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2/26/2008 5:13:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Call Immediately to Oppose Repeal of One-man, One-woman Marriage

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Maryland--Call Immediately to Oppose
Repeal of One-man, One-woman Marriage

Dear HSDLA Members and Friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that will twist marriage
into something it was never intended to be: the joining of two people
of the same gender. A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday. Your
calls can convince the delegates that Maryland wants to protect
marriage as it has been known and honored from the beginning of time.

Maryland is one of the states that wisely chose to define marriage by
law rather than wait for an activist judge to write his own
definition--but now Delegate Benjamin Barnes wants to change that.
House Bill 351 would repeal the definition of marriage as a union of
one man and one woman and replace it with language permitting two
people of the same gender to "marry."

The freedom to homeschool rests in part on the protection of marriage
as between one man and one woman. Attacks on marriage also undermine
your right to homeschool.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call members of the committee to express your opposition. If
you live in the district represented by one of the delegates below, be
sure to call that delegate. Use our Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find who your delegates are.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose House Bill No. 351. Marriage between one man and one
woman is a foundation of our civilization. Altering this time-honored
definition undermines the family and attacks parental rights."

If your last name begins with the letters A through G, please call the
delegates in the first group. If your name begins with H through M,
please call the second group. If your name begins with N through S,
call the third group. T through Z call the fourth group. This bill
would affect all families, so it is not necessary to identify yourself
as a homeschooler.

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Group 1
Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., Chair
(410) 841-3488

Samuel I. Rosenberg, Vice-Chair
(410) 841-3297

Curtis Anderson
(410) 841-3291

Benjamin Barnes
(410) 841-3046

Jill Carter
(410) 841-3283

Group 2
Frank Conaway
(410) 841-3189

Kathleen Dumais
(410) 841-3052

Don Dwyer
(410) 841-3047

William Frank
(410) 841-3793

Kevin Kelly
(410) 841-3404

Benjamin Kramer
(410) 841-3485

Group 3
Susan Lee
(410) 841-3649

Gerron Levi
(410) 841-3101

Susan McComas
(410) 841-3272

Tony McConkey
(410) 841-3406

Victor Ramirez
(410) 841-3340

Todd Schuler
(410) 841-3526

Group 4
Christopher Shank
(410) 841-3636

Luiz Simmons
(410) 841-3037

Michael Smigiel
(410) 841-3555

Kriselda Valderrama
(410) 841-3210

Jeffrey Waldstreicher
(410) 841-3130


BACKGROUND

How does redefining marriage or creating civil unions (in effect
same-gender marriage) affect your parental rights and your right to
homeschool? Here is what the Supreme Court said in 2000 in the case of

Troxel v. Granville:

"Our jurisprudence historically has reflected Western civilization
concepts of the family (a married couple of one man and one woman) as
a unit with broad parental authority over minor children. Our cases
have consistently followed that course."

An attack on one-man, one-woman marriage is therefore an attack on the
foundation of parental rights themselves. Although the proponents of
this and similar measures will declare the purpose is to grant rights
to individuals, the fruit will be the destruction of parental rights.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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