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September 19, 2011

Celebrating Unmarried and Single Americans Week

The third full week of September is designated each year as a time to recognize unmarried and single Americans and their contributions to our society.  There are more than 106 million unmarried adults in the United States and unmarried adults head up a majority of the nation's households.  For more information about this commemorative week, sometimes called National Singles Week, click here. .


June 23, 2011

Census reveals "family diversity" as the norm in California

The Los Angeles Times published a story today, with graphics and charts, showing that California is the land of "family diversity" when it comes to households and living arrangements. The percent of traditional nuclear families is down, while the percent of households headed by unmarried adults is up.  To read this story, click here.


May 26, 2011

Unmarried households dominant form of living arrangement in US

The Census Bureau released the final batch of household data for the nation and all 50 states today.  The results show that 51.6 of the nation's households are headed by unmarried adults.  A majority of households were unmarried in 37 of the 50 states in 2010.  New York was the only state with an unmarried majority in 1990 and only 5 other states fit that category in 2000.  To review the list of all 50 states, with a comparison for 1990, 2000, and 2010, click here.


March 4, 2011

Civil union bill enacted in Hawaii, another one advances in Colorado

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed SB 232 into law on Feb. 23, 2011.  When it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012, the new law would give parties to a civil union the same rights and obligations as legally married spouses under Hawaii state law.  Civil unions are available to all couples regardless of gender. 

I wrote a commentary about the history of comprehensive domestic partnerships and civil unions in Hawaii, noting that I introduced the concept to the Legislature in 1995.   The commentary was published recently by "Civil Beat" which is an online forum for Hawaii issues.  Click here to read the commentary on their website.

Another civil union bill, also gender neutral, is moving through the Colorado Legislature.  A recent public opinion poll shows that 70% of the public supports SB 172.


December 13, 2010

Straight couple denied civil partnership in UK

A heterosexual couple applied for, and was denied, a civil partnership registration in the United Kingdom.  The couple will file a lawsuit, to challenge the exclusion of opposite-sex partners from the nation's civil partnership system.  To read the full story, click here.


November 11, 2010

11/11 is Singles' Day in China

November 11 is commemorated as "Singles' Day" in China.

For stories about this occasion, click here, or click here.


November 10, 2010

Gender Restrictions Challenged in UK

Opposite-sex couples will challenge UK's civil partnership law which excludes them and same-sex couples will challenge the marriage law which excludes them.  Eight couples plan to file suit to challenge the gender restrictions in these laws, arguing that couples should be allowed to choose either civil partnership or marriage, regardless of their genders.

Click here for more information.


November 9, 2010

New Data on Unmarried Births

The National Center for Health Statistics has released data showing that 40.6% of births in 2008 were to unmarried parents.   

Click here to view the statistical table.


October 10, 2010

E-Book Available Free of Charge

To commemorate the one year anniversary of the book reception held on October 11, 2009, at the home of Dr. Nora J. Baladerian, the author is making an e-book available to the public free of charge. 

Click here to view or download the electronic version of The Domino Effect. 

Click here to purchase a printed version of The Domino Effect.

Click here to view a slide show of "The Book Comes Alive" reception.

Click here to gain access to more than 11,000 pages of archived materials spanning four decades of education and advocacy efforts of Thomas F. Coleman, author of The Domino Effect.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Percent of Unmarried Households in USA Continues to Rise

The Census Bureau released results today from the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2009.  The ACS is an annual survey taken of 3 million households in the United States.  The percent of the nation's households headed by unmarried adults has risen to 50.9.  For the past five years, married-couple households have been outnumbered by unmarried households. 

In terms of per capita data, there were 106.4 million adults in the United States who were unmarried in 2009.  That is up from 104 million in 2008.  For more details on household data, per state, click here. 


Monday, September 20, 2010

National Unmarried and Single Americans Week: Sept 19 - 25

To read the following commentary, click here.

Celebrating our Singularity:  The History of Unmarried and Single Americans Week.



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Census Bureau: most US households headed by unmarried people

The Census Bureau released a report today which shows that 50.3% of households it surveyed in March 2010 did not contain a married couple.  These households were headed by unmarried adults.  Of the 117.5 million households in the United States, 58,410 contained a married couple.  To view the statistical table, click here.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Census Bureau issues USA Week Fact Sheet

The Census Bureau has issued a "Facts for Features" statement of information in recognition of Unmarried and Single Americans Week.  National "USA" Week is commemorated this year during the week of September 19 through 25.  To view the Census Bureau release, click here.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Judge declares California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional

A federal district court judge today ruled that it was unconstitutional for the State of California to deny same-sex couples the right to legally marry.  In the ruling, the judge invalidated Proposition 8, the initiative passed by voters to prohibit the state from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.  To read or download the ruling, click here.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

LA Times stories on solo travel

The Los Angeles Times published three stories today about people who travel alone.  Click on the links below to read each of these stories:


Monday, April 19, 2010

Marketers ignore singles at their own peril

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, singles spent $2.2 trillion in 2008.  The spending power of singles is getting the attention of more businesses.  Click here to read more.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Births to unmarried parents at all-time high in USA

Statistics released yesterday from the federal government show that 40.6 percent of births in the United States in 2008 were to unmarried parents, up from 26.6 percent in 1990.  This marks an all-time high for out-of-wedlock births in the USA.  Click here for the 2008 data table on unmarried births.   Click here to access the full report. 


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Unmarried women will greatly benefit from health reform

Click here to read this commentary on the website of the Center for American Progress.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Never-married women face social stigma, researcher finds

Although the number of single women has increased, the stigma associated with being single at that age has not diminished, according to the women in this study.  Click here for press release from the University of Missouri.

Unmarried cohabitation is a constitutional right, India Supreme Court says

A three judge panel of the Supreme Court of India has declared that unmarried couples have a constitutional right to live together.  Click here for this news story.

Single women of color in a financially precarious situation

According to a new study, the financial situations of single women of color are so precarious, the study found, that just one unpaid sick day or appliance repair would send about half of them into debt. It is both their race and marital status that factor into their financial predicament. 

Single black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by their male counterparts and a tiny fraction of a penny for every dollar of wealth owned by white women.

Click here for access to this study.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A new report is available on Unmarried America.  Click on the image below to be directed to the pdf file of this report from Women's Voices, Women Vote.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

One is the Loneliest Number:  The Single Taxpayer in a Joint Return World

This research paper, published by Seattle University School of Law in 2009, assesses ability of married couples to file a joint income tax return and the negative impact of this practice on single people.  It challenges fundamental assumptions underlying the creation of the joint tax return in 1968 and concludes that "single people are unduly penalized under the joint return, and that it ought to be abolished."  

The article is written by Associate Professor Lily Kahng.  To view the abstract of the research paper, click here.  To open or download the entire research paper, click here, and when you get to the targeted page, click on the "download" link next to the title of the article.  This will enable you to download the entire article or to open it for immediate viewing.

Sloan Work and Family Research Network: Focus on Single Workers

This network, located at Boston College, publishes an Effective Workplace Series.  Issue 17, which was just released, provides work-family information on single workers.  To view Issue 17, click here.

This issue begins with a quote which answers the following question: Why are the needs of single workers an important workplace issue?

“Changing demographics are causing employers to reevaluate benefits plans and work-life programs so they are fair to an ever diversifying workforce.  In order to attract and retain qualified employees, and increase profit, smart employers develop personnel policies that do not discriminate on the basis of the marital status or the family structure of their employees.”
Thomas Coleman, Executive Director, Unmarried America

For more information from Sloan about single workers, click here.  Sloan is "a network supporting research and teaching, promoting best practices at the workplace, and informing state policy."


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Singles Rights Lobby Newsletter

Check out this political newsletter, published 10 years ago, and you will see that the federal issues affecting unmarried voters today are the same issues addressed in the newsletter back then.  One area of progress was the decision of the United States Supreme Court, in 2003, invalidating criminal laws that infringe on the sexual privacy rights of consenting adults.  But otherwise, federal law remains pretty much the same -- no protection against marital status discrimination.  And unmarried Americans continue to be ignored by politicians and political parties. 

Click here to access this pdf file.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Unmarried America mentioned in a new policy brief


I wanted to let you know that your advocacy group was highlighted in a policy brief released by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College.  To view the brief, please follow this link: http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/pdfs/policy_makers21.pdf

In addition, I wrote a Huffington Post Blog on the issue of unmarried workers and employee incentives that may be of interest to you: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-curlew/health-care-coverage-for_b_392767.html.

Mary Curlew, LICSW

Policy Assistant

Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College

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