Yesterday, thousands of Americans marched in support of marriage in DC, as expected the media barely covered it. This march coincided with the Supreme Court oral arguments on Prop 8. Many discussions have erupted today and yesterday on the issue of marriage, and the role of the government in it.
Virginia’s statewide candidates have been remarkably silent. They’ve been quite willing to talk about federal issues in this race: Obamacare, the 2nd Amendment, The Patriot Act, and Standing with Rand to name a few. So I asked them where they stood.
The definition of the family is a crucial issue for government to grapple with. Prop 8 also makes the stance of state officials particularly important because in California, state officials refused to defend the law before the courts. Will our LG nominee stand strong in defending marriage, or will he/she be comfortable with the continuing erosions? Will our Attorney General nominee be willing to defend the state’s marriage amendment if it is challenged in court?
Below are the statements provided by either the candidates or their campaigns.
Jeannemarie Devolites Davis:
As a traditional, pro-life Catholic, I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. That is why I voted for the Constitutional Amendment, both in 2005 and 2006. (The Resolution proposing a Constitutional Amendment must pass two General Assembly Sessions twice, with a House of Delegates election between the two votes – you probably already know that!)
Please keep in mind that my Senate District had a 17 point Democrat generic (only 25% of my voters were Republican), but I voted for the Amendment, none the less, and it failed in my district when it was on the ballot. It’s easy to say you would have voted for it if you’ve never had to, and it’s easy to vote for it when you represent a district that supports it – I am the candidate for LG who actually voted for it in a very tough district in which it failed!
I strongly support the only true definition of marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman. Any other arrangement will never be a marriage no matter what anyone calls it. This has been the definition for thousands of years, and it is disappointing that we have come to a place where radical activists, politicians, lawyers and judges arrogantly seek to change that definition and turn history, biology and reality upside down. Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, the true definition will never change. With love and patience toward those who are confusing the issue, I will defend the rights of Americans who hold to the truth against all efforts to persecute and marginalize them. Marriage as we have known it from time immemorial is best for children, best for society, best for American culture, and it is a sacred gift that we dare not desecrate.
He was also the one candidate to advocate for traditional marriage online.
I am one of the few candidates for Lt. Governor who has consistently fought for legislation to protect the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman and have supported legislation to protect this sacred institution of marriage. As a husband to my wife of 33 years and a father of three children, I believe that the foundation of our society rests largely on stable and cohesive family units. And it is because of this firm belief that I have supported legislation to preserve the institution of marriage and have fought against legislation that sought to erode, even if by the slightest bit, this sacred institution.
Since my first campaign to represent the people of the 31st District, I have promised to remain dedicated to “faith, family, and freedom” and I have kept that promise. And my record as a legislator demonstrates that:
In 2004, I supported the Marriage Affirmation Act, which prohibited “A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage is prohibited.” It also prohibited out of state civil unions from being legally recognized in Virginia law
In 2006, I was one of the patrons of HB 101 (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+bil+HB0101) which called for an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. As required in Virginia, this constitutional amendment was put on the ballot in November of 2006 and was approved by the citizens of the Commonwealth.
While others in this campaign “talk” about supporting families, I have an actual record, a 100% rating from the Virginia Family Foundation and was named one of Virginia Family Foundation’s Citizens of the Year in 2001. I am proud of my record and if chosen by the people to be Virginia’s next Lt. Governor, you will not only know where I stand on this important matter by my words, but you will know where I stand by my votes and actions.
As you’re probably aware, Senator Martin strongly supported the marriage amendment to the Virginia Constitution. He chaired the committee through which the matter had to pass numerous times, and he personally negotiated the final language of the amendment. Senator Martin truly believes that marriage, properly defined, can only exist between one man and one woman.
Pete believes in traditional marriage as defined in the Virginia Constitution, a definition that was approved by an overwhelming majority of Virginians. He’ll fight to stand up for the traditional family as Lieutenant Governor.
I am committed, as a Christian and as a public leader, in supporting marriage between one man and one woman, God Ordained Marriage. I supported the VA Marriage Amendment in 2006 and support a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution as well.
It is a sad day for our Republic and our United States when the people have spoken and their elected leaders will not represent the will of the people, as in Proposition 8 in California. Furthermore, I believe the states should decide public policy on marriage, however, the issue of God Ordained Marriage is so prominently essential to our society, as the family is the backbone of our society, I believe there should be a federal marriage amendment to constitutionally protect marriage between one man and one woman.
She believes marriage is between a man and woman. She supports Virginia’s constitutional amendment affirming that. She does not support same sex marriage.
Rob Bell supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman. As Attorney General he will defend Virginia’s laws and Constitution, including the Marriage Amendment voters enshrined in the state constitution.
He has publicly stated his position on this issue and other family values issues — here is the link to his website: http://www.robbellforag.com/issues/family-values/
Bell voted for the Marriage Amendment when it was before the General Assembly. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?061+vot+HV2149+HJ0041
I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. As Attorney General, I will vigorously defend Virginia’s constitution and laws.