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1/30/2009 4:05:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Legislature Proposes an Amendment Defending Marriage

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January 30, 2009

Wyoming--Legislature Proposes an Amendment Defending Marriage

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Wyoming state legislature is proposing a constitutional amendment
which would make marriage between one man and one woman the only legal
union recognized by the state.

In order to become law, House Joint Resolution 17 (H.J. 17) must first
pass both houses of the Wyoming state legislature by a vote of at
least two-thirds. The amendment will then be placed on the ballot at
the next general election to be ratified by voters. According to
WyWatch Family Institute, 74% of Wyoming voters would like to see an
amendment to protect marriage between one man and one woman.

H.J. 17 is sponsored by Representatives Petersen, Anderson, Brechtel,
Buchanan, Edmonds, Hallinan, Harshman, Mercer, Miller, Quarberg,
Semlek and Teeters

How does defining marriage as being between one man and one woman
potentially affect your right to homeschool your children?

In Troxel v. Granville (2000) the United States Supreme Court said:
"Our jurisprudence historically has reflected Western civilization
concepts of the family 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". These rights are undermined by attempts to impose radically
different ideas of the family like "same-sex marriage." Because the
right of parents to homeschool is based on the traditional family, we
must oppose attempts to redefine family like "same-sex marriage".

To view the text of H.J. 17 go to WyWatch Family Institute's website,
and click on the bill title: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6038 .

H.J. 17 is a mirror of Senate Joint Resolution 2. It was referred to
the House Judiciary Committee on January 27, 2009.

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please Contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge
them to support H.J. 17. The representatives and their contact
information are listed below:

Representative Keith Gingery
(307) 734 5624
kgingery@wyoming.com

Representative George Bagby
(307) 324-5525
g.bagby@bresnan.net

Representative Joseph Barbuto
(307) 389-3590
jbarbuto@wyoming.com

Representative Richard Cannady
(307) 436-5355
Rcannady@wyoming.com

Representative Erin Mercer
(307) 682-1134
emercer@wyoming.com

Representative John Patton
(307) 752-0496
johnpatton@wyoming.com

Representative Frank Peasley
(307 358-4505
fpeasley@wyoming.com

Representative Lorraine Quarberg
(307) 864-2221
lquarberg@wyoming.com

Representative Mary Throne
(307) 630-6728
mthrone@wyoming.com

2) Attend the public hearing if possible. The hearing will be on
Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 302 (third floor of the
Capitol building).

Thank you for defending the traditional family in Wyoming.

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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