January 15, 2009

HJRCA 2: Protects Marriage Between One Man and One Woman

Rep. David Reis

Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in the state. Provides that the state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status similar to that of marriage.

1/8/2009(House) Prefiled with Clerk by Rep. David Reis
1/14/2009(House) Read in Full a First Time
1/14/2009(House) Referred to Rules Committee

This bill failed to pass, and is now dead.

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA supports this bill.

Action Requested:
None requested at this time.

Parental rights are a recognized constitutional right 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.

 Other Resources

E-lert—January 13, 2009—Illinois: Your Calls Needed to Protect Traditional Marriage

Bill Text

Bill History