SALT LAKE CITY – After 15 years, the Utah Commission on Marriage is committed to staying together.
The commission was founded in 1998 by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and former Utah First Lady Jackie Leavitt with the purpose of helping Utahns form and sustain healthy and enduring marriages. Over a decade later, the commission is still together and their goal remains the same.
Traditionally, the 15th wedding anniversary gift is crystal. This “anniversary,” however, the gift came in the form of statute. HB147, a bill sponsored by Reps. LaVar Christensen and John Valentine in the 2013 legislative session, was ceremonially signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol.
“As the marriage commission is signed into law, Utah families will continue to benefit from the resources and services provided by this research-based effort,” Jackie Leavitt said. “As the first statewide marriage commission in the country, it continues to be a leader in strengthening marriages.”
Formerly part of Utah Department of Workforce Services, the commission will now be based within the Utah Department of Human Services.
“Supporting and strengthening Utah families has always been a priority for Human Services,”DHS Executive Director Palmer DePaulis said. “We are excited to welcome the Utah Commission on Marriage to our agency and feel it is one more avenue for us to achieve this priority.”
The commission offers seminars and programs in Washington County. A complete list of upcoming events can be found here.
For more information on the Utah Commission on Marriage, visit StrongerMarriage.org.
Submitted by: Elizabeth Sollis