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The Week in Women: middle-aged virgins, enduring kisses, and a landmark ruling on gay marriage

June 26, 2015 outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Valentine’s Day might be a ways off, but love is in the air. The past week was all about romance, marriage, and the mushy feelings in between. So let’s play some Sam Smith, pop a bottle of wine, and take a look back at the highlights.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that the Constitution guarantees all Americans nationwide the right to marry, including same-sex couples. Gay marriage had been legal in 36 states, but the landmark ruling brings the remaining 14 states into the fold. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the majority opinion, wrote that same-sex couples seeking marriage rights hope “not to denigrate marriage, but rather to live their lives.” Here, here.

It takes a special sort of person to find true love amidst the unparalleled tragedy of watching your city’s hockey team lose the Stanley Cup Finals. But Scott Jones and Alex Thomas have done just that. Four years ago, the couple was photographed kissing during the mass riots that broke out in Vancouver after the Canucks lost their shot at the Stanley Cup. The Huffington Post reports that Thomas and Jones are still together, and that they now live in Australia. The lovebirds reportedly keep a signed copy of the photo in their bedroom, so they can greet each day with the memory of making out in a sea of heavily-armed cops. Ah, romance.

Not so lucky in love are the middle-aged virgins living in Japan. A survey revealed that 25 percent of unmarried men in their thirties are virgins, and nearly as many women are virgins too. It’s a disconcerting trend because Japan has the most rapidly aging population in the world. Some worry that unless the sexually inexperienced get to baby-making soon, there won’t be enough children to sustain a healthy economy in the future. On the upside, all these virgins might make excellent fodder for a sequel to a Judd Apatow movie.

During a recent episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk Radio, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher claimed that men are more romantic than women. Fisher explained that men are more visually attuned thanks to hormones like testosterone, which evolved to increase the visual prowess of male hunters. Men, as a result, are more likely to fall in love at first sight. Other studies have shown that men are more likely to say “I love you” first. As Seinfeld taught us long before the series hit Hulu, guys get very upset when they don’t hear those three words in return. That, after all, is a pretty big matzoh ball hanging out there.

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