ERIC Number: ED447405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles.
Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, Washington, DC.; Institute for American Values, New York, NY.
This document was created as part of a grassroots movement to strengthen marriage. It was written to provide a public voice and direction for the movement; explain intentions; specify goals; and seek public support. Social phenomena of the last decades, such as failure of the divorce and the unwed-childbearing revolutions, have helped spur on this movement. The document addresses whether strengthening marriage is a legitimate public goal, and explains how independently diverse groups of leaders have been organizing initiatives to strengthen marriage. These groups include the Marriage Education Movement; the Faith-Based Marriage Movement, the Scholarly Marriage Movement; the Divorce Law Reform Movement; and the Governor's Marriage Movement. Professional leaders are encouraged to help renew a marriage culture through use of the following principles: (1) make supporting marriage a goal; (2) respect the special status of marriage; (3) reconnect marriage and childbearing; (4) do not discourage marriage interdependence; and (5) promote both the ideal of marital permanence and the aspiration of having a more satisfying marriage relationship. Suggestions are presented for the role parents, counselors, educators, and government leaders can play in strengthening marriage. The document concludes with list of 113 Signatories supporting this statement and 92 endnotes. (JDM)
Descriptors: Divorce, Interpersonal Communication, Marital Satisfaction, Marriage, Position Papers, Social Environment, Social Support Groups
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, Washington, DC.; Institute for American Values, New York, NY.