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2/24/2009 5:17:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

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Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Representative Greg Harris has filed House Bill 2234 (now referred to
the House Rules Committee), which defines a civil union as between two
persons, of either the same or opposite sex. The law enables same-sex
couples to have the same protections and benefits under the law as
marriages between one man and one woman.

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.

ACTION REQUESTED

Call your state representative and the Rules Committee members and
give this message:

"Please oppose H.B. 2234 that defines a civil union as between two
persons of the same or opposite sex. This bill elevates same-sex
persons to that of married men and women. The rights and benefits can
be obtained through private agreement and the state does not need to
endorse such an agreement."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6174 to find contact
information on your state representative.

Also, please contact the Rules Committee members to voice your
opposition to this bill:

Chairperson, Barbara Flynn Currie (Democrat) - 217-782-8121

Republican Spokesperson, William B. Black - 217-782-4811

Gary Hannig (Democrat) - 217-782-8071

Timothy L. Schmitz (Republican) - 217-782-5457

Arthur L. Turner (Democrat) - 217-782-8116

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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