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September 5, 2007

House Bill 51: Legalizing Adoption by Unmarried “Couples”

Sponsors:
Representatives Priscilla P. Lockwood (R), Candace C. W. Bouchard (D), Frank A. Tupper (D), Elizabeth D. Blanchard (D), and James R. MacKay (R)

Summary:
House Bill 51 would allow heterosexual and homosexual “couples” or any other two unmarried adults in a “familial relationship” to jointly adopt children.

Status:

1/4/2007(House) Introduced and referred to Children and Family Law Committee
1/24/2007(House) Public Hearing, Legislative Office Building 206, 1:15 p.m.
1/30/2007(House) Subcommittee work session, Legislative Office Building 206, 1:15 p.m.
2/7/2007(House) Subcommittee work session, Legislative Office Building 206, 9 a.m.
3/6/2007(House) Subcommittee work session, Legislative Office Building 206, 9:00 a.m.
3/14/2007(House) Executive Session, Legislative Office Building 206, 10:00 a.m.
3/14/2007(House) Majority Committee Report: Ought to pass on March 21 (Vote 12-7)
3/21/2007(House) Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
3/21/2007(House) Amendment adopted, voice vote
3/21/2007(House) Ought to pass with amendment, Motion adopted Roll Call 234-127
4/18/2007(Senate) Introduced and Referred to Judiciary Committee
5/22/2007(Senate) Hearing, 2:20 p.m., Room 103, State House
5/31/2007(Senate) Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for June 6th
6/7/2007(Senate) Inexpedient to Legislate
6/7/2007(Senate) Sen. Burling Moved Laid on Table, Motion Adopted

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose. Homeschooling is based on a traditional interpretation of parental rights. These rights are derived from a number of sources, including “western civilization concepts of the family as a union of a man and a woman with broad parental authority over minor children…” [See U.S. Supreme Court case Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000)]. An attack on these concepts erodes parental rights and the foundation for home education.

Action Requested:
None.

 Other Resources

January-24-2007—New Hampshire—Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family

March-9-2007—New Hampshire—Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family

March-20-2007—New Hampshire—Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family

E-lert—January 24, 2007—Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family

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