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A study of nearly 2,000 high school graduates who completed at least one year of college concludes that today’s young adults do not report having more partners, either overall or during the past year, than young people in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Even though the raw numbers have not changed, more respondents report having had sex with a casual date or friend-with-benefits than with a spouse or partner. The study compared responses on the General Social Survey from both 1988-1996 and 2002-2010.
Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Military Spouses (Washington Post)
As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn DOMA, the Pentagon announced this week that it will extend all benefits, including health insurance, housing, and the option to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, to same-sex spouses of U.S. troops.
Hagel Tries To Blunt Effect of Obama Words on Sexual Assault Cases (New York Times)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the military to exercise independent judgment in sexual assault cases. His directive was in response to President Obama’s previous remarks regarding precisely how sexual offenders should be sentenced (e.g. dishonorably discharged). Many felt this was an attempt to influence court outcomes and that it could taint trials. Obama’s legal team is working to undo the potential damage to future cases.
Illinois Sex Ed Will Teach Birth Control, STI Prevention (Rockford Register Star)
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a law requiring Illinois schools that teach sex education provide a comprehensive curriculum. The goal of the legislation is to help prevent unwanted pregnancy and disease by providing information on birth control and STIs. The bill does not apply to schools that do not teach sex education, and parents can pull their children out of classes in those districts that do include it.