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Marriage Hangs in the Balance in Maryland!

 

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'll keep this brief, but we have an urgent need in Maryland today. Please keep reading to see the ways you can help right now.

Last evening the Maryland Senate voted 25-22 in favor of same-sex marriage, sending the bill on to Governor O'Malley who has lobbied vigorously for the measure and will likely sign it into law today.

The good news is that in Maryland, politicians don't have the final say.

NOM is a member of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, the official committee that has already begun the effort to collect signatures to put the bill on the ballot this November. But time is short—we have just three months to collect 56,000 valid signatures needed to qualify the referendum for the statewide ballot. Over the next three months, we will be taking our message to voters from every walk of life—from college campuses to African American churches, from the Eastern Shore to Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in suburban D.C.

Maryland has a reputation as having some of the most stringent signature requirements in the nation, so we will need several times the required 56,000 signatures to ensure we are not disqualified at the last minute due to signatures that are thrown out.

Here is what I need you to do right now:

If you live in Maryland:

  1. Go to www.MarylandMarriageAlliance.com right now to sign up so that we can send you a notice as soon as petitions are approved by the state board of elections.
  2. Forward this email to everyone in your address book, post to Facebook or Twitter, or print and take it to church this weekend.
  3. Then support the Maryland Marriage Alliance by making an online donation to help launch this important effort to protect the voices of Maryland voters.

Your response today is incredibly important. The response in these first few weeks will help to gauge the funds the campaign will need to devote to signature gathering—and the more signatures gathered by volunteers, the more resources we will have to take our message straight to the general public in the fall.

I know that many of you receiving this email don't live in Maryland. If you live outside of Maryland, here's what I need you to do today:

  1. Please forward this email immediately to anyone you know who lives in Maryland. It is critical that we expand our grassroots supporter base in order to collect as many signatures as possible in the short time that we have.
  2. Please click here to make a generous financial contribution to help launch the Maryland campaign. Over the next 9 months, we will need to raise several million dollars to counteract the lies and misinformation put forth by our opponents and parroted by the mainstream media. Every dollar you can give today will help to make sure we have the resources to fight back with the truth.

If you act today, I promise you that we will get the signatures to put this measure on the ballot. This is a fight we didn't ask for...but it may prove to be one of marriage's most significant victories this fall. Please respond right away. We urgently need your help today.

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27 Comments

  1. Little man
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I'll find some people in Maryland to help against the same-sex marriage law.

    But really, it is about time that we strategize to to be able to go out and talk with people who are undecided about the issue, and counter the fake answers same-sex marriage advocates provide and plaster the internet with. Of course, they want something they don't really qualify for. We cannot be sympathetic because they are out to install their own value system of the rational value system we've had for centuries regarding this topic.

    We learn a lot from each other on these blog comment threads, specially as the same-sex marriage advocates that contribute show they have zero valid arguments, aside from sob stories, and calls for sympathy (oh, how they suffer). The truth is they want - a t t e n t i o n - . Yes, attention. So it is a vicious circle. The more attention one gives to them, the more they rejoice, and the more sob stories they tell.

    Notice i have not said anything about -sexual act- matters. It is not relevant. What is relevant is the potential to create new life, and it behooves government not to spread itself too thin, financially, regulate natural marriage efficiently, and respect motherhood by protecting it within opposite-sex parenthood, as first priority.

    But it is time to go out with that knowledge we've gained and spread it in many ways. We have logic in our favor. The same-sex marriage advocates are sophists who are content in winning the argument rather than the philosophers (as in ancient Greece) who want more - true knowledge - because true knowledge has good consequences, always. We are in a modern version of the 2500 year old conflict between these two types of thinkers.

    We need to confront now. It's time to do so. Our voter number are greater. Who knows who really answers polls, and the math of polls is dubious at best.

  2. Ash
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    NOM and the MMA can count on me to help preserve marriage in my state.

    Amen, Little man. We have to expose the weaknesses of the ssm idea to undecided voters; perhaps even to those who are decided.

  3. Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    When this is over I hope Nom does not forget about the two turncoats that passed this bill

  4. Zack
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    You know. I was playing with the interactive electoral map and a Federal Marriage Amendment has a great chance of being ratified.

    Approximately there are roughly 7-10 democrats in the senate who oppose same-sex marriage and a handful in the house. If the next president can get them on board, we can get the 2/3 majority needed to pass it.

    This is kinda how it would look with a 39 or 40 state sweep:
    http://www.270towin.com/

  5. Zack
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Maryland, New Mexico and Oregon are the questionable ones.

  6. Zack
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    And Maine as well

  7. FabulousAna
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Maryland for delivering equality to their citizens! They join the list of states that have left hate and bigotry towards gays in the dust.

  8. The.Truth
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    LOL. Keep wasting your effort and money. There is only ONE final outcome in the marriage equality fight, and it is not yours. I give it a decade out less, probably considerably less, before same gender marriage is a reality across this nation.

    Zack, there is simply no way an amendment as absurd as the FMA will ever be ratified in this nation.

  9. JS
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    There is NO such thing as 'marriage equality' between homosexual couples and heterosexual couples for clear obvious reasons. I feel sorry for gay people. If they would tell the truth, they would confess how horrible they feel to have had their lives breached when they were children by some sick adult (or child), known or unknown, never to have their pain dealt with. So now they have grown up accepting this breach as normal mandating and shaking there fists to have laws made and passed to validate their pain. Christians, pray for these people. They do need our prayers. God loves them as much as He loves us. But unfortunately, gays turn their backs to Him in fear and disgusts of their silent sufferings. So pray earnestly for them. It is not God's Will that ANY man perish, but for ALL to come to complete repentance. Gays, contrary to your beliefs, we Christians do love you. We are trying to keep you from going to Hell as well as fighting for the sanctity and dignity of marriage and family. Hell is an incredibly dark place of No life and No love with unimaginable and unconscienable torture of human souls throughout eternity. The Devil has deceived you and duped you into this lie of homosexuality. So, please gay people, turn to the Lord, talk to Him and tell Him about your pain and feelings. He already knows. He's just waiting for you to tell Him so that He can set you free and bring you into His Family where there is nothing but Love, Joy and Truth.

  10. FabulousAna
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that the anti-gays always claim gay people were all molested or abused? That old meme was proven false decades ago. Gay people have the same problems growing up other people do. Except they have it worse because of the anti-gay animus some others are raised with.

  11. Spunkmeister
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    ATTN NOM MODERATORS---

    @Fabulous Ana, and no doubt you are fabulous--- is it really necessary to pejoratively refer to those you disagree with as "anti-gays"? I really find that offensive and hateful. People who disagree with you are not, "anti-gays", they're people too.

    You should be more considerate.

  12. Layne
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Sorry JS. I was never "breached" as a child. Find another talking point.

  13. Zack
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    @Truth

    I can't possibly take you seriously when you type "lol" in your post.

  14. ResistSSA
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    @FabAna says: "Why is it that the anti-gays always claim gay people were all molested or abused? That old meme was proven false decades ago"

    Um, I don't think that has ever been disproven. And, of course, some homosexuals don't view their initial homosexual encounters when young children as abuse; they rationalize it as consensual even though they were too young to understand that they were, in fact, abused.

  15. ResistSSA
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and I don't believe the theories of a domineering mother and absent father as causes of homosexuality have been disproven either.

  16. Jim T.
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    JS -

    I was surrounded by no sick adults or children while growing up. Just my very conservative, loving Republican family and friends in Orange County, CA. Nary an untoward thing ever happened. Your assumptions are grossly misplaced and an insult to my wonderful, very heterosexual family, who unconditionally support me and my partner. Your fire and brimstone pulpit speech only serves to drive me further from religion and church. I have not turned my back on God "in fear and disgusts of...silent sufferings," as you state, but have been made quite wary by the likes of you and those who somehow seem to feel they can speak for him. As they say, "judge not..." From my point of view, the devil would seem to be disguising himself as religious fundamentalists. Fortunately, in the these United States, the bible is not the constitution.

  17. John Noe
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    That was brillant JS spoken like a true Christian and your telling the truth rankled some feathers, so be it.
    In the next blog if you read the LifeSite news article there is a reference to the former lesbian now turned Christian Lisa Miller and her custody battles with her former partner. It is in the comments section. It is stories like this as to why we are in this fight.

  18. Richard
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    JS, you will never know how wrong you are because you, for whatever reason, came to believe in a vengeful, hateful God. And, you will only know the truth when you see it in the face of God. You don't see it now.

  19. John N.
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks Zack for that electoral map. What is also interesting is that the red states are gaining electoral votes while the blue states go into decline.
    I went through the map from 1940 onward. I grew up in MA when it had 14, it once had 16, and is now done to 11.
    New York was in the forties and is now in the twenties with Texas the biggest gainer by far.

  20. The.Truth
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Haha Zack, well you can not take this post seriously either. After all, haha long predated lol and has the same essential meaning.

    But I'm sure you are eager to find any excuse to dismiss what you are beginning to realize is the truth, and it is not coming from NOM or their supporters.

  21. The.Truth
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Or John, has it been you and JS who have been duped. After all your actions and the policies you support are the ones which bring pain hardship difficulty turmoil and strife into the lives of others. And YET like a deceiver would, you are led to believe you are doing what is good and righteous.

    Jesus would certainly have some unflattering things to say about you two, NOM, and their supporters.

  22. Leviticus
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I wish the homosexual could accept Christ into their life. Love and forgiveness is possible by turning towards the Lord.

  23. JR
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Leviticus - There are millions of gay Christians.

  24. TC Matthews
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    JR there are many sinners of all types who are Christians, Muslims, Buddhists.... Religion isn't a shrine for the perfected, it's a hospital ward for the ones with the problems. That's all of us.

  25. Pat
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    "This is a fight we didn't ask for..."
    Just leave us alone, and the fight stops. Because that's all we're fighting for... which means that obviously you did ask for it, since you STARTED it.

    "I really find that offensive and hateful. People who disagree with you are not, 'anti-gays', they're people too."
    You're anti-gay people. Sorry (I'm not actually sorry), but our side never agreed to use your side's misleading language; we describe things as they are.
    Also, your entire purpose is offensive and hateful; your goal is to harm others. Even if we were offensive and hateful, you'd deserve it. And remember, we all tend to find what we deserve... Maybe it's time for some soul-searching and repentance, hmm?
    If you don't like being called what you are, maybe what you are is the problem.

  26. Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    "your goal is to harm others."

    Can you please provide some specifics? Exactly what kind of harm are you referring to?

    And if you could give some examples of legislation which causes the exact harm you imply, that would be helpful too.

  27. Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    "If you don't like being called what you are, maybe what you are is the problem."

    This argument seems shaky. Folks who self-label as "gay" imply that they can't help being "what they are," and as such, their points of view should be both tolerated and sacrosanct.

    What if those who disagree with you can't help being what they are too?

    Identity politics--all emotion and no logic.