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1/18/2012 4:53:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington: Your Calls are Needed to Preserve Marriage!

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Washington: Your Calls are Needed to Preserve Marriage!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

As many of you may already know, the Washington legislature has
introduced two bills that would dramatically change the definition of
marriage in Washington. Senate Bill 6239, and its companion House Bill
2516, would amend Washington law and remove the prohibition against
individuals of the same sex from getting married. Your calls are vital
to let your elected officials know where you stand and help stop these
bills.

Both bills state that "It is the intent of this act to end
discrimination in marriage based on gender and sexual orientation in
Washington, to ensure that all persons in this state may enjoy the
freedom to marry on equal terms...."

Why is HSLDA opposed to these bills? Our freedom to educate our
children is based upon the foundation of marriage and traditional
family. In many of the cases before our courts, parental rights are
based on "Western civilization concepts of the family." Same-sex
marriage attacks the traditions of the family in Western civilization
upon which the foundation of parental choice in education and basic
parental rights are based.

In 2007 we warned that the domestic partnership law was the first step
in recognizing same-sex relationships as marriage in Washington. These
bills will automatically merge all domestic partnerships where both
individuals are under 62 years of age, to "marriage" on June 30, 2014.
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 2516/Senate Bill 6239. This bill establishes
same-sex marriage in Washington and provides the same rights and
benefits of married couples to domestic partners. I believe that
marriage should remain as it always has been, between a man and a
woman only."

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/elink.asp?id=13428 . You can also send a brief
message to your elected officials through the in-state toll-free
Legislative Hotline: 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 6239 Co-sponsors
Senators Murray, Pflug, Hobbs, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Ranker, Tom,
Harper, Pridemore, Keiser, Kline, Regala, Eide, Rolfes, McAuliffe,
Brown, Nelson, Chase, Fraser, Frockt, Conway, Kilmer, and Prentice.

House Bill 2516 Co-sponsors
Representatives Pedersen, Walsh, Moeller, Jinkins, Tharinger,
Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Seaquist, McCoy, Billig, Morris, Carlyle,
Darneille, Ladenburg, Maxwell, Moscoso, Stanford, Fitzgibbon, Pollet,
Hudgins, Finn, Eddy, Springer, Ormsby, Wylie, Goodman, Appleton,
Pettigrew, Takko, Roberts, Ryu, Cody, Hasegawa, Hunter, Hunt, Haigh,
Lytton, Santos, Orwall, Hansen, Sullivan, Kenney, Reykdal, Dickerson,
Kagi, Sells, Clibborn, Dunshee, Liias, and Chopp.

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
(a case that began in Washington state):

"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.

To find out the latest status of these bills and to see the text you
can go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13429 and click on the
respective bill page.

Please call now in support of traditional family values.

Thank you for your support of traditional marriage in Washington! If
you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13430

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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