5 Minutes for Families
- No matter what? 07-Mar-2014
- As the dust settles 28-Feb-2014
- ACTION ALERT: Contact Governor Brewer! 21-Feb-2014
- It doesn’t make sense 14-Feb-2014
- Planned Parenthood's plan for your family 07-Feb-2014
- ACTION ALERT: Ask the Cottonwood City Council to say No! to Civil Unions 03-Dec-2013
- Your Congressmen Need to Hear From You on ENDA! 21-Nov-2013
- Action Alert: Sen. McCain & Sen. Flake Need to Hear From You! 01-Nov-2013
- ACTION ALERT: It's time to vote! 27-Aug-2013
- ACTION ALERT: Early Voting Begins for City Elections! 01-Aug-2013
- Find the Facts: CAP Reboots The Policy Pages with Interactive Website 29-Jan-2014
- BREAKING NEWS: New AZ Abortion Clinic Regulations Released Today 27-Jan-2014
- Mother’s Health & Safety at Risk: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Critical Law 13-Jan-2014
- BREAKING NEWS: Senators McCain & Flake Break Their Promise to Arizona Voters 07-Nov-2013
- BREAKING NEWS: Same Sex Marriage Initiative Folds Due to Lack of Support 10-Sep-2013
By now, I should be used to the double speak from Arizona’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. However, I’ll never get use to the sense of bewilderment at their opposition to even the most common sense abortion regulations.
In one breath they claim to care for women, yet in the next breath they try to block even the most common sense health and safety standards to protect women.
They struck twice this week. First they voiced their opposition to HB 2284, the Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko. Their opposition to this bill is truly puzzling. This law simply says that if the Department of Health Services receives a complaint about an abortion clinic, inspectors can immediately go investigate the claim at the abortion clinic, just like they would at every other medical facility.
Currently, abortion clinics are the only medical facilities in the state that require DHS to get an administrative warrant to go inspect. This process can take days at a minimum.
It is absurd that abortion clinics have a special carve out in law to avoid these inspections. If we learned anything from the Kermit Gosnell tragedy, it’s that we shouldn’t allow pro-abortion politics to get in the way of regulators doing their job.
What’s more, there is a recent example of unannounced inspections revealing an abortion clinic not meeting basic health and safety requirements.
North Carolina Health News reports:
Asheville’s only abortion clinic, Femcare, had a key license suspended yesterday by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and was ordered to close until various purported problems are corrected.
According to a DHHS news release, state inspectors conducted an unannounced inspection of the facility July 18 and 19 and found “egregious violations of existing rules that revealed an imminent threat to the health and safety of patients.” Officials ordered the facility to be closed by 5 p.m. yesterday.
Thankfully, on Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2284 by a vote of 34-22. The bill now moves to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for consideration.
Second, Planned Parenthood struck again by filing a lawsuit against the state for passing common sense health and safety standards.
This time Planned Parenthood alleges the 2012 Mother’s Health and Safety Act requirement that the dangerous and deadly abortion pill be distributed in line with Federal Food and Drug Administration protocol is unconstitutional.
Currently, Planned Parenthood distributes the pill through the first 9 weeks of pregnancy. The FDA only approved the drug through 7 weeks.
It’s also important to note that when the FDA approved this drug, they did so with specific restrictions because it is more dangerous than most drugs. Twenty-one women have died from taking this medication, and all who take it will likely experience severe bleeding and cramping.
Yet knowing this, Planned Parenthood is STILL suing to be able to go outside the FDA protocol.
This lawsuit is yet another example of the abortion giant trying to intimidate our elected officials into not passing common sense health and safety standards on the abortion industry.
Yet the truth is, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a preliminary injunction overturning a similar Texas law on the grounds the law likely was constitutional. The Sixth Circuit Court already upheld a similar Ohio law as constitutional.
Furthermore, the Arizona legislature has a stunning track record of passing constitutionally sound pro-life legislation. Since 2009 alone, 27 provisions have been signed into law relating to abortion. Only two of them have been overturned by the courts.
Planned Parenthood seems to be committed to selling abortions, “no matter what.” My commitment to standing for women and preborn children is stronger than ever. No matter what.
The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com
Charles Krauthammer will be the keynote at the CAP Family Dinner! Details coming soon for this May 3 event.
Cathi on the Huckabee show – Cathi was a guest on the Huckabee show last weekend discussing religious freedom and SB 1062. Check it out!
What the media got wrong on SB 1062 – There was so much misinformation about SB 1062. Read the facts.
The veto of SB 1062 is a loss for our entire state. Not just because Arizonans won’t be provided with the basic protections within the bill, but because we saw for the first time how effective the politics of fear and intimidation can truly be.
Yet, as with many things, good can come out of disappointing circumstances.
One of the immediate benefits from this experience is that our friends across the country are waking up to the very real threats to religious freedom and what’s happening in Arizona. There have been some interesting posts across the web throughout this situation that clearly show the country is waking up to religious hostility.
Before I share some of these articles, I want to especially thank our allies across the country for standing with us, especially our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, CitizenLink, and American Family Association.
Arizona bill protects religious freedom by Cathi Herrod in USA Today
“… the lies and misinformation about SB 1062 have spread across our state and nation. Yet the truth about this important bill is much more simple and sensible.”
Brewer’s Foolish Veto by Rich Lowry in Politico Magazine
“A headline from The Week declared, ‘There is nothing Christian about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.’ It would be more accurate to say that there was nothing anti-gay about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.”
Taking Fire in Arizona by Alec Torres in National Review
“But the real issue is ‘the First Amendment, the first freedom,’ Herrod says. ‘We should have the right to live out our religious beliefs. That’s what’s at stake here, and this is a wake-up call.’”
Brewer picked the pigskin by Gary Bauer in the End of Day Report
“Right before your eyes, significant parts of Scripture are on the verge of being declared off-limits, subjecting you to accusations of bigotry and jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of your church.”
Fiedorek: Setting the record straight on SB 1062 by Alliance Defending Freedom’s Kellie Fiedorek in the East Valley Tribune
“It’s a shame we even need a bill like this in America. But the increasing use of government coercion to threaten and punish its own citizens has made it necessary.”
Error-zona: Brewer Ditches Facts to Save Face by Tony Perkins in Family Research Council’s Washington Update
“The media's coverage stunned supporters of SB 1062, who wondered how the press could be talking about the same bill the legislature had just passed.”
Brewer vetoes legislation designed to protect religious liberty by Katrina Trinko on the Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry Blog
“Everyone should be free to live and love as they choose, but no one should demand that government coerce others into celebrating their relationship.”
Eleven Law Professors send letter to Gov. Brewer
“Some of us are Republicans; some of us are Democrats. Some of us are religious; some of us are not. Some of us oppose same-sex marriage; some of us support it. Nine of the eleven signers of this letter believe that you should sign the bill; two are unsure. But all of us believe that many criticisms of the Arizona bill are deeply misleading.”
As we witness hostility towards people of faith grow like never before, we must take this opportunity to speak up for religious liberty.
The great news from the Arizona Capitol this week was that on Wednesday, the Senate passed SB 1062 which protects your right to live and work according to your faith. Yesterday, the bill was passed by the House, and is now heading to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk.
One thing became undeniably clear as SB 1062 advanced through the legislature: opponents were not interested in an honest debate about the bill’s actual provisions. Instead, they distorted and attacked the bill and its supporters at every turn.
Even before the last vote was cast in the House, opponents of SB 1062 started a mass calling and email campaign into Governor Brewer’s office to try to pressure her into vetoing this important bill.
It is critical that the Governor hears from YOU that no one should be forced to violate their religious beliefs merely because they go to work or start a business!
- TAKE ACTION to send Governor Brewer a short email asking her to sign SB 1062. You’ll have the ability to edit the prewritten message if you’d like.
- Call Governor Brewer’s office in support of SB 1062 at 602.542.4331. Encourage the Governor to stand with you for the religious freedom of every Arizonan.
- Help us spread the word by sharing this image! Opponents of the bill have been attacking SB 1062 on social media. We must respond with a positive message about the value of religious liberty for all!
- Forward this email to 5 friends. Make copies and take it to church this weekend. Help us spread the word!
- Pray! Remember that “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord”. In other words, we must do our part, but remember that the outcome is in the Lord’s hands.
Nothing can be taken for granted. It is important that we stand united for our first freedom, and not allow the attacks and pressure from our opponents to coerce us into silence.
Governor Jan Brewer
Representative Debbie Lesko
Senator Nancy Barto
Senator Kimberly Yee
What do all these people have in common?
They’re passionately pro-life and – to Planned Parenthood’s great frustration – they’re women!
What’s more, these women represent only a small portion of the female pro-life leaders in Arizona.
It’s what is so special about the pro-life movement in our state. These pro-life champions care just as much about the woman walking into an abortion clinic as they do about the preborn child. It’s why our state has passed so many common sense health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
Sadly at every step along the way, the abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, has tried to block even the most basic rules.
Case in point: consider yesterday’s hearing in the House Reform and Human Services committee. Up for debate was the CAP-supported HB 2284, the Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Lesko. I consider it a privilege to be able to have testified in support of this critically needed legislation.
Among other things, this bill would ensure abortion clinics are subject to the same inspections as every other medical facility in the state. Specifically, this would grant the Department of Health the ability to inspect complaints at abortion clinics without being required to first warn the clinic.
Most people would be shocked to know that abortion clinics have a special carve out like this – especially when abortion providers have such a terrible track record of harming women and preborn children (see: Dr. Kermit Gosnell).
What I found most nonsensical about yesterday’s hearing for HB 2284 was the double-speak.
In one breath the President of Planned Parenthood testified that their organization cared for women. Yet in the very next breath, he stood opposed to protecting women from abusive practices at negligent abortion clinics.
Make no mistake about it – Dr. Kermit Gosnell was allowed to practice in Pennsylvania for so long precisely because the state did not properly inspect abortion clinics due to pro-abortion politics.
It’s imperative that we learn from this tragedy, and not allow hypocritical and dangerous politics to get in the way of our government fulfilling its most basic duty: protecting life.
The sad reality is that as Arizona law stands today, our state values the safety of women at an abortion clinic less than the safety of men and women at every other health care institution.
Thankfully, the Women’s Health Protection Act passed out of committee. There is still a long road ahead for this bill – and at some point, we may need your help by contacting your legislators in support of HB 2284. You can track the progress of this legislation using our Bill Tracker, and by “Liking” CAP on Facebook. Later today, we’ll post my testimony on our Facebook page.
The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com
When do you surrender your first amendment freedoms? – Check out this op-ed from USA Today discussing why the Green Family didn’t lose their religious freedom rights when they opened Hobby Lobby for business.
Christian Education Fair – Find out more about Christian Educational options for your family at two upcoming events in the East Valley.
Planned Parenthood has a long and terrible track record in our state.
Not only is the abortion giant responsible for performing the most abortions in Arizona each year, they’ve gone out of their way to block even the most common sense health and safety standards and regulations on the abortion industry.
They’ve objected to things like:
Ensuring parents provide notarized parental consent before their child has an abortion.
Guaranteeing women have the right to not just have an ultrasound before an abortion, but be offered the opportunity to view the image of her preborn child before making a decision.
Assuring the dangerous and deadly abortion pill is dispensed in line with the Food and Drug Administration protocol.
It should come as no surprise then that families in Tempe erupted when they discovered that a Planned Parenthood Arizona employee was consulted to help the Tempe Union High School District choose its sexual education curriculum.
Thanks to our pro-life friends across the state, like Arizona Right to Life, 1st Way Pregnancy Center, and Alliance Defending Freedom, the District’s meetings have been packed with parents and community members objecting to Planned Parenthood’s influence in their schools.
Make no mistake though: Tempe is not the only district on their radar.
From the top down, Planned Parenthood has not hidden their agenda. A recent blog post from the National Planned Parenthood Action Fund said across the country, our nation’s largest purveyor of abortion would be “going on the offensive.”
Locally, Planned Parenthood has hired a new policy director to “work with communities to advocate for reproductive health and rights, and will collaborate with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona to reach out to voters and legislators to advance a vision of greater access to comprehensive sexuality education, family-planning services, and abortion care.”
In essence, Planned Parenthood has seen all that Gov. Jan Brewer, our legislative leaders, Center for Arizona Policy and our statewide allies have been able to accomplish in recent years, and they want to undermine every bit of it.
And they’re going to start through “community organizing.”
What’s this mean? Well in Yuma, they shut down their clinic, and instead are hiring a full time “Health Coordinator” to get Planned Parenthood into schools and community groups. They’re doing the same thing in Yavapai County too.
This is the wake-up call to all families who care about life, their daughters and sons, and their rights as parents.
I encourage you to find out what your school district is doing in regards to sex education. Read our Issue Briefs at AZPolicyPages.com on Sexual materials in public schools and Parental rights – and be sure to share them to help get the word out about what could be happening in your schools.
Know that CAP is here to support you, and we will continue to advocate for preborn children, their mother’s, and a culture that respects life in Arizona.
The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – Read Alliance Defending Freedom’s op-ed about why CAP-supported SB 1062/HB 2153 are so important to protect religious liberty.
Still time to TAKE ACTION! – If you haven’t responded to our urgent Action Alert yet about SB 1062/HB2153, there’s still time! Send your legislators a note in favor of our first freedom!
U.S. Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Roe – Not since 1973 have so few abortions been performed in America. Pro-lifers are winning!
It’s National School Choice Week and a time for Arizona families to count their blessings. It’s also a time for parents to evaluate and consider whether their school choice decisions for their children are meeting their children’s needs or whether they should consider other school choice options.
With our legislature, Governor Jan Brewer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal all passionately supporting the rights of parents to make educational choices for their families, our state has become recognized as a leader in the school choice movement.
Yet the School Choice movement is not to be taken for granted. Every year laws are introduced to limit educational opportunities for families.
The fact is, through one election, all of the progress we’ve made to open educational doors to Arizonans could be lost.
At CAP, we believe the decision on how to educate one’s child is to be left between the parents and the Lord. That means Arizona should have strong options, including public schools, private schools, charter schools, homeschools, and online learning.
Arizona’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program and Empowerment Scholarship Accounts have created opportunities for families like never before:
Scholarship Tax Credits: This program provides scholarships for children to attend the private school chosen by their parents. School tuition organizations provide the scholarships. The funding results from a state income tax credit for both individuals and corporations.
Empowerment Scholarship Accounts: This one-of-a-kind program allows families to redirect 90% of their tax dollars that would go to their child’s education in public schools into an account to be used exclusively on their child’s education. Currently, this program is limited to students with special needs, students in “D” or “F” school districts, students previously participating in the Arizona Scholarships for Pupils with Disabilities program, students in foster care who were adopted or who have a plan for permanent adoption, and children whose parents are in the United States military.
To know more about your school choice options, check out the different school choice Issue Briefs available in the Marriage & Family section on AZPolicyPages.com.
Watch and share this video to see how Arizona school choice programs made a difference for one family….and for future generations.
Top Stories from AZPolicyPages.com
- URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Two critical religious freedom bills are moving through the legislature and are under unprecedented attack. Please take time today to click here and send a short note to your legislators asking them to support HB 2153 and SB 1062.These bills ensure that you are free to live and work according to your faith.
- Women’s Event with Cathi Herrod: Join FaithTalk 1360 a.m. and CAP President Cathi Herrod for The Power of Friendship on Saturday, February 8.
- Winning the Life Debate: Cathi was on NBC 12 this week to debate the new abortion clinic regulations that will soon be taking effect. You won’t want to miss this one!
- Calling all Tempe Families: The ongoing struggle to keep Planned Parenthood from influencing how the Tempe School District chooses its sex education curriculum needs your help! Click to find out more about the next school district meeting for you to attend.
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What is the truth about the “separation of church and state?”
Every day you’re faced with difficult questions about life, marriage & family, and religious liberty. These questions don’t just impact your vote, but how you live your life day-to-day.
And while there’s more information at our fingertips than ever before, it seems more difficult to find the facts. That’s why Center for Arizona Policy is launching the rebooted Policy Pages: A Guide to Family Issues today.
The Policy Pages is a resource for families, leaders, and pastors to get the latest research, background, and talking points on the issues that matter to you. It wasn’t written for lawyers or professors – it’s for every day moms and dads, students, and youth pastors who are looking for straightforward answers to tough questions.
See for yourself! Check out the new website at AZPolicyPages.com.
The new site is equipped with more than 50 Issue Briefs on different topics, including:
- Parental Rights
- Same-sex “Marriage” and Religious Liberty
- The Abortion Pill
- Arizona’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program
- And many more!
Consider it your new Drudge Report for family issues.Along with the new website, CAP is also releasing new materials for churches, small groups, schools, and community groups. These resources include a new Policy Pages booklet, and three different bookmarks on the Harms of Abortion, Prayer for our Leaders, and Key Election Dates.
Click here to view and order these free resources.
As we watch groups like Planned Parenthood and the HRC ramp up their mis-information campaigns in our neighborhoods, it’s vital that we are able to respond with the truth. Help us spread the word about these free resources today by sharing this image with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
Physicians who perform surgical abortions must soon have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and any clinic that dispenses the abortion pill must do so in line with FDA protocol when new abortion clinic regulations take effect April 1.
The Department of Health Services released the new standards today. These requirements were passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by Governor Jan Brewer as part of the 2012 Mother’s Health and Safety Act.
“Abortion providers have an abhorrent track record of putting mothers in harm’s way,” said Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy. “By passing these standards, Arizona’s leaders are working to protect the health and safety of mother’s from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.”
Abortion providers have approximately two months to comply with the rules. These standards require that:
- The abortion pill must be dispensed in line with Federal Food and Drug Administration protocol, which requires the pill only be dispensed in the first seven weeks of a pregnancy. Currently, abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood ignore this protocol and distribute the abortion pill through nine weeks.
- Doctors who perform surgical abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
- Any time an ambulance is needed at an abortion clinic, the incident must be reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- Signs must be posted in abortion clinics informing women that it is illegal for anyone to coerce them into having an abortion.
Four other states have passed similar legislation. Most recently, Texas passed similar requirements in 2013, which were then challenged by the abortion industry in Federal Court. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, denied a preliminary injunction, allowing these standards to take effect in Texas.
“It is clear that our elected officials don’t just have the ability, but the duty to stand up to the abortion industry,” said Herrod. “From the horror stories from inside the abortion clinic of convict Dr. Kermit Gosnell, to the undercover videos in Family Planning Associates’ late-term abortion clinic in Phoenix, abortion providers have shown little regard for the life of preborn children or their mothers. Women deserve better, and I am grateful that Arizona has leadership with the courage to stand up for life.”
In our country, all Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith. It’s a simple principle that is rooted in the foundation of our nation.
Yet the assault on religious liberty grows every day, and Americans are being told to leave their faith at home when they enter the workforce or start a business.
That’s why CAP’s top legislative priority is to strengthen Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. SB 1062 and HB 2153 are vital bills to protect every Arizonan’s free exercise of religion.
These identical pieces of legislation are moving through the state House and Senate. If enacted, they would:
- Clarify that people do not surrender their religious freedom rights just because they go to work or run a business. This provision would help protect businesses like Hobby Lobby that wish to operate according to their faith.
- Ensure that you are properly able to defend yourself in court if private parties try to use the force of government to coerce you into violating your religious beliefs. The infamous Elane Photography case exposed the need for this fix when a wedding photographer was fined nearly $7,000 for declining to take photos of a same-sex wedding. Because of an ambiguity in New Mexico law, Elaine Huguenin was unable to fully assert her religious freedom rights. These bills would clarify that same ambiguity in Arizona law.
These bills are facing unprecedented and absurd attacks from our opponents. The distortions about these bills amount to irresponsible fear mongering, with the sole intent of silencing the voices of reason and truth…and limiting you to only exercising your faith within the four walls of your church rather than to have the freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to freely exercise your religious beliefs in all walks of life.
Sadly, some in the media are all too happy to go along with some of the ridiculous attacks on these bills, instead of focusing on the true impact of SB 1062 and HB 2153.
We need your help to encourage your legislators to support these bills. Religious liberty cannot be taken for granted, and it is essential that you contact your legislators today!
- Send a short note to your legislators. Take five minutes today to click here to send a note. We’ll provide you with talking points to help you craft your message.
- Forward this email to five friends. It is critical that we fight the distortions about these bills. Help us spread the word!
- Share this Action Alert on Facebook and Twitter.
- Pray! Without God’s hands over this important work, nothing is possible.
Americans United for Life (AUL) released their annual “Life List” this week, and Arizona has continued to move up the charts.
Our state is now ranked the fourth most pro-life state in the nation, behind only Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. According to AUL, the Life List “ranks states by their overall actions on life issues.”
Personally, this announcement was a welcomed pick-me-up after the disappointment of the United States Supreme Court declining to hear arguments over Arizona’s Mother’s Health and Safety Act. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the portion of this law that prohibited most abortions after 20 weeks.
As I said in my statement after the Supreme Court’s decision, it is absolutely terrible that this important law will not be in effect. Arizona legislators passed and Gov. Brewer signed this law to protect women and preborn children from the dangerous and deadly practice of performing abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy.
Yet despite this sad outcome, the Life List announcement reminds me that we are winning.
All you have to do is look back at a few years to see how far we’ve come. In 2009, Arizona was ranked 29 – in the bottom half of states for protecting preborn children and their mothers.
Now for the second year in a row, we’re in the top 5. Our state was also named one of AUL’s Women’s Protection Project All Stars. This is so meaningful to me because when I look at the devastating impact of abortion, I don’t only see the tragic loss of preborn life, but I also see a hurting woman. It is an honor for our state to be recognized for standing up against the abortion industry’s lies to women.
It’s important to point something out when we look at these rankings too.
Something very critical happened in 2009 that changed the pro-life trajectory of our state. Arizonans elected a pro-life legislature and Governor Jan Brewer became Governor.
It’s been under Governor Jan Brewer’s leadership that Arizona has shot up the charts – jumping 25 spots.
Governor Brewer has done more than just sign the bills too. She’s gone out of her way to passionately defend life. I was incredibly encouraged to hear that our Governor addressed Arizona’s pro-life progress in her State of the State address Monday:
“And, as thrilled as I am with everything we’ve accomplished on behalf of Arizona businesses, I’m equally proud of the work we’ve done on behalf of Arizona families.
From school choice policies that give parents the power to decide their children’s education …To life-affirming legislation protecting the unborn …
Together, we have pursued and protected the values most important to Arizona’s families – and Arizona’s future.”
We should never take for granted a Governor who stands for life. It was because Arizona had an executive that opposed the rights of women and preborn children that our state was initially ranked in the bottom half of the nation.
Please take time today to send Governor Brewer a short note, thanking her for her leadership.
You can also click the image below to share this important message with your Facebook or Twitter Friends.
Sanctity of Life Prayer Rally – Join pro-lifers from across the state to commemorate the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade as we pray for an end to abortion.
Track the progress! – Stay up to date with all of the CAP-supported bills with our Bill Tracker!
Religious Freedom on the move – CAP-supported SB 1062 passed out of the Senate Government committee yesterday. This law protects the rights of Arizonans to live and work according to their faith.
Why Marriage Matters – The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson testified before the Indiana Legislature about the meaning and purpose of marriage. Don’t miss this important video.