Marriage

The Spectator Podcast: For richer, for poorer

30 November 2017 15:31

On this week’s episode we’ll be discussing whether marriage is becoming an elite institution. We’ll also be wondering if the…

A civil answer to the marriage question

11 September 2017 15:53

There was a bit of a kerfuffle last week regarding Jacob Rees-Mogg’s view on same-sex marriage. He is opposed but…

If it feels like you’re spending a fortune on going to weddings, you probably are

30 August 2017 13:07

As happens every bank holiday, the roads were chock-a-block this weekend with people on the move – many of them…

Books Podcast: Is monogamy dead?

27 July 2017 16:35

This week’s Books Podcast is all about love. Can we have too much of it? How long does it last?…

Should you say ‘I do’ to a pre-nup?

21 March 2017 11:58

‘I think pre-nups are brilliant,’ Catherine Zeta Jones told Vanity Fair back in 2000, shortly after marrying Hollywood royalty Michael…

The gender pensions gap is the last barrier to female equality

18 November 2016 11:36

Many women still suffer from a touch of the Cinderella complex. These days, few want men to sweep up the…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

27 August 2016 9:58

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

25 August 2016 8:14

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

Wedding rings should be kept away from the Olympics

15 August 2016 15:52

I felt rather sorry for Chinese Olympian He Zi yesterday. Having picked up the silver gong in a women’s diving…

Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

17 June 2016 0:05

Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion people, has just informed them that ‘the great majority’ of sacramental marriages are invalid…

Tracey Emin has married a rock – but did the stone give consent?

23 March 2016 8:54

It’s a tough world out there for singletons in the digital age. Although dating apps like Tinder mean it’s never…

Women proposing on leap years? Wrong on so many levels

29 February 2016 15:30

I’m planning to propose to my boyfriend this leap year. I’m proposing that he earns another £10,000 and loses a…

Yes, civil partnership law is deeply unfair – to relatives like me and my sister

29 January 2016 12:11

Try as I might, I find it difficult to feel too sorry for Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, the cohabiting heterosexual…

It’s time for the annual round of arguments with my sweet-natured wife

23 December 2015 10:00

The older I get, the more Scrooge-like I become. I’m dyspeptic, misanthropic, curmudgeonly, parsimonious and unsentimental. Caroline, by contrast, is…

Why it is wrong for Christians to eat their wives

6 December 2015 9:00

In his column last week, Rod Liddle suggested that an alleged fatwa by a Saudi Arabian cleric had said it…

Ireland’s ‘tolerant’ elite now demonise anyone who opposes gay marriage

19 May 2015 11:05

If you think it’s tough being a Tory voter in 21st-century Britain, try being a ‘No’ voter in this week’s…

Is a married clergy on Pope Francis’ agenda? I hope not

1 March 2015 16:30

Pope Francis, is, according to Cardinal Walter Kasper – a Swabian formerly responsible for ecumenism – neither a traditionalist nor…

I’ve received a mystifying marriage proposal

22 February 2015 9:53

I have had many proposals of marriage recently via the internet, most of them coming from young ladies in Nigeria,…

The latest immigration madness: prove you love your wife (or husband)

26 November 2014 9:44

Sometimes it is the small things that tell you everything you need to know about the madness afflicting British politics…

Podcast: the death of the left, Rochester and Strood and equality in marriage

13 November 2014 8:50

Has Ed Miliband found himself on the wrong side of history? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth discusses…

Old-school wedding announcement from Benedict Cumberbatch in the Times

5 November 2014 9:37

Mr S would not like to be on the Times news desk this morning, as the paper realises they have…

Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan

29 October 2014 10:49

Mixed messaging from education secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the equalities minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to…

After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of…

The key to a successful marriage…

6 June 2014 15:56

Husbands and wives across London gathered last night to hear Tim Dowling’s informed advice on How to be a Husband.…