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This Is It

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This is it, finally!

Last Friday, the United States Supreme Court announced that they will be hearing a case this term that could decide the future of marriage in America. They will hear oral arguments in April and issue their decision in June.

Over 50 million Americans who stood for marriage in 30 states will finally have their day in Court!

I have to tell you that I am totally pumped to finally get our day in court. I think the mainstream media is wrong and it will turn out that we win this case!

I just don't see how Justice Kennedy, likely the swing vote, can distance himself from the strong reasoning he used in the Windsor case where he said that states have historically regulated marriage and the federal government could not substitute its judgment for the decision of a state. Here we have the exact issue on the other side of the coin — the vast majority of states acted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and the federal government (acting through the federal judiciary) cannot countermand that decision.

What this means is that we have five very short months to make our case BEFORE the Supreme Court weighs in on marriage, and we have a lot of work to do!

Will you stand with NOM today by renewing your commitment to defending marriage with a $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more to help us make the case for marriage BEFORE the Supreme Court weighs in on marriage in the coming months?

I have met some people who are fatalistic and passive in the face of a pending Supreme Court decision, feeling that it's a fait accompli that the US Supreme Court will go against us.

Look, maybe in the end we will lose before the courts — I don't think we will but I don't have a crystal ball — but we will never lose marriage because marriage is a universal truth. And regardless, defeatism is a recipe for disaster, a byproduct of the gay 'marriage' lobby's carefully crafted strategic plan: to convince ordinary Americans that the battle is already lost and to give up the fight.

Let me be as clear as I can — we at NOM will never give up on marriage.

It doesn't matter what judges or politicians have to say about the issue — marriage has existed since time immemorial to bring men and women together and to provide the best environment for any children born of their union.

There are many other types of relationships that may contribute to human flourishing, but they are not marriage. Only the faithful, monogamous, permanent union of a men and a woman is a marriage. That is the reality of what marriage is, whether the law ultimately recognizes it or not.

In the next five months, NOM will work tirelessly to rally the American people, showing the Supreme Court that we are watching; and that the majority of citizens in this country still believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman and will never accept an illegitimate ruling redefining this most sacred institution.

We have a number of important projects on the drawing boards to communicate the benefits of marriage and advocate policies that support marriage.

Will you stand with us today to help us make a tremendous impact at the precise time when marriage is at its most critical stage in history?

It really all comes down to us, and now is the time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


PS: With the Supreme Court's decision to hear a marriage case this term, our timeframe has been accelerated. I need your help today to execute our plans and make a statement that the Supreme Court will hear BEFORE they consider the case the may determine the future of marriage in America. Please click here right now to make a generous donation to support NOM in its mission of protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Will Decide Marriage Cases

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you some breaking news: the Supreme Court has just announced that they will be hearing a case this term that could decide the future of marriage in America! The decision is expected to be made by June.

Here is a statement we released to the press just moments ago:

We are very pleased that the Supreme Court has chosen to review the 6th Circuit's ruling that found in favor of voters' right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is time for the 50 million Americans who stood for marriage in 30 states to have their day in court. We are confident that the Supreme Court has chosen the 6th Circuit case in order to affirm the finding of the Appeals court, just as it did in the cases of Windsor v. United States and Sabelius v. Hobby Lobby. We will be watching this case closely and anticipate an eventual victory for the democratic process, religious liberty, and the cherished institution of marriage which forms the very bedrock of our society.

Marriage Supporter, this is huge.

Please, right now, take a moment to recommit to standing with NOM and helping us rally the American people to let the Supreme Court know that we are watching, and that the majority of citizens in this country still believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Your donation of $25, $50, or $100 today will help us to rise to this momentous occasion and meet this monumental task.

Thank you for standing for marriage. Our day in court comes soon!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Turn Outrage to Action Now!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The mask is off... supporters of same-sex "marriage" are now actually cheering at the idea of firing someone for their faith.

Fire Chief Cochran

As you well know, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran in Atlanta published a book about his faith standing up for the biblical teachings on biblical manhood that discussed Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality and he was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed.

Now Mayor Reed is trying to maintain that he was not fired for his faith but because he did not ask for permission to publish the book from the ethics board (untrue) and spoke about it publicly while an investigation was proceeding (again, untrue) and distributed it freely to employees (again, untrue).

Yesterday, the New York Times got into the act peddling these lies and others in its monstrosity of an op-ed "God, Gays, and the Atlanta Fire Department."

But the biggest and most dangerous lie the New York Times put forward is that Christians (and those of other faiths) who actually have the temerity to speak up on their beliefs (you know, don’t hide their light under a bushel) on marriage and sexuality, should be fired.

Yes, the New York Times actually states that employees "have the right to a boss who does not speak of them as second class citizens." When the Times says that we are speaking of employees as second class citizens, it lies again—of course we don't believe that—we just know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. And even though the Times acknowledged that there is absolutely no evidence that Mr. Cochran discriminated against gays or lesbians, it still argues that he should be fired because he had the temerity to publicly acknowledge his beliefs in this book.

The Times has just declared war on Christians and members of other faith communities that serve in government position. It is open season, according to the New York Times, to make sure that we lose our jobs. The new authoritarians now state openly that we can have our beliefs—we simply can’t talk about them. And then they are going to actually have the gall to say that "this is not about free speech or religious freedom."

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Memo to the New York Times: This is precisely what free speech and religious freedom entail. Our founders prohibited "religious tests" within the constitution for government service so that governments could not punish, fire or refuse to hire those that did not hide their denomination and faith. It is not religious freedom to say that Kelvin Cochran or anyone else has the right to believe what he wants—he just can't talk about it.

This is OUTRAGEOUS. And I know you are as concerned as I am about this, because of the many emails and phone calls we've received. Now it’s time to turn outrage to action to stop the New Authoritarians.

NOM is supporting legislation at the state and federal level to stop the attack on marriage and religious liberty.

I urge you immediately to contact your Congressman and urge him or her to pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which will help protect religious liberty at the federal level. You can click here to do so.

I also ask that if you are a resident of Georgia (forward to friends in Georgia) that you immediately contact your state legislator to voice support for HB 29 to protect religious liberty.

Finally, we are counting on your continued support so that we can be your voice in the fight to protect marriage and religious liberty. And any donations we receive in response to this email will receive a free copy of Fire Chief Cochran’s book. This is a concrete way to help a hero for the faith because we’ll keep buying copies of the book to distribute as we run low.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Standing For Our Faith

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Right now, our friend Reverend Garland Hunt is preparing to lead the Standing for Our Faith Rally at the Georgia Capitol rotunda in support of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

At the center of the controversy down in Atlanta is a man who has served as a public official with a sterling record; and who is suddenly deemed ‘unfit' for service because he wrote in a book that he believes the Biblical truth about marriage and sexuality.

It's ridiculous . . . it's a violation of our sacred first amendment . . . and it's happening more and more frequently . . .

So now is when you and I must draw a line in the sand and put a stop to it!

Won't you please renew your membership for 2015 by making a generous gift of $25 or more to NOM right away so we will have the resources to intervene and support ordinary Americans like Chief Cochran when they come under attack from vicious same-sex ‘marriage' bullies?

And if you respond to this email by renewing your membership with a gift, I will send you a copy of Chief Cochran's book, "Who Told You That You Are Naked?" which is at the heart of this "controversy."

I had the pleasure of meeting Chief Cochran recently and two things immediately struck me. First, this is a man of obvious faith and integrity. And second, he is clearly being targeting for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Marriage Supporter, like you, it breaks my heart when I hear these stories . . . stories of ordinary Americans who love our country and serve it to the best of their ability — who are suddenly told that their service is not wanted any more . . . simply for the reason that they refuse to publicly acknowledge the lie that is same sex ‘marriage.'

Churches and people of faith built this country up, taking advantage of the incredible gift of religious liberty protected by our Constitution. Don't let these gifts be taken away from us!

Please act now. Renew your membership for 2015 by making a generous donation. And help NOM defend men and woman of faith all around the country from the attacks of intolerant, vicious bullies pushing a marriage redefinition agenda.

Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


PS: If you respond to this email by renewing your NOM membership for 2015 with a generous gift, I will send you a free copy of Fire Chief Cochran's book, "Who Told You That You Are Naked?" — a reflection on his faith and central beliefs about, among other things, marriage and family. Please stand with Chief Cochran and with NOM as we stand strong against the intolerant bullying of the radical left in their attempt to push a marriage redefinition agenda at all costs.

Stand with Chief Cochran

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last week I wrote urging you to sign our petition in support of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran of Atlanta who is being targeted for discrimination and intimidation simply for having exercised his right of free expression in writing a book detailing his Christian beliefs about marriage and family.

Fire Chief Kelvin

Please, if you haven't already done so, sign this petition and join the thousands who have already responded in standing up against this most recent example of the egregious intolerance of those who want to drive good folks like you and me and Mr. Cochran from the public square!

In addition to signing the petition, I urge any of you who can make it to attend this rally being held tomorrow at the George Capitol Rotunda in support of Mr. Cochran and people of faith throughout America who refuse to be bullied and silenced.

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Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


National Organization for Marriage Says Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Is Illegitimate, Calls On Florida Officials to Enforce State Law and Demands US Supreme Court to Reaffirm Right of States To Define Marriage As Union Of One Man And One Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Florida officials should not go along with this illegitimate decree and should demand that state and local officials continue to enforce the marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by Florida voters in 2008." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' in Florida is the result of an illegitimate act by a federal judge and demanded that the US Supreme Court grant review of a pending case from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"It is simply illegitimate for the opinion of a federal district judge to trump the decision of millions of Floridians and attempt to redefine marriage in violation of Federal law," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Federal judges are acting as if the US Supreme Court has ordered same-sex marriage to be imposed, but in reality the Court has ruled that states have the right to define marriage. We demand that the US Supreme Court act immediately to review the pending marriage case before them and swiftly reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

In Windsor v United States, a narrow majority of the US Supreme Court ruled that a federal law defining marriage violated the federal constitution because that law conflicted with the right of states to define marriage. In the particular case, the state of New York had acted to redefine marriage, making it genderless, putting the definition of marriage chosen by New York lawmakers at odds with the federal definition of marriage. This pro states-rights ruling in Windsor has since been twisted by many federal judges, using it to falsely claim that traditional marriage provisions adopted by states are unconstitutional.

"The US Supreme Court has never ruled that traditional marriage is unconstitutional," said Brown. "In fact, they have specifically ruled that states have the right to define marriage. It is a travesty of justice that states are allowing federal judges to single-handedly decide the laws of marriage. Florida officials should not go along with this illegitimate decree and should demand that state and local officials continue to enforce the marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by Florida voters in 2008.

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We're so close to our goal

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We're coming down to the wire, marriage supporter. I have to ask again.

Will you make a tax-deductible gift of at least $25 to help us protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it? Your gift will be doubled thanks to our matching gift.

We've won some tremendous victories, but our greatest challenge lies ahead. We need to finish this year strong if we're going to have our best chance of winning at the Supreme Court in 2015.

Your support at this time of year is critical. Every dollar will help get our message in the headlines, on the airwaves and in the field. We must show the Supreme Court that America believes in marriage.

Please make your tax-deductible gift of $25 or more before the end of the year, and it will be doubled:

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We're counting on you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

The Top Headlines of 2014

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It is always good at the end of a year to take a look back and reflect on some of the highlights. There has been a lot of movement in the battle over the definition of marriage this past year, and it seems like every one of the 52 weeks of 2014 brought another development—some good, some bad.

I was interested in what marriage news stories from 2014 garnered the most attention, and so this week I had our staff research what were the most accessed items on the NOMblog this year. The results, I think, provide a useful snapshot of what this past year has meant in the fight to preserve and defend marriage—and they also serve as a good indicator of what the new year may bring!

So here are five of the top headlines of 2014 as determined by you, our readers:

On November 6th, news came down that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit had ruled to uphold the traditional marriage laws of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The press release that NOM issued and posted to our blog quickly became one of the top-read items of the year.

The majority opinion by Justice Jeffrey Sutton was a pivotal moment for marriage in 2014, as it developed a split in the Circuit Courts that makes it very likely the Supreme Court will review the issue of marriage in the new year.

The opinion is noteworthy because of the solid argument it provides for why marriage rationally should be protected and upheld in law, but also for the way in which the decision takes to task other federal courts that have violated the democratic process by cutting short a lively public policy debate about marriage.

"Process and structure matter greatly in American government," Justice Sutton wrote. "Indeed, they may be the most reliable, liberty assuring guarantees of our system of government, requiring us to take seriously the route the United States Constitution contemplates for making such a fundamental change to such a fundamental social institution."

In August, Professor Mark Regnerus published a blockbuster study about how support for same-sex ‘marriage' among Christians is linked to an abandonment of other moral and ethical norms traditionally held by people of faith.

The study showed that even among church-going Christians, support for redefining marriage was associated with such unorthodox views as these:

  • Viewing pornography is OK
  • Premarital co-habitation is good
  • No-string-attached sex is OK
  • Marital infidelity is sometimes OK
  • It is OK for 3+ adults to live in a sexual relationship
  • Abortion rights are a positive thing

The study served as a wake-up call for Christians and others who were made to realize that redefining marriage is part of a broader social agenda and not a "live and let live" proposition.

In October, the Supreme Court made news by declining to take several cases from lower courts asking its review of decisions overturning State marriage amendments in several circuits.

NOM's press release condemning the move expressed what I am sure were the frustrations of many that day, and that is probably why this became one of the top-read stories of 2014.

The court erred in allowing the lower court rulings to stand, effectively countenancing the disenfranchisement of so many millions of voters across the country. But in the press release we predicted—rightly—that the then-pending case before the 6th Circuit would eventually go in our favor, and the Supreme Court would be forced to look at this matter again.

Sure enough, as we've already seen, the 6th Circuit did rule in favor of marriage and citizens' rights to act to protect it, and now that case and several others are scheduled for consideration by the Supreme Court in early January. We will know soon in the new year whether the Supreme Court will accept those cases and schedule them for hearing.

In the meantime, though, the Supreme Court's inaction in October did serve as an important reminder to us and to the American people that we need to engage the political process to try to take back our rightful constitutional powers from a tyrannical judiciary. We called on Americans to get out the vote in November and elect pro-marriage candidates in response to the October debacle at the Supreme Court—and the voters did just that! Which leads us to number two on our list...

"In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated."

This paragraph was part of the press statement we released following the mid-term elections, and despite pundits calling this cycle a "wave election" reacting to an unpopular president, it is clear that our readers knew there was more to the story, as this climbed to the second-most accessed news item of the year on our site.

The "wave election" theory simply didn't fit the facts. The rising tide didn't raise the boats for Monica Wehby, or Carl DiMaio, or Richard Tisei—three Republican candidates whose support for redefining marriage and for abortion-on-demand brought them defeat on election day. NOM had vociferously opposed these candidates, and the voters weren't fooled by their claims to "conservatism."

NOM also greatly aided in the successful election of US Senate Candidates Thom Tillis (NC) and Tom Cotton (AR) whose advocacy for marriage was most certainly a component in their winning hotly-contested seats in office. We funded a statewide television buy in each race, helping it make the difference, especially in the Tillis race, which was the closest in the nation.

Reflecting upon the elections reminds us that our work in 2015 will include a vigorous legislative agenda to defend marriage and religious liberty and try to reign in an out-of-control judiciary that has too long gone unchecked. I am honored to give voice to your values in Washington, DC and to work on your behalf to hold the newly-elected Congress accountable to the pro-marriage constituency across America.

But the affairs of Washington, DC matter to us mostly because at the end of the day the chickens come home to roost: the politics and policy matters on the national stage ultimately make their effects felt closer to home. "All politics is local," as they say. And that's probably what propelled the final story in this wrap-up to number one on the list. It was far and away the most-accessed story on our blog this year, with twice as many views as the nearest competitor...

The heart-rending story of Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" in Oregon, clearly resonated with our readers. The couple were not only forced out of business due to legal action brought by a lesbian couple whose wedding celebrations they declined to take part in, but they were also saddled with a $150,000 fine for supposedly violating Oregon's public accommodations law!

Amidst their trials, though, the Kleins served as an inspiration and an example of the courage we need to face the radical same-sex ‘marriage' agenda and its hostility and intolerance. The couple's appearance at Values Voter Summit was a highlight of the event, and gave a sympathetic face to those who suffer discrimination and bullying due to their pro-marriage values.

On their Facebook page, they posted this eloquent paragraph, a bit of wisdom that many more in our society need to understand and take to heart:

Our culture has accepted 2 huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

Recalling the Kleins' struggle mustn't get us down or discourage us, though. Indeed, when we look back on this year, their story may well be part of a story about how 2014 was the year Christians and others began to stand up and say "enough is enough."

We rang in the new year of 2014 celebrating the reinstatement of Phil Robertson to the hit A&E reality show Duck Dynasty after the network had removed him for publicly expressing his Biblically-based values. We have seen, more recently, an outpouring of support for the Duggars of 19 Kids and Counting after they were targeted by bullying activists for their own faith-based beliefs.

And when activists helped persuade the World Vision ministry to announce that they would welcome same-sex "spouses" among their ministry, a huge outcry from the grassroots resulted in a near-immediate reversal of course, and an apology to faithful Christians for having made such a mistake by stepping away from a core belief. The lesson from the World Vision episode is not that a renowned ministry was led astray in an attempt to accommodate the culture, but that they were so forcefully called to account by a Christian community that continues to embrace the truth of marriage.

Most heartening of all to recall is the huge groundswell of support for the "Houston 5"—the pastors who stood up to the Houston mayor when she tried to subpoena their internal church communications as part of a campaign of intimidation and harassment. Once again, the reaction from the grassroots forced the mayor to completely capitulate and abandon her ill-advised attack on these pastors.

We live in a time when those who wish to redefine marriage and their sycophants in the media miss no opportunity to tell us that the battle is essentially over, that history is on their side and that the views of the citizens have changed. This is a future that these activists hope for, but it is decidedly not the future they will encounter. The reason we know this is because whenever they put their version of the future to the test, it is rejected by the American people.

I am encouraged by the victories and the bright moments of the past twelve months as we head into 2015, because they remind me that the cause of marriage is still very much alive, and we have good reason to hope for even more successes in the new year!

With that reminder then, please accept my wishes for a happy and blessed new year for you and your family, and my thanks for continuing to work with NOM to defend marriage and family in 2015!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S.: If you did not have an opportunity to make your year-end gift to NOM, please do so today. It will still be counted towards the matching gift, giving us a nice boost to start 2015.


Conservative Panel Appointed to Hear Gay Marriage Cases in 5th Circuit

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced on their website the justices selected to hear the appeals of lower court rulings on gay marriage cases from Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The panel consists of Judges Patrick Higginbotham of Dallas, Jerry Smith of Houston and James Graves Jr. of Jackson, Miss. Higginbotham and Smith are conservative judges appointed to the bench by President Reagan, while Graves is an Obama appointee. Marriage supporters tell NOM they are encouraged by the panel.

GavelThe panel will hear an appeal next week from state officials in Texas and Mississippi where lower federal court judges overturned state marriage amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The same panel will hear an appeal from gay couples in Louisiana who were rebuffed by a federal judge in their attempt to redefine marriage in that state.

The 5th Circuit is one of the most conservative in the country. If they vote to uphold traditional marriage laws, as many observers expect, they will join the 6th Circuit which issued a similar ruling this past October. The US Supreme Court is now considering taking the 6th Circuit case, something that NOM has called upon them to do. The first opportunity for the SCOTUS justices to take the case will be in their conference scheduled for January 9th.

Merry Christmas!

Year End Gift Giving

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Christmas is right around the corner.

As you dash about in the next couple of days, finishing your decorating and Christmas shopping, travelling, or just relaxing with family, I would ask that you consider including NOM in your gift giving.

You can click here to make an immediate gift of $35, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, or more to help support NOM in its mission of protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Please help us meet the challenge and take advantage of our $200,000 matching gift. Every dollar you give will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another generous donor.

I've told you before about what an enormously importantly year 2015 will be... with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage and creating a split-decision on the Circuit Court level, the Supreme Court will have to take up a case to decide the constitutionality of laws defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We have a limited window of opportunity to make our case for marriage... but what a window it is!

Working with newly elected marriage champions and pro-marriage majorities in the United States Congress... launching a dedicated media blitz in the DC metro area... hosting the third annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC... 2015 will be the chance we have to make the case for marriage BEFORE the Supreme Court deliberates and decides!

How much our pro-life allies would give if they had the opportunity to rally public opinion before the Supreme Court issued the Roe opinion!

Won't you please stand with NOM today by making a generous donation to ensure that there continues to be a strong voice in this country standing up for the truth about marriage?

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

A Reflection

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. It's a time of family and celebration. And it's a time of reflection — looking back at the past year and looking forward to the new.

Recently, reflecting on the story of the birth of Christ, I realized something...

When Jesus came into the world, it was with nothing. No money. They had to move to a new city. His father, Joseph, had to start a new business. They didn't even have a home to stay in as he came into our world.

But the one thing God did give him — seemingly the one thing God thought His only begotten Son could NOT do without — was a loving mother and father to care for and protect Him.

It underscores the foundational importance of the mission that NOM has undertaken – to defend marriage and work to ensure that every child in our society, as much as it is possible, enjoys the love of his mother and father.

We are winding down our year-end, $200,000 matching gift campaign. To date we have raised almost $60,000 toward our goal.

If you haven't yet made a gift that will be matched dollar-for-dollar, please prayerfully consider making a generous contribution of $35, $50, $100, $500, or even a major gift of $1,000 or more to help NOM close the year on firm financial footing so we can provide marriage with the best defense possible in this pivotal coming year.

We tend to think of Christ magically moving from an infant to an adult, with only scant glimpses of him as a teen. But the reality is that in assuming the human form, Jesus experienced the unique contributions of a father and a mother in his life. For years, Jesus learned how to live, act, feel, work, care and love by absorbing the unique gifts of his father and his mother, who represent the two halves of humanity.

The Holy Family is the perfect example for the human family — a man and a woman coming together in love for each other, and to provide the ideal environment for any children born of their union. That is what marriage is, and the story of Christmas perfectly models it for us.

This is why marriage is worth fighting for. So, please, even if you have already made a gift recently to support this cause, kindly consider giving again, knowing that your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor.

And, whether you have given or not, please consider asking friends and family to contribute to this campaign using the buttons below, investing in the best possible Christmas gift — that of fighting for a better future for our children and grandchildren by trying to reestablish a strong marriage culture in America.

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Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Important Questions Need to be Asked

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Yesterday, an article in the Washington Examiner reported on a proposed change by the U.S. Census Bureau that most major media outlets will likely ignore.

According to the article, "If the Census Bureau has its way, the government will no longer monitor statistical trends about marriage."

The piece rightly notes that demographic data about marriage and family is important in structuring policy about social welfare programs and the like. However, if the Census Bureau drops the marriage questions from its questionnaire, the article explains, "the government soon may have no idea how marriage is changing in America and how it is linked to the well-being of children and adults."

According to the Census Bureau itself, at least five questions about marital status are "slated for removal from the questionnaire" unless the public and other government agencies come up with "revised or additional justification for these questions."

There is something very significant about a federal agency suggesting, for all intents and purposes, that marriage is less important to public policy at the same time as federal judges all over the country are imposing a radical redefinition of this fundamental institution on voters in state after state.

One might almost wonder if this isn't part of an effort to put marriage "out of sight and out of mind" in order to avoid addressing tough questions about the consequences of redefining marriage.

A few years hence, if marriage remains redefined in as many states as it is today, and people begin raising concerns about the effects of this new marriage policy on things like economic growth or the welfare of children, politicians and government agencies will have an easy evasive maneuver if these changes to the Census are implemented: "We don't have any data on that."

It is ironic that the same federal administration that has made it a priority to redefine marriage and family, saying it was important for—among other things—economics and public welfare, is now moving to drop data-gathering mechanisms related precisely to the economic and public welfare implications of marriage and family!

Or maybe it isn't ironic or mere coincidence at all, but part of a strategy? It does seem significant, after all, that this news should only begin to draw attention the week before Christmas, when the public is distracted and government activity is in sort of a lull. Late December is famously a time for government "taking out the trash" — dropping news stories about which they don't want too much public notice.

If that was the strategy, they will be disappointed in this much at least: we will be watching, and we will continue to ask tough questions about the public policy implications of marriage even if the Census refuses to continue asking them!

A Victory in Arkansas

Another news story I wanted to alert you about is a development last week that hasn't gotten the attention it deserves.

Ryan T. Anderson reported on this in The Daily Signal last Thursday:

After the city council of [Fayetteville, AR] passed a "civil rights" ordinance that undermined basic civil liberties back in August, voters took to the polls to repeal the law, ordinance 119.

Among other things, the law made it a crime for citizens to engage in what the government deemed to be "discrimination" based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Concerns were raised about wedding vendors and "discrimination" based on sexual orientation, as well as bathroom policies and "discrimination" based on gender identity (particularly transgender individuals—which bathrooms must biological males who identify as women, and biological females who identify as men, be allowed to use).

One of the significances of this particular "bathroom bill" is that it is the bill which Michelle Duggar of the hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting had spoken out against, which led to a protest against the Duggars' show and a counter-protest which NOM joined.

This is a great victory for the people of Arkansas, and a sort of vindication for the Duggars and their values, which the vote demonstrates are more in line with the values of the American people than the radical agendas of elites throughout the country who are trying to redefine everything having to do with the unique and special complementarity of men and women.

This victory is also a cause for hope in this season all about that sentiment. As we move forward into 2015, we can be assured that the American people still stand for the truth about men and women and marriage, and the basic idea that children have a right to the love of their own mother and father.

If you share this hope, I'd ask you to express it today by giving a generous year-end donation to NOM today. And anything you donate now, and until the end-of-the-year, will have double the impact because of our matching gift challenge!

With your help, NOM will be able to continue and expand its mission in the New Year, of professing the truth about marriage and asking the tough questions about marriage policy that some people would rather not get asked.

We can't do it without you—and for that you have my constant gratitude.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


What We're Up Against

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I have to let you know exactly what we're up against.

Recently, the news reported that David Koch—the conservative boogeyman of the left—will be interviewed by ABC's Barbara Walters for her "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" special scheduled to air on Sunday.

In the interview, he unequivocally states, "I'm basically a libertarian, and I'm a conservative on economic matters, and I'm a social liberal." It harkens back to a 2012 Politico article where he said, "I believe in gay marriage," pointing out that he openly supported legal abortion as a Libertarian party candidate in 1980.

Marriage Supporter, this is exactly the problem. Millionaires and billionaires are lining up in support of this radical social agenda... even on the right! And I need your help to stop it!

Won't you please click here right away to make a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 or more to help us carry out our mission of protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it?

Remember, right now your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous matching donor, DOUBLING the impact of your gift in the fight to defend marriage!

When the radical left—like Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry, each bankrolled to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year—pushes this agenda, they claim people are accepting gay 'marriage' in ever increasing numbers. But what they really mean is that a bunch of hyper-wealthy social liberals are trying to push this agenda on America whether they like it or not.

NOM doesn't have a huge network of multi-millionaires out of Hollywood writing large checks like our political opposition enjoys. Instead, NOM depends mainly on the support of ordinary Americans, like you, who believe in marriage.

But right now what we NEED is for many, many more of those ordinary Americans to stand up and engage in the fight to defend marriage—especially since it is becoming increasingly apparent that the political elites and rich cronies on the 'conservative' side are just as willing to give in to the radical same-sex 'marriage' lobby as those on the left!

Please join us today by making a sacrificial contribution to support our mission of protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

NOM needs tens and hundreds of thousands of good, ordinary citizens to make the most important investment possible—an investment to secure a better future for our children and grandchildren, who deserve to live in a society that values marriage and recognizes the complementary and invaluable gifts that both a mother and a father bring to a child.

We need to mobilize a grassroots funding base capable of standing up to the millionaires bankrolling this radical marriage redefinition agenda... and I pray you will be one of them.

Please join NOM today by making a generous year end gift to help us reach our $200,000 matching gift goal.

Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

PS: Even after marriage won big in the last election, the ideologues pushing this radical agenda just won't quit. Fortunately... neither will NOM! But we need your help and financial support today to ensure we reach our matching gift goal of $200,000 and can enter January in a position to take advantage of the opportunities we have to defend marriage in this pivotal new year. Please click here to make a generous donation today and join with the thousands of ordinary Americans willing to sacrifice to defend this most noble ideal and preserve future society for our children and grandchildren.



Quick Note

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Just a very quick note this morning to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to our $200,000 matching gift campaign.

In the first few days, we have raised over $10,000 online. Mail returns are coming in and will be added to the total shortly.

We're off to a strong start, but I know that so many friends and supporters reading this email have yet to join this campaign.

Won't you please consider clicking here to making a generous, end-of-the-year contribution to help NOM carry out its mission going in to this critical new year for marriage?

Anything you can give will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor, so whatever amount you do give will make a tremendous impact. Some can make a larger gift of $200, $500, $1,000 or more... while others can make a smaller gift of $25, $50, $100 or more. And some of you can sign up to be Sustaining Partners, helping NOM throughout the year as monthly contributors. Whatever your circumstances, we ask you to prayerfully consider a gift at this urgent time.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown