Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It Is Just Not Happening

Figures released on the covenant marriage law, enacted in 1997, show that in the 11 year period that the certificate has been an option, only about 1% (4117) of all marriage certificates issued were for covenant marriages. A covenant marriage, as opposed to a standard marriage certificate, require couples to undergo pre-marital counseling and make divorcing more difficult. Under this arrangement a divorce requires, in most cases, a 2 year waiting period and counseling before it's granted. Proponents for the covenant option argue that clergy are not embracing the philosophy but clergy reply that all marriages should be committed. Opponents say that more and more young people today are increasingly reluctant to get married at all. Ed Anderson with the Times-Picayune has the full story.

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