She spoke out in defense of marriage, and they threatened her job! Please help!


"This may be the first time in my whole life that I've had to actually receive persecution."

It's downright un-American.

Over the past three years, hundreds of Americans have been bullied, threatened, and even fired from their jobs, for no other reason than because they support traditional marriage.

That's why the National Organization for Marriage just launched a new effort: the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.

The goal of the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is to defend Americans' religious liberty and free speech rights from being trampled by the same-sex marriage lobby.

The Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is here to support Americans like Rose Marie Belforti, who tells her chilling story in our brand-new video.

For over a decade, Rose Marie has been a widely-respected Town Clerk in Ledyard, New York. She loves her job and goes out of her way to ensure that local government works well for the citizens of her small town.

But when New York legalized same-sex marriage, Rose Marie realized that if she had to certify those marriages, it would conflict with her Christian beliefs. She asked if a deputy could perform any same-sex marriages should the situation arise, and she was denied.

And now, Rose Marie's job is being threatened, all because, as she tells it, "I just want to respect the God I worship."

This is un-American, and we must fight back!

You've been a strong supporter of marriage and of NOM's efforts to protect marriage (thank you again), so you of all people need to know how our opponents are viciously targeting people's safety, property, and livelihoods – and what we can do to fight back!

If you do one thing this week, watch this video and then make one urgent online contribution to NOM so we can spread the truth about what's going on in America.

At the Marriage ADA website, you can hear more of "Our Stories" from citizens whose religious liberty is being threatened, send a note of encouragement to courageous Americans like Rose Marie Belforti who've been targeted by the anti-marriage goons, make a financial donation in support of this critical effort, and even share your own story if you've been subjected to threats, harassment or intimidation.

So please, today:

Watch this incredible video and make one special financial gift in support of our work.

Because this is just the beginning – there are literally dozens and possibly hundreds of outrageous stories to tell!

We also have testimony from corporate trainers, public school teachers and others who've had their livelihoods threatened because they spoke out for marriage.

And Marriage ADA will release—one-at-a-time over the next several weeks—a series of incredible new videos about other courageous pro-marriage citizens.

Our goal is to create a community of Americans who adhere to the core Gospel value: "Be not afraid!"

Thanks for acting fast,

Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Brian S. Brown
Executive Director
NOM Education Fund

P.S. Please forward this email to three friends right now so they can see the truth and get involved. Isolated and alone, we can be intimidated. Together we are too many to be treated as second-class citizens.

Simply visit, learn Rose Marie Belforti's story, and make one urgent contribution. Thank you again, and God bless you!


  1. ed
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    more christians asking for more special rights

  2. Rob
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    This is pathetic. Her free speech rights are not in any way in danger. She doesn't want to do her job, because she refuses to serve gay couples. And you sympathize with this woman???

  3. tam
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    This headline is radically misleading. Her job wasn't threatened because she spoke out against same-sex marriage. Her job was threatened because she refused to do it!

    If NOM can't make its case honestly then it shouldn't try to make it at all.

  4. Louis E.
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    One "serves gay couples" by encouraging them to break up.Willful complicity in their commitment to their relationship is like giving alcohol to someone already falling-down drunk...scruples about doing that don't have to be religious to be valid.

  5. Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    A Amendments Convention demanded by the states and tailored to address the marriage Amendment is politically possible. An amendment will give us a position of strength to roll back this persecution. Indeed as states began to call for a convention Congress would be pressured to pass one for ratification, the courts would be intimidated not to make more "gay rights" decisions only to have an amendment strike them down. We will likely win before the convention can be called.

  6. Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    The states should call a constitutional convention tailored to deal only with the marriage amendment. As state after state gets on board, Congress will be pressured to pass it and give it to the states for ratification. With marriage constitutionally protected, we can squash this persecution from a position of power.

  7. Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    In the meantime, recall that the only conservative movements that are succeeding are the pro-life movement (turning the heart of America), and the Tea Party. They both march. They use the Left's successful strategies. Alinsky said, "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it,and polarize it." It works. Western civilization is at stake. Alliance? Good. But do what works.

  8. Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Who denied Rose Mary? People fold before institutions. Put the pressure on the individuals behind this. Where can we call them, write and e-mail them? Whose house needs picketed? Who need letters to the editor written against them by name? The Right to Life Movement and Tea Party are successful because they marched and used the Left's tactics against them? Make sure the Alliance does what works.

  9. Rover Serton
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Right to life has not stopped or much slowed abortion and the Tea Pary is less popular than even Muslims or Athiests. Using either for a template of success is proabably not a good idea.

  10. Louis E.
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    As an opponent of both SSM and "Right to Life",I only wish the RTLers had not succeeded in imposing invidious restrictions on women's right to abortion,even ordering doctors to tell them state-mandated lies.

    I remind Les Coomer that the Constitution does not allow a call for a Constitutional Convention to be limited to a particular topic,and the movement for a CC on a Balanced Budget Amendment fizzled when it was made clear that the attempts to restrict the agenda would be struck down.

    I agree that "left" tactics should be used against "left" causes,and have done so in the case of agitating for the construction of more nuclear power plants and against demands that existing ones be closed.

  11. Teri Simpkins
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Brian Brown, for once be honest. She wasn't threatened because of her "christian" values, she was threatened because she refused to do her job. Honesty counts and lies told in God's name are still lies.

  12. Louis E.
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Teri Simpkins,do you believe "doing your job" is enough defense against doing something you believe morally indefensible?
    (I'm not religious myself,but I'd have been at least as "discriminatory" in her position).

  13. John Garrett
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    For years Anti gay groups claimed gay people wanted special rights. This is a perfect example of someone wanting special rights for something she has chosen and has total control over.

    If she can not carry out the laws of New York in a fair and unbiased nature she should resign. It is that simple.

  14. Louis E.
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    When the law demands that you do something as harmful as treating a same-sex sexual relationship as if being same-sex did not obliterate any possible defense of its existence,complicity in its enforcement is immoral.

  15. Teri Simpkins
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    You're the only one in your own space, Louis E. I can't tell you what's moral or not. What I can and do say is that if you're hired to do a job, you do it. If you can't do it, then you either resign or get fired. It's that simple.

  16. Louis E.
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    In New York,a Town Clerk is elected,not "hired".

  17. John Garrett
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Louis she was effectively hired by the residents of her town to do a job. Because her views do not allow her to carry out all her duties she must resign.

    If you people are able to get this question on the ballot (which you wont) and the law id changed. She is free to run for election again and can continue to process papers for her town.. Until then she is not entitled to SPECIAL RIGHTS

  18. leehawks
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Since the NY legislature did enacted SSM on their own without a vote of the people, how do you know the town doesn't agree with her refusal to perform these sham unions.