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Top French court OKs Franco-Moroccan same-sex marriage

Paris - France's highest appeals court on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a French-Moroccan gay couple to marry, going against a ruling that homosexuals from Morocco and 10 other nations cannot tie the knot in the country.

Marry your best friend for the happiest marriage, new study says

According to new research, couples who were also best friends experienced the most happiness in life, while married people were in general happier than unmarried ones.

Iran to combat 'immoral' dating with official marriage site

Tehran - Iran has announced plans to combat what it says are "immoral" online dating websites by launching an official site for young people seeking marriage.

Same-sex couples wed in Florida as gay marriage ban ends

Miami - Scores of same-sex Florida couples tied the knot early Tuesday after the state's ban on gay marriage ended.

Lily Tomlin marries long time partner

Los Angeles - Actress Lily Tomlin, 74, is a newlywed. After being together for 42 years Tomlin and her wife Jane Wagner, 78, said their "I do's" on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.

Report: More Indian women becoming trapped in bogus marriages

Arranged marriages made for Indians to brides and grooms living abroad can sometimes turn out to be fraudulent, with 188 such cases raised with the Indian government since 2011-2012.

Chinese police seek 100 Vietnamese runaway brides: Report

Bejing - Chinese police are seeking more than 100 Vietnamese brides who vanished after marrying bachelors from a poor rural area, with reports saying Thursday an "organised ring" could be behind the disappearance.

Australia probes report of nine-year-old bride

Sydney - The Australian government is investigating claims a nine-year-old girl from Sydney has been taken out of the country to be married in the Middle East, officials said Tuesday.

A whole lot of love in Rio: Nearly 4,000 tie the knot

Rio De Janeiro - It was Rio's biggest mass wedding: a total of 1,960 couples who exchanged vows Sunday in a hall next to the famous Maracana stadium.

Finland takes first step towards legalising gay marriage

Helsinki - Finland's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a victory for campaigners who gathered thousands of signatures to force parliament to examine the issue.

Russian couple registers 'first same-sex marriage'

Saint Petersburg - A lesbian couple tied the knot in Russia in a quiet ceremony seen as the first such marriage in the country where gay unions are illegal, activists told AFP Sunday.

Rome mayor refuses to back down over gay marriages

Rome - Rome's mayor refused Friday to back down in an increasingly heated dispute over his registering gay marriages celebrated abroad, in defiance of an order from the government to the delight of rights groups.

GOP bails on S.C nominee after he calls homosexuals 'gremlins'

A South Carolina Republican vying for a U.S. congressional seat apparently believes gays and lesbians should be kept out of the light, never given any water and most importantly, never fed after midnight; they are "gremlins" after all.

Woman marries herself in England

Grace Gelder, a London-based photographer who had gotten tired of being single for six years, decided to take a big step and marry herself.

Pope urges bishops to 'speak freely' at family synod

- Pope Francis urged bishops to be frank and not afraid to "speak freely" as a synod on the thorny subject of Catholic teachings on the family opened in Rome on Monday.

US Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in more states

Washington - Same-sex couples will soon be able to wed in up to 30 US states after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider -- for now -- a nationwide ruling on the divisive issue.

Ten of thousands march for 'family values' in France

Paris - Tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to demonstrate for what protesters called "traditional family values" and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy.

Pope backs reform as Church begins review on family, marriage

- Pope Francis on Sunday issued a strong signal of support for reform of the Catholic Church's approach to marriage, cohabitation and divorce as bishops began a landmark review of teaching on the family.

Op-Ed: Weaker role of men in economy is eroding marriage for millennials

A new poll suggests that up to 1/4 of Millennials will NEVER get married. Is this due to the decreasing role of men in the U.S. economy?

Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived 'in sin'

- A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

Gay marriage set to make grand U.S. Supreme Court return

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court this week made plans to revisit gay marriage, less than 15 months after its landmark decision that same-sex couples were entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals.

Indian girl forced to marry stray dog to fend off evil spirits

It what may be the world's strangest wedding ceremony, an Indian girl has been forced to marry a dog in order to ward off evil spirits.

Rose Falcon talks future plans, country career and Rodney Atkins Special

Country singer Rose Falcon talks about her No. 1 song as a songwriter, for co-penning "Friday Night," as well as her latest endeavors in music and her marriage to Rodney Atkins.

After almost 62 years a married couple passes away together

Bakersfield - Don and Maxine Simpson had what anyone would call a lasting relationship. After 61 years and a few months of marriage both passed away together, within four hours of each other.

Court flips U.S. state's ban on same-sex marriage

Washington - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States.

Islamic State jihadists open 'marriage bureau'

Beirut - The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq.

Fake marriages more rife than thought, British MPs warn

London - Sham marriages to win the right to live in Britain are more prevalent than thought and a major risk to immigration control, a group of lawmakers warned on Friday.

Adam Levine weds Behati Prinsloo in Mexico

The lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine, married Behati Prinsloo, a model, yesterday at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

30 foreigner-conducted marriages annulled in France

Paris - At least 30 marriages in France, celebrated between 2012 and 2013, are now null and void. It turns out the Portuguese-born councilor who conducted the services does not have the power to do so. They'll now have to get married all over again.

Hong Kong refuses to allow gay marriage at UK mission

Hong Kong - The Hong Kong government has refused to allow same-sex couples to marry at the British consulate in the city, UK officials said Monday, prompting heavy criticism from gay and lesbian rights groups.
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