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Family Foundation Statement Regarding ACLU Lawsuit To Overturn Virginia’s Marriage Amendment


July 9, 2013

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.


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.

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7 Responses to “Family Foundation Statement Regarding ACLU Lawsuit To Overturn Virginia’s Marriage Amendment”

  1. E Marshall Buckles says:

    All the more reason for supporting the Marriage Amendment Act currently before the US House of Representatives:
    HJ 51 IH

    113th CONGRESS

    1st Session

    H. J. RES. 51

    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage.


    June 28, 2013

    Mr. HUELSKAMP (for himself, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. PITTS, Mr. JORDAN, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. PITTENGER, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. BARTON, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. BROOKS of Alabama, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. JONES, Mr. MEADOWS, Mr. PEARCE, Mr. DUNCAN of South Carolina, Mr. FLEMING, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. HARRIS, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. PALAZZO, Mr. SHUSTER, Mr. HALL, Mr. BRIDENSTINE, Mr. SCHWEIKERT, Mr. WOLF, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. STOCKMAN, Mr. HULTGREN, and Mr. LANKFORD) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein),


    This joint resolution may be cited as the `Marriage Protection Amendment’.


    The following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:


    `Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.’.

    • Robert says:

      You’re too late. The Supreme Court has ruled. Same sex marriage is already legal in 13 states. The genie is out of the bottle. Put your focus elsewhere to do good. Peace to you!

  2. John Frasca says:

    You are running scared and it shows. As you are well aware, the SCOTUS decision was not intended to force same-sex marriage on the fifty states but rather to give the LGBT community federal rights. DOMA’s Second Paragraph is the one that will be challenged next and you will lose. It is a thinly veiled attempt to subvert Article IV, Sections ! and 2 of the U. S. Constitution commonly called the “Full Faith and Credit Clause” which is the legal basis for accepting a marriage in New York between a man and a woman to be accepted nationwide.

    As I am sure you are aware it is only a matter of time before the travesty of the most sacred document for Virginians, our Constitution, that denies equal protection for a group of citizens will be overturned. It is in violation of federal law. What will you do when you lose again? Go job hunting, I hope. You and your group have become irrelevant. No states have the right to put the civil rights of one group of its citizens up for a vote. If that were true, I would submit an amendment outlawing psychochristians.

  3. Robert says:

    I’m tired of all this gay/same sex marriage stuff.

    The state, federal or local government cannot force you to marry a gay person. Heck, no one can force you to marry a black person if you’re white; or a white person if your black.
    The government can’t force churches to officiate at same sex weddings, either.
    If you’re Baptist, the government can’t force you to marry a Muslim or Jew.
    Several other countries like Canada and many other states are now allowing same sex CIVIL marriages. Ask yourself: has that ruined the “sanctity” of your marriage? No, it hasn’t.

    It’s time to move on. Christian organizations and Christian lobby groups need to focus on feeding the poor, getting them training for jobs, caring for the sick, elderly and downtrodden, rehabilitating people in prison, and working for peace throughout the world. Let Christians be known by the fruits of their good labors. Too many Christian groups have gotten into bed–an unholy bed–with politicians and have reveled in their so-called influence and power. The mutual manipulation of both groups by both groups is appalling.

    Even among us Christians, there is wide disagreement on which prayers to use, which translation of the Bible to use, whether women should be ordained or not, how to receive communion… So… it’s time to focus on doing good, not being sectarian in politics.

  4. Robert E.G. says:

    The biggest problem is that they aren’t fighting corruption of their Church. They are trying to impose their church laws on everyone who refuses to be a part of their church. The truth is they don’t realize that they are pushing away people from their faith every day they continue this. No one is making you do anything. They just want you to let them be themselves. And the moment they realize that what they are doing is ‘hating their neighbor’ instead of ‘loving their neighbor’ they will realize that they are breaking the primary commandment of their lord and savior.

    Its time that we stop doing this crap over and over. We did it when they desegregated the south. We had churches everywhere that refused to let blacks in their building, like that was really saving any soul. Still in the south you will find that blacks go to their own churches and whites go to their own churches. Its all crap. There was even a church that kicked out its own preacher recently just because he was going to marry a black-white couple. They told the couple they couldn’t marry in their church and then when the preacher went elsewhere to marry them, they fired him too. Christians like that is what made me leave the church years ago and I wont go back. You can keep your racist, homophobic, bigotry to yourself. I’ll go love my neighbor as I love myself. I’ll let the homosexuals marry whoever they want to marry, and I’ll continue to accept them as they really are, humans who must find their own path and happiness. I cannot see how any of this is any better then the Pharisee who thought he was knew better then anyone and prayed with his head held high and thought he was better then the humble man who bowed his head to pray… Maybe they should really look inside and see how ugly it looks to be so self righteous to demand non-christians to follow their laws. I disagree with this as much as I disagree with muslim sharia laws being pushed on the populace.

  5. M Mirabelle says:

    Dear Ms. Cobb,

    Will the Family Foundation be releasing a statement on the recent ethical and moral lapses of Governor McDonnell and his family, as well as the connected concerns swirling around candidate Ken Cucinelli, in connection with the fast-escalating Star Scientific scandals?

    As Christians who endeavor to espouse strong family values, no doubt the Family Foundation strongly believes that good Christ-like witness begins with the personal examples that we and our families each demonstrate in our day to day affairs. This is so much more powerful and important than policy ideas and opinions.

    Thank you for your organization’s ongoing contributions to our state.

    God’s peace for you.

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