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Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling Just the Beginning for Fixing America’s Marriage Problems

Virginia Satir

The late Virginia Satir, considered the mother of family therapy, would have turned 97 today. Thirty years ago, she recognized that the basis of marriage had shifted from security, stability and raising children to sustaining love and intimacy — seeds to significant social change. The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling extending equal benefits to married same-sex couples represents a renewed opportunity to tackle America’s real marriage problems.

Ralph Lynn Remarried His Best Friend

Ralph and Michelle Lynn

For years, Ralph Lynn, a former Marine sniper in Iraq, suffered from undiagnosed PTSD. “My own relationship with my wife suffered to the point of divorce. After I got help, I am happy to say I am re-married to my best friend.” Ralph and his wife Michelle today help other Veterans through marriage and relationship education retreats offered by the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Relationship Coach Dianna Nash Helps Couples “Talk it Out” for Better Marriages

Dianna Nash

Dianna Nash was raised in a single-parent household. “Because of that lifestyle,” she says, “I always wanted to be apart of a two-parent family.” But as an adult, Ms. Nash says her relationships failed. “Because of my failures, I sought love in the wrong places and for the wrong reasons.” Today, through Talk It Out Relationship Services in Roseville, California, Ms. Nash is helping couples and singles learn to build healthy, vibrant relationships by “talking it out.”

Chaplain Sharon Wheaton Helps U.S. Navy Couples Learn Skills to Navigate Trying Times

Sharon Wheaton Teaches PAIRS Relationship Road Map

As a chaplain at Naval Station Norfolk, the worlds largest Naval Station, Lt. Sharon Wheaton helps military families find the strength and skills needed to navigate stressful lives. Chaplain Wheaton completed PAIRS Professional Training at the Hampton VA Medical Center in September to bring evidence-based, relationship skills classes to the Sailors, Marines and Coasties she serves.

Charlotte Michie: A Good Relationship with Your Spouse is Foundation for Having it All

Charlotte Michie and Seth Eisenberg

“Relationships are everything,” says Charlotte Michie, a Cary, North Carolina marriage and family therapist. “If you have a good relationship with your spouse, you have it all even if you are sick and without money.” Next month, with assistance from her husband of 34 years, Charlotte will begin offering evidence-based, skills building weekends to help couples learn to create and sustain happy, successful marriages.

I Am ME: Dr. Shirley Johnson, Miami, Florida

Dr. Shirley Johnson began working for civil rights at the age of 10, inspired by the example of her father and leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and Rosa Parks. As a marriage education instructor, Dr. Johnson today helps teens and young adults embrace what she calls “one of the greatest blessings human beings have been given.”