Germany's constitutional court has strengthened the rights of gay and lesbian couples, giving them a same tax benefit as heterosexual married couples.
On her wedding day, Jessica Port wore a tan and black dress to match the tan button-down shirt and patterned necktie of her spouse-to-be, Virginia Anne Cowan.
The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling.
The first openly gay U.S. ambassador talks about a Senate panel vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and New York. Civil unions are legal in New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii.
Maryland's highest court has ruled that a lesbian couple married out of state can legally file for divorce, even though Maryland's own same-sex marriage law does not take effect until next year.
CNN's Randi Kaye reports on how far the U.S. has come on same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage was thrust into the political spotlight earlier this week after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage in the state, and President Barack Obama, who will accept the Democratic Party's nomination in North Carolina later this year, announced Wednesday that he personally supports same-sex marriage. Obama's announcement brought cheers from gay rights activists and Democratic allies and jeers from religious conservatives and some quarters of the GOP.
Ah, springtime! When a young single person's fancy turns to quiet desperation. The darling buds of April have shaken off their veils of snow, and you, dear reader, have done likewise with your veils of fleece and SAD-induced despair.
Maryland's highest court is considering a case involving a lesbian couple married in California but denied a divorce in Maryland because the state does not currently allow same-sex couples to wed.
Suzanne Forman enters a swanky Los Angeles restaurant with Todd Grodnick, a blind date she's only spoken to on the phone. The two are among a growing number of baby boomers who are going online to date.
Websites cater to over-50 crowd looking for love. CNN's Casey Wian reports.
Ahh, yes, February 15, the joyful day when singletons can finally collapse in exhaustion after weeks of maintaining a nonchalant front. Finally, you think, finally, the incessant stream of hearts and cupids and reminders that romantic partnership is the apogee of human achievement will come to a merciful end.
Washington's state legislature approves a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington State voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, putting Washington on the path toward becoming the seventh state in the nation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Thanks to the proliferation of online dating, would-be couples are now almost as likely to meet via email or a virtual "wink" as they are through friends and family.
This week, we pulled the cotton from our ears and emerged from our dark caves of seclusion to open this here column up to user-submitted questions.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes decades of time together strewn with a minefield of potential relationship wreckers. It's a wonder that anyone ends up walking off into the sunset, hand-in-wrinkled-hand, with a silver-haired mate. What do those geriatric lovebirds know that you don't?
Researchers from Alfred Kinsey to local nonprofits have tried for decades to count the United States' gay, lesbian and bisexual population, and still, there were no hard numbers.
As the economy improves, divorce lawyers say their business is picking up. Mary Snow has more.
While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don't do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get divorced than people living in the Northeast.
Research suggests 1 in 5 relationships now start online. Tech guru Mario Armstrong has tips on keeping it safe.
If you're young, urban and didn't import a significant other from college, it's pretty likely that you're on an online dating site. Let's just admit that right now.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian isn't often held up as a model of prudent behavior. But the recent reports that she and her fiancé, NBA forward Kris Humphries, are working out a prenuptial agreement make her the celebutante face of a practical new trend. Prenups are on the rise. And they aren't just for the wealthy and famous these days.
Marriage is thought to have a number of health benefits, including greater longevity, less stress, and a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
CNN's Ninette Sosa tells us about an early indicator for heart disease in men. What he/she has to say may surprise you.
The issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a legislative matter that must be taken up in Colombia's Congress, the nation's Constitutional Court ruled in a move that activists saw as a victory, though the outcome remains to be seen.
Ron Wallen met the person that he says completed his life in 1953.
Research suggests that marriage is good for your health -- especially if you're a man. Married men tend to live longer than their unwed counterparts, they're more likely to see their doctor regularly, and they even have a lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.
Rhode Island state senators sound off about a bill that permits civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
Less than a week after New York became the nation's sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that permits civil unions between gay and lesbian couples.
Though they had perhaps crossed paths several times on campus, it was only when Andy Lalinde was scrolling through images of cute girls online that the one with brunette hair standing in some South American country caught his eye.
A couple who got engaged after the groom-to-be popped the question via a movie trailer talks to CNN's Carol Costello.
You've tried marriage therapy. You've tried date night. You've tried attitude adjustment, and tricking yourself into ignoring the discontent ("Just suck it up. ... Everyone feels mediocre about their marriages. ... Stop being selfish and whiny").
Arnold Schwarzenegger's indiscretions could cost him dearly, now that he's headed for divorce with Maria Shriver.
Brazil's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that the nation should recognize same-sex unions.
A woman sues Match.com after she says a man she met online sexually assaulted her. Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke with her.
A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a convicted offender she met on the dating website Match.com went public Tuesday with a series of media appearances, saying, "I want to prevent something like this happening to another woman."
Match.com says it will begin cross-referencing members against the National Sex Offender Registry after a lawsuit filed last week in California, in which a woman claims she was raped by a convicted offender she met on the dating website.
Match.com will check members against the National Sex Offender Registry after a woman says a man she met raped her.
Online dating seems like the pinnacle of modernity, an online meat market where glassy-eyed humans browse possible suitors, sorted for ease of shopping by size, shape and moral fabric.
Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.
A new report about the sex habits of young adults has turned up a worrisome discrepancy.
In one of the largest studies on sexual behavior in America, Indiana University investigators have found that more teens than adults use condoms -- and that sexual activity in the U.S. involves much more than the missionary position.
An Indiana University study finds condom use highest among teens, but older Americans are less likely to use them.
By the time Zulema Green turned 12, her mother had been divorced three times.
There's a ton of breakup advice out there, but one of the most frequently prescribed methods of getting over heartbreak quickly is the "clean break." Meaning that once you break up with someone, it's best to just completely steer clear of each other for a while to avoid confusion, fights and reopening emotional wounds.
Many middle-aged women report sexual problems, including a loss of libido and a less-than-satisfying sex life. Now a new study suggests these problems are even more common among women who have had breast cancer.
Many studies over the past few years have shown that workplace friendships increase productivity, team morale and workers' overall job satisfaction; and since friends provide us with support, comic relief and a sense of belonging, it seems only natural that having friends at the office makes work more pleasant.
In signing Argentina's same-sex marriage law, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said debate over the issue would be "absolutely anachronistic" -- archaic, out of date -- within a few years.
A federal appeals court sets aside a lower court ruling allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California.
Mexico's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a law allowing for adoption by gay couples in Mexico City is legal.
Same-sex couples can resume getting married in California beginning August 18th. CNN's Dan Simon reports
Kirsten Ott walked down the aisle in a white strapless gown with an embroidered bodice and cascading ruffles. Maria Palladino, dressed in a white suit, waited for her at the end of the aisle with a minister. Surrounded by their family and close friends, the women committed to each other for the rest of their lives.
Breakups aren't easy. But just because you had a crappy ending to your relationship does not give you an excuse to not be the classy woman you've always been after it's over. You may want to go and rebel (after all, you're now single and on the prowl), but while revenge may seem sweet, the aftertaste is bitter.
"If it's your first marriage, you've got a 50-50 chance," Doyle Hamilton said, looking around the room. "If it's your second, you've got less than that."
Two federal judges have made an important difference in my life recently. I am a lawyer, and judges' rulings frequently have a professional effect. But this time, it's personal.
Today marks the first nationally-recognized Argintine homosexual marriage.
Seismic cultural shifts about 10,000 years ago rendered the true story of human sexuality so subversive and threatening that for centuries, it has been silenced by religious authorities, pathologized by physicians, studiously ignored by scientists and covered up by moralizing therapists.
"This will be the first of many breakups," Sharon says of her daughter's split from fiancÃ© Luke Worrall
Can you spot a good marriage? I was pretty sure I could, starting with my own.
So you've had your heart ripped from your chest -- the left ventricle cleaved from the right. The aorta geysering blood across your bedroom floor, on which you are currently sprawled.
Robert Winn met his wife, Christine, in college. He was a fraternity boy. She was a sorority girl. Early in their relationship, he made a confession, a thorny secret he camouflaged from his closest family and friends.
Author Helena Andrews shares experience of being raised by lesbian mother.
The concept of family can mean one thing to you and another to someone else. In CNN's documentary "Gary and Tony Have a Baby," Soledad O'Brien follows a same-sex couple in their struggle against the legal and personal obstacles to become parents.
From personal stories of growing up with gay parents to challenges of what defines a family, the public's comments on same-sex couples having families was supportive and critical, calm and heated -- sometimes all in one conversation thread.
Losing interest in sex would be unfortunate for most people, but for Linda Poelzl it was a professional hazard.
"The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is, 'What does a woman want?' "
When Cyndi met her husband at a picnic on the beach nearly 20 years ago, the two had instant physical chemistry. "We would kiss and my hormones would go riding. I'd want it to last forever, more and more and more."
An FDA panel will decide whether or not to approve filbanserin based on safety and efficacy.
Divorce is contagious in social networks, a new study says. The idea is based on the theory of social contagion, or the spread of behavior or emotion through a group. In this case, the heated feelings and actions of one person's divorce can be transferred like a virus, causing others to divorce, according to the study.
Heart-attack patients who don't talk to their doctors about when it's safe to have sex again are likely to see a drop-off in their sex lives, new research suggests.
Emerson Donnell III had heard that 80 percent of marriages that include a child with autism end in divorce. And he felt certain it would happen to him.
It's only been two months since the District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage, but local attorney Lawrence Jacobs is already cautioning his clients: Marriage may be allowed, but divorce will be much harder to do.
Last Christmas, Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was putting flares near a minor accident on a snowy road in Eureka when he was hit by a car and killed.
"But I don't want to join Twitter," my friend Leda says, fighting off my entreaties to start tweeting so we can stay in touch throughout the day.
When Jennifer Nicholas sees television shows or movies where characters "hook up" or have sex with "friends with benefits," she cringes, because that's how she got herpes.
Lana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, California, was diagnosed with genital herpes in 1997.
The sexually charged singer says she's abstinent to help support the fight against HIV
I'm on the hunt for a new best friend. Not that I'm replacing my old ones, mind you. BFFs aren't like cell phones, traded in for an upgrade every two years.
The health care reform legislation that President Obama signed recently isn't only about insurance coverage -- there's also a renewal of $50 million per year for five years for abstinence-focused education.
Six weeks after Robyn Roark gave birth to her first child, her doctor told her that she could start having sex again. She started crying.
Jesse James's rep also denies a report that he has reached out to attorneys
When you break up with someone, how do you expect the people in your life to treat your ex?
Healthier men, no matter their age, are going to have better sex more frequently and desire it more often than healthier women.
A lesbian couple together for more than a decade smiled through tears Tuesday as they became the first same-sex couple to marry in the District of Columbia, on the first day such unions are legal in the nation's capital.
When Jack Rogers first heard media reports of Tiger Woods' multiple extramarital affairs, the first thing he did was say a little prayer for Woods and his wife. The second thing he did was tally up the number of women who claimed to have had sex with the famous golfer.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks to a recovering sex addict and also explores some of the medical opinions about sex addiction.
When I moved from New York City to Chicago to live with my boyfriend, now husband, I knew I was making sacrifices.
Hers is the book title that's been heard around the single women's world. It's made 30- and 40-somethings gasp, stomp their feet in defiance and mutter, "How could she?"
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new study that shows abstinence-only education may work.
An abstinence-only education program is more effective than other initiatives at keeping sixth- and seventh-graders from having sex within a two-year period, according to a study described by some as a landmark.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am a gainfully employed, God-fearing, law-abiding citizen, and I come in peace. I don't bet on baseball, I take excellent care of my gums, I keep my tray table locked and upright from takeoff to landing.
My friend posted this message as her Facebook status update: Maybe it's just me, but I am extremely uncomfortable with any married man calling me "just to say hi." Not good! Respect your wife!
A gay couple challenging Proposition 8 in federal court Monday said civil unions and domestic partnerships aren't the same as marriages, something they view as a stepping stone toward starting a family.
Dear Wendy: I'm 23 years old and have been friends with a 26-year-old guy -- let's call him Ben -- for about two years. We met online, and instantly hit it off.
A new study outlines the health benefits of having more sex. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the details.
Yoga instructor Sadie Nardini and her husband got an early start on their New Year's resolution: In December, the New York couple decided to have sex every day for the entire month.
Ladies (and gentlemen): Can you find the G-spot?
HLN's Joy Behar talks with Naomi Wolf and Lizz Winstead about a study that says the "G-spot" does not exist.