Clerk asks 4th Circuit to hold its decision on marriage

Friday, August 01, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione regarding a motion filed Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that asks it to put its 2-1 decision against Virginia’s marriage amendment on hold while the case, Bostic v. Schaefer, is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. ADF attorneys represent Prince William County Clerk of Court Michéle B. McQuigg in defense of the amendment.
“Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirms marriage as a man-woman union. The people of Virginia and every other state are free to preserve that understanding of marriage in their laws. In its Windsor decision, the Supreme Court declared that the states have the authority to define marriage for their community. If the high court remains consistent with that principle, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so. In the meantime, the 4th Circuit should put a hold on its decision to ensure an orderly and dignified resolution of this important constitutional question.”
  • Pronunciation guide: Babione (BABB’-ee-ohn)
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