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The Most Successful March Ever!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As I mentioned earlier today, over the weekend, we had our most successful March for Marriage ever!

An estimated 15,000 marriage supporters gathered to hear a wonderful panel of speakers and afterwards march to the Supreme Court to make their voices heard: that the American people believe in marriage between one man and one woman and demand that the Supreme Court respect their votes and values and uphold marriage!

I wanted to share the success of the March with you today...

You can see some incredible images of yesterday's March on the March for Marriage website's photostream.

And you can listen to the wonderful speakers that graced us with their presence and words on the NOM YouTube page playlist.

If you'd like to read a little bit about the March, here are two interesting takes... the first from the Washington Post, and the second from our friend Austin Ruse in Breitbart News.

Marriage Supporter, I cannot adequately express to you how encouraging and joyful Saturday's March was.

Thank you again to everyone who made it possible — our amazing co-sponsoring organizations, our coalition and media partners, and especially the thousands upon thousands of marriage supporters from all across the country — Black, White, Latino and Asian; young and old — who made the sacrifice to march for this most precious institution.

God bless you all.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

National Organization for Marriage officials Available to Media Following US Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (703) 474-6142 [email protected]


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Washington, DC. — Top officials from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s largest organization devoted to preserving traditional marriage, will be available on April 28th immediately following the conclusion of oral arguments presented to the US Supreme Court on the constitutionality of state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. NOM led campaigns for traditional marriage laws in numerous states and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging them to uphold marriage.

WHO: John Eastman, Chairman
National Organization for Marriage
  Brian Brown, President
National Organization for Marriage
WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2015
WHERE: Washington, DC


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (703) 474-6142.

Stand With Us Tomorrow at the Supreme Court!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

On Saturday we had an amazing March for Marriage — our biggest and most successful ever! There were approximately 15,000 marchers present! Thank you to everyone who participated... I will be sending you pictures, videos and news stories about it soon.

But first, we still have some work to do...

Tomorrow, April 28, 2015, is the day the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v Hodges to determine whether or not states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

NOM, along with Alliance Defending Freedom and numerous other family groups, will be present at the Supreme Court tomorrow morning to demonstrate.

If you are able to come into DC and participate, I would encourage you to do so to help us have a strong contingent of marriage supporters present on this historic day.

We will be rallying at 10:00 am, but I encourage you to come early, as there will likely be thousands of demonstrators — from both sides — present.

And if you cannot attend, I ask that you keep NOM, those at the rally, and the lawyers representing our case to the justices of the Supreme Court in your prayers during the hours they will be arguing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

The Virtual March for Marriage!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Virtual March is an essential part of the 2015 March for Marriage and I'm extremely grateful that you have signed up to be a part of our overall efforts to defend marriage!

The Virtual March is a way of demonstrating national support for marriage, united to those of us fortunate enough to be in Washington, DC on April 25th, as we march to the Supreme Court.

Here are some specific actions you can take to help us make this most critical March for Marriage a tremendous success:

1) Today and tomorrow, spread the word about the Virtual March and the March for Marriage thorough your social media accounts — Facebook, Twitter, etc. Please use the hashtag #marching4marriage in your posts — to create a greater groundswell of support for marriage all across the country. Urge everyone who can attend the March to do so on Saturday, and those who cannot to join you in signing up to be a part of the Virtual March. Specifically, please post about WHY you are supporting the March.

2) On the day of the March, please take a picture of yourself demonstrating support for marriage — you can hold a sign up, or wear a white bow, for example — and send them to [email protected] We will post the photos on the March website.

3) Tune in to the live stream of the March, brought to you by our official media sponsor, Life Site News, tomorrow, April 25th, at noon eastern time. The broadcast will be streamed on the March website.

Thank you so much for all that you do to defend marriage! And thank you in advance for all your help in making tomorrow's March for Marriage an incredible success!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

NOM Announces Speakers and Special Guests for 2015 March for Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (703) 474-6142 [email protected]


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Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced its lineup of speakers and special guests for the 2015 March for Marriage scheduled for this Saturday, April 25th, beginning at Third Street and the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the Washington Mall. The speakers and special guests reflect a heavy emphasis on communities of faith and include Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the official representative of Pope Francis, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and prominent leaders of the Church of God in Christ and various protestant Christian denominations, along with representatives of numerous pro-family organizations.

"The outpouring of support from the faith and pro-family communities has been amazing, and is a reflection of how important we see this opportunity to demand of the justices of the US Supreme Court that they respect our values and our votes in support of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "We are especially honored to welcome Pope Francis' representative who stands with leaders of other Christian denominations and pro-family organizations in support of marriage."

The March for Marriage, the third such march, is scheduled three days before the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case that could preserve traditional marriage laws throughout the country, or impose same-sex 'marriage' in every state in the nation. Speakers and special guests attending the march include:

  • Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz of New York
  • Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, The Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the United States of America and The Organization of American States
  • Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
  • Most Reverend John Joseph McIntyre, Titular Bishop of Bononia and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Philadelphia
  • Rev. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, CA
  • Reverend Brandon B. Porter, Prelate of the Tennessee Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ
  • Josh Duggar, Executive Director of FRC Action
  • Tom Minnery, President & CEO of CitizenLink
  • Jennifer A. Marshall, Vice President for The Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
  • Reverend Bill Owens, Founder and President of the Coalition of African American Pastors
  • Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council
  • Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel
  • Carlos Luis Vargas Silva, Founder and President, Central Biblico Internacional
  • Reverend Father Johannes Jacobse, Founder of the American Orthodox Institute and Pastor, Saint Peter Orthodox Church in Bonita Springs, FL
  • John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage
  • Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage

"We expect thousands of pro-marriage Americans, the largest crowd yet to attend a pro-marriage march, to come to Washington to show their support for traditional marriage," said Brian Brown. "We are honored that so many prominent leaders of faith and pro-family communities are lending their presence and prestige to the event. NOM is proud to march with each of them."

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (703) 474-6142.

Senator Jim DeMint Video Supporting The March for Marriage!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Former Senator Jim DeMint, now the president of the Heritage Foundation, has just released a new video on why he and the Heritage Foundation are supporting the March for Marriage... and why you should as well.

You can see the video here.

The March is TOMORROW... and it will the most important March we've ever done... taking place just days before the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a case that could decide whether or not the Constitution allows American citizens the right to pass laws defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

If at all possible, please make plans to join us tomorrow at noon at the Capitol reflecting pool in Washington, DC for our rally and March. If you cannot join us, please sign up to be a part of the Virtual March for Marriage and tune in on Saturday at noon eastern time to watch the live stream of the March on the March for Marriage website.

Thank you so much for all that you do to defend marriage! And thank you in advance for all your help in making tomorrow's March for Marriage an incredible success!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Louisiana Governor Stands Strong Against Same-Sex Marriage

“Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values and they tip the scales to our liberal opponents at every opportunity,” wrote Jindal. “Liberals have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box, they will win in the boardroom. It’s a deliberate strategy. And it’s time for corporate America to make a decision.” - Gov. Bobby Jindal

J000287As Americans across our nation prepare for the March for Marriage this Saturday, April 25th, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has bravely defended his stance on marriage in one of the most high-profile media publications out there: The New York Times’ Opinion Pages.

Politico covers Gov. Jindal’s piece:

The Republican 2016 hopeful penned an op-ed with the headline “I’m holding firm against gay marriage.” It accused “radical liberals” of teaming up with businesses to push same-sex marriage and other LGBT protections that he believes threaten religious liberty. As evidence, the Louisiana Republican pointed to the widespread public outcry that earlier this year pushed both Arkansas and Indiana to insert anti-discrimination protections into their religious freedom laws.

Jindal expressed support for a new bill in Louisiana called the “Marriage and Conscience Act” that would allow private businesses and institutions to refuse service based on their own definitions of marriage without the threat of government action. He called on conservatives to harness their traditional alliance with corporate interests to halt progressives’ momentum on pushing LGBT protections.

“This strategy requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters,” Jindal wrote, calling for a new “grand bargain.”

You can read Jindal’s original piece here. And in case there was any doubt, Jindal makes his intention transparently clear:

As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.

Well said, Gov. Jindal. We couldn't agree more.

Differing Opinions Are Not Welcome at John Hopkins University

Andrew Guernsey, a political science and classics major at John Hopkins University, reports via National Review that John Hopkins has launched another attack on individuals who hold conservative beliefs. This week, JHU’s student government voted to ban any hypothetical future Chick-fil-A outlet from their campus.

The student government allegedly disagrees with the personal opinions of the fast food chain’s owner on the topic of marriage. Guernsey, president of the student group Johns Hopkins University Voice for Life, explains why the student government’s decision is so dangerous:

ThinkstockPhotos-187643976The student government’s vote went beyond merely expressing support for same-sex marriage. The Chick-fil-A ban seeks to introduce unprecedented discrimination against companies owned by religious conservatives into the university’s contracting policies, even though only a few years ago, prominent liberals like Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama had held the same views on marriage. In banning Chick-fil-A from campus for “homophobia,” the JHU student government is only a short step from similarly giving the boot to socially conservative Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, and Jewish student groups from campus, as we have seen happen at Vanderbilt University, the 23 campuses of California State University, and others throughout the country.

In a free-market economy, the company that makes the best food at the lowest price usually wins more business. At a university, the robust free market of thought similarly should allow the best ideas to win out in an unfettered debate. The Chick-fil-A ban hurts both types of free market on campus. If the argument for redefining marriage into a genderless contract for any two consenting adults is so strong, then advocates for it should not need the student government’s version of the thought police to silence dissenting voices.

Guernsey is absolutely correct: silencing dissenting voices is an affront to the American university system. JHU’s message is crystal clear: any students who disagree with their opinion are not welcome on Johns Hopkins' campus. It is no shock, but it is a shame. There are many brilliant students at JHU who should be given the opportunity to hear both sides of an argument and make the decision for themselves. While Johns Hopkins may have seemingly “silenced” potential dissenting voices, it won’t last.

Truth can never be fully silenced nor destroyed. The student government at Hopkins can spin their decisions any way they want, but sharp students like Guernsey can see exactly what their real intention is: discrimination, all in the name of “tolerance.”

What Opposing Religious Freedom Really Means

In The Federalist op-ed, Iowa pastor Christopher Neuendorf asserts: “Disagreements are a part of life. As we constantly hear, diversity is built into American culture, and that includes diversity of opinion. I can deal with that. I don’t need everyone to agree with me in order to be a functional member of society.”

With the recent outrage over state laws protecting religious freedom, Rev. Neuendorf identifies a grave concern: in denouncing RFRAs, the rights of any religious individual to exist in our society are being denounced.

ThinkstockPhotos-77872409I’m not exaggerating. I’m not indulging in hyperbole. This is what you’re saying when you post on social media that you are outraged with Indiana’s efforts to protect religious freedom: that I, your family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, fellow citizen, am no longer allowed to exist in your world. I must conform myself to your way of thinking, or face financial ruin and ostracism.

Consider what Indiana’s RFRA offered before Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his fellow lawmakers neutered it: if sued by a same-sex couple for refusing to provide goods and services that constitute helping celebrate a same-sex wedding, business owners might find protection from devastating lawsuits. Or they might not. It’s up to a judge, and of course we’ve learned not to hope for too much sympathy from our courts these days. But even the potential that a business owner might get away with such stand without facing total annihilation is intolerable to our passionate defenders of non-discrimination.

It doesn’t matter how much we protest that we’re not talking about denying goods and services to our homosexual neighbors as homosexuals. It doesn’t matter that any Christian business would graciously serve food, baked goods, flowers, or any other commodity to any homosexual person who might enter that establishment. It doesn’t matter that we’re talking only about those limited circumstances in which we are expected to become actively involved in the celebration of behavior that our conscience insists is sinful. Such protestations consistently fall on deaf ears.

Rev. Neuendorf has struck on the heart of the “new intolerance”: no one who disagrees is allowed to continue living and working in our society. This is a blatant attempt to justify silencing any opposition. But the “new intolerance” will never be able to change the truth, no matter how aggressively they attack. No matter what, the voices of the American people will still ring loud and clear, for marriage, for truth, and for freedom.

One More Day



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Thank you so much for helping us reach our matching gift challenge goal of raising $100,000!

Those funds are being put to use subsidizing 50 buses to come down to the March for Marriage on Saturday. That is 2,500 marriage supporters!

We have received an unprecedented number of requests and there is still a chance that we could add more buses... so, please, every dollar we raise in the next few days will go directly toward subsidizing additional buses.

Please help us make this year's critical March for Marriage the best yet with a generous donation today!

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.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

A Country for the People Should be Decided by the People

American history is fraught with differences of opinion: Patriots and Loyalists, Conservatives and Liberals, Federalists and Anti-federalists, to name a few. However, simply because there are two sides to an issue does not provide a reason for the Supreme Court to step in and rule on that issue. As Kyle Duncan writes in an article for Public Discourse:

ThinkstockPhotos-118461784The fact that Americans have reached different conclusions about same-sex marriage is not a sign of a constitutional crisis that requires the Supreme Court to step in. On the contrary, it’s a sign that our Constitution is working the way it should. In our federal system, this issue must be resolved at the state level. To resolve it through federal judicial decree would demean the democratic process, marginalize the views of millions of Americans, and do incalculable damage to our national civic life.

The redefinition of marriage goes even beyond an attack on our society’s core institution. At stake is the role of parenting, rights under family law, and the authority of self-governance:

The step from the older to the newer version of marriage is a momentous one. As Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote for the Sixth Circuit, the concept of marriage as a man-woman institution is “measured in millennia, not centuries or decades,” and “until recently [it] had been adopted by all governments and major religions of the world.” In Windsor, the Supreme Court similarly observed that “marriage between a man and a woman had been thought of by most people as essential to the very definition of that term and to its role and function throughout the history of civilization.” Thus, when state citizens decide whether to adopt same-sex marriage, one thing appears inescapably true: they are exercising their sovereign authority over the basic architecture of family law.

Only from this perspective can we see what is truly at stake in the same-sex marriage cases. The plaintiffs are not merely asking the Court to recognize a new right. Instead, they are asking the Court to declare that the Constitution removes this issue from democratic deliberation. It is often asked by proponents of same-sex marriage what “harms” would flow from judicial recognition of their claims. From the perspective of democratic self-government, those harms would be severe, unavoidable, and irreversible.

As Duncan logically articulates, marriage, self-government, and civility are all at stake. Sadly, it will take years to pick up the broken pieces of our system, the pieces that cracked when religious freedom and state rights were openly attacked. But if the Supreme Court believes that the American people will watch their right to self-governance be undermined, they are mistaken. And this weekend is just the beginning.

Incredible



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Incredible. That's what NOM's supporters are.

The outpouring of support in the past few days to help fund buses for the March for Marriage has been magnificent.

Thank you to everyone who has joined our matching gift campaign and donated... we've raised $90,000 toward out overall goal of $100,000!

Please, if you haven't yet given — or if God has blessed you with the means to give again — please consider making a generous donation to help us bring as many people to the March for Marriage as possible.

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.

Everything we raise in the next 2 days will be going straight to funding more buses. If we raise an additional $100,000, we'll be bringing 50 more buses to the March!

Can you imagine the scene in Washington DC? Just picture in your mind the sight of thousands upon thousands of marriage supporters from every walk of life and conceivable background — Catholics, Evangelicals and Mormons... African-American, Latino, Asian and Caucasian... young and old... married and single — so many dedicated and passionate supporters of marriage gathering for a single purpose: to let the Supreme Court and the powerbrokers in our nation's capital know that the American people don't want marriage redefined!

Can I count on you to help make that happen?

Simply click here to make a fully tax-deductible donation of any amount in support of the March.

God bless you for defending marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Radio Interview with Brian Brown

smallwefreedoms-journal-squareLonnie Poindexter, host of The Freedom’s Journal Radio Show, recently interviewed NOM President Brian Brown about the upcoming March for Marriage.

Be sure to listen to the full interview below! For more information, feel free to explore the myriad of offerings from Urban Family Communications.

Why Should You Support the 2015 March for Marriage?

The Family Research Council, one of NOM's March for Marriage coalition partners, provides excellent insight into many of the reasons why it is so important to support the upcoming March:

ThinkstockPhotos-146835966With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of state marriage laws on Tuesday, April 28th, supporters of natural marriage plan to gather in Washington, D.C. on April 25th to rally and pray for the Court. Saturday's "March for Marriage" will begin at noon in front of the U.S. Capitol and finish at the steps of the Supreme Court. Schedule, map, and speakers can all be viewed here.

For the past two years, state and federal courts have dealt with the aftermath of the Supreme Court's 2013 United States v. Windsor decision, mostly choosing to ignore the limits of the holding and instead imposing judicial redefinitions of marriage on states where voters have previously chosen to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg has written previously regarding Windsor's narrow outcome). This spring, the Supreme Court has the opportunity to correct the course of lower courts and reaffirm its previous declarations that marriage policy "[b]y history and tradition" has been "treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States."

Given the profound costs to the rule of law, federalism, and First Amendment freedoms that will result from a judicial redefinition of marriage imposed on all fifty states, the Supreme Court would be wise to leave to the democratic process a policy question nowhere answered in the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, when polled earlier this year by WPA Opinion Research, that's precisely the outcome 61% of Americans said they wanted to see. Saturday's March for Marriage will offer thousands of Americans the public opportunity to remind the country and the Court that marriage has profound public importance and deserves the careful definition and debate that can only occur in the democratic process.

Thank you to FRC and everyone else who is marching with us to defend marriage, freedom, and truth!

Good Fortune



Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's no secret that working at NOM to defend marriage can be stressful. But what makes it worth it is fighting a just cause and realizing that with the tribulations come many blessings.

One such blessing occurred in the past few days.

One of the challenges in organizing an event like the March for Marriage is that we have to make financial commitments for things like buses before we know how much funds we will have on hand when it comes time to pay for those buses.

This is why I have been stressing out a bit about how we were going to fund all the buses we had committed to assisting. Without those buses, many coming from low-income communities, thousands of people would be left at home and not able to stand up in defense of marriage because we simply don't have the billionaires bankrolling our operation like the proponents of same-sex marriage do.

But over the weekend, there was a tremendous outpouring of grassroots support. We're not out of the woods yet — not by a longshot — but the blessing provided by so many people standing up and digging deep to give generously was tremendously uplifting. The Lord is providing!

Well, it turns out I wasn't the only one whose spirits were buoyed...

Knowing that we have had more requests for buses than ever before — many, many more than I anticipated only a month ago — our generous matching gift donor has increased his matching gift challenge to $100,000!

That means every donation made leading up to the March will continue to be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000!

So far, we've raised $75,000 and are pushing hard over the next 48 hours to raise the remaining $25,000 we need to take advantage of the full matching gift pledge, and to ensure that we have enough funds to pay for all the buses we need.

Marriage Supporter, what I am asking you to do is to close your eyes for a few seconds and reflect on the moment at hand. Then prayerfully ask yourself, "what more can I do to help?" Take a moment to let the Holy Spirit touch your heart and guide you to an answer according to your circumstances. I am praying that you will be able to make a sacrificial gift that will help us complete the task at hand and subsidize more buses than ever before. If you and all of our marriage supporters will simply pause to pray for guidance, I know that we will be successful.

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.

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

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown