Testerman: Marriage is economic and social capital for NH

Friday, February 5, 2010

FRANKLIN, NH — On Monday morning, February 8, 2010 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, Republican candidate for governor Karen Testerman will stand with supporters of marriage in a joint press conference to kick off National Marriage Week.

Testerman will join a panel of speakers. Elaine Driscoll of Concerned Women for America, along with legislators and pastors in New Hampshire will speak with her on the benefits of marriage in the state.

In a written invitation handed out to legislators this week, Testerman said marriage benefits the economy.

"Marriage provides benefits to the community as both a social and an economic institution, and it is the source of human and social capital for the future of the state...By strengthening the bonds of the natural family we not only reduce the financial impact on the taxpayer, but also provide benefits to the community and businesses..."

Referencing the book, The Case for Marriage, Testerman also noted that poverty and crime share a correlation to divorce and unwed childbearing.

Testerman looks forward to hearing her peers discuss pending pro-marriage legislation in Concord as well as church programs that provide marriage support. She also expects to hear questions and feedback from the audience.

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.