President of The Family Foundation Encourages the Support of Family and Marriage
Victoria Cobb discusses her faith, her family, and her work with students
NEW YORK, September 16, 2010—“In our modern culture,” Victoria Cobb said, “we no longer look at morality and legality as two separate things. We have a culture that says if it is legal, it is therefore moral. And if it’s illegal, it is immoral.”
“That is our only standard of morality.” And that needs to change.
Victoria Cobb is the president of The Family Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. Aiming to strengthen Virginia’s families by applying foundational principles and faith to public policy and culture, she recognizes that “it is critically important that we change hearts and minds.”
Cobb spoke to students at The King’s College on September 9, 2010, as part of the school’s Distinguished Visitors Series. The DVS brings in 20 speakers each semester, providing students an opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top leaders.
At The Family Foundation, Cobb focuses on issues that influence families, including school choice, the right to life, and the strength of marriages. She spoke to King’s students about each of these.
Cobb was particularly passionate about the right to life. She said, “When I was younger, I was pro-life by faith. I believe that’s what the Scriptures say about life. As I got older and took biology, I believed by science. And then when I became a mom, I became pro-life by experience. I saw a six-week old child that was mine and that had a heartbeat. When you experience it, it is a miracle of life!”
Because of technology such as ultrasound machines that show a baby in color, Cobb said, “young people are gravitating toward the life side and will continue to.”
For marriage, Cobb said, “We spend a lot of time and energy at the national level, at the state level, dealing with band-aids, dealing with how we can fix the result of the broken family.” However, she also said that those in favor of traditional marriage need to spend time, money, and energy on keeping families together.
Their organization, for instance, created a marriage commission that focused on ways to increase the strength of marriages, including pre-marital counseling and mentoring with older couples. The reason, she said, is because “we need to elevate the value of marriage in our society.”
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