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Marriage is mentioned in more than 1,100 federal laws, same-sex marriage gets most headlines, but the unmarried are invisible, a U.S. non-profit group says.

"The highly organized and vocal movement for same-sex marriage, has begun the process of garnering equal rights for a small constituency in this country," Cindy Butler, executive director of Unmarried Equality, said in a statement.

"While we support the right of anyone who wants to to get married, this movement reinforces the idea that marriage is the only successful outcome for a relationship -- 47 percent of U.S. adults leading happily unmarried lives."

Almost invisible, unmarried people are treated unfairly in many areas of their lives paying higher rates for health and car insurance, they may be denied housing; they receive fewer employee benefits; and their Social Security balances revert to the federal system upon death. They are treated differently in issues related to child custody and adoption, Butler said.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/02/27/Group-Unmarried-are-invisible-forgotten/UPI-73051362005794/?spt=hs&or=hn

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