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3/22/2007 2:06:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana: Your Calls are Still Needed to Support Traditional Marriage in Indiana!

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March 22, 2007

Indiana: Your Calls are Still Needed to Support Traditional Marriage
in Indiana!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As many of you already know, the Indiana Legislature is considering a
state constitutional amendment that would reaffirm marriage as the
union of one man and one woman only.

This resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 7, is currently in the House
Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee after passing the Senate by
a vote of 39 to 10. If the resolution is passed by the House, the
marriage amendment will go to the voters in 2008.

Many of you have already called and emailed your state representative
in support of traditional marriage. Just yesterday the House Rules and
Legislative Procedures Committee held a hearing on the resolution and
heard over four hours of testimony. The Committee is expected to vote
on the resolution next week.

Even though the resolution is simple and straightforward, several
representatives are looking to water it down or defeat it. Your
continued calls and emails to your state representative are needed to
urge him or her to support Senate Joint Resolution 7.

It is also vitally important that as many people as possible attend
the Citizen's Rally at the Indiana Statehouse at noon on Tuesday,
March 27. The main purpose of this rally is to support Senate Joint
Resolution 7 and traditional marriage. We understand that a number of
gay marriage supporters will likely show up so your attendance is
needed.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please contact the members listed below and give them this message
in your own words:

"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 each of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures
Committee members by calling the Indiana House hotline toll-free at
(800) 382-9842.

House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee member email
addresses:

Rep. Scott Pelath (Chairman): H9@in.gov
Rep. Russ Stilwell (Vice-Chairman): H74@in.gov
Rep. Terry Austin: H36@in.gov
Rep. Earl L. Harris: H2@in.gov
Rep. Robert Kuzman: H19@in.gov
Rep. Dennie Oxley: H73@in.gov
Rep. Matthew Whetstone: H40@in.gov
Rep. Randy L. Borror: H84@in.gov
Rep. Ralph M. Foley: H47@in.gov
Rep. Eric P. Turner: H32@in.gov

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

"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 .

3) Attend the traditional marriage rally at the Indiana Statehouse at
noon on March 27. If hundreds or even thousands of families attend
showing their support for traditional marriage and Senate Joint
Resolution 7, your elected representatives will take notice. More
information about this rally can be found here:
http://www.advanceamerica.com/ .

BACKGROUND:

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.

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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