From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/21/2006 2:02:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Signatures Needed for Petition to Protect Marriage

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 21, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The marriage amendment resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 70, is
unlikely to pass this year. It has been introduced two years in a
row, and despite numerous calls in support, it has never made it out
of committee.

We have been notified by the Illinois Family Institute and Protect
Marriage in Illinois that a petition drive to encourage the Assembly
to pass the marriage amendment, which would place a referendum on the
November 2006 ballot, has been launched.

While your calls are still needed to support the marriage amendment
resolution in the Senate Rules Committee, this petition may have a
greater chance at getting the referendum on the ballot.


A report from the Protect Marriage in Illinois (PMI) states that their
immediate goal is to collect 500,000 signatures of registered Illinois
voters by April 20, 2006. They actually need about 280,000 valid
signatures. HSLDA is standing with PMI in requesting that each person
who reads this e-lert commit to fill out at least one full petition
sheet (7 names).

In addition, HSLDA is also standing with PMI to encourage pastors and
other ministry and community leaders to step forward to hold petition
drives in their churches and at local public events.

Download the petition at, or you can
call PMI toll-free at 877-787-8011 and they will mail you a petition


The marriage amendment states:

"Only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or
recognized in Illinois. The uniting of persons of the same sex in a
civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same sex
relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Illinois."

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

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

Thank you in advance for your commitment to protect marriage in


Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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