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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.

Israel's 'chained women' fight for right to divorce

Jerusalem - She is one of Israel's "chained women" -- the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of wives denied a divorce by their husbands and prevented from breaking free by the country's use of Jewish law.

Rupert Murdoch marries Jerry Hall in London

London - Rupert Murdoch married model Jerry Hall in London Friday less than two months after they got engaged, prompting the media mogul to describe himself as the "luckiest" man in the world.

3,000 couples in Unification Church mass wedding

Seoul - Thousands of couples took part in a mass wedding on Saturday by South Korea's Unification Church, with the widow of church founder Sun Myung Moon presiding over the event at a giant stadium.

Pakistan police arrest six over child wedding

Multan - Police have arrested six people accused of arranging the marriage of a seven-year-old boy and six-year-old girl in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

Review: ’45 Years’ is a slow burn that leaves an indelible mark Special

’45 Years’ is the compelling and emotional tale of a marriage inconceivably strained by decades-long secrets on the eve of their anniversary, featuring a poignant performance by best actress Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling.

Italian minister wants surrogacy treated like 'sex crimes'

Rome - Italy's acrimonious debate over gay civil unions intensified on Thursday after the interior minister said the paid use of surrogate mothers should be treated like a sex crime.

Fact file: Same-sex marriage around the world

Paris - Slovenians on Sunday shut down efforts by their national parliament to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples -- the second time they have voted in a referendum against changing the law.

'Child brides' suffer, but African Union seeks to end custom

Maxixe - Lucia Felix, a 15-year-old Mozambican girl, dreams of returning to her village school but instead she must prepare for motherhood after she was chosen for an arranged marriage and became pregnant.

Ireland gay marriage law comes into force

Dublin - Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force from Monday, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum.

Two women risk jail time for same-sex wedding in Costa Rica

San Jos - Same-sex weddings may be legal in a small but growing number of countries, but not in Costa Rica where two women who married, and their lawyer, face criminal charges, and having the union annulled.

Guatemala raises legal age of marriage from 14 to 18

Guatemala City - Guatemalan lawmakers on Thursday passed a law raising the minimum age for marriage after human rights groups cited alarming figures for early pregnancies and other risks for wedded girls.

Japan district issues first gay union certificate

Toukyo - A major Tokyo municipality started Thursday issuing "partnership" certificates to same-sex couples, as Japan takes gradual steps towards greater tolerance for sexual minority groups.

Norwegian bishops back gay marriage

Oslo - Church of Norway bishops said Friday that they were unanimously in favour of allowing gay couples to marry in religious ceremonies, a hot-button issue to be decided on next year.

Gay marriage signed into law in Ireland

Dublin - Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland, five months after a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world's first country to vote for gay unions.

Dutch stop recognising child marriages abroad

Den Haag - Dutch authorities Wednesday moved to close a loophole under which minors married abroad were allowed to join their spouses in the Netherlands, which has registered record numbers of asylum seekers.

Chile promotes civil union law for gay couples

Santiago - The Chilean government launched a campaign Tuesday to promote a new civil union law that will go into effect Thursday and apply to both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Pope says Church stance on marriage not up for review at synod

Vatican City - Pope Francis has told bishops taking part in a Church review of family teachings that its stance on the indissolubility of marriage was not up for discussion, despite hopes of an opening towards remarried divorced people.

Ahead of synod on family, pope rules out divorce

Divorce will not be on the agenda at an upcoming synod on the family, Pope Francis said Monday three weeks after he streamlined the process for Catholic couples to obtain annulments.

Kentucky clerk to let deputies issue gay marriage licenses

Chicago - The Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing in the name of her Christian faith to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said Monday she will not prevent her deputies from doing so.

U.S. clerk jailed for blocking gay marriage released

Chicago - The US county clerk sent to jail in Kentucky for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples praised God and thanked her supporters Tuesday after a judge ordered her release.
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