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2/13/2009 3:46:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

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February 13, 2009

Washington--Your Voice Crucial in Preserving Traditional Family!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

There are two bills currently in the Washington legislature that would
provide same-sex couples all of the same benefits and rights reserved
for married men and women. These companion bills are House Bill 1727
and Senate Bill 5688. Your calls are vital to let your elected
officials know where you stand and help stop these bills.

Both bills state that "[i]t is the intent of the legislature that for
all purposes under state law, state registered domestic partners shall
be treated the same as married spouses." The effect of these bills
will establish domestic partnerships as the same as marriage.

Why is HSLDA opposed to this bill? Our freedom to educate our children
is based upon "Western civilization concepts of the family as a unit
with broad parental authority over minor children." Same-sex marriage
or domestic partnerships attack the traditions of the family in
Western civilization upon which the foundation of parental choice in
education and basic parental rights are based upon.

Two years ago we stated that the domestic partnership law was the
first step in recognizing same-sex relationships as marriage in
Washington. These bills will do just that. Please call now to help
preserve the traditional family and help defeat this legislation.
While this issue has been highly polarized, if you speak with
conviction in a kind and loving manner you will be the most effective
advocate.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email both your state senator and representative
and give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 1727 and Senate Bill 5688. These bills
establish same-sex marriage in Washington and provides the same rights
and benefits of married couples to domestic partners. Most of these
rights and benefits can be obtained through private agreement, and the
state should not endorse such an agreement."

If possible, continue to call and email your elected officials each
week until you get assurances that they will oppose this bill. You do
not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler but should let them
know that you are a constituent.

To find the name and contact information for your elected officials,
visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .
You can also send a brief message to your elected officials through
the in-state toll-free Legislative Hotline number: 1-800-562-6000.

2) If your state senator or representative is a co-sponsor of these
bills, please ask them to withdraw their support of this legislation.

Senate Bill 5688 Co-sponsors
Senators Brown, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Hobbs, Jarrett, Kauffman,
Keiser, Kilmer, Kline, Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, McDermott, Murray,
Oemig, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, and Tom.

House Bill 1727 Co-sponsors
Representatives Appleton, Blake, Carlyle, Chase, Clibborn, Cody,
Conway, Darneille, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks,
Flannigan, Finn, Goodman, Haigh, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter,
Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Liias, Linville,
Maxwell, McCoy, Moeller, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Ormsby, Orwall,
Pedersen, Pettigrew, Quall, Roberts, Rolfes, Santos, Seaquist, Sells,
Simpson, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace,
Walsh, White, Williams, and Wood.

BACKGROUND

How does defining marriage as being between one man and one woman
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 as a unit with broad parental authority over
minor children. Our cases have consistently followed that course."

Thus, 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. Therefore, 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. This is a battle the homeschooling movement cannot
afford to lose.

H.B. 1727 and S.B. 5688 inserts into every statute relating to
marriage the statement that "the terms spouse, marriage, marital,
husband, wife, widow, widower, next of kin, and family shall be
interpreted as applying equally to state registered domestic
partnerships or individuals in state registered domestic partnerships
as well as to marital relationships and married persons...."
Additionally, these bills state "[w]here necessary to implement this
act, gender-specific terms such as husband and wife used in any
statute, rule, or other law shall be construed to be gender neutral,
and applicable to individuals in state registered domestic
partnerships."

To see the entire bill text you can go to:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ and enter the bill number. The bill
summary for House Bill 1727 states:

"It is the Legislature's intent that for all purposes under state law,
state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as
married spouses. Any privilege, immunity, right, benefit, or
responsibility granted or imposed by statute, administrative or court
rule, policy, common law or any other law to a person because he or
she is a spouse, shall also be granted or imposed on equivalent terms,
substantive and procedural, to a person because he or she is in a
state registered domestic partnership.

Please call now in support of traditional family values.

Thank you for your support of traditional marriage in Washington! To
find out the latest status of these bills and our most current action
requested on any bill please go to
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/WA/default.asp .

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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