STATEMENT BY VICTORIA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA, REGARDING SUPREME COURT’S DENIAL OF MARRIAGE APPEALS
“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has sidestepped this important issue, at least for now, and left Virginians without a definitive answer. Unfortunately, over one million Virginians who legally voted to adopt the marriage amendment have been disenfranchised, leaving them to wonder if their vote on any issue is safe from government reprisal. Those voters were also denied a defense by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who put his political aspirations ahead of both the Constitution of Virginia and the oath of office.
“There are still multiple cases, including those in the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 11th circuits, that working their way to the Supreme Court. The issue of the legal definition of marriage is far from settled, and should be decided by the people, and not the courts. Most experts still believe the Supreme Court will eventually rule on this matter.
“Until the Supreme Court makes a final determination, we will continue to advocate for natural marriage because children deserve, whenever possible, to have both a mom and a dad. And we will work with the General Assembly to ensure that, while same-sex marriage is legal in Virginia, the rights and freedoms of those who disagree with the redefinition of marriage are treated equally and are not discriminated against in their religious practice, education, business or employment.”