Senate Joint Resolution 8: Marriage Amendment

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Last Updated: April 29, 2013
Senate Joint Resolution 8: Marriage Amendment
Sponsors:
Sen. Kruse
Summary:

Senate Joint Resolution 8 proposes a marriage amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would read:

Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA supports SJR 8 because it re-affirms the traditional view of marriage which is the foundation of Western civilization concept of our fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of our children.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

01/07/2013     (Senate)     First reading: Referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure
04/29/2013     (Senate)     Bill died with close of legislature.

Background:

How does defining marriage as being between one man and one woman potentially affect your right to homeschool your children?

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, 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. Therefore, HSLDA will continue to support marriage as between one man and one woman. Any other view of marriage attacks the traditions of the family in Western civilization. This is an attack on parental rights.

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