Dear Friends of Marriage,
Happy birthday America!
233 years ago, a group of extraordinary men put America's founding creed into words. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
I was thinking of the Declaration this morning--one could search the world over and never find a more succinct declaration of the importance of the union of faith with reason.
We are a nation founded in truth--moral truth--and sustained in that commitment by our faith that we have a Creator to whom we are responsible. Truth is bigger than any one of us. Truth is the foundation of justice itself.
Dr. Martin Luther King understood that in his bones. In his famous Letter from the Birmingham Jail in 1963, he wrote, "A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law."
Remember those words the next time someone asks you, "Isn't same-sex marriage a civil right?" Civil rights must be grounded in the eternal and natural law--the moral law that is not created by man and by which all of us are bound.
Justice must be grounded in truth. Same-sex unions are not marriages, and same-sex marriage is a misuse of the law: a civil wrong, not a civil right. (Can you help us promote a vision of marriage grounded in the truth? On this weekend as we celebrate our nation's founding, consider whether you can give--as little as $10 or as much as $1000--to ensure that the truth about marriage is passed on to the next generation of Americans.)
What a blessed nation we are to have been founded on this insight: Moral truth exists, so our rights are granted by our Creator and cannot be taken away by any government--they can only be ignored or trampled upon.
How blessed we are to have this example before our eyes: Some truths are worth fighting for. I recall talking to one woman--she would want to remain anonymous--who faced a considerable harassment campaign after donating to Prop 8 in California. It was certainly disturbing to wake up and find that exercising her civil rights to participate in the political process lead to a flood of harassing and angry phone calls. But God bless her, she told me, "The Founding Fathers were willing to die for their beliefs; with this I changed my phone number and it all disappeared."
Thankfully, donations to NOM are not public information. So you can strengthen your voice in Washington and across the country by donating with privacy.
In an interview with The Public Discourse, NOM Chairman of the Board Prof. Robby George makes a point which Dr. Martin Luther King would have well understood: "Campaigns of intimidation succeed only if the victims of such campaigns permit themselves to be intimidated. They fizzle when people refuse to alter their behavior out of fear. As anyone who has ever confronted a school-yard bully knows, bullies are cowards." Be not afraid!
Marriage was made by God to serve His ends, ends which faith and reason can both look upon and say with confidence, "It is good."
Thank you for your courage, your compassion, your common sense, your decency. Thank you for your prayers, your phone calls, your emails, and for the financial sacrifices you have made in this great battle for marriage.
Thank you for caring about truth and for seeing through the campaign to turn truth on its head.
It is an honor to know and to serve the common good with people like you.
God bless you and your family as we celebrate American ideals!
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542
PS: NOM needs your help to be your voice for marriage. Please consider whether you can make a financial sacrifice to stand up for marriage!
NOM Interview of the Week
"National Organization for Marriage plots course in gay marriage debate"
July 1, 2009
Brian Brown has as much of a background -- and as much at stake -- in the ongoing debate over gay marriage as anyone.
Brown is the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which strongly advocates in favor of traditional marriage. NOM has a noticeable television advertising presence in states where gay marriage is an issue and flexes its political muscle with legislators and voters alike.
Brown discussed a wide range of gay marriage-related topics with Everyday Christian including future battlegrounds and counter-arguments to gay marriage proponents.