SOUTH CAROLINA MARRIAGE COMMISION:

Condon creates panel on family, marriage, faith-based programs

Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Associated Press

COLUMBIA -
Attorney General Charlie Condon has set up a new commission that
will develop policies to support marriage and family.

The panel also will explore the use of faith-based programs such as
mentoring.

"Our churches are often able to address social problems far better than the
government," Condon said Monday. "Where we can, we need to draw upon the
church to help in this fight to protect the family."

Condon said the panel will review South Carolina policies and compare them
with those of other states to find out which state policies subvert marriage
and the family.

Condon named the Rev. Jerry Clark of Freedom Baptist Church in Greenville
chairman of the commission and Cyndi Campsen Mosteller of Charleston vice
chairwoman.

"Nothing is more important to our state than the restoration of marriage and
the family as a centerpiece of life in South Carolina," Clark said.