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1/28/2008 9:42:18 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana: Calls Needed--Marriage Amendment Voted out of Committee

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January 28, 2008

Indiana: Calls Needed--Marriage Amendment Voted out of Committee

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As many of you may know, there is a traditional marriage amendment
that has been introduced in Indiana. Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.R.)
7 would amend the Indiana state Constitution to state that marriage is
between one man and one woman.

On Thursday, January 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass
S.J.R. 7 out of committee by a vote of 5 to 4. S.J.R. 7 will now go to
the full Senate.

The proposed amendment states:
"(a) Marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one
woman.
(b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to
require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be
conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."

Action Requested:

Please call your state senator and give him or her this message:

"Please vote in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 7. Give citizens in
Indiana an opportunity to have their voices heard in support of
preserving traditional marriage."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. If your
senator has sponsored S.J.R. 7, please thank them for their support.
See list below.

You can call the Indiana Senate hotline toll-free at (800) 382-9467 or
(317) 232-9400. To find the name of your state senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . To email your
state senator you can also go to
http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/contact/contact.pl#senate .

The following Senators have sponsored SJR 7:
Senator Boots, Senator Bray, Senator Hershman, Senator Charbonneau,
Senator Delph, Senator Dillon, M.D., Senator Drozda, Senator Jackman,
DVM, Senator Kruse, Senator Nugent, Senator Waterman, Senator
Weatherwax, Senator Young.

Background:

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 Indiana 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.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom. We will be notifying you
next year as to the exact timing when the assembly will be voting for
this marriage amendment.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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