From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


10/31/2011 11:23:32 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania: Battle to Preserve Traditional Marriage

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Pennsylvania - Battle to Preserve Traditional Marriage

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Traditional marriage is under attack in Pennsylvania. In the case of
Cozen O'Connor v. Tobits, a case now pending in federal court in
Philadelphia involving the rights of a lesbian couple, one of the
parties is challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's
definition of marriage. Current state law defines marriage as the
union of one man and one woman and does not recognize same-sex
marriages entered into in other states or foreign countries. However,
current law is based only on statutes passed by the Pennsylvania
legislature. A constitutional amendment is needed to protect
traditional marriage from the type of challenge seen in the court

Parental rights, including the right to homeschool, rest on marriage
as it has been known and honored for centuries. An attack on one-man,
one-woman marriage is an attack on the foundation of parental rights
and, thus, on your right to homeschool your children.

That's why it is so important for you to contact state legislators and
urge them to support House Bill 1434, legislation that would create a
constitutional amendment defining marriage as "the legal union of only
one man and one woman as husband and wife." This bill is currently in
the Committee on State Government where it has been since it was filed
on May 3, 2011, six months ago. Members of the committee and other
legislators need to know that the people of Pennsylvania want to
protect traditional marriage with a constitutional amendment.

Action Requested:

1. Please contact members of the Committee on State Government, your
state representative, and your state senator with this message or
something similar in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 1434, which would create a constitutional
amendment to define marriage as the legal union of only one man and
one woman as husband and wife. Only a constitutional amendment will
protect traditional marriage from court challenges."

The names and contact information for members of the committee are as

Email addresses for committee members may be found at the following
link: .

Last names beginning with A-I please contact:

Daryl D. Metcalfe, Chair
Phone: (717) 783-1707
Fax: (717) 787-4771

Babette Josephs, Democratic Chair
Phone: (717) 787-8529
Fax: (717) 787-5066

Seth M. Grove, Secretary
Phone: (717) 783-2655
Fax: (717) 260-6482

Tony J. Payton, Jr., Democratic Secretary
Phone: (717) 787-1354
Fax: (717) 780-4789

Jim Cox, Subcommittee Chair on Government Operations
Phone: (717) 772-2435
Fax: (717) 260-6516

Steve Samuelson, Subcommittee Democratic Chair on Federal-State
Phone: (717) 705-1881
Fax: (717) 772-2469

Matt Gabler, Subcommittee Chair on Federal-State Relations
Phone: (717) 260-6142

Greg Vitali, Subcommittee Democratic Chair on Government Operations
Phone: (717) 787-7647
Fax: (717) 705-2089

Last names beginning with J-Q please contact:

Tim Briggs (D)
Phone: (717) 705-7011
Fax: (717) 772-9860

Lynda Schlegel Culver (R)
Phone: (717) 787-3485

Eugene DePasquale (D)
Phone: (717) 787-7514
Fax: (717) 780-4765

George Dunbar (R)
Phone: (717) 260-6132
Fax: (717) 260-6573

Eli Evankovich (R)
Phone: (717) 260-6129

Florindo J. Fabrizio (D)
Phone: (717) 787-4358
Fax: (717) 780-4774

Glen R. Grell (R)
Phone: (717) 783-2063
Fax: (717) 705-7012

Marcia M. Hahn (R)
Phone: (717) 783-8573
Fax: (717) 783-3899

Last names beginning with R-Z please contact:

Kenyatta J. Johnson (D)
Phone: (717) 783-1792
Fax: (717) 787-7172

Rob W. Kauffman (R)
Phone: (717) 705-2004
Fax: (717) 787-9840

Jerry Knowles (R)
Phone: (717) 787-9029
Fax: (717) 783-3899

Timothy Krieger (R)
Phone: (717) 260-6146
Fax: (717) 260-6501

T. Mark Mustio (R)
Phone: (717) 787-6651
Fax: (717) 260-6503

Eddie Day Pashinski (D)
Phone: (717) 783-0686
Fax: (717) 772-2284

Brad Roae (R)
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: (717) 260-6505

Steven J. Santarsiero (D)
Phone: (717) 787-5475
Fax: (717) 787-6929

Jerry Stern (R)
Phone: (717) 787-9020
Fax: (717) 787-2420

You can find the names and contact information of your state
representative and state senator by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the committee,
their own state representative, and their own state senator with this
same message.

To view the text of House Bill 1434, go to:
Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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