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Bestie + Lover = Relationship Nirvana? Aspa

Why you should date your best friend

Looking for a lifelong Valentine? Psychologists suggest taking a closer look at your best friend. The things we want in a good friend are many of the same things we expect from a romantic partner.
French essayist Michel de Montaigne once described a ceremony between two male lovers at Saint John at the Latin Gate in Rome. Gary Ferguson

A same-sex marriage ceremony in… Renaissance Rome?

Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
Women are more likely to be attracted to a man who has been “chosen” before. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why we’re more likely to date someone who has an ex

Research has found people with relationship experience, all else being equal, tend to be more romantically desirable than people without relationship experience.
Heterosexual couples who believe in marriage equality, and the civil celebrants who marry them, are using wedding ceremonies to protest marriage law in Australia. shutterstock

How heterosexual couples are protesting marriage inequality

Given the ubiquity of civil marriage and support for marriage equality, how do heterosexual brides and grooms who support marriage equality manage legal requirements at their weddings?
Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: what is parliament’s role in the marriage equality debate?

As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
External stressors might have more to do with a low-income couple’s success. Michael Newman

Relationship advice from the government doesn’t help low-income couples – here’s what might

Relationship education programs are meant to strengthen low-income couples, with the idea children would benefit. But focusing on communication skills overlooks what really matters to these Americans.

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