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1/16/2008 3:48:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Marriage Amendment in Jeopardy!

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January 16, 2008

Florida--Marriage Amendment in Jeopardy!

Dear Florida Members:

Bad news: The Florida Marriage Amendment is in danger of failing to
make the 2008 ballot! The state Division of Elections ordered an
unprecedented audit of the signatures gathered in support of the
amendment. As we recently reported, the Florida Coalition to Protect
Marriage had gathered more than the 611,009 certified signatures
required to get this initiative on the 2008 ballot. Yet state
officials have only certified 589,020 signatures, leaving the
initiative nearly 22,000 signatures short and in danger of not being
certified for the 2008 ball. HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED!

ACTION REQUESTED:

There is still time to save the amendment!

For those who have not already signed the petition, please do so
TODAY! Petitions must be physically mailed or hand delivered to state
headquarters located at:

Florida Family Policy Council
4853 South Orange Avenue
Orlando FL 32806

Petitions MUST be received before the close of business on Tuesday,
January 29, 2008. Under a new law, petitions can no longer be
delivered to local county supervisors of elections by individual
citizens. Petitions can only be received from the official sponsoring
committee of the amendment.

To download the petition, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4652

For bulletin insert petition forms, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4653

To view the petition in Spanish, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4654

Instructions are available at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4655

Encourage friends and neighbors to sign and mail the petition!
Appeal to your pastor to do one last petition collection in the next
two weeks!

BACKGROUND:

Amending the Florida Constitution will protect the concept of marriage
from activist state judges. Without this amendment, an activist judge
out of step with the citizens will one day redefine marriage for us
and allow same sex marriages.

The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment states: "Inasmuch as
marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman, no other
legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent
thereof shall be valid or recognized."

In January 2006, attorney Mat Staver of the Liberty Council presented
oral arguments in defense of the amendment's language. And on March
23, 2006, the Florida Supreme Court in a 7-0 opinion rejected the
ACLU's challenge to the marriage amendment!

Your right to homeschool rests on another freedom: the freedom to
direct the education and upbringing of your children. Your parental
rights, in turn are supported by the sanctity of marriage. Anything
that undermines marriage may ultimately undermine parental rights.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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