May-December Effect Is Real

Age gap at first marriage shrinks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 7:14 PM CDT
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio (b. 1946), with his wife, Elizabeth (b. 1977), at the Laborers International Union hall in Cleveland, Jan. 9, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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(Newser) – The older men are when they walk down the aisle, the more likely they are to have a younger bride, according to a new study. Famous May-December pairings usually involve the rich and famous—think Donald Trump or Larry King—but the trend holds up at every income level, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

"The poor guys marry down just as much as the rich guys do," said a co-author of the Stanford study. "That was kind of surprising to us."