They are not getting married, 'despite' rumors to the contrary. [=even though there have been rumors saying they are getting married]
The law has yet to be passed, 'despite the fact that' most people are in favor of it.
They grew to love each other, almost 'despite themselves'.
(..) Tell us about your paper. I need a signature... To prove I came to the interview. Just write that "unfortunately, despite my obvious qualities..." Whatever usual bullshit you use to say you're still not interested. I need rebuffs to get welfare money again. I understand, welfare. (..)2011 Intouchables