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Here's a Better Way to Define Marriage, Civil Union

Essay: Government should get out of the romance department

(Newser) - It didn't take long after the Supreme Court's decision in favor of gay marriage for the next potential legal challenge to surface: Should polygamists be allowed to marry? The debate over what "marriage" means will begin anew, but Froma Harrop thinks there's a more fundamental question... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Confirms June Marriage

Eduardo Saverin wed Elaine Andriejanssen, the 'love of my life'

(Newser) - If you had hoped to nab another Facebook co-founder after Mark Zuckerberg took the plunge , you just lost your final chance. Eduardo Saverin has confirmed (on Facebook, naturally) that he married Elaine Andriejanssen on June 27. "I am incredibly happy and thankful to have married the love of my... More »

560-Lb Man Biking Across US to Save His Marriage

He blames soda and a whole lot of sitting around

(Newser) - Eric Hites recently hit 40 and decided it was time to make some serious lifestyle changes. Having reached 560 pounds thanks to soda and a whole lot of sitting around, the DJ says both his health and his marriage are at stake, reports the Newport Daily News . Unfortunately, after getting... More »

Best Age to Wed? Study Jabs Conventional Wisdom

Chance of divorce starts rising again in 30s

(Newser) - A standard line of advice about marriage these days is not to wed too young—and divorce stats about people getting hitched before age 20 back that up. But a new study out of the University of Utah adds a surprising twist: Don't wait too long, because the risk... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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