Same-Sex Marriage

Social Security and Spouses

By Jennifer Cowan / July 1, 2015

Welcome to summer! I can’t help but begin by commenting on recent news: as everyone knows by now the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage the end of June. As I drove to work the morning of the announcement I saw a young man with tears on his face waiving a multicolored flag as he walked.…

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June Weddings

By Jennifer Cowan / June 1, 2015

June: traditionally the month of weddings. In fact,many years ago, I was a June bride myself. But this June is different: the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case it heard in April, are states required to allow same-sex marriage or can individual states ban same-sex marriage and/or refuse to recognize same-sex marriages…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to All Valentines

By Jennifer Cowan / February 14, 2015

Hello! Welcome to February. When I was little I loved making valentines for my classmates. I was busy at home for days with construction paper, glitter, special stickers and lacy hearts. Each valentine was different. When my own children were little they did not seem as interested in making 25 or 30 individual valentines! Their favorite…

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Happy Thanksgiving to Families of All Kinds

By Jennifer Cowan / November 3, 2014

November: This month is anchored by Thanksgiving, the great American feast day honoring friendship and cooperation. When I was growing up we went to my grandparents’ home in Berkeley for traditional holiday dinners. My mom grew up there and I always looked forward to visiting. When my own kids were little we all loved Thanksgiving.…

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