Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What about single people? Huh?

Advocacy on Behalf of All Unmarried Americans -- Single or Coupled, Gay or Straight

via Huffington Post, by Bella DePaulo

Think for a moment or two, and you can probably come up with the names of GLBT advocacy groups, and even the names of leaders who pursue same-sex marriage rights and broader social justice on behalf of the GLBT community. But if, for example, same-sex marriage became legal nationwide, that would still leave millions of Americans of every sexual orientation left out of the protections that come only from being legally married. Not every gay or straight person is married or wants to be, and that will never change.

So who is advocating for the rights of all unmarried Americans -- single or coupled, gay or straight? 

At the forefront of the movement to create a more just society for all single people is Nicky Grist, Executive Director of the Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP). AtMP is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the goals of erasing marital status discrimination from our laws and policies. Its members come from all 50 states as well as Canada.

She agreed to discuss her work with me. Here is our interview.

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