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November 2013 News

Conference esteems benefits of marriage and family

  • Written by  Citilife Church
Citilife Senior Pastor Ken Wooten interviews Hon. Kevin Andrews. Photo: Citilife

Last month, Toowoomba hosted its first Marriage and Families Conference where the Federal Minister for Social Services Hon. Kevin Andrews spoke on the value of marriage in society.

Though a deeply Christian man, he spoke from a social science perspective, highlighting that regardless of religious conviction, marriage continues to play an essential role in society. “Healthy marriages create healthy families, which are the building blocks for healthy communities,” said Kevin.

Kevin stated that marriage is the most significant factor for the health, well-being and happiness of adults.

“Married men and women lead more healthy lives than the unmarried,” he said. “Married men and women have lower mortality rates than the unmarried.”

Kevin went on to say that the married are less likely to be socially isolated and that marriage is associated with better employment outcomes, increased wealth generation, and higher levels of home ownership.

“For children, a stable, happy marriage is the best source of emotional security and good physical and mental health,” he said.

He quoted Professor Paul Amato, who said, “Studies consistently indicate that children raised by two happily and continuously married parents have the best chance of developing into competent and successful adults.”

Kevin also said that marriage has immense benefits for society, as couples generate more wealth, invest and save for the future, and earn more on average than singles.

“Conversely, separation, divorce and a non-marital culture cost the economy through lower earnings, reduced taxes, increased welfare and child poverty, and slower economic growth,” he said.

Hosted by Ciltife Church, the marriage and Families Conference was a significant event for the community, according to Ps. Peter Pellicaan.

“It placed a stake in the ground for the importance of marriage in the 21st century,” said Ps. Pellicaan. “In a society that continues to try and change the definition of marriage, this conference was a timely reminder that marriage is not just about two people who love each other; it is about laying the foundations for family which lays the foundation for community.”

Kevin’s book ‘Maybe I Do’ can be purchased from his website at www.maybeido.com

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