National Marriage Week is the brainchild of Richard Kane who started it in the UK in 1996. It has now spread to The Czech Republic, Hungry, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Australia. Visit http://www.marriage-weekinternational.com to learn more.
Marriage Week was adopted in the U.S. in 2002 by Brent Barlow and Diane Sollee of Smart Marriages. In 2009, a group led by Chuck Stetson and Sheila Weber of the Let's Strengthen Marriage Campaign, working with dozens of organizations in the U.S. and many leaders in the marriage movement, developed the National Marriage Week USA site. The purpose of the site is to bring together the many activities that organizations all around the country, including churches and houses of worship, are already doing to strengthen marriage during National Marriage Week USA— February 7th to 14th each year.
Social science is clear that children are best served when they grow up with both a mother and father. It is critical to strengthen the bonds of marriage to best support children so that they can thrive and flourish.
National Marriage Week USA is a campaign initiated in February 2010 to encourage many diverse groups to launch individual and simultaneous efforts, as well as some collaborative, in order to raise the issue of marriage to the national agenda. We seek to build cooperation with houses of worship, businesses, education, the media, government and parents.
Sheila Weber, our Executive Director, has been a guest on more than 500 radio and TV shows nationwide. As a President’s Scholar at New York University, she wrote her Master’s thesis on “The Role of Public Policy on the Dissolution of a Marriage Culture.”
Heather Grizzle, our Campaign Manager, brings a younger generation's perspective to these important issues. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and her background includes work political, corporate and financial communications .
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