From the National Marriage Week USA press release:
As part of an international marriage week movement in 12 countries during the week leading up to Valentine's Day, National Marriage Week USA -- February 7 to 14 -- announces new national initiatives to show marriage benefits personal and national economic stability and for raising more well adjusted children. National Marriage Week USA provides a new clearinghouse of marriage classes and conferences all around the country to help couples strengthen their own marriage, or to reach out and help others.
"Marriage breakdown costs taxpayers at least $112 billion a year. Research shows an alarming drop in the marriage rate from 79 percent of all adults married in 1970 to 57 percent today. Plus 40 percent of all American babies are now born outside of marriage. Combined with our 50 percent divorce rate, family breakdown is costly to the nation." said businessman Chuck Stetson, CEO of National Marriage Week USA, citing research from the esteemed Institute for American Values. "In these days of economic hardship, policy leaders and individual Americans need to get serious about our efforts to strengthen marriage." "Marriage pays," says National Marriage Week USA executive director Sheila Weber. "Research shows that marriage makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school, have less trouble with the law, less teen pregnancy and fewer issues with addiction."
"Most folks don't know where to go to get the help they need," said Weber. "We've created a list of hundreds of classes and conferences all around the country. Folks can locate an event near them by logging on to www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org."