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January 31, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Thinking of waiting to tie the knot? You're not alone. About 20 percent of American adults ages 18-29 are married, compared with 59 percent in 1960. Other results from a Pew Research Center study released in December found that the median age for first marriages is expanding. The median age at first marriage For women in 2010: 26.5 For women in 1990: 23.9 For women in 1960: 20.3 For men in 2010: 28.7 For men in 1990: 26.1 For men in 1960: 22.8 Number of newly married U.S. adults 2010: 4.2 million ...
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May 30, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
For Sophia Jordan and Sara Weemes, it was love at first sight. That was in 2005, when Jordan's brother introduced them at a party. They've been inseparable since then. A couple of years later, they moved together to Indianapolis. They talked about marriage after three years of dating. "I just knew she was the one," Weemes, 31, said. "I haven't felt that way about anybody before her. " They will take another important step in their relationship Sunday, when they exchange vows the day the Illinois law allowing same-sex couples to marry goes into effect statewide.
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January 3, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Alec Baldwin said it got him kicked off a plane. John Mayer called it "the new Twitter. " Both celebs are obviously fans of Words With Friends, but neither can boast the game hooked them up with the love of their life, like Megan Lawless and Jasper Jasperse can. The game, a Scrabble-like contest for smartphones (and smart people), allows friends, family and strangers to compete to see who can construct the best words. Players get points for playing different letters and can chat during the game.
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March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
RedEye looks at Illinois' long road down the aisle to same-sex marriage.   July 1, 2000 Vermont becomes the  first state to adopt civil unions.   May 17, 2004 Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.   Feb. 23, 2007 State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) introduces the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, which outlines the formation of a civil union. Bill dies.   Oct. 1, 2009 State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Molly Fitzpatrick and For RedEye
On a scale of gummy vitamins to facial gunshot wounds, heavy drinking definitely lands in the not-great-for-you camp. A SUNY-Buffalo study that followed 634 couples for nine years has found that nearly half of all marriages in which one spouse is a heavy drinker end in divorce. (Researchers, by the way, defined “heavy” drinking as downing six or more drinks in one sitting.) But. But but but. Maybe you and your partner have a lot in common - including, say, your unquenchable thirst for devil water.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2011
Demi   Moore is ending her marriage to Ashton Kutcher . The 49-year-old actress announced her divorce plans to The Associated Press Thursday, saying she's doing it with "great sadness and a heavy heart. " Read the full story at chicagotribune.com
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April 25, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
As the battle for marriage equality ratchets up, one of the treasured conservative counter arguments is that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will lead down a slippery slope to polygamy. Cool! Plural marriage - or any other kind of arrangement between consenting adults - obviously will come next, and rightly so. The argument that the "institution of marriage" is some special compact with which we cannot tamper has little historical grounding. The idea of two partners forming an equal union of love and mutual respect is basically an invention of the last 50-75 years.
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December 3, 2013 | By Corey Beasley and For RedEye
Virgins: They Are People, Too. Did you know 100 percent of people were once virgins? It's true. And now Psychology Today has another interesting statistic about these mysterious creatures. According to one study, a full 3 percent of adult Americans say they will wait until marriage to have sex. That's about ten million people keeping their pants on until the big day (or, presumably, the night after the big day, but if you've been waiting that long, I'd do it in the limo on the way to the reception too)
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April 26, 2012 | By Nikki Lynette, For RedEye
Two weeks ago, I went to a friend's dinner party on North Avenue and ended up spending the evening socializing with a particularly pretty gal pal of his. When the conversation shifted to her recent engagement, the 23-year-old bride-to-be was absolutely glowing as she recalled the details of how her guy had proposed. Maybe it's because I am a recording artist (or maybe I am just a closet commitment-phobe), but being tied down right now seems like a fate worse than death. However, even I had to swoon when she showed us her super pretty, totally modern-looking...
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November 7, 2012 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
I started dating a guy about a month ago. I really like him and am interested in seeing where it goes, except for one thing: He's a 36-year-old virgin who's waiting until marriage to have sex. I've been sexually active for well over a decade, and I feel like this is too big of a difference to overcome. Plus, if we do become serious, I'm not willing to wait until marriage to find out if we're sexually compatible. Do I dump him or give it some time? Or try to convince him that waiting isn't necessarily the best idea?
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | Staff report and RedEye
What happened today? A federal judge in Chicago said same-sex couples don't have to wait until June to marry. That's when the measure legalizing gay marriages was to go into effect.   What happened before the decision? Two Illinois women who were in a civil union sued last year to challenge the start date; one of the them had been battling breast cancer and was told by a doctor she had little time to live. A judge granted the request and they wed in November. Later, the judge who on Friday did away with the June 1 start date ordered the Cook...
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December 3, 2013 | By Corey Beasley and For RedEye
Ladies and gentlemen, the data is in. We've collected the numbers. (We haven't, but a researcher in Texas has.) We've collated the data, whatever that means. (Again, Texas did that.) According to the Daily Mail , a psychologist at Southern Methodist University spent four years studying over 450 recently married couples, repeatedly polling them on their level of satisfaction within their marriages over that period of time. And, drum roll please, the secret to keeping a man happy in a marriage is - being really hot!
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December 3, 2013 | By Molly Fitzpatrick and For RedEye
On a scale of gummy vitamins to facial gunshot wounds, heavy drinking definitely lands in the not-great-for-you camp. A SUNY-Buffalo study that followed 634 couples for nine years has found that nearly half of all marriages in which one spouse is a heavy drinker end in divorce. (Researchers, by the way, defined “heavy” drinking as downing six or more drinks in one sitting.) But. But but but. Maybe you and your partner have a lot in common - including, say, your unquenchable thirst for devil water.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Corey Beasley and For RedEye
Virgins: They Are People, Too. Did you know 100 percent of people were once virgins? It's true. And now Psychology Today has another interesting statistic about these mysterious creatures. According to one study, a full 3 percent of adult Americans say they will wait until marriage to have sex. That's about ten million people keeping their pants on until the big day (or, presumably, the night after the big day, but if you've been waiting that long, I'd do it in the limo on the way to the reception too)
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Loyola University's campus along the lakefront is beautiful, and the perfect place to hold a wedding. But it's not welcome for everyone. Christine Irvine, 26, transferred to Loyola this fall and fell in love with the campus. Irvine got engaged to her partner Mary Nicol in April of 2013 and felt that the university would be the perfect locale for the ceremony. “The first person I spoke with was really helpful, but didn't realize my partner was female,” Irvine said. “When I called back to set up an appointment, I was told that...
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November 19, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Emily Trexler's excitement about the passage of Illinois gay marriage legislation goes beyond wanting to marry another woman someday. Her first concern is being able tell her family members, who hail from a socially conservative part of Georgia, that marriage is now a possibility for her. "It actually really means a lot to me. In the town I grew up in, being gay is not OK," said Trexler, 28, of Roscoe Village. "I just came out to my family this year, and I told them I really, really wanted to get married some day. " ...
SPORTS
November 5, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Rare is it that professional athletes are able to affect the kind of sociocultural movement getting under way in Minnesota and across the country. That it's an NFL punter doing this makes the whole thing even more remarkable. In case you missed it, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has established himself as the Most Valuable Athlete of Election Day, showing the kind of public social backbone rarely exhibited by pro athletes who find themselves wary of expressing anything resembling a tangible opinion on a controversial subject.
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Kate Green is living the so-called American Dream. She has a husband of five years whom she counts as her soul mate, three young daughters and a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house south of Chicago. And, oh yeah, she's only 25. "I love my life. I love my kids. I love living like a grown-up," said Green, who grew up in Westmont and now lives in Aroma Township in Kankakee County. Consider her a grown-up among adults who prefer playtime to naptime. Only one in five American adults ages 18-29 are married, according to a study Washington think tank Pew Research Center released...
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | RedEye
The Illinois General Assembly passed a gay marriage bill Tuesday, setting the stage for the state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. We asked five RedEye special contributors for their reactions. A time for celebration Usually I would take this moment to rain on the parade. Typical Zach would remind everyone that same-sex marriage still is not legal across the nation, or that thousands of LGBT youths in Illinois experience homelessness each year, or a number of other depressing facts.
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October 20, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
I recently was back South to celebrate both my sister's engagement and my mom's birthday. My family decided we'd meet up in Atlanta, and planned to spend the weekend catching up and helping my sister prep for her wedding. When I arrived, I was surprised to find out the weekend was going to be FULL of wedding talk, because my brother proposed to his girlfriend while we were all together. I will spare you the mushy details, but he did the whole one-knee thing and everyone clapped. I stood next to my mother - who cried, of course.
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