STATEMENT BY VICTORIA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA, REGARDING U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION TO HEAR MARRIAGE CASE

          “While it’s unfortunate that the legal vote of a majority of Virginians to define marriage is now left up to a handful of judges, the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a marriage case gives more reason why the General Assembly should not act prematurely when it comes to our marriage laws,” said Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia. “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. 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. As recently as November’s elections, exit polling showed that 53 percent of voters support Virginia’s marriage amendment. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court recognizes not only the natural purpose and definition of marriage, but the right of citizens of each state to determine its own marriage laws.”

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