How Kindness and Customs Contribute to the Wealth Advantage of People Who Marry: The Example of Weddings

Over the course of a lifetime, single people spend tens of thousands of dollars on the weddings of other people. Their married siblings receive about $20,000 toward their wedding expenses from their parents and parents-in-law. These financial transfers grow out of kindness and customs, but they contribute to wealth inequality between people who marry and […]

The Injustices of Unmarried Life Have Been Named, and the Terms Are Sticking

When I first started studying single life two decades ago, there were no terms for the injustices faced by people who are not married. In fact, one of the most daunting challenges was trying to persuade others that people who are single are targets of stereotyping, stigmatizing, marginalization, and discrimination – or that any such […]

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Is America Really a ‘Singles Nation’?

A Psychology Today blogger considers the Christian Science Monitor cover story declaring that the U. S. is a “singles nation” and asks whether that really is so. What are the criteria for whether a country really is a “singles nation”? Read more here.

“Singles Nation”: Christian Science Monitor Cover Story

In the cover story, “Singles nation: Why so many Americans are unmarried,” the Christian Science Monitor interviews UE Board Chair Sarah Wright. Read the story here.

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How Kindness and Customs Contribute to the Wealth Advantage of People Who Marry: The Example of Weddings

Over the course of a lifetime, single people spend tens of thousands of dollars on the weddings of other people. Their married siblings receive about $20,000 toward their wedding expenses from their parents and parents-in-law. These financial transfers grow out of kindness and customs, but they contribute to wealth inequality between people who marry and […]

The Injustices of Unmarried Life Have Been Named, and the Terms Are Sticking

When I first started studying single life two decades ago, there were no terms for the injustices faced by people who are not married. In fact, one of the most daunting challenges was trying to persuade others that people who are single are targets of stereotyping, stigmatizing, marginalization, and discrimination – or that any such […]

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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 […]

UE Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges

Unmarried Equality joins in the celebration of the Supreme Court’s long overdue decision that marriage will now be a CHOICE for all! We also call on the U.S. to remember all of us are not married — single people and those in relationships who choose not to marry or cannot marry for a variety of […]

A Single Man Is Running for President

In this article at the Huffington Post, Sam Stein reports on the politics of a bachelor candidate for President. He interviews Thomas F. Coleman, longtime activist and founder and Executive Director of opponents of marital status discrimination when the group was called the American Association for Single People. Read the article here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/15/lindsey-graham-single_n_7588610.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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