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3/15/2007 3:06:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

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March 15, 2007

Oregon--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

A bill has just been introduced in the Oregon Legislature that would
provide same-sex couples all of the same benefits and rights reserved
for married men and women. Your calls are vital to let your elected
representatives know where you stand on this issue and help stop this
bill.

House Bill 2007 would create "civil unions" for same-sex couples. The
stated purpose of this bill is to "provide legal recognition to
same-sex relationships" and extend benefits to same-sex partners "that
are comparable to those provided to married individuals...by the laws
of this state."

Why is HSLDA 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 civil unions attack the traditions of the family in Western
civilization upon which the foundation of parental choice in education
and basic parental rights are based.

House Bill 2007 establishes same-sex marriage in Oregon. The only
difference is that H.B. 2007 calls it a "civil union." Please call now
to help preserve the traditional family and defeat this legislation.

While this issue will be highly polarized by those supporting this
legislation, you can be the most effective advocate if you speak with
conviction in a kind and loving manner.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email your representative and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 2007. This bill elevates same-sex couples to
that of married men and women. Regardless of the language in the bill
this is an attack on traditional marriage. It erodes the family and
endangers parental rights.

House Bill 2007 does create same-sex marriage but just gives it
another name. This bill should be defeated."

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 your
representative know that you are a constituent in his or her district.
Though this bill could potentially affect homeschool freedom, it will
affect the definition of a family in Oregon law, moving it away from
the traditional meaning.

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
following phone numbers. If you live inside Oregon, but not in the
Salem area, the toll-free telephone number is (800) 332-2313. In the
Salem area, the number is 986-1187.

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

"Please oppose House Bill 2007. This bill elevates same-sex couples to
that of married men and women. Regardless of the language in the bill
this is an attack on traditional marriage. It erodes the family and
endangers parental rights.

House Bill 2007 does create same-sex marriage but just gives it
another name. This bill should be defeated."

Again, you do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Instead
please let your representative know that you are a constituent in
their district. Though this bill could potentially affect homeschool
families, it also will affect every family in Oregon.

House Elections, Ethics and Rules Committee Members

The phone number for the Elections, Ethics and Rules Committee is:
(503) 986-1673.

Representative Diane Rosenbaum, Chair
Phone: 503-986-1442
Email: rep.dianerosenbaum@state.or.us

Representative Vicki Berger , Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1420
Email: rep.vickiberger@state.or.us

Representative Peter Buckley, Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1405
Email: rep.peterbuckley@state.or.us

Representative Sal Esquivel
Phone: 503-986-1406
Email: rep.salesquivel@state.or.us

Representative Dave Hunt
Phone: 503-986-1900
Email: rep.davehunt@state.or.us

Representative Arnie Roblan
Phone: 503-986-1409
Email: rep.arnieroblan@state.or.us

Representative Kim Thatcher
Phone: 503-986-1425
Email: rep.kimthatcher@state.or.us

BACKGROUND

How does defining marriage as being between one man and one woman or
creating civil unions in effect providing same-sex marriage
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 [a married couple of one man and one woman] as
a unit with broad parental authority over minor children. Our cases
have consistently followed that course."

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.

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 and 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=3909 .

The bill states that the "public policy of this state" and the bill
are necessary to "further the state's interest in the promotion of
stable and lasting families, extending benefits, protections and
responsibilities to committed same-sex partners and their children
that are comparable to those provided to married individuals and their
children by the laws of this state."

You may hear legislators tell you that House Bill 2007 clearly states
that it does not seek to alter the definition of marriage in the
Oregon Constitution as being between one man and one woman. However,
the bill unequivocally states any "privilege, immunity, right or
benefit granted by statute, administrative or court rule, policy,
common law or any other law to an individual...(who) is or was
married...is granted on equivalent terms, substantive and procedural,
to an individual...(who) is or was in a civil union...." House Bill
2007 is same-sex marriage in everything but name.

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
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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