Dear Marriage Supporter,
Just a quick note this Friday morning to give you a brief update on a few things.
We've surpassed the $400,000 mark toward our year end matching gift campaign. Thank you so much to everyone who has participated! But we still have a ways to go in the next few weeks to reach our $1,000,000 goal.
I wanted to stack up some numbers for you to let you know where marriage in America stands as of this moment:
States that currently define marriage as the union of one man and one woman: 34
States that have state constitutional amendments protecting that definition: 30
States that have redefined marriage to include homosexual couples: 16
Of those 16 states, marriage has been redefined by the courts (5 times) or by legislative action (11 times — Maine passing their law through referendum).
What do these numbers tell me?
The vast majority of America and the American people overwhelmingly back marriage.
Same-sex 'marriage' activists are going to be very hard pressed for victories in the future. State constitutional amendments are the highest form of protection offered at the state level, and overcoming that won't be easy.
We still have several opportunities to add to our totals by passing state constitutional amendments in states favorable to our cause, like Indiana.
We've suffered some setbacks this year, no question. But in every case, activist judges or Democrat controlled legislatures and Governorships (in Rhode Island, Delaware, Illinois and Hawaii) bypassed the people and imposed same-sex 'marriage' on their states.
The only time we've lost a state by popular vote was last year when the playing field was extremely skewed by both an extremely liberal political environment and an outrageous, three to one spending advantage by those who sought to redefine marriage — approximately $32 million to $10 million (of which NOM contributed over $5.5 million...).
We can't let that happen again! Please help us take advantage of this matching gift opportunity and ensure that NOM has the resources we need to get our winning message out to the voting public. It's especially important in this coming election year that we hold the legislators who sold out their constituents on marriage accountable and send a powerful message to the political establishment across the country: Vote against marriage at the risk of your political career!
Thank you in advance for all you do to defend marriage!
Brian S. Brown