God's Design For Marriage

VIDEO: FFPC President John Stemberger shares God's Design for Marriage.

Why Young Adults Both Want and Fear Marriage

Many young people are afraid of marriage, but that does not mean they are giving up on it. If anything, they possess a hard-earned un­derstanding about the suffering wrought by family fragmentation. They want a better life for their own children, and they deserve the support of everyone from cultural leaders to policymakers to business leaders as they seek that better way.

Healthy Individuals Create Healthy Marriages

A thriving marriage is made of two thriving individuals building a relationship together. That would explain why the health of our marriages is ultimately determined by our individual health. We often talk about the importance of physical fitness, but we also need to be diligent about spiritual, emotional and mental fitness.

How to Beat Down Pride in Your Marriage and Manhood

Pride will commonly make you appear amazing to those rarely around you, yet it will destroy the relationships with those closest to you. On the other hand, the stronger trait of humility will keep both general friendships and close relationships on a constant, upward swing. Let’s look to the scriptures to find out powerful ways to beat pride out of your marriage and manhood.

How to Fight Income Inequality: Get Married

"Marriage inequality" should be at the center of any discussion of why some Americans prosper and others don't. According to Census Bureau information analyzed by the Beverly LaHaye Institute, among families headed by two married parents in 2012, just 7.5% lived in poverty. By contrast, when families are headed by a single mother the poverty level jumps to 33.9%.

Marriage is an Anti-Poverty Program

During the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a national campaign to strengthen marriage, reduce divorce, and promote marriage prior to childbearing, is stirring up hundreds of events nationwide to help couples.

Commentary: Let's revive marriage in America

Only 51 percent of merican adults are married - a record low - down from 72 percent in 1960, accordingto a Pew Research Center analysis of census data. There are three ma or factors behind these trends.

Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married: A Record Low

Barely half of all adults in the United States -- a record low -- are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.

30% in U.S. have never married, Census says

Thirty percent of Americans have never been married — the largest percentage in the past 60 years, says the U.S. Census.

Nearly 40% say marriage is becoming obsolete

Marriage is increasingly optional and could be on its way to obsolescence,according to a survey of more than 2,600 Americans that examines changing attitudes about relationships today.

The Marriage Platform

Divorce & cohabitation cost Maryland millions and should be part of the gubernatorial debate.

Divorce — The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience

Evangelical Christians are gravely concerned about the family, and this is good and necessary. But our credibility on the issue of marriage is significantly discounted by our acceptance of divorce.

For black children, daunting divides in achievement and family life

America's tragic number -- tragic because it is difficult to conceive remedial policies -- is 70 percent. This is the portion of African American children born to unmarried women.

Florida Again Leads Attendance at World's Largest Marriage Conference

Over 1,600 attendees are gathering this week for the “Smart Marriages” conference, the world’s largest annual gathering of marriage educators.

Marriage Savers 'Divorce-Proofing' Couples

In a time when many Americans accept that a 50 percent divorce rate is inevitable, some communities have found ways to nearly "divorce-proof" the marriages in their area.

More Men Are Investing In Family Harmony

More than 5,000 men and women recently participated in free classes offered by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation. A follow-up study of 400 men six months after the nine-hour class offers encouraging news for efforts to curb the rate of divorce and family breakdown.

CBS News poll finds that a majority of Americans favor divorce reform

Nearly two-thirds of all Americans know someone who has been unfaithful to their spouse, according to a new CBS News poll. Nevertheless, a majority of Americans (53 percent) think getting a divorce is too easy and should be made more difficult to obtain than it is now.

First-Ever “Index of Leading Marriage Indicators”

Family scholars from six major universities and four leading research institutes have launched a U.S. Marriage Index, the first attempt to track, with a clear, accessible measure, the health of marriage in America.

Love and Life in the Divine Plan

During their 2009 Fall assembly, the U. S. Catholic bishops approved their new pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. The letter represents a summary of Church teaching on marriage.

As the South Florida economy slows, so do divorces

With the economy sputtering, South Florida couples are staying together more and divorces appear to be on the decline.

Pre-Marital Education in your area of Florida

Now you can find pre-marital education oportunities close to home. Simply search our map for a location close to you.

Marriage Is Hard

A new generation of leaders is trying to reclaim the high ground by asserting publicly what everyone who has ever been married knows: marriage is hard.

Divorce in America: Ind., Fla. counties are tops

Three of the top 10 counties the divorced call home are in Florida.

Can Divorce Make Us Sick?

When it comes to marriage, we now have scientific evidence that living outside of God’s plan can literally make us sick. The deteriorating health of marriage can lead to deteriorating health! Find out why.

Is There Hope for the American Marriage?

The reason for these appeals to lasting unions is simple: on every single significant outcome related to short-term well-being and long-term success, children from intact, two-parent families outperform those from single-parent households.

Former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court steps down to work on strengthening families

Leah Ward Sears has accepted a fellowship at the Institute of American Values in New York -- a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that contributes intellectually to strengthening families and civil society in the United States and the world.

Marriage: It’s Not Just for Your Grandparents

Without marriage, Generation X will miss out on the joy and fulfillment that our grandparents experienced. Studies show that married couples have happier and healthier lives. Gen X, you cannot get the benefits of marriage without the commitment of marriage.

John Stemberger: Incentives to prepare for marriage good policy

In today's Orlando Sentinel, FFPC President John Stemberger responds to OS columnists George Diaz and Scott Maxwell's irresponsible attacks and mocking of the Strong Marriages Florida Campaign and the Marriage Preparation Bill before the Florida Legislature.

Orlando Sentinel cheap shots family values group

To read the Sentinel columns, one would think that the bill is the product of some dark plot by the Family Policy Council to have the government stick “its nose into our bedrooms,” as Mr. Diaz wrote. But, of course, the Plakon bill does nothing of the sort. What the Sentinel articles reveal is an obvious hatred against Mr. Stemberger and his group for reasons unrelated to this bill.

Would $100 marriage-license fee help prevent divorce?

John Stemberger, head of the Orlando-based Florida Family Policy Council, says divorce results in costly poverty programs for households headed by single women.

These couples have been married 25,600 years

The Yemmas, both 85, celebrated their 61st year of marriage by renewing their marital vows at the Epiphany Cathedral Parish in Venice along with 519 other couples. Bishop Frank Dewane calculated that of the couples present, their total time married was 25,600 years.

Strong Marriages Florida campaign launched

The man who last year led the successful effort to amend Florida's constitution to protect traditional marriage says it's now time for pastors, churches and individual Christians to examine their own marriages, asking hard questions about why the Sunshine State leads the nation in divorce.

Family Groups Seek to Strengthen Marriages in Florida

The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) is seeking to build on the state's new marriage-protection amendment by strengthening marriages. The statewide campaign, "Strong Marriages Florida," launched Tuesday.

FL Family Group Hopes to Cut Divorce Rate

Evangelicals in Florida have a plan to cut the divorce rate there 10 percent by the year 2012. It's part of a three year marriage movement called "Strong Marriages Florida."

Campaign aims to strengthen marriages, reduce divorce rate in Florida

The Florida Family Policy Council along with other pro-family groups and supporters from around the state announced Tuesday the launch of "Strong Marriages Florida," a new statewide campaign to help strengthen marriages in Florida.

Campaign Aimed at Reducing Divorce Rate

America has the worlds highest divorce rate. Broken homes can have a negative impact on children, and cost taxpayers billions of dollars. But this new campaign will hopefully strengthen existing, and future marriages.

How to Bring Back Marriage In America

he good news is that a “marriage movement” has sprung up across the country. Many locally based organizations are having amazing success within their communities, working with couples of all ages, and strengthening marriages in many ways.

Marriage Grants Needed

Many of these programs are aimed at helping couples - especially low-income couples - figure out how to create a stable, secure and faithful relationship, i.e., marriage.

Reducing Poverty by Revitalizing Marriage in Low-Income Communities: A Memo

President-elect Obama, the collapse of marriage is the most important social problem facing the nation. When the War on Poverty began in the 1960s, 7 percent of U.S. children were born outside of marriage. Today, the number is 38 percent. Among blacks, it is 69 percent. You are in a unique position to reverse this alarming trend.

"The Love Dare" - A Marriage Builder

The subject of the book, like the film, is the fragility of marriage - and what can be done to strengthen it. This is a message that Hollywood never would dream up. It either reduces love to sexuality, or, at best, has a message to "follow your heart."

Ga. High Court Sponsors Billboards Pushing Marriage to Fight Crime

A dozen billboards around the state that urge Georgians to "Get Married, Stay Married" are sponsored not by a church or family-values group but by the Supreme Court of Georgia through its Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law.