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3/23/2006 3:18:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed to Support Marriage Protection Amendment

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March 23, 2006

Iowa--Calls Needed to Support Marriage Protection Amendment

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Joint Resolution 1 would propose an amendment to the
Constitution of the State of Iowa to define marriage as between one
man and one woman and prohibit any other unions.

The bill has passed the House and is now stuck in the Senate State
Government Committee. It must be out of the committee by tomorrow,
Friday, March 24, 2006 or it will die.

Please join in this fight to preserve the traditional definition of
marriage and family in Iowa. Contact members of the Senate State
Government Committee today!

ACTION REQUESTED:

(1) Please call and email as many members of the Senate State
Government Committee as possible with this message:

"Please support House Joint Resolution 1 which would protect and
preserve traditional marriage between one man and one woman."

The members of the Senate State Government Committee may be reached
via the Senate Switchboard: (515) 281-3371

Wally E. Horn (D, District 17), Co-Chair
Larry McKibben (R, District 22), Co-Chair
Dennis H. Black (D, District 21)
Bob Brunkhorst (R, District 9)
Michael Connolly (D, District 14)
Jeff Danielson (D, District 10)
Tom Hancock (D, District 16)
Jack Hatch (D, District 33)
Steve Kettering (R, District 26)
John P. "Jack" Kibbie (D, District 4)
David Miller (R, District 45)
Maggie Tinsman (R, District 41)
Pat Ward (R, District 30)
Ron Wieck (R, District 27)
Frank Wood (D, District 42)
Mark Zieman (R, District 8)

To find the name and contact information for your state senator, use
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.

(2) Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are
not members of HSLDA and ask them to contact these legislators as
well.

BACKGROUND

We must act now to permanently protect marriage in Iowa. Since 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.

The marriage amendment states:
"Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized
in the State of Iowa. The State of Iowa and its political
subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status identical or
substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals."

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 Iowa 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 Iowa.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Attorney

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