Are Unmarried People Discriminated Against?

Certain subsidies and tax breaks for married couples and families were enacted to encourage marriage and keep children from falling into poverty. But is this fair to people who aren't married? Fewer U.S. households are headed by married couples every year. And all those single people aren't happy about paying more and getting less.
Activists say that unmarried people are systematically discriminated against. They pay more for health and car insurance than married people do. They don’t get the same kind of tax breaks. Co-op boards, mortgage brokers, and landlords often pass them over. So do the employers with the power to promote them. “Single-ism—stereotyping, stigmatizing, and discrimination against people who are single—is largely unrecognized and unchallenged,” says activist Bella DePaulo, the author of Singled Out.

There are justifications for every one of these, but that doesn't mean much to individuals who don't like being lumped into a group. But the differences swing both ways, depending on a person's circumstances. I personally know people who choose to cohabit instead of marrying because of economic reasons. Low income people can lose Medicaid and other benefits if they marry, and elderly widows can lose pensions by remarrying. And we've all heard stories of married women being passed over for promotions because they might get pregnant. So is there really any way to achieve equity between those who are married and those who aren't? Link

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why are people scared to commit? if you love someone, get married, and quit complaining. if you don't, go out and find somebody.
it's not discrimination if they don't receive the benefit. that's why it's called a benefit for marriage.
I'm guessing the complaining is coming from those who don't want to get married because they plan on eventually dumping the girlfriend they've had for years, hoping to find someone better.
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Also, the tax bracket ceilings for married couples are lower than 2x the individual rates.

Thus, two individuals making $85,649 in a year would each pay 25% on their income, whereas the married combination, $171,298, is higher than the ceiling of $142,700 and thus falls into the 28% tax bracket.

Marriage generally comes with a greater or equal tax burden. In very few scenarios does it work out to have a lesser burden.
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Those who are married, with children, are raising the future workers, inventors, teachers, etc. of our society. The work of proper child-rearing is of long-term value to the community and nation. Preferential tax treatment to recognize that contribution is justified.
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Wow, the air of entitlement is stifling in the comments section today.

The only thing wrong with the child-rearing comment is that there are a lot of single parents raising the future workers, inventors, teachers, etc...

Should we take away the preferential tax treatment if you end up raising a future Hitler? lol
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