Defending Our Values

Life

“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -- the unborn -- without diminishing the value of all human life.” –Ronald Reagan

I am unequivocally pro-life.  I believe that all human life is precious, created equal, and deserving of legal protection, whether already—or yet to be—born.  

The fact that abortion is now a constitutional right demonstrates the raw power of the Supreme Court.  It also shows how important it is for Virginia to have an effective and principled lawyer to represent us before that Court.  As your Attorney General, I will fight up to and at the Supreme Court to protect Virginians from further judicial overreach. 

In Virginia, I will fight to uphold strict standards for abortion clinics and ensure that all laws passed by the General Assembly, including those that protect the unborn, are defended in court when they come under attack.  I believe that we must promote a culture of life in Virginia. This starts with protecting the unborn and standing up for the defenseless and voiceless in society.

Traditional Marriage

To allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be resolved by a highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation. 

Justice Scalia’s Dissent, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman.  Under our Constitution, Virginians—and citizens of all states—have every right to define marriage under their state laws as they see fit.  If the citizens of Maine choose to allow gay marriage, that is their right.  And if the people of Virginia choose otherwise, that is their right, too.  The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision forcing the states to redefine marriage was not based on anything in the Constitution, and it denied American citizens of the very right to self-government our Founding Fathers fought for.  

As your Attorney General, I would never disrespect the will of Virginians by refusing to defend perfectly valid Virginia Constitutional amendments in court.  Even though Mark Herring supported our marriage amendment as a state Senator, he invited the courts to destroy it.