Dear Marriage Supporter,
It was a historic day, for Chick-fil-A and for marriage supporters alike.
The tremendous outpouring of support for the Cathy family and their stand for marriage on August 1st, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, was simply astounding! Hundreds upon hundreds of emails continue pouring into our office, each with a new word of encouragement, a photo from Chick-fil-A, or a story about how people cheerfully stood in line for more than an hour to show their support, chatting in line with newfound friends about the importance of marriage and free speech, or even breaking out into an impromptu rendition of "God Bless America!"
Because of the groundbreaking significance of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day—and because the attacks on Dan Cathy and his freedom to speak out in defense of marriage aren't going away—we're calling on all supporters of marriage, free speech and religious liberty to make every Wednesday a "Chick-fil-A Wednesday!"
I am profoundly grateful to Gov. Mike Huckabee for his leadership in sponsoring and promoting last week's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." No politician has the right to discriminate against private business owners simply because they believe what God says about marriage.
At my own local Chick-fil-A here in Philadelphia, I was struck how the turnout reflected the breadth and diversity of support for marriage in our community. Blacks, whites and Hispanics, Catholics and evangelicals—all coming together in a unified show of support for a good man who dared to speak out about the meaning of marriage.
This was an important moment for America. Even the media was forced to acknowledge the amazing turnout as hundreds of thousands lined up at Chick-fil-A stores across the nation.
But I think the media missed the most important part of the day.
While Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day sent an important message to company president Dan Cathy (and to the liberal activists trying to shut his company down), it sent an equally important message to the hundreds of thousands of supporters who showed up: "You are not alone."
This important day was a cultural turning point as hundreds of thousands of Americans realized just how many of their neighbors share their support for marriage. In today's media-saturated culture, it's easy for marriage supporters to feel as if they are all alone, isolated outposts standing for the truth against aggressive forces determined to coerce them into silence. But for one day at least, these silent thousands were unified, reminded that we are not just a remnant—we are a majority.
I know that at the end of the day, the American people will put aside their differences and stand up for marriage.
And that is why I'm urging you to continue your support for Chick-fil-A every Wednesday through the remainder of 2012. We're calling them "Chick-fil-A Wednesdays."
The attacks on Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A aren't going away. And we will continue to stand strong in solidarity with anyone who feels pressured by the gay marriage bullies.
Here's what you can do:
- Take the Chick-fil-A Wednesdays Pledge! Join the Chick-fil-A Wednesdays community on Facebook to show your support for Dan Cathy, for marriage and free speech, and for your fellow Americans who believe in marriage like you do: use this page to remind yourself and one another that we are not alone!
- Look for events and opportunities to take your business to Chick-fil-A, especially on Wednesdays. Whether it's a church catering event, a political meeting or a weekly Bible study, look for opportunities to support Chick-fil-A with your fast-food dollars.
- Keep up your support! Have you thanked Dan Cathy for his brave stand in support of marriage? If you haven't, be sure to send him a note at ThankChickfilA.com! Share this page with your friends and let's make sure that Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-A—as well as the gay marriage radicals who would silence him—know how very many Americans support his position and his right to publicly express it!
- Spread the word! Join our "Chick-fil-A Wednesdays" Facebook page. Share it with your friends (share this email too!) and let's start building a community of solidarity and support for marriage and for freedom of speech.
Together we can build on the momentum created last week, establishing new relationships and building bridges that will help to preserve marriage for our children's and grandchildren's generations!
This message has been authorized and paid for by the National Organization for Marriage, 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006, Brian Brown, President. This message has not been authorized or approved by any candidate.