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05/18/07 - Lufkin

Marriage Counseling

by Tashun Chism

Homer and Terry Murray have been married 24 years.

When they heard about the plan to require Texas couples to take marriage classes, or pay a much higher fee for their marriage license, they were all for it.

"I think that it certainly helps. So many couples will spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on the actual wedding ceremony but put no preparation into spending a lifetime together," said Homer.

"It's definitely worth the money people say I don't want to spend money on counseling. But it's preventive medicine so to speak," Terry added.

It's not clear how much classes would cost, but the proposed bill says if Texas couples don't take the classes with a year of applying for their marriage license, they'll have to pay double for the license.

Supporters point to the high divorce rate as a reason why the proposed bill is a good idea.

"They're not willing to work at it and they want to give up to easily. It's too easy just to run and get a divorce and call it quits. But anything worth having is worth working for, especially when it comes to a marriage," Terry said.

Homer Murray's church already requires couples to take marriage counseling before saying their vows.

Karen Norton's church also has a pre-marital counseling program.

"It covers all areas of marriages. How we are going to raise our children. It covers the in laws. It covers your sexual fulfillment in marriage. It covers all the different issues," Norton said.

Norton believes many couples don't take the time to consider issues like these before getting married.

And are surprised by the drastic lifestyle change.

"Before you're married it's just all about you. But after you're married you have someone else to think about then. It's not selfish and all about me anymore," Norton told us.

It's lessons like those some Texas lawmakers believe are important enough, to get the state government more involved in the marriage process.

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