NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 21, 1989
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(Studio: Mary Alice Williams) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Kur) Changing nature of American family since 1950's and resulting legal consequences of that change examined; number of unmarried couples raising children noted rising. New York City case in which Jimmy Hendrix and his mother shared apt. with landlord Henry Pittman for several years detailed. [HENDRIX - says three became family over years] Impt. of ruling that upheld this definition of family predicted; example of homosexual Miguel Brashi's eviction from apt. after his lover died of AIDS discussed. Court noted ruling that Brashi and his lover were a family under rent control laws. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) attorney William RUBENSTEIN - says homosexual couples are families.] [In San Francisco, California, Larry BRINKIN - comments on not receive paid bereavement leave when his homosexual lover died.] New York City Mayor Ed Koch reported approving of bereavement leave and death benefits for live-in companions of city empls.; other cities considering such actions outlined on screen. [Former Reagan administration aide, Gary BAUER - opposes homosexuals being considered families.] Domestic partners reported expected to legally gain Social Security and other benefits; critics quoted.