The Family Foundation of Virginia released this statement to the media earlier today regarding the hearing at the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of the commonwealth's Marriage Amendment, which 57 percent of Virginians ratified into the state constitution in 2006:

RICHMOND–The Family Foundation today expressed hope regarding the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguments in an appeal to a lower court ruling that struck down Virginia’s marriage amendment.

"We hope the judges make their decision based on the facts presented that marriage between a man and a woman is proven to be an institution that benefits society in a way that no other relationship does," said Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia. "Marriage is society's least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of children, while respecting everyone’s liberty to form their own relationships and that our laws shouldn’t intentionally deny children either a mom or a dad. Our hope is that the judges won't disenfranchise the 1.3 million Virginians who legally voted to amend our constitution."

Hundreds of Virginians stood outside the Courthouse and at the state Capitol to show their support for natural marriage. Rally speakers included Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, Josh Dugger of the Family Research Council Action, Eric Teetsel of the Manhattan Declaration, Dean Nelson of the Frederick Douglas Foundation, Jeff Caruso of the Virginia Catholic Conference, and Victoria Cobb of The Family Foundation.