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"The Catholic Tide": Benefits of Strong Marriage

National Marriage Week points to benefits of strong marriages

The Catholic Tide

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2012 / 08:09 pm

A series of events across the country during National Marriage Week from Feb. 7-14 seek to strengthen marriage in the United States and promote its benefits. "Marriage pays," said Sheila Weber, executive director of National Marriage Week USA, in a video about the event posted online. Weber pointed to research indicating that marriage contributes to greater wealth and financial stability, as well as greater personal happiness and better health.

"Children raised by both parents perform vastly better in school," she added. "They have far less trouble with the law, less teen pregnancy and less addiction." According to National Marriage Week USA's website, the initiative is a "collaborative effort" by many diverse groups to "strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children." Each year, it works to publicize the benefits of marriage for individuals, children and society, as well as to promote classes, conferences and events that provide marriage resources.

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