"In continuing to defend Virginia's marriage laws on appeal in my official capacity, I can obtain clarity for all of Virginia's Circuit Court Clerks. By noting my appeal and instructing my attorneys to continue their vigorous defense of Virginia's marriage laws, the appeal process will provide a definitive answer for all Virginians," Schaefer wrote.
"Judge Allen has given both sides a fair hearing and written an important opinion. I believe she articulated well the views of those in our Commonwealth who believe in marriage equality. There are, of course, other citizens who hold differing views. The will of the people as expressed in a constitutional amendment and statutes enacted by our legislature are to be given great weight. Indeed, my defense has been premised thus far on this principle," Schaefer wrote.