Dear Marriage Supporter,
The Human Rights Campaign and its pro-gay marriage allies are desperate to divide the Republican Party.
They spent more than $3 million to split off four Republican senators in New York. Led by wealthy GOP liberal Charles Munger, Jr. (the son of Warren Buffet's business partner), they very nearly succeeded in a stealthy takeover of the California GOP platform, using money and influence to gut the platform of its traditional support for life and marriage.
And now they've gotten their first Republican defector on DOMA.
Last Friday, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she would co-sponsor the bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act – becoming the first Republican to sign on to Rep. Jerrold Nadler's (D-NY) legislation.
We have many, many wonderful friends and marriage supporters in Congress. GOP frontrunner presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, together with Senator Rick Santorum and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, have publicly pledged concrete action to protect marriage. And that's no surprise. Polls show that upwards of 80% of Republicans support marriage, and Republican defectors do so at their own peril.
But groups like the Log Cabin Republicans and Freedom to Marry have been quietly courting Ros-Lehtinen for months, and this isn't the first time Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has abandoned the Republican party on important issues. She has repeatedly voted against a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, and earlier this year, she was the only Republican co-sponsor of a bill to shut down Catholic Charities and other religious adoption agencies across the nation, forcing them to violate religious convictions or go out of business.
Gay marriage activists know they don't need to persuade the Republican grassroots to support same-sex marriage – they just need to split off enough GOP elite opinion to provide cover as they force SSM on the entire nation. Several prominent GOP elites have already signed on, and gay marriage activists are spending millions of dollars to pressure and persuade more Republican lawmakers that they can support same-sex marriage without consequence.
I need you to send an email to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen today. Let her know that you are outraged that she would abandon marriage and the millions of voters who have adopted state amendments to protect marriage.
And maybe it's time Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen started looking for a new job.
In California, an outpouring of courageous grassroots opposition at the last minute – with behind the scenes support from NOM – was able to successfully derail Charlie Munger's attempted takeover of the Republican platform. In New York, an unexpected wall of Orthodox Jewish and Hispanic voters, offended by Assemblyman David Weprin's support for same-sex marriage, rose up to block Weprin in New York's 9th Congressional District, electing a (pro-marriage!) Republican to the reliably Democratic seat for the first time in nearly a century.
And that's just the start! We have committed to spending at least $2 million to defeat the turncoat senators who voted in the new same-sex marriage regime. We're holding the Republican presidential candidates accountable on marriage. And together we will work to hold every official in Washington, Democrats and Republicans alike, to account for their position on marriage and the rights of American voters.
Please, take a moment to send a message to Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen today. Tell your friends. And if you are able, please make a donation of $25, $50, or even $100 or more to help hold Washington accountable.
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage