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An Economic Assessment of Same-Sex Marriage Laws – Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

It is a complex set of personal values, social norms, religious customs, and legal constraints that regulate a particular intimate human relation over a life span … [M]arriage has always entailed more than a mere “contract.” Marriage involves not just a couple, but extended family members, non-blood relations, and impersonal third parties like the church,

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Insights into love, marriage and the position of wives in the 15th and 18th centuries

Excerpts from English Social History (A survey of six centuries from Chaucer to Queen Victoria) (1944) by Dr George M Trevelyan, O.M., Master of Trinity College and late Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge. The 15th Century But to some readers, vaguely accustomed to think of the Middle Ages as a period of chivalry and love

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Weddings rife with injury in NZ

If you like it, maybe you shouldn’t put a ring on it.  Just-released figures from New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) reveal there were about 600 claims between 2010 and 2012 for wedding-related injuries. Perhaps those single ladies have the right idea after all. Beyonce wannabes clocked up the biggest number of wedding injuries, with

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Marriage leads to longer lives

New marriage figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show married people live longer. The ABS figures showed men and women who had never been married were twice as likely to die as their married counterparts. The difference was greatest among men aged 35-44, who were four times more likely to die early than

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Jewish Glass Breaking – typical words

I’ve assisted in many traditional ‘breaking of the glass’ ceremonies.  These happen right at the end of the ceremony just before I pronounce the couple to be husband and wife.  often the glass is not a glass.  A drinking glass can be hard to break especially on grass.  I suggest using a light globe. These

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Name Changing Options

A summary of a discussion in the usenet group alt.wedding.  The authors have tried to put in some of the major pros and cons for each one. Everyone has their own priorities and sense of what is right for them.  In no particular order — Wife Takes Husband’s Last Name Jane Smith becomes Jane Brown

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How Not to Propose

Washington Post’s The Style Invitational The Style Invitational is a weekly column in readers are asked to contribute witty answers to the question or scenario posed. In Week 569 reader Eric Murphy of Chicago suggested this topic: (1) If I were to propose to my girlfriend what methods should I avoid? And (2) if the

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An excerpt from Can You Forgive Her?

An excerpt from Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope Published in monthly parts 1864–1865 Chapter 11 — John Grey Goes to London People often say that marriage is an important thing, and should be much thought of in advance, and marrying people are cautioned that there are many who marry in haste and repent

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