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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Now that the US Supreme Court has illegitimately redefined marriage, we are in a fierce struggle to protect people of faith from persecution and punishment.

Every few days, a new attack against religious freedom is exploding somewhere in our nation. Christian schools and people of faith — bakers, printers, florists, photographers, innkeepers and others in many walks of life — are being punished for standing firm in their beliefs that marriage is the union between of one man and one woman.

Lawsuits are being filed. Fines are being levied. And people who oppose same-sex marriage are closing their businesses rather than compromise their convictions.

What happened to the right of American people — who believe in the truth of marriage — to hold to those beliefs? How far things have gone in such a short time!

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Friend, these are terrible days for religious freedom. And the sad truth is that religious freedom is NOT free anymore. It's under attack on many fronts and people across America are now fighting for the very rights our country was founded to defend!

But please, do NOT give up! The National Organization for Marriage is 100% committed to fighting to protect the rights of people of faith across our nation.

But we can't do this alone! We need you and financial support. Will you consider a financial contribution to support our efforts? Any size gift will help defend marriage — a contribution of $20, $50, $100 or $500 or more will make an immediate impact.

NOM must raise $100,000 by August 15 so we can continue the battle to see the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) passed into law. As you can imagine, this is not a popular bill with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and even Obama among others — which is why we have our work cut out for us. After all, these officials — elected by the people to represent the people — seem to have forgotten that people of faith deserve the same protections under law as every other American citizen.

So we must rally support. We believe there are enough votes in both houses of Congress to pass this legislation, but political pressure could keep some of these men and women from voting their convictions, and the convictions of their constituents. We must remind them over and over again that the MAJORITY of Americans support the traditional definition of marriage.

We MUST NOT "sell out" people of faith simply because we did not try hard enough. That is why NOM is mounting a fierce education campaign about the need for the FADA bill and get it passed.

Will we succeed? We CAN, if you stand with us. Alone, we will be ignored — just a few voices battling the loud and aggressive actions of those who won't stop until holding any religious convictions in America is illegal.

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We need your support. NOW. TODAY. Don’t wait — the pressure grows daily and our rights as men and women of faith grow dimmer and dimmer. But we urgently need your financial help today to carry the fight forward. Please consider a generous contribution of $20, $50, $100 or $500 or more.

Will NOM let that happen? NEVER! As long as you stand with us, we will continue to fight.

Please, don't give up now. Everything you and I stand for is at stake. I believe this matters enough to you that you will show your determination to end this horrific discrimination by making a gift today.

I need you. America needs you. For the sake of every person of faith, please keep fighting with NOM today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


P.S. I started this urgent email by asking you if you were going to give up. Please answer me by saying "NO!" — and show that by making your best gift today. I will fight this battle until I have no more breath in my body, but I can't do it alone. I need you. NOM needs you. And yes, America needs you!


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Stop Legislation That Persecutes People of Faith



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Moving forward with a sweeping agenda they call "Beyond Marriage Equality" backers of redefining marriage have introduced new legislation, HR 3185, that would create special rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people and empower them to pursue legal action whenever they perceive an individual or businesses has "discriminated" based on "sexual orientation or gender identity."

Sponsored by the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign special interest group, HR 3185 is breathtaking in its scope. It would allow gay and lesbian activists to persecute Americans in virtually every area of society — in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit, and a dozen other areas of civil life. Wherever federal law prohibits racial discrimination, it would also prohibit "discrimination" based on "sexual orientation and gender identity."

The legislation puts in the crosshairs anyone who believes God created people male and female. It would declare that a traditional view of human sexuality is hateful and bigoted and treat Christians, Jews and other people of faith just as the law treats racists. HR 3185 specifically denies someone who has been targeted the ability to rely on the provisions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense against the complaint of discrimination.

Defend Those of Faith Today!

Americans across the land are witnessing the persecution of wedding professionals who are being forced by homosexual activists to participate in same-sex ceremonies even though doing so violates their deeply held religious beliefs concerning marriage. Bakers, photographers, florists, inn keepers and others have been persecuted, sued and fined simply because they do not wish to personally participate in a gay 'wedding.' HR 3185 will extend this persecution far beyond the wedding industry and will impact Americans in virtually every area of life.

Under HR 3185, all that a gay, lesbian or transgendered person needs to do is allege that an individual or business has somehow discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity and the full force of the federal government can be brought down on the person accused.

Just imagine how this proposed law would be used. Virtually any time a LGBT person feels they have been discriminated against they would be able to pursue a special legal claim using the force of the federal government as a powerful stick to punish people.

What lies "beyond marriage equality" is persecution. And that's what HR 3185 should be called — The Persecution of Americans Act.

Please act today to help us defeat HR 3185. Click here to send a message to your federal representatives asking them to vote against this dangerous proposal that will result in rampant persecution of Americans in virtually every area of civil life.

It is imperative that members of Congress hear immediately that the American people will not tolerate the creation of powerful special rights for one segment of society, and allow them to use the power of the federal government to persecute anyone who disagrees with them.

Please act today to stop HR 3185

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Please help us defeat HR 3185 by making a much-needed financial contribution. The backers of this outrageous legislation expect that NOM will not have the resources to mount an effective fight. Please prove them wrong with your gift of $5, $10, $25, $50 or $100 or more. Thank you.


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Help Us Protect People of Faith By Enacting the First Amendment Defense Act



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Now that the US Supreme Court has illegitimately redefined marriage, it's open season on Christians and other people of faith who continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Supporters of marriage across the country have been charged by governmental entities with "discrimination" and subsequently fined, shamed and punished. In Washington, the state Attorney General is suing a 70-year old grandmother simply because she didn't want to personally participate in arranging flowers for a gay 'wedding' because doing so violates her religious beliefs. He has threatened her with financial ruin unless she agrees to apologize, change her ways and pay a fine. Across the border in Oregon, the state has fined two Christian bakers $135,000 because they did not want to bake a cake celebrating a gay 'wedding' even though same-sex 'marriage' was illegal in Oregon at the time.

These are not isolated incidents. Photographers, inn keepers, printers and others have similarly been hit with charges of "discrimination," then hauled before governmental entities and hit with large fines and punishments.

As bad as these things are at the state level, the biggest potential for abuse lies with the federal government which can exercise phenomenal power to attempt to force marriage supporters to abandon their viewpoints or risk punitive measures. Nonprofit groups like NOM or charities representing religious groups could be stripped of their tax exemption. Religious schools could be denied accreditation. Adoption agencies could have their licenses revoked. Charitable and social welfare groups could be put out of business unless they change their polices and positions. The potential ways that the Obama Administration could punish supporters of marriage are virtually limitless.

That is why it is critical that Congress enact the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, HR 2802) which prohibits the federal government from taking any adverse action against any individual or organization for their support of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. For example, it would prohibit the government from going after a minister or church for refusing to officiate a same-sex 'wedding.'

Please help us enact this critical legislation by making a contribution of $15, $25, $35, $50, $75 or $100 or more.

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Public opinion polls show that the American public overwhelmingly agrees with us that nobody should be forced against their will to support same-sex 'marriage'. They agree that it is wrong for government to punish people simply for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

We have a limited amount of time to pass this important legislation before partisan politics results in gridlock in Washington. Fortunately, we have already made great progress in advancing the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).

The Senate version of FADA, S. 1598 authored by Utah Senator Mike Lee, has 36 Senate cosponsors. The House version, HR 2802 authored by Idaho Representative Raul Labrador, currently has 142 cosponsors. That means that over 40% of the entire Congress is officially supporting this critical legislation — an impressive accomplishment!

Despite this high degree of Congressional support, enactment of FADA will take a fierce fight. NOM must raise $100,000 immediately to mount a full court blitz to pass this legislation.

We are counting on your help!

Fortunately, several of our best supporters have recognized the importance of protecting people of faith and they have joined together to match your donation to NOM dollar for dollar up to $250,000. They realize that we must capitalize on the momentum we have built and ensure once and for all that nobody will be targeted by the federal government ever again simply because they support traditional marriage. That means there has never been a better time to support NOM. Not only will we put your donation immediately to use in defense of religious liberty by pushing for enactment of the First Amendment Defense Act, but every dollar you give will be doubled!

I'll make a quick donation of $15 which will be matched dollar for dollar.

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Back when the US Supreme Court issued a similarly illegitimate decision when they forced abortion on the nation in their infamous Roe v Wade ruling, at least the government did not attempt to force every American to support abortion or risk punishment. In fact, Congress enacted the Hyde Amendment which for decades protected those who oppose abortion by preventing taxpayer money to be used to fund abortions.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the illegitimate ruling redefining marriage. Today, powerful governmental officials are prepared to wield all the levers of government to force every American, charity and religious group to support same-sex 'marriage' or risk their livelihood.

The First Amendment Defense Act is the Hyde Amendment of the marriage issue. It will protect people of faith from being forced to be involved in supporting this illegitimate attempt by the Supreme Court to redefine marriage.

Please help us protect American families and the religious and charitable institutions they treasure by making a generous financial contribution to NOM today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Please don't forget that your contribution will be doubled as a result of a much-needed matching program offered by some of our best donors. Your gift of $25 will result in a $50 donation; your gift of $50 will mean that NOM receives $100, money that will immediately go to fighting for the religious liberty rights of individuals and groups who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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Urge Your Congressmen to Support FADA

A recent letter from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House, John Boehner, implores the Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) immediately. With the imposition of same-sex ‘marriage’ by the US Supreme Court, religious freedom has come under fire. The letter succinctly characterizes the need for this act:

ThinkstockPhotos-89614910The First Amendment Defense Act will help to ensure the protection of the core American value of religious freedom. The bill bars the federal government from taking “any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or as in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union between one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” Such adverse action includes federal government discrimination in such areas as programs, grants, contracts, and tax treatment against individuals and organizations that believe on religious grounds that marriage is between a man and a woman. The bill also provides crucial protection for our nation’s faith-based institutions.

Governmental discrimination on the basis of religious belief and practice about marriage will have devastating effect on people of faith, their institutions, and the communities they serve. Millions of law-abiding, faithful people are likely to be suddenly deemed bigots and social outcasts. Their institutions will be crippled and many may cease to exist. Most distressing, millions of people will lose the safety net and affirming services they depend on each and every day, from daycare to meals to job training to adoption.

Failure to pass FADA will result in the alienation of millions of Americans, and will render the United States fundamentally unjust. Urge your congressmen to support FADA and to support religious freedom.

Americans Haven't Gotten The Memo

In this week's newsletter:

  • National Surveys Show Decline in Support for Same-sex 'Marriage'
  • Is This Shift Being Caused By Arrogant Scolds?
  • It's Not Just Social Conservatives Who Object To Forcing Marriage Supporters To Bake The Gay Cake
  • And Speaking of Aaron and Melissa Klein...
  • Moving on...NOM's Chairman Outlines Potential Judicial Reforms To Senate Committee
  • New Legislation Would Authorize Persecution Of People Of Faith


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Evidence builds daily that the American people are rejecting the attempt of the US Supreme Court to redefine marriage. In big ways and small, they are showing their displeasure with an agenda that seeks to impose itself upon the public by force.

Examples:

National Surveys Show Decline in Support for Same-sex 'Marriage'

We reported last week about the phenomenal change in public opinion concerning the public's support for same-sex 'marriage' as documented by a national survey conducted by the Associated Press/Gfk. The AP/GfK survey found support for SSM down 6 points since April, and opposition up by 4 points — a combined 10 point swing in public opinion.

Two other national polls have been released, both showing a similar trend. Ipsos/Reuters found in its most recent survey that 51% of adults support same-sex 'marriage,' down 3 points since April.

And the latest Gallup poll showed support for same-sex 'marriage' at 58% with opposition at 40%. As we've pointed out previously, the support number is artificially high due to Gallup's use of the dubious practice of "priming" whereby they ask a leading question designed to elicit support for same-sex couples right before asking about gay 'marriage.' Still, the latest Gallup survey shows a 5 point shift in public opinion against SSM, with support down 2 points and opposition up 3 points. Typical of their bias in support of redefining marriage, Gallup describes this 5 point shift as "stable."

Is This Shift Being Caused By Arrogant Scolds?

That is the theory posited by David French in a provocative piece at National Review. He blames same-sex supporters — whom he includes in a group called "Social Justice Warriors" — for their over-the-top reaction on social media to the Supreme Court decision. Says French, "The Social Justice Warriors forgot that most Americans just don't like mean people. And in one two-week span of American life, millions of SJWs helpfully and unmistakably labeled themselves with their rainbow profile pictures, then proceeded to act like hectoring, condescending, arrogant scolds — loudly and publicly, day after day. They were mean. They mocked Christians, celebrated the plight of a Christian baker's family as it faced financial ruin for refusing to facilitate a gay wedding, and kept pointing at the Supreme Court and the White House as if they represented some sort of cosmic scoreboard — as if the only response for conservatives was to take their ball, slink away, and go home."

It's Not Just Social Conservatives Who Object To Forcing Marriage Supporters To Bake The Gay Cake

Jesse Bartholomew identifies himself as a gay wedding cake baker and he has some strong words for his fellow LGBT supporters who believe they can force someone to participate in same-sex weddings despite their religious objections. Referencing the ongoing attempt to punish Aaron and Melissa Klein, who are Christians, for refusing the bake a gay 'wedding' cake in violation of their Christina beliefs, Bartholomew produced a video condemning the LGBT community for demanding that those who disagree with SSM must still bake a cake for them. He says in the video, "I bake wedding cakes for a living. I cannot tell you how disgusted I am with my fellow gay and lesbian community that they would stoop so low as to force someone to bake a cake for them who simply doesn't agree with them...It's plain and simple. You are bullying someone. You are forcing someone. You are being a Nazi and forcing someone to bake a damn wedding cake for you when there are hundreds of other gays and lesbians that would gladly have your business. Shame on you."

The YouTube video has gone viral, with over 84,000 views.

And Speaking of Aaron and Melissa Klein...

I'm sure you are familiar with the case brought by the state of Oregon against the owners of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein. This Christian couple declined to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding (at a time when gay 'marriage' was illegal in Oregon) because doing so violated their deeply held religious beliefs about marriage. They were charged with discrimination by the state and fined $135,000. When supporters of marriage and religious liberty came to realize that the fine could bankrupt the Kleins, a fundraising program was started on the GoFundMe website that raised $109,000 to support the Kleins. Sadly, GoFundMe then caved in to pressure by gay activists and changed their rules to prohibit fundraising campaigns for people like the Kleins. (They agreed to let the Kleins keep the money already raised.) Outraged, another crowd sourcing site, ContinueToGive, stepped in and launched a new fundraising campaign. The other day it was announced that the fundraising campaign had raised $352,000 to help the Kleins — the most in the history of the website.

All told, nearly half a million dollars has been contributed to the Kleins by an estimated 10,000 donors as a show of support for their principled stand in defense of marriage. Wow...that is impressive!

These people are the silent majority, the folks whose opinions are finally impacting public opinion polls, the same people who helped make up the more than 50 million voters who passed state laws preserving traditional marriage in nearly three dozen state elections.

These are the people who apparently didn't get the memo from our supreme rulers that the fight to preserve marriage is supposedly over.

Moving on...NOM's Chairman Outlines Potential Judicial Reforms To Senate Committee

This week Sen. Ted Cruz, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts held a hearing to consider potential judicial reforms to restore accountability to the federal courts in light of the illegitimate decisions recently issued, especially their ruling redefining marriage. Cruz has sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment to institute judicial retention elections for federal judges, as are currently held in approximately twenty states for state judges. NOM's chairman, Professor John Eastman, was one of three constitutional scholars invited to present testimony to the committee and offer recommendations.

Dr. Eastman reviewed for the committee the history of our nation's founders' attempts to balance the need for an independent judiciary with the importance of having a procedure to hold them accountable for erroneous rulings. When the nation was founded, it was envisioned that the judiciary would be the weakest of all the branches of government, lacking the ability to enforce its decisions though force of will. However, the Supreme Court over the years has issued rulings that elected officials have simply accepted, the result of which has led to the phenomenon of "judicial supremacy" whereby the nation is expected to accept that the constitution is whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices say it is. However, such a situation was never intended by our nation's founders. They intended the constitution to be the supreme law of the land, not the Supreme Court.

As is outlined in the Federalist Papers, the impeachment process was designed by the founders as the mechanism to remove judges who were not acting within constitutional parameters. However, Professor Eastman explained that the impeachment process has been reinterpreted by the courts, and then parroted by legal scholars, away from a broad license to hold federal judges accountable to one that is reserved only for extreme judicial misconduct, usually involving criminal behavior.

Because the provision originally designed to hold judges accountable is no long practical, Dr. Eastman suggested that Congress consider new provisions to hold federal judges accountable, and outlined three potential solutions:

  1. Dr. Eastman supported Sen. Cruz' proposal for judicial retention elections, testifying that they rarely result in the removal of judges at the state level, but still serve an important barrier deterring judges from simply inventing new legal doctrines not contained in the constitution itself in order to implement their personal views, as the Supreme Court did in the Obergefell marriage case.
  2. Professor Eastman called on Congress to advance to the states for ratification an amendment to the constitution that would allow a majority of states to veto a particular ruling of the Supreme Court.
  3. He also proposed that Congress be able to void any given ruling with a supermajority vote.

You can watch Professor Eastman's testimony here. When the video loads, please scroll to the 58:30 mark.

New Legislation Would Authorize Persecution Of People Of Faith

Moving forward with a sweeping agenda they call "Beyond Marriage Equality" backers of redefining marriage have introduced new legislation, HR 3185, that would create special rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people and empower them to pursue legal action whenever they perceive an individual or businesses has "discriminated" based on "sexual orientation or gender identity."

Sponsored by the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign special interest group, HR 3185 is breathtaking in its scope. It would allow gay and lesbian activists to persecute Americans in virtually every area of society — in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit, and a dozen other areas of civil life. Wherever federal law prohibits racial discrimination, it would also prohibit "discrimination" based on "sexual orientation and gender identity."

The legislation puts in the crosshairs anyone who believes God created people male and female. It would declare that a traditional view of human sexuality is hateful and bigoted and treat Christians, Jews and other people of faith just as the law treats racists. HR 3185 specifically denies someone who has been targeted the ability to rely on the provisions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense against the complaint of discrimination.

Americans across the land are witnessing the persecution of wedding professionals who are being forced by homosexual activists to participate in same-sex ceremonies even though doing so violates their deeply held religious beliefs concerning marriage. Bakers, photographers, florists, inn keepers and others have been persecuted, sued and fined simply because they do not wish to personally participate in a gay 'wedding.' HR 3185 will extend this persecution far beyond the wedding industry and will impact Americans in virtually every area of life.

Under HR 3185, all that a gay, lesbian or transgendered person needs to do is allege that an individual or business has somehow discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity and the full force of the federal government can be brought down on the person accused.

Just imagine how this proposed law would be used. Virtually any time an LGBT person feels they have been discriminated against they would be able to pursue a special legal claim using the force of the federal government as a stick.

What lies "beyond marriage equality" is persecution. And that's what HR 3185 should be called — The Persecution of Americans Act.

Please act today to help us defeat HR 3185. Click here to send a message to your federal representatives asking them to vote against this dangerous proposal that will result in rampant persecution of Americans in virtually every area of civil life.

It is imperative that members of Congress hear immediately that the American people will not tolerate the creation of powerful special rights for one segment of society, and allow them to use the power of the federal government to persecute anyone who disagrees with them.

Please act today to stop HR 3185.

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Please Support NOM

I respectfully end this newsletter with a request that you prayerfully consider the importance of NOM's work to restore marriage and honor us with a gift that we can use to implement our five-point plan. Because several of our donors have been so impressed with our plan, they have offered to match any contribution you give, dollar for dollar. Given this, and the fact that the polls and other evidence all point to the American people rallying to our point of view, there has never been a more important time to contribute to NOM. I hope you will consider a gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more, which will be doubled thanks to the help of some generous donors.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

That Didn't Take Long

Dear Marriage Supporter,

When I issued my statement from the steps of the US Supreme Court reacting to the 5-4 court ruling redefining marriage, I said in the opening paragraph that the American people would reject the decision, and that the Supreme Court would not have the last word on this issue. Boy was I right!

A new national survey released a few days ago by the Associated Press/GfK found that support for same-sex 'marriage' has collapsed. Since the Supreme Court ruling, support for SSM has dropped by 6 points and opposition has increased by 4 points — a combined 10 point movement in public opinion. That is an astonishing degree of movement in such a short period of time!

The AP survey found that 42% of Americans support same-sex 'marriage' while 40% now oppose it. Statistically, that is a dead heat. Just this past April, supporters of SSM enjoyed a 12 point advantage, 48%-36%. Since the Supreme Court decision imposing gay 'marriage' in every state, we're now in a whole new ballgame.

I am so encouraged by the public reaction to the illegitimate decision of the Supreme Court because it means that NOM's five-point plan to contain and then reverse it has a real chance of capturing the support of the American people.

I am asking you today for your financial help to implement our plan and engage the American people who are finally waking up to what has happened. We need to raise $100,000 in the next three weeks to move our plan forward. Will you step up with an emergency donation of $10, $25, $50 $100, $250 or even $500 or more?

Brian, I'm in for $10.

Brian, I'm in for $25.

Brian, I'm in for $50.

Brian, I'm in for $100.

Brian, I'm in for $250.

Brian, I'm in for $500 or more.

There's even more good news in this incredibly important survey from the Associated Press. First, a plurality of the American people tell the pollsters that they are opposed to the US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that imposed SSM on the nation. Only 39% of Americans support the decision, while 41% are opposed to it.

By overwhelming majorities, the people of our land believe that no business should be forced to participate in a same-sex 'marriage' ceremony against their will. 59% of Americans say that wedding-related businesses should be able to refuse service if it violates their religious beliefs.

And there is even more — 56% of Americans say that the government should act to protect religious liberty rights of traditional marriage believers, while only 39% of Americans believe the government should protect the rights of gays and lesbians when there is a conflict with someone who supports traditional marriage.

Wow! Talk about a sea-change in public opinion.

We couldn't ask for a better situation to contain and eventually reverse the decision of the Supreme Court. You see, our top two priorities are electing a pro-marriage champion as president, and passing the First Amendment Defense Act that will protect supporters of marriage against discrimination by the federal government.

It's clear that the American people will be with us if we are able to implement our plan.

I hope you will recall that some of our top supporters have agreed to match every dollar you give to support our plan, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $250,000. This generous match, combined with the incredibly encouraging results of the Associated Press survey, means there has never been a more advantageous moment for you to make a sacrificial gift to NOM. Every dollar you give will mean two dollars to support implementation of our national plan.

I will give $10 so that NOM receives $20 to pursue the plan.

I will give $25 so that NOM receives $50 to pursue the plan.

I will give $50 so that NOM receives $100 to pursue the plan.

I will give $100 so that NOM receives $200 to pursue the plan.

I will give $250 so that NOM receives $500 to pursue the plan.

I will give $500 or more so that NOM receives $1,000 or more to pursue the plan.

As you know, when I first heard what the Supreme Court had done, I was incredibly sad at the news. Then when I read their decision, I became mad because I saw clearly that the Court simply made up a fictitious right to same-sex 'marriage' because they think they know what's best for the country. Over the ensuing few weeks since the decision was issued, I have developed a deep resolve to fight back against this gross miscarriage of justice.

But today I have something accompanying that feeling of resolve — I have real hope that we can prevail. The winds of change are blowing, and they are blowing in our direction. Now is the time to act! Please make your most generous contribution today, so that we can take advantage of this incredible shift in public opinion, and move our plan forward.

Be encouraged today — by working together we are going to prevail!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Please don't miss this chance to have your contribution to NOM matched dollar for dollar by some of our best supporters. With the momentum we have coming off the Associated Press survey, now is the best time possible to push forward with our plan. Your support is critical, and we are counting on you.

The Pendulum Is Moving

David French writes at National Review that three national polls show Americans rejecting the ruling of the US Supreme Court that purported to redefine marriage, and that support for same-sex ‘marriage’ is dropping. He attributes this in part to the behavior of same-sex ‘marriage’ supporters – “social justice warriors”– whom he says in the wake of the Supreme Court decision “proceeded to act like hectoring, condescending, arrogant scolds — loudly and publicly, day after day.” As published in National Review:

ThinkstockPhotos-186354183The Social Justice Warriors forgot that most Americans just don’t like mean people. And in one two-week span of American life, millions of SJWs helpfully and unmistakably labeled themselves with their rainbow profile pictures, then proceeded to act like hectoring, condescending, arrogant scolds — loudly and publicly, day after day. They were mean. They mocked Christians, celebrated the plight of a Christian baker’s family as it faced financial ruin for refusing to facilitate a gay wedding, and kept pointing at the Supreme Court and the White House as if they represented some sort of cosmic scoreboard — as if the only response for conservatives was to take their ball, slink away, and go home.

. . .

A generation ago, the social-justice Left tried its best to silence the pro-life movement — to treat the very utterance of pro-life sentiment as an affront against women. They failed, utterly. Pro-life speech is still of course constitutionally protected, and the pro-life movement is arguably stronger than it’s ever been. Indeed, it’s just received an incalculable boost through videos that show Planned Parenthood being Planned Parenthood. Unable to learn, the social-justice Left is going back to the old, failed playbook of the 1990s — trying its best to silence cultural conservatives on marriage – and in so doing they are once again showing their totalitarian colors. Once again, they’re being mean. Americans don’t like mean.

The mere act of engaging the Social Justice Warriors is a win. Your words have the chance to persuade, and their overreaction has a chance to repel. So speak merrily, conservative friends, and reap the benefits of liberal rage.

When honest people see the anti-marriage agenda exposed for its foulness, they will flock even faster to the side of truth. As the polls indicate, this is already happening. Clearly, the fight is not over; we must continue to stand and fight for the truth about marriage: the union of one man and one woman.

Please see National Review for the full article.

White House Witness: Protect Every Child's Right to a Mom and Dad

Join the National Organization for Marriage as we gather in front of the White House to pray the Rosary on August 15th from 10am-12pm. The purpose of this event is to give witness to the nation the glory of God's plan for marriage through prayer, fasting & sacrifice.

Our goal is to have at least 500 men (and women) gathered in front of the White House to show our support for the belief that every child has the right to a mother and a father.

Please see White House Witness for more details. We hope you can make it!

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

Let's Fight for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Millions of people across our great country, people just like you and me, have voted to protect marriage as a union between one man and one woman. You are not alone in your belief! Despite the Supreme Court's recent blow to traditional marriage, it is not time to give up.  Instead, we must massively expand our efforts to restore marriage in America as the union between one man and one woman.

We must take action! We must fight back! We must press on! It's not just about marriage — it's also about protecting the rights of people of faith, houses of worship and religious institutions — the very foundation of our nation. There is so much more at stake.

As a defender of marriage we cannot remain silent! Can you take an important step RIGHT NOW and make a gift to the National Organization for Marriage? We need your immediate support so we can continue this critical fight. We must raise $500,000 in the next 60 days — an amount that is reachable if everyone, including you, gives his or her best gift right now to help us restore marriage in America.

To make this goal achievable a few generous donors felt so motivated by our five-point plan to restore marriage that they committed to match every donation over the next 30 days up to a total of $250,000. That means if we raise $250,000 during the next 30 days these generous donors will double the amount — making it $500,000!

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During Supreme Court testimony Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the lead attorney for the Obama administration, conceded that redefining marriage would "be an issue" for religious organizationsopening the door to removing tax-exemption from organizations that refused to sacrifice their beliefs because of the Court's ruling. This led to one pro-marriage attorney calling the ruling an "absolute head-on collision ... with religious liberty."

We must turn our anger and disappointment into ACTION.... This is why we launched the National Organization for Marriage's Five Point Plan to Restore Marriage:

  1. Elect a pro-marriage President of the United States in 2016.
  2. Hold the Republican Party and its representatives accountable to the American people when it comes to marriage.
  3. Ensure Congress and state Legislatures move swiftly to pass the First Amendment Defense Act to prevent any government agency from discriminating against people or institutions that believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
  4. Build and strengthen a grassroots movement that is pro-marriage.
  5. Support actions to amend the Constitution to repeal this illegitimate decision by a bare majority of justices.

Yes, these are ambitious goals. But it is also very urgent! We cannot give up — the stakes are too high.

Your donation today of $50, $100, $250 — or whatever amount is right for you to invest in this battle — will immediately go toward advancing this Five Point Plan, including advocating for the First Amendment Defense Act to every Senator and Representative in Washington D.C.  And don't forget that your gift doubles in value thanks to this generous matching grant by commitment of these heroic marriage donors.

Fight for Marriage — Make an Immediate Contribution

Many in our government are prepared to shred the written guarantee contained in our constitution that we can live our lives consistent with our religious convictions in order to promote a "right" to same-sex ‘marriage' which does not appear in the constitution and in fact was simply invented by the Supreme Court's majority.

Here's what a leading conservative said about the Supreme Court decision: "The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the redefinition of marriage seals the end of America as the Founders envisioned it.... What has replaced Judaism, Christianity, Judeo-Christian values and the Bible? The answer is: feelings."

I WILL NOT stand by while the feelings of some people destroy the roots of America. I am sure you feel the same way.

Will you fight on with me and other supporters of marriage?

Your donation today is a clear statement that you aren't accepting this new America that has been thrust upon us.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, or whatever amount you can give will be matched by generous donors — and will help keep the momentum moving forward toward passage of the First Amendment Defense Act and support our Five-Point Plan to Restore Marriage.

Please! It's NOT too late and it's NOT time to panic. It is time to take action and fight on together!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


P.S. My pledge to you — I will keep fighting with every ounce of strength I have — I promise. But I need you. We cannot win this battle alone. Are you will to fight for marriage? Please say, "Yes!" and send your gift today. Don't forget your gift will be matched, up to $250,000, by generous donors that are very excited about NOM's Five Point Plan to restore marriage.

Groups Urge Alabama Supreme Court to Stand Strong for Marriage

The Constitution is the highest law in the land, not the Supreme Court. When the courts err by issuing an illegitimate decision that lacks constitutional basis, local and state governments are not required to broadly apply them. For this reason, two additional groups are calling for the Alabama Supreme Court to resist the United States Supreme Court’s illegitimate ruling declaring traditional marriage laws to be unconstitutional and purportedly ordering every state to issue ‘marriage’ licenses to same-sex couples.

The groups compare disregarding the ruling to the way that the Wisconsin Supreme court disregarded the mandates of the Fugitive Slave Act and the infamous Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court. President Lincoln also refused to abide by that decision. These new filings are in addition to a filing by Liberty Counsel which similarly urged the state high court to ignore the Obergefell ruling. SFGATE reports on the situation:

ThinkstockPhotos-467245683The Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program did not recommend what the court should do to resist the gay marriage decision.

At a minimum, the groups urged the Alabama justices to try to protect probate judges and their employees who don't want to issue the licenses on religious grounds.

"To require those individuals to participate in the solemnization and celebration of same-sex marriage is repugnant and antithetical to their religious convictions and conscience,” lawyers wrote.

Obergefell violates the First Amendment by forcing officials to act against their consciences. It is an illicit attack on the American way of life and it must be overturned.

Redefining Marriage Puts All Children at Risk

Our culture has become one focused on satisfying adult desires, no matter the cost. The recent Planned Parenthood scandal reinforces this fact, but its existence is not the cause. Of course, selling baby body parts is disgusting and an egregious offense against humanity, but it can only exist if people want it to exist. And we, as a culture, do.

ThinkstockPhotos-79072286American culture has left chastity by the wayside, thus endangering the lives of the unborn. This first surfaced in the divorce culture, then in the acceptance of abortion, and now in the legalization of same-sex marriage. Ryan T. Anderson explains this progression:

Adults must have what they want, including children. If those children cannot be conceived through a natural act of love, they must be manufactured. Far more children will be destroyed than will be born, of course, but we have decided that adult desires come first.

Giving people the right to get what they want, even a baby, sounds like an expansion of freedom. But it’s not. Activities that were once prohibited are now acceptable, protected, and even privileged. The Supreme Court ensured the legalization of contraception and abortion, for example. And now the government mandates that other people promote them. Obamacare requires employers to provide free contraception and abortifacients, and the State of California and the District of Columbia are attempting to require insurance coverage of elective surgical abortion.

ThinkstockPhotos-100614973Children should be conceived within a relationship that will provide them with the love and care of the man and woman who gave them life. The unborn child has a right to life, yes, but also deserves a mother and father, and where possible the mother and father who brought the child into being. Because of human frailty, it isn’t always possible for a child to be raised in his natural family, but that should be the ideal to which our policy aspires. And we should never intentionally deprive a child of such an upbringing. And yet redefining marriage does precisely that. That’s another reason why Justice Kennedy got the case so wrong.

The only way to ensure the safety of our children is to give them a family--a mother and a father, to love and care for them.

To read Ryan Anderson’s full article, please visit Town Hall.

NOM President Brian Brown Speaks at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, recently joined Republican presidential candidates and conservative luminaries in addressing the 2,500 activists who attended the FAMiLY LEADER’s Family Leadership Summit, which NOM was proud to co-sponsor. In his interview, Brown discussed the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, and counseled conservatives on what to do next.

Brian-Brown (1)Speaking out against the current judicial tyranny ruling America, Brown outlined four key points of action for conservatives in the wake of the Supreme Court’s unjust decision:

1. We must affirm that marriage is the lifelong bond between one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation.

2. We must reject the Supreme Court’s decision vehemently in the public square. Pastors must speak out against gay marriage, average people must discuss traditional marriage at the workplace, and lawmakers must fight to repeal the Court’s decision.

3. We must overturn this decision. This point is a particularly daunting task. In the upcoming election we need to elect a president who will champion the cause for the family, and work to overturn this decision within the next election cycle.

4. Until we overturn Obergefell, we must contain the effects of the decision. There are a number of ways to contain the effects of the ruling, including FADA, a bill that guarantees first amendment rights.

Brown ended on an optimistic note, saying never to give up hope; all things are possible with God. He then said that we should be glad that we are to be persecuted—for we have an extraordinary opportunity to stand up for truth.

Watch Brian Brown’s full video interview below:

FLS15-Brown from The Family Leadership Summit on Vimeo.

After Obergefell, Support for Same-sex "Marriage" Drops

As a recent AP-GFK polls shows, 41% of Americans now disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, while only 39% support the decision. As Brietbart reports, when it comes to same-sex marriage conflicting with religious liberty, the numbers are of an even greater difference:

The AP poll reveals that 42% of Americans favor legal gay marriage, while a similar poll carried out last April showed 48% in favor. Moreover, in conflicts between the interests of same-sex couples and those of religious liberty, a majority of Americans (56%) believe that government should rule in favor of religious freedom.

ThinkstockPhotos-521108245The issue of religious freedom seems to be the deciding factor in this turn in opinion. Americans do not like to see their fellow citizens mistreated and harassed by the government for committing no wrong save the crime of having moral convictions. In the past months, wedding related businesses and judges have suffered for holding to their belief in traditional marriage, causing outrage across the country. The AP’s report reflects this fact:

Specifically, more Americans believe that local officials with religious objections should be exempted from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 49% siding with the exemption and 47% saying they should be obliged to comply with the law. Moreover, an increasing number of U.S. citizens believe that wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples. Whereas in April 52% thought they should be accorded this option, the number was up to 59% in the recent poll.

“What the Supreme Court did is jeopardize our religious freedoms,” said Michael Boehm, 61, an industrial controls engineer from the Detroit area who describes himself as a conservative-leaning independent.

“You’re going to see a conflict between civil law and people who want to live their lives according to their faiths,” Boehm said.

The poll was conducted in the aftermath of the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision, in which the Supreme Court erasing state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively making same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Americans will not let the forces of injustice trample upon them. We must never compromise our core beliefs. We must always stand up for truth. The Obergefell decision attacks among other things, the institution of the family, marriage, and religious freedom; the Obergefell decision will not stand.

See Breitbart for more.

A Busy Week for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This week resulted in a number of important and positive developments in our effort to restore marriage to the law, reinvigorate a thriving marriage culture, and set the stage for reversing the illegitimate decision of the US Supreme Court when they ruled to redefine marriage in Obergefell v Hodges.

NOM Co-Sponsors Iowa Family Leadership Issues Forum

I just returned from Ames, Iowa, where NOM co-sponsored the Iowa Family Leadership Summit this past weekend. This was a major event that brought together more than 2,500 top activists in the state to hear from many prominent national figures about issues impacting families. The format of the event involved a featured speaker being interviewed by a prominent media personality. I was interviewed on stage for 20 minutes by national radio talk show host Steve Deace.

Judging from the crowd reaction, which loudly cheered my every denunciation of the illegitimate Supreme Court decision purporting to redefine marriage, these activists strongly agree that the Supreme Court decision must be reversed.

Joining me as speakers were Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rick Santorum, Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Bobby Jindal, and businessman Donald Trump, among others.

Time and again, when the candidates spoke out against the Supreme Court decision they received loud applause and many even got a standing ovation. Some examples of comments, from reporting by the Des Moines Register:

Former Senator Rick Santorum pledged that he would make saving marriage his top priority as president, saying it is vital the future of the United States and its economy, "Instead of spending our bully pulpit time on global warming, we will spend it on trying to nurture children and raising healthy and happy families."

Governor Mike Huckabee said that one of three things happened regarding President Obama's "evolution" on same-sex 'marriage.' "Obama wasn't being truthful in 2008 about his stance, he's not being truthful now, or the Bible got rewritten and 'he's the only one who got the new version.'"

Governor Rick Perry decried the Supreme Court decision on marriage and pledged he would only appoint solid conservative justices to the Supreme Court. "I don't think we can take any chance of having individuals put on our Supreme Court without them having a clear understanding of their constitutional roles as justices...It is not for them to legislate. It is for them to be a judge."

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called on the next president to issue an executive order similar to one he issued in Louisiana protecting people and businesses from retaliation because of their pro-marriage beliefs. "The government should not be able to fire me, take away my tax status or discriminate against me for being a Christian."

The Family Leadership Summit provided a very significant opportunity to continue to keep marriage before the country and ensure that it remains a prominent factor in public discourse. The US Supreme Court decision purporting to redefine marriage was not only wrong, it was utterly without constitutional authority and thus is illegitimate.

Being able to engage with the more than 2,500 pro-family activists in Iowa was a great opportunity and these activists made it clear that restoring marriage will be a defining issue of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Here is a link to my interview at the Summit.

Major New Nationwide Poll Shows That Americans Turning Against Same-Sex Marriage; Reject Supreme Court Decision

A new national survey conducted by the Associated Press/GfK found that support for same-sex marriage has dropped to only 34%, down six points since April, while opposition is up four points to 34%.

In addition, only 39% of Americans support the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, while 41% oppose it.

Americans roundly reject the notion advanced by many gay activists that now that the Supreme Court has ruled to redefine marriage, everyone should be compelled to go along with it. The AP/GfK survey found 59% of Americans believe that wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples. Only 39% believe that businesses should be forced to provide wedding services to same-sex couples despite religious objections — an incredible twenty point difference.

Moreover, when conflicts arise, 56% of Americans believe the government should act to protect religious liberty rights, and only 39% of Americans believe the government should protect the rights of gays and lesbians.

This is the latest national survey to show that the US Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation is causing a collapse of support for redefining marriage. We believe that this trend in public opinion will continue as more and more Americans learn about the many negative consequences that are emerging.

Support for First Amendment Defense Act Grows — Please Attend A Congressional Town Hall To Express your Support

Thanks to many people who have reached out to their federal representatives, support for the First Amendment Defense Act has grown significantly. The House version of the legislation, HR 2802 authored by Rep. Raul Labrador, now has 130 co-sponsors. The Senate version, S. 1598, authored by Sen. Mike Lee, has 36 co-authors. This means that nearly a third of all Members of Congress have put their names behind this legislation — an impressive showing in just a few weeks since its introduction. We expect support to continue to grow.

Congress will be in recess during the month of August and many Representatives and Senators will be conducting town hall forums back home. Please check with your Representative and Senators to see if a town hall is planned, and then attend and ask them to support the First Amendment Defense Act. And don't forget to email me a summary of what your representatives tell you about their position on the legislation.

Reactions to Supreme Court Decision By Bush and Rubio Were Seriously Disappointing

While most of the field of GOP presidential candidates spoke out forcefully and consistently in opposition to the US Supreme Court opinion, two of the candidates — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — were disappointingly weak. In an article I wrote for Fox News, I called them on the carpet, noting that conservatives expect their leaders, especially candidates seeking the presidency, to speak out on important issues such as marriage. Sadly, the weak reaction from Bush and Rubio shows they are not ready to fight for the principles conservatives expect and demand of their candidates.

While both Bush and Rubio said they opposed the Court decision, neither could find the courage to expound on their views beyond saying they would appoint better judges to the Supreme Court. The Washington Post called this approach a laissez faire attitude.

When people of faith in this country believe their essential rights to speak about their Biblical views will soon be taken away, the nonchalant attitude of two leading Republican presidential contenders gives cause for serious alarm.

The National Organization for Marriage intends to support a presidential candidate who will be a champion — someone who will aggressively lead the nation on a quest to reverse the illegitimate Court ruling, not someone who shrugs his shoulders and is ready to move on to the next issue.

Truth Overruled: New Book Shreds Supreme Court Ruling

An outstanding new book has been written by NOM friend and ally Ryan Anderson, a scholar with The Heritage Foundation and recipient of NOM's prestigious 2014 "Public Square Leadership Award." Ryan Anderson's book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom is a tour de force, setting forth the key reasons why the Supreme Court ruling purporting to redefine marriage was wrong, and laying out many of the consequences that will flow from this illegitimate ruling that has no legal basis in our nation's constitution. The Kindle version of the book is available now, while the printed version will be shipped in August. We urge you to order the book and after you've read it, post a review. Despite a vicious attempt by same-sex marriage Internet trolls who obviously have not read the book, the book is being favorably received by the public and will make a very significant contribution in explaining how wrong the US Supreme Court decision was.

Zombie Judges

The justices who voted to redefine marriage continue to come in for withering criticism for their decision and its utter lack of support in the constitution itself. A recent article penned by prominent legal scholar and commentator Ed Whelan said that "If five U.S. Supreme Court justices can concoct a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage, what else might they impose? Just about anything on the Left's agenda." Whelan noted that Anthony Kennedy and the liberals have taken to simply making up things as part of their belief in a "living constitution" that allows them to shape the country to suit their own values. He noted that another critic compared the idea of a "living constitution" to a "zombie constitution," and Whelan went on to suggest that Kennedy and those who joined his opinion were "zombie judges." The article can be found here.

Please Support NOM

As you can see, NOM is very hard at work implementing our five-point plan to restore marriage and protect marriage supporters until we can reverse the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court. We are closely engaging the presidential candidates, working to advance legislation to protect marriage supporters, churches and others from discrimination by government, participating in major forums to promote marriage and organizing at the grassroots level to advance the cause of marriage. We have been very pleased by the response we've received to our efforts. Still, we need to raise over $100,000 to continue our work over the next few weeks. We don't have Hollywood moguls and corporate billionaires funding our work; instead, we rely on support from individuals like you. Please consider making a contribution to NOM at this critical time so that we may continue to fight for you, for the majority of the American people, and for the eternal truth of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian Brown: America Needs a Leader Who Will Protect the Family

In the coming election, America needs a candidate willing to stand up for truth. The DNC has failed America in this respect; the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage under the Obama administration has incontrovertibly proved that.

When we turn to the GOP though, we are met with an alarming lack of leadership on social issues. Two top presidential candidates, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have both remained relatively silent on the marriage decision. Brian Brown, The National Organization for Marriage’s president, reflects:

ThinkstockPhotos-532747033The battle against abortion and same-sex marriage has turned into an all out war for the soul of the country, between those who believe in religious liberty and those who want to trample it.

With this Supreme Court decision, many in the movement, including pastors and priests, believe they will be forced to risk their personal freedom with persecution, possible jail time, or even martyrdom.

The 2016 presidential campaign will be long and difficult. This decision by two of the top-tier candidates to duck one of the most controversial and important issues of our time shows they are not ready to fight for the principles conservatives expect and demand of their candidates.

In the 2016 presidential election, the National Organization for Marriage will only support a leader, someone who will fight for marriage, in spite of a court’s decision.

See Fox News for Brian Brown’s full analysis.