The strength of our communities is dependent on the strength of our families, and the individuals that comprise them. While government cannot directly affect the heart and will of the individual, it can and does set standards for what is or is not acceptable behavior. Nothing is more important in determining these standards than the value we place on human life.
I believe that life is sacred, must be protected, and begins at conception. We do not tolerate the taking of life for superfluous reasons. Where minors are involved in a decision to take the life of an unborn child, parents or guardians need to be involved. Accordingly, I oppose any measure that would reverse the gains made regarding parental notification. Parental right in such cases should only be bypassed or interrupted when necessary to protect a child from abuse.
As our Commonwealth currently faces a more politically-motivated Attorney General’s office, it is more critical than ever that leaders stand by the principles they have fought for and defended, for so long. I strongly supported the marriage amendment to the Virginia Constitution that is now being so flippantly disregarded – chairing the committee through which it had to pass numerous times, and personally negotiated the final language of the amendment. I truly believe that marriage, properly defined, can only exist between one man and one woman. This is why it is it is imperative that the expressed will of the people be enforced through any means at our disposal, as opportunities to check overreaches become available.