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May 30, 2007

House Bill 275 & Senate Bill 80: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Sponsors:
Senator John F. Campbell, Representative Mark Larson, and others (see bill texts for full list)

Summary:
House Bill 275 and Senate Bill 80 would change the statutory definition of marriage from the “union of one man and one woman” to the “union of two people.”

Status:

2/8/2007(Senate) SB 80: Prefiled
2/8/2007(Senate) SB 80: Assigned to Judiciary Committee
2/8/2007(Senate) SB 80: First reading
2/8/2007(Senate) SB 80: In Judiciary Committee
2/9/2007(House) HB 275: Prefiled
2/9/2007(House) HB 275: ssigned to Judiciary Committee
2/9/2007(House) HB 275: First Reading
2/9/2007(House) HB 275: In Judiciary Committee

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose! The right to homeschool 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 at this time.

 Other Resources

Bill Text: House Bill 275

Bill Text: Senate Bill 80