Josh Duggar

New Video: Stand For Marriage Rally Gaining Momentum

The Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally is right around the corner (click here for details). Watch our new promotional video, please share it, and plan to be in downtown Richmond this Tuesday, May 13, at 8:30 a.m. The appeal for the Virginia Marriage Amendment will be heard that day and we need you to be there to stand with us for God's design for marriage.

 The Stand for Marriage Rally will send an important message the Virginians believe marriage is ordained to be between one man and one woman. 

To make things easier for those outside of Richmond interested in attending, we are providing bus transportation to the rally. If you live in one of the following areas and want a bus ride to the capital for the Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally, click here to reserve a seat.

♦ Winchester (with stops in Warrenton and Fredericksburg)

♦ Harrisonburg (with stops in Staunton and Charlottesville)

♦ Norfolk (with a stop in Newport News/York)

There are also vans leaving from several churches around the state. Here is a partial list with contact information:

♦ Leaving from Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown at 1004 Yorktown Road and stopping at York River Baptist Church in James City County. Contact: Ann Robeson at 757-719-6787.

♦ Leaving from Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church, 942 Burks Hill Road in Bedford. Contact: Pastor E. Larry Ross at 540-587-8962.

♦ Leaving from Brookhill Wesleyan Church in Goode. Contact: Janet Robey at 434-401-8852. There is a $10 charge that includes the van ride and breakfast.

If you are driving to Richmond yourself, click here for a map of downtown Richmond parking lots.

A terrific lineup of speakers will address the rally. You don't want to miss this exciting day as we proclaim to Virginia and beyond that marriage matters and God's design of one man and one woman for life is the definition of marriage and cannot be changed. Our speakers include:

Join Brian S. Brown, President of The National Organization for Marriage; Dean Nelson, Chairman of The Frederick Douglass Foundation; Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of The Manhattan Declaration; Josh Duggar, Executive Director of The Family Research Council Action; Jeff Caruso, Executive Director, Virginia Catholic Conference; The Family Foundation's own President, Victoria Cobb; and others as we Stand and Pray for the union of one man and one woman as the definition of marriage. If you are interested in volunteering to help with logistics on the day of the event, please e-mail Marie at marie@familyfoundation.org.

♦ What: Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally

♦ When: Tuesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m.

♦ Where: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1100 East Main Street, Richmond

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!

The real news.

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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.