In conjunction with National Marriage Week USA, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared February 7th to 14th as “Marriage Week.” According to the National Marriage Week website, this proclamation is part of a national movement which is “a collaborative effort to encourage 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.”
The Utah Commission on Marriage is part of this national trend and has been working hard for several years with the aim of providing educational resources and opportunities that will help strengthen marriages.
Melanie Reese is the coordinator for the Commission and works feverishly to help promote and spread the word about the many services and resources that are available to the public. As part of National Marriage Week, she has been instrumental in getting Dr. John Gottman tp speak in Salt Lake City. According to Ms. Reese, “This is a major coup! Dr. Gottman is a nationally acclaimed speaker who travels all across the country providing valuable research information on the importance and positive affect that marriage has on a society. The fact that he is coming to Salt Lake City is a major complement to the efforts of the Commission and to the professional, as well as faith-based, marriage counselors and other relationship professionals.
According to the National Marriage Week initiative:
“Marriage works. It makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school.
Deep down, everyone wishes they could have a rewarding lifelong commitment with their spouse. But in the midst of challenges, we forget how marriage can benefit our personal lives. We are losing our determination and the skills to keep marriages healthy and strong.
Marriage breakdown is costly to our kids and to society at large. Divorce and unwed childbearing cost the U.S. taxpayers a whopping $112 billion annually.
In these economic challenging times, building stronger marriages helps build a stronger nation.”
(Click here to see official proclamation)