Game On! President Obama Declares War on Marriage, Federalism, and Religious Liberty – NOM Marriage News, July 2, 2011


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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Game on!

With Senate hearings on the repeal of DOMA yesterday, President Obama and the hard-left core of the Democratic Party in Washington declared war on marriage, on federalism, on democracy and on religious liberty.

Do you think I exaggerate?

As Maggie said in National Review yesterday, the chilling of our First Amendment rights has commenced, in the name of a faux equality:

The First Amendment is more than a legal guarantee. It is a key American value—which holds that in a free society, decent, law-abiding citizens should not be afraid to speak up with civility for the moral good as they see it.

Sen. Chuck Grassley's remarkable opening statement in Wednesday's Senate DOMA hearing on a bill to repeal DOMA called attention to a very serious and growing intolerance directed at Americans who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife:

"The minority very much hoped to call a witness today at this hearing to testify in support of DOMA. I am sure she would have done an excellent job," said Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa). "She declined, however, citing as one reason the threats and intimidation that have been leveled against not only her but her family as a result of her public support for DOMA. She will continue to write on this subject, but will no longer speak publicly about it. This chilling of First Amendment rights is unacceptable."

When Chris Johnson, a reporter from the Washington Blade, called and asked if that woman was our own Maggie Gallagher, Maggie tells me she was at first amused. No, of course not. Maggie would never back down from standing up for the truth about marriage, no matter the threats, abuse, or scorn gay marriage advocates attempt to heap upon her head.

But she and I could both sympathize.

The death threats and hateful mail New York state senator Rev. Rubén Díaz says he has received are not unusual, as anyone who speaks with civility and common sense for our marriage tradition discovers. Marriage as the union of husband and wife is not bigotry, it's common sense. Nevertheless, whole professions are in the process of being closed to anyone who espouses—and acts on—the view that marriage is the union of husband and wife.

We told you last week about a Toronto sportscaster who was fired for tweeting that he believes in the "true and authentic meaning of marriage." Nothing in the First Amendment will prevent similar injustices in this country if the government adopts the view that our traditional understanding of marriage is like racial bigotry, and needs to be suppressed in the name of "equality."

Next week, NOM is flying to North Carolina to interview Frank Turek, who also had his contract with CISCO terminated, after a human resources official googled and found out he had written against same-sex marriage.

Take a moment and look into the eyes of Ruth Sheldon, a 65-year-old town clerk in the little town of Granby, New York, who resigned a job with a $32,000 a year salary plus health insurance, because New York politicians have threatened to criminally prosecute any clerk who cannot, in good conscience, sign a gay wedding license. "I'm standing on the word of God," she says. Indeed she is, with honor.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Ruth lives with her husband, Robert, a retired dairy farmer, and they will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary next month. "I know how to live on a little and I know how to live in abundance, and if I have to live on a little then that will be it," she said.

Look into the eyes of this decent, hardworking, conscientious woman, who lost her job and was threatened with criminal prosecution if she didn't license gay weddings, and ask yourself: What kind of a political movement wants to deprive a woman like this of her job and the town of Granby of her skills? What kind of government would put her in jail?

If it makes your blood boil the way it makes mine, fight back! Step one: Go to and sign our petition! Get your friends to sign on. Gentleman may cry "peace! peace!" but there is no peace—the war on marriage has begun. Speak now, by signing NOM's DOMA petition, or face the possibility of forever after holding your peace, submitting to the political forces that seek to strip you of your right to stand for God's truth over man's.

Instead of protecting marriage and people like Ruth, the hard left—which now controls marriage law in New York and wants to control it nationwide by repealing DOMA—wants to use this law to suppress, marginalize, stigmatize and punish good, decent, law-abiding people like her.

We cannot stand by and let this happen. is the first step, but not the last.

Maggie writes, "The underlying truth that so-called 'pro-equality' Republicans need to understand is this: They are aiding and abetting a political movement that, at this point in history, seeks to make traditional Christian views on sex and marriage unacceptable in the public square—just as racist views on interracial marriage are unacceptable—by heaping scorn and hatred on any American who does something to support marriage as one man and one woman."

Advocates of gay marriage now seek to redefine not only marriage, but the relationship between Judeo-Christian values and the American tradition. Deface our Bibles by ripping Genesis out as "bigoted" and remake an America where those who espouse Biblical views on sex and marriage are treated like racists? Just what will be left to "conserve" of the American tradition?

Do not believe the lies, or submit to the hatred.

You and I can fight back against the flood of Tim Gill's and Ken Mehlman's money which is seeking to overturn DOMA, to intimidate Bible-believing Americans, and to turn the Republican Party away from its support for marriage so that it can remake America without opposition. This cannot happen while you and I have the strength to stand up for truth, with love, for common sense and common decency.

I have faith that with your help and God's we can and will win this fight for marriage itself and for the place of Biblical values in America.

We don't have to match the zillionaires dollar for dollar, because we have three great assets on our side. We have truth, including, most crucially, God's truth about marriage. We have justice, because the ugly side of this so-called "equality" movement to redefine marriage and America is becoming more visible and harsher every day.

And we have 3,000 years of human experience, and the common sense of the majority of the American people. That common sense has been demonstrated time and time again when politicians and courts have trusted the American people—the experts on marriage—with the decision about what marriage is and should remain: a union of husband and wife, who give themselves to each other in the only kind of union that can ever make new life and connect those children to that precious gift, a mom and a dad.

Marriage is unique for a reason.

Thank you for signing our Defend DOMA petition, and sending it to a friend.

If you have the means, and can meet the other responsibilities God has given you, I need you today to reach down and donate $5, $10, or $100 today to help us fight this battle—to fight it and win!

If you've donated to NOM before, thank you. Please do so again today if God has given you the means, now that the stakes are so high and so clear.

If you have enjoyed reading this newsletter, hearing of our victories, but never paused to donate, I am asking you today to donate just $5—the price of a hamburger!—to fight back against the powerful movement which threatens to overwhelm marriage, common sense, human decency, and Biblical values, and seeks to punish good people like Ruth Sheldon who stand up for marriage.

This week, we at NOM announced the first step of an intense, multi-year $2 million campaign to take back New York—and give all the Ruth Sheldons of America back their God-given right to participate as full and equal citizens, their views and values respected in the public square.

We spent $150,000 sending "Benedict Arnold" mailers into the districts of the seven senators who flip-flopped on marriage (including four key Republicans senators).

This is the crucial first step to fulfilling our pledge to spend $2 million against the politicians who imposed same-sex marriage without a vote of the people. The politicians and the media are sitting up and taking notice!

"NOM targets 'Benedict Arnolds' of the state Senate who Voted for Gay Marriage," blared the New York Daily News headline.

"This is the first step in what will be a sustained, determined effort to make sure the constituents of these cowardly Senators know what they have done," I told the Daily News. "They decided to ignore principle and their constituents in a calculated political flip-flop only after Governor Cuomo raised $1 million from Wall Street billionaires and hedge fund managers to support the legislation. Now, some of these same Senators are raising tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from gay marriage activists all around the country. It's despicable."

The mailings target Republican Senators Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, James Alesi and Stephen Saland; and Democratic Senators Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger. Why? Well, for instance:

  • Grisanti ran for office on a traditional marriage platform and solicited and accepted a $4,000 campaign contribution from NOM.
  • Alesi said "It's not our job to be moral."
  • Kruger, who has been indicted for allegedly taking $1 million in bribes in exchange for political favors, declared the Senate vote would "redefine what the American family is."

On Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Maggie and I will join Sen. Rev. Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx), New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom, and thousands of New Yorkers across the state at rallies to protest the way the New York senate hijacked marriage and ignored the will of the people. Simultaneous 3 p.m. rallies (which your donations to NOM help pay for!) in Manhattan, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo. The new coalition is called Let the People Vote!

As Sen Díaz said in his latest press release:

"In a city where teachers and public employees are being laid off, and fire houses are being closed for lack of funds, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to spend city funds to have government offices open on a Sunday to perform same-sex weddings.

"Having had this bad law passed, we should not retreat in fear the way the Apostles did in the days after the crucifixion and before the resurrected Christ came to reveal himself. Instead, we need to maintain the same drive that the Apostles had after the resurrected Lord filled them with the Spirit."

Join us! 3 p.m. this Sunday, July 24, is the first step to taking back marriage in New York from corrupt Albany Republicans who sold our birthright in exchange for Ken Mehlman's and Mayor Bloomberg's cash.

Whatever your faith tradition, if you believe in limited government, in the truth about marriage, and in respect for the people's wishes, join us!

Go to for more information on how to attend the New York rally.

While Pres. Obama is fighting to overturn DOMA, I don't want to forget to say thank you to Speaker John Boehner, who condemned that act as "another effort by the White House to take attention away from jobs and the president's economic policies, which have been a failure. The Defense of Marriage Act is the law of the land, and the House will continue with its effort to ensure the constitutionality of the law is determined by the courts rather than by a unilateral action by the Obama Administration."

Good men and women of every race, creed and color will join together and rise above the hate, in the true rainbow coalition, to speak truth, with love, about the purpose and meaning of marriage.

As the new Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, said in his very first press conference in his new position this week, "this is the issue of our time."

God bless and keep you. Remember me and all the fighters on the front lines for marriage in your prayers.

Brian Brown

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage

P.S. We will fight for marriage and we will win—but we need your help to do it! Can you give $20 right now to defend marriage? Or can you make a commitment to just $5 a month? If you have the means, please consider a larger donation—and know that every dollar you can spare will make a difference in this crucial time.



  1. northwestperson
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Hey Brian, if you focused on a weight loss program instead of harming children of gay couples, you wouldn't be so fat like Maggie

  2. amc
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    geez. Brian. Ask for money much?

  3. JT1962
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Let's be honest. She didn't lose her job and she wasn't threatened with criminal prosecution for refusing to sign a gay marriage license. She quit her job because she felt her religious convictions were more important. And ALL clerks were told that if they couldn't follow the law and do their job, they could be prosecuted for that. She did the right thing because she felt she couldn't fulfill the duties of her job anymore.

  4. bill cope
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink


  5. Sam Jones
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    In other words, renouncing her faith wasn't an option for her, so this new law coerced her to resign at the threat of being criminaly prosecuted for her religious beliefs.

    Why don't we just call this country the Soviet Union?

  6. Robbo
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Cut the crap, NOM. This woman quit her job because she's a bigot. Just like you and your supporters. She was not forced out.

    You sound so desperate in this letter. And must everything be a "war" with you people? Aren't there enough wars?

  7. afdasf
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Don't you just love how gay marriage supporters are so polite and open minded?

  8. Barb
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    We can win this debate if each of us stays engaged. If we fail to stay engaged we'll soon wake up to an America we no longer recognize. Be unafraid.

  9. willis
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    i believe was right in what she done i believe marriage is between one woman and one man nothing else will do

  10. Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Bloomberg wasting city funds proves that SSM is a fiscal issue. The gay agenda wastes money. How much will it cost California to push gay history to kids? They are wasting time by passing these agenda while these states are failing.

  11. Jason
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    She quit her job because recently her right to freedom of religion and speech a right that stood true and promised since the first day it was pend, a right that was founded on the Judeo-christian standard, the same jodeo-christian standard that like it or not this country as a whole was built upon, the same one that a vast majority of americans believe in and soport, was superseded by a tiny minority made up of morally absent reprobates that define there whole existence on how they like to have sex!!!

  12. Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    There is nothing bigoted about defending marriage, any more than it's bigoted to defend lower taxes. Declaring all opposition bigoted is an easy way to get out of discussing the actual effects of legalizing SSM. I support my Constitutional rights, and there are many documented instances where legalizing SSM has infringed on individual's and group's Constitutional rights. That is just one of many reasons why I defend marriage.

  13. Ash
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Keep up the fight NOM!

  14. Kris
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    NOM you are doomed to failure....We have the courts,we have the peoples hearts and we have the votes

    Come this Sunday New York will join the rainbow of equality and there is nothing you can do about it.

    So bring your people and shout in the streets how horrible it is because it doesn't matter (You have failed)

  15. Louis E.
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Standards of conduct are not bigotry against would-be violators of those standards.And there will never be a legitimate reason for any same-sex sexual relationship to either exist or be respected.And I am NOT religious.

    Anyway,NOM needs to align itself with the movement for a new NYS Constitutional Convention,which would be much more likely to produce an amendment abolishing SSM than the legislature.

  16. Seth Thayer
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Did this woman sign marriage certificates for people who had been divorced? Did she ask if either of the parties had sex before being married? The bible says these things are wrong...if she is living her life through the bible, then she should not have signed these marriage certificates either.

  17. Bonnie
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    SSM has never "had the votes." 32 votes have produced 32 victories for Marriage. That should give you a pretty good idea of where the hearts of the people of this country are when it comes to this issue.

    There is a beautiful Truth that is written on the hearts of all of us. In the quiet and privacy of the voting booth, most of the good people of this country listen to this Truth and act accordingly.

    The SSM pushers know this, of course. That is why the tactic is always to force the agenda through activist judges and "useful idiot" politicians.

  18. Jerry
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Defend Marriage!!! God's word Marriage is between a Man & a Woman. Liberalism is at war with us stand up for truth!

  19. Alex
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Protecting marriage isn't any more bigoted as it is to keep blind people from driving. Homosexuality is a handicap and allowing these handicapped people to redefine marriage is the opposite of equality. The government in doing so is giving special treatment to less than 2% of the population. WE heterosexuals cont redefine marriage. So how is allowing gays to steal our marriage covenant equality?

    And don't be fooled. When the question of SSM goes to a public vote it is ALWAYS defeated.

    Oh and Obama is breaking federal law in his actions regarding DOMA. He is making it very difficult for the people who are legally bound to defend it. Why? Because he says it's unconstitutional. His opinion of the constitutionality of ANYTHING is completely irrelevant. It's not his job to decide if some legislation is unconstitutional. That's the job of the Supreme Court.

    When will someone impeach that man and put him in prison where he belongs?

  20. Sam Jones
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    For your informating, Kris, SS"M" has lost most court cases:

  21. ewe
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    She is of age to collect social security benefits and that is the reason she is so emboldened. Show me a person who is 40 - 55 years of age with these homophobic "principles" and i will show you someone who has a new job lined up. This woman is a pig.

  22. ewe
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    S. Jones: Oh right. Sure. You are a hypocrite with a hateful agenda.

  23. ewe
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    S.Jones: Listing authors who are on the Board of Advisors of a hate group defines your homophobic heterosexual agenda.

  24. ewe
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    This woman is not being forced to leave her job. She is leaving because she is incapable of performing her job. The sooner the better.

  25. Sam Jones
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    She is being coerced into resigning under the threat of being prosecuted for her religious beliefs because of this unconstitutional law. This is the kind of crap people have fled the the US to escape.

  26. Sam Jones
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Ewe, your intolerant remarks make me and others all the more determined to defend the sanctity of marriage from being warped and gutted by fanatics like you.

  27. Badger
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Death threats and hate mail are not acceptable whichever side of the great SSM debate you fall on. However call me cynical but I am rather suspicious of the claims of anonymous people who claim to be afraid of appearing at Senate hearings or trials because of unspecified verbal attacks made by nameless people and when no evidence is ever provided. I remember this being used at the Prop 8 trial as a reason why the proponents could call no credible witnesses. However the only person who was ever prosecuted for making death threats was a SSM opponent who made threats against the gay couples who brought the case to trial. Despite those threats they appeared at the trial and still gave evidence.

  28. Dolores Peluso
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Nicely put, Pamela....thank you.

  29. David
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Whichever side of this issue your on, demand that this be brought to a public vote. We cannot allow paid off politicians determining this issue. This is a fundamental issue that needs to be decided by the people. I use my freedom of speech to say that I believe that marriage is between and man and a woman, period.

  30. Thom
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Pamela - "Declaring all opposition bigoted is an easy way to get out of discussing the actual effects of legalizing SSM."

    So what are those effects and can you give us and where can we find evidence that they exist?

    And as far as "defending" traditional marriage.... what defense does it need? Is it that fragile that it will fail if two guys down the street get married?

  31. Posted July 22, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Why isn't Brian Brown under arrest for contempt of court after flagrantly disregarding repeated demands that NOM reveal its funding?

    Brian Brown is a CRIMINAL in several states.

    Who is NOM paying off to keep Brian Brown out of jail?

  32. eclectos
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Anyone with a job that disagrees with their personal moral view should do something else. They have that right. They do not have the right to deny others their rights. There is no rational way that gay marriage can threaten traditional marriage. I defy anyone to come up with a rational argument as to how it possibly could. Live and let live. The only crime is causing pain to others. Gay marriage hurts no-one. DOMA does.

  33. Louis E.
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Opposing wrongdoing is not prejudice against those inclined toward wrongdoing,and persons being of the same sex makes any sexual activity between them wrong whether or not legal.There is no defense for "LGBT people" claiming not to be under the same obligation as all others to avoid all same-sex sex.(And I am NOT religious).

  34. Posted July 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Bloomberg spent city funds to perform SSMs. This proves that Gay marriage is a fiscal issue and the gay agenda is bad for the economy.

  35. Posted July 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    >>you are a homophobe...
    >>You are a hypocrite with a hateful agenda...
    >>This woman quit her job because she's a bigot. Just like you and your supporters.

    Do you really think that tactic has any effect anymore? We're wise to it, folks (see Part II-III). Besides, the greatest irony comes when you realize you must be a "bigot" yourself to call anyone names simply because they disagree with you on principled grounds. It's akin to using the word "dogma" while convincing yourself you're not being "dogmatic" in your *own* position. 🙂

    However, I understand these are logical propositions and thus, naturally not your cup of tea. But actually, I must say I'm quite glad you've brought this up. I've been waiting for a good time to mention something about this word "bigot" (and your other slurs against us) and now you've offered me the ideal opportunity, so I thank you for that. 🙂 [Continued in Part II]

  36. Posted July 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    >>you are a are a hypocrite...hateful...This woman quit her job because she's a bigot. Just like you and your supporters.

    Do you really think that tactic has any effect anymore? We're wise to it, folks (see Part II-III). Besides, the greatest irony comes when you realize you must be a "bigot" yourself to call anyone names simply because they disagree with you on principled grounds. It's akin to using the word "dogma" while convincing yourself you're not being "dogmatic" in your *own* position.

    However, I understand these are logical propositions and thus, naturally not your cup of tea. But actually, I must say I'm quite glad you've brought this up. I've been waiting for a good time to mention something about this word "bigot" (and your other slurs against us) and now you've offered me the ideal opportunity, so I thank you for that. [Continued in Part II]

  37. Posted July 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    You know, everytime I hear this word "bigot" coming from an activist, my mind immediately takes me back to the very first time I learned about the Homosexual Manifesto. That's right, did everyone here know their modus operandi actually comes from a book written titled "After the Ball". They don't all realize this, of course, as many of them jumped on the bandwagon after it was rolling. But make no mistake, it all originates from their very own creed book. Think of it like the "bible" of the homosexual religion because, well, that's exactly what it is. It teaches them to make converts, instructs them in the spreading of their values and beliefs, and pretty much contains everything else you'd expect from a religious creed book. [Part II End]

  38. Posted July 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Click the link and read it now. It's just the highlights so it's a quick read. You'll see how America took the bait - hook, line and sinker! Once you read it, you'll understand why you see words like "bigot" used so much in their rhetoric. You'll discover it's all been a part of their long-term strategy to "normalize" homosexuality to the populace by means of psychological conditioning. And it's worked exceedingly well, I might add. So well, in fact, America has yet to wake up to the fact that they've been sold a bill of goods about all of this. Whether America ever does wake up is up to you and me. So get the word out.

    "After the Ball" was based on the "Homosexual Manifesto" and 1972 Gay Rights Platform: [Part III End]

  39. Posted July 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    You'll find it interesting how so many of the very things they call for an end to, they have become masters at doing themselves. It's also very interesting to note how in one section of their 1972 platform, they state how one of their goals is to have homosexual behavior seen as a "valid, healthy preference and lifestyle" but then later, obviously after realizing through the years that this was seen as justification for calling on them to change, they switched horses and so in the 1993 document they detail their strategy as to how they will convince straights they are born that way.

    I urge you, if you do nothing else, read their "Homosexual Manifesto" and then goals #7 and #8 under "State Laws". It reveals what's next on their agenda and it isn't good, folks. We're already seen some efforts being made to make these last steps a reality, so get the word out to the rest of America fast! [Part IV End]

  40. Posted July 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Isn't it clever how they carefully speak of only wanting freedom to engage in "adult consensual sex" while at the same time clearly state one of their goals is to ELIMINATE any "age of consent" altogether (#7), thereby legally making children of any age "consenting adults" for them to do with as they wish!

    Notice also their stated goal of "All churches who condemn us will be closed." We're well on our way there, my fellow Americans, if you don't stand up to this *now*. Also, note the list of "sexual orientations" listed at the back of the document. ALL of these are what they are actually desiring to have accepted as "normal" under their call to end all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Will they ever admit to you this is their true goal? No. But after reading these documents, do you really believe they will be appeased even with "gay marriage"? [Part V End]

  41. NDGP82
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Opposing "same sex marriage" is not bigotry, has never been bigotry, and never will be. You liberals can shout "bigot" until you're blue in the face but it does not change the fact using this word is nothing but a veiled attempt to silence opposition to such an immoral practice. All shouting "bigot" at supporters of traditional marriage does is reveal your own ignorance.

  42. Jane
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Keep up the good work Brian. Your organization is getting stronger. Ally yourself with political organizations and churches, get your word out to private schools and you will make serious waves even in a Godless state like New York. Many are behind you. No one in their right mind believes that two men or two women can ever have a marriage. Only delusional people believe that.

  43. John N.
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Dan for your great posts. I see you are referring to the massresistance website. I wonder if you live in Massachusetts like I do. It is great to hear from another resident of Massachusetts.

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