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Mayor Wood Declares 2013 'Marriage Week' in Roswell

The special week is set for Feb. 7-14.

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood recently declared Feb. 7-14 "Marriage Week" in Roswell this year.

The special week is held in conjunction with Our Marriage Matters, a Roswell based marriage and family initiative to strengthen and build healthy marriages and families. The local group will host a complimentary date night for married couples on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Best Western, 907 Holcomb Bridge Road.

The event will provide married couples with a free session and a free marriage guide book on how to protect and preserve their marriages amidst the stresses and strains of everyday living. Attendees will also receive a 25 percent discount coupon to some local restaurants to celebrate their date night.

Anyone interested in attending the event should e-mail their names to info@ourmarriagematters.net.

Debra Partridge February 04, 2013 at 12:39 PM
That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard the Mayor proclaim and smacks of discrimination against single parents, divorced people, gays, the elderly, and young unmarried professionals living together. As if we all don't experience the stress and strain of everyday living. Where's my 25% discount coupon?
Toni Dore February 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I think this is a GREAT idea. Thank you Mayor Wood for honoring the 'married' citizens of our community. It is a nice thought as Valentine's Day is approaching and everyone's thoughts turn to Love! :-) As for Debra's comment, Get Over it! This event only 'smacks of discrimination' if you want it to. Yes, there are divorced, gay, elderly, young unmarried professionals living together. And, they can all have their day as well. We could easily surmise that your comment about marrieds 'smacks of discrimination' against those that are married. We really truly all do need to lighten up a bit and realize that every action we take is not always directed at us! With Valentine's Day approaching, it is nice to just think of marriage in a warm and loving way. If you choose to NOT marry, that is YOUR choice. But, don't keep those that ARE married from being celebrated as well. Keep up the GREAT work running Roswell and honoring its' citizens, Mayor Wood!
S L D February 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Debra, I understand where you are coming from. The great majority of single parents struggle with money, time, and energy. It would be great to get some recognition and help once in a while. Not all single parents are unpartnered by their own choice. Go see Les Mis. My mother certainly didn't CHOOSE to have my father die when she had a 3 year old and 11 month old to raise and she was not working outside the home. I truly wish there was an organization that would help this segment of our population, which btw makes up a larger portion of Roswell residents than people over 65. And I haven't even touched on the other families you mentioned.
Bryan February 04, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Debra, You're right on the money here. The business "Our Marriage Matters" is supported by some nasty hate groups like The Heritage Foundation. Mayor Wood and Governor Perdue have close ties with organizations that would deny many citizens equal rights and this event is blatantly discriminatory.
claire smith February 04, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Fellowship Bible Church has a great Divorce Care group...
Debra Partridge February 05, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Claire, It seems as if His Honor, The Mayor, might be in need of Divorce Care group himself: http://www.fcclkjudicialsearch.org/judicialsearch/Scripts/UVlink.dll/tsgdb1/WEBSERV/PUBCivilSearch?action%253Dview%26track%253D746729 Anyone see a little irony here?
Debra Partridge February 05, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Bryan, It looks like the Mayor is publicly supporting a business by proclaiming a special week just for them. I wish he'd proclaim a week to support my business or your business. Let's all have our own special week, Mr. Mayor! I think it's ridiculous, especially since the Mayor just got divorced himself. http://www.fcclkjudicialsearch.org/judicialsearch/Scripts/UVlink.dll/tsgdb1/WEBSERV/PUBCivilSearch?action%253Dview%26track%253D746729
Steven Leach February 06, 2013 at 01:33 AM
First...just because someone is divorced doesn't mean they don't believe in marriage. And second...you show what type of person you are by actually doing a search on the Mayor's divorce and posting the link here to the final judgment. Lighten up and get a life.
Debra Partridge February 06, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Steven, You're kinda of missing the whole point. I personally feel it's a little bit discriminatory for our government leaders to proclaim "Marriage Week" in support of a business whose sole purpose is to make money from counseling married people. Why not proclaim "Consultants Week" or "Flip Flops Week" for people who are trying to make money being consultants or selling flip flops? And, yes, it does feel discriminatory to me. Why should I not be entitled to a government sanctioned 25% discount at local Roswell restaurants just because I'm not married? And, as for searching on the Mayor's divorce, someone else pointed it out to me and it just seemed to reflect the irony - and the incongruence - of the whole situation for me. I'd prefer a government leader whose proclamations, beliefs, and behaviors were more closely aligned. That's just my opinion.

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