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4/16/2009 1:38:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland: Marriage in the Balance--Calls Needed Immediately

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Maryland: Marriage in the Balance--Calls Needed Immediately

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your help is urgently needed to protect marriage as we know it in
Maryland.

Thursday, March 12, at 1 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold
a hearing on two antithetically opposed marriage bills. House Bill
913 will give Maryland citizens an opportunity to vote for
constitutional protection for one-man, one-woman marriage. House Bill
1055, on the other hand, will wipe out one-man, one-woman marriage and
allow two individuals of the same gender to marry.

Our right to teach our children at home is based, in part, on the
right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. This
right rests in part on the nature of marriage itself as the union of
one man and one woman. Any attack on marriage will set in motion a
chain of events that may lead to the undermining of parental rights,
and ultimately the undermining of the right to educate one's own
children.

According to the United States Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville,
parental rights are based on "western civilization concepts of the
family." One of those core concepts is that marriage is between one
man and one woman. If this core concept is abolished, the foundation
of parental rights is dramatically undercut.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call members of the House Judiciary Committee. Your message
can be as simple as, "Protect marriage as honored by generations of
Americans. Please support H.B. 913, and defeat H.B. 1055. Marriage
as between one man and one woman is the foundation of our
civilization."

Please attend the hearing on Thursday to show your support for
traditional marriage. If you wish to testify, you must sign up in
advance.

CONTACT INFORMATION, HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

If your name begins with A-F, call all those in group 1. If it begins
with G-L, call group 2. If it begins with M-R, call group 3. Others
call group 4.

Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., Chair (410) 841-3488, (301) 858-3488

Samuel I. Rosenberg, Vice-Chair (410) 841-3297, (301) 858-3297

GROUP 1
Curtis S. (Curt) Anderson
(410) 841-3291, (301) 858-3291

Benjamin S. Barnes
(410) 841-3046, (301) 858-3046

Jill P. Carter
(410) 841-3283, (301) 858-3283

Frank M. Conaway, Jr.
(410) 841-3189, (301) 858-3189

Kathleen M. Dumais
(410) 841-3052, (301) 858-3052

GROUP 2
Don H. Dwyer, Jr.
(410) 841-3047, (301) 858-3047

William J. Frank
(410) 841-3793, (301) 858-3793

J. B. Jennings
(410) 841-3698, (301) 858-3698

Kevin Kelly
(410) 841-3404, (301) 858-3404

Benjamin F. Kramer
(410) 841-3485, (301) 858-3485

GROUP 3
Susan C. Lee
(410) 841-3649, (301) 858-3649

Gerron S. Levi
(410) 841-3101, (301) 858-3101

Susan K. McComas
(410) 841-3272, (301) 858-3272

Tony McConkey
(410) 841-3406, (301) 858-3406

Victor R. Ramirez
(410) 841-3340, (301) 858-3340

GROUP 4
Todd L. Schuler
(410) 841-3340, (301) 858-3340

Luiz R. S. Simmons
(410) 841-3037, (301) 858-3037

Michael D. Smigiel, Sr.
(410) 841-3555, (301) 858-3555

Kriselda Valderrama
(410) 841-3210, (301) 858-3210

Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher
(410) 841-3130, (301) 858-3130


BACKGROUND

Many states have recently passed constitutional amendments protecting
marriage as we know it. In fact, almost every time the issue has been
put to a vote, the public has heavily favored one-man, one-woman
marriage. The Maryland legislature has repeatedly prevented Maryland
citizens from having the opportunity to amend their constitution to
protect marriage.

Although Maryland currently has a solid legal definition of marriage,
the legislature could change this without a vote of the people if the
House Judiciary Committee votes in favor of the harmful bill, H.B.
1055.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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