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4/30/2007 4:11:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

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April 30, 2007

Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The House of Representatives in Illinois will soon vote on a bill that
will radically change traditional family in the state. H.B. 1826 would
create civil unions. Any two people who are not related would be
allowed to have all the same legal protections and rights that are
given to those who are married. Thus, same-sex partners could form a
civil union and be licensed by the state. This bill passed the House
Human Services Committee, and must be voted on before May 3, 2007.

ACTION REQUESTED

Call your state representative and give this message:

"Please oppose legislation that recognizes same-sex marriage. Please
vote against House Bill 1826, which is an attack on traditional
marriage; it erodes the family and endangers parental rights."

Go to http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=IL&view=myofficials to
find contact information on your state representative.

BACKGROUND

How does redefining 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=4063 .

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 Illinois!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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