Marriage Protection Week, 2003
By the President of the United States of America
Marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to the
continued strength of our society. Marriage Protection Week provides an
opportunity to focus our efforts on preserving the sanctity of marriage and on
building strong and healthy marriages in America.
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and my Administration is
working to support the institution of marriage by helping couples build
successful marriages and be good parents.
To encourage marriage and promote the well-being of children, I have proposed
a healthy marriage initiative to help couples develop the skills and knowledge
to form and sustain healthy marriages. Research has shown that, on average,
children raised in households headed by married parents fare better than
children who grow up in other family structures. Through education and
counseling programs, faith-based, community, and government organizations
promote healthy marriages and a better quality of life for children. By
supporting responsible child-rearing and strong families, my Administration is
seeking to ensure that every child can grow up in a safe and loving home.
We are also working to make sure that the Federal Government does not
penalize marriage. My tax relief package eliminated the marriage penalty. And as
part of the welfare reform package I have proposed, we will do away with the
rules that have made it more difficult for married couples to move out of
We must support the institution of marriage and help parents build stronger
families. And we must continue our work to create a compassionate, welcoming
society, where all people are treated with dignity and respect.
During Marriage Protection Week, I call on all Americans to join me in
expressing support for the institution of marriage with all its benefits to our
people, our culture, and our society.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim the week of October 12 through October 18,
2003, as Marriage Protection Week. I call upon the people of the United States
to observe this week with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of October, in
the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH