Earlier today, the ACLU and Lamda Legal, a homosexual rights group, announced that they will file a federal lawsuit to overturn the Marriage Amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Tomorrow, the Human Rights Campaign and other left-wing and homosexual rights groups will hold a news conference at the capitol. Below is the statement issued in reply by Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb.
STATEMENT BY VICTORIA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA, CONCERNING ACLU LAWSUIT AGAINST THE VIRGINIA MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
The ACLU lawsuit is not surprising given the recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. Make no mistake — this was a major defeat for advocates of same-sex marriage who asked the Supreme Court to find a constitutional right to marriage and impose their definition on fifty states. Same-sex marriage advocates did not receive the constitutional affirmation they were seeking and the ACLU today continues to push for what the U.S. Supreme Court did not grant.
Marriage redefinition was rejected overwhelmingly by Virginia citizens at the ballot and by the Virginia General Assembly time and time again; and today, the ACLU is attempting to subvert the will of the people through marriage redefinition by judicial fiat.
After Virginians affirmed traditional marriage 57 percent to 43 percent on the ballot in 2006, Virginians have continued in subsequent elections to select candidates who oppose marriage redefinition. Elections have proved that the tide has not changed as the ACLU would like the public to believe.
Despite the maneuvers of the ACLU, the debate over marriage will continue in the legislative and political process, where it belongs. The Family Foundation of Virginia will continue to educate on the reason for marriage as the bedrock of society and the structure through which children are best protected and can most likely mature into productive members of society.