If we want a robust economy, we have to have thriving, two-parent families. If we want better outcomes for our children, we need to protect marriage. One study found that the cost of family fragmentation to Virginia taxpayers is at least $750 million annually.
The Family Foundation believes in marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman, an institution of God and a foundation for civil society. An abundance of social science shows us that men, women, and children benefit economically, physically, and emotionally from a stable, two-parent marriage and family. Marriage promotes social order and provides a vehicle for long-term economic development and security within society.
The Family Foundation seeks to promote and defend the traditional marriage unit as the foundation to a stable society.
What we are doing:
Strengthening Marriage | Virginia’s no-fault divorce laws make unilateral divorce too easy. These laws need to be tightened to encourage marriage counseling and to protect the best interest of children.
Opposing Making Sexual Behavior a Protected Class | Every year there are efforts in Virginia to add sexual orientation/gender identity to the list of protected classes in non-discrimination laws. This is not only unnecessary, as no evidence of discrimination exists, but has potential negative ramifications on religious liberty.
Added teaching the Benefits and Value of Marriage in Family Life Education
Added a Marriage Amendment to the VA State Constitution (since rejected by U.S. Supreme Court)
Increased Penalties for Possession of Child Pornography
Defeated the elevation of Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity to protected class