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Attack On 'Protection of Marriage' Bill

Globe Continues Attack On 'Protection of Marriage' Bill

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The Boston Globe continued its attack against the Protection of Marriage Bill yesterday. Its columnist Alex Beam was chosen this time to repeat once again this news, "For the first time, the increase in single-person households has vastly outstripped the growth in conventional, married homes." According to the Globe, this means we should dismantle marriage and have single women fending for and supporting themselves with the state raising the children.

The Globe was promoting a new organization, the American Association for Single People, which will fight those mothers who still believe that a family with mother and father is the best way to raise a child. The article states it this way, "Republicans jabber about 'family values' and Al Gore's relentless pandering to 'working families' grates" on the new organization.

The group has only 1000 members at $10 apiece, but Beam writes, "You know what they say: The march of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Look for the Globe to continue pounding its feminist line that we must eliminate two-parent families and get all mothers out of raising children if women are ever going to be "free."

Are far as those census figures are concerned, most people believe that they show the reason our society is in such bad shape morally and spiritually. We should change those figures, not celebrate them. Some also wonder whether they have been interpreted correctly. Just one example, if there are many more older people living longer whose spouse has died, that is bound to increase the number of single-person homes. How much?

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Singled out for special treatment By Alex Beam, Globe Staff, 5/31/2001

The 2000 Census has spewed forth many oddities: new congressional districts; depressing statistics on Americans living in poverty; and now even a nontraditional pressure group: the American Association for Single People.

For the first time, the increase in single-person households has vastly outstripped the growth in conventional, married homes. Tom Coleman, executive director of the Glendale (Calif.)-based association, pitches the broadest tent possible, and includes in his constituency of 82 million persons just about everyone who has never worn a wedding band, and many who have: singles, widows, widowers, unmarried couples, and gay and lesbian participants in partnerships and civil unions, which only Vermont recognizes as equivalent to marriage.

The AASP, according to its Web site ( ''has been formed to fill a void in civil rights advocacy ... Stand up for your rights. You may be single, but you're not alone.''

What's the problem with being single, many of us who are ensconced in plural relationships might ask? No quarrels over the remote control; no one threatening to drag you off to the ''sleep clinic'' every time you snore; unlimited access to the refrigerator for beer refills as necessary. What could single people possibly want?

Money, for one thing. The AASP feels its base has been singled out for unfair treatment by the tax code. Forget the ''marriage penalty''; even the Congressional Budget Office admits that many more Americans receive a marriage bonus for filing joint returns. Furthermore, a husband or wife inherits 100 percent of his or her spouse's estate. The surviving spouse equivalent of a gay or lesbian partner gets whacked with confiscatory estate taxes.

But there's more. The AASP is promoting a ''Human Rights Agenda for Single Americans.'' First and foremost, the AASP is combatting The Stigma. Children born to unmarried couples are still branded ''bastards'' by many states, including Maine. The association would prefer the phrase ''child born to an unwed mother.'' Likewise, consensual sex between unmarried persons is still a crime in more than a dozen states, including Massachusetts.

Another key item on the Human Rights Agenda: Self-esteem. ''Many single people believe they must marry in order to be `complete,''' the AASP manifesto reads. Republicans jabber about ''family values'' and Al Gore's relentless pandering to ''working families'' grates on Coleman's ears. Single people skew Democratic, he says, but the party does little to woo them. In the 2000 election, Ralph Nader won two-thirds of his support from unmarried voters. ''If Gore had reached out in a modest way - who knows? He might have won back some of those people and be in the White House now,'' Coleman says.

Thanks to a recent outpouring of publicity - the Associated Press reported on an AASP lobbying trip to Capitol Hill - the association now claims 1,000 dues-paying ($10) members. That is about one one-hundred thousandth of eligible Americans. But you know what they say: The march of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Stephen Weiner, director of the Maynard Public Library, has just published ''The 101 Best Graphic Novels'' available at comic-book stores or from New York-based NBM Publishing Inc. (NBM is famous in comic-book circles for its elegant, graphic version of Marcel Proust's ''Remembrance of Things Past.'')

''Serious'' comics are pretty well established in the culture. Art Spiegelman's ''Maus,'' for instance, is used as a high school text. ''Comics journalist'' Joe Sacco has been on reporting trips for Time and Details magazines. Weiner hopes that his book will introduce comic-book readers to the many excellent works of fiction - his favorite is Chester Brown's fictional commentary on adolescent insecurity, ''I Never Liked You'' - available from publishers like NBM and Seattle-based Fantagraphics. Do we care that these same outfits publish pornography? ''That's the way a lot of those publishers make their money,'' Weiner admits.

Alex Beam's e-dress is

This story ran on page 1 of the Boston Globe on 5/31/2001.

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