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About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in ... (More)
About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in Silicon Valley for 15 years before becoming a therapist. My background in high-tech is helpful in understanding local couples' dynamics and the pressures of living here. I am a wife, mom, sister, friend, author, and lifelong advocate for causes I believe in (such as marriage equality). My parents are both deceased. My son graduated culinary school and is heading toward a degree in Sociology. I enjoy reading, hiking, water fitness, movies, 49ers and Stanford football, Giants baseball, and riding a tandem bike with my husband. I love the beach and mountains; nature is my place of restoration. In my work with couples, and in this blog, I combine knowledge from many fields to bring you my best ideas, tips, tools and skills, plus book and movie reviews, and musings to help you be your genuine self, find your own voice, and have a happy and healthy relationship. Don't be surprised to hear about brain research and business skills, self-soothing techniques from all walks of life, suggestions and experiments, and anything that lights my passion for couples. (Author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Calif. Lic # MFC 45204.) (Hide)
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Constitution Guarantees Nationwide Right to Same-Sex Marriage
Uploaded: Jun 26, 2015
"In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage . . . The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage." NY Times, June 26, 2015.
Congratulations to all those couples and families who may now legalize what has been denied them, and to all those who worked for this historic outcome.
It is Pride weekend in San Francisco, and I imagine the celebrations will be in full swing.
Having worked within my own professional organization to this end, I have a small taste of what goes into a change such as this.
The next challenge is to make so-called "Conversion Therapy" illegal. In New Jersey in February, it was ruled as fraud: "So-called "conversion therapy" groups may not represent "homosexuality" as a disorder. Superior Court Judge Peter F. Barsio Jr. ruled that promoting someone's sexual orientation as an ailment that needs to be cured violates the state's consumer protection laws," writes Halley Miller of the Human Rights Campaign.
Homosexuality as a disorder was taken out of the DSM (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual) is the early 1970's.
Couples of any gender makeup are welcome at Connect2 Marriage Counseling.
Again, congratulations on this historic day!
What is it worth to you?
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