Celebrating National Marriage Week

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day we celebrate marriage and encourage the building of strong marriage relationships.  Marriage goes beyond the man and woman united in matrimony; it matters within our communities and families.  Marriage provides social and economic stability for the young, old, children and the elderly.  Divorce and families created without the benefit of marriage let a void that government tries to fill; but it’s methods require intrusion into people’s wallets and private lives, while undermining the family structure.

Marriage is a beneficial institution for each spouse.  Research shows that marriage makes people happier, live longer, and experience more economic security.  And yet, marriage is a failing in the United States and around the world.  In 1970, 78% of all US adults were married.  In recent years that dropped to less than 60%.

What of daughters with missing fathers?  Half of all girls have no father in their lives.  Over 75% lost their father through divorce, abandonment, or estrangement.  And the results?  More depression, more obesity, eating disorders, more addiction, earlier sexual activity, and lower school performance.  Teens are 70% more likely to become pregnant if they don’t have their father in the home.

Fathers teach by word and action how women should be treated.  Without that relationship young women have more difficulty establishing loving relationships, trusting the opposite sex, and creating stable homes for their own children.  And the benefit of an in-home father transcends perfectionism.  Neither money nor social status is as influential in producing well-adjusted girls as the consistency of their father being there.  Presecne alone makes the most difference.

Children with married parents do better in school.  Children with married parents live in less poverty than their peers.  Children of married parents experience fewer mental health issues.  The list goes on and on.

Therefore, a stable society depends upon marriage as a foundational building block that provides commitment and care, as well as a heightened sense of purpose and belonging to spouses who together train and influence the next generation.  Marriage is worth the work of learning and implementing good relationship skills for both you and your children.  If you are struggling, there are many resources available to help you rebuild or strengthen your marriage.  Visit NationalMarriageWeekUSA

Controlling The Message

In times past, censorship was imposed on the media by totalitarians who regarded dissent as unpatriotic and subversive. They would close down newspapers or send gangs of thugs to smash the presses.

Things operate differently nowadays. Censorship is self-imposed. The most remarkable example that I have come across after the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalising same-sex marriage comes from The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, the capital of the state of Pennsylvania. The paper has a new editorial policy: it “will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage. These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-Eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic.” Read more…

RNC Resolution for Marriage and Children 2013

Whereas, the institution of marriage is the solid foundation upon which our society is built and in which children thrive; and it is based on the relationship that only a man and a woman can form; and

Whereas, support for marriage has been repeatedly affirmed nationally in the 2012 Republican National Platform, through the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 (signed into law by President Bill Clinton), and passed by the voters of 41 States including California via Proposition 8 in 2008; and

Whereas, no Act of human government can change the reality that marriage is a natural and most desirable union; especially when procreation is a goal; and

Whereas, the future of our country is children; it has been proven repeatedly that the most secure and nurturing environment in which to raise healthy well adjusted children is in a home where both mother and father are bound together in a loving marriage; and

Whereas, the U. S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of laws adopted to protect marriage from the unfounded accusation that support for marriage is based only on irrational prejudice against homosexuals; therefore be it

Resolved, the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further

Resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California‟s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

As adopted by the Republican National Committee on April 12, 2013.

March for Marriage 2014

June 19, 2014 in Washington DC.  Details at March for Marriage 2014.

Schuylkill County Clerk Seeks Standing for Marriage Appeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Schuylkill County Clerk Files Motion to Intervene in Marriage Lawsuit

This afternoon, Jim Smith and David Crossett, attorneys with the Smith Law Group, LLC, located in Fleetwood, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and Jeff Conrad, attorney with Clymer, Musser & Conrad, P.C., located in Lancaster County, on behalf of Theresa Santai Gaffney, Clerk of the Orphan’s Court of Schuylkill County, filed a Motion to Intervene in Whitewood v. Wolf, the case in which a single federal District Judge declared unconstitutional for all Pennsylvanians, the Commonwealth’s longstanding definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. Theresa Santai Gaffney, Clerk of the Orphan’s Court, is seeking intervention in the case so that the ruling can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Governor Corbett, who had been defending the law, declined to appeal the ruling. “An appeal is necessary so that the judicial process is not abandoned,” stated Ms. Gaffney. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve to hear from the Court of Appeals on this important issue because a single judge should not be able to nullify the will of the majority without an appeal.”

Marriage between one man and one woman has always been the law in Pennsylvania. “I respect the law of our Commonwealth and the will of the people reflected in the law,” said Ms. Gaffney. “I believe that the voice of those who think that our law is constitutional and best serves all citizens of the Commonwealth should be heard.”

“Due to the uncertainty of the state of the law, I will continue issuing marriage licenses to all couples,” said Ms. Gaffney.

One of the reasons that she is seeking to intervene in this case is to obtain clarity about her official duties.

The Motion to Intervene asks the Court for the ability to join the lawsuit for purposes of appeal.

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