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6/6/2007 1:38:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

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June 6, 2007

New York--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

The New York Assembly will be considering a bill in the next few days
that would give same-sex couples all of the same benefits and rights
reserved for married men and women. Your calls are vital to let your
assemblyman know where you stand on this issue. Your calls could have
a major impact on this bill over the next few days.

Assembly Bill 8590 establishes same-sex marriage in New York. In fact,
the bill would prohibit same-sex couples from being denied their
"fundamental human right" to be married.

The stated purpose of this bill is "that the marriages of same-sex and
different-sex couples be treated equally in all respects under the
law." Assembly Bill 8590 goes on to state that there is no
"legislative intent to preserve any legal distinction between
same-sex couples and different-sex couples with respect to
marriage."

One of the main sponsors of the bill, Daniel J. O'Donnell, stated that
"This bill will provide the basic rights and protections same-sex
couples and their children deserve, guaranteeing the respect and
equality that should be afforded to all people under the law."
Assemblyman O'Donnell is the brother of Rosie O'Donnell.

Why is HSLDA opposed to this bill? Our freedom to educate our children
is based upon the "western civilization concepts of the family as a
unit with broad parental authority over minor children." Same-sex
marriage or civil unions attack the traditions of the family in
Western civilization upon which the foundation of parental choice in
education and basic parental rights are based upon.

Please call now to help preserve the traditional family and help
defeat this legislation. While this issue may be highly polarized by
those supporting this legislation, you can be the most effective
advocate if you speak with conviction in a kind and loving manner.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email your assemblyman and give him this message in
your own words:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 8590. This bill is an attack on
traditional marriage. It erodes the family and endangers parental
rights. Marriage to whomever one wants is not a fundamental right and
the state has always defined marriage as between one man and one
woman."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, however, please let your
assemblyman know that you are a constituent. Staff may ask for basic
address information to confirm you are a constituent.

To find the name and contact information for your assemblyman, visit
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . You can
also contact your assemblyman through the legislative switch board at
(517) 455-4100.

2) Please call and email the Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver,
with this message in your own words:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 8590. This bill is an attack on
traditional marriage. It erodes the family and endangers parental
rights. Marriage to whomever one wants is not a fundamental right and
the state has always defined marriage as between one man and one
woman."

Again, you do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Speaker of the Assembly
Assemblyman Sheldon Silver
Albany Phone: (518) 455-3791
District Phone: (212) 312-1420
Email Address: speaker@assembly.state.ny.us

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://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08590&sh=t .

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 New York!

Sincerely,
Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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