Agency seeks Louisiana’s longest married couple

Staff Report

     Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) is looking for Louisiana’s “Longest Married Couple” to share their heartfelt story of a lifetime commitment to marriage and family. “Sharing these stories of faithfulness encourages the next generation to see that marriage can last a lifetime, and we are honored to communicate across the state these stories of lasting love,” said Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum. “Society wants to tell us that marriage does not last, that it is too difficult, that separating is easier, but actually the exact opposite is the truth. LFF’s message is clear, ‘Marriage can last a lifetime!’”

     The Top 10 Longest Married Couples will also be honored by receiving an Official Statement of Special Recognition and will be entered into the LFF “Marriage Hall of Fame.”

     In 2015, LFF celebrated Lawrence and Varrie Player of Benton as Louisiana’s longest (known) married couple at 80 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Player were honored in their hometown of Benton, Louisiana. To see the former longest married couples, please go to: lafamilyforum.org/ 2015marriagehalloffame.

     “Marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman,” Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum said. “It’s not every day that you meet a couple married over 70 years, but when you do, there is something special about that relationship!”

     LFF congratulates Louisiana’s longest married couple annually during National Marriage Week USA, Feb. 7 to 14, which is an effort “to strengthen individual marriages, reduce divorce, and build a marriage culture.”

     Entries for couples married over 70 years must be submitted before Feb. 5, 2016, by sending contact information and anniversary date to Victoria@lafamilyforum.org . For more information, call the LFF office at (225) 344-8533.

     Louisiana Family Forum, the “voice for traditional families in Louisiana” is dedicated to preserving faith, family and freedom in Louisiana through research, communication and networking.  The organization is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit and is the statewide affiliate of Focus on the Family.