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By Rosemary Pollock

LDS Lawmaker Seeks To Define 'Natural Family'

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The "Definition of Natural Family" is one of the many bills that remains slated for action during the 2001 legislative session. Senate Majority Leader-elect L. Steven Poulton will attempt to write into state law a bill that will define the family. He has declined to say what form the bill could take before the January 15 legislative date.

"If what we are doing is protecting the historical structure of families from political efforts to destroy them, then I'm going to support that kind of legislation," said Houlton, a Holladay Republican. "But I'm not going to say what a natural family is without having a discussion with [Alonzo Hinckley]." Alonzo A. Hinckley is Poulton's former Stake President and second cousin to LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley.

"Without concepts it's really shooting in the dark to say what could happen, and my opinions are not something I'm going to try to force onto the Legislature," Poulton said.

Sen. Ed Mayne, D-West Valley City said, "None of us should be surprised about some of the bills coming out, or what's behind them." The most likely genesis of Poulton's bill is a resolution passed by members of 1999 World Congress, an even co-sponsored by Brigham Young University and the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society.

World Congress members adopted a resolution that "the natural family is a man and woman bound in a lifelong covenant of marriage for the purposes of: the continuation of the human species, the rearing of children, the regulation of sexuality, the provision of mutual support and protection, the creation of an altruisitic domestic economy and the maintenance of bonds between the generations."

Poulton's "Natural Family" bill is not the first time his political actions have been colored by religious associations. In 1999, Poulton, while running an insurance agency, pushed a bill affecting the Utah Technology Finance Corporation (UTFC).


Lawmaker Wants A Legislation on 'Natural Family'
Salt Lake Tribune 20Dec00 T2
By Greg Burton: Salt Lake Tribune


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