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4/9/2007 2:28:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire: More Action Needed to Defend Traditional Family

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April 9, 2007

New Hampshire: More Action Needed to Defend Traditional Family

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Thank you all for your support of traditional marriage in New
Hampshire. Your calls and emails are making a difference.

Unfortunately, the legislature is still attempting to pass House Bill
437, which would permit same gender couples to enter civil unions and
have the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as married
couples. This bill is going before the Senate Judiciary Committee
this Tuesday, April 10th, at 1:25 p.m. in the Representatives' Hall in
the State House. The House of Representatives just passed this bill
last week, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing in
record time to get this bill passed.

We are urging you to contact the Judiciary Committee members, and, if
possible, to attend tomorrow's hearing to help stop House Bill 437.

Remember that unless New Hampshire citizens actively and publicly
protest this type of legislation, marriage as we know it in New
Hampshire will be destroyed. It is vital that we support traditional
marriage because a parent's right to homeschool is based on western
civilization's concept of the family as a union between a man and a
woman.

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please join other pro-family representatives at the hearing on
Tuesday, April 10th, at 1:25 p.m. in the Representatives' Hall in the
State House to oppose House Bill 437.

2) Contact as many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (listed
below) as possible, and, in your own words, given them the following
message:

"New Hampshire law defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
This should not be changed. Please oppose House Bill 437, which, by
giving same-gender couples the same rights, responsibilities, and
obligations as married couples, erodes the strength of the traditional
family and threatens parental rights."

You do not have to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Though this
issue affects homeschoolers, it also affects every family in New
Hampshire.

Senate Judiciary Committee Members

Sen. Joseph A. Foster, Chair
Phone: (603) 891-0307
Email: joseph.foster@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. David M. Gottesman, Vice Chair
Phone: (603) 889-4442
Email: david.gottesman@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Deborah R. Reynolds
Phone: N/A
Email: deb.Reynolds@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Robert E. Clegg Jr.
Phone: N/A
Email: senclegg@aol.com

Sen. Robert J. Letourneau
Phone: N/A
Email: robert.letourneau@leg.state.nh.us


BACKGROUND

House Bill 437 will ultimately:

1. Violate the very moral and ethical foundations of our culture.
2. Restrict the rights of our citizens to make moral distinctions and
to speak freely.
3. Promote dysfunctional family structures that will rob the next
generation.
4. Ignore the overwhelming vote of New Hampshire citizens to preserve
traditional marriage.
5. Provide special rights for a few and ignore the civil rights of the
majority of New Hampshire citizens.
6. Discriminate against parental moral values and convictions.
7. Promote behaviors that clearly violate common sense and social
stability.
8. Create a huge economical strain on New Hampshire.
9. Elevate the already taxed judicial system in dealing with lawsuits
over these issues.
10. Infringe on the constitutional protection of the free exercise of
religion.

Thank you for standing for traditional marriage and parental rights!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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