Category Archives: Marriage

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What makes a marriage last?

What makes one marriage last and dooms another to divorce? The answer appears to be not only communications, but positive communications according to an Infographic illustrating the Science of a Happy Relationship. According to the findings put together by Happify:
  • Happy couples have  5 positive interactions for every negative one, whereas couples who divorce have .8 happy encounters for every negative one.
  • Happy couples spend at least  5 hours together.
  • Not surprisingly, people are 55% more likely to be happy if they are  having sex every few days.
  • Couples who celebrate the other’s triumphs...
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Same Sex Marriage Update: Marriage Allowed in New Jersey and IRS to Allow Same Sex Couple to file Joint Returns

Same Sex Marriage Comes to New Jersey

Following the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling Friday, today, the first same sex marriages were performed in New Jersey.   No sooner had the first couples exchanged vows, Governor Christie withdrew his legal challenge to gay marriage in New Jersey.    

According to, the Governor issued a statement that “the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law.

New Jersey joins New York and twelve other states...

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New Jersey Court Allows Same Sex Marraige

A New Jersey judge ruled today that the state must allow same sex couples to wed. 

Judge, Mary C. Jacobson of State Superior Court in Mercer County ordered that, “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.”  By not allowing same sex  couples to wed, New Jersey deprives them of rights that are now guaranteed by the federal government.

Although New Jersey allows, civil unions, the Judge noted

The ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming...

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DOMA Unconstitutional: Federal Government to Recognize New York Same Sex Marriage

24175-same sex marraigeThe United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman only.  While some states, like New York, permit same sex marriage, the federal government, until now, did not recognize the validity of those marriages. In the Windsor case decided today (previously discussed here), Edith Windsor sued the federal government because it failed to recognize her Canadian marriage to Thea Speyer. Speyer died, leaving...
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