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March 22, 2007

House Bill 603: Creates Same Sex Marriage

Author:
Representative Mimi Stewart

Summary:
H.B. 603 permits same-sex couples to enter into spousal unions and to have the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as married couples. The domestic partnership bill, H.B. 603, was never passed by the New Mexico House.

Traditional marriage survives! Thank you for your prayers, calls and emails during both the regular and special legislative sessions. We give glory to God for the victory over the bills that threatened families. H.B. 603 would have created domestic partnerships, which would have allowed same-sex partnerships. This bill then became H.B. 4 in the special session. Thankfully, both were defeated.

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 UN 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

March-22-2007—New Mexico—Calls Still Needed to Preserve Traditional Family

March-15-2007—New Mexico—Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family

Bill Text   (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Bill History