State Policies to Promote Marriage. Table 1: Campaigns, Commissions, and Proclamations

09/01/2002

State Campaigns Commissions Proclamation
Alabama      
Alaska      
Arizona Bill. Bill 2462 (2000) failed in Senate on third reading. $1,900,000 for a media campaign to promote the health and societal benefits of marriage. Source:  http://www.azleg.state.az.us/legtext/
44leg/2r/summary/s.2462fs_revised.doc.htm
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Law. Bill HB2199 signed by governor on 4/28/00. The state legislature established a Marriage and Communication Skills Commission to encourage community-based organizations to train married couples and those contemplating marriage in communication and relationship skills. Source: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/legtext/
44leg/2r/summary/s.2199fs_final.doc.htm
 
Arkansas In October 1999, Governor Huckabee, convened a Governor's Conference on the Family declared a marital emergency and called for a 50% reduction of divorce in the state and nationally. He encouraged the formation of Community Marriage Policies across the state and the nation; Source: http://www.smartmarriages.com/legislation.html    
California      
Colorado      
Connecticut      
Delaware      
DC      
Florida      
Georgia      
Hawaii      
Idaho      
Illinois      
Indiana      
Iowa      
Kansas      
Kentucky      
Louisiana   The legislature recently asked the Governor to establish a Council on Marriage to monitor, develop, and evaluate policies, programs, curricula, publicity, and the delivery of services to families to assure that government does not undermine marriage. Source: Wade Horn in http://archives.his.com/
smartmarriages/msg01351.html
2/14/99 proclaimed as National Marriage Day; reaffirms the special status of marriage in the US as the foundation for healthy families and healthy future of the US; Source: http://www.smartmarriages.com/
louisiana.html
Maine      
Maryland      
Massachusetts      
Michigan   Bill. HB5545 (2002). Creates a legislative commission on marriage and fatherhood. Source: http://www.michiganlegislature.org/  
Minnesota      
Mississippi      
Missouri      
Montana      
Nebraska      
Nevada      
New Hampshire      
New Jersey      
New Mexico Bill. SB482 (2001) was killed. A statewide media campaign was proposed to laud the benefits of marriage. Source: http://legis.state.nm.us/session01/; http://www.smartmarriages.com/
new.mexico.legislation.html
   
New York      
North Carolina     Signed marriage proclamation recognizing importance of marriage to the public good. Source: http://www.marriagemovement.org/
html/report.html
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North Dakota      
Ohio      
Oklahoma In 1999, the Governor publicly made a 1/3 reduction in the divorce rate an important goal of the administration; a new $10 million marriage initiative (using unspent TANF funds) aims to reduce divorce via marriage covenants, a marriage resource center, a state-wide service delivery system for marriage skills training and a public information campaign. Social service caseworkers, public health nurses, counselors and educators will be trained to promote marriage. Source: http://www.clasp.org/
pubs/familyformation/toomstestimony.htm
(Ooms Congressional Testimony, 2001).

Also creating a media campaign to highlight marriage-building skills. Source: http://www.clasp.org/
pubs/familyformation/toomstestimony.htm
(Ooms Congressional Testimony, 2001).

   
Oregon      
Pennsylvania      
Rhode Island      
South Carolina   In 2001 Attorney General Condon set up a commission/panel to develop policies to support marriage and family. The commission will also explore faith-based programs such as mentoring. Source: http://www.smartmarriages.com/
south.carolina.marriage.html
 
South Dakota      
Tennessee      
Texas      
Utah   Governor Mike Leavitt and First Lady Jacalyn S. Leavitt announced the Governor's Commission on Marriage, September 18, 1998 in an effort to focus attention on strengthening marriages. The commission was charged with gathering information on best marriage-strengthening practices and will continue to determine public policy initiatives that can be recommended to the governor and first lady. Source: http://www.governor.state.ut.us/
FirstLady/html/marriage_commission.htm
(1) Signed marriage proclamation recognizing importance of marriage to the public good. Source: http://www.marriagemovement.org/
html/report.html
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(2) Marriage Awareness Week. Sept. 15-Oct. 2, 1999. Source: http://www.ksl.com/dump/
news/cc/famnow/govmarr.htm

Vermont      
Virginia      
Washington      
West Virginia      
Wisconsin      
Wyoming