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Dear Marriage Supporter,

In just 10 days, you can change history. You could wake up the morning after the election to watch the shocked expression on the faces of all the pundits, the politicians, the out of control judges, and see the headlines: HISTORIC NATIONAL VICTORY FOR MARRIAGE!

Just 10 days until the polls close, when America will choose. The future of our country—and also the future of marriage—could be decided for generations to come.

Nationally, Americans will choose between Mitt Romney, a pro-marriage candidate for President who will defend DOMA and appoint judges that respect our Constitutional values; or the openly pro-gay marriage incumbent, Barack Obama, who has surreptitiously undermined the legal defense of marriage for four years and who, if he gets a second term, will have the power to position a fifth vote on the Supreme Court to invent a right to gay marriage and insert it in our founding document.

In Iowa, Judge David Wiggins—the fourth of seven judges who imposed gay marriage on the people of Iowa—faces the voters.

In Maine, Washington, Maryland, and Minnesota, four blue state ballot initiatives that converge in a national referendum on marriage. Everywhere, pro-marriage forces are outspent, outgunned, and out-manned. The media is licking its chops, working overtime to predict the defeat of marriage.

Following the Anti-Marriage Money

Just this week, billionaire Bill Gates gave $500,000 for gay marriage to the referendum fight in the state of Washington. Manhattan billionaire and Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, chipped in with his $250,000 "match" gift. Proponents of gay marriage in Washington (R-74) have spent more than $9.5 million already—five times more than the whole war chest of the little band of faithful brothers and sisters at Protect Marriage Washington. They are the David in this fight against the Goliath of the gay marriage media-industrial complex—Big Business, Big Hollywood, and Big Media—who have been on the airwaves for literally months with ads.

The money advantage is only part of the story. Big media and big business are joining forces to push gay marriage like nothing I've ever seen before.

Major corporations in Washington have pooled their resources to take out a full-page ad announcing support for gay marriage. The Olympian reports:

Executives from leading Washington businesses—including iconic Northwest brands such as Costco, Nordstrom, Microsoft, REI, Amazon.com and many others—have signed onto a full page ad in this morning's Sunday Seattle Times [sic], endorsing Referendum 74's same-sex marriage law.

Nordstrom sent an email to all 58,000 employees announcing company policy supports gay marriage, and urging them to vote for R-74. (It may backfire: how many ordinary workers want our bosses instructing us how to vote in a moral matter like the definition of marriage?)

And the Seattle Times corporation upped the ante, announcing it would donate at least $90,000 in free full-page newspaper ads supporting gay marriage!

Money Talks, but Voters Talk Back!

If you and I were a conventional political movement, we would be feeling pretty overwhelmed right now, depressed and in a defensive crouch.

They can't figure out why we don't just give up fighting for marriage!

But you and I know that this is not ordinary politics. There is a Thumb on the scale of justice. Some things are more powerful than money, and this week, we are beginning to see it make miracles happen.

Yesterday, the good news started pouring in!

Just a few weeks ago, polls showed marriage down by 14 points in the state of Washington.

But yesterday the respected Elway poll released the latest figures. After just a week or so of pro-marriage TV ads, there's been an incredible swing in public opinion towards marriage!

Opposition to R-74 has leapt ten points in the last week, since opponents went up on the air with new ads crafted by Prop 8 genius Frank Schubert (who is NOM's political consultant).

Here's one of the ads motivating this change:

And then there's this one, even more powerful than the first!

So, with R-74 now at 49 to 45 percent among likely voters—a statistical dead heat and huge change from the 14 point advantage gay marriage held in September (when 53 percent of Washington voters told the pollster they would support R-74)—there is great cause for hope.

That's right: despite spending $9.5 million, and months uncontested on the airwaves, the pro-gay marriage side has not managed to move public support for gay marriage.

All Bill Gates' money and all Starbucks' alleged Seattle cache may not be enough to push gay marriage over the finish line, if—and it's a big if—pro-marriage forces have enough money to get the truth out to the American people!

The stubborn good sense of the American people on marriage has been extraordinary: Yes, live and let live, people are practically shouting from the rooftops; but don't redesign marriage!

Look for a lot of shocked pundits on election night in November....

Trouble for Wiggins in Iowa

In Iowa, a new poll shows trouble ahead for Judge David Wiggins. I was out in Iowa on the "NoWiggins" bus—with Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and other leading conservative voices.

This month, a new ad crafted by Frank Schubert went up and is on the airwaves in Iowa.

And new Public Policy Polling data shows 43 percent of Iowans saying they will vote "no" to retaining Wiggins, compared to only 37 percent who would support keeping the justice on the Iowa bench.

Kudos to Iowans for Freedom for keeping up the good fight—we stand with you!

Nationally, Support for Marriage Grows While Attacks Intensify

This week, USA Today is reporting more shocking good news: The "Tastes Like Hate" boycott against Chick-fil-A has backfired, and business is up in the third quarter, shocking PR gurus across the country:

Consumer use of the chain was up 2.2% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2011, says the Sandelman survey of more than 30,000 fast-food consumers conducted in markets where Chick-fil-A is located. Market share was up 0.6%, and total ad awareness was up a hefty 6.5%.

"Chick-fil-A did everything wrong in the book, says Chris Goddard, president of CGPR. "Their president shot from the hip, and his PR team was not equipped or prepared (to respond). It was a PR disaster and a clear case of what not to do in a crisis."

Evidently, the PR gurus don't know there's a Hand in this fight that is not bound by the conventional wisdom.

Chick-fil-A, too, seems unstoppable. "There was a lot of talk that [these boycotts] would hurt Chick-fil-A, but it actually helped the brand," says Jeff Davis, president of Sandelman. During the third quarter, Chick-fil-A broadened its regular customer base in 28 of 35 media markets, he says.

When you stand up for what is right—for God's truth about marriage—amazing miracles can happen!

The stakes are so high. Just yesterday, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights ruled that a same-sex couple had a civil right to hold their wedding on the grounds of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Bible camp founded in the 19th century to host Christian revivals. Ocean Grove has lost the right to let its property for weddings, unless they are willing to treat gay union vows as equally sacred to marriage.

In New York, Liberty Ridge Farm has similarly been charged with discrimination for politely telling a lesbian couple they don't do gay weddings

Up in Maine, NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance reported this week on school counselor Don Mendell, a "Teacher of the Year" award recipient whose job was threatened when he came out against gay marriage:

And as I write, black pastors in Maryland are organizing a protest on the grounds of Gallaudet University, which suspended Dr. Angela McCaskill for doing nothing more than signing a petition to put the question of marriage to voters. [You remember, I reported last week on the outrageous attacks against McCaskill.]

The rights of all those of us who believe in Biblical standards are at risk. But we can fight back!

Out in Minnesota, a new ad running this week warns of the consequences of same-sex marriage and how it alienates parents from the process of their children's education:

How You Can Help Today

Look, I'm not going to kid you: these are tough, close fights all over—the conventional odds are overwhelmingly against us. But I promise you that victory, with God's help, is within our grasp.

Will you help? I know how tough the economy is out there. Your family and your faith community of course come first.

But if God has blessed you with the means, would you take a few minutes today to donate a few dollars to give us the tools we need to make miracles happen? A few stones, a slingshot, and faith—that's all it took for David to topple Goliath.

With your help, and by the grace of God, we can take on Bill Gates, Mayor Bloomberg, and all the other billionaires—take on Big Hollywood and Big Media. And we can win!

Because of state election laws, if you want to give to any of the four state marriage fights, you need to do so directly. To help, we've set up www.StandForMarriageAmerica.com so you can go and direct your donation to any or all of these state battles.

Meanwhile, NOM's Million Dollar Match for Marriage continues to do well. Thanks to each of you digging deep and sacrificing so generously, NOM so far has raised $564,557—or more than $1,693,000 for marriage! We are more than halfway there for our million dollar double-match challenge!

Less than 10 days to a historic victory. Thank you for all you've done to make us the national leader in the fight for marriage.

Pray, unceasingly—and keep up the good fight!

Paid for by National Organization for Marriage, 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC, Brian Brown, President. Not authorized by any candidate, candidate's committee, or ballot issue committee.

Contributions or gifts to Minnesota for Marriage, Protect Marriage Maine, the Maryland Marriage Alliance, and Preserve Marriage Washington are not tax deductible.

MN — "PAID ADVERTISEMENT: Prepared and paid for by Minnesota for Marriage, 2355 Fairview Ave N, Box 301, Roseville, MN 55113, in support of the marriage protection amendment."

WA — "Paid for by Preserve Marriage Washington, 16212 Bothell-Everett Highway, Ste. F, #276, Mill Creek, Washington, 98012."

Paid for by the "Maryland Marriage Alliance-No on 6" Brian Duggan, Treasurer.

15 Comments

  1. Paul Mc
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Blog readers - have you stopepd to think why Gates, Bloomberg, Nordstornm, Microsoft, Starbucks (etc etc etc) have come out in support? And only Chik-fil_A on the other side? That's a real mismatch.

    The reason is not the 'hidden Gay Agenda'. The gay agenda is quite out in the open to debate and discuss and persuade.

    No it is not that.

    The reason is this: you are losing the debate. Your scare tactics and lies don't persuade many. They preach to the choir. In the meantime, LBGT people and couples up and down the US are sharing their lives and persuading others that what makes a marriage, amonsgt some key things of course, is the nature of love between two, unrelated consenting adults. That is the most basic of criterion yet there is no argument NOM has against it.

    You are losing the debate and the money raised is being wasted.

  2. Praelium
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the clear progress report. It is sad that the forces of evil have easily recruited Mr. Gates, Starbucks, Amazon dot com, the Seattle Times, REI, Nordstroms among others to support the rejection of the Bible, the dictionary, scientific conclusions and common sense. Marriage is the link between a husband and wife that gives strength to children, communities and cities. I send you prayers, money and support.

  3. roger
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Paul Mc - Organic Marriage wins every time when put to a vote of The People. But you are correct - The Plutocrats of the Ruling Class support Same Sex Marriage. Why?
    Angleo Codevilla exposed the Ruling Class motivations in a 2010 essay.
    "The Ruling Class believes that the Christian family is rooted in and perpetuates the ignorance commonly called religion, divisive social prejudices, and repressive gender roles. The Family is the greatest barrier to human progress because it often defines itself as mere coherence against outsiders who usually know better. Thus the family prevents its members from playing their proper roles in social reform. Worst of all, it reproduces itself.

    Since marriage is the family's fertile seed, government at all levels, along with "mainstream" academics and media, have waged war on it." Supporting SSM is prerequisite for membership in The Ruling Class.

  4. roger
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Paul Mc - Organic Marriage wins every time when put to a vote of The People. But you are correct - The Plutocrats of the Ruling Class support Same Sex Marriage. Why?
    Angleo Codevilla exposed the Ruling Class motivations in a 2010 essay.
    "The Ruling Class believes that the Christian family is rooted in and perpetuates the ignorance commonly called religion, divisive social prejudices, and repressive gender roles. The Family is the greatest barrier to human progress because it often defines itself as mere coherence against outsiders who usually know better. Thus the family prevents its members from playing their proper roles in social reform. Worst of all, it reproduces itself.

    Since marriage is the family's fertile seed, government at all levels, along with "mainstream" academics and media, have waged war on it."

    So supporting SSM is prerequisite for membership in The Ruling Class.

    Second, Marriage is about much more than "Love". Can anyone really define Love? Why should the state license and regulate Love? As the NOM ad "Biology, Not Bigotry" said, the Governement interest in marriage is for the Perpetuation and Stabilization of Society.

  5. Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Last I looked, 87% 87%!!! of the Fortune 500 companies offer at least a minimum level of gay protection in the workplace.

    Those companies are not going to backtrack.

    Face it NOMers --- we are inevitable. We have the support. We will mostly likely win 3 or 4 of the marriage elections in 10 days.

    We are NOT going anywhere. Our so-called 'agenda' is now our families agenda, our parent's agenda, our friends agenda.

    And it is the agenda of more and more denominations in the United States---protestant, jewish, and among the non-perverted lay Catholics,

    Your money to NOM is wasted. Use it to save marriages amongst your own --- to encourage kids to not have kids out of wedlock (well, that might require learning about sex, eh, Leader Maggie!!) and worry about your own problems.

    We've got ours well on the way to control. You evangelical Bible Thumpers have the highest rates of divorce, out of wedlock children, poverty and obesity. That should provide a few decades of an agenda to work with.

  6. Daughter of Eve
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Well, Duncan's right about churches of our day following an agenda. And it's no surprise:

    "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another, And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matt 24:9-30)

    "Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgement?...For I am the Lord, I change not;...." (Malachi 2)

  7. roger
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Duncan - Gay Marriage will end up in the same place as the Equal Rights Amendment - the dustbin of history.

  8. Ron
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    "insert it in our founding document."

    Idiocy like this makes me ashamed to be a conservative.

  9. Cercis621
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    'The bible does not talk about civil marriage rights, which are the thing that is being fought over'

    But the Bible does talk about homsexuality, which is the cause of the SSM movement.

    1 Cor. 6:9-10
    Rm 1:26-27

    If gay couples want to be together, than that is their right. However, there are some who will not be content until the full advantages of marriage in all areas are bestowed upon their unions. When that occurs, traditional marriage will cease to exist, and the persecution we now see happening to those who still hold traditional views will become law throughout the land. So much for tolerance.

  10. Son of Adam
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    The bible specifically defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, MGC:

    "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ?" Matt 19:4-6

    Any union that is not between one man and one woman is no more a marriage than an apple is an orange. I don't care what the government says.

    And there have been numerous incidents in which our first amendment religious liberties have been trumped by SS"M" advocacy.

    Just this month in New Jersey, a state agency concluded Tuesday that an Ocean Grove association discriminated against a lesbian couple by denying their application to hold a civil union ceremony at its boardwalk pavilion.

    Christian Farm owners Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy, of Albany, New York are being sued by a lesbian couple after the owners respectfully told them they did not want their farm to be the site of their same-sex ceremony.

    And in Vermont, Christian owners of a B&B were sued for $5,000 dollars for declining to cater to a homosexual couple.

    These are hardly isolated incidents. And the examples will keep piling up as time goes on so long as SS"M" activism continues to infringe on our first amendment civil rights.

  11. Preserve Marriage
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    "billionaire Bill Gates gave $500,000 for gay marriage"

    and I just downloaded Open Office and Firefox. No sense using a browser that's a security risk.

  12. Daughter of Eve
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    MarriedgayChristian, there's no such thing as a "gay family." There are "mothers," "fathers," and "children." Some families include all of the above, and some are missing one or the other. Family units don't identify as "gay" or "straight." "Intact" or "not intact" might better fit the varying scenarios.

    There is no moral justification for homosexual intimacy from the Bible, whether one is "straight," or "gay." Society is not compelled to license, regulate, and endorse homosexual behavior, though it may permit it. It is un-Christian to extort formal advocacy for homosexual behavior via SS"M," from your fellow citizens. Charity, which is the highest virtue, "rejoiceth not in iniquity (1 Cor. 13), and, if you are a Christian, then you don't support iniquity by endorsing homosexual behavior. Why would any self-proclaimed Christian promote "forbidden fruit?" There is only one person who would do that, and his followers.

    Those who prize virtue will not endorse homosexual behavior, ever. They will not validate it via support for SS"M."

  13. Preserve Marriage
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Paul Mc wrote,
    >
    > you are losing the debate.

    That's funny. In every state, where the People have voted, they have voted to preserve marriage.

    > Your scare tactics and lies don't persuade many.

    What "tactics and lies"? You don't support what you write, so it can't be rebutted.

  14. Preserve Marriage
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Praelium (#2),
    The Seattle Times makes their bias obvious by the words they choose. The spin is that "marriage equality" is a synonym or substitute for "gay marriage" or "same-sex marriage". It isn't. It's a state, like balance, like homeostasis. The Seattle Times subtly uses the expression (which was coined by same-sex marriage advocates) as spin, as if it's a fact that homosexual "marriage" will bring about "marriage equality" (as if the state discriminates on the basis of sexual preference, denying marriage licenses to homosexuals):

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Seattle+Times%22+%22marriage+equality%22&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&prmd=imvnsu&source=univ&tbm=nws&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=e2CMULbqNKauiALPx4CQCA&ved=0CB8QqAI#hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us%3AIE-Address&tbm=nws&sclient=psy-ab&q=%22marriage+equality%22+source:%22The+Seattle+Times%22&oq=%22marriage+equality%22+source:%22The+Seattle+Times%22&gs_l=serp.12...1640.12625.0.14187.6.6.0.0.0.1.593.1687.2-1j0j2j1.4.0...0.0...1c.1.qaSqO6js7-w&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=82f1a4f75378bd2a&bpcl=35466521&biw=1024&bih=616

    One of the worst offenders actually reported on what was happening.

    Gay Journalists Leading a Revolution:
    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/09/10/us/gay-journalists-leading-a-revolution.html

    Just once I'd like to see an affiliation disclosure like: "The reporter is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association."

    Let's see is there's balance:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=subtly&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&ie=&oe=#q=%22marriage+redefinition%22+source%3A%22The+Seattle+Times%22&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ei=omOMUNvCKcPuiQKQxYHIBg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoBA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=82f1a4f75378bd2a&bpcl=35466521&biw=1024&bih=583

    "No results found for "marriage redefinition" source:'The Seattle Times' "

    Why not substitute "marriage redefinition" for "gay marriage" or "same-sex marriage"?

    Why is substituting "marriage equality" less biased?

    It isn't.

  15. Preserve Marriage
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    The influence of money in this struggle is not something to be proud of. This whole thing started because of the influence of homosexual special interest group(s).

    Money in politics is the biggest problem America faces.

    Having money behind you is certainly not proof of being right.

    If that was true, then Big Tobacco was right in donating an embarrassing amount of money to turn the tide against a proposition to impose a tax on tobacco in California recently.
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/06/08/california-cigarette-tax-proposal-sunk-by-big-tobacco