Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FAMILIES; Differences

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FAMILIES; Differences

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President Bush has proclaimed Marriage Protection Week, beginning today, urging Americans to join him in "expressing support for the institution of marriage, with all its benefits to our people, our culture and our society."

Yet, in a sign of the times, a movement is under way to delegalize marriage.

Activists say married couples get Social Security, immigration, tax and travel benefits that aren't available to those who remain single. "The goal is equality between married and unmarried persons," a leader in the movement told Fox News. "Why should you be treated differently by the law just because you're married?"

Because married and unmarried people are not equal.

Married women statistically are less likely to suffer from depression or domestic violence than those who are divorced or cohabitating. Married men typically earn 10 percent to 40 percent more than single men with similar education and job histories. Married people, particularly men, tend to live longer than those who are single. …

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