Dear Marriage Supporter,
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court intervened to grant a stay — a delay in the implementation of a lower court's ruling pending legal appeal — in Virginia, halting the redefinition of marriage in its tracks in the Old Dominion!
The justice in charge of reviewing petitions in the 4th circuit (Justice Roberts) referred the matter to the full court. And once again — just as was the case in Utah earlier this year — there was no dissent from a single justice in granting the stay!
Let me remind you that one of the conditions for overturning a lower court's decision in granting a stay is the reasonable expectation of victory on appeal!
After winning many lawsuits in lower federal courts presided over by hand-picked, liberal, activist judges, the momentum behind the marriage redefinition agenda is waning.
Remember, in addition to the Supreme Court's intervention in Utah and Virginia, federal judges in states like Wisconsin are taking notice and issuing stays on their own decisions to allow the legal process to play out.
Much, much more importantly, we recently won a case at the lower level in Tennessee! You might not know about it because the media is doing everything it can to ignore the facts, but Roane County Circuit Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., of Kingston, Tennessee ruled that "neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state's responsibility."
In addition, he correctly commented on the Supreme Court's Windsor decision of last summer, saying that the "Supreme Court does not go the final step and find that a state that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Further, the Supreme Court does not find that one state's refusal to accept another state's valid same-sex marriage to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution."
The rush to judgment declaring marriage to be unconstitutional is not only premature — it's flat out wrong!
The US Supreme Court has determined that states have the right to define marriage and we remain confident that they will uphold all the various traditional marriage laws and constitutional amendments that have been wrongly invalidated by federal judges.
Moreover, we look forward to the US Supreme Court taking one or more of the three marriage cases now pending before them, and ultimately ruling that defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is entirely constitutional.
Thank you for continuing to stand for marriage!
Brian S. Brown
PS: As the recent actions of the Supreme Court in Virginia and the legal victory in Tennessee show... the tide is turning! And NOM needs your help to keep building the momentum! These lower federal court cases are making their way up to the Supreme Court, and we must demonstrate that Americans across the country and from all walks of life believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Won't you please make a generous donation today to help us build a grassroots movement and make a powerful statement that will be heard throughout the country and especially in the halls of the Supreme Court?