In the politics of parenting, a lot has been happening the last few days:
California Court Rules on Gay Parenting: Through three decisions, the California Supreme Court grants parenting rights and obligations to gays and lesbians who have children, reports the Los Angeles Times. The decisions essentially put gay couples on legal footing equal to unmarried heterosexual couples who break up after having children.
“We believe these rulings, taken together, are a victory for kids,” said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, whose office filed a brief in the child support case that was cited by the court. “The rulings recognize that the children of same-sex couples have the same interest in maintaining to the maximum extent possible ties to the people who raised them and love them.”
Suing No Child Left Behind: Connecticut is suing the federal government over the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law, reports The New York Times. Connecticut, which has one of the best public school systems in the country, complains that the federal government is failing to reimburse it for costs incurred by the education law. The biggest problem, according to the lawsuit, is that the federal government is refusing to be flexible in the enforcement of the law.
Violent Videos Linked to Aggression: A look at 20 years of research confirms that violent video games increase aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, reports Reuters. After the report was presented, The American Psychological Association recommended that violence be reduced in video games marketed to children.