Really, the only true too long is if partners are mismatched in their timeline and expectations. Then again, if you're sick of waiting — maybe it's time to propose.
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I've seen this with other long-term unmarried het couples, too: People start to assume maybe you're using your relationship to protest marriage inequality.
Or they assume you're not interested in marriage at all. I had strange conversations that revealed a lot about people's fears of marriage: "Yeah, who needs to get married? I suppose these fears aren't completely unjustified.
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She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing, chances are good that she's dancing and happy-crying.