National Marriage Week USA will hold an initiative in Tyler for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, and is putting forth a call to mobilize hundreds of organizations to plan for marriage building activities for Feb. 7 to 14.
“The goal is to elevate attention on the need to strengthen marriage and ways to do it, and initiate new efforts to reduce the divorce rate and build stronger marriage, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children,” according to the release.
In Tyler, Empowerment Church’s Married for Life Marriage Ministry, along with other local groups, is collaborating to host A Celebration of Marriage (Love meant to last forever) Event, at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at 325 S. Broadway Ave., according to Stanley Cofer, Senior. Pastor of Empowerment Church.
National Marriage Week has long been an organized celebration in the U.K., Germany, Ireland, Australia, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere internationally.
“The alarming drop in marriage rates in America combined with high divorce rates are costly to the nation — financially costly to taxpayers and individuals, and emotionally costly to children,” said Chuck Stetson, chairman of National Marriage Week USA, in the written release. “We all need to work together to turn the tide.”
Studies show a decline in national marriage indicators, according to the written release. One indicator shows 78 percent of adults were married in 1970, while only 57 percent of adults were married in 2008. Another indicator shows 40 percent of all children in America were born out of wedlock in 2008.
“Marriage works,” said NMWUSA executive director Sheila Weber in the written release. “Research shows that marriage makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school. There are proven ways to repair and restore marriages — but most folks don’t know where to go to get the help they need.”