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Amid evolving same-sex marriage laws, Bob and Rik have vowed their love thrice.

By Kristin Wong Jan 25, 2013 7:58PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@micros​​​​oft.com for a chance to be featured.

Bob Bragar realized he was gay at a young age. It was the 1950s, and he never really had plans to marry. In a piece for the Huffington Post, Bragar writes: 

"Marriage just wasn't an option for gay people in that time and place."

As an adult, Bob fell in love with Jay. While they couldn't marry, they did live in domestic bliss for 17 years, until Jay passed away in 1993. Naturally, Bob was devastated and found it difficult to keep going. 

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Today we got to hear from the supposedly duped man himself.

By Glamour Magazine Jan 25, 2013 12:27AM

by Gena Kaufman                               

We've been puzzling over the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax for a week now (and even contemplating whether we're all catfishes ourselves), and today we got to hear from the supposedly duped man himself. Katie Couric nabbed an exclusive interview with Te'o and his parents and it aired today on her show, Katie.

Here are some things we learned about the story of Manti and "Lennay"... and why none of them cleared up that much of the mystery of the most confusing relationship hoax we've ever heard of:

Photo: Disney-ABC via Getty Images1. He did lie, at least a little. Manti claimed that while he wasn't completely forthcoming, he didn't lie. When Katie rightfully accused him of splitting hairs with the definition, he admitted to lying to his dad about meeting Lennay when home in Hawaii (he called it "the biggest lie" he was sorry for), but said he just wanted his dad to approve of his relationship. He also confessed to keeping up appearances of the story with the public after learning something was amiss out of confusion and embarrassment.


One expert likens it to cocaine.

By Kristin Wong Jan 24, 2013 5:32PM

Some say it's the best sex ever, but according to one expert, make-up sex is downright unhealthy.

"Intense romantic relationships often include powerful arguments, followed by powerful make-up sex," writes Seth Meyers, Psy.D, in an article for Psychology Today.

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Meyers argues that make-up sex is simply a distraction from the negative issues in a relationship and goes on to write, "it's not that different from an addict who needs a hit of cocaine."

Not surprisingly, Meyers' coke comparison stirred up a bit of controversy.

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Sex crimes and domestic assault have been steadily increasing in the small oil town of Williston.

By Kristin Wong Jan 24, 2013 4:52PM

In the midst of an oil boom, young men have been migrating to North Dakota in search of work. It's lucrative work, too—many of them rake in six-figure salaries.

Because of this boom, Williston, North Dakota has seen a notable increase in its population of single men. In fact, the single men now significantly outnumber the single women of Williston. But the scarcity of women has an unsavory side effect—the men are becoming aggressive.

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Plus, an expert tells us why revisiting romance is a terrible idea.

By Kristin Wong Jan 23, 2013 4:41PM

For many young adults, "ex sex" is just part of the breakup process. At least that's what a new study from Lucas County, Ohio has found.

Researchers collected data on 792 "emerging adults" between the ages of 17 to 24. All had been in a relationship in the past two years, and the study authors found that nearly half (44 percent) had hooked up with an ex post-breakup.

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Researchers and relationship experts agree—post-breakup sex is a bad idea. In an article in the Journal of Adolescent Research, the study's authors wrote:

"Those who stay in contact following a breakup continue to feel the pain of the breakup more intensely and may have more difficulty moving on. Previous research found that college students who had sex with their exes mostly described this as a 'difficult or negative event.'"

Is there a link between your job title and your love life?

By Kristin Wong Jan 22, 2013 7:53PM
From making the first move to maintaining the spark, relationships can be hard work. But some might have it easier than others. 

According to a recent study from the University of California at Berkeley, powerful people have a few advantages when it comes to dating and relationships. 

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State-by-state rates, plus a look at divorce worldwide.

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Meet five jilted lovers who turned awful into awesome.

By Kristin Wong Jan 21, 2013 6:05PM

Talk about a comeback.

Breaking up is bad enough. But getting dumped weeks or even days before your wedding? It's tough to recover from heartbreak like that. 

But these couples did bounce back--they took an awful, otherwise sad situation and somehow turned it into something amazing. Check out these five stories of awesome left at the altar outcomes.

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