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Finnish MPs to re-consider approved same-sex marriage law

Helsinki - Finland's parliament is on Friday expected to vote for a second time on same-sex marriage, just two weeks before a 2014 law enshrining it was due to take effect.

Why offering positive support can have negative consequences

It may initially seem counterintuitive but psychologists have run studies that show offering positive support to your spouse can have negative consequences in certain circumstances.

US Supreme Court declines to hear polygamy case

Washington - The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a man and his four wives -- stars of a reality TV show -- challenging a ban on polygamy in their native state of Utah.

For poor Algerians, mass weddings a chance to celebrate

In Salah - Gathered in a tent in the Algerian desert, 30 young women are preparing for a big day many thought they could never afford -- a wedding.

A 2016 love story: the Macedonian cop and the Iraqi refugee

Kumanovo - The scene was hardly conducive to romance: she was a sick Iraqi in a wave of refugees trying to enter Serbia, while he belonged to the stern Macedonian police force keeping guard.

Myanmar men may face jail for not marrying pregnant women

Yangon - Myanmar's government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Indian tycoon throws mass wedding for fatherless brides

Ahmedabad - An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding for more than 200 fatherless brides and given each of them gifts worth thousands of dollars, to help poor women start a new life.

Deep divisions in Taiwan over gay marriage reform

Taipei - Watching her boisterous twin toddlers romp around the living room, Hope Chen worries what would happen to them if she ever fell seriously ill or had an accident.

India eases cash rules for weddings

New Delhi - India announced new measures Thursday to allow farmers and marrying couples to withdraw more money from banks, as frustration mounted over a cash crisis triggered by the withdrawal of all high-value notes.

Australia's same-sex marriage bill voted down

Sydney - Australia's parliament late Monday rejected the government's proposal for a national vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.The upper house Senate voted 33-29 against the coalition government's bid to hold a plebiscite on the issue.

Anti-gay marriage protesters return to French streets

Paris - Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to demonstrate against gay marriage, calling for candidates in France's presidential election to support "traditional family values".

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Sydney - Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate.

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Sydney - Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate.

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Sydney - Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate.

Review: Married Toronto comics Baram & Sneickus keep the laughs going Special

Toronto - Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram are two of the funniest comedians in Toronto, if not all of Canada. And if their new sketch revue, “Still Figuring It Out”, seems a tad uneven in spots, there’s still plenty there to keep your funny bone occupied.

Polygamy and divorce on the rise in war-torn Syria

Damascus - Six months after Maha's husband was killed in Syria's bloody civil war, the mother-of-two took a decision that has become increasingly common -- she became a second wife.

Retrial set for Malaysia rape-marriage case: lawyer

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian rape suspect who married his 14-year-old victim to avoid jail will be brought back to court for a retrial, the accused's lawyer told AFP on Saturday.

Malaysia govt intervenes in rape-marriage loophole case

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government has called for a review of a case in which a rape suspect married his 14-year-old victim to avoid jail, following angry calls for reform by activists.

Malaysia rapist 'avoids jail after marrying victim'

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian man who raped a 14-year-old girl avoided being thrown in jail after he married the young victim, sparking calls from angry activists for legal reforms on Thursday.

Gambia bans child marriage

Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced a ban on child marriage in the predominantly Muslim west African nation, threatening heavy jail terms for those who break the new rules.

Germany warns refugees against polygamy, child brides

Berlin - Germany will not recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors, its justice minister said Tuesday, as concern rises over such cases amid a record influx of refugees, many from Muslim countries.

Pressure grows on India over marital rape

New Delhi - Almost immediately after Deepti's wedding at a traditional ceremony in the Indian capital, the horrific abuse began -- behind closed doors at the hands of her new husband."He was brutal.

The most epic marriage proposal takes place at Times Square, NYC Special

New York - On Saturday, May 14, the most epic marriage proposal by a New York television producer took place in Times Square in New York.

Mexico leader seeks to legalize gay marriage nationwide

- President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday proposed a constitutional reform that would legalize same-sex marriage across Mexico, making it join a handful of Latin American countries allowing such unions.

Turkey president's daughter marries in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday saw his younger daughter Sumeyye marry defence industrialist Selcuk Bayraktar at a large-scale and high security ceremony in Istanbul.

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Estanzuela - Colombia became the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage when the constitutional court definitively legalized it on Thursday.

Millennials, Baby Boomers turning away from marriage

For a generation that is learning to embrace renting in place of ownership, cohabitation is on the rise, and may be in line to replace traditional matrimony.

Coy Putin laughs off remarriage question in annual phone-in

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday laughed off a question about Russia's next first lady during his annual phone-in with the nation, but hinted that "maybe" he will remarry one day.

China court rules against same-sex couple's marriage application

Bejing - A Chinese court ruled against two men seeking to marry, it said Wednesday, as more sexual minorities push for equal rights in the country.

Colombia court paves way for same-sex marriage

Estanzuela - Colombia took a major step towards legalizing same-sex marriage when the constitutional court dismissed a petition that wanted to deny equal rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples.
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