Dear Marriage Supporter,
I wrote you a few weeks back letting you know that on June 19, 2014 NOM will be hosting the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC. And, this year, we have added an extremely exciting component to the day: Marriage Lobby Day!
In the afternoon following the March, starting at 2:30, we are organizing the opportunity for Marchers from all around the country to meet with their Senator, Representative or their staff!
Won't you please support Marriage Lobby Day on June 19th and all of NOM's lobbying efforts to give voice to your values in defense of marriage by making a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 today?
Last year's tremendously successful March brought thousands of marriage champions to the nation's capitol the day the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. We sent a clear message to the powers that be in Washington that Americans believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that children deserve both a mom and a dad. The voices and presence of several thousand marriage champions echoed through the halls of Congress and the Supreme Court that day.
This year, potentially thousands of marriage supporters from all over the country will have the chance to meet with their federal Senators and Representatives to tell them about the importance of defending marriage, religious liberty and the rule of law.
If you are planning to come to the March for Marriage and would like to participate in the Lobby Day, please respond to this email and include your full name, street address, city, state, zip code and (optionally) your cell phone to help us coordinate activities on the day of the events.
What's more... the tens of thousands of supporters who sign up to participate in our virtual march (another new component of this year's March program) will have the opportunity to request their own lobbying packet, allowing them to continue the impact of the Marriage Lobby Day throughout the summer and year.
You see, last year the Supreme Court gave us something of a split decision in the Windsor case involving DOMA. While tragically invalidating a section of DOMA that defined marriage under federal law, the Court reaffirmed that marriage is and always has been in the purview of the states to regulate and define.
This gives us a new impetus to our already vibrant defense of marriage in the states and at the federal level! And since the vast majority of states already define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, we continue to engage the battle from a position of strength!
Unfortunately, the Obama administration and federal judges across the country are doing everything in their power — including ignoring the plain words of last summer's Supreme Court decisions — to impose same-sex marriage on everyone nationwide.
The number one way marriage champions can stem this lawless onslaught is to demand that their elected representatives pass legislation that not only protects marriage and the right of states to define the institution as they deem fit, but to also protect our fundamental First Amendment rights.
Right now there are several bills before Congress that would accomplish these things, and NOM wants to make this incredible opportunity to lobby Congress on June 19th available to as many people as so desire.
Won't you please support NOM's efforts to fight back against the disregard of the Obama administration and federal judges for marriage and the values of millions of American citizens through a generous contribution to support our lobbying efforts?
The administration and its allies' reckless disregard for the voices and votes of so many millions of Americans is raising our concern over the future of marriage to a whole new level.
Fortunately, we've already received strong signals from the Supreme Court that this sort of lawlessness won't be tolerated as the entire bench moved to stay a decision striking down Utah's state marriage amendment. That decision, along with decisions by federal courts in Oklahoma, Virginia, and other states, is under appeal.
The marriage debate in America did not end last year — or this year with its sled of outrageous judicial rulings. No...the fight over marriage is still very much alive. And that is because people like you continue to be willing to take to the streets, to stand up in the public square, and to voice your values in the halls of power!
The need for energetic grassroots demonstrations of support for marriage is greater today than ever.
Elected officials are accountable to their constituents, so meetings like this always make an impact... it's something we need to do more often... especially in light of judiciaries and executives at both the state and federal level abandoning their duties and oaths!
The forces arrayed against us in this fight — who will stop at nothing in advancing their agenda of imposing genderless marriage on America — are ever more emboldened. That's why we need to mobilize thousands of Americans just like you. You and I can make a critical difference in this fight!
I hope you can join me in person this summer at the March for Marriage and Marriage Lobby Day, or at least will be able to stand with us through our Virtual March and its associated activities. To receive more information as June 19th approaches, please visit www.marriagemarch.org and sign up.
And remember, if you want to participate in Lobby Day while you're in DC on the 19th for the March, reply to this email with your full contact information so we can make arrangements for you.
We're in this fight together — and together we'll make a difference! Thank you for standing up for marriage!
Brian S. Brown