Archive, March 2013.

Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. However, five Supreme Court justices are now arguing about striking down the law that prevents legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits that are provided to heterosexual married couples. According to this article from the Chicago Sun-Times, the provision in question is from the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and “appears to intrude on the power of states that have chosen to recognize same-sex marriages.” Marital status is mentioned in almost 1,100 federal laws, and includes topics …

According to a report by News One, NBA icon Michael Jordan is ready to tie the knot again. He recently sent out wedding invitations for his April 27th wedding to fiancée Yvette Prieto. The invitation came with stipulations and so does the marriage itself. Guests who received the invitations also received a card that asked that they do not speak with any member of the media and that they do not divulge details of the ceremony to anyone. They are also asked to leave their cameras and phones at home because they do not want any photos taken or info sent out over social media outlets. In …

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and potential 2016 presidential candidate has endorsed same-sex marriage, saying that “gay rights are human rights.” In a video posted Mon., Mar. 18 on the Internet by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group, Mrs. Clinton said, “I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being. Her announcement has come right as the Supreme Court is hearing two landmark gay rights cases that advocates are hoping will legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Mrs. Clinton has not …

According to the Associated Press, a landmark bill was passed recently in the Mississippi Senate, which pushes ahead a plan to “privatize the collection of child support payments.” The plan will allow the Mississippi Department of Human Services to “contract with private vendors to collect unpaid child support, which lawmakers say totals more than $1 billion,” according to the Associated Press. Senator Terry Brown told reporters that he could not talk to anyone about which vendors had been chosen as appointees to accept the late payments. The focus, he said, is the thousands of …

Not only in support of 2-year-old Gracelynn “Gracie” Rose Smith, but for all child abuse victims, people recently filled the yard of the Tazewell County Courthouse to protest child abuse. Gracie’s friends and family gathered in front of the courthouse to ask people to sign a petition that proposes a law requiring all child abusers to register with law enforcement. Gracie suffered from a cracked skull, slight brain bleeding and abdominal trauma, along with other injuries in August 2012, said her family. Luckily, she has made a full recovery. Her father Blake Smith of North Pekin…

It is very possible that gay marriage may finally become legal in the state of Illinois.  According to an article recently published by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Illinois House Executive Committee began to consider a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.  This happened back on February 27th.  Before it can be passed and go into effect, however, it must go for a full House vote (and pass).  Governor Pat Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law as soon as he is given the opportunity to do so. Some say that it is time for President Obama to express full support for a federal …

Heavy and incompatible drinking, or when one spouse consumes a significantly higher amount of alcohol than the other, has been shown to increase the chance of divorce. This has been proven in a study of almost 20,000 Norwegian couples that was recently released. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health collected and reviewed data from 19,977 married couples in one county in Norway, and found that spouses who consumed similar amounts of alcohol were less likely to get a divorce than couples in which one spouse was a heavy drinker and the other was not. When the wife was the one …

Pick up any tabloid magazine and you’re sure to find at least one article about celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and the new baby they have on the way. But a recent article in The Examiner raises the question as to who legally under California law, where the couple reside, could be considered the baby’s father. Kardashian is still legally married to pro-basketball player Kris Humphries. And although highly unlikely Humphries would attempt to lay claim to paternity of the baby, under California law, he could legally be entitled to do just that.  In California, the husband…

A Madison, WI appeals court has ruled that a clinic that accidentally gave a patient pre-natal vitamins instead of birth control pills is not responsible for child support payments for the child she conceived because of the clinic’s error. However, the court says she can sue for financial damages for pain and suffering during and after her pregnancy, loss of future earning capacity and postpartum depression. The appeals court has sent the case back to trial court. According to a report by the Associated Press, Shelby Nell went to the clinic in February 2009 to have her birth control …

According to the Chicago Tribune, the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University has completed a study indicating that the divorce rate for people aged 50 and older has doubled between the years of 1990 and 2010. Whereas in 1990, only one out of every 10 divorces involved a person over the age of 50, now, one out of every four divorces involves a person over the age of 50. Researchers speculate that this large increase in divorce rates may be due to the fact that our population is aging and living longer, more women have careers that do not leave …
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