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2/12/2008 10:15:15 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed to Stop Bill to Remove 'Marriage' from Maryland Law

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Maryland--Calls Needed to Stop Bill
to Remove 'Marriage' from Maryland Law

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that goes far beyond
creating "domestic partnerships" but actually removes all references
to marriage in Maryland law. This radical bill seeks to utterly
eliminate God-ordained marriage as it has been understood and
cherished for thousands of years and replace it with a man-made
creation, "domestic partnerships." Senate Bill 689 is a frontal
assault on a foundation of our society.

The hearing on the bill is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. Please
call before then.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your senator if he or she is listed below. Use our
legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find out who
your senator is. Your message can be as simple as "Please vote against
S.B. 689. Marriage deserves protection, not elimination."

Committee Members:

Brian E. Frosh, Chair
District 16, Montgomery County
(410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124

Lisa A. Gladden, Vice Chair
District 41, Baltimore City
(410) 841-3697, (301) 858-3697

James Brochin
District 42, Baltimore County
(410) 841-3648, (301) 858-3648

Jennie M. Forehand
District 17, Montgomery County
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134

Larry E. Haines
District 5, Baltimore County & Carroll County
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683

Nancy Jacobs
District 34, Cecil & Harford Counties
(410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158

Alex X. Mooney
District 3, Frederick & Washington Counties
(410) 841-3575, (301) 858-3575

C. Anthony Muse
District 26, Prince George's County
(410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092

Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin
District 20, Montgomery County
(410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634

Bryan W. Simonaire
District 31, Anne Arundel County
(410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658

Norman R. Stone, Jr.
District 6, Baltimore County
(410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587

This affects all families, so it is not necessary to identify yourself
as a homeschooler.

BACKGROUND

Our freedom to homeschool rests in part on the sanctity of marriage.
An attack on marriage is, in effect, an attack on your freedom to
homeschool. With marriage abolished or weakened, we will have fewer
tools with which to defend the freedom to homeschool next time we
appear in court to defend families.

Marriage was created by God, not men. Marriage is a union of a man
and a woman. The two shall become one. "Partnership" implies two or
more people simply agreeing to terms of a contract, breakable at will.
Homosexual advocates have aggressively pushed to redefine marriage so
two people of the same gender can be considered "married." Many
states have responded by passing constitutional amendments protecting
traditional marriage. Maryland, unfortunately has been heading the
other direction.

This bill is the epitome of social engineering--it does not simply
create a new status, domestic partner, but it abolishes completely
marriage as a legal state. A majority of Maryland citizens, I
believe, want to cherish and protect marriage and the blessing it has
been to our culture. To ensure the continuation of marriage as a
blessed, unique, protected, and enduring part of the bedrock of our
culture, the people of Maryland must make their voices heard over the
shrill voices of the social engineers.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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