Family Foundation FLE Legislation Signed Into Law By Governor KaineApr 01, 2009
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.