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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 March for Marriage!

"This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it." - G.K. Chesterton

2015 March for Marriage

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Noon ET

Where: Union Square, South of Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC

 

Who: Marriage defenders, champions, and leaders from across the nation join together to defend marriage, family, and American liberties!

Why: To defend marriage as the unique union between 1 man and 1 woman; to protect the family as the building block of society; to ensure that our children will have a future where basic American rights and liberties are honored, preserved, and protected.

Stayed tuned for more information to come!

Only A Few Days



Friends — We've made good progress over the weekend toward our $40,000 goal (raising over $19,000 so far) but we still have a LONG way to go and only a FEW DAYS to get there!

There are thousands of people coming to Washington to stand up for the truth of marriage... but there are thousands more who wish to come, but lack resources for transportation — many of whom are from urban, minority Churches and communities.

Nobody should be denied the opportunity to march for marriage due to finances.

We must make a major push these final days to spread the word far and wide about this campaign to fund buses to bring thousands of marriage supporters to Washington DC this Saturday for the March for Marriage.

Please donate now if you haven't done so already — or make an additional donation if God has blessed you with the means.

Then reach out to everyone you can... forwarding this email to friends and family... posting the campaign link on Facebook and Twitter.

We must spread the word, asking everyone we know to join you in supporting this worthy cause.

God bless you for everything you do in defense of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


The 2015 March for Marriage



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I just got a bit of good news that I wanted to share with you.

I just received a phone call from a lovely couple in Altoona, Pennsylvania, who have chartered a bus and gathered 30 of their friends to come to the March for Marriage next weekend! Isn't that wonderful?

In the midst of all the struggles and hardships that come with this job, it seems like God always sends me blessings like this when I most need them — and for that I am grateful.

It simply reminds me that there are countless marriage heroes all across our great nation willing to make heroic sacrifices to stand up in defense of God's truth about marriage.

Speakers and Special Guests

I am pleased to announce the following people as speakers and honored guests at this year's March:

Running Out Of Time

As I mentioned yesterday, we are running out of time to secure funding for the buses we have reserved.

We have received so many requests for assistance with funding buses to bring marriage supporters to Washington, DC for the March — the majority of which come from Churches in less affluent areas.

While the outpouring of support in the past few days has been absolutely remarkable — thank you! — we still have a tremendous need for funding to ensure that everyone who wants to come to the March to make their voice heard in defense of marriage is able to do so!

We need to raise $20,000 over the weekend to stay on track and I am praying that you will make an immediate contribution in support of the March to help us fund buses.

I'll make a quick donation of $35.00

I'll make a quick donation of $50.00

I'll make a quick donation of $100.00

I'll make a quick donation of $250.00

I'll make a quick donation of $500.00

I'll make a larger donation...

Thank you so much for all you do in defense of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Defending the Sanctity of Marriage

In a guest editorial piece in the Auburn Villager, Auburn residentDennis Shannon explains the logical reasoning that compels him to oppose sanctioning same-sex “marriage”:

Opposition to same sex marriage is about protecting the rights of children to a father and a mother. The primary reason that the state has a vested interest in marriage, as I understand it, is that marriage is the social institution that provides the best environment to nourish, protect, socialize and educate children. Social scientists indicate that children who are raised by a father and mother that are married to each other have the best chance of success in life. This is not to impugn single parents who do their best for their children.

ThinkstockPhotos-57442653 (1)I oppose same sex marriage because I am for the First Amendment of the Constitution, which gives me the right to practice my faith without interference from the state. Anywhere same sex marriage is the law of the land, the first amendment right to freedom of religion becomes null and void. The perceived rights of homosexuals always seem to trump the rights of people of faith to carry out their lives in accordance with their beliefs. Parents lose their rights to the moral education of their children, bakers must participate in same sex marriage by baking cakes for the “marriage” or be forced out of business (which recently happened in Washington State), professional photographers must film a ceremony that they do not approve of or face severe fines … it goes on and on. Religious speech is being restricted in the military and officers have been punished for not endorsing homosexuality. In Canada and in Europe, pastors have been threatened with jail for “hate speech” for preaching on the Biblical view of sexuality and marriage. That can happen here as well if things continue on their current trend.

Many of the forefathers of this nation – Puritans, Quakers, Baptists, Congregationalists, Catholics, Mennonites and Jews - came to this nation to escape persecution in Europe so that they could practice their faith as they saw fit. If the Supreme Court makes same sex marriage the law of the land, we will have lost much of the freedom for which this country was founded.

Although there are many things that could be improved in Alabama, I was never more proud of my adopted state than when we voted to protect the welfare of children, parental rights and our religious liberties by voting for the Sanctity of Marriage law.

You can read his full Auburn Villager editorial here. Bravo to Mr. Shannon for speaking out in defense of marriage as between a man and a woman. Our founding fathers would applaud you!

Hollywood Is Pushing a Pro-SSM Agenda, But Where Will it Stop?

We have often seen same-sex marriage activists trying to force their pro-SSM agenda onto as many people as possible through business, education, the courts, and the media, but a recent GLAAD report shows some more unsettling results.

The report indicates that the number of films and TV shows featuring LGBT characters (and often, same-sex marriage) has risen to an all time high, over-representing true statistics by nearly 500%. But what is even more concerning is that GLAAD says this is still not enough: they want even more leading roles for LGBT characters, more racial diversity, and voiced discontent with the occasional “less-than-positive portrayals of the homosexual lifestyle by some filmmakers.”

The article also explains, in part, how GLAAD “measured” their data:

200274063-001To produce its 2015 “Studio Responsibility Index,” homosexual advocacy group GLAAD analyzed the film releases of seven major film studios and their affiliates and found that out of 161 movies released in 2014, 25 featured characters with non-traditional sexual preferences such as homosexuality or bisexuality – a total of 15.5 percent. The major film studios were more likely to feature gay characters – nearly 18 percent of their films did so, compared to just 11 percent of those released by their smaller, “indie”-style affiliates.

Considering a recent Gallup poll found that only 3.4 percent of the U.S. population identifies as homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, the number of films featuring homosexual characters would seem to be inordinately large.

GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis announced that studios should "continue increasing the number and profile of positive portrayals of homosexuals at American cinemas in order to change the 'hearts and minds'" of those who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife.

“Only when they make those changes and catch up to other, more consistently inclusive media portrayals will we be able to say that America’s film industry is a full partner in accelerating acceptance,” Ellis said.

“Studies have repeatedly shown that in absence of someone knowing an LGBT person in real life, programs and films with LGBT characters can help foster understanding and acceptance,” Ellis continued.

Understanding and acceptance are noble goals indeed, but is this really Ellis' goal? Advocacy groups like GLAAD have a history of utilizing mass outlets like Hollywood and the film industry for the sole purpose of forcing their beliefs on everyone, and then attacking those who don't conform.

No big screen film can ever change a fundamental truth: that family begins with marriage between one man and one woman, and children deserve both their mother and father.

Pope Francis Speaks Out Against Gender Theory

Pope Francis, who is renowned for his humility and compassion for all, has recently spoken out again in defense of sexual complementarity within the family. The Pope had strong words for advocates of gender theory, radical feminism, as well as any attempts to deny the crucial and beautiful differences between males and females:

POTD_Pope-baby_2521172c...Man and woman are the image and likeness of God. This tells us that not only is man taken in himself the image of God, not only is woman taken in herself the image of God, but also man and woman, as a couple, are the image of God. The difference between man and woman is not for opposition, or for subordination, but for communion and procreation, always in the image and likeness of God.

Experience teaches us: to know himself well and to grow harmoniously, the human being needs reciprocity between man and woman. When this does not happen, we see the consequences. We are made to listen to and help one another. We can say that without reciprocal enrichment in this relationship — in thought and in action, in affections and in work, also in faith – the two cannot understand in depth what it means to be man and woman.

Modern and contemporary culture has opened new opportunities, new freedoms and new depths for the enrichment of the understanding of this difference. But it has also introduced many doubts and much skepticism. For instance, I wonder if the so-called gender theory is not also an expression of a frustration and resignation, which aims to eliminate the sexual difference because it no longer knows how to face it. Yes, we risk taking a step backward. The removal of the difference, in fact, is the problem, not the solution.

Aleteia has made the full text of the Pope’s catechesis available here.

VICTORY! Angie's List CEO Resigns

Less than a month after we launched our Dump Angie initiative, 2,290 former Angie's List members have canceled their accounts following the company's attack on the rights of Christians and other faiths, and an additional 4,938 have written the company with their disapproval, saying they would not be using Angie's List in the future. Thank you to all who have made the Dump Angie pledge!

In addition to thousands of marriage supporters taking action, now a second victory has emerged from our Dump Angie petition: Bill Oesterie has “surprised” everyone by voluntarily stepping down from his position as CEO of the company. Having co-founded the subscription service in 1995, Oesterie is leaving at one of the company’s rockiest times, due to its decision to withhold business from Indiana after the state passed a bill protecting the religious freedom rights of its citizens.

What Oesterie quickly learned was that discrimination against Christians is still, in fact, discrimination, and that does not sit well with the American people. However it seems that Oesterie does not want to publicly let on that the reaction to his stance against religious freedom influenced this latest decision:

ThinkstockPhotos-78052032 (1)Oesterle's public reasons for leaving the company are to "re-enter politics" -- although the last several weeks would suggest he never left them. Feeling the pain of a boycott, the pinch of another downward year (the Indianapolis Star says the business "relies heavily on investor money to stay afloat"), and a public decision to put his company at odds with the First Amendment almost certainly contributed to the sudden departure. Still, Oesterle says, his goal is to reverse the "shellacking" Indiana took in the RFRA debate.

"I can maybe do some things to help resolve some of the state's issues." His position as CEO, he explained, is "incompatible" with his political involvement -- a view that was no doubt reinforced courtesy of former subscribers. Even when Governor Mike Pence (R-Ind.) watered down the language protecting the freedom of belief, Oesterle complained that he didn't go far enough. "I abhor discrimination, I just do. I certainly support religious freedom... right up to the point that [it] discriminates against somebody else and actively does so." Like so many faux religious liberty supporters, he wants to protect everyone of discrimination but the true victims: men and women of faith.

Whether Oesterie or the media will admit it, it was the men and women who believe in their religious freedom rights who showed Oesterie the real effects of attacking the first amendment. Oesterie is one of many who have learned the hard way that marriage defenders are not submissive: they are refusing to compromise on something as important as marriage and family.

This is a great victory for religious freedom, and there are many more to come!

Afraid



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Fear can be a tremendous motivator and I have to admit it has me very motivated.

I am tremendously concerned right now that we will not raise the money we need to pay for the buses we have reserved to bring thousands of marriage supporters — willing to take time out of their weekend to stand up in defense of marriage — to the 2015 March for Marriage.

So I'm extremely motivated to make a serious ask of you... because if we can't raise the money we need very soon, I will have to call up the bus companies and cancel many of the buses we have reserved.

And that would be a tragedy. I don't want to do it... I don't want to have to tell people who want to fight for marriage that they can't because they lack the financial means to attend... but I'm going to have to do it if we can't raise the money we need.

It costs on average $2,000 to subsidize a bus. Each bus will bring over 50 people to the March. We still need to raise a lot of money in the next few days to fund the buses we have already reserved — to say nothing about the additional buses we could add if we had the funds.

Won't you please make a donation right away to help us fund the buses we have reserved to help out struggling Churches organize buses for their communities to attend the March for Marriage?

I'll sponsor a bus full of marriage supporters to come for the March for $2,000.

I'll sponsor half a bus to come to the March for $1,000.

I'll sponsor a quarter of a bus to come for $500.

I'll sponsor three supporters to come to the March for $120.

I'll sponsor one supporter to come to the March for $40.

I'll make a donation of another amount.

Remember that anything you give will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 by another generous donor.

Please, make a donation right away to help us raise the funds we need to pay for the buses we have reserved.

And then, please spread the word and help us raise additional monies by forwarding the information about the campaign on to friends and family by using the buttons below:

You could also go to our GoFundMe page and use the buttons available to you to share that campaign with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter. You could forward this email to people you know and ask them to join you in supporting the March. You could make an announcement over the weekend at your social gatherings or at your Church.

I know I'm asking a lot, but the alternative is too serious to consider... I'm going to have to cancel many of the buses for the March for Marriage if we don't raise a considerable amount of money very soon.

Please make a serious sacrifice to help defend marriage today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS: Please send this email to as many friends and family as you can. Urge them to come out to the March for Marriage in front of the Capitol at 11:30 on April 25th; AND also ask them to prayerfully consider helping others get out. God bless you for all you do to defend marriage!

Diverse Faith Groups Come Together to Defend Marriage

As the battle to protect marriage makes it way to the Supreme Court, 19 religious organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking our Supreme Court justices to uphold the true definition of marriage and honor religious freedom:

ThinkstockPhotos-464959725"Notwithstanding our theological differences, we are united in declaring that the traditional institution of marriage is indispensable to the welfare of the American family and society," according to the brief filed earlier this month.

"We are also united in our belief that a decision requiring the states to license or recognize same-sex marriage would generate church-state conflicts that will imperil vital religious liberties."

It is wonderful to see varied denominations, such as the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all come together to protect the essential institution of marriage.

Speaking about the decision to unite, Eric Hawkins of the LDS Church said:

"While we have been outspoken proponents in favor of protections for LGBT people in such areas as housing and employment, we believe that a redefinition of marriage to include same–sex couples has profoundly troubling implications for society in the long-term. We have therefore joined with many other diverse faiths representing tens of millions of Americans in expressing our views to the Supreme Court.”

These groups should be applauded for not only their commitment to defending marriage, but also for allowing their united beliefs to bring them together to represent the voices of many other Americans. This joint group bears many similarities to another group who put aside their differences to establish the laws protecting our rights and freedom: the founding fathers.

Thank you to all who refuse to be silent about the true nature of marriage! Together, we will make our voices heard and protect marriage as it has always been, and no matter what, will always remain: a sacred union between one man and woman.

Making the Rounds: Bishops Endorse the March for Marriage

Thanks to Aleteia for their recent article promoting our upcoming March for MarriageIn the article, Aleteia provides some quotes from a letter written by two leading bishops to their fellow American bishops:

USCCB-LogoThis year, the March for Marriage is getting a specific endorsement from two leading Catholic bishops.

Bishop Richard Malone and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, respectively, have invited Catholics to take part in the march on April 25.

Writing to the U.S. bishops, the two bishops said, “The March will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children. It complements well the bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. The March is an important witness to a movement dedicated to building a culture of marriage and the family, and it serves to remind all people that a Supreme Court ruling will not decide the issue of marriage any more than Roe decided the issue of abortion. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this March.”

Thank you to everyone for supporting our annual march, as well as to Aleteia for helping to spread the word!

Tax Day



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The March for Marriage is now just 10 days away.

On April 25th, we will rally at the Capitol building in Washington, DC before marching to the Supreme Court to ensure that the legislators and justices in the halls of power know with absolute certainty that the American people want their values and their votes on marriage respected.

On this tax day, can't you please make an immediate donation in support of the March? Remember that your donation in support of the March is fully tax-deductible.

I'll make a quick donation of $35.00

I'll make a quick donation of $50.00

I'll make a quick donation of $100.00

I'll make a quick donation of $250.00

I'll make a quick donation of $500.00

I'll make a larger donation...

We're raising money in support of buses through our GoFundMe campaign — almost $10,000 so far — but we have a lot of other expenses to cover for the March.

Our next most pressing need is funding to help spread the word locally around the Washington, DC area through paid advertising — in print, online and over the airwaves. Local turnout will be critical to the success of the March... but we can't pull the trigger on any of our plans unless we raise the necessary funds.

We are half way to realizing the full $50,000 of our latest matching gift. Knowing that your donation of any amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another donor, won't you please make a generous donation today?

I'll make a quick donation of $35.00

I'll make a quick donation of $50.00

I'll make a quick donation of $100.00

I'll make a quick donation of $250.00

I'll make a quick donation of $500.00

I'll make a larger donation...

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

The Cost of Same-Sex Marriage: Children's Well-Being and Happiness

“How are heterosexuals harmed by same-sex marriage?” “Why don’t you want two people of the same gender who love each other to be married?” “Same-sex parents are just as good as heterosexual parents.”

ThinkstockPhotos-185028425Many of those advocating to redefine marriage have sought to turn marriage and parenthood into a political cause. But the truth of the matter is that marriage and parenthood are anything but political. Rather, they are universal truths that are ontologically, sociologically, and not to mention, spiritually based.

Already, we see an increasing number of adults who were once raised in same-sex households speaking out about the void in their lives. These courageous individuals are giving a face to the powerful social research findings uncovered by researchers such as Mark Regnerus and others.

As more and more same-sex couples assert their "right" to children, the voices of the children themselves are becoming more prominent. Here are excerpts from two of them who are speaking out on why children will always want and always need a mom and a dad:

In an open letter published on Public Discourse, Katy Faust writes to Justice Kennedy, explaining not only how same-sex marriage hurts children, but how it encourages an alternative form of parenting that denies a child their right to biological parents. She writes:

ThinkstockPhotos-83115964While it’s true that parents will be missing from a child’s life for many different reasons, redefining marriage will change marriage as a whole and thus parenting for many kids. Because the government’s interest in marriage is children, and the historic basis for marriage has been a procreative relationship, this new genderless definition which excludes a mother or father actually encourages “one or both biological parents to be missing from a child’s life.”

She goes on to laud the UN for recognizing the right of a child “to know and be cared for by his or her parents”:

We should follow the lead of the UN and prioritize the rights of children, who have an inherent right to their parents. Adults have the right to choose to enter into a partnership that cannot produce children, and government should not prevent such a decision. But as a society, our laws must uphold and encourage the family structure that best protects children’s rights.

Another woman recently shared her story with The Christian Institute:

A woman raised by two mothers has admitted the experience was “damaging and confusing”, and has warned of the potential for “irreparable, long-term damage to a child”.

Hetty Baynes Russell, 58, said her unconventional parental setup fostered “a life of confusion and a lack of emotional security”, which landed her in therapy for many years, “trying to make sense of it all”.

"Far from being a healthy, nurturing state of affairs, this arrangement — where I was caught in a destructive, triangular battle for my mother’s affection with another woman, while forced to watch helplessly as my father was emasculated and airbrushed from our lives — was simultaneously damaging and confusing”.

As same-sex marriage proponents continue to push hard for marriage redefinition, they falsely claim that they are "on the right side of history.” However, as these voices and many others are telling us, factual history will never be on their side: history shows us that marriage is and has always been between a man and woman. Our ancestral identity, and the very fact that we are here today is a testimony to the natural union of a man and a woman. These children raised in same-sex households understand the cost of redefining marriage. Let's listen to them: the real voices from the same-sex marriage movement.

Incredible!



Friends — What an incredible launch! We raised over $7,000 in the first day of our GoFundMe campaign! But we have a ways to go to hit our minimum goal of $40,000.

Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to assist in the procurement of buses for marriage supporters in need of financial assistance to attend the 2015 March for Marriage. Three more buses are fully bought and paid for due to your generosity. But we need more!

We have to bring as many people as possible to Washington DC to show the justices of the court that we want them to respect our votes and our values and uphold the right of states to preserve true marriage. Thousands of people are planning on coming to Washington to stand up for the truth of marriage, but there are thousands more who wish to come, but lack resources for transportation.

So please — if you haven't already done so — make a donation in support of our GoFundMe campaign and then — and this is critical — spread the word about the campaign online and through Facebook and Twitter, letting all of your friends and family know about this tremendous undertaking, asking them to join you in supporting the 2015 March for Marriage.

Thank you,

Brian S Brown

Please go to GoFundMe.com to Help Fund Buses for the March


Friends — We have launched a new campaign through GoFundMe.com to help raise the funds we need to organize additional buses for marriage supporters to come to Washington, DC for the 2015 March for Marriage on April 25th. Please help us!

We have many more requests for buses than we have funds to pay for them. Every dollar we raise in this campaign will go to help subsidize buses for communities that do not have the resources to sponsor a bus on their own. Many of these are in urban communities. Nobody should miss the opportunity to attend the critically-important March for Marriage due to lack of resources. Please give today, and then share the link with all your friends via email, Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Even From Thousands of Miles Away, Marriage Supporters Are Marching

When we talk about the effects of same-sex marriage, we always come back to our two highest values–faith and family. It seems so obvious that the destruction of traditional marriage is yet another blow to the black family, with untold harm for our children. And yet, there are some who still don’t understand the importance of this issue. ~CAAP

ThinkstockPhotos-122412432Even those who can't make it to Washington D.C. on April 25th will be supporting the March for Marriage from thousands of miles away!

ARV Tea Party is sponsoring a March for Marriage set in Russellville, Arkansas. Beginning at 3 pm, the group will march to the Pope Country Courthouse to show their support for traditional marriage. Once everyone arrives at the courthouse, Diane Owens, from the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) will be the featured speaker.

For those in Arkansas who can’t make it to the DC March, you can visit the event’s Facebook page here and check out out CAAP’s website for more information on their work. As demonstrated in the video below, CAAP shows their amazing support for the true definition of marriage every day!

Orthodox Christians Are Marching for Marriage

Thanks to our friends at Crown Them with Glory for promoting the 2015 March for Marriage!

SAVE THE DATE: March for Marriage

Saturday, April 25th

Book your flight and plan your trip to join us that morning on the National Mall in D.C. for the March for Marriage, and the proceeding Orthodox Gathering

April 25th represents the third March for Marriage in Washington D.C., and is set to take place within days of when the Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the cases before them that will decide the national legal status of civil gay "marriage." It is projected that this ruling will seriously impact religious freedom in the USA.

The march is a peaceful rally and quite comparable to the March for Life. We invite you to make every effort to attend the rally, and encourage your priests, brothers and sisters in Christ, and leaders and members of religious communities in your area, to do likewise. Come out in support of marriage between one man and one woman, modeled from our Lord's love for His Bride: the Church. With a blessing to pursue this work from a number of our bishops, many priests believe it is time we had a national pan-Orthodox Christian movement. A strong, vibrant, and clear message is needed from our Church on the matter of the Mystery of Holy Matrimony, as well as an enumeration upon God blessed sexuality and gender roles, toward the strengthening of family life.

Be sure to visit Crown Them with Glory's full March for Marriage section here, and thanks to all marchers for standing with us to defend the invaluable union of one man and one woman in marriage.