Who We Are

Unmarried Equality (UE) is not against marriage. But we believe that unmarried relationships also deserve validation and support. People may be pressured to marry by their families, friends, and communities. They may also face marital status discrimination. We oppose this unfair treatment and advocate for the equal rights of unmarried people.

Census statistics  increasingly demonstrate the importance of unmarried people in America. One hundred and twelve million (112 million) people in this country are not currently in relationships or do not live with their partner, and have no plans to marry. They represent 47% of the current U.S. adult population. There are many reasons people choose not to get married. Some people, like same-sex couples and those in relationships of more than two people, are not legally allowed to marry.  And their are many other reasons why people cannot marry, including: Religious beliefs; financial situations; immigration laws; and family disapproval, among others.

Unmarried Equality is open to everyone, including singles, couples, married people, people in relationships with more than two people, and people of all genders and sexual orientations. We welcome our married supporters, who are among the many friends, relatives, and allies of unmarried people.

UE is a virtual organization, with its executive director operating from Seattle, Washington. It was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1998 under the name Alternatives to Marriage Project.  Unmarried Equality’s 501(c)(3) status was bestowed by the IRS in 1998.

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