The American Association for Single People today
launched a national advertising campaign urging the nations 80 million unmarried
adults to insist that elected officials and political leaders throughout the country speak
to them and address their concerns.
AASP is running a series of large ads in USA Today,
one per week over the next few weeks, calling attention to the fact that Al Gore and
George W. Bush, and both major political parties, have virtually ignored unmarried voters
in the presidential campaigns.
The ads highlight the fact even though single adults
are such a large class of people, marital status discrimination exists in the workplace,
marketplace, and government programs.
"This could be one of the closest presidential
elections in history, and yet none of the candidates has done any outreach to unmarried
voters" said Thomas F. Coleman, executive director of the American Association for
Single People. Coleman is a national legal authority on marital status discrimination and
The American Association for Single People is the
only national organization which makes ending marital status discrimination its top
priority. AASP has become the nations voice for unmarried workers, consumers,
taxpayers, and voters. The nonprofit and nonpartisan association promotes the well being
and human rights of all unmarried adults, whether they live alone, have a domestic
partner, are a single parent, or share a home with unmarried relatives.
"It is almost as though the candidates feel
that single is a four letter word," Coleman remarked. "Cant
they count? We are one of the largest groups of voters in the nation. Some 34% of
Republicans and 44% of Democrats are unmarried."
"Why are the political parties taking unmarried
voters for granted pretending that we dont exist, ignoring our concerns, and
refusing to even use the words single or unmarried in their party
platforms, on their websites, or through the speeches of their candidates?" Coleman
asked. "The answer is simple. Unmarried Americans have been silent. We have not yet
created a collective voice demanding reform like other groups have successfully
Single people are at the same stage of political
development that seniors were about 50 years ago when AARP was first formed around a
kitchen table in Ojai, California. But when seniors saw the benefit of organizing, they
joined AARP in droves. Today, with more than 30 million members, politicians are all ears
when AARP calls on them.
"Charity begins at home," Coleman said.
"Unfortunately, for too long single and unmarried adults have been supporting every
imaginable nonprofit cause but their own. If unmarried Americans dont begin to stand
up for their own rights, nothing will ever change."