Local Clergy Weighs in on Covenant Marriage Issue

November 11, 2004-- Posted 7:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Representatives for Governor Huckabee are promoting the covenant marriage license in Region 8.

A minister's seminar was held today to promote better understanding of covenant marriage at the Better Life Counseling Center in Jonesboro.

Arkansas is ranked second for the highest divorce rate in the country. The Governor hopes to decrease those numbers by promoting the covenant marriage license.

The goal of the promotion is to encourage those who wish to enter into marriage to consider marriage a life long commitment.

Executive Director of the Better Life Counseling Center Greg Brooks says, "Most couples that get married don't expect to have problems that will lead to divorce. They consider their marriage a covenant, a life long commitment. What the covenant marriage act does is allows the couple to proclaim that officially."

The certainty of a lifelong commitment triggers couples to not only make that vow verbally but to obtain a covenant marriage license.

Those who are already married may also seek a covenant license by requesting the covenant marriage affidavit.

The affidavit states that one must seek marriage counseling before receiving the license, understand the guidelines for divorce, and abide by a waiting period with counseling before the divorce is granted.

Governor Huckabee and his wife, Janet, along with 1,000 couples, will convert their marriages to a Covenant Marriage at a public ceremony in Little Rock on Valentine's Day.