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RELEASE: Movement Aims to Reintroduce Marriage

Marriage Reality Movement celebrates National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day with tools designed to educate on the Reality of Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO — The Marriage Reality Movement prepares to celebrate National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day by distributing a package of resources that members of the Movement can use in their own parishes and communities. The packet contains concrete ideas for witnessing to marriage, activities that can be done at the parish level or within small groups or families and liturgical aids such as homily ideas and Prayers of the Faithful.

“National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day are perfect opportunities for us to highlight the disparity that now exists between marriage as God intended it and the way our culture views marriage,” said Bill May, founder of the Marriage Reality Movement. “In reality, marriage can’t be defined, only described, and the fullness of marriage can be best described as: The institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union. That’s what it is; that’s what it does.”

National Marriage Week, February 7-14, and World Marriage Day on Sunday, February 14, are collaborative campaigns supported by the USCCB to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.

The Marriage Reality Movement works to reintroduce marriage to a culture that has forgotten its meaning. They do this by raising public consciousness of the rights of children to be raised in a family with their mother and father united in marriage. Now that marriage has been redefined in the law and in the hearts of the majority as merely an adult-centric institution, the only institution that specifically unites children with their mom and dad no longer exists in law or popular culture.

“This has led to the acceptance of intentionally depriving children of their mom and dad through donor conception and surrogacy,” continues May. “We need to reintroduce marriage to return it to a privileged institution that promotes men and women marrying before having children and staying married for the good of children, the protection of mothers and the good of society.

The Marriage Reality Movement is a positive and practical effort to rebuild a marriage culture. The Movement seeks to reintroduce marriage through a variety of tactics such as formation on the reality and basics of marriage as the Church teaches, activities that members can employ within their own families and communities as well as across the country, and through a broad outreach in the media.

For more information on the Marriage Reality Movement, visit www.marriagerealitymovement.org.

For media inquiries, contact Carrie Kline of the Kennedy Brownrigg Group at carrie@kennedybrownrigg.com.