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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)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2011 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
This article does not contain spoilers about Wednesday's series finale of "Friday Night Lights," but it does address story lines from the fifth season, which has aired only on DirecTV. The final season of "Friday Night Lights" is scheduled to begin air ing on NBC on April 15. "Eighteen years," Tami Taylor angrily whispered in last week's episode of "Friday Night Lights," referring to the amount of time she's been Coach Eric Taylor's loyal and supportive wife.
OPINION
June 10, 2004
Re "Marriage Can Be Expanded," Voices, June 5: Marriage is not some government program that can be expanded like Medicare or welfare. It was created by God, defined as the exclusive union of one man and one woman. No person or court has the right to change that. Mark Bedor South Pasadena
NATIONAL
January 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Louisiana Supreme Court, meeting in New Orleans, unanimously reinstated an amendment to the state constitution that blocked same-sex marriage. The amendment was overwhelmingly approved by voters in September. The high court reversed a ruling by a state district judge who had struck down the "defense of marriage" amendment in October on the grounds that the measure dealt with more than one subject, in violation of the Louisiana Constitution.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got "a little over his skis” on Sunday when he said he supported same-sex marriage on a morning TV talk show. But Biden did it out of a "generosity of spirit," Obama said in the full interview with ABC's Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," broadcast today. Obama said he had already made a decision that he would affirm the right of gays and lesbians to marry and was planning to do it in advance of the election.
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