February 7-February 14, 2010

WHEREAS:    God ordained the sanctity of marriage as a holy and sacred union between two people who promise to love, honor and respect each other and to give themselves faithfully to each other for as long as they both shall live; and
WHEREAS:   Marriage is one of the most vital institutions in our society and can be the bedrock for stable and loving families, so essential to American life. Based on mutual commitment, marriage partners strive daily to strengthen and maintain their unity; and
WHEREAS:  The relationship between a husband and a wife is like no other, creating a united entity out of what was once two separate lives, with dedication to each other fostering a bond strong enough to survive even the most critical moments; and
 WHEREAS:   Marriage promotes the core values of work, responsibility, commitment, sobriety and relationships based upon mutual respect that Americans hold dear. The stability such a bond provides benefits spouses, as well as children, by leading them to live longer, healthier, and more satisfying lives; now
THEREFORE:    I, SONNY PERDUE, Governor of the state of Georgia, do hereby proclaim February 7-14, 2010 as MARRIAGE WEEK with February 14, 2010, as WORLD MARRIAGE DAY in Georgia. In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 20th of January in the year of our Lord two thousand ten.
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