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5/31/2007 11:39:23 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Carolina: Update on the Defense of Marriage Amendment

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May 31, 2007

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your many calls and e-mails to members of the House of
Representatives in the effort to protect traditional marriage in North
Carolina. Unfortunately, Speaker of the House Joe Hackney carried out
his threat to use his power to refer House Bill 493 to the House
Judiciary Committee, thereby killing it for this legislative session.

Last week we reported to you that this bill proposing a constitutional
amendment to protect traditional marriage was in danger of missing the
bill transmittal deadline for the 2007 session of the General
Assembly. Speaker Hackney's decision to re-refer the bill to a House
committee was made despite the fact that both Democrats and
Republicans had joined together to move the bill out of committee for
a vote in the full House.

Thank you for your support for traditional marriage in North Carolina.
We will continue the fight in the 2008 legislative session.

Background:

House Bill 493 introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly on
March 5, 2007, is legislation which proposes a constitutional
amendment to protect traditional marriage. It would define marriage as
"The union of one woman and one man at one time. The uniting of two
persons of the same sex or the uniting of more than two persons of any
sex in a marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar
relationship would not be recognized in North Carolina."

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 North Carolina 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.

If you have any questions or concerns about what this bill would do,
please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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