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Breaking: Huge Victory As Federal Judge Halts Obama's Dangerous Transgender School Bathroom Mandate



Marriage Supporter — We've won a huge legal victory today as a federal judge has issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting President Obama's illegal decree attempting to force all public schools to open their bathrooms, showers and locker rooms based on a student's perceived "gender identity" rather than actual sex.

Sign Our Petition to Oppose These Policies

This is the second time in the past three weeks where federal courts have blocked Obama's transgender school policies from being enforced. Earlier this month the US Supreme Court issued an order that had the effect of blocking the policies in Virginia, but today's order by Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas covers the entire country. It comes as parents are sending their children back to school following the summer break, and it's a big relief for parents and students alike.

Texas and nearly two dozen other states have sued the Obama administration in lawsuits pointing out that President Obama does not have the legal authority to impose his dangerous transgender rules in the public schools, and threaten them with loss of federal funding if they refuse to comply. Obama took the unprecedented action by issuing "administrative guidance" in a letter to public schools. Today's ruling by Justice O'Connor in one of the lawsuits finds that Obama did not follow proper procedures for notice and comments when issuing the guidelines, and that their effect is to enact laws that contravene existing legislative and regulatory texts. The Obama administration is expected to appeal.

NOM has played a critical role in helping mobilize Americans to oppose the dangerous transgender policies that President Obama is attempting to impose on our nation's schools. A video we helped produce about these issues has generated more than one million views on Facebook.

Obama's Bathroom Mandate

Obama's Policy has a few surprises tucked inside.

Posted by Stand with Children: Understanding the Heart of Marriage on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Please help us increase views of this video to two million views by watching it yourself and then forwarding it to everyone you know. It helps make clear what is at stake for parents and children.

After you've watched the video, please also sign our petition to oppose the Obama administration's dangerous, illegal transgender policies.

Our fight on this issue is by no means over. We'll be filing legal briefs in this and other cases fighting to prevent President Obama from turning the most intimate areas of public schools — bathrooms, showers and locker rooms — into a forum to advance the political agenda of LGBT extremists.

We hope that this great victory encourages you to keep up your support of NOM. On top of the recent win in the US Supreme Court and election victories this month in Missouri, we're demonstrating that American people continue to be with us in the fight for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of human sexuality.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you've watched the video, and signed our petition, please consider making a donation to the National Organization for Marriage to help us continue our work on these issues.


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Groundbreaking New Research



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I want to share with you a groundbreaking new study published today in the journal The New Atlantis, entitled "Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences."

The report is authored by two eminent scholars and draws upon a huge range of research from the 1950s to the present. Dr. Lawrence Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D., is a scholar-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of psychiatry and biostatistics at Arizona State University. Dr. Paul McHugh, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and served as psychiatrist-in-chief at the University's Hospital for twenty-five years. During his tenure at the hospital, Dr. McHugh put an end to sex reassignment surgery referrals after research showed that the impacts of such procedures do not provide the benefits claimed by those who advocate for it.

The landmark report by Drs. Mayer and McHugh runs to 143 pages, and covers nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies on sexual orientation and gender identity from the biological, psychological, and social sciences.

The essential findings of the study are explained by The New Atlantis editor, Adam Keiper, as follows:

  • The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are ‘born that way'—is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman's body' or ‘a woman trapped in a man's body'—is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.
  • Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.

Read the Whole Report Here

The importance of this new study cannot be overstated. As Keiper explains in the Editor's Note to the report:

Questions related to sexuality and gender bear on some of the most intimate and personal aspects of human life. In recent years they have also vexed American politics.

We offer this report in the hope of improving public understanding of these questions. Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence.

The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex. More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care, and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives [emphasis added].

Another important thing to note, as many will try to detract from this study and claim that it is rooted in animus or anti-LGBT bigotry, is that one of the lead authors expresses himself in the introduction as very sympathetic to the plight of the LGBT community, and describes himself as a strong supporter of equality and opponent of discrimination. He has testified in court for the LGBT community. Even so, he writes that , "I support every sentence in this report without reservation and without prejudice regarding any political or philosophical debates. This report is about science and medicine, nothing more and nothing less."

Click Here to Read the Groundbreaking New Study

I am asking you today to please take a look at this groundbreaking new study and then help spread the word far and wide! If you'd like a good summary of the piece and its import, please take a look at an article today by NOM's friend, Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, in The Daily Signal, carrying the apt title, "Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong."

Please use the social sharing links below to send this message to your friends and family, and make sure that this groundbreaking research gains the wide hearing it deserves despite what will surely be a concerted effort by the media to bury its findings.

Thank you in advance for your help to promote this research and expose the lies of the media and LGBT activists that contradict not only common sense but also the best scientific knowledge.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Judge Halts Obama Administration's Transgender Agenda

Breaking news today via Reuters:

A U.S. judge blocked Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by a group of 13 states led by Texas.

Reed O'Connor, a judge for the Northern District of Texas, said in a decision late on Sunday that the Obama administration did not follow proper procedures for notice and comment in issuing the guidelines. He said the guidelines contradict with existing legislative and regulatory texts.

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At a hearing on the injunction in Fort Worth on Aug. 12, lawyers for Texas said the guidelines usurp the authority of school districts nationwide. They said they were at risk of losing billions of dollars in federal funding for education if they did not comply.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers sought to dismiss the injunction, saying the federal guidelines issued in May were non-binding with no legal consequences.

The guidance issued by the Justice Department and Education Department said public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other intimate facilities that correspond with their gender identity, as opposed to their birth gender, or face the loss of federal funds.

Under the injunction, the Obama administration is prohibited from enforcing the guidelines on "against plaintiffs and their respective schools, school boards, and other public, educationally based institutions," O'Connor wrote.

Read the whole article here.

Keep Boycotting Target!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The nationwide boycott of Target stores is having a major effect. Their decision to allow biological men to force their way into restrooms and changing rooms reserved for women and girls has resulted in a massive loss of customers and cost Target billions. Their revenue is down more than 7% and their stock price has dropped precipitously. Now Target hopes to recoup those losses by announcing they will provide a private restroom in all their stores for anyone concerned about protecting their privacy. While this is a step in the right direction, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) calls on Americans to Say No To Target by continuing to boycott Target until their dangerous policy is reversed.

Please sign our new petition pledging to Say No To Target. This corporate giant should not risk the safety and privacy of girls and women in the most intimate of areas in their stores, including changing rooms and bathrooms.

The impact that we are having on Target is amazing! Christians and people of faith are letting them know with their wallets that they do not appreciate a corporate giant risking the privacy and safety of young girls and women in order to pay homage to a political ideology being advanced by LGBT extremists.

Say NO to Target

While Target is pretending like the nationwide boycott hasn't had an impact, their change in policy proves otherwise! Retail experts have studied the marketplace and concluded that customers have left Target and taken their dollars to other retailers like Walmart who have not adopted extreme "gender identity" policies that risk their customers' privacy and safety.

Now is the time to ramp up pressure on Target by urging consumers to continue to Say No To Target. Only when they see their revenues and stock prices to continue to decline will they see the error of their ways and reverse this dangerous policy.

This is not the first time that Target has been on the leading edge of the LGBT agenda. They came out in favor of redefining marriage long before the US Supreme Court issued their infamous marriage decision last year. And they have been huge funders of LGBT organizations for years, helping those groups attack people of faith and urge that Christians be punished for refusing to abandon their beliefs on issues like marriage and religious liberty.

Target is on the ropes and this is the time to continue to pressure them. Please act today to add your name to the petition letting them know that you will refuse to shop at their stores until they reverse their extreme, dangerous policy on restrooms and changing rooms.

Please add your name to the Say No To Target petition today!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


Say NO to Target!

Soon, for lawyers, "the only opinions allowed will be liberal opinions"

Disturbing news this week of some changes underway in the American Bar Associations's (ABA) "Model Rules of Professional Conduct." The first report came on Monday from Judson Phillips in The Washington Times:

In its recent meeting, the ABA changed part of the model rules regarding attorney conduct. That kind of minutia is guaranteed to generate yawns from 99 percent of Americans. But every American should be alarmed by this because the purpose of these rules is to do nothing less than drive conservatives from the legal profession and ultimately deny conservatives their day in court by denying them legal representation.

The new rule states in part, “(Paragraph G) engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law. This paragraph does not limit the ability of a lawyer to accept, decline or withdraw from a representation in accordance with Rule 1.16. This paragraph does not preclude legitimate advice or advocacy consistent with these Rules.”

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The important part is where it says discrimination includes harmful verbal or physical that manifests bias or prejudice toward others. In plain, non-lawyer English, if a lawyer happen to not approve of homosexual behavior, homosexual marriage, transgenderism, Islam or any number of other opinions and comments on them, the lawyer can lose their law license.

This rule is not limited to the courtroom. If a lawyer posts something on social media or offers an opinion that is not an approved opinion, they can and will be disciplined.

The purpose of this model rule is simple. It is to silence conservative lawyers.


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Writing two days later in a joint opinion piece entitled "How the lawyers plan to stifle speech and faith," notable legal experts Edwin Meese and Kelly Shackleford echoed the same concerns:

Frighteningly, the ABA leaders’ statements verify that they understand — and intend — the ramifications of [the new rules]. President Paulette Brown advocates that the ABA must prevent “bias” in ways that go far beyond current law. Committee member Drucilla Ramey insists bar authorities go “to the top of the legal profession” to “incentivize” attorneys to change their views and speech on these issues, views and speech often informed by attorneys’ religion. All this, despite committee testimony that such a rule has “little relation to concerns” arising in most lawyers’ offices, could be “used tactically against someone inappropriately,” and will “have a chilling effect on something that has always been in the best traditions of the bar: representing minority views and unpopular positions or clients.”

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The ABA’s un-American censorship regime is beyond draconian; it coerces conformity regarding religious and political beliefs on a level unprecedented in American history. It borders on fascism, and must be explicitly repudiated [emphases added].

NOM will keep you apprised of this situation as it develops, and we encourage all our members to remain vigilant about these kinds of encroachments on religious freedom in the name of LGBT "equality."

Target feeling the pressure, but the fight isn't over

NO!Following Target's decision earlier this year to institute a policy whereby biological men could on a whim gain access to bathrooms and changing rooms normally reserved for girls and women, NOM and other conservative groups launched a boycott of the store to let them know that this kind of ideological move was not only dangerous for its customers but also insulting and bad for business.

In the months since, with stories cropping up regularly of how the policy was backfiring, Target has definitely felt the pressure, and this week comes news that the store is at least beginning to see the errors of its ways. From the Chicago Tribune:

Target said Wednesday that it is preparing to spend $20 million in coming months to add single-stall bathrooms along with men's and women's restrooms in its stores, a move meant to accommodate shoppers concerned about the retailers' policy of allowing customers and employees to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they identify with.

The story goes on to note some of the staggering statistics of Target's reported sales and projections which show that the boycotts have had a serious impact on the store, as much as the corporate execs and the media would like to downplay this.

However, this move by Target is only a beginning of righting the wrong of enforcing a dangerous gender ideology that puts women and girls at least in a very uncomfortable and unseemly - if not dangerous - situation of needing to undress in front of members of the opposite sex. (You'll note that this new "accommodation" of single-occupancy facilities is ironically for those who feel uncomfortable being in such a situation with members of the opposite sex, rather than the small minority of those who don't identify with their own biological sex!)

So, we need to keep up the pressure!

If you still haven't pledge to "Say No To Target," we encourage you to do so today. It's working!

NOM Members Are Responding, But We Need 404 People To Act Today



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm encouraged by all the people who responded to our request last week for supporters to make a contribution of at least $35 in response to our Summer Membership Drive. We've had 604 people respond thus far, and have raised $24,219 against our goal of $52,500. If you are one of those 604 people who have contributed, I sincerely thank you!

We only have two weeks left in the Summer Membership Drive and still need to raise $28,281 to meet our budget. That means we need 808 people to give an average of $35 to fill the remaining hole in our budget, or 404 people each week.

In the next few days we need 404 people to step up with a contribution of at least $35. Will you be one of the people to help us this week? If you will help us now, we will be in much better shape to make our final push at the end of the month.

Donate Today to Make an Immediate Impact!

Your gift of $35 or more is urgently needed. It will help us continue to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act. It will allow us to file legal briefs in critical cases to stop President Obama's attempt to impose his dangerous transgender policy on the nation's public school children. It will allow us to protest against big corporations like Target and billionaire sports team owners who want to use their wealth and power to impose the agenda of LGBT extremists. It will help us be effective advocates in key states, holding people accountable for their actions — just as we did earlier this month in Missouri by helping to defeat a Republican legislator who refused to protect supporters of marriage from governmental discrimination against them. And it will help us continue to develop tools to educate and engage Americans at the grassroots level.

As you can see, NOM is engaged in critical work. If we fall short of the $28,281 we need to raise in the next two weeks, we will have little choice but to put some of these efforts on hold and cut back.

Please, I'm asking you to be one of the 404 people we need in the next few days to act with a contribution of $35 or more. It's really important.

Thank you for all you have done in the past, and for your ongoing support at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Making a donation of $35 in support of our Summer Membership Drive is really easy. Just click this link, select the amount of your donation and scroll down to complete the required information. The whole process will take less than two minutes, and make a huge difference for us. Thank you!


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Frank Schubert: "Republican Voters Are Not 'Moving On' From Marriage"

From NOM's political director, Frank Schubert, comes this piece in Public Discourse:

It’s rarely covered by the media, but the political landscape is littered with the wrecked careers of Republicans who abandoned the party’s commitment to marriage as it has always existed, which is a foundational institution of virtually every faith tradition on the planet.

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It should be acknowledged that these races often involve more than the marriage issue. There is usually a range of issues at play in any contested race, whether for the state legislature or Congress. But unquestionably, marriage was a critical issue in all of these contests. Marriage was the issue that drove conservatives to oppose and ultimately defeat incumbents like Anne Zerr in Missouri.

Finally, it is also important to note the importance that support for marriage played most recently in the GOP when grassroots Republican activists made their views clear in crafting the national Republican Party platform last month in Cleveland. Despite an organized and well-funded campaign by Wall Street billionaires and corporate lobbyists to “modernize” the party’s official position on marriage, convention delegates utterly rejected the notion. The 2016 GOP platform is the most pro-traditional marriage platform ever adopted. It specifically calls for reversing the Obergefell ruling redefining marriage. It explicitly condemns as the product of activist judges the rulings on marriage in both Obergefell and the Windsor case that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and it calls for the appointment of Supreme Court justices who will reject their reasoning. It endorses the First Amendment Defense Act to protect supporters of marriage from governmental persecution. And it calls for a constitutional amendment to return to the states their right to define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.

Never fans of social issues to begin with, it’s a safe bet that the consulting class, corporate lobbyists, and wealthy donors will ignore the mountain of evidence all around them that rank and file Republican activists and voters revere marriage and will act to defend it. But Republican candidates should come to understand that succumbing to the pleadings of the elite echo chamber can come at a very high price: their very political careers.

Read the whole thing here.

Evan McMullin: Not a Viable Conservative Alternative

Recently, an independent Presidential candidate touting "conservative" credentials has come onto the political scene posing as an alternative to Donald Trump for those who have not decided to support the Republican nominee.

Recently, though, McMullin gave an interview to Bloomberg Politics where his answers to some questions on same-sex marriage raise concerns about his claims to conservative credibility [emphases added]:

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INTERVIEWER: Same-sex marriage.

MCMULLIN: Sure.

INTERVIEWER: It's happened very quickly. It's now legal. Are you comfortable with the way it's happened and the current state of the law of the land on same-sex marriage?

MCMULLIN: Well, my position on that is, uh, that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, I believe in traditional marriage, between a man and a woman, but I respect the decision of the Court and I think it's time to move on.

INTERVIEWER: Along those lines, you said you want to push a lot for the Federal level down to the State level.

MCMULLIN: Yeah.

INTERVIEWER: Is that something you think should be handled by the States and not the Federal government?

MCMULLIN: Ideally, yes, but it's been handled by the Supreme Court, and that's where it is.

INTERVIEWER: But are you saying your personal preference is that marriage should be only legal between a man and a woman, but not just you accept the Court but that you're fine with the change?

MCMULLIN: This, this is a decision of faith for me, it's something of faith for me, but my faith isn't everybody else's faith and I make my decisions for me on those kinds of things--and...

INTERVIEWER: So--so, you're personally opposed to it, but you're--you're comfortable with the law of the land? In other words, you wouldn't--for instance--try to appoint Justices, nominate Justices, who would overturn--the decision?

MCMULLIN: I--I wouldn't on that.

You can view the entire interview here.

Stunning Statistics on the Impact of Radical Gender Ideology on Children

From the BBC comes a disturbing report of a meteoric rise, over the past six years, on referrals to clinicians of children under the age of 18 for treatment to help them make "gender transitions."

GIDS StatsThe startling figure for the whole age group of one- to eighteen-year-old referrals is the rise from 94 in 2009-2010 to 969 in 2015-2016: an increase of 930%! This includes a stunning rise in referrals for children between the tender ages of five and nine years old: within that age group, the rise in referrals over the period studied has been nearly 600%!

In explaining the phenomenon, the BBC quotes the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), an official specialized service provided under England's National Health Service (NHS):

GIDS, based in north London, is the NHS's dedicated gender identity development service for children and takes referrals from GPs, paediatricians, mental health services and schools across the country.

Its director, Polly Carmichael, said in recent years more younger children were making gender transitions and there was no "right or wrong approach", with many families reporting their child was happier living in another gender.

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In terms of the general increase in referrals, GIDS said there could be a number of reasons, but increased awareness and acceptance of gender issues - particularly via the media and social networks - was a likely factor.

The article also notes that Carmichael acknowledged that, "research published in the Netherlands suggest[s] that 'for some young people who make an early social transition it may be difficult to de-transition if their gender identity develops in another direction'."

We hope that the lesson of that research is taken to heart and that those to whom these poor children are referred do not push them into making a life-changing decision which they are mentally and emotionally too immature to grasp. Indeed, we have already seen in many ways how "gender transition" decisions can be regretting in a very high percentage of cases.

In any case, this article points to a troubling trend of how the permeation throughout our culture of radical LGBT ideology is beginning to have a problematic impact on the youngest and most vulnerable in our society.

BREAKING: A Win in the US Supreme Court



Dear Marriage Supporter,

News broke late today that the US Supreme Court has blocked a ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals imposing a transgender bathroom policy by interpreting the term "sex" under Title IX of federal law to mean "gender identity."

This is a big victory and protects students in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland and comes as students will be heading back to school soon. The ruling is a blow to the Obama administration which has been working overtime to impose the gender ideology of LGBT extremists.

The effect of the ruling is to leave intact a Virginia school district's policy that intimate facilities such as restrooms, showers and locker rooms are segregated based on a student's actual biologic sex, and not based on "gender identity" or other subjective feelings.

It is expected that the school district will file a motion with the Supreme Court to hear the underlying case this fall. NOM will urge the Supreme Court to rule that federal law enacted decades ago does not define "sex" to mean "gender identity" and that the Obama administration does not have the legal authority to impose their transgender bathroom policy on the nation's schools.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NOM’s Promise To Missouri Voters Fulfilled – Turncoat Republican Anne Zerr Defeated in GOP Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2016
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]


"We did what we promised and went after her, and I couldn’t be happier that she has been defeated." - Brian Brown, NOM President

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Washington, D.C. – When Missouri Republican Anne Zerr cast the deciding vote to kill SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the rights of supporters of marriage from governmental persecution, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) vowed to end her political career. NOM delivered last night when Zerr was defeated in the GOP primary for state Senate. NOM mounted an independent expenditure campaign funding mailers and phone calls to oppose Zerr and endorse her opponent, Rep. Bill Eigel. With all precincts reporting, Eigel has defeated Zerr by 385 votes.

"Anne Zerr betrayed her constituents and the people of Missouri when she sided with LGBT extremists to defeat SJR 39, which would have given voters the right to protect supporters of marriage from discrimination by governmental entities," said Brian Brown, NOM president. "We did what we promised and went after her, and I couldn't be happier that she has been defeated. Zerr joins a long list of Republicans who have ended their political careers by voting against the interests of people who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Last April, Zerr joined with two other Republicans, Representatives Jim Hansen and Caleb Rowan, to defeat SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected people of faith from being forced to participate in same-sex 'weddings' in Missouri. Because of her vote, Zerr subjected Missourians who support traditional marriage to an array of punitive actions by government, usually undertaken at the behest of LGBT extremists. People in numerous other states have been sued, fined, fired and punished, their reputations ruined and their livelihood destroyed. SJR 39 would have given Missouri voters an opportunity to prevent this type of discrimination against people of faith.

"When four Republican Senators in New York voted for gay 'marriage,' we ended their careers," Brown said. "When Republican candidates for US Senate in New Hampshire, California and Oregon came out in favor of redefining marriage, we defeated them and ended their careers. When Supreme Court judges redefined marriage in Iowa, we removed them from office. When GOP candidates for Congress in California and Massachusetts endorsed gay 'marriage' we defeated them. And now we have defeated Anne Zerr over her vote to subject supporters of marriage to punitive governmental actions simply for not wanting to be involved in gay 'marriage.' We urge Republican officials in Missouri and elsewhere to pay attention to this pattern. If you vote with LGBT activists against those who support marriage, you do so at the risk of your political career."

NOM said they are considering what actions to take against Representatives Hansen and Rowan during the general election. "Caleb Rowan has an opponent in his race for state Senate District 19 and we will consider opposing him even though his opponent does not support SJR 39. It would be better for Missouri to have a bad Democrat for one term than to have a bad Republican for a career. Hansen doesn’t have an opponent, but that won’t stop us from letting his constituents know about how bad he is on marriage, religious liberty and giving voters a chance to decide critical issues like this for themselves. Whether it takes a few months or several years, we will not rest until all three Missouri Republicans who betrayed supporters of marriage are out of office. Zerr was first, Hansen and Rowan are next."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact:
Joseph Grabowski, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-110.

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Pope decries gender ideology taught to children

From USA Today:

Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times "the epoch of sin against God the Creator."

Francis weighed in with his view on gender and what he said was that of the emeritus pontiff while meeting privately last week with bishops from Poland during his pilgrimage there. The Vatican released a transcript Tuesday of those closed-door remarks.

The pope said he wanted to conclude his remarks by reflecting on this: "We are living a moment of annihilation of man as image of God."

Francis said: "Today, in schools they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their gender."

Without specifying, he blamed this on textbooks supplied by "persons and institutions who donate money." The pope blamed what he called "ideological colonizing" backed by "very influential countries" which he didn’t identify.

One such "colonization" he said — "I’ll say it clearly with its first and last name — is gender."

Read more here.

Will you help deliver 847 FADA petitions to Congress?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

NOM has generated over 120,000 petitions to Congress urging them to move the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to the floor of the US House of Representatives where it can be enacted and passed to the Senate.

But now we have a critical problem — we are short of funds to print, prepare and ship the petitions. That is why it's so important that our Summer Membership Drive continues strong throughout this month where supporters contribute at least $35 to fund our work.

Please take a look at what impact your contribution will have and immediately let us know what you can do:

Your $35 membership gift will allow us to deliver 847 petitions to Congress

Your $70 membership gift will allow us to deliver 1,695 petitions to Congress

Your $100 membership gift will allow us to deliver 2,421 petitions to Congress

Your $250 membership gift will allow us to deliver 6,050 petitions to Congress

Your $500 membership gift will allow us to deliver 12,100 petitions to Congress

FADA is critical legislation needed to protect the right of supporters of marriage to live out their views about marriage in their daily lives and at work without being punished by the government for their beliefs. It protects churches, religious societies and orders, and nonprofit groups by prohibiting the IRS from removing their tax exemptions. It protects religious schools from being denied accreditation. It protects charities from having to abandon their faith in order to receive grants or contracts with the federal government. And it prohibits the government from targeting pastors, individuals, and small businesses for any adverse action because of their beliefs about marriage.

Make an Immediate Impact! Donate Today!

The challenge we have is that we need to raise $4,955.85 this week to deliver to Congress the 120,025 FADA petitions we have in hand.

Will you please act today to make a summer membership contribution of at least $35? We'll put it to immediate use delivering the petitions we've collected and keep pressure on Congress to enact FADA.

You'd think that a GOP Congress would act of its own accord to protect Christians and other people of faith who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. But the truth is that LGBT extremists have the GOP leadership skittish, worried that they will face the same kind of backlash they have generated in places like North Carolina and Indiana. LGBT extremists have powerful allies among big corporations, the media, Hollywood and big-time sports, and their coalition can generate a lot of heat.

The only way that we are going to advance FADA is by showing that average Americans — people like you and I — support, indeed demand, that this legislation be passed. NOM's petition drive is a critical component in illustrating the overwhelming support for FADA.

Donate Today and Show Your Support!

Please help us raise the $4,955.85 we need this week to distribute the 120,025 petitions to Congress.

Your $35 membership gift will allow us to deliver 847 petitions to Congress

Your $70 membership gift will allow us to deliver 1,695 petitions to Congress

Your $100 membership gift will allow us to deliver 2,421 petitions to Congress

Your $250 membership gift will allow us to deliver 6,050 petitions to Congress

Your $500 membership gift will allow us to deliver 12,100 petitions to Congress

Once we deliver the 120,000+ petitions we already have collected, we can continue our drive to generate even more petitions until Congress feels such pressure that they cannot ignore FADA and the House of Representatives passes this critical legislation.

But right now we can't even deliver the petitions we already have in hand unless you respond to this urgent Summer Membership Drive. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Your summer membership contribution of $35 will allow us to deliver 847 FADA petitions to Congress. Can you please chip in at least that amount? If you're able to give more, we'd really appreciate it. Thanks.


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Disappointed

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The success of NOM's Summer Membership Drive is absolutely critical for us to generate the resources we need to carry on our essential work fighting for marriage and religious liberty.

And I have to tell you, I am disappointed with the response thus far. We should be over 20% toward our goal by now, but we're only at 10%.

Needless to say, ten percent is not going to cut it.

Make an Immediate Impact! Donate Today!

We can't influence Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act if only ten percent of our people help.

We can't persuade courts to uphold religious liberty laws and protect supporters of marriage from being sued, fined, fired or even jailed for refusing to be personally complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage' if only ten percent of our people help.

We can't fight President Obama's dangerous gender 'identity' agenda with only a ten percent participation rate.

And we can't effectively educate the American people about the issues, or establish a grassroots network, or work with allies in the states if only ten percent of our supporters are willing to step up.

What about you? Are you willing to step up and make an immediate membership donation of at least $35 so that I know you are still standing with us. The fight for marriage and religious liberty sits on a knife-edge, teetering between preservation and devastating loss. We are depending on you and all our supporters for the resources needed to prevail in this historic battle.

I don't mean to be dramatic, but the fact of the matter is that all our plans for the rest of the year are in jeopardy unless we get a strong response to our Summer Membership Drive.

Donate Today! Help Make a Difference

The Summer Membership Drive is only five weeks long, and we're already 50% short of our objectives. Please, let's eliminate that deficit and get back on track. I'm asking you to take a minute to make your Summer Membership contribution of at least $35. If you have the resources available, please contribute more than the minimum.

I've been involved in running pro-family nonprofit groups for nearly twenty years. I've been through the “summer doldrums” before where people do not give as generously as they do at other times, but we can't have that kind of response this year. Our work is too important and it can't be put off until later when more people are able to give.

Whatever you can give in response to this critically important Summer Membership Drive, please act today. We need it.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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