Only one in six claim marriage tax break

April 20, 2016 0 comments

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Only one in six people eligible for the marriage tax break has claimed it. Introduced last year, the scheme was part of the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto. It is available to people who earn less than £10,600 per year. No income tax is paid on this amount of money and it is referred to…

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Turkish men protest at lack of marriage prospects

April 19, 2016 2 comments

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Young men  in a remote Turkish village recently took to the streets to protest after local women turned down their marriage proposals. Üzümlü in eastern Anatolia is 571 miles east of Istanbul. After a string of local women amongst the dwindling female population declined to marry them, around 25 men marched through the village with…

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Ireland marrying later than ever

April 19, 2016 5 comments

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Irish people are marrying later than ever, new statistics have revealed. The average Irish groom was a little over 35 years old in 2015. This represents a significant rise since 1977 when it was just over 26. Women also married later than they had ever done before. The average age for brides was 33, up…

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21 year old ‘married fourth woman’ for dowry

April 19, 2016 0 comments

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A 21 year-old Indian man has gone on the run after being caught marrying for the fourth time. The man persuaded a teenage girl to become his bride, claiming to be a businessman, and received a large dowry from her family, including gold jewellery. They lived in Shaikpet, a suburb of Hyderabad in southern India….

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First ‘Pastafarian’ wedding held in New Zealand

April 18, 2016 0 comments

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A couple in New Zealand became the first to marry in a ‘Pastafarian’ ceremony this week. Toby Ricketts, a British voiceover artist, married New Zealander Marianna Fenn after four years together. The ceremony was held on a boat decorated to look like a pirate ship, the couple wore full pirate costumes and the guests wore…

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Indian crowd protests at Hindu-Muslim marriage

April 14, 2016 0 comments

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A crowd protested outside the home of a Hindu man in southern India this week after they heard that his daughter planned to marry a Muslim man. The father lives in the town of Mandya, 103 km southwest of Bangalore. The 20-strong crowd claimed that Muslims across the region were engaged in a determined ‘love…

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Marriage helps cancer survival

April 11, 2016 0 comments

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Married people have a better chance of surviving cancer than unmarried people, researchers have suggested. Using data from nearly 800,000 people, with one of ten different types of cancer, academics from the University of California, San Diego found that marriage boosted the odds of recovery for both men and women. This effect was most noticeable…

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Central Asian republic requires HIV test for marriage

April 10, 2016 2 comments

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The Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan has made HIV tests a requirement for getting married. Under a newly introduced law, residents who apply for a marriage licence must submit evidence of a successful HIV test, the state controlled media has announced. This will, the government hopes, “create conditions for forming healthy families and avert the…

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Marriage guidance retreats by boat

April 9, 2016 1 comment

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A US psychologist has launched a series of marriage counselling retreats on a riverboat in North Carolina. Couples are ferried along the rivers and sounds of the southeastern state on a boat called Dragon Lady, receiving one-to-one counselling from Dr Bryce Kaye and his wife Helen, who call their firm Love Odyssey Charters. The events…

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’80 per cent of women still take husband’s name’

April 3, 2016 1 comment

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Over 80 per cent of women still take their husband’s surname, an Australian academic has claimed. Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes is Head of Women’s Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Speaking to ABC Adelaide, she said the tradition of a woman taking a husband’s surname reflected a longstanding cultural belief that women were the property…

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