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12/12/2005 5:07:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Calls Needed in Support of Marriage

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Wisconsin--Calls Needed in Support of Marriage


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On December 7, the Wisconsin Senate approved the proposed
constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and Vermont style, "civil
unions."

Senator Scott Fitzgerald, stated that the amendment prevents "judges
of the state from creating marriage in another name and granting
identical benefits to unmarried couples." The senate voted 19 to 14 in
favor of the marriage amendment.

Now the amendment goes to the assembly where it could pass at the
beginning of the session in January. If it is passed by the assembly,
the marriage amendment will go to the voters, via a statewide
referendum, in November 2006.

This is good news. Even better news is the fact that Democratic
Governor Doyle does not have the power to veto it because the
amendment goes straight from the assembly to the people.

The proposed amendment states, "Only a marriage between one man and
one woman shall be valid and recognized as a marriage in the state. A
legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage
for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this
state."

Your right to homeschool rests on another freedom: the freedom to
direct the education and upbringing of your children. Underlying your
right to homeschool are parental rights, which are supported by the
sanctity of marriage. Anything that undermines marriage may ultimately
undermine parental rights and therefore threaten your freedom to
homeschool.

Amending the Wisconsin constitution will protect marriage from
activist state judges. Without this amendment, an activist judge, out
of step with the citizens, will one day redefine marriage for
everyone.


Action Requested:

Although the Wisconsin state assembly will not be voting on the
marriage amendment this year, it is not too early to register your
support with the office of your assemblyman. Please call until
Wednesday, December 15th, which is when the legislature goes into
recess.

The legislative hotline is (800) 362-9472. Ask to speak with your
representative.

You can give him this message: "Please vote for S.J.R. 53. Give
citizens an opportunity to have their voices heard in support of
preserving marriage."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom. We will notify you next
year when the assembly schedules a vote on the marriage amendment.


Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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