The Family Foundation of Virginia released the following statement concerning the decision of the Richmond-based U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' on Virginia's Marriage Amendment, which came down within the last hour:

Family Foundation Statement on Marriage Decision - Fourth Circuit Strikes Down VA Marriage Amendment -

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

“Marriage expresses the reality that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad,” said Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia. “Virginia’s laws have always rightly reflected the true and complementary nature of marriage. A substantial majority of Virginia’s voters approved an amendment to Virginia’s Constitution that affirms that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. It’s unfortunate that the court rejected the right of Virginians to define marriage consistent with their concern with what’s best for children and society as a whole. It’s sad that the judges have chosen to disenfranchise the 1.3 million Virginians who legally voted to amend our constitution.”

Virginians adopted the marriage amendment in 2006 with 57 percent of voters supporting the natural definition of marriage.

For more information and quotes from attorneys defending Virginia’s marriage amendment, click here.