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3/13/2007 10:52:32 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana: Please Help Support Traditional Marriage in Indiana!

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March 13, 2007

Indiana: Please Help Support Traditional Marriage in Indiana!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As we told you earlier this year, Senate Joint Resolution 7 would
amend the Indiana Constitution to state that marriage is between one
man and one woman. This resolution has passed the Senate 39 to 10 and
is now in the House.

Senate Joint Resolution 7 is currently in the House Rules and
Legislative Procedures Committee. If the resolution is passed by the
House, the marriage amendment will go to the voters in 2008.

The proposed amendment states, "Marriage in Indiana consists only of
the union of one man and one woman. This Constitution or any other
Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the
legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or
groups." Nothing in this amendment takes away a person's rights.
Instead, it reaffirms that marriage is between a man and woman only
and that the benefits that come with marriage can only be given to
those who marry.

Please call and email your state representative today and urge him or
her to support Senate Joint Resolution 7.

If you are able, attend a Citizen's Rally at the Indiana Statehouse at
noon on Tuesday, March 27. Advance America is putting on this rally to
support Senate Joint Resolution 7 and repealing property taxes. More
information about this rally can be found here:
http://www.advanceamerica.com/ .

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your state representative and give him or her this
message:

"Please vote for S.J.R. 7. Give citizens an opportunity to have their
voices heard in support of preserving traditional marriage."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can call the Indiana House hotline toll-free at (800) 382-9842. To
find the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . To email your state
representative you can also go to
http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/contact/contact.pl#house .

BACKGROUND:

Your right to homeschool rests on another freedom: 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.

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

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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