My boyfriend has been married several times. I have never been married, only have lived with several men. We are in our 40's, both successful, both renting. We want to buy a house together, but now I'm feeling uncomfortable doing that unmarried. We've only been together a year, and I understand him not wanting to get married right away, although he says when he is ready he will ask me. I guess I feel like I'm good enough to make a financial investment with, but not good enough to make a marriage committment with. I also think the level of contracting necessary to protect our individual financial risks with a house, if unmarried, would be a nightmare. I don't want to pressure him, but he is feeling manipulated. We have horses, Harleys, snowmobiles, and it is all scattered around both our places because we don't live together. Neither one of us wants to keep renting, and I don't know why I need to be married to live with him. I keep saying to my friends I'm "practically married" and they say "where's the ring"...should I at least push for an engagement, just back off for awhile? He gets mad when I bring it up, like I should just trust him, buy the house and HOPE that he decides at some point I'm marriage-worthy.