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The Power of One: Are Singles Getting a Fair Shake?
Last Featured: 9/11/2006

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With policymakers focusing on ways to promote marriage and encourage couples to stay together, including tax breaks, special programs and resources, and stricter divorce laws, some are asking whether government is slighting the 95 million unmarried employees, taxpayers, consumers and voters who represent nearly half of American households. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we focus on the rights of singles in a world obsessed with marriage. Should saying "I do" give you privileges and benefits that your single friends can’t get?

Interview with an Unmarried Couple

Host Margot Adler talks with Bob Stein and Ashton Applewhite, a New York City couple, who have been in a committed relationship for 14 years and have made the decision not to get married.

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Interview with a Marriage Scholar
Host Margot Adler talks with Stephanie Coontz, a college professor in Washington State.

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. She is the author of Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage; The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap; and The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families.

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Debate on the Issue
Marriage advocate Maggie Gallagher debates with singles' rights lawyer Thomas Coleman over whether society does (or should) reward people for getting hitched.

Maggie Gallagher is president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, the author of three books on marriage (most recently, with University of Chicago Professor Linda Waite, The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better-Off Financially), and a leading voice of the new marriage movement. National Journal named her to the 2004 list of the most influential people in the same-sex marriage debate.

Thomas F. Coleman is executive director of Unmarried America, a nonprofit information service for unmarried workers, consumers, taxpayers, and voters. For more than 30 years, his legal career has concentrated on the rights of unmarried individuals, couples, and families. Coleman has participated in landmark cases in the United States Supreme Court and in various state appellate courts resulting in privacy rights for consenting adults, expanding the definition of family, gaining domestic partner benefits for workers, and outlawing marital status discrimination against consumers.

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Interview with a Policymaker
Host Margot Adler speaks with Wade Horn about his federal agency's efforts to promote healthy marriages.

Wade F. Horn, Ph.D. is the assistant secretary for children and families in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Horn was president of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

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Interview with Family Lawyer
Host Margot Adler talks with Frederick Hertz, a lawyer who counsels unmarried couples and non-couples who choose to live together about their rights and the risks of cohabitation.

Frederick Hertz currently practices real estate and non-traditional family law in Oakland, California, with a practice focusing on both the formation of property co-ownership agreements and the resolution of property and financial disputes between unmarried couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex. He is the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples and co-author of two Nolo Press books: A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples and Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples.

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Commentary by a Single Woman
Professor and author Bella DePaulo celebrates being single in a married person's world.

Bella DePaulo is a visiting professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is the author of Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, which will be published by St. Martin's Press in November.

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