Concerned Women Thank Senate for Action on 'Marriage Strengthening' Bill

A conservative pro-family group thanked senators on Wednesday for passing a bill that includes a $100 million provision for “marriage strengthening” programs. The bill must also pass in the House before going to the President to be signed into law.

The marriage initiative would provide financial resources for educational and skill-based programs to teach couples how to make their marriage work, according to a statement released by Concerned Women for America.

“Congress has listened to pro-family advocates; they understand that marriage affects all of society. Divorce hurts all of society, but the outcome for children is disastrous” said Lanier Swann, CWA’s Director for Government Relations.

The legislation is part of the Omnibus Deficit Reduction bill, which Swann said Sen. Rich Santorum (R-Pa.) played a lead role in passing.

“His passion for this initiative was one of the key factors for its passage,” she commented.

Swann noted that children from single-parent homes often have greater degrees of poverty, emotional and behavioral problems than two parent homes.

“Mom and Dad benefit from staying married, too. Physical, financial, mental and emotional health result from a healthy marriage,” Swann said.

Janice Crouse, a senior fellow at CWA, added, “If we are to reverse the cultural trends that are harming all of society, it will be because we have strengthened marriage and built strong families as a bulwark against the forces that would destroy our nation.”

Concerned Women for America is a public policy women’s group that helps its members by “bringing Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.”

It defines and promotes families that consist of one man and one woman joined in marriage. Its agenda also includes pro-life advocacy and greater parental authority and fights against pornography.