From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


7/26/2007 2:01:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia--'Marriage' Definition Withheld from Citizens

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

West Virginia--'Marriage' Definition Withheld from Citizens

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

With the West Virginia legislature closed, it's time to review notable

Two measures were introduced that would have given the people of West
Virginia the power to define "marriage." The resolutions would have
put a constitutional amendment defining "marriage" on the November
ballot. Without this protection, judges have essentially unrestricted
power to define it any way that suits them.

The legislature refused to let the people decide. Both resolutions
died in committee, and the legislative session came to an end with the
citizens still vulnerable to the whims of a capricious judiciary.

A bill that would have pushed West Virginia toward statewide
taxpayer-financed schools for 4-year-olds passed the Senate, but died
in the House. For decades, tax revenue has been spent on a variety of
government programs aimed at getting 4-year-olds away from parents and
into institutions. The nation's chief financial watchdog, the
Government Accounting Office, has repeatedly pointed out that these
programs are a waste of educational money, because the academic
benefits disappear after a few years of school. But this has not
stopped the teachers' unions from vigorously pushing these bills, in
an effort to boost the size of their clientele.

Legislatures get swept up in fads like others do. The big legislative
fad all across the nation this year was trying to mandate that teenage
girls receive vaccinations for human papillomavirus (HPV). It started
with tremendous momentum, but before the bills could become law in
West Virginia and most other states, troubling questions were raised
about the vaccine's efficacy in preventing cancer--the supposed
benefit which justified the very expensive vaccine. The West Virginia
bill failed to become law--but so did a bill that would have given
West Virginians a right to object to immunizations on religious
grounds, a right already enjoyed in nearly every other state.

Two bills raising the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 were
introduced. Legislators were promptly made aware that homeschoolers
opposed these, and they died in committee.

Thank you for responding when HSLDA asked for phone calls during the
legislative session. Your willingness to stand up for what is right is
tremendously helpful in protecting freedom.

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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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
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as we are . . . thank you!

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