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How does getting married affect your auto insurance?

Author's Note

The thing I love about writing for Discovery is that -- without fail -- I always learn something new. Unfortunately, it isn't always something I wanted to know! In the case of car insurance, I'm single, and frankly, it had never once occurred to me that my car insurance would be cheaper if I was married! The nerve! I consoled myself by imagining a married couple bickering over the breakfast table in my opening salvo.

On the other hand, it came as a happy surprise to discover that Allstate and State Farm extend the same discounted "married" rates to married gay couples that they extend to heterosexuals (although, only in states that recognize the rights of same-sex couples).

See? I really do "discover" something new every day working for Discovery.

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