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1/30/2008 9:54:31 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana: Calls Needed to Support Marriage Amendment in House

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January 30, 2008

Indiana: Calls Needed to Support Marriage Amendment in House

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Senate Joint Resolution 7, the traditional marriage amendment, has
passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is on the Senate floor
waiting for a vote! We are excited about this opportunity for it to be
passed and are thankful for your response to past emails.

However, there is a need for the marriage amendment to gain a foothold
in the House. We are asking you to contact the House Committee members
in order to get the marriage amendment passed this year and presented
to Indiana voters for the 2008 election.

House Joint Resolution 8 is the companion resolution to S.J.R. 7 and
would amend the Indiana state Constitution to state that marriage is
between one man and one woman.

H.J.R. 8 is currently in the House Committee on Rules and Legislative
Procedures. Please call and email the committee members listed below
and urge them to support House Joint Resolution 8.

Action Requested:

Please contact the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee members
listed below and give this message in your own words:

"Please vote in favor of House Joint Resolution 8. Give citizens on
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 last
name begins with A-M please contact the first five committee members.
If you last name begins with N-Z please contact the last five
committee members.

House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee members

For Democrats call: (800) 382-9842
Chairman- Representative Scott Pelath
Email: h9@in.gov
Vice Chair- Representative Russ Stilwell
Email: h74@in.gov
Representative Terri Austin
Email: h36@in.gov
Representative Earl Harris
Email: h2@in.gov
Representative Dennie Oxley
Email: h73@in.gov
Representative Trent VanHaaften
Email: h76@in.gov

For Republicans call: (800) 382-9841
Representative Randy Borror
Email: h84@IN.gov
Representative Ralph Foley
Email: h47@in.gov
Representative Jerry Torr
Email: h39@IN.gov
Representative P. Eric Turner (Co-sponsor of resolution)
Email: h32@IN.gov

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.

The proposed Indiana Constitution 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."

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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