It's one of the things I love about America. We're the country that invented Thanksgiving.
Before America was even a nation or had a constitution, the people who would go on to found our great land understood the need for a holiday, a holy day, to express our gratitude to our Creator for all the good things we’ve been given.
I'm grateful today to be the son of such magnificent forefathers, to have as my birthright a land where freedom is expected, where rights are understood to be our gift from God not government, and where since our nation’s founding, faith has flourished in this freedom.
Out of ordered liberty, came a land of abundance like no man had ever seen before in human history.
And I'm determined in this time of special challenges to faith to pass on that gift, this precious inheritance to my children—to all our children and grandchildren—intact.
This Thanksgiving my wife Sue and I have a special blessing: a new baby. New life, a new start, a fresh reason for gratitude, and also a fresh reason to fight for what is right—our right to vote for marriage.
I never forget that those we must steadfastly and courageously oppose in this great fight for marriage are not our enemies—even though they are wrong, they are our friends, neighbors, sometimes family members, and fellow citizens.
In protecting marriage as the union of husband and wife, we are working for the common good of all. As President Lincoln put it so eloquently: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in."
I'm so grateful to you for all that you've made possible.
The National Organization for Marriage has experienced phenomenal growth, and amazing victories over the last three years since our own founding. I thank God for these victories and for the freedom to fight which our forefathers gave to you and me. And I want specially to thank you on this special day of Thanksgiving for making these victories possible.
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you.