From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/12/2007 1:30:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine: Calls Needed to Preserve Traditional Marriage

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Maine: Calls Needed to Preserve Traditional Marriage

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Representative Boyd Marley has introduced a bill that is a direct
attack on marriage in Maine. This bill must be stopped!

According to the official legislative summary of L.D. 779, "This bill
removes the authorization of clergy members to solemnize marriages."
Instead, only judges, lawyers, or notaries public would be permitted
to conduct marriages in the state of Maine.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Joint Standing
Committee on the Judiciary tomorrow in State House Room 438 at 1 p.m.


1. Please call the Judiciary Committee at (207) 287-1327 as soon as
possible and in your own words give them the following message:

"Please oppose L.D. 779, which would prevent clergy from performing
weddings in this state. This bill is an unwarranted attack on

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

2. Come to the hearing on Tuesday afternoon and testify.

3. Pass this email on as quickly as possible to other homeschoolers
and people who are interested in supporting marriage.

The members of the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary are:

Senator Barry J. Hobbins (D-York), Chair

Senator John M. Nutting (D-Androscoggin)

Senator David R. Hastings III (R-Oxford)

Representative Deborah L. Simpson (D-Auburn), Chair

Representative Janet T. Mills (D-Farmington)

Representative Mark E. Bryant (D-Windham)

Representative Michael E. Dunn (D-Bangor)

Representative Alan M. Casavant (D-Biddeford)

Representative Cynthia A. Dill (D-Cape Elizabeth)

Representative Abigail Holman (R-Fayette)*

Representative Joan M. Nass (R-Acton)

Representative Robert A. Berube (R-Lisbon)

Representative Lawrence E. Jacobsen (R-Waterboro)

Representative Donna M. Loring (Penobscot Nation)


This bill is an attack on traditional marriage. According to the
United States Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville, 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
laws that change the traditional concept of marriage. Bills like this
are an attack on parental rights. This is a battle the homeschooling
movement cannot afford to lose.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Darren A. Jones
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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