Dear Marriage Supporter,
On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation that, with the requisite number of states having ratified it, the 14th Amendment was adopted into the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment, in Section 1, established what is known as "equal protection" — that all citizens of the United States are entitled to equal protection under the law and the same "privileges or immunities."
On June 6, 2006, the citizens of the State of Alabama went to the polls and voted to adopt a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The measure, called the "Sanctity of Marriage Amendment," passed with 81% of the vote. The issue won in every single county of the State.
On January 23, 2015, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that the "Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" in Alabama is an unconstitutional violation of equal protection. She stayed her ruling until February 9th.
On February 9, 2015, the State of Alabama fought back.
It is important to remember our history. It is important to remember, for example, as I noted above, that the power of amending the U.S. Constitution depends upon ratification by the States . . . that, under our federalist system, the States retain all kinds of powers not explicitly claimed by the Constitution for the federal government.
It's important to remember that, in the Windsor decision of 2013, Justice Kennedy's rationale for striking down section 3 of DOMA was based on the fact that states have sovereignty to regulate marriage and shouldn't be dictated to in this matter by the federal government.
It's important to remember that, in 1868, when the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution passed it did not suddenly render same-sex 'marriages' legal. That no one had any notion of that meaning being even implicit, much less explicit, in the amendment. That the very thought wouldn't even have occurred to anyone responsible for framing that amendment.
It's important to remember that in 1972, the Supreme Court was asked to consider whether same-sex marriage was guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, in Baker v Nelson, and they unanimously dismissed the case for lack of a substantial federal question. It is absurd to claim that the 14th Amendment made man-woman marriage unconstitutional and that nobody — including a former bench of the Supreme Court — noticed until now! And yet this absurdity is exactly what federal judges all over the country want us to believe.
Well, do you believe that?
I certainly don't. Neither does Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama. He's urging the State to stand by its definition of marriage and to refuse to bend to the whim of a single Federal judge pushing an absurd reading of the 14th amendment.
It is so critically important that brave public officials, when they stand up for marriage, know that they have our support. So if you haven't done so already, please click here to thank Justice Moore for standing up to the federal courts and defending marriage.
The events of the past couple of weeks make everything crystal clear: the words of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in his dissent in the Windsor case, were as true as could be. He wrote: "I promise you this: The only thing that will 'confine' the Court's holding is its sense of what it can get away with."
And we have seen courts since that decision, all over the country, pushing the envelope and getting away with it. We've seen federal justices like the one in Alabama trampling over the will of voters, and getting away with it. We've seen the Supreme Court letting them get away with it.
So we need to ask ourselves: what are we prepared to let the Supreme Court get away with?
That's the rationale behind the National Organization for Marriage's organization and execution of the March for Marriage this coming April. We must show the court that there is a powerful dissent among the citizenry, holding fast to the true definition of marriage, which will never accept a redefinition of our most sacred institution.
Of course, organizing the March for Marriage is a broad undertaking requiring tremendous resources.
Won't you please chip in what you can to make the March a success?
Some of you can make a smaller donation . . . some of you can make a larger one . . . but we need for every marriage supporter to take a stand and make a financial investment in the defense of marriage.
There is no better time to donate as a generous donor has stepped up with a matching gift challenge. That means every dollar you donate will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling the impact your contribution makes in the fight to defend marriage at exactly the time when its defense is most pressing!
Now is the time to fight back. Please help us make the 2015 March for Marriage — taking place on April 25th, right around the oral arguments in the Supreme Court case — our most successful yet.
Help us let the Supreme Court know that the American people are the ultimate governing power in our great Republic . . . and that the American people believe in marriage!
Thank you and God bless you.
Brian S. Brown