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4/10/2007 4:03:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Tell the Politicians: Let the People Define Marriage

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New Jersey--Tell the Politicians: Let the People Define Marriage

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The definition of "marriage" is so important that it should be decided
democratically, by the people, not by judges who are out of step with
society.

Concerned citizens in many states have already passed amendments to
their state constitutions defining marriage as a union of one man and
one woman, protecting and respecting over 2,000 years of tradition and
common sense.

In New Jersey, efforts to let the people speak on this core social
issue have been blocked by political maneuvering. A bill has been
introduced in both houses of the Legislature that would allow the
people to vote to define marriage as being between one man and one
woman by amending to the New Jersey Constitution.

Unfortunately, the bill has been bottled up in Trenton. We need your
help bring it to the next legislative step, a committee hearing in the
Assembly and Senate.

Give the people the power to decide how marriage should be defined!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Send an email to Assemblyman Michael J. Doherty at
AsmDoherty@njleg.org . Put "request for petitions" in your subject
line. In the body of your email, ask Assemblyman Doherty to send you
petitions and give him your physical mailing address. When the
petitions arrive, take them to friends and acquaintances and ask them
for their signature to support allowing the people to vote on how New
Jersey should define marriage. You will receive additional
instructions on each petition.

2. Call the assembly members and senators below. They have the power
to bring the bill up for a hearing. Your message can be as simple as,
"Let the people of New Jersey decide how marriage should be defined.
Allow A.C.R 250 and S.C.R. 124 to have a public hearing, and support
its passage so this core social issue can be decided by the citizens."

Linda R. Greenstein - Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee
(609) 395-9911

Reed Gusciora - Vice-Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee
(609) 292-0500

Joseph J. Roberts, Jr, Assembly Speaker
(856) 742-7600

Senator John H. Adler - Chair Senate Judiciary Committee
(856) 489-3442

Senator John A. Girgenti - Vice-Chair Senate Judiciary Committee
(973) 427-1229

Senate President Richard J. Codey
(973) 731-6770

Background:

1. New Jersey Knights of Columbus, Focus on the Family, American
Family Association, Family Research Council, Alliance Defense Fund,
and many other organizations support letting the people decide.

2. Marriage as a union of one man and one woman has been the social
and legal bedrock of Western Civilization for over 2,000 years.
Marriage is important for multiple reasons, not the least of which is
that many of our freedoms are based on the foundation of the
mother-father-children family core. Current experiments in defining
marriage in an alternative manner threaten foundational freedoms with
unpredictable consequences.

3. More than 25 states have passed constitutional amendments defining
marriage as being between one man and one woman. Many other states
have statutes defining marriage, but mere statutes are not safe from
judges whose agenda is to force social experimentation on America.

4. The experimentation with marriage has recently accelerated.
Advocates for various forms of polygamy are pressing their cases hard.
They are demanding recognition, and may succeed, unless the issue is
clearly resolved by defining marriage in the New Jersey constitution.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Scott A. Woodruff
Attorney, Home School Legal Defense Association


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