How about this: I make over six figures, own my own house, and pay my taxes. My earning potential is mid six figures because I hold a technical PHD.
It makes NO sense whatsoever for me to get married, because I would pay *MORE* in taxes. As it stands now, I pay the mortgage and use the interest as a tax deduction. All the utility/cell phone/ and other bills are in my girlfriends name, and she pays them all. Therefore, those payments DO NOT count as income when I save that money.
And what are the "benefits" of Marriage again?