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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Indian Supreme Court considers marriage law challenge

April 1, 2016 0 comments

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A number of petitions challenging Muslim law have reached the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. The petitioners claim that Muslim-specific marriage laws discriminate against women, in contravention of the Constitution which specifies gender equality. A panel of judges is currently examining the petitioners’ claims, headed by the country’s most senior judge, Chief Justice…

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Marriage happier than cohabitation

March 28, 2016 3 comments

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Married couples and civil partners are more likely to be happy than those who live together. In newly published data the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that nearly 35 per cent of people who are either married or in a civil partnership rate their overall happiness very highly. On a scale of one…

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Marriage an obstacle to career women?

March 21, 2016 0 comments

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Nearly three quarters of working women in South Korea describe marriage as an obstacle to their career. In a recent survey of 1,401 Korean adults, 72 per cent of women said that getting married would hamper their professional lives. Of those women, 77 per cent said the main reason would be the burdens of looking…

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Marrying young: a recipe for divorce?

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March 17, 2016 3 comments

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As a society we are inundated with the idea of young love. From books to sitcoms to Hollywood rom-coms, we see stories of young couples falling helplessly in love and living happily ever after. However fiction and reality are two completely different animals. It’s always nice to see a couple who first got together in…

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