March 29, 2012
Welcome to Married in Maryland, the new bridal blog from The Baltimore Sun.
March 17, 2012
Jessica Port and Virginia Anne Cowan had settled on San Francisco as the place to turn their two-year engagement into a marriage, taking advantage of an opportunity in 2008 for same-sex couples to wed there. They flew from their home in the District of Columbia, had a courthouse ceremony and played tourist in the city for a few days. Two years later, the relationship in tatters, Port filed for divorce in Maryland, where she had bought a home. The women had already divided their belongings, didn't hire lawyers, and they remained on terms so amicable that "we sat right next to each other at the divorce hearing," Port recalled.
February 14, 2012
Somewhere, a husband and wife are arguing about money — even on Valentine's Day. And researchers say that if the two were being totally honest, they would say: "It's not you. It's me. " Researchers say that people who don't like the way they handle money tend to marry partners with opposite financial traits. An unhappy tightwad, for example, will choose to walk down the aisle with a spendthrift. But what might seem appealing during courtship can be aggravating in a marriage. "The more different you are, the more you fight.
February 10, 2012
What if Ricky Ricardo didn't love Lucy? Unthinkable as that might be, new research by two professors from the University of Maryland School of Social Work suggests that the secret to a long and happy marriage might live nearby, like the Ricardos' landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. According to "Two Plus Two: Couples and Their Couples Friendships" by Geoffrey Greif and Kathleen Holtz Deal, a close-knit foursome can strengthen both sets of marriages. The authors say their book, which was recently released by Routledge press, is the first scholarly account of shared friendships that are specifically between couples.
February 9, 2012
Architects live and breathe design, blissfully losing themselves in details most people would never notice — the bevel of a trim, the way light falls across a room, squared legs or curved. So what happens, we wondered, when two such aesthetes come together under one roof? Do they lie awake at night, pondering three-inch moldings or four? Is there a prenup for the Eames chairs? Do they fight tooth and nailhead? Judging from the example set by these married Baltimore architects who live and work together, it all comes together much more smoothly than any of that.
February 7, 2012
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a lower court's ruling that California's Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, was unconstitutional is surely a good outcome and an advance for equality. Already backers of same-sex marriage in Maryland, including Gov.Martin O'Malley, are expressing optimism that it will provide a boost to their efforts here. But the 2-1 opinion is so narrowly drawn that, even if it is upheld by theU.S. Supreme Court in an inevitable appeal, it may have little bearing on the situation in Maryland and elsewhere.
February 2, 2012
Regarding your editorial urging the Maryland General Assembly to pass a same-sex marriage bill, I have to disagree ("A vote of conscience," Jan. 31). Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The concept of separation of church and state was intended to keep the government out of religion, not to keep religion out of the government. Religious arguments aside, the fact that openly gay individuals hold prominent positions in all professional fields demonstrates that there are no civil rights issues being violated.
January 26, 2012
"We need to understand what circumstances led to this incident," said an archdiocese spokesman ("Archdiocese investigating priest: He's suspended indefinitely after arrest on charges of indecent exposure," Jan. 24). Celibacy, that unnatural restriction, is forced on clergymen by the male-dominated Vatican. That's what led to these circumstances. Until the Catholic Church understands that it must change, these circumstances will lead other clergy to expose the church to embarrassment as a result of their natural desires.
January 15, 2012
This episode starts with too much drama. I really can't keep up. Let's see … Kourtney and Scott are not sleeping in the same bedroom, surprise. (However, in real life, Kourtney is clearly on baby #2.) Then, Kim and Khloe “are so competitive with one another” according to Kourtney, and the three sisters ultimately get into a conversation about it. More to come later. While we're here, let's also pretend that the Dubai episode all of a sudden informs the general population that Kris Hump and Kim Kardashian weren't meant to be together.
December 22, 2011
Carl Jr. and Diana Parr, of Halethorpe, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Christina Marie Parr, to Bryan Shaun Ditty, of Relay, on Sept. 30, 2011. Jessica Beadenkopf, cousin of the bride, and Derek Parr, the groom's brother-in-law, were chosen as honor attendants. Alexis and Brooke Parr served as junior bridesmaids. Since returning from a Mediterranean honeymoon, the couple is residing in their Arbutus home.