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3/8/2006 2:29:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Stand With Us to Defend Marriage

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March 8, 2006

Illinois--Stand With Us to Defend Marriage

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

To all of you who have signed the marriage petition, thank you!
However, we still need more signatures. March 21 is Primary Election
day and millions of citizens will be coming out to vote. It is a
wonderful opportunity to collect more than 100,000 signatures of known
registered voters, on this one day alone.

All we need is for you to donate about 2 or 3 hours of your time on
Primary Election day to help us gather signatures to defend marriage.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Register to help us on March 21 at
http://www.protectmarriageillinois.org/volunteer.htm .

You can also register to help by calling toll-free 1-877-787-8011.

2. Download a Protect Marriage Illinois petition sheet and
instructions at
http://www.protectmarriageillinois.org/MarriageReferendumPetition.pdf
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BACKGROUND:

We must act now to permanently protect marriage in Illinois. Since the
forced legalization of same-sex "marriage" in Massachusetts in 2004,
15 states have adopted constitutional amendments preserving
traditional marriage through ballot initiatives, averaging a winning
percentage of over 70 percent. That brings the total to 19 states that
have added marriage amendments to their state constitutions. Another
11 states are currently pursuing similar measures.

Illinois does not want to become another Massachusetts. We simply
cannot afford to sit on the sidelines while other states move quickly
to defend marriage.

Illinois citizens who want to permanently protect marriage have until
April 20, 2006 to gather 283,111 valid signatures. This would put an
Advisory Referendum on the ballot calling on political leaders in
Springfield to pass a state constitutional amendment protecting
marriage as one man and one woman.

If we do not push for an Amendment to the Illinois State Constitution,
liberal activist judges will redefine marriage forever. If we allow
that to happen, what would prevent further redefinition of marriage to
include polygamy, group marriages, etc.? If marriage is redefined it
loses all meaning.

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 the protection of marriage
in Illinois.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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