Kiley Crossland

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

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Finnish church embraces gay marriage, loses 12,000 members

Marriage
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/04/14, 11:45 am

Support for same-sex marriage voiced last week by one of Finland’s top religious leaders prompted thousands of Fins to resign their membership in the Finnish Lutheran Church.

Finland’s parliament narrowly approved a measure legalizing same-sex marriage by a vote of 105 to 92 on Friday. Following the vote, Kari Mäkinen, the Lutheran Archbishop of Finland, praised the outcome in a statement on Facebook.

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UN: Birth control, abortion, and sex ed key to economic success

United Nations
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/28/14, 03:35 pm

A new UN report claims the world’s unprecedented 1.8 billion young people have the potential to propel growth and productivity in the developing world, but only if they have access to birth control, abortion, and sex education.

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Child homelessness spikes as marriage crumbles

Homelessness
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/21/14, 09:00 am

The number of homeless children in America is at an all-time high of almost 2.5 million, an 8 percent increase from 2012 to 2013, according to a report released Monday. 

The report claims one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless, or “lacking a fixed, adequate, and regular nighttime residence.” It blamed poverty, trouble finding affordable housing, trauma from domestic abuse, and the difficulty of single parenting for the spike in the number of kids without homes. 

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