Like other politicians, Senator Cory Bernardi writes letters of congratulations to Australians who reach 100 years of age. He does the same when a couple celebrates their golden wedding anniversary. Recently he wrote to a couple celebrating their 73rd anniversary!
“The very idea of spending 73 years married to the same person would be incredulous to many people today,” he says. “And yet marriage is a covenant which was always intended to be entered into ‘until death do us part’.”
The Senator quoted a British family court judge who said family breakdown causes many social ills, and argued that marriage should be restored as the “gold standard.”
I don’t agree with everything Senator Bernardi says – his views on climate change and refugees, for example – but he is absolutely right about marriage. We can all celebrate successful marriages, and help couples integrate strategies for lasting harmony and happiness into their relationships.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 8 August 2010.
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