STATEMENT BY VICTORIA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA, CONCERNING RULING IN BOSTIC V. RAINEY
Regardless of one’s stance on marriage, the people of Virginia were disenfranchised by this ruling as our voice and our vote that amended our Constitution have been rendered meaningless by a single federal judge with the assistance of our own Attorney General.
Protecting a timeless institution for the well-being of children was the will of the overwhelming majority of Virginians and this ruling denies this important state interest as it places the desires of adults over the outcomes of children. The state has no interest in affirming the love lives of its citizens, but it does have an interest in protecting children — it’s only interest in marriage.
The timing of this decision certainly calls into question Judge Wright Allen’s objectivity. This rushed release just prior to Valentine’s reeks of political show, making her ruling less a legal argument and more a press release. It’s disappointing that a federal judge would so blatantly expose her personal political agenda at the expense of not just marriage, but our entire social fabric.
This video is from our press conference this morning regarding the federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s Marriage Amendment: