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Study Finds Massive Shift in US Marriages

1 in 6 new marriages is now mixed

(Newser) - More and more Americans are marrying people of different races and ethnicities, reaching at least 1 in 6 newlyweds in 2015, the highest proportion in American history, according to a new study released Thursday. Currently, there are 11 million people—or 1 out of 10 married people—in the United... More »

'Stunning Embarrassment' for FBI: Translator Wed ISIS Terrorist

She soon had second thoughts after sneaking off to Syria to marry Denis Cuspert

(Newser) - An ex-FBI translator was accused of endangering US security because of the person she married—an ISIS terrorist once called "the pop star of jihad" by the Fader . In a just-publicized story that ex-State Department spokesman John Kirby calls a "stunning embarrassment for the FBI," CNN reports... More »

With Wife in Isolation, Husband Won't Leave Her Side

John, Marci Newman have been married for 18 years

(Newser) - A picture a girl took of the back of her father's head has gone viral as it captures a moment that has brought some to tears. John Newman, 45, has been married to 49-year-old Marci Newman for almost 18 years, and he's taking quite seriously his vow to... More »

Stabbed 32 Times, Left to Die ... Saved by Prince Charming

Happy ending for domestic abuse survivor and the EMT who saved her life

(Newser) - The first time Cameron Hill met Melissa Dohme, it was on the worst day of her life, she tells People —and earlier this month, they celebrated her (and their) best day. In what the 25-year-old describes as "a dream come true" on Facebook , the couple became husband and... More »

Jane Austen Also Wrote Fake Wedding Notices

Her own included

(Newser) - Her heroines may have found advantageous marriages, but Jane Austen never did. That's precisely why records detailing the Pride and Prejudice author's impending nuptials to two separate men are so remarkable, according to historians. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the British author's death, Hampshire Archives... More »

Husband on Heartbreaking NYT Essay: 'Shocked at the Beauty'

Jason Rosenthal says he was 'emotionally ripped apart' at dying wife's love letter

(Newser) - Amy Krouse Rosenthal's recent "Modern Love" column for the New York Times sent a nation sobbing as the Chicago writer revealed she was dying and putting feelers out for a new spouse for her husband. Jason Rosenthal, 52, now tells People he knew his 51-year-old wife of 26... More »

Please 'Swipe Right' for My Husband

Dying woman sets up dating profile for spouse in 'NYT' essay

(Newser) - Jason Brian Rosenthal is a wonderful father, can flip a pancake like nobody's business, offers gumballs to unsuspecting recipients, and is the subject of a singles "ad" as it appears in the most recent New York Times "Modern Love" column. The person who's trying to find... More »

There's a Site for People Who Want a Co-Parent, Not a Lover

With Modamily, singles can come together to have, raise a baby

(Newser) - In a modern world full of variations on parenting, the social network Modamily introduced a less-than-traditional way to co-parent: The site allows couples to meet with the sole intention of finding someone with whom to have and raise a child, but out of two households and without the intention of... More »

Half of This Country's Married Couples Aren't Having Sex

Japan needs to get its bedrooms steamy again

(Newser) - Valentine's Day for a staggering number of couples in Japan will be even less steamy than a dry-air sauna. Per a new survey by the Japan Family Planning Association, nearly half of all married couples here haven't had sex for over a month (and didn't expect to... More »

Judge: 'Wretchedly Unhappy Marriage' No Reason for Divorce

UK woman is appealing ruling denying her a divorce

(Newser) - When Tini Owens says she's trapped in a loveless marriage, she means it. Owens, 65, was denied a divorce from her millionaire husband of 39 years after he told a UK judge their "minor" disagreements are simply a part of married life, reports the Times . In a case... More »

An Ancient Divorce Practice May Be Outlawed in India

Muslim men in India must only say 'talaq' 3 times

(Newser) - After 13 years of marriage to an allegedly abusive husband, a Muslim mother in India is formally protesting how easy it was for him to leave her—he divorced her by writing a letter containing the word "talaq," or divorce, three times, to her parents. "I was... More »

Lengthy Marriages May Raise Stroke Survival

People who've never married or been divorced fare worse

(Newser) - A leading cause of death and disability in the US, strokes affect nearly 800,000 adults every year. Now researchers are showing for the first time that current and past marital status can play a big role in survival rates following a stroke, reports MedicalXpress . After tracking the outcomes of... More »

Nearly Half Japan's Millennials Are Virgins

A large number of 18- to 34-year-olds aren't just not having sex, they've never had it

(Newser) - While America might more typically worry about what its youth are doing, Japan spends a lot of time worrying about what they're not doing , and what they're not doing is having sex—at all, apparently. A new government survey suggests that the country's millennials are not only... More »

Older Women Who've Never Wed Are Pretty Darn Happy

Just as happy as their married counterparts, in fact

(Newser) - While there are a bunch of studies showing that married folks seem to be happier than those who've stuck to singledom, a new study out of Bowling Green State University has found an apparent exception: older women who've never said "I do," per Live Science . The... More »

Couple Waits 9 Years to Open Wedding Gift

'Do Not Open Until Your 1st Disagreement,' a note instructed

(Newser) - The best wedding present Kathy and Brandon Gunn received at their Michigan wedding was one they never opened—at least not for nine years. That was because the gift from great-aunt Alison came with a special instruction: "On the plain white box was a card that read, 'Do... More »

Couple Married 52 Years Match Outfits Every Day

Ed and Fran Gargiula say they match on the inside, too

(Newser) - Late last month, 17-year-old Anthony Gargiula tweeted pictures of his grandparents in carefully coordinated outfits, accompanied by a matter-of-fact caption: "My grandparents have been married for 52 years and they match outfits every day." That tweet has since earned more than 83,000 favorites and 40,000-plus retweets... More »

Exactly 2 Premarital Sex Partners Ups Divorce Rate

For women, that is

(Newser) - A new study out of the University of Utah finds that women with either no sexual partners or one—most typically, her future spouse—before marriage are the least likely to get divorced within five years; women with 10 or more are the most. A closer look at the numbers,... More »

After Daughter Elopes, Mother Burns Her to Death

Zeenat Rafiq was doused in kerosene and set on fire

(Newser) - A Punjabi mother in Lahore, Pakistan, was so enraged when her daughter married an ethnic Pashtun that she tricked her into returning home, doused her with kerosene, and set her on fire, reports the Guardian . "After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl... More »

Husband Decides to Divorce New Wife on Wedding Night

She reportedly wouldn't get off her phone

(Newser) - The honeymoon did not last long for a Saudi bride whose new husband told her "minutes" after their wedding ceremony that the marriage was over, Gulf News reports, citing a local newspaper. His reason? The new bride reportedly refused to get off her cellphone. A relative says that the... More »

What Marriage Can Do to Your Drinking Habits

Marriage lowers risk of alcoholism, study says

(Newser) - While some people complain their spouse drives them to drink, scientists now say the opposite is true. A study published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds a powerful link between marriage and a reduced risk of developing problems with alcohol. "With this study, we were trying to... More »

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