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June 25, 2009

House Joint Resolution 3: Amendment Supporting Traditional Marriage

Author:
Representatives P. Eric Turner and Dave Cheatham

Summary:
As many of you may know, a traditional marriage amendment has been introduced in Indiana during the pass few legislative sessions. House Joint Resolution 3 would allow Indiana voters to amend the Indiana Constitution to state that marriage is between one man and one woman.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted a number of times to approve the bill. However, as the amendment came to the full Senate, leaders refused to allow the resolution to come to a vote.

However, during the first special legislative session his amendment has been introduced once more as H.J.R. 3.

The proposed amendment states:

“(a) Marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one woman.
(b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.”

Status:

6/23/2009Introduced and referred to the Rules Committee

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.J.R. 3.

Action Requested:
No action required at this time.

Background:
Your right to homeschool rests on another freedom: the freedom to direct the education and upbringing of your children. Underlying your right to homeschool are parental rights, which are supported by the sanctity of marriage. Anything that undermines marriage may ultimately undermine parental rights and therefore threaten your freedom to homeschool.

Amending the Indiana Constitution will protect marriage from activist state judges. Without this amendment, an activist judge, out of step with the citizens, could one day redefine marriage for everyone.

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