Taking a Strong Stand for Marriage and Family - Texas Style

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Governor Perry takes a stand for marriage and family with a slash of a pen and his signature on the Marriage Fidelity Day Proclamation. The California proclamation went to Governor Schwarzenegger's desk with more than 250 signatures from local church members. Last year Alaska Governor Murkowski became the first to sign the proclamation. The grassroots movement to take a stand for marriage is growing.

In the midst of dealing with Katrina’s aftermath, Texas Governor Rick Perry demonstrated his Texas sized commitment to the families of his state by taking time to sign the Marriage Fidelity Day Proclamation advocating faithfulness to the vows and the spirit of marriage.

The Proclamation reads in part: “Fidelity is a choice and is a decision to remain committed to one partner throughout marriage, during good times and bad, and as wedding vows emphasize, in sickness and in health. Remaining faithful benefits more than just the partnership. Fidelity strengthens the union between couples and their children and their community. Fidelity fosters emotional and physical well-being, and when one partner chooses not to remain faithful, the results can be pervasive and destructive.”

Marriage Fidelity Day (MFD) is a celebratory and educational outreach program created by Penny Tupy founder and director of SYMC Global Village, Inc., a non sectarian, non profit marriage advocacy organization. “The goal of MFD is to raise awareness about the risks to marriage and family and to celebrate fidelity within the marital union,” says Tupy from her home in Prescott, WI. “But MFD celebrates more than just those who have never strayed,” Tupy is quick to add. “Perhaps more importantly is recognizing the heroic hard work of couples who have stayed together in the aftermath of an affair. These couples, the ones who do the very difficult work of healing a broken family, should be celebrated as much as those who have never strayed.”

2005 marks the second anniversary of MFD. Last year Alaska governor Frank Murkowski made marriage history by being the first to sign the MFD Proclamation recognizing the day in Alaska. Iowa followed suit in 2004. As word of the day spread, volunteers across the country got into the act submitting the proclamation to at least nine other states in 2005. States have differing requirements for submitting a proclamation for consideration, all require a resident sponsor. Ohio was the first in 2005 to recognize MFD. Texas is the second. The California proclamation request was submitted to Governor Schwarzenegger with more than 250 signatures gathered at a few local churches over a couple of weekend services. “We’re still waiting to hear if it will be signed in California and the other states where it was submitted, “ says Tupy, “We’re hopeful.”

This year also marked the first ever MFD event held in Hudson WI. The day long event consisted of activities for couples and families to build connection and commitment. On hand to offer a blessing for family strength and unity were a small group of Buddhist monks from the Gyuto Monastery in nearby Minneapolis. “We’re a growing movement,” says Tupy. “Next year there will be more events, more participation in parades, more speakers at churches and civic groups, more people getting involved. As a country we say we want and expect fidelity. I think we’re ready to put our actions where out mouth is.”

Tupy, professional marriage coach and author of “Overcoming Infidelity,” is an expert on the dynamics of infidelity. Her revolutionary approach to handling a spouse’s affair come from her coaching practice where she specializes in infidelity as well as from having lived all sides of the affair triangle. “Marriage Fidelity Day is really for the children of our planet,” she says, “and in Texas they are the big winners if the adults take this proclamation to heart.”

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