I am truly concerned as I watch how Virginia Democrats have moved away from focusing on the protection and promotion of family as the guiding principle in making laws for its citizens.

I think that we all can agree that family matters — and also that the family unit — is the cornerstone for the foundation of a good and just community. And yet last week, bills that would protect children, bills that would place parents as the center of their children’s educational choices and bills that would have even protected parents and their children from government intrusion, were defeated in Democrat-controlled Senate committees over and over again.

Stanley is a state senator representing parts of Halifax County.