Dear Friends of Marriage,
It's not news to you and me: The drive to impose gay marriage "whether we like it or not" continues.
The people of New Hampshire do not want gay marriage. But a legislature bought and paid for by gay billionaire Tim Gill chose to ignore their wishes and do the will of a big out-of-state donor base. Now the next question: Will New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch veto the bill?
Governor Lynch does not support same-sex marriage. He's said so publicly, as recently as a few weeks ago. Will he do the right thing? Will he stand up against the money guys and be the voice for the values of New Hampshire people? We'll make certain he hears from New Hampshire people who care about marriage-thanks for helping us get the message out.
One thing is certain: The mask of tolerance which gay marriage advocates once wore is slipping off; the gloves are coming off. Will the bullies win? Will they persuade us to surrender something as deep, as core, as sacred as marriage to politicians who care only about the next election?
Here's my pledge to you: not without a fight. The fight for marriage is a fight for decency, common sense, and for God's own truth. We will fight for marriage in New Hampshire and Iowa, and Maine, and New York, and New Jersey, and anywhere else in this great and God-blessed nation where marriage is under attack.
A bit of good news the media will not let you hear: A just-released Quinnipiac poll shows no change in support for gay marriage in the last year. Americans oppose gay marriage 55 percent to 38 percent. And the hard-core gay marriage supporters-people who say they want gay marriage rather than civil unions-make up just 33 percent.
That's right: Two-thirds of Americans just don't believe in gay marriage. Because they haven't been able to persuade, gay marriage advocates have to silence opposition.
Standing up to bullies requires courage, and grace under fire.
What courage and grace were on display at the National Press Club this week! I had the honor to be with Carrie Prejean, the beauty queen who chose truth over the tiara. Carrie was appearing with NOM at our press conference as we launched our new "No Offense" ad campaign, the second ad in our $1.5 million media campaign for marriage.
Watch Carrie, and NOM's President Maggie Gallagher and me in the news clips below-perhaps you may be seeing her right now on a TV near you. At our press conference she said, "I'd rather be Biblically correct than politically correct." What an amazing young woman! You can see the ad at www.nationformarriage.org.
Carrie is not exactly a rich woman-except in the sense of being richly blessed by moral courage, by an inner beauty and strength which (if possible) outshines the gift of outer beauty God gave her. If Carrie can give up the Miss USA crown to stand for marriage, if she can afterward face the public insults, the ongoing attempts by pageant officials and others to belittle and demean her dignity (as if those people can touch that!)-what excuse do you and I have to back down from this fight?
I'm asking you today to heed Carrie's message: Stand up for what you believe. Help us get this new ad message out: Marriage matters. Gay marriage has consequences. Can you sign up for monthly donation of $10 for the next three months to help us launch this ad far and wide? Can you reach down and donate $5, $10, $100 or, if God has blessed you, even more?
Let me be absolutely clear: Carrie does not work for the National Organization for Marriage. She is a spokeswoman for her own views, as anyone watching her can tell.
But we're very proud that she chose to stand with NOM as we launched our new national ad campaign for marriage, and we're asking YOU to stand with us as we get her message on marriage out to millions of Americans-especially young Americans who need to know they are not alone, that they can fight back. See the ad for yourself at nationformarriage.org. And pass it on to three of your friends today!
Bullies can only win if you and I let them. At NOM we're not going to let them.
Thank you for your prayers, your support, and your well-wishes.
It's an honor to know and serve people like you.
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542
P.S. Watch for Maggie Gallagher on Larry King Live this evening, Friday night. And don't forget to see the ad and help spread the word at www.nationformarriage.org.
NOM in the News
Carrie Prejean Fights Back in New Anti Gay Marriage Campaign
May 1, 2009
While former Miss Californians Tamiko Nash and Raquel Beezley and current Miss California Director Shanna Moakler have been busy this week posing for a NO H8 Campaign to overturn Proposition 8 in California, the reigning Miss California has been busy promoting her new television ad campaign against gay marriage for the National Organization for Marriage.
Miss California Becomes Spokeswoman for Ad Campaign
April 30, 2009
The National Organization for Marriage is promoting Miss California as a spokeswoman to oppose same-sex marriage.
Carrie Prejean told NBC's "Today show today that marriage is "something that is very dear to my heart" and she's in Washington to help save it.