Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cuccinelli will continue to defend challenges to Virginia constitution

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli

Brian Gottstein, Director of Communication for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement:

“Virginia has followed the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman for more than 400 years, and Virginians voted overwhelmingly to add this traditional definition to their constitution.  The Supreme Court’s decision in California’s Proposition 8 case could have had implications for all states with marriage laws similar to California’s.  As the attorney general’s legal duty is to vigorously defend Virginia’s laws when they are challenged, he filed a brief with the Supreme Court in conjunction with several other states in the California case and used every available legal argument to defend Virginia’s Constitution and preserve the will of the citizens of the commonwealth.

“Today, the court’s two decisions on marriage make clear that the rulings have no effect on the Virginia Marriage Amendment or to any other Virginia law related to marriage.

“Consistent with the duties of the attorney general, this office will continue to defend challenges to the constitution and the laws of Virginia.”


“Ken Cuccinelli has always believed that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Going forward, he will continue to defend the will of the people of Virginia, an overwhelming majority of whom voted to protect the definition of traditional marriage under Virginia’s Constitution. Ken’s consistency and clarity on this matter stands in stark contrast to Terry McAuliffe who is eager to attack the attorney general without taking a position himself. Trying to pin down Terry McAuliffe on this issue—just like so many other issues—is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.” – Dave Rexrode, Campaign Manager

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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