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1/28/2011 4:53:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Attend Hearing to Protect Traditional Marriage

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Iowa--Attend Hearing to Protect Traditional Marriage

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your voice was heard on Monday and the House Judiciary Committee
approved House Joint Resolution (HJR)6! Thank you for your help! This
bill would allow Iowans to vote to protect marriage as we know it in
the state constitution.

But the next important step in the process is Monday, January 31.
There will be a public hearing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the
House of Representatives Chamber in the Capitol.

ACTION REQUESTED

> Whether or not you want to speak, attend the hearing in the evening
to show your support.

> Between 6:30 a.m. and noon on Monday, call (515) 281-5129 or come to
Room G16 in person in the capitol to sign up for a 3-minute speaking
slot.

BACKGROUND

In 2009, the activist Iowa Supreme Court ruled that Iowa's law
defining marriage as between one man and one woman was
unconstitutional, giving the green light to same-sex marriage. Iowans
promptly voted out three members of the Supreme Court, but the damage
was already done. As a result, Iowans must amend their constitution to
protect traditional marriage.

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.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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