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New organization supports traditional marriage

October 20th, 2011

By Taylor Pettit

A group of individuals have come together on campus with the intent of reminding Eastern of what they said is a forgotten value: marriage between a man and a woman.

The group, Love and Truth, was approved by Student Life two weeks ago and immediately began advertising and recruiting around campus several planned events this year.

Joelle Sprague, president of Love and Truth, said men and women each bring a different aspect to a relationship.

“Marriage is under attack in the United States and the world,” said Sprague, a 23-year-old graduate student from Lawrenceburg. “It is not respected or valued in this society anymore,”

The club has planned a tabling event on Powell Corner, received money from the Ruth Institute for conference fees and discussed bringing speakers to campus.

“It would be really great if we could get one couple that’s been married for a long time and one couple that has married younger, to speak on marriage,” Sprague said at a recent club meeting.

The group also talked about bringing a speaker who could speak on behalf of the “biological” benefits of marriage, one of the group’s main values.

According to its mission statement, “… By advocating for the historical, biological and ethical reasons for marriage, Love and Truth aims to uphold the sanctity of marriage and its crucial role of creating the most stable environment for childrearing. Love and Truth’s aspirations are to inform students about the benefits of marriage and why it should be respected, valued and supported in today’s modern era.”

Sprague said a club of this nature is needed on campus because so many other clubs that promote “the opposite” are already on campus.

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  1. Sean
    October 20th, 2011 at 18:02 | #1

    What clubs are opposed to marriage? I’ve never heard of such a college club. In fact, I have heard of few people who don’t want to get married, at least theoretically. The issue isn’t that marriage itself has become unappealing, but rather, that marriages don’t last. Which then contributes to marriage not looking so good. Find out why people don’t stay married and you’ll go a long way toward making marriage look more desirable.

  2. Betsy
    October 20th, 2011 at 19:56 | #2

    Sean, the issue is increasingly that people don’t want to get married. Many articles to that effect have been posted on this blog. Marriage being outdated and unnecessary is a common theme.

  3. October 20th, 2011 at 22:52 | #3

    @Sean
    Oh come on, every woman I have ever dated has been opposed to marriage, theoretically. The idea of marriage was completely unappealing, not just to me but in principle, to anyone. All I could aspire to be was the guy from Bridges of Madison County to any of the women I have ever dated. Marriage was obsolete and outdated, and it would be wrong and foolish to think any woman should promise or commit to a man in any sort of formal legal way. Ok now it turns out they were all being coy, which is fine. Better luck to other people.

  4. Sean
    October 21st, 2011 at 19:59 | #4

    Not wanting to get married is hardly the same as opposing it. Lots of people don’t want to get married: it can ruin a relationship, and be extremely costly when the marriage ends. And very painful emotionally.

    To not want to do a thing doesn’t mean you oppose it. I don’t want my legs waxed but I don’t oppose leg waxing for those who do want it.

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