Governor Tim Kaine yesterday signed into law The Family Foundation's highest priority legislation supporting marriage. SB 827 and HB 1746, patroned respectively by Senator Ralph Smith (R-22, Botetourt) and Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown), will require local schools to teach the benefits, responsibilities, value and challenges of marriage in Family Life Education. A recommendation of The Family Foundation's 2007-2008 Marriage Commission, this is a modest, but important step to educating future generations about the positive effects of marriage for men, women, children and communities — something our kids haven't been learning in FLE until now.
Governor Kaine had a member of his staff join our marriage commission as a non-voting participant. The Governor's office also publicly endorsed the legislation when it was being debated before the Senate Education and Health committee, something that likely helped ensure a unanimous vote in favor of the proposal.
If you think about it, send an e-mail of thanks to Senator Ralph Smith and Delegate Brenda Pogge for their efforts on behalf of this legislation adding the benefits and value of marriage to Family Life education.