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Even if an individual can prove his or her spouse has violated the terms of their marriage in one of these six ways, the couple must undergo a period of counseling and an additional waiting period (two years in Louisiana) before divorce proceedings can begin.
The publication “Best Of New Orleans” coined Katherine S.
Spaht the “mother” of covenant marriage in Louisiana.
Spaht, who was a professor at Louisiana State University’s School of Law when the bill was first introduced, had been a lifelong Christian and worked throughout her career to “protect children of all ages from suffering from their parents’ actions.” The more she learned about the effects of divorce, the more dedicated she became to the Movement.“The suffering was abundantly clear,” she told the publication.
“I reached that conclusion in the fall of 1995, and I promised God I was going to do something about it.”The following year, Spaht was introduced to Tony Perkins, who was then serving as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Together, the two of them worked on drafting the nation’s first Covenant Marriage Bill.
Today, Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, a conservative public policy and lobbying organization based in Washington DC, and Spaht has gone on to write several books about marriage in Louisiana.
Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the bill, not a single couple in Orleans, St. Tammany or Jefferson parishes applied for a covenant marriage license the day it was passed, Aug. The “Declaration of Intent” Louisiana couples must sign before being granted a covenant marriage reads,“We do solemnly declare that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman who agree to live together as husband and wife for so long as they both may live.
We have chosen each other carefully and disclosed to one another everything which could adversely affect the decision to enter this marriage.
We have received premarital counseling on the nature, purposes, and responsibilities of marriage.