New Statewide Campaign Launched to Strengthen Marriages

  • by: Yes2Marriage.org 02/03/09

(TALLAHASSEE, FL) The Florida Family Policy Council along with other pro-family groups and supporters from around the state today announced the launch of “Strong Marriages Florida,” a new statewide campaign to help strengthen marriages in Florida.  Many of the same groups and leaders that passed the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, to protect the definition of marriage as an institution, will appeal to the same network of church and community groups to continue to serve families and couples by working to strengthen existing and future marriages.

The Strong Marriages Florida is a three year campaign to start a movement to encourage strong and stable marriages, assist those in crisis marriages and reduce the divorce rate by 10%.  The effort has both a cultural and community component, as well as public policy components.

“Today we are launching an initiative to serve the children, families, communities of Florida,” said John Stemberger, president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council. Florida has the highest annual number of reported divorces--more than any other state in the country.”   “The breakdown of families in our state brings not only high social costs to children whose lives are often devastated, but there is an enormous economic cost to taxpayers and to businesses.   This is over whelming social issue that deserves our focused and strategic attention.”

Tallahassee-based “Live the Life” Ministries was featured as a flagship program that has seen extraordinary success by reducing the divorce rate in Leon County 29.6% in ten years of work. “The continuing breakdown of marriage and family in America has resulted in a crisis at every level.  We are watching our society become defined by a growing “culture of rejection.”  Numerous scholarly studies have documented the tragic results for individuals, communities, and the entire nation.” said Richard Albertson, the president and founder of Live the Life Ministry.

Nationally syndicated Columnist Mike McManus from Washington, D.C. was also in attendance to discuss changes to laws and policies that other states have enacted.  McManus is founder and president of Marriage Savers and has worked nationally for decades addressing the problem of broken marriages. “I believe the Florida Family Policy Council has outlined an exciting and achievable strategy to strengthen existing marriages, stabilize crisis marriages and lower the state’s very high divorce rate,” McManus said.

The 5 goals of the campaign include, 1) Increasing the number of couples receiving pre-marital preparation, 2) Strengthening existing marriages and restoring crisis marriages, 3) reducing the divorce rate in Florida by 10%, 4) Save taxpayers the costs of family breakdown by approximately $100 million dollars annually and 5) Creating community awareness and a positive culture of marriage which celebrates and respects the institution of marriage for the benefit of children, families and the common good of society.  More information on the campaign or to become involved visit the newly transformed website, www.Yes2Marriage.org.

The Florida Family Policy Council, the organization leading the Strong Marriages Campaign, is a non-profit, pro-family and pro-life organization that is associated with Focus on the Family. The organization’s mission is to Strengthen Florida’s Families through public policy education, issue research and grassroots advocacy. 

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