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H.J.R. 17 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Lorie D. Fowlke

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This joint resolution of the Legislature designates February 7-14, 2005 as Marriage
                  Week in the state of Utah.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This resolution:
                      .    designates February 7-14, 2005 as Marriage Week in the state of Utah; and
                      .    encourages all Utahns to reflect on the importance of strengthening the institution of
                  Special Clauses:
                  Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      WHEREAS, the legal marriage between a man and a woman is the cornerstone of
                  healthy family life;
                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone brings security, commitment, meaning, joy, and spiritual
                  maturity to the man and the woman who enter this lifelong covenant with unselfish
                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone provides children with a safe haven in which to grow,
                  learn, and experience life from the hands of caring parents;
                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone buoys and unburdens society from the costly impacts of
                  dysfunction and helps to mitigate continued cycles of dysfunction;

                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone creates interconnected communities of family, generations,
                  neighborhoods, faiths, and the nation;
                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone engenders family autonomy and pluralism that are the
                  frontline defenses in preserving the nation's political freedoms;
                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone advances economic prosperity and hedges families against
                  difficult economic times; and
                      WHEREAS, this cornerstone, marriage, is ordained of God to perpetuate the human race
                  and to prosper both men and women:
                      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, in
                  recognition of this vital and essential institution, designates the week of February 7-14, 2005 as
                  Marriage Week in the state of Utah and encourages all Utahns to reflect on the importance of
                  marriage generally, and their own marriages specifically, for the purpose of strengthening its
                  influence, appeal, and affect.
                      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Governor's
                  Commission on Marriage.

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