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3/6/2007 4:26:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

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March 6, 2007

Washington--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

There is a bill currently in the House that would provide same-sex
couples many of the same benefits and rights reserved for married men
and women. This bill has already passed the Senate and will be debated
soon in the House. Your calls are vital to let your elected
representative know where you stand and help stop a bill some believe
will become law.

Senate Bill 5336 would create "domestic partnerships" for same-sex
couples and men and women over the age for 62 who do not want to get
married. The bill would grant the same rights of a spouse to same-sex
couples in health care, employee benefits, probate (wills), death and
burial.

While the bill defines this relationship as a "domestic partnership,"
its purpose is to recognize same-sex relationships as equal to a
marriage in above mentioned areas. If this bill passes, "domestic
partner" will be the same as a "husband" or "wife" and will be defined
as a "family" in these respective areas.

Even more troubling is that Senate Bill 5336 also implies that the
goal is full same-sex marriage with all benefits and privileges. In
this bill a domestic partnership is automatically terminated when
same-sex marriage becomes valid in Washington.

Why is Home School Legal Defense Association opposed to this bill? Our
freedom to educate our children is based upon "Western civilization
concepts of the family as a unit with broad parental authority over
minor children." Same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships attack the
traditions of the family in Western civilization upon which the
foundation of parental choice in education and basic parental rights
are based upon.

Senate Bill 5336 is the first step in recognizing same-sex
relationships as marriage in Washington. Please call now to help
preserve the traditional family and help defeat this legislation.
While this issue has been highly polarized, if you speak with
conviction in a kind and loving manner you will be the most effective
advocate.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email your Representative and give them this
message in your own words:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 5336. This bill elevates same-sex and
unmarried persons to that of married men and women. The rights and
benefits can be obtained through private agreement and the State does
not need to endorse such an agreement.

Senate Bill 5336 is just a short step away from recognizing same-sex
marriage."

If possible, continue to call and email your Representative each week
until you get assurances that they will oppose this bill. You do not
need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Instead please let you
representative know that you are a constituent. Though this bill does
affect homeschoolers, it also affects every family in Washington.

To find the name and contact information for your Representative,
visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .
You can also send a brief message to your Representative through the
in-state toll-free Hotline number: 1-800-562-6000.

2) Please call and email each of the members of the Judiciary
Committee and give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 5336. This bill elevates same-sex and
unmarried persons to that of married men and women. The rights and
benefits can be obtained through private agreement and the State does
not need to endorse such an agreement.

Senate Bill 5336 is just a short step away from recognizing same-sex
marriage."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Though this
bill does affect homeschoolers, it also affects every family in
Washington.

House Judiciary Committee Members

General Judiciary Committee phone number: (360) 786-7122 or
1-800-562-6000.

Rep. Patricia Lantz - Chairman (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7964
Email: lantz.patricia@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Roger Goodman - Vice Chair (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7878
Email: goodman.roger@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Jay Rodne - Ranking Minority Member (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7852
Email: rodne.jay@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Judy Warnick - Asst Ranking Minority Member (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7932
Email:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/MailForm.aspx?Chamber=H&District=13
&Position=1

Rep. John Ahern (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7962
Email: ahern.john@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Dennis Flannigan (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7930
Email: flannigan.dennis@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Steve Kirby (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7996
Email: kirby.steve@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Jim Moeller (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7872
Email: moeller.jim@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7826
Email: pedersen.jamie@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Charles Ross (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7856
Email: ross.charles@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Brendan Williams (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7940
Email: williams.brendan@leg.wa.gov

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.

To see the entire bill text you can go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3866 . The bill states that
unmarried relationships, such as same-sex unions, "are important to
the individuals involved and their families; (that) they also benefit
the public by providing a private source of mutual support for the
financial, physical, and emotional health of those individuals and
their families."

Senate Bill 5336 also declares that "[t]he rights granted to state
registered domestic partners (same-sex couples) in this act will
further Washington's interest in promoting family relationships and
protecting family members during life crises." The bill also falsely
states that "[t]his act does not affect marriage or any other ways in
which legal rights and responsibilities between two adults may be
created, recognized, or given effect in Washington."

Senate Bill 5336 was introduced on January 17, 2007. The bill passed
the Senate on March 1, 2007. The following Senators voted in favor of
the bill: Senators Berkey, Brandland, Brown, Eide, Fairley, Franklin,
Fraser, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer,
Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, Murray, Oemig, Poulsen, Prentice,
Pridemore, Regala, Rockefeller, Spanel, Tom, and Weinstein .

The following Senators were opposed to the bill: Senators Benton,
Carrell, Clements, Delvin, Hargrove, Hatfield, Hewitt, Holmquist,
Honeyford, McCaslin, Morton, Parlette, Rasmussen, Roach, Schoesler,
Sheldon, Stevens, Swecker, and Zarelli. Senators Pflug and Shin were
excused from the vote.

There are some who believe that this bill will sail through the House,
see: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3867 . However, with prayer and
hard work, this bill can be defeated. Please call now in support of
traditional family values.

Thank you for your support of traditional marriage in Washington!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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