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2/5/2009 3:57:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii: Urgent--Calls Needed to Stop Civil Unions!

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February 5, 2009

Hawaii: Urgent--Calls Needed to Stop Civil Unions!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Hawaii Judiciary Committee will hear a bill today to allow civil
unions in Hawaii, giving same-sex couples the same rights, benefits,
protections and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage. House Bill
444 was recently introduced and is now scheduled to be heard by the
Judiciary Committee today at 2 p.m. in House Conference Room 325.

Under House Bill 444, individuals of the same sex will be able to form
a civil union. If passed, this bill will allow same-sex partners to
have "all the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities
under law, whether derived from statutes, administrative rules, court
decisions, the common law, or any other source of civil law, as are
granted to spouses in a marriage." The goal of House Bill 444 is to
allow same-sex couples to "marry" but call it "civil union."

As an organization, HSLDA is opposed to anything that changes the
traditional definition of marriage. The freedom to homeschool rests in
part on the protection of marriage as between one man and one woman.
Attacks on marriage can also undermine your right to homeschool.

Please call now in opposition to House Bill 444.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call and email the House Judiciary Committee members listed
below and respectfully tell them you are opposed to House Bill 444.
Your message could be as simple as:

"Please oppose House Bill 444. Marriage between one man and one woman
is a foundation of our civilization. Altering this time-honored
institution undermines the family and attacks parental rights. Simply
calling it a civil union for individuals of the same sex doesn't
change that this is same-sex marriage."

If the House Judiciary Committee Member is also a sponsor of the bill,
please ask them to withdraw their sponsorship of this bill. You do not
need to identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned citizen and taxpayer.

If your last name begins with the letters A through I, please call the
representatives in the first group. If your name begins with J through
P, please call the second group. If your name begins with Q through Z,
call the third group. Everyone should call the chairman.

House Judiciary Committee Members
Representative Jon Rica Karabatsos, Chair (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-8490
Email: repkaramatsu@Capitol.hawaii.gov

GROUP 1

Representative Ken Ito, Vice-Chair
Phone: 808-586-8470
Email: repito@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Della Au Beatty (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-9425
Email: repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Ride Camarilla
Phone: 808-586-6080
Email: repcabanilla@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Melee Carroll (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-6790
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66790
From Molokai and Lanai,
toll free 1-800-468-4644 + 66790
Email: repcarroll@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Robert N. Hermes
Phone: 808-586-8400
From the Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 68400
Email: repherkes@Capitol.hawaii.gov

GROUP 2

Representative Sylvia Luke (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-8530
Email: repluke@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Angus L.K. McKinley
Phone: 808-586-6160
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66160
Email: repmckelvey@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative John M. Mizuno
Phone: 808-586-6050
Email: repmizuno@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative her mina M. Morita
Phone: 808-586-8435
From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 68435
Email: repmorita@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Blake K. Yoshiro
Phone: 808-586-6340
Email: repboshiro@capitol.hawaii.gov

GROUP 3

Representative Joseph "Joe" Soukis
Phone: 808-586-9444
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 69444
Email: repsouki@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Clift Tsuji (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-8480
From the Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 68480
Email: reptsuji@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Glenn Wake (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-6220
Email: repwakai@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Barbara C. Marmot
Phone: 808-586-6310
Email: repmarumoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Cynthia Thiele (Co-sponsor of bill)
Phone: 808-586-6480
Email: repthielen@Capitol.hawaii.gov


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
Trowel 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 your part in fighting for freedom in Hawaii.


Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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