What is the purpose of the "Do Not Display" option on a marriage?

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A fellow Wikitreer has removed the "do not display" flag on a couple who were never married on the grounds that they are both deceased.  I thought the purpose of the flag was to prevent unmarried couples from appearing to be married in the display.  Did this person do the right thing, or not?
WikiTree profile: Jane Williams
in Policy and Style by Wayne Shepard G2G1 (1.1k points)

If they were never married (even Common Law), they shouldn't be attached as spouses.

I use the "do not display" option for my mother's marriage to my father, because she would come back to haunt me (rather difficult, as she was cremated and her ashes scattered, but my Mum could do just about anything) if I had her profile display her as "wife of" a man who had not been her husband in fact since the 1950s (no matter that the law had them as legally husband and wife until the divorce in the 1980s).

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The 'Do Not Display' box is not for unmarried couples.  It is for couples who got married, then divorced.  If you use it, then one of the pair will not show.

This is what is stated against the box: " It's not for unmarried parents or non-traditional families"

by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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