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Gays can now marry in Illinois! Who’s next?

Now that states are falling like dominoes for same-sex marriage, the Daily Show opines that the real question is not which state will be next to legalize gay marriage but which state will be last: It’s Mississippi v. Alabama.

They send some stunt actors to play a flamboyant gay couple in each state…

Chicago’s divorce statistics: 1868 v. Now

Couple cuddling in boat

New York Times: Chicagoans should think before getting hitched.

On January 5, 1868, the New York Times Op Ed Column “guess[ed]” that Chicago has “the highest proportion of divorces to marriages of any locality in the United States, or of any place in the world.”

The article goes on to analyze how this reflects on Chicago:

It shows that there is something wrong in the style of its men or in the training of its women. It shows a fearful number of foolish matches, and a sorrowful crop of domestic suffering. It furnishes a warning to mankind which deserves to be heeded. Continue reading →

Divorce in 1860s Chicago

Don’t let their stiffness fool you. They weren’t that different from us.

In 1860, the town of Naperville received “world-side notoriety” when it hosted the Burch divorce case. At the time, the case “had just about as much notoriety as the O.J. Simpson case does today.” The case was to have been heard in Cook County, but it was moved to Naperville so the parties could get a fair hearing.

Ms. Burch, the well connected daughter of a railroad magnate, was divorcing her husband. Mr. Burch alleged that Ms. Burch had committed adultery. Ms. Burch alleged that Mr. Burch was cruel and that he only married her for her money. Continue reading →