STATEMENT BY VICTORIA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA, CONCERNING TODAY'S CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING MARRIAGE

It is always a relief, and usually a surprise, when courts do the right thing, but it is never a sure thing. The California Supreme Court today simply upheld the important right of the citizens to recognize the traditional definition of marriage, and the sanctity of the vote. It is ironic, however, that those who claim "every vote counts" are today decrying a decision that validates the voters of California.

The people of Virginia in 2006 voted overwhelmingly to protect the definition of marriage. Like California, our laws protecting marriage were at the mercy of the courts until Virginians were given the opportunity to amend the state Constitution to define marriage. Because of that vote a handful of judges should not be able to toss aside thousands of years of human history and the evidence of social science that marriage between one man and one woman is best for society, families and children.

Regardless of the unpredictability of the courts, the law in Virginia is perfectly clear — we recognize that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that children deserve both a mom and a dad. Because of that, our children can rest easier.