August 14, 1992 |
There was a time when I believed marriage was a mystery--a magical, inevitable union between two halves looking to be whole. That was my romantic phase. Then I learned about family systems theory, in which members of a clan play out their unconsciously assigned, but inevitable roles, and I began to regard marriage as a match between people who own sets of interlocking neuroses. That was my cynical phase. Now I am in my realistic phase: Marriage is about magic and neurosis.
November 27, 2008 |
The national fight over same-sex marriage is coming to a peak in Iowa, where the state's highest court will hear arguments next month over whether the state's ban on gay unions is unconstitutional. The debate over the future of Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act, a decade-old law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, comes after a ruling by a lower court judge last year.
September 13, 2000 |
Dutch lawmakers gave same-sex couples the right to marriage and all the trappings, including adoption and divorce--approving legislation that grants gays and lesbians rights beyond those offered in any other country. The law will bring little change to the lives of most gays in a nation long at the vanguard of gay rights. But activists said it is a bold step toward recognizing the equality of gay and heterosexual unions.
February 9, 2004 |
Boisterous opponents of same-sex marriage sang, cheered and chanted at a rally to build support for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Participants in the rally at the Boston Common broke out into chants of "Let the people vote!" Police estimated the crowd at 2,000. The state's highest court ruled in November that same-sex couples had a right under the state constitution to the benefits of marriage.
May 15, 2007 |
The state Supreme Court took up the issue of same-sex marriage. Connecticut is the first state in the nation to pass a civil-unions law without court intervention. Eight gay and lesbian couples, considering civil unions inferior, are suing over the state's refusal to grant them marriage licenses.
September 7, 2000 |
A woman and a transsexual who was born a man obtained a marriage license in San Antonio, taking advantage of a court ruling that defines gender only by chromosomes. Jessica Wicks and Robin Manhart Wicks, who took Jessica's surname this year, were allowed to pay $36 to get their license, even though they consider themselves a same-sex couple. Had Jessica Wicks been born a woman, their marriage, set for Sept. 16, would be illegal under state law.
March 11, 1997 |
A couple who married for love did not violate the teachings of Islam, even though the union was not arranged by their parents, Pakistan's High Court ruled. For more than a year, Saima Wahid, who flouted tradition by choosing the man she wanted to marry, lived in a shelter for women in Lahore while her parents tried to have her marriage declared invalid.
September 22, 1989 |
Tom Newberry may be a candidate for the unluckiest man in America. The plane he was aboard Wednesday night on the way to his wedding--USAir Flight 5050--crashed on takeoff at New York's La Guardia Airport. His wedding was scheduled for Saturday in Wilmington, N.C., which is in the path of Hurricane Hugo. Newberry's honeymoon was to have been in the Virgin Islands, which were devastated earlier this week by the hurricane and subsequently by looting and rioting. His plans now?
April 5, 2000 |
A judge has refused to grant TV's instant bride an instant annulment. Instead, a court hearing is set for today to determine if Darva Conger's marriage to a multimillionaire really was a fraud. Conger filed for an annulment March 7, saying her quickie marriage to Rick Rockwell was a mistake and that she was never told about the groom's "history of problems with women."
March 22, 2006 |
Eight same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in Connecticut got their first hearing in court Tuesday, with their attorney arguing that marriage was a fundamental right that could not be denied to a certain group of citizens. The state permits gay and lesbian couples to obtain civil unions, but such partnerships don't provide all of the intangible benefits that come with a marriage license, said Bennett Klein, a lawyer with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.