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2/5/2004 4:04:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Preserve the Institution of Marriage -- URGENT

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February 5, 2004

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Having litigated the issues surrounding homeschooling for over 20
years, it is my belief that the fundamental right to direct the
upbringing of children, including their education, is largely
predicated on the institution of the traditional family and its
status in society - a status which predates even the founding of the
United States. Should the nature of the traditional family be
changed, indeed radically re-defined by the modern state, the
constitutional-historical basis of what the family is and its
privileges are weakened. We cannot let this happen.

Congress will soon be deciding on the right text for a constitutional
amendment setting forth that marriage must be between a man and a
woman. It is critical that we get this text right. We must protect
marriage by name, but we must also prohibit states from getting
around this limitation by simply enacting marriage by any other name,
such as "civil union" or "domestic partnership". Marriage, by
whatever name you call it, must not extend to same-sex relationships.

The leading text, the so-called Musgrave Federal Marriage Amendment
(named for its sponsor in the House) does not prohibit marriage by
another name and its chief sponsors actually promote it as not
reaching the issue of civil unions. However, there is competing
language, the Institution of Marriage Amendment, yet to be
introduced, which will accomplish the goal. We must therefore make
ourselves heard in this debate.

REQUESTED ACTION

Call or write:

(1) Your U.S. Congressman,

(2) Both of your U.S. Senators; and

(3) The White House.

You can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox link below to get the contact
information for your representatives and the White House.

http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

Tell them: "The time is now for a constitutional amendment to protect
marriage. We want a stop to same-sex marriage. And we want a stop to
civil unions. The Musgrave text is unacceptable. Please support the
Institution of Marriage Amendment."

Although it is important to call every Congressman and Senator, right
now the focus should be on Republicans and the White House. They are
going to be the ones who decide what the text looks like.

The time is urgent. The decision on the text will be made in the
next few days. This may be the only time in U.S. history that we can
stop the homosexual movement from obtaining full rights of marriage,
by whatever name it is called.

Please call now and pass this elert to every friend you have. For my
complete analysis, please read the following alert.


Critical Decision on Text of
Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1315


Mike Farris
HSLDA Chairman



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