For Immediate Release
Office of the
October 3, 2003
Marriage Protection Week, 2003
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
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
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 poverty.
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
GEORGE W. BUSH
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