SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers want to use state funds to save a "marriage commission" that has been federally funded since its creation in 1998. The state agency that gave the commission $700,000 in federal dollars annually announced earlier this year that it would pull the funding.
One Republican lawmaker wants to ensure the program keeps going, saying the state should promote lasting marriages because they're a fundamental institution for society.
Draper Rep. LaVar Christensen's bill would create a 17-member commission to promote efforts to "to uphold and encourage a strong and healthy culture of strong and lasting marriages."
The commission would reach out to couples by hosting events, conferences and seminars and providing handbooks and other information.