TwoGether in Texas marriage initiative in trouble

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Keith Lowry, BGCT family specialist, shared this note with me a few moments ago. Apparently Texas legislators are considering dropping funding for the TwoGether in Texas premarital education program.

Urgent!  Your phone calls are needed to save the TwoGether in Texas Initiative! Calls needed within the next 48 hrs.

We need people to call/email their Senators in the next 48hrs.  What we are asking them to do is simply let the State Senators know that they are residents of Texas who support and understand the great value of marriage education, and ask/urge/request that they do what they can to make sure Texas continues to fund programs that support “Healthy Marriages” like the TwoGether in Texas program.

If they have any personal stories on the impact of marriage education, or if they have participated in the Twogether in Texas program by taking a class that would be great to share as well. In most cases, if you call you will leave a message with someone on the Senators staff, but that is OK.  They compile a list of daily calls on issues and report to the Senator. 

If you call, just ask for someone in the office to share your concerns for loss of funding for “Health and Human Services Healthy Marriage Programs.”

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9 Responses to “TwoGether in Texas marriage initiative in trouble”

  1. spiritualsamurai Says:

    Keith Lowrie is right. This is something worth fighting for, but will probably die because it does not generate revenue for the state and is not as important to many of our current legislators as legalizing gambling is.

  2. graceshaker Says:

    wow. should we turn to the state for marriage ed? seriously?

  3. Michael Says:

    Why should the state dictate to me or anyone that I need “education” before being married. I say let it die.

    I’m amazed that someone hasn’t fought this in court. All this is is another tax levied against those that want to get married in Texas.

  4. rand Says:

    A growing worldwide alternative is to create a 7-year marriage. At the end of the 7 years if you don’t renew it, it ends like it never happened.
    http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5juVbhPK68Fyi9JaXnZ_CxuLP3zuA

  5. rand Says:

    Ok, just to make it clear, I am NOT encouraging the 7-year marriage absurdity. Simply making people aware of it as a pre-trend.

  6. wackypreacher Says:

    Couples who go through this counseling program get a $60 fee and the three day waiting period waived. It is an all day 9-5 program. It is mostly secular in nature but those who have gone through it say it was worth the time.
    Most pastors don’t offer or mess with counseling, due the time issues or lack of interest. I offer it on a case by case basis.
    Twogether, sounds like a good program. I am sorry it may fall by the wayside.

  7. Tim Dahl Says:

    I liked the program. But, that isn’t surprising since I’m a big fan of intentional marriage counseling. With the dismal marriage record that xians have, we have to do something. It saddens me that they aren’t going to support it.

    Tim

  8. Stan Says:

    Michael says, “Why should the state dictate to me or anyone that I need “education” before being married. I say let it die.”

    Twogether does not dictate counseling it encourages it and supports it with the discount on the license. If you want to pay the extra $60, go into marriage an uninformed as most couples, and continue the increases in divorce that is your right as well.

    Most folks want a wedding and not a marriage anyway, right?

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