By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., kicked off National Marriage Week on Tuesday with a round of speeches in its support on Capitol Hill.
The week runs until Valentine’s Day.
The freshman Republican from Tupelo moderated a series of remarks from fellow House members extolling the virtues of marriage. Among the speakers were fellow Mississippian Gregg Harper, Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn and U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma.
Afterward, Nunnelee gave his own testimony. He talked about his parents’ 55-year marriage and the difficulties they faced in raising a large family amid money shortages, illnesses and death.
“This story is not unique,” he said before the House. “In fact, it’s representative of the millions of stories told by millions of families that have made America great.”
Nunnelee also said Congress must pass bills and policies that strengthen the family.
National Marriage Week initially began 16 years ago in the United Kingdom and was adopted in the United States in 2002. It’s celebrated each year as a way to promote strong, healthy marriages.