Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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Court to lesbian couple: Fatherhood can't be contractually erased

Family
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/25/15, 03:03 pm

A lesbian couple in New Jersey may be forced to share parental rights with a sperm donor they used to conceive their 1-year-old son.

Sheena and Tiara Yates are appealing a September court ruling that awarded visitation rights to a private sperm donor they hoped would have no relationship with their child. The case is déja vu for the couple: They lost a similar custody battle with the sperm donor for their older child.

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Report: Black church key to rebuilding the American family

Family
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/19/15, 10:54 am

The black church has the potential to rebuild the American family, according to two new reports released last week by the Family Research Council (FRC). 

The reports, issued by FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), document a “marriage crisis” across the United States, and especially in the black family. Tumbling marriage rates are leaving children “lost in a labyrinth of love, ambivalence, and sex.” 

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Baby Leo's case highlights plight of disabled children

Family
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/12/15, 03:08 pm

A story about a baby born with Down syndrome in Armenia and his parents resulting separation went viral last week. The mother and father have publicly released differing accounts of the story, but despite muddy facts, the case exemplifies the tragic reality for many kids around the world born with disabilities.

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