This information packet on national and State marriage initiatives begins by discussing the growing trend towards marriage promotion in light of substantial research that has emerged supporting the link between marriage and poverty reduction, as well as other measures of child well being. A literature review highlights findings on the benefits of marriage and the challenges faced by poor unmarried couples. Next, an overview of federal and State legislation addressing marriage is provided, along with four examples of model Healthy Marriage Initiatives. Recommendations for future programming are given. The packet closes a list of websites and descriptions and contact information for research organizations, as well as for organizations supporting and opposing marriage initiatives. 43 references.