May 13, 2009

Senate Bill 1642: Gives Benefits to Domestic Partners

Representative Eleanor Sobel

Requires the Department of Health to create and distribute the Declaration of Domestic Partnership and Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership forms to each clerk of the circuit court. Describes the required contents of the declaration. Requires two individuals who wish to become partners in a domestic partnership to complete and file a declaration form with the clerk of the circuit court, etc. Provides that the law grant the same benefits to a domestic partnership that is granted to a married couple.

2/17/2009(Senate) Filed
2/26/2009(Senate) Referred to Health Regulation; Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Finance and Tax; Policy and Steering Committee on Ways and Means
3/3/2009(Senate) Introduced, referred to Health Regulation; Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Finance and Tax; Policy and Steering Committee on Ways and Means—S.J. 00113
5/2/2009Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA is opposed to this bill.

Action Requested:
None requested at this time.

Parental rights are a recognized constitutional rights, despite the fact that they are not explicitly stated in the Constitution. It is a fair question to ask: if they are implied rights rather than explicit rights, what is the source of parental rights?

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 as a unit with broad parental authority over minor children. Our cases have consistently followed that course.” Thus, you can see that 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.

In a world which widely embraces the notions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is fanciful to believe that any other theory will arise to replace the traditions of western civilization as a basis for parental rights.

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.

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