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'Scorned' Man Takes $1M Case to Court

Dongdong Huang claimed Peipei Li tricked him into showering her with cash

(Newser) - A Vancouver lawyer must be licking his wounds after taking his scorned-love case to court and losing big time, the CBC reports. Dongdong Huang claimed Peipei Li duped him into thinking they were in love and marriage-bound so he would lavish her with over $1 million in gifts and cash—...

Sean Penn: Yes, I Got Married

59-year-old actor says he secretly wed 28-year-old Leila George last week in 'COVID wedding'

(Newser) - Sean Penn appeared on Seth Meyers' late-night show on Monday, and he addressed a rumor that had been building momentum over the weekend, per Yahoo . "Yeah, we did a COVID wedding," the 59-year-old actor said of his alleged marriage to Leila George, 28, his girlfriend of four years,...

Vatican Changes Policy on Wedding Rites

Lay catholics will be allowed to perform them, but they'll need special permission

(Newser) - The Vatican said on Monday that in exceptional circumstances, lay Catholics can be allowed to perform marriage rites, per the AP . In a document issued by the Holy See office for clergy, the Vatican said that could only happen if there are no priests or deacons available, the nation’s...

Virus Puts New Twist on the 'Micro-Wedding'

Couples are opting for few guests (or none) in social distancing event known as a 'minimony'

(Newser) - Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the "minimony." Rather than wait, they're getting hitched alone or with a few local loved ones looking on at a safe social distance as other guests join...

NY Governor: Now There's 'No Excuse' Not to Get Married

Cuomo gives OK for couples to get marriage license remotely, have ceremony via video

(Newser) - New York state has nearly 243,000 coronavirus cases , with almost 14,000 deaths as of Monday—but Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't want these troubling times to stop anyone from tying the knot. Cuomo on Saturday announced an executive order for this "disaster emergency" that allows marriage licenses...

The Virus Nixed Their Wedding Plans. Then a Pal Stepped Up

Friend married NYC couple on sidewalk from his 4th-floor apartment window

(Newser) - There hasn't been much uplifting news during the coronavirus outbreak, but there was at least one bright spot amid the pandemic last week in New York City. NBC News reports on the plight of 28-year-old Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler, 38, who'd planned on getting married in October...

Church of England Issues Strict Rules on Who Can Have Sex

Straight and married? You're in luck

(Newser) - Christians hoping to remain on God's good side should avoid sex unless in a heterosexual marriage, according to the Church of England. "Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purpose for human beings," reads a statement issued by the House of...

Hoping for a Pope Fight? One Just Took a Step Back

Benedict has name removed as co-author from controversial pro-priesthood celibacy book

(Newser) - If you were hoping that there'd be a bona fide public bickering between Pope Francis and his predecessor, you may have to tamp down your expectations. The current pope has reportedly been mulling whether to allow married men to become priests in some cases, and news broke this week...

Couple Weds Where Their Young Love Went Awry

Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy return to Dunkin' Donuts to say 'I do'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts couple reunited for extra-sweet wedding vows at the same Dunkin' Donuts where their young love splintered nearly 30 years ago, the AP reports. Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy were married Friday afternoon, joined by family, friends, and customers buying coffee and pastries at the Dunkin' Donuts on Grafton...

Family Feud-Style Proposal Goes Viral

Joshua Powell made it special for girlfriend Kiana Myrick

(Newser) - "We surveyed 100 women. Name a day a woman always dreams of." So begins one of the more touching and memorable marriage proposals caught on video—one clearly inspired by Family Feud, WNCN reports. During a family Christmas party, Joshua Powell of North Carolina takes a deep breath...

'I Know It's Terrible': Why Whoopi Wants to Live Alone

The co-host of the 'The View' admits cohabitation isn't for her

(Newser) - Whoopi Goldberg will have you over, but stay for good? No way. "When you make a commitment to live with someone else, it's a commitment to ask their opinion and listen and work it out with them. I don't want to do that," the 64-year-old said...

Hillary Clinton's Answer to GMA Question Stuns Chelsea

Staying in marriage to Bill is 'gutsiest' thing she's ever done, ex-secretary of state reveals

(Newser) - Hillary and Chelsea Clinton appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to promote their new book, The Book of Gutsy Women , and host Amy Robach wrapped up the interview with a question playing on the book's title, per Politico and CNN . "Can I ask you, what's the gutsiest...

Silicon Valley Star Makes Big Reveal on Sex Life

Thomas Middleditch and wife Mollie Gates are swingers: It 'saved our marriage'

(Newser) - The seventh question in Playboy's 20 questions to Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch brought what People calls an "unexpected" answer. When the magazine brought up that Middleditch had once visited a swingers club while making the movie Godzilla, then asked if he was actually part of the "...

Newly Married Couple Has Only Minutes to Live

Harley Joe Morgan and Rhiannon Boudreaux Morgan hit a pickup truck in Texas

(Newser) - A newlywed couple had their dreams—and their very lives—torn to shreds Friday only minutes after getting married, KFDM reports. Harley Joe Morgan, 19, and Rhiannon Boudreaux Morgan, 20, were pulling out of Texas courtroom when Harley's car collided with a man's Ford F-250 pickup. The groom'...

She's Newly Freed, and Now Newly Married

Cyntoia Brown marries musician J. Long

(Newser) - Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long, formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky. Wes Yoder, a representative for Brown-Long, the name she now goes by, confirmed Monday the two...

Christian Who Wrote Anti-Dating Book: 'I Am Not a Christian'

Joshua Harris getting divorced, apologizing to LGBT community, saying dating actually is OK

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, he wrote a popular Christian guide to relationships that said dating—including holding hands, kissing, and couples spending time alone together—was bad and a "training ground" for divorce. Now, after pointing out the "flaws" more than a year ago in his I ...

'Gray' Divorces Are On the Rise

Younger couples are sticking it out, but for those 55 and older, divorce rates are increasing

(Newser) - "Till death do us part" seems to have less meaning for those who are currently closer to that endpoint than others. The Wall Street Journal reports on some news out of Bowling Green State University, whose National Center for Family & Marriage Research recently did some research on marriage...

Devastated at Being Dumped, She Made a 'Wacky' Decision

Melissa Denton took 6 months to plan a 'blowout' $5K wedding to marry ... herself

(Newser) - Melissa Denton concedes the decision she made in early 2018 after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend—which came on the tail of two divorces—was a "wacky" one. But, as the UK woman explains in an opinion piece for the Telegraph , "I needed to learn to love...

Sorry, Everyone, Idris Elba Is Now Off the Market for Good

Star marries model Sabrina Dhowre in Morocco

(Newser) - British actor Idris Elba has married model Sabrina Dhowre in Morocco. Images featured by British Vogue on Instagram showed the star of Luther sharing an embrace with Dhowre, a former Miss Vancouver. The magazine says the couple exchanged vows Friday at the Ksar Char-Bagh hotel in Marrakech. The bride wore...

Jennifer Aniston: My Marriages Were 'Very Successful'

She's not looking for a 'storybook' ending, either, she tells 'Elle'

(Newser) - Justin Theroux has talked publicly about his split with Jennifer Aniston—and now Aniston is returning the favor, adding her take on her marriage to Brad Pitt as a bonus. Elle reports that Aniston "doesn't need a happy ending," and its interview with her reveals that's...

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