Thursday, July 22, 2010

Of love and marriage

Couples who cook together stay together

from the Detroit Free Press

A recent survey of 1,500 couples found that those who cook together view their relationship more positively than those who said they did not spend time together in the kitchen.

The survey was sponsored by the appliance company Kenmore in conjunction with relationship expert and author John Grey ("Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.")

Enquiring minds want to know -- is your marriage heading for divorce?

from the National Enquirer

Fifty percent of today's marriages end in divorce. Are there any warning signs?

According to relationship expert, Dr. Gilda Carle, here are six of them:

1. Money problems. Couples with no assets at the beginning of a three-year period were 70% more likely to divorce by the end of that period than couples with at least $10,000 in assets.

2. Divorced parents. Adults mimic the first relationship models they see as children. Children of divorced parents are 40% more likely to divorce.

3. Smokers marrying nonsmokers. "People who take care of their health often don't respect partners who don't," says Dr. Carle.

4. If you live in Utah, Arkansas, Kentucky, or Oklahoma. These states have the youngest average age for marrying couples. "The younger you are, the less you know what you really want and the greater the chance that you and your mate will part," she says.

5. Second marriage. Breakups can result from "complicated interactions with step families."

6. Age differences. A huge age difference can lead to sexual discord.

Other factors that can determine marriage success or failure:

> Couples who have twins or triplets are 17% more likely to divorce than those with single-child births.

> Women two or more years older than their husbands are 50% more likely to divorce than if he were one year younger or up to three years older.

> Male same-sex marriages are 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than heterosexual marriages. The odds for a female same-sex marriage is worse.

About Dr. Gilda: On her website,, Gilda Carle is described as an "internationally known relationship expert" who addresses corporations, adults, teens, and tweens.

She holds a doctorate from New York University in Educational Leadership with a concentration on psychology, sociology, and social psychology.

Her television appearances include "Dateline", "The O'Riley Factor," "The View," and "Oprah." She has also given numerous print interviews.

You too can talk to Dr. Gilda. She charges $75 for up to three email interactions or $95 for a 30-minutes of phone advice.

Kutcher deems vow renewal unnecessary.

from the National Enquirer

When actress Demi Moore, 47, suggested that she and her husband of five years, actor Ashton Kutcher, 32, renew their wedding vows, she got the following response:

"I didn't know they'd expired!" the usually romantic Kutcher said.

He explained that he'd committed completely to their vows the first time around and saw no reason to repeat them.

Argentina approves gay marriage -- with full legal rights

from the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press

Despite an opposition campaign by the Catholic Church and other evangelical groups, the Argentine senate voted 33-27 to make gay marriage legal in that country.

Argentina becomes the first Latin American country to grant same-sex couples the legal rights, responsibilities, and protections as heterosexual marriages.

Although anti-gay sentiments still run strong in primarily Catholic Argentine society, Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual and Transgender Federation, says that passage of the law has made Argentina a "more just and democratic country."

However, same-sex couples from other countries will need to live in Argentina before becoming eligible and the necessary residency documents can take months to obtain.

Some gay business leaders anticipate an economic ripple effect from an increase in gay and lesbian tourism.

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