America is kicking off a week of celebrating marriage and offering help for couples in troubled relationships.
National Marriage Week USA, which begins today and ends next Friday, was established over ten years ago in 20 countries. U.S. spokeswoman Sheila Weber says the organization represents a movement, a clearinghouse, a campaign, and a source of help. She tells OneNewsNow that nearly 80 percent of all adults in 1970 were married, but that number has dropped to 50 percent in recent years.
"That's a huge drop off in just the practice of marriage and the valuing of marriage, so obviously, we're seeing more cohabitation rates," Weber reports. "We've always been concerned about divorce. We want people to know that there are ways to improve their communication and resolve conflict."
Many resources for accomplishing that are available on the National Marriage Week USA website.
"We also want to get the word out that married adults live longer, have greater health and greater happiness and that children raised by both their parents at home perform better in school, have less addiction, less teen pregnancy, and less trouble with the law," Weber relays.
Her organization suggests that one thing people can do during the annual week-long event to draw attention to the importance of marriage is hold a neighborhood session on the subject. Churches play a huge role for this issue by providing marriage classes, preaching about marriage, and hosting marriage vow renewal ceremonies.
Weber adds that people can post their local events on the national website.