Check out the image below for a contrast between the rise of singles in the United States over the past half-century, and the second-class citizenship of those same single people with regard to benefits and protections. Thanks to the UK infographics group for creating the graphic.

Most statistics are from the December 14, 2011 Pew Research Report, “Barely half of U.S. adults are married – a record low.” (Also, for median age at first marriage, there should be no % signs — sorry!)

[Credit: Infographic creators.]