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2/12/2008 4:01:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Religious Freedom Act Defeated

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February 12, 2008

Colorado--Religious Freedom Act Defeated

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Yesterday the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
voted 3-2 to kill the Religious Freedom Act. It was a party line vote.

Thank you for your hundreds of phone calls to committee members and
for all those who attended the hearing, it was a tremendous turnout,
with nearly 150 people who came to show their support for the RFA.

HSLDA Attorney Tj Schmidt testified before the committee and explained
the history, constitutionality, and need for a religious freedom act
in Colorado. Senator Scott Renfroe did an excellent job explaining the
bill and how it would have helped people of all faith in Colorado. Jim
Paff of Colorado Family Action and Jenny Craska of Colorado Catholic
Conference also testified in support of the bill.

Nonetheless, the three Democrat senators, Abel Tapia, Chris Romer, and
Sue Windels, all voted against religious freedom. They agreed with the
opposition testimony by the Gay, Lesbian, TransGender Association
representative who stated that providing religious freedom protection
to Colorado citizens was "an attempt to not comply with current gay
protection laws, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
passed last session."

It is a sad day in Colorado when the legislature will not even vote to
protect religious freedom. However, we are thankful that so many
homeschoolers cared enough to try to make a difference.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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