19 Kids and Counting

Fate Of The Marriage Amendment To Be Determined "Soon"

The Family Foundation was joined yesterday morning in Norfolk by Concerned Women for America, FRC Action and hundreds of Christians from churches across Eastern Virginia as we stood up in support of marriage, the Virginia Constitution and in solidarity with the brave and principled attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom. Alliance Defending Freedom was in court officially representing the Clerk of the Court of Prince William County, Michele McQuigg, a former member of the House of Delegates, who is seeking affirmation of the Marriage Amendment in her position, which is charged with issuing marriage licenses. Oral arguments for the challenge to the Marriage Amendment were heard with U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen, who promised to make a timely ruling, and said, "You'll be hearing from me soon."

Lawyers for the plaintiffs asserted the amendment, passed by 57 percent of Virginia's voters, was unconstitutional, arguing marriage was a fundamental right and that the institution was not ultimately about children but was instead a symbol of freedom, comparing same-sex marriage to marriage allowed only among freed slaves. Attorney General Mark Herring attended the hearing to watch his solicitor general argue on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys argued the government's interest in marriage is in the upbringing of children by a mother and a father and that there exist no constitutional grounds or precedent to change the law to allow for homosexual unions. Its attorney skillfully outlined how marriage is the one and only relationship that is absolutely essential to the future of humanity. In yet another attempt of the liberal left to redefine beyond recognition an important term, plaintiffs actually stood before the judge and stated that "same-sex couples pro-create."

Outside the hearing, traditional marriage supporters held a rally as well as a news conference that included Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, Josh Duggar from FRC Action, Alison Howard from Concerned Women for America, and Bishop E.W. Jackson of S.T.A.N.D. Supporters of natural marriage numbered in the hundreds, while only a dozen people supporting same-sex marriage protested outside.

Of course the media's coverage was predictably skewed. For a real representation of what happened, see the video and picture below. More photos from the rally can be seen on our Facebook page. Then, please follow this link and sign the petition asking Attorney General Mark Herring to do his job and defend the Virginia Constitution!

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From left, Josh Duggar of FRC Action and a star of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting; The Family Foundation's Victoria Cobb; Alison Howard from Concerned Women for America; and Bishop E.W. Jackson of S.T.A.N.D. 

Duggar Family Brings Reality To Values Bus Virginia Campaign Tour

If the statewide campaign this year has seemed to you like a reality show then the FRC Action Values Bus tour might just validate that perception. In a good way. The Duggar family of TLC's hit reality series 19 Kids and Counting has boarded the bus — just about all of them, too — traveling across the commonwealth for FRC Action endorsed candidates Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. In fact, the oldest Duggar, Joshua, is the executive director of FRC Action. He wrote this in an e-mail today:

The Virginia gubernatorial election next month is critical — not only for the people of the Old Dominion, but for the entire United States as well. That's why my family wants to help support FRC Action PAC-endorsed candidate for governor Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and candidate for lieutenant governor Bishop E.W. Jackson. We're touring Virginia this week with our #ValuesBus, and we'd love for you to come and join us on our stops!

Mother Michelle added this statement:

We are so excited to be here in Virginia to endorse Ken Cuccuneli and E.W. Jackson.

There is such a stark contrast between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his opponent, who has never held public office. Serving in the state senate and as the current State Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli has shown he has a backbone of steel and a heart of gold.

Ken Cuccinelli consistently stands up for women and their unborn children, fights for lower taxes and less government. As governor, Ken Cuccinelli will continue to be a voice for senior citizens, families and veterans.

The Values Bus tour started earlier today at Liberty University. It will be at the capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, then travel east on 64 to Regent University later that day. The complete schedule is below. If the tour stops in a location near you, feel free to stop by and join in and meet the Duggars. You may even pick up some TFF Action Voter Guides as the father, Jim Bob, did (see below) which gave the guides a bit of an online viral push. To order the guides to distribute at your church or to other organizations, click the link above or call 804-354-9557.

Tuesday, October 15

* Richmond

12:30 p.m.

State Capitol, 9th and Bank Streets 

* Virginia Beach  

5:00 p.m.

Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive

Wednesday, October 16

* Fredericksburg

10:00 a.m. 

Calvary Christian Church, 2222 Jefferson Davis Highway

* Woodbridge

1:30 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church and School, 14510 Spriggs Road

The Duggars tour Virginia

Keeping it real: Reality show stars the Duggar family hopped on the bus — the Values Bus — touring Virginia in support of Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson.

He's committed — to family and the cause: Jim Bob Duggar displays TFF Action's "I'm Committed" Voter Guide in front of the #ValuesBus. The photo is weaving its way through social media.

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