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NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Fewer people are tying the knot, and when they do they tend to be older, says a report from the Pew Research Center. Analyzing U.S. census data, the study finds that today 51% of all adults age 18 and older are married, compared with 72% in 1960. The average age for first-time brides and grooms is the highest it's ever been: 26.5 years old for brides and 28.7 for grooms. The changing numbers could have to do with the fact that more people are living together, staying single or becoming single parents, all factors that are changing the landscape.
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NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A federal judge in San Antonio overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes the relationship of gay couples in the conservative state. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because he stayed the injunction pending any appeal. Garcia ruled that the state's ban deprives same-sex couples of due process and equal protection, stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples.
NEWS
May 15, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
Newt Gingrich says he doesn’t expect to be vice president, and, he says, he's made personal mistakes. The Republican presidential hopeful, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, threw back to moderator David Gregory a question about the No. 2 spot. “Can you imagine any presidential nominee who would pick me to be the vice presidential candidate?” Gingrich, the former House speaker, asked. “As Reagan said in ’76 when he was hoping Ford would not ask him, nobody could automatically say no to the president of the United States," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2010 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice.. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
WASHINGTON-- Having graduated to the role of elder statesman -- his thick mane gone white,  the boom years now lauded by politicians of both parties -- it is clear the political transformation of William Jefferson Clinton has been among the most successful of recent past presidents. It is thus easy to forget the stumbles that marked his tenure long before Monica Lewinsky became a household name, which offer instruction for today's politicians. The 1994 Republican revolution, when the GOP seized control of the House for the first time in four decades, was the obvious low point of Clinton's first term (even if the overreach and foibles of one Speaker Newt Gingrich ultimately helped lift Clinton to easy reelection two years later.)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Rita O'Farrell's “Pedestrian,” now at the Lounge Theatre, initially debuted at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival.  There's still something palpably “fringey” about the play, which is certainly not of the stick-to-your-ribs school of theater. But, although O'Farrell doesn't quite manage to say anything particularly novel about the state of human relationships, her roughly hour-long play largely succeeds as a comical divertissement. The plot revolves around Dennis (Daniel Ball)
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Millennials stand out among other generations for their optimism over personal finances and America's future, according to a new national survey released Friday by the Pew Research Center. But the upbeat thinking among the 18-to-33-year-old crowd is also marked by near or at record levels of detachment and distrust of traditional institutions, the report also said. “Millennials are forging a distinctive path into adulthood. " said Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center's executive vice president for special projects and author of the new book "The Next America.
SPORTS
December 19, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele wanted to keep their marriage quiet, so they tied the knot in enemy territory Monday with no family or friends present. Even so, the secret didn't even last two days. "We tried to keep the attention away from us and went over to Wisconsin and had it done," Ponder told reporters after the news got out Wednesday. "So it was quick but it was good. " The second-year quarterback added that he realizes a lot of Vikings fans aren't happy about the location of the wedding, but said that he and Steele would have a bigger ceremony in Minnesota after the football season ends.
WORLD
March 12, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
The mayor was there. So were the protesters. Judith Vazquez wore an ivory wedding dress. So did her bride. Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda on Thursday became the first gay couple to marry in Mexico under a new law that allows same-sex couples to wed and to adopt children. The law was passed by the Mexico City legislature in December and applies only to the capital. It is the most far-reaching gay-rights law in Latin America and one of several measures that have put the city and its leaders at odds with the more conservative country.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Bristol Palin is learning Rule No. 1 of being a blogger: If you're going to dish it out, you gotta be able to take it. Palin is being blasted for ridiculing President Obama this week on her Patheos blog, and how he came to change his position on same-sex marriage in part by reflecting on the life experiences of his young daughters, Sasha and Malia, who have friends with same-sex parents. The post headlined "Hail to the Chiefs -- Malia and Sasha Obama" doesn't explicitly outline Palin's position on same-sex marriage.
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