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1/20/2009 2:23:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

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January 13, 2009

Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Representative David Reis has prefiled House Joint Resolution
Constitutional Amendment 2, which allows a marriage amendment to go to
the voters this upcoming election. The amendment defines marriage as
only between one man and one woman.

If HJRCA 2 is passed by both the House and the Senate, the issue will
go to the people and you will have the opportunity to vote for
traditional marriage during the next election!

The main part of HJRCA 2 reads:

"To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and
for future generations of children, only a union of one man and one
woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this State. This
State and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a
legal status similar to that of marriage."

Your right to homeschool rests on another freedom: the freedom to
direct the education and upbringing of your children. Your parental
rights, in turn are supported by the sanctity of marriage. Anything
that undermines marriage may ultimately undermine parental rights.

Amending the Illinois Constitution will protect the concept of
marriage from activist state judges. Without this amendment, an
activist judge out of step with the citizens will one day redefine
marriage for us.

ACTION REQUESTED

Call your state representative and give this message:

"Please support this amendment that defines marriage as between one
man and one woman. Please vote for House Joint Resolution
Constitutional Amendment 2. Give citizens an opportunity to have their
voices heard in support of preserving traditional marriage."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5992 to find contact
information on your state representative.



BACKGROUND

How does redefining marriage as being between one man and one woman or
creating civil unions in effect providing same-sex marriage
potentially affect your right to homeschool your children? 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."

Parental rights are based on "western civilization concepts of the
family." When those concepts are no longer the legal definition of the
family in this nation, then the foundation upon which parental rights
are based is completely removed.

HSLDA will continue to fight against same-sex marriage. Same-sex
marriage attacks the traditions of the family in Western civilization.
This is an attack on parental rights and a battle the homeschooling
movement cannot afford to lose.

Thank you for your support of traditional marriage in Illinois!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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