The vital public issue of marriage will be front and centre centrepiece at the World Congress of Families in Sydney this week. It is the seventh congress of its kind (being founded in 1997).

The importance of marriage itself, the debate over redefining marriage, marriage trends, families, and their link to education, health, and the economy will be addressed during the conference.

Speakers on the issue of marriage include Pat Fagan and William B May from the US, Jose Ureta from France, and John Anderson, Bill Muehlenberg, and Doctor David van Gend from Australia.

An event like this that will finally give the issue of marriage the attention it deserves is very much needed at this time.

Here at Conjugality, a series of blog posts will be covering the content presented in some of the key presentations on marriage. Watch out for these over the course of the next week. Conjugality will also be live tweeting many of the talks at the congress @Conjugality

Blaise Joseph is a third-year commerce student at the University of New South Wales with a strong interest in social policy. Blaise is originally from Canberra, the centre of politics and the public...