Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997 01:57:25 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: "Covenant Marriages" in today's Wash. Post
This has been a slow year for new words and phrases, but add "covenant
This is from the Washington Post, 15 August 1997, pg. 1, cols. 1-2, also
pg. A18 Cols. 1-6 and pg. A19 cols. 1-2:
Ties the Knot Tightly
Louisiana Begins Experiment in Commitment
By Jon Jeter
(...) As America grows increasingly preoccupied with the nation's high
divorce rate and the troubled children it often produces, communities across
the country are searching for solutions. Louisiana officials think they have
the answer--a novel experiment called 'covenant marriage" that lawmakers hope
will make wedding vows more meaningful and divorce more difficult.
Beginning today, Louisiana will require couples to choose between two
marital contracts, traditional or covenant, before tying the knot.
Supporters of the new law contend that the mere offer by the state of a
covenant marriage is tantamount to throwing a gauntlet at the couple's feet.
They will have no obligation to pick it up, but the decision whether or not
to do so should produce some intensified soul searching and serious
discussions about commitment and compatability that could help families avoid
breakups down the road.
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