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May 24, 2007

House Bill 1826: Creates Same Sex Marriage

Sponsor:
Rep. Greg Harris, Sara Feigenholtz, Harry Osterman, Constance A. Howard, Barbara Flynn Currie, John A. Fritchey, Lou Lang, George Scully Jr., Julie Hamos, Cynthia Soto, and Richard T. Bradley

Summary:
H.B. 1826 permits same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to have the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as married couples.

Status:

2/23/2007(House) Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Greg Harris
2/23/2007(House) First Reading
2/23/2007(House) Referred to Rules Committee
2/27/2007(House) Assigned to Executive Committee
3/7/2007(House) Reassigned to Human Services Committee
3/21/2007(House) House Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Human Services Committee
3/21/2007(House) House Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Human Services Committee; by Voice Vote
3/21/2007(House) Do Pass as Amended / Standard Debate Human Services Committee; 005-004-000
3/21/2007(House) Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading--Standard Debate
3/23/2007(House) Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
3/27/2007(House) Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Richard T. Bradley
4/24/2007(House) House Amendment No. 1 State Mandates Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
4/26/2007(House) Second Reading—Standard Debate
4/26/2007(House) Placed on Calendar Order of thhird Reading—Standard Debate
4/27/2007(House) Third Reading/Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 3, 2007
5/3/2007(House) Third Reading/Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 10, 2007
5/10/2007(House) Third Reading/Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 18, 2007
5/18/2007(House) Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 25, 2007
5/21/2007(House) House Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Greg Harris
5/21/2007(House) House Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA is opposed to this bill.

Action Requested:
None requested at this time.

Background:
Parental rights are a recognized constitutional right despite the fact that they are not explicitly stated in the Constitution. It is a fair question to ask: If they are implied rights rather than explicit rights, what is the source of parental rights?

Here is what the Supreme Court said in 2000 in the case of Troxel v. Granville:

“Our jurisprudence historically has reflected Western civilization concepts of the family as a unit with broad parental authority over minor children. Our cases have consistently followed that course.”

Thus, you can see that parental rights are based on “western civilization concepts of the family.”

When those concepts are no longer the legal definition of the family in this nation, then the foundation upon which parental rights are based is completely removed.

In a world which widely embraces the notions of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is fanciful to believe that any other theory will arise to replace the traditions of western civilization as a basis for parental rights.

Therefore, HSLDA will continue to fight against same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage attacks the traditions of the family in western civilization. This is an attack on parental rights. This is a battle the homeschooling movement cannot afford to lose.

 Other Resources

April-30-2007—Illinois—Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

May-8-2007—Illinois—Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

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