Michigan Makes Strengthening Families & Marriage A Priority


Michigan is going on the offensive when it comes to rebuilding a healthy marriage culture:

Strengthening Michigan’s families, while transcending partisan politics.

That’s the emphasis of five marriage- and family-related bills introduced in the Michigan Senate last month.

The five bills “provide incentives for premarital education, require divorce effects programs for divorcing couples with minor children, create parenting plans and eliminate legal barriers to clergy engaging in marriage and family counseling.”

Brad Snavely, executive director of the Michigan Family Forum (MFF), said, “The decline of the family has played a significant role in virtually every major social problem facing our state.”

While there are many issues worthy of the Legislature’s time and attention next session, he said addressing the fragmentation of the family must be a priority if legislators are serious about securing a bright future for Michiganders. --CitizenLink


  1. Mike Brooks
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    The breakdown of traditional families is not onlly responsible for social propblems, but economic ones, as well. In the pool of Federal Presidential candidates, only Bachmann and Santorum have figured out this important connection. A lot of the country's problems would be resolved if moms and dads stayed together, supported one another both emotionally and financially, and took responsibility for the upbringing of their offspring. Government needs to get out of the childrearing business and single-mother supporter business.

  2. SC Guy
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Good to hear that the Michigan Legislature is being sane about all this. They've taken quite a right turn after 2010 which is very good for them.

  3. JT1962
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    We aren't living in the 50's folks, where you stayed quiet and killed yourself internally. I grew up in a family where my parents should have divorced. And yes, it did effect all 4 of us children adversely.

  4. TC Matthews
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Strengthening marriage and families is a little more than grin and bear it JT1962.

  5. JT1962
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    And some marriages should have never happened, TC Matthews, even after having children.

  6. Louis E.
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    JT1962,the marriages that should never have happened include all same-sex "marriages"!

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