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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last Friday I announced the launch of NOM's Summer Membership Drive which is absolutely critical if we are to carry on our essential work.

I need to know, are you still in? Please immediately make your 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.

NOM is working night and day to protect the rights of Americans to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work. We're taking on the Obama administration's relentless attempt to advance an extremist gender ideology. We're working alongside allies in the states to pass, and then defend in court, legislation protecting marriage supporters and preserving the security of women and girls. And we are taking on the rich and the powerful, including billionaire sports team owners, who want to punish states that have the decency and common sense to prohibit men from invading intimate restroom and shower facilities reserved for women.

But none of this will be possible if we don't get a strong response to our Summer Membership Drive. And I have to tell you, I am concerned. So far, the response has been lackluster.

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I've seen this type of thing happen before. Some people are preoccupied with family vacations and other matters. Some intend to donate but get distracted. While others figure that someone else will give and solve the problem.

But I want you to know the truth of what we at NOM are dealing with — we need you to take a moment to step up and set aside other things for a couple of minutes to make a membership contribution of at least $35. If you have been blessed with greater resources, please consider a contribution of a higher amount. We really need it. There is nobody else to step up — we need you! Long gone are the days when we had reserves stashed aside to cushion against a slow period of fundraising. We are lean and mean, and we are entirely dependent on your generosity.

Two examples of NOM's most recent work illustrate how important membership support is:

Recently, we launched a campaign in Missouri targeting Republican politicians who betrayed their constituencies and helped defeat a measure set to go before voters allowing them to protect supporters of marriage from attacks by government and LGBT extremists. Because of their betrayal, legislators like Rep. Anne Zerr have subjected churches, pastors, religious charities and schools, individuals and small businesses to lawsuits, fines, the loss of their livelihoods and the ruin of their reputations. NOM is determined to hold these legislators accountable.

We are keeping our promise to Missourians to be their voice in the halls of power and to hold accountable anyone in public office — Republican or Democrat — who betrays the values of the people that elected them into office and sides with radical LGBT activists in order to fill their own campaign coffers.

We've also been keeping up pressure in Congress via a petition to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to move the very important First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) toward a full vote in the House.

In the coming days, we'll be delivering tens of thousands of signed petitions directly to the U.S. Capitol to make sure that the members of the OGR committee know how important this issue is. People must not face discrimination and legal pressure from the government simply for trying to live out the truth of marriage in the conduct of their day-to-day lives, and FADA is critical, “must pass” legislation to protect against this.

If you've already made your membership contribution of $35, I sincerely thank you. Please consider making an additional contribution on behalf of others who would like to give but can't - perhaps they are tied up with their families and away from their computer, or perhaps they are a victim of the Obama economy where the rich have thrived but average Americans have seen real wages decline precipitously. If you can do a little more than your fair share, that would be huge.

Whatever you can give in response to this critically important Summer Membership Drive, please act today. As I said earlier, I am concerned and need to know that you are still in the fight with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NCAA Puts Politics Before Safety

From Ed Whelen at NRO's "The Corner" blog:

On Friday, the NCAA announced that cities interested in hosting NCAA championships must fill out a questionnaire on whether they have laws (state or local) that govern use of bathrooms and locker rooms. Questions include:

  1. 3. Does your city, county/parish and/or state regulate choice of bathrooms or locker rooms that may affect student-athletes, coaches, administrators, or game officials during the Event?
  2. 4. Does your city, county-parish and/or state regulate choice of bathrooms that may affect fans attending the Event?
  3. 6. If the Event is planned to be held on institutional/campus property, does your institution have provisions that interfere with any person’s choice of bathroom or locker room?

Whelen goes on to point out that not only is the NCAA putting politics before safety with its dangerous new bathroom agenda, but it is also illogically and incoherently departing from the Obama Administration when it comes to the question of sports teams. The moral of the story seems to be that the fabric of untruth and imagination upon which radical gender ideology is trying to construct a coherent legal paradigm is bound to unravel. The only question is how much damage will be done before that finally happens?

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/438294/ncaa-transgender

"I was terminated because of my religion"

Another sad story of the "tolerance" of the LGBT movement comes to us today from Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, writing at CNSNews.com:

In May, Javier Chavez, senior store detective at the Macy's store in Flushing, New York, received a phone call stating that a male had entered the ladies room with a female companion. A female customer, and her daughter, were afraid to enter because of the male's presence. A security employee who reports to Chavez advised the man to leave and use the men's room. He left claiming to be a female. He then complained to store officials that he was asked to leave.

Chavez was subsequently told by an Assistant Store Manager that certain males can use the ladies restroom. This was news to him. A few days later, an assistant security manager told him that transgender persons can use the bathroom of their choice.

He said he had just become aware of this policy, stating that it was contrary to his religion and the Bible. But he hastened to say that he would nonetheless enforce Macy's policy.

That's where one would think the story would end: but it doesn't:

Macy's would not leave this alone, and this is where it crossed the line.

Chavez was then summoned to meet with the Human Resources Manager, who suspended him. He was later terminated.

"After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy," Chavez says in his formal complaint, "I was terminated because of my religion, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law."

Read the rest of Donohue's commentary here.

This is just another example of why we need so urgently Congress and state legislatures to enact protections for people of faith who simply want to conduct their lives - at home and at work - in accord with their beliefs about marriage and God's design for men and women. Now would be a good time, if you haven't already done so, to join us in this effort and sign our petition to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform urging them to pass the First Amendment Defense Act!

Without FADA, stories like this will unfortunately only become more and more commonplace.

NOM Launches Critical Summer Membership Drive



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, we are in a critical period in our work to protect the rights of Americans to be free of government persecution for living out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work. We are pushing legislation in Congress and working with allies in the states to fight back against the relentless effort of the Obama administration to advance their dangerous gender ideology. We are rallying public opinion to contest the effort of wealthy elites such as billionaire sports owners to redefine humanity itself — demanding that men be treated as "women" based on some vague "gender identity" claim. And we are working in the courts to prevent the secular left from inventing a constitutional right to redefine gender much as they have used the courts to redefine marriage.

Our plate is full, but our cupboard is nearly empty. That's why we have launched a critical Summer Membership Drive from now through August to ensure we have the funds we need to complete our work this fall.

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Please make an immediate membership contribution of at least $35 to help us replenish our resources during this critical period. Whatever gift you can give of at least $35 will be greatly appreciated — whether that be $50, $100, $200 or even $1,000 or more — and you will become a member of the National Organization for marriage.

We have been involved in some great accomplishments this year.

At the state level, we joined with allies to help push legislation to protect supporters of marriage in numerous states, including in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Missouri.

Last month, we organized an incredibly successful, uplifting 2016 March for Marriage in Washington, DC that served the critical purpose of showing policymakers, members of Congress and the media that the American people continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

At the federal level, because of public pressure that NOM helped generate, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee just had a tremendous hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect the rights of Americans to continue to live and act in concert with the truth of marriage. Members of the OGR Committee heard powerful testimony from legal scholars and victims of government discrimination about the importance of this legislation — people like Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran of Atlanta who was fired from his position as Fire Chief simply because he expressed his belief in traditional marriage. Even radical LGBT supporters like former Congressman Barney Frank admitted that this is wrong and something should be done about it. Well, Congressman, that something is passing FADA!

Now we're hard at work pushing the OGR Committee to take the next step (called "mark up") to bring FADA before the entire US House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee just wrapped up its nominating convention where we worked with allies behind the scenes to support the development of what is clearly the most conservative GOP platform ever adopted. The Republican Party has stood firm in support of marriage, in rolling back the illegitimate Supreme Court decision redefining marriage and in opposing President Obama's dangerous "gender identity" push to redefine gender.

We've been working with allies in states like North Carolina to defend (in courts of law and in the court of public opinion) commonsense laws protecting the privacy and safety of women and girls in intimate facilities like restrooms, showers, changing rooms and locker rooms. Just today the NBA announced they would pull the All Star game from Charlotte because of this legislation. What hypocrisy! They will play exhibition games in China — a nation with a horrible human rights record including imprisoning dissidents, forced abortions, child labor, etc. — but will not play in Charlotte because the state has protected women and girls from being exposed to biological males in restrooms and other intimate facilities.

We're going to push back hard against the NBA, just as we did in protesting Target Stores for their dangerous policy of allowing men into changing areas previously reserved for girls and women. Nearly 1.5 million people have signed various petitions urging consumers to Boycott Target.

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We are also working to hold politicians who betrayed marriage and voters accountable. Just today, our state PAC in Missouri unleashed a campaign to defeat a treacherous Republican who helped deny Missourians the right to vote on important legal protections for people who believe in traditional marriage.

And our legal team is busy preparing briefs in numerous pending court cases where states and parents are contesting the illegal actions of the Obama administration to redefine sex under federal law to mean "gender identity" and then to claim that denying men who ‘identify' as women access to female showers and restrooms constitutes "discrimination."

All of this work depends on the success of our important Summer Membership Drive. Please, make an immediate financial contribution of at least $35 to support our work at this critical time and become an official member of the National Organization for Marriage. If you have been blessed with greater financial resources,consider making a generous contribution to help, whether that be $250, $500 or even $1,000 or $2.500. Please contribute whatever amount is right under your circumstances.

I know that many of you are busy planning family vacations and other summer-time activities. Please factor in NOM in your summer plans and be sure to participate in this critical Summer Membership Drive.

Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NOM Launches Campaign To Defeat Missouri Representative Anne Zerr Who Betrayed Missourians, Denying Them The Right To Vote On Critical Religious Liberty Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2016
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]


"It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her." - Brian Brown, NOM President

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Washington, D.C. – Washington, DC – Following through on a promise made to citizens last April when the Missouri House of Representatives refused to pass SJR 39, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced they have launched, through their NOM in Missouri PAC, a campaign to defeat Rep. Anne Zerr in the 23rd Senate District Republican primary. NOM in Missouri is funding mailings and phone calls urging voters to defeat Zerr in the August 2nd primary and elect her principal opponent, Bill Eigel.

"Anne Zerr betrayed the people of Missouri and the Republican Party when she refused to allow voters to consider critical legal protections preventing government from discriminating against people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her. We are committed to her defeat."

As a member of the House, Zerr joined with fellow Republicans Rep. Jim Hansen and Rep. Caleb Rowden to defeat SJR 39 which would have allowed Missouri voters to protect the right of Christians and people of faith from being punished by government because they object to participating in a same-sex 'wedding.' NOM is the nation's largest and most active organization in support of traditional marriage and the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters and will target Hansen and Rowden in the future.

"Anne Zerr has subjected supporters of marriage, Christians and people of faith to punishment and persecution for standing true to their beliefs. She has sided with LGBT extremists who want to punish people of faith for supporting marriage and use the full power of government to persecute them," Brown said. "Zerr has subjected churches, pastors, religious charities and schools, individuals and small businesses to lawsuits, fines, the loss of their livelihoods and the ruin of their reputations. We urge voters to defeat her."

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"Why Children of Same-Sex Couples Need FADA"

Dr.-Robert-Oscar-Lopez-900Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez, at the American Thinker, writes that the children of gay parents are a class often forgotten in discussions about discrimination because they, when they adopt views contrary to the LGBT agenda, face intense targeted animosity from that community. The upshot, he says, is that the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is needed to protect these folks as well.

He writes:

FADA is worded to protect people from opposing gay marriage even if they are not religious, and even if their opposition is "personal." This is crucial for children placed in the homes of gay couples. It would created a protected status for them, which currently exists nowhere in the law. Further protections are likely to be necessary, but this first step is fundamental.

Lopez recently made headlines when he was essentially forced to resign from his position as a professor at California State University because of targeting by liberal students and colleagues for his Christian views on marriage and sexuality.

You can read his latest piece in full here.

Separating Fact from Fiction on #FADA

From Roger Severino and William Wolfe of The Heritage Foundation comes this piece in the Daily Signal: Debunking 6 Myths About the First Amendment Defense Act:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing Tuesday on one of the most important pieces of religious liberty legislation before Congress in years: the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho.

Several Democratic House members and their invited witnesses made some stunning claims about the bill both orally and in written remarks that merit serious fact-checking.

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The Supreme Court itself said that the belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman is grounded in “decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises,” not on discrimination. FADA respects this truth and gives life to the best of our traditions of tolerance and religious freedom.

Tuesday’s hearing proved that FADA protects people and institutions from having their beliefs about marriage targeted for discrimination by their own government. It would do nothing more, nothing less.

To find the six myths that the authors expose and rebut, go to the Daily Signal to read the whole piece.

US Bishops Committee Chairs Urge Support for FADA

Via the USCCB, the statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, reads in part:

The definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, universally held for centuries, has nothing to do with disrespect for others, nor does it depend on religious belief. Rather, it is based on truths about the human person that are understandable by reason. Faithful to its commitment to serve the best interests of society, the Catholic Church will continue to promote and protect the truth of marriage as foundational to the common good. The Church will also continue to stand for the ability of all to exercise their religious beliefs and moral convictions in public life without fear, and to witness to the truth.

We are pleased to support the First Amendment Defense Act, and we urge Congress to pass this important legislation.

Bravo to these faith leaders for standing up in support of this critical bill! Read their full statement here.

GOP Platform Remains Firm on Marriage Despite Pressure

From the The Daily Signal:

CLEVELAND—After fending off attempts to change the Republican Party’s official position on LGBT issues and traditional marriage, a coalition of social conservatives cautiously celebrated an early victory Monday afternoon.

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On the social issue front of the Republican platform, conservatives maintained a strict definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. They limited the use of single-sex bathrooms in public buildings to those of the same biological sex. And they defeated efforts to steer the party in a direction more in line with LGBT advocacy groups.

This is a major victory for NOM and our allies, and for the countless grassroots activists that communicated with their state parties and delegates on these matters leading up to the convention. The maintenance of these principles in the GOP platform comes despite millions of dollars spent by Paul Singer and others in an attempt to steer the party in a different direction.

Read more here.

File Under: "Things They Told Us Would Never Happen"

One could publish a book entitled, Things LGBT Activists Insisted Would Never Happen, But Did - and it would, grimly, be a long one. Whether it be public figures losing their jobs because of their religious beliefs on marriage or private business owners threatened with legal action and financial ruin for refusing to participate in celebrating a marriage that conflicts with their conscience, we've seen case after case in which the things they told us would never take place have come to sad fruition.

Today, the headline in this category reads, Transgender woman arrested for voyeurism at Target, and while we are shocked by the story we cannot say we're really surprised:

A transgender Idaho Falls woman was arrested Tuesday on one count of felony voyeurism for a report that she took pictures of another woman changing clothes in a dressing room at Target in Ammon.

Shauna Patricia Smith, 43, is in custody in the Bonneville County Jail under the name Sean Smith, according to the jail’s active inmate roster. A Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office news release said the suspect also is known as Sean P. Smith.

Sheriff’s deputies responded Monday to the store after a woman reported that someone was taking pictures of her while she was inside a dressing room trying on clothes, the release said. The victim noticed the subject reaching over the wall with a cellphone taking pictures. The victim confronted the suspect who then fled the store on foot, the release said.

Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Bryan Lovell said he didn’t know whether the reported victim was wearing underwear when she was photographed.

Detectives reviewed witness information and security footage from Target that led them to come in contact with Smith, the release said. After interviewing Smith she was taken into custody by detectives and booked into the jail.

Detectives are investigating to determine if any more victims exist relating to this incident, the release said.

While the actions of this individual are outrageous, what is perhaps more maddening is that Target deliberately invited such behavior by intentionally putting the safety and privacy of girls and women at risk!

We have called on our supporters to SAY NO TO TARGET, and we renew that call today.

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If you haven't signed our boycott petition, we encourage you to do so today, and then please share this message with your friends on social media and encourage them to do likewise!

Big Win for FADA Today!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've got some great news: A critical committee of the US House of Representatives today held a pivotal hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), setting the stage for it to move forward to the full House!

The hearing in support of FADA was tremendous and made a clear and convincing case for this critical legislation. Congressional champions like Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador set the stage for the importance of protecting the rights of individuals, small businesses and churches from being discriminated against because of their beliefs about marriage. Legal experts and scholars also added their voices of support.

But the star of the hearing was former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran who was fired from his position simply because he talked about his belief in traditional, biblical marriage in a book he wrote. Chief Cochran was compelling and convincing. Time and again members of the committee referred to his case as an example why FADA is urgently needed.

I have to be honest: this critical hearing in support of FADA may never have happened were it not for NOM's strong and consistent push. When it appeared that some in the GOP leadership were stalling on FADA, we launched a Fax for FADA campaign that resulted in over 100,000 faxes being delivered to members of Congress. Our push helped pry FADA loose, and today's pivotal hearing was the result.

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Unfortunately, we are dangerously low on funds and need immediate financial support to continue our push to get FADA to the floor of the House of Representatives. I'm asking you to make an immediate financial contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more. If you have the resources to give more generously, please consider doing so.

Passing FADA out of the House of Representatives is our top priority to protect the right of Americans to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives. No American should be punished by government for refusing to be complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' Nobody should be forced to participate in a gay 'wedding' ceremony, including having to produce goods and services, against their beliefs. FADA provides critical protection against the Obama administration from persecuting people of faith, and we're working hard to enact it.

We have a robust plan to urge adoption of FADA, including grassroots organizing, social media engagement, the production of educational and advocacy videos and outreach to potential supporters across the nation. But our plan requires us to raise $37,000 in the next week.

Please act today to help us implement our FADA Enactment Plan with a contribution of $25, $35, $75, $100 or $250 or more. Your gift will be put to immediate use to help us organize and deploy all the tactical elements we need.

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The hue and cry that LGBT extremists make whenever common sense reforms are proposed has had an effect on some members of Congress. They see the kerfuffle created in North Carolina and Mississippi when legislation opposed by gay extremists was enacted. We have to hold Congressional representatives' feet to the fire, making them accountable to their constituents and the American people who overwhelmingly believe that no citizen should be persecuted because they believe in traditional marriage.

NOM is the tip of the spear when it comes to education, and grassroots and political action on marriage and religious liberty. But we can be effective only to the extent that our supporters stand with us and give generously of their financial resources. That is why I am asking you to make a contribution of $35, $50, $100 or whatever amount is right for you to help us push for the passage of FADA.

Please act today so that we can capitalize on the tremendous hearing that was held in Congress today, and keep our momentum going.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Do or Die Time for First Amendment Defense Act



Dear Marriage Supporter,

A critical committee hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is taking place in the House of Representatives tomorrow, Tuesday July 12. It is imperative that members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hear from you that we are counting on them to protect Christians and other people of faith from being discriminated against by the government simply for living out the truth of marriage in their daily lives.

If you haven't already done so, please immediately sign our Petition to Congress letting them know you want FADA to be forwarded to the full House of Representatives to be enacted ASAP.

Sign Our Petition Today!

Please also call the OGR Committee office at 202-225-5074 to let them know you want them to mark up (pass) FADA and send it to the Floor for a vote.

Lastly, please contact all your friends on social media and ask them to push for passage of FADA. You can use the hashtag #PassFADA.

Critical Shortfall in NOM Second Quarter Fundraising

Many thanks to those people who responded to my urgent appeal for funds at the end of the second quarter on June 30th. We are still tallying our fundraising receipts from all sources, including direct mail. However, it looks like we fell about 600 people short of what we need. This creates a critical shortfall in our budget that, unless filled immediately, is going to force me to take drastic action to cut back on urgently-needed programs.

I'm holding off on any budget cuts until the end of this week, hoping that you will be one of the 600 people we need to step up with a minimum contribution of $35. Please act today so that I know you are standing with us during this critical time when we are on the verge of moving the FADA legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Thank you for your support and prayers. Please make a financial sacrifice today of at least $35 to provide us the fundraising boost we desperately need.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Don't forget to sign our Petition to Congress in support of FADA, and use the email and social media share buttons below to ask your friends to do the same. Then please make an immediate financial contribution of at least $35 to help us avoid budget cuts at this critical time. Thank you.


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Tell Congress to Protect Religious Liberty



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Next Tuesday, July 12th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), chaired by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), will hold a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).

That this hearing has been scheduled is a testament to your hard work, and the efforts of countless other of NOM's supporters and allies, who have kept up pressure on the OGR committee and its chairman to ensure this bill gets the attention it deserves. We furnished over 100,000 faxes to members of the OGR committee from concerned citizens through our Fax for FADA program—and it worked!

Now, we need to move on to the next steps. It is critical that the OGR committee take the additional action of "marking up" this bill, a requirement of Congress so that it can be sent to the House floor for a vote.

So, I am asking you to do two things today:

  1. Sign our petition urging OGR to mark up FADA; and then,
  2. Call the committee and its members to voice your support for this critical bill.

You can make a difference! Sign Our Petition!

FADA enjoys wide support in Congress: there are 171 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, 23 of whom are on the OGR committee. We are confident that this bill will succeed in committee, but we need to push so that the OGR members take action now and don't delay the full floor debate and vote that this important legislation requires.

Please act today and sign this petition urging the OGR committee to mark-up FADA and move it to the House floor for a vote.

We need to collect as many signatures as we can, as quickly as possible, and deliver them to the OGR committee so that they can see the wide support that religious liberty and the protection of our First Amendment rights enjoys among the American people.

Even if you participated in the Fax for FADA campaign, it is imperative that you add your signature to this petition today urging that the OGR takes additional action on this bill and mark it up so that it can be put before the House for a vote.

Sign our petition and make sure the OGR members know that the American people want protection for their First Amendment rights, and that passing FADA should be a top priority.

After you've signed the petition, I hope you'll take the additional step of calling the OGR committee office and notifying the staffers of your support for FADA and your demand that the bill be marked up as soon as possible. Let's keep that line busy! And if you have additional time, please call at least one of the individual members of the OGR and make your voice heard there as well. If your own Representative is on the committee, please call him or her both in Washington and in the district office. Here's a listing of the relevant contact information:

OGR Committee Representative Phone Number
OGR Committee Office 202-225-5074
Jason Chaffetz (R-03) UT (Chairman) 202-225-7751
Justin Amash (R-03) MI 202-225-3831
Rod Blum (R-01) IA 202-225-2911
Ken Buck (R-04) CO 202-225-4676
Buddy Carter (R-01) GA 202-225-5831
Ron DeSantis (R-06) FL 202-225-2706
Scott DesJarlais (R-04) TN 202-225-6831
John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-02) TN 202-225-5435
Blake Farenthold (R-27) TX 202-225-7742
Paul A. Gosar (R-04) AZ 202-225-2315
Trey Gowdy (R-04) SC 202-225-6030
Glenn Grothman (R-06) WI 202-225-2476
Jody Hice (R-10) GA 202-225-4101
Will Hurd (R-23) TX 202-225-4511
Jim Jordan (R-04) OH 202-225-2676
Cynthia Lummis (R-ALL) WY 202-225-2311
Thomas Massie (R-04) KY 202-225-3465
Mark Meadows (R-11) NC 202-225-6401
John L. Mica (R-07) FL 202-225-4035
Mick Mulvaney (R-05) SC 202-225-5501
Gary Palmer (R-06) AL 202-225-4921
Steve Russell (R-05) OK 202-225-2132
Michael R. Turner (R-10) OH 202-225-6465
Tim Walberg (R-07) MI 202-225-6276
Mark Walker (R-06) NC 202-225-3065

Finally, please forward this email to your friends and family using the buttons below, and urge them to take action as well. Share this message on social media, too: Tweet and post to Facebook your support for #FADA so that we can collect as many signatures as possible.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Panicked



Friends — I just met with my team and learned we are seriously behind our fundraising goals for the first half of the year, which ends at midnight on Thursday.

In fact, unless we get contributions from 3,050 supporters in the next 48 hours I’m going to have to cut our budget right as we head into one of the most important periods ever for the fight for marriage and religious liberty.

You can make a difference! Donate Today!

I have to be honest, we’ve never been in a bigger hole and I am freaking out. In the past, we had reserves saved up to help cushion a shortfall, but our reserves are gone.

Not only are we looking at major fights in the next few months, including pushing for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, but we’re headed into the slowest time of year for fundraising as families take time off for vacations and travel.

The fight for marriage, religious liberty, and gender sanity is completely dependent on the grassroots. Is there ANY WAY that you can be one of the 3,050 people we need to step up in the next 48 hours with a contribution of $35? If you can give more than that, please do! But your gift of $35 combined with those of 3,049 other supporters will raise what we need to get through the summer intact.

We’ve been focused so much on the successful March for Marriage and helping our allies like the Just Want Privacy campaign in Washington state that we haven’t put enough emphasis on our own needs for funding to pay our bills. Now we’re facing an emergency shortfall with only 48 hours left before our first half of the year deadline.

Immediately show your support

I hate to ask you again to give, but we don’t have huge donors to go to. We only have the grassroots.

Is there any way at all that you can step up with a gift of $35 or more to help us at this critical time? Boy, I sure hope so.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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2016 March for Marriage Was A Great Success!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm writing with great news — the 2016 March for Marriage this past Saturday in Washington was a tremendous success! We had about 400 people join us at the rally and march and they were an enthusiastic and inspiring group of supporters!

Many families came together to march. One family I spoke with drove down from Philadelphia. Another family came from Long Island. We had people join us from as far away as Utah and California. I met people from throughout the north east and the south. One supporter even came from Sri Lanka to be with us!

In short it was a great event! You can see some photos here.

Of course, like in the early years of the March for Life after the Roe v. Wade decision, we expected that the crowd would be smaller than past marches because people are still grieving from the US Supreme Court's illegitimate decision redefining marriage. But continuing the March for Marriage gives supporters of marriage an important event to rally around and come to realize that they are not alone in supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman. So like the annual March for Life, we are very confident that as word spreads, the size of the march will continue to grow every year going forward.

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Mark your calendar — next year's 2017 March for Marriage is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th.

I am grateful to all those who made a financial contribution to support this year's March for Marriage. Unfortunately, we still have about $3,000 in unpaid bills that must be covered so if you have not yet made a contribution to help, please do so today. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more is tax deductible and will help us close the books on a tremendously successful March for Marriage and allow us to focus on some incredibly important upcoming activities.

Right after the March for Marriage, a high-ranking member of the House of Representatives told a NOM representative that the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is definitely going to be voted on soon. This critical legislation is needed to protect the right of Americans to support marriage as one man/one woman without being targeted by the federal government for harassment and punishment. NOM will be at the forefront fighting for the passage of FADA.

I thank all of you who held us in your prayers, who volunteered, who posted about the March on social media, who made a financial contribution to help defray the costs and who attended the March in Washington. Please act today to help us take care of remaining expenses. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, $250 or whatever you can afford will be much appreciated.

Again, thanks to all who helped make this critical March for Marriage a success. I am excited and encouraged by all our supporters who remain firm in their belief that marriage is and always will be as God created it — the union of one man and one woman!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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