The Terry McAuliffe/Washington Post campaign team is going all out again this week to mislead Virginians on Ken Cuccinelli’s record of trying to save families. This week’s despicable attacks go after the Attorney General for his support of policy discussions surrounding the complex issues of no-fault divorce reform and custody issues. Few question the impact no-fault divorce laws have had on marriage and children, as divorce rates skyrocketed since the introduction of no-fault laws. The damage done to children is clear to everyone except the far left like McAuliffe and the Post. To them, seeking to reform a failed system is, wait for it – part of the war on women.
In 2007, The Family Foundation formed a marriage commission comprised of legal scholars, attorneys, marriage advocates, policy experts, marriage counselors and others to review possible policy ideas to reduce the rate of divorce, something that one would think would be a good idea regardless of your political inclinations. One idea that was discussed was to require “mutual consent” in a no-fault divorce when children are involved. It didn’t take long to understand the complexity of the issue, but the purpose of the legislative process is to thoroughly discuss and debate policy ideas like this – and for those of you who are cynical – this does actually happen from time to time in the General Assembly.
For example, during this year’s General Assembly The Family Foundation worked with Democrat Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71, Richmond) on anti-bullying legislation. It is a complex issue that requires serious analysis and discussion. But we were all able to work together to come up with a bill that, while not everyone agreed with, advanced Virginia’s anti-bullying policy while protecting religious liberty and speech.
The issue of so-called “shared parenting” is also deeply complex, but one worth a serious discussion. No one wants to take discretion away from judges in custody cases especially when there is domestic abuse, etc., but there are indications that there is a lack of balance in some divorces. Why shouldn’t a judge begin with the assumption in cases where there is no abuse, etc., that parenting should be 50-50 and work from there? Isn’t it at least worth a conversation, not just the vitriolic name-calling we get from the McAuliffe/Washington Post team?
But these are very serious, deeply complex issues that deserve very serious discussion, analysis, and honesty – three things it is becoming increasing clear Terry McAuliffe is completely incapable of supplying. Instead, he and his “campaign staff” at The Washington Post have blasted partisanship into the mix. And frankly have lied about the issues as well.
One good thing that comes from the McAulffe/Washington Post attacks – Virginians know that he is not at all interested in serious policy discussions involving issues that affect families and children.
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