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Dear Marriage Supporter,

In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court will consider whether or not to impose gay marriage on the entire country. That's right — marriage in all 50 states hangs in the balance!

Nine Justices will soon rule on whether or not our core civil right to vote for God's vision of marriage will be upheld — and, in California, restored.

On March 26, the nine Justices meet to consider oral arguments in the Prop 8 case, as well as the Federal DOMA law. The bottom line issue for the Court is: do the voters of California (or nationwide) have the right to define marriage as the union of husband and wife? Or, will we be stripped of that right, and this time-tested, cross-cultural, common-sense and — yes, also Biblical — vision of marriage be redefined as just rank and ugly discrimination?

No Surprise: HRC Playing Dirty Tricks

This week, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched a multi-million dollar push, taking out full-page print media ads and buying up television time, trying to persuade Republicans (and the Republican-appointed Justices on the Court) that gay marriage is the new bi-partisan normal, featuring some Republican figures supposedly supporting same-sex marriage, including Laura Bush.

Her spokeswoman, however, just announced that Laura Bush "did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way. When [Mrs. Bush] became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it."

So, if you look up HRC's ads online now, you'll notice that the former First Lady's image has been removed. But they are still using another image you'll recognize: NOM's logo! — well, sort of — they have created a logo to look like NOM's well-recognized conjoined blue and red rings.

Because I designed NOM's logo personally, I find this to be an insulting mockery, as well as very ironic: you see, I created this image to reflect the difference between men and women symbolically. The red ring represents men and the blue represents, women. The intertwining of the rings is meant to show that marriage is the unique union of both a woman and a man coming together in committed love.

As for what it means for HRC, though, I can't imagine. Maybe, as with the former First Lady's views on marriage, HRC simply didn't bother looking into the background and meaning of an image before appropriating it as part of their latest misinformation campaign.

Isn't it amazing how images and and beauty often reveal the truth of things better than we can represent with our words alone?

Colorado Senator To Marriage Supporters: "Get Out Of Society"

Meanwhile in Colorado, Sen. Pat Steadman has done us a favor: he's ripped off the mask of tolerance and revealed the profound hatred for traditional religious believers that motivates too many in the gay marriage movement.

Watch this video. Hear in his voice how much tolerance you and your kids and grandkids can expect, if we fall silent and let gay marriage advocates reign unopposed:

"You can have all the free exercise there that you want. Exercise it as you see fit. But, don't let your free exercise run my life. Don't claim religion as a reason the law should discriminate," Steadman says.

His rant goes on: "So, what to say to those who claim that religion requires them to discriminate? I'll tell you what I'd say: ‘Get thee to a nunnery!' And live there then. Go live a monastic life away from modern society, away from people you can't see as equals to yourself."

Marriage Is On The March!

Steadman's rant is chilling to watch, but I'm happy this week to announce good news: Marriage supporters are not taking this lying down. Marriage is on the march!

More and more people and organizations are recognizing: now is the time to speak or be forever forced to hold your peace!

My profound gratitude goes towards the new members of the March for Marriage coalition: Family Research Council; Human Life International; the 500,000 strong Manhattan Declaration; CatholicVote; the American Principles Project; ActRight; Concerned Women for America; C-FAM; as well as The Ruth Institute and NOM-Rhode Island.

Just last week in Puerto Rico, ordinary citizens came together to stand together and strong for marriage:

Next month, it's our time to march, in our nation's capital.

No one has ever organized a national march for marriage before in this country.

The first March for Life was founded by Nellie Gray and held on January 22, 1974, on the steps of the Capitol, after the Supreme Court overturned the law protecting unborn life, stripped voters of their rights to pass such laws, and unilaterally imposed abortion on all 50 states.

Nellie Grey began small, with an estimated 20,000 supporters in attendance — but the March for Life has grown to hundreds of thousands of people each year, for every year that it is necessary to stand for life.

We are especially grateful to Human Life International for recognizing that pro-marriage is prolife. A government whose courts trample on the rights of citizens to stand up for the institution of marriage and the family is trampling on our most sacred rights.

This year, you have a chance to be part of history — because we are not waiting for the Supreme Court to trample on marriage or our rights to vote for marriage before taking action!

Now is our time to make history happen!

The March For Marriage

On March 26th, the March for Marriage day will begin at 8:30am, when you and I will gather on the National Mall, together with thousands of other decent, loving, law-abiding citizens who care about marriage.

At 9:30am, together we will link arms and march to the Supreme Court before returning to the National Mall for our program.

From 11:00am — 1:00pm, the March for Marriage Rally will be held at our gathering space on the Mall.

Confirmed speakers so far (besides me!) include: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop George McKinney of the Church of God in Christ, Jennifer Roback Morse, Rev. Bill Owens Sr. — but more great pro-marriage voices will be coming on board. It will be a great program!

We are constantly updating the exciting turns of this new March for Marriage. The best way you can follow these updates as they unfold is on our March Facebook page!

Talking Points Flier Map and Schedule

Please consider downloading and sharing this route map and updated schedule of events for the day; our talking points which you can share with fellow marchers, as well as with state and local pro-family organizations; and our our one-page flier explaining the urgency of the March for Marriage and highlighting our cosponsors, which you can download, print out, and share with friends, family, your pastor or other clergy, and other congregants and parishioners.

Also, If you'd like to learn more about the march, become a leader or a group of fellow pro-marriage citizens to come to D.C. for the day's events, or volunteer to help out in any way you can, please contact our March team right away at: [email protected]

I can't wait to hear from you!

The Marriage Pledge

Finally, I am pleased to announce that, through a generous pro-marriage donor, we have a $500K matching challenge to help prepare for the March for Marriage and our various other efforts to protect marriage.

If you cannot be at the March for Marriage this March 26th — or if you can, you want to do even more for marriage — you can help by financing a fellow-marcher in the March for Marriage (along with NOM's other work):

$10 today could make a difference for the rest of U.S. history! Through the magic of matching, your $10 will become $20 for marriage. If God has blessed you and in your prayers you've become persuaded that He wants you to do more at this crucial moment in history, $100 becomes $200, and $500 becomes $1000 for marriage!

That's not really my final request, of course. Because there is one crucial thing you can do right now, regardless of your means: you can pray for me, personally, and for my family. You can pray for Tony Perkins and other leaders of the marriage movement. You can pray that God will un-harden the hearts of the Supreme Court this March 26th and 27th as they listen to the argument on marriage.

You can pray for all the brave people — black, white, Asian and Hispanic, young and old, male and female — coming to D.C. this March to change history and March for Marriage!

And please, please pray for Prof. Robert Lopez, who just travelled to the Minnesota legislature to testify to his own experience of what it was like to grow up fatherless, after his father left and his mother partnered with another lesbian.

He loved both his mothers: "I considered my mother's partner a true mother to me. She was kind and forgiving to me. . . .there's a tension because one of the parents is the biological parent and the other is the legal parent, it's confusing for the child, and it's not a small confusion, it's actually very difficult. . . . . I'm grateful for what I got from being raised in such a colorful home. But I could not be true to myself. . . if I did anything to encourage other children to be placed in such homes. . . our house was full of unclosed scars. I had no father and this crushed my soul."

You can watch his testimony here.

Bless you for all the amazing things you've made possible. Together, let's pray that this country, under God, will have a new birth in freedom, a re-dedication to the American principles that made this the greatest and most God-blessed country on this earth.

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21 Comments

  1. zack
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    The battle for country's soul is in the balance. The judeo christian values of which our country was founded on is being pummled by the radical secular progressives of the left.

    I believe in the end, we will persevere. There will be set backs, but there will be victories too.

  2. CGG
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    In every election cycle, more young people enter and more older people exit. NOM's battle is lost through attrition alone. It is that simple.

  3. Bobby
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Zack - I know many religious people who support marriage equality. Equality is not a radical idea. Besides, I recall my parish priest of many years ago claiming that Jesus was the biggest radical he know.

  4. M. jones
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    NOM has won every battle this year from Hawaii, Nevada, Chicago, RI and now Puerto Rico... Go NOM! We will win at the Supreme Court, the end of the road for pseudo SS"m" is near.

  5. TC Matthews
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    A little morbid CGG. Don't you think?

  6. M. jones
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    NOM just won again in New Mexico on a Constitutional change to allow marriage to be re-defined into something else. Even Democrats voted against harming children. Lawmakers said ”Rome burned while men lusted over one another. … Sodom and Gomorrah were ripped from the face of the Earth while men lusted over men. … Can we expect (God) to bless America if we sanction this experiment?”

  7. Bobby
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    M. Jones - What have you won in Chicago (do you mean IL?) and RI? I guarantee you IL and RI will be equality states by year's end.

  8. leviticus
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    I just set my monthly check to NOM. Keep up the good work we're going to win these battles!!! MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE THE SANCTITY OF REAL MARRIAGE.

  9. John B.
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Hey M. Jones, the NM bill that was killed would have allowed a public vote on the issue. What happened to NOM's favorite mantra, "let the people vote"???

  10. John B.
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    "Dirty tricks"? Like stealing a gay blogger's Youtube video and posting it as NOM's own? Or using a photo of a huge Obama rally suggesting it's really a NOM rally? Or using a photo from the 1963 March on Washington to advertise your own? While you're at it, how about commenting on your allies who have lifted photos of gay couples' weddings to use for their own anti-gay agenda?

  11. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Brian. And thanks to everyone at NOM for all you do.

    I appreciate the testimony from Prof. Lopez. He confirmed something that has always been of concern to me; that boys and girls who grow up fatherless in a lesbian household may seek out a father figure through sexual promiscuity. I realize that those intent on redefining marriage don't care about such things, that it's all about their desires, but many of us care about the children in these situations.

    I hope Prof. Lopez is prepared for the onslaught of abuse he's likely to receive. Indeed, pray for his well-being.

  12. CRSmith
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Laura Bush is such a lovely, honest, woman. There is no way that she would ever be involved with such a dirty organization. I'm sure that the whole thing had to be made up. It's unthinkable that she would support gay marriage. The gays will stop at nothing. I wonder, though, what they hoped to gain, other than a fat lawsuit! I know I would never have been fooled by such a thing. Thank you for reporting on this.

  13. leviticus
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Laura Bush always registered her disgust at same-sex pseudo- marriage. I read the reply brief For the proposition 8 challengers. For them it's all about adult selfish sexual desires and friendship love it's a comic book read. We have an easy win that the Supreme Court ahead of us.

  14. Bobby
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Laura's words from her CNN interview were not distorted. She spoke in favor of marriage equality. Mrs. Bush has, however, asked that the clip from her CNN interview not be used in the freedom to marry ad alongside the clips of Dick Cheney and Colin Powell. She is within her rights to do so. However she has not retracted her statements to Larry King whereby she affirmed her support for equality.

  15. John B.
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow, such revisionism going on. Mrs. Bush told Larry King point-blank that she supported same-sex marriage when she was asked about it. If she didn't want people to get that impression maybe she shouldn't have told him, "When couples are committed to each other and love each other than they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has." And this was not a one-liner, she expanded on her comment quite a bit. If you don't believe it, just Google "Laura Bush gay marriage".

  16. Randy E King
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. Bush also told the HRC that she does not endorse their agenda. Mrs. Bush also demanded the HRC remove references of her endorsement from their disinformation campaign.

    All the words matter John; not just those that appear to give your argument merit when taken out of context.

    But you will find out the value in this when SCOTUS re-affirms this nations history and traditions; when justice Kennedy clarifies that his majority intent in Romer v. was not to send a message to perverts that the 1st Amendment will no longer protect the people they wish to enslave.

  17. Bobby
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    REK - We will see what Justice Kennedy has to say in a few months time.

  18. Forrest
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Unnatural homosexual marriage is an empty pretense that cheapens and degrades the real thing.
    I predict SCOTUS will go 6-3 in favor of natural marriage and morality.

  19. Posted February 24, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Repeat:
    Now that Mrs. Laura Bush was included in an advertisement for 'gay' marriage, as it turns out, against her will, we might find out what her current opinion is.

    Here's the link to the unauthorized video advertisement:
    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/former-first-lady-laura-bush-asks-to-be-removed-from-newly-launched-pro-gay-marriage-ad-campaign.html/

    It is clear, from the 2010 interview, Mrs. Bush did, in fact, disagree with marriage being solely between a man and a woman, which she called Traditional Marriage (her view of what marriage is, was at that time merely a matter of tradition!) Didn't traditional marriage include love too?. But we don't know what her opinion today is (maybe she has read up on it).

    Nowhere did Mrs. Bush's spokeswoman Anne MacDonald say Mrs. Bush still holds to her quoted opinion, publicly:

    [the former first lady] “did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way.” “When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it,” MacDonald said.

    "nor is she associated.... in any way." Ouch!

    She became aware of it after 1 million $ was dedicated to this advertisement, and none of the Republicans quoted were ever told their comments would be in the present advertisement for 'gay' marriage. That, in itself is a major reversal!

    Does this show desperation, or obsoleteness, or both?

    And Obama has to add his two cents to the issue "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated the same, under the law." Well, they are. Marriage applies equally to everyone, adult, or minor, man or woman. It's an opposite-sex institution. So, then, our journey is complete? What journey?

    We do know Mrs. Bush is not dedicated to promoting 'gay' marriage to the extent she 'requested' having her appearance edited out. Her request had incredible weight.

    She was expressing that a decision was made not to make 'gay' marriage an election issue, out of compassion, and that she, at the time, disagreed with President Bush2 stand on the issue - an issue in the early stages of political influence. Check your markers.

    Of course, all legislation has always been on same-sex marriage, not 'gay' marriage. People were just starting to form their opinion, and should not be quoted today, without checking with them first. Unless, of course, the purpose is to 'twist their arm."

    Mrs. Bush in her 2010 interview with Larry King, also said: "and it is a real,... you know,... REVERSAL to accept 'gay' marriage."

    Here's that link:
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/05/14/lkl.bush.gay.marriage.abortion.cnn

  20. zack
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    "I know many religious people who support marriage equality."

    Then they aren't really religious. Simply put, most people who are religious don't support redefining Marriage.

    "Equality is not a radical idea."

    No, but redefining Marriage is.

  21. John Noe
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I too watched the testimony from Prof Lopez. He proved how valuable it was for children to have a mother and a father and proved that homosexuality is a choice and not an inborn orientation.