 The Dissident's Wife
QUOTE: A human rights group reports that more than a hundred bloggers and rights advocates have been interrogated or detained in connection to the “Jasmine Revolution...” The Chinese government must not be allowed to claim that China is a nation operating under the rule of law while persecuting those who try to ensure that it respects the law. And when the government silences dissent, the international community must speak up.
New York Times Mar 11, 2011 Same-Sex Marriage Bill Falls Short in Maryland
QUOTE: Lawmakers in Maryland on Friday failed to gather enough votes to pass a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry, withdrawing it from consideration after hours of emotional debate and effectively killing the bill’s chances for passage this year... The National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council, both highlighted African-American and religious opponents of the bill as central to its defeat.
New York Times Jun 21, 2010 Gay Workers Will Get Time to Care for Partner’s Sick Child
QUOTE: President Obama will soon expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners...
New York Times May 18, 2010 All the Single Ladies
QUOTE: White House officials were so eager to squash any speculation that Elena Kagan was gay that they have ended up in a pre-feminist fugue, going with sad unmarried rather than fun single, spinning that she’s a spinster.
New York Times May 03, 2010 Serious legal hurdles for gay divorce
QUOTE: While the District and five states have legalized same-sex marriage and consequently allow divorces, granting same-sex divorce elsewhere is often murky. As married same-sex couples cross into states that explicitly ban or don't recognize gay marriage, they face a dilemma.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 16, 2010 In Hospital Decision, Obama Finds Safe Ground on Gay Rights
QUOTE: President Obama has found a way to support gay rights that least offends those who oppose them. Allowing same-sex partners the same rights as straight couples to visit and make medical decisions for their hospitalized loved ones enjoys broad public backing, even as the country remains polarized over the question of marriage rights for gay men and lesbians.
New York Times Jun 24, 2009 Will Congress End the Immigration 'Widow Penalty'?
QUOTE: While the Veteran Affairs Department deemed the Russian immigrant [Natalia Goukassian] (not yet a legal resident) eligible for surviving-spouse benefits, immigration officials at Homeland Security took a very different view: at Natalia's interview for legal residence the next year, she was told that because she hadn't been married long enough before Tigran [her American husband] died, she would be deported.
Time Magazine May 11, 2009 'I do' also means 'I'll pay': After you're married, it's too late. You're just as responsible for his debts as you are for your own.
QUOTE: once you are married, you will be joining your two lives together financially and otherwise. Even though you may not be financially responsible, you will be intimately involved with the person who is. In other words, if there is no money to pay them, the medical bills that need to be paid and the stress that accompanies being in debt will affect your life, too.
Bankrate.com Dec 30, 2008 Fighting War -- and for Custody: Deployment Used In Battles for Kids
QUOTE: The military does not track statistics on custody disputes, but as military divorce rates rise -- particularly among enlisted female troops such as Greer -- so do child custody struggles in which military service overseas has become a wedge issue....Female troops may be particularly at risk, because mothers are more likely to have custody of children after a divorce.
Washington Post Dec 23, 2008 Saudi judge refuses to annul marriage of girl, 8
QUOTE: A Saudi judge recently refused to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man -- a union apparently arranged by the girl's father to settle his debts...
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 07, 2008 Iraqi Women, Figting for a Voice; Activists Confront Dual Powers of Religion, Tribalism
QUOTE: In their quest for stability in Iraq, U.S. officials have empowered tribal and religious leaders, Sunni and Shiite, who reject the secularism that Saddam Hussein once largely maintained. These leaders have imposed strict interpretations of Islam and enforced tribal codes that female activists say limit their freedom and encourage violence against them.
Washington Post Nov 22, 2008 Can Love Conquer Caste? Indian Government Supports Mixed Unions, But Couples Who Defy System Face Violence
QUOTE: Even though India legalized inter-caste marriage more than 50 years ago, newlyweds are still threatened by violence, most often from their families. As more young urban and small-town Indians start to rebel and choose mates outside of arranged marriages and caste commandments, killings of inter-caste couples have increased...
Washington Post Nov 05, 2008 Left at the Altar: What happens now to gay marriage, in California and elsewhere?
QUOTE: On Tuesday, California voters passed Proposition 8, the amendment to the state constitution that eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry, scuttling a California Supreme Court ruling in May that granted that right.
Slate Aug 30, 2008 In Israel, A Clash Over Who Is a Jew: Ultra-Orthodox Contest Conversions
QUOTE: On one side are ultra-Orthodox leaders who are using their long-standing dominance of Israel's rabbinical court system -- which has authority over marriages, divorces and conversions -- to tighten restrictions governing who can become Jewish...Those on the other side are much more concerned with demographics...
Washington Post Aug 22, 2008 Yemen confronts plight of child brides: Widespread poverty and deep-rooted tradition keep young girls at risk for early marriage.
QUOTE: UNICEF warns that soaring inflation rates and high food prices threaten to turn increasing numbers of young girls into child brides, as families struggle to survive.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 19, 2008 Leave the Wives Alone, Candidates Say (The Caucus)
QUOTE: “I think families are off limits,” Mr. Obama said, speaking in Taylor, Mich. “I would never consider making Cindy McCain a campaign issue. And if I saw people doing it, I would speak out against it. The fact that I haven’t seen that from John McCain is, I think, a deep disappointment.”
New York Times Jun 16, 2008 Divide and Conquer (Equal Parenting)
QUOTE: The power of lists depends on how you use them. And the discomfort so many of us feel about the approach of many couples in this article, I think, is a fear of my first kind of list. The kind that is built on resentment and that creates obligation....But what I realized during the months I spent with these couples is that they didn’t use their lists (mental or physical) this way. Instead of creating bickering, their lists ended it. They decided what stuff went in whose basket of responsibility, and they trusted their partners to do what was in his or her bucket.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Battle over gay marriage renewed on California ballot
QUOTE: As California on Monday becomes the second state to join gay couples in matrimony, opponents say efforts to reverse it will be tougher than in the past. They collected enough signatures to include a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on the November ballot, but the vote comes as polls show growing acceptance of gays and more states extend benefits to same-sex couples.
USA TODAY Jun 11, 2008 Operation Lets Muslim Women Reclaim Virginity
QUOTE: The domestic drama has gripped France. The groom, an unidentified engineer in his 30s, left the nuptial bed and announced to the still partying wedding guests that his bride had lied...The next day, he approached a lawyer about annulling the marriage. The bride, then a nursing student in her 20s, confessed and agreed to an annulment...In secular, republican France, the case touches on several delicate subjects: the intrusion of religion into daily life; the grounds for dissolution of a marriage; and the equality of the sexes.
New York Times May 29, 2008 New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere
QUOTE: In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.”
New York Times May 21, 2008 Social workers turned away from FLDS ranch
QUOTE: "CPS had believed all children had been removed as authorized by a state district judge," agency spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said. "This morning, along with law enforcement, we went to the ranch to make some initial inquiries, and we are now conferring with law enforcement."
CNN (Cable News Network) May 15, 2008 California ban on same-sex marriage struck down
QUOTE: In a 4-3 120-page ruling issue, the justices wrote that "responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation."
CNN (Cable News Network) May 05, 2008 Polygamy roll shows 21 wives for one member
QUOTE: attorneys for the sect argued against a court review of the documents, claiming the documents should remain private under First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association....The ages of the wives and their children are critical to investigators, who believe that underage girls were routinely married and forced to have sex with older men.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 17, 2008 Ex-sect members escape polygamy but not pain
QUOTE: Religion...is also used to validate the brainwashing and, in some cases, physical abuse employed to keep women and children submissive, said Marci Hamilton, author of "Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children." The women are wholly dependent on the patriarchal community, Hamilton said. They often lack education and marketable skills, and they're told of "terrible forces outside the compound," namely evil people who wish them harm, she said.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 11, 2008 Politics, and Scandal, as Usual
QUOTE: Sexual missteps among politicians are nothing peculiar to the United States...But they seem to reach more absurdist proportions in this country, and have almost the quality of a catch-me-if-you-can game at a time when private borders have gotten extremely porous.
New York Times Feb 23, 2008 In Thriving India, Wedding Sleuths Find Their Niche
QUOTE: In India, hiring a wedding detective...has become a common prenuptial ritual. Private sleuths have been in business here for several years, but today their services are more crucial than ever. As India's middle and upper classes grow, so too do the dowries given to grooms by brides' families. Those dowries, in turn, have boosted the incentive for fraud.
Washington Post Feb 20, 2008 Commission Report Cites Flaws in New Jersey Civil Union Law
QUOTE: ...in highlighting problems encountered by hundreds of the nearly 2,400 couples who have obtained civil unions in the year since they were created, the report suggested that the [New Jersey] law is not fulfilling its mandate of providing same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexuals.
New York Times Feb 14, 2008 2 Sue to Void Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
QUOTE: Earlier this week, [a lesbian couple] filed a motion with the court claiming that Amendment 43, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, violated their constitutional right to equal protection.
New York Times Jan 23, 2008 Va. Student's Snow-Day Plea Triggers an Online Storm
QUOTE: ...a phone call to a Fairfax County public school administrator's home last week about a snow day...has taken on a life of its own. Through the ubiquity of Facebook and YouTube, the call has become a rallying cry for students' First Amendment rights, and it shows that the generation gap has become a technological chasm.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2007 Drawing a Line Between Enduring Harm and Legitimate Fear (Sidebar)
QUOTE: The board acknowledged, for instance, that women who have been subjected to forced sterilization are routinely granted asylum even though that procedure, like genital cutting, cannot be repeated. The board, which is part of the Justice Department, rejected the reasoning of a 2005 decision by the federal appeals court in California, which refused to deport a woman who had been subjected to genital cutting in Somalia.
New York Times Oct 12, 2007 Legal or Not, Abortion Rates Compare
QUOTE: A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women seeking it.
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