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Polygamous Trio May Sue for Right to Marry

Montana man applies for license, inspired by gay marriage case

(Newser) - A Montana man inspired by last week's Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage has applied for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings yesterday in an attempt to... More »

Here's How Much Weight Marriage Packs On

4.5 pounds in Europeans of average height: researchers

(Newser) - Marriage doesn't just add to your happiness , but also to your waistline, according to a new study. But singles shouldn't boast just yet. German and Swiss researchers surveyed 10,226 people in nine European countries on their marital status and body mass index—a health indicator based on... More »

Brides Say 'I Do' (Not Take Your Name)

Women keeping their maiden names on the rise again: 'NYT' study

(Newser) - The 1970s heralded a feminist-driven wave of brides who kept their maiden names, but that trend dived in the 1980s, when new wives started using their husbands' name again. Now, a New York Times analysis, the number of maiden-name-retaining women is surpassing that of the '70s. Using Google Consumer... More »

Jilted Husband Cuts Possessions in Half

Unless it's a hoax, but the video is still kind of remarkable

(Newser) - There's not taking the breakup well, and there's this. A man in Germany who has split with his wife sawed their possessions in half and is now selling them on eBay , reports the Local . He even documented the actual sawing in a YouTube video that has more than... More »

World's Oldest Newlyweds Waited 27 Years to Marry

'Didn't want to bother' with matrimony before

(Newser) - A UK couple with nearly 200 years between them tied the knot on Saturday in Britain, in a move that was a long time coming. George Kirby, 103, and Doreen Luckie, 91, are the world’s oldest married couple, according to AFP . The newlyweds have been together (and living together)... More »

5 Odd Things That Raise Your Chances of Divorce

Including your commute time

(Newser) - A cheating spouse is one obvious reason for divorce, but Prevention rounds up several other weird factors, for reasons that aren't always clear. A sampling:
  • Long commute: When one or more spouse travels 45 minutes or more each way, the rate of divorce ticks up.
  • Peer pressure: People are
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Alleged Serial Bride Jilts Court Hearing

Arrest warrant issued for Liana Barrientos

(Newser) - Liana Barrientos showed up for 10 marriages in the space of 11 years , prosecutors say, but she didn't show up for her date with a judge in Bronx Supreme Court yesterday. She was charged with fraud last month over the multiple marriages, and a warrant for her arrest was... More »

Future Groom Proposes at Age 102

His 91-year-old girlfriend says yes

(Newser) - When George Kirby and Doreen Luckie get married in June, some impressive numbers will be in the mix. He's currently 102 and she's 91, and their combined age on the big day will be 194 years and 281 days, easily making them the world's oldest married couple,... More »

NY Woman Allegedly Had at Least 8 Husbands at Once

Liana Barrientos is said to have married 6 guys in 6 months

(Newser) - A New York woman has, according to police, gotten married a few too many times, and she's now facing felony fraud charges. Authorities say Liana Barrientos, reported as being 38 or 39, has gotten married 10 times in 11 years, the New York Daily News reports, with six of... More »

Wife Takes 'Year Off' for Sex With Strangers

California writer tells her story in 'The Wild Oats Project'

(Newser) - A San Francisco writer's pledge to "take a year off" from marriage led her on a quest to sow a few wild oats with men she'd never met before, Time reports. In fact, Robin Rinaldi's book about her experience is called The Wild Oats Project . "... More »

Identical Triplets Say 'I Do' Together

While wearing identical dresses, of course.

(Newser) - Luckily for the Bini sisters, they've always shared similar clothing and hairstyle preferences, says Ariadne Durante, a wedding planner who attended their recent nuptials, per USA Today . That probably made it a little easier to match up their attire as the identical triplets marched down the aisle together in... More »

Man Pens Love Note to Wife Every Day for 40 Years

The happy couple's advice: Put the phones down and focus on each other

(Newser) - Bill and Kirsten Bresnan are off to an early Valentine's Day start—they've been sharing holiday-themed cards since Feb. 1. But that's not even close to the whole story. Bill has penned a love note to his wife nearly every day since 1974. Bresnan tells the Asbury ... More »

There's No 'Right' Time to Find Mr Right

'Women now asked to live by second-wave feminist principles,' writes columnist

(Newser) - If you're a woman who marries at, say, age 24, at least one person will likely tell you that you settled down too young, at a time in your life when you should have been focusing on your career. But wait just a few years, and people will be... More »

Parenting Hinges More on Money Than Marriage

And US parents are generally doing a good job: study

(Newser) - We often focus on the parents' marital situation as the key factor in a child's experience—but whether a child is raised by a single parent or a married couple is a minor issue compared to whether she's raised in financial comfort, a study says. "Resources led... More »

Officer Marries Couple Left in Lurch by Storm

Courthouse was closed in Kalamazoo

(Newser) - A Michigan couple made it to the Kalamazoo County Courhouse yesterday despite some nasty weather for a good reason: Dean Lauer and Carrie Stull were getting married. Problem: The courthouse was closed, thanks to that nasty weather, reports WWMT . Not knowing what to do, the wedding party entered the Kalamazoo... More »

For a Happy Marriage, Wed Your Best Friend

Generally speaking, married people are happier, says study

(Newser) - Marital bliss is easy to find, according to a new study : just marry your best friend. Two economists pored over surveys about well-being and found that in most places, married people are happier—even when controlling for their happiness-level before marriage, the New York Times reports. (Where it's not... More »

Man, Wife Die Hours Apart After 72-Year Marriage

Louise and Robert Bain died the day after Christmas

(Newser) - A Georgia couple died mere hours apart last month, ending a 72-year relationship that may embody values "of an era long gone by," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Louise Bain, 90, drew her last breath on a hospital bed beside her husband, 92-year-old Robert Bain, on the day after... More »

Marital Problems? They Don't Go Away

That doesn't mean the problems worsen, but the satisfaction does

(Newser) - Want to live happily ever after with your partner? Consider this: Both the number and severity of a couple's problems remain steady over time, according to a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology . But what does worsen over time is the satisfaction level as those problems... More »

11 Arrested After 'Corpse Bride' Is Dug Up

Chinese woman's body used for ancient 'ghost marriage' ritual

(Newser) - It sounds like a Tim Burton film, but the reality is much creepier: Chinese police have arrested 11 people in the country's east who are accused of playing a role in a "ghost marriage." In the ancient custom, a man who dies single is laid to rest... More »

Court Blesses Marriage Between Niece, Half-Uncle

New York judge says first cousins can wed, so these folks can, too

(Newser) - Marriage rights are being expanded all across the nation, and New York's highest court has joined the club. Except, as the Albany Times Union notes, "the change is probably not one you were expecting." This one involves half-uncles and half-nieces, and from now on, marriages between them... More »

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