Here’s How to Write in Support of an Expanded Definition of Family

Do you want the people you care about to count, even if they are not related to you by marriage or blood? You can ask the Department of Labor to expand the definition of family as it applies to paid sick leave. Activists from “A Better Balance” and “Family Values @ Work” have prepared a […]

Beyond the Nuclear Family: New Policies and Practices Are Needed for the Way We Live Now

We are living in a time of unprecedented possibilities for how to live. Nuclear family households may still be sentimental favorites in popular culture, but in real life, they are in the distinct minority. Fewer than 20 percent of all households in the U.S. are comprised solely of nuclear families. Instead, we have a proliferation […]

How the Washington Post (Almost) Published a Week of Respectful Articles about Unmarried Life

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, the “In Theory” blog at the Washington Post published a series on Singlehood in America. The editors initially invited six experts and scholars to contribute. The introductory article listed only those six. If only those people wrote for the series, it would have been one of the […]

Unmarried Status Is a Diversity Issue

Get married, have kids, stay married. That’s the script for how adult lives are supposed to unfold. Never mind that in the U.S., the script maps onto the real lives of fewer and fewer people all the time. Nearly half of all adults 18 and older are legally single, and growing numbers of them never […]

Unmarried Americans as Home Buyers and Home Creators

Want to know who buys homes in the U.S. and why? If so, you will need to look way past people who are married, who are now just one of the many categories of people buying a home and making a home. In the most recent of their annual reports of home buyer profiles, the […]

The Right to Be Single

Now that all couples have a right to marry, can we now have a right to be single?

Nuclear Family Privilege: Naming It and Slaying It

Our organization is called Unmarried Equality for good reason. Those two words should go together. Only they don’t. If you are unmarried, you are unequal. Unequal under the law, unequal in the workplace, unequal in the marketplace, and unequal in everyday life.

Is Marriage a Greedy Institution?

[This is the sixth in my new series of monthly columns. The views expressed here are my own and not the official positions of Unmarried Equality.] In our matrimaniacal society, there is a lot of bedrock talk about marriage. The institution, we are told, is the bedrock of society, the very foundation of civilization. It […]

Housing Discrimination against People Who Are Not Married: What We Just Don’t Get

[This is the fifth in my new series of monthly columns. The views expressed here are my own and not the official positions of Unmarried Equality.] When advocates for same-sex marriage tried to make their case, there was one obstacle they did not often face – they did not have to persuade many people that […]

Now It’s Really Time for Unmarried Equality

[This is the fourth in my new series of monthly columns. The views expressed here are my own and not the official positions of Unmarried Equality.] Now that the Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, has made same-sex marriage legal across the land, one of the most popular questions has been, “What’s next?” I think […]