SUPPORT: SB 1586 (Stargel); HB 1163 (Baxley)

BACKGROUND: The marriage of one man and one woman is the foundation for the procreation of children, providing a social benefit to society. With the appropriate skills and knowledge, husband and wife can maintain a healthy relationship and provide a stable home for any children born or adopted into the family.

Studies have shown that divorce and unmarried parenthood increase the likelihood of poverty, poor health, and decreased levels of education thus creating costs to society in the form of increased crime rates, child abuse, domestic violence, chronic illness and other negative outcomes for children and adults.

BILL PROVISIONS: This bill would create a Marriage Education Committee, under the administrative purview of the Department of Children and Families, to produce the Florida Marriage Handbook and then update every 10 years. Members would be appointed to 1 year terms or until the review process is complete. The Handbook would include:

Resources dealing with conflict resolution, communication skills, financial management and parenting skills Information from marriage professionals on forming and maintaining long-term marital relationships Premarital education, marriage enrichment education and resources to assist troubled marriages Contact information and website links to professional and community resource

Handbooks would be available at the clerk of the circuit court upon application for a marriage license. Clerks could also make it available via electronic media as well as a list of marriage and relationship building classes and course providers.

RATIONALE: Stability of marriage and family relationships is important for a healthy living environment and productive society. Access to information for couples wanting to strengthen their marriage or find help for faltering relationships will benefit families and communities.

For additional information, please contact –

Sheila S. Hopkins, Director for Social Concerns/Respect Life

shopkins@flacathconf.org (850) 205-6826


“We love you…and we want you to be happy.” | Marriage Unique for a Reason

I want begin with word to those who disagree with us on this issue and may be watching us right now: we love you, we are your neighbors, and we want to be your friends, and we want you to be happy.

Please understand that we don’t hate you, and that we are not motivated by animus or bigotry; it is not our intention to offend anyone, and if we have, I apologize; please try to listen to us fairly, and calmly, and try to understand us and our position, as we will try to do the same for you…

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Archbishop Cordileone: This Generation Can Turn the Marriage Problem Around | ZENIT – The World Seen From Rome

Marriage has been under assault for at least 40 years, but according to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the younger generation can turn the tide — by getting married and staying married…

via Archbishop Cordileone: This Generation Can Turn the Marriage Problem Around | ZENIT – The World Seen From Rome.

What Role Do Religion and Spirituality Play In Mental Health?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they practice some type of religion, while approximately 20 percent, mostly younger people, say they do not, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center study. Whether a person is religious, spiritual or neither, the major influence religion has on American culture will be emphasized over the coming days with religious observances of Passover and Easter.

Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, is a leading expert in the psychology of religion and spirituality. Known for his scholarly work and his scientific analyses of religion’s role in mental health, he served as editor-in-chief of the “APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion and Spirituality” published in January 2013. He has written two books: “The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice” 1997 and “Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred” 2007. He is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University and distinguished scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center.

APA recently asked Pargament the following questions about the psychology of religion and spirituality…

via What Role Do Religion and Spirituality Play In Mental Health?.

Archbishop Cordileone to stand up for marriage in Washington DC

On Tuesday, March 26, as the Supreme Court begins to hear arguments on the Proposition 8 case, San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will join thousands of people at the March for Marriage in Washington DC. His Excellency is the Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. The march is ecumenical in the…

via Archbishop Cordileone to stand up for marriage in Washington DC.

AB Cordileone: the two ideas of marriage being debated cannot coexist

The following comes from a March 21 interview of San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone in USA Today.

Q: What is the greatest threat posed by allowing gays and lesbians to marry?

A:The better question is: What is the great good in protecting the public understanding that to make a marriage you need a husband and a wife?

I can illustrate my point with a personal example. When I was Bishop of Oakland, I lived at a residence at the Cathedral, overlooking Lake Merritt….

via AB Cordileone: the two ideas of marriage being debated cannot coexist.

Pre-Cana – Pre Cana | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

If you’re anything like me, this might sound familiar: You were raised Catholic, you don’t go to church regularly now as an adult, but you’ve always envisioned getting married in the church and feel it’s an important family tradition. However, you’ve heard that in order to do this, you have to attend the mysterious “Pre-Cana” classes. You may be wondering, what exactly is Pre-Cana? Don’t worry, it’s not like CCD all over again, and you won’t be hearing lectures about going to church every week and going to confession. It’s more like pre-marital counseling, to help prepare you for marriage….

via Pre-Cana – Pre Cana | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine.