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2/28/2007 11:19:25 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Your Calls Needed to Support Traditional Parental Rights

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February 28, 2007

Maryland--Your Calls Needed to Support Traditional Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your voice is needed in support of Maryland Senate Bill 564. If
enacted, this bill will give the voters of Maryland the opportunity to
approve the addition of a definition of marriage to their
constitution.

This would define marriage as between one man and one woman, and any
other definition of marriage through any policy, law, or judicial
interpretation would be void and unenforceable. Further, Maryland
would not recognize any other type of marriage from another state.

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

Your right to homeschool rests on 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.

At this time Senate Bill 564 is in the Committee on Judicial
Proceedings, and will have its first hearing on Thursday, March 1.

The text of this bill can be viewed at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3814

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please contact members of the Judicial Proceedings Committee with this
message:

"Please support Senate Bill 564, the Defense of Marriage Amendment,
which would preserve traditional marriage by defining it as between
one man and one woman at one time."

Since this issue effects all Maryland families, there is no need to
identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Here is the contact information for the members of the Judicial
Proceedings Committee:

Sen. Brian E. Frosh, Chair
(410) 841-3124

Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, Vice-Chair
(410) 841-3697

Sen. James Brochin
(410) 841-3648

Sen. Jennie M. Forehand
(410) 841-3134

Sen. Larry E. Haines
(410) 841-3683

Sen. Nancy Jacobs
(410) 841-3158

Sen. Alex X. Mooney
(410) 841-3575

Sen. C. Anthony Muse
(410) 841-3092

Sen. Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin
(410) 841-3634

Sen. Bryan W. Simonaire
(410) 841-3658

Sen. Norman R. Stone, Jr.
(410) 841-3587

BACKGROUND:

How does defining marriage as being between one man and one woman
potentially affect your right to homeschool your children?

Here is what the Supreme Court said in 2000 in the case of Troxel v.
Granville:

"Our jurisprudence historically has reflected Western civilization
concepts of the family as a unit with broad parental authority over
minor children. Our cases have consistently followed that course."

Thus, parental rights are based on "western civilization concepts of
the family." When those concepts are no longer the legal definition of
the family in this nation, then the foundation upon which parental
rights are based is completely removed. Therefore, HSLDA will continue
to fight against same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage attacks the
traditions of the family in western civilization. This is an attack on
parental rights. This is a battle the homeschooling movement cannot
afford to lose.


Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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