Dear Marriage Supporter,
As we gear up for the March for Marriage on April 25th in Washington, DC, we can see that all around the country, people are rallying in defense of marriage.
Despite the media's best efforts, the American people continue to support marriage. The 2015 March for Marriage is our best opportunity to harness this support and show the Court that the American people want their voice and votes respected and marriage preserved.
Indiana Steps Up
The state of Indiana has stepped up to the plate in defending marriage and religious freedom.
If you remember, a federal judge recently struck down Indiana's state marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. That decision will be subject to whatever Supreme Court ruling is issued this summer.
But the marriage champions in the Hoosier state wouldn't sit back and wait. They acted to defend marriage and religious liberty by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week by overwhelming majorities in the state House and Senate. Governor Pence just signed the bill yesterday.
The new legislation protects individuals who wish to live their lives and run their businesses in keeping with their sincere and deeply held religious beliefs.
I'd like to thank Governor Pence and the brave legislators of the state of Indiana for being pro-active in defending marriage and religious liberty, and urge every state in the union to follow their lead in passing similar legislation.
A Call to Action In Texas
Our friend Reverend Bill Owens and the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) helped put together a rally in Texas in defense of that state's law (also recently struck down by a federal judge and subject to the Supreme Court's ruling this summer) defending marriage in conjunction with Dr. Steve Hotze and the Conservative Republicans of Texas.
The rally was headlined by Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice and marriage champion Roy Moore, who called on other states to follow the lead of Alabama in pushing back against federal government overreach:
There is today another threat... not only in Texas and Alabama, but across our country... where state and federal judges have overruled constitutional amendments passed by the people of those states... and people just sat by and watched it out of fear of the federal government.
But nothing in the constitution of the US, nothing in the laws or precedence of the federal courts, give federal courts any authority over domestic policy and marriage in the state of Texas, in the state of Alabama, or anywhere else.
Special and heart-felt thanks to all of these heroes who are bravely standing up for the rights of states, the rights of voters, our precious religious liberties and the amazing truth, goodness and beauty of marriage.
International Movement to Defend Marriage: Australia
And the movement in defense of marriage is gaining traction internationally as well.
Just this week, plans to advance on same-sex marriage came to a halt as debate over the posed legislation was postponed after 20,000 people emailed politicians in support of marriage.
Special thanks to Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby for his work on this issue.
You can see Lyle speak powerfully in defense of marriage in this video interview.
Defending Marriage At The Federal Level
NOM is working with our allies to move forward several pieces of legislation at the Federal level in defense of marriage and religious liberty.
New pieces of legislation should be introduced shortly, but please don't forget about the incredibly important Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), which ensures that faith-based institutions and individuals can continue to provide services for those who need them free from fear of reprisal or punitive measures from the government for their beliefs about marriage.
If you haven't already done so, please click here to contact your elected officials asking them to support this common sense legislation.
And if you have, please forward the link to family and friends and encourage them to do the same.
Our elected officials need to know that they work for we the people... and we the people must hold them accountable for their actions representing us. Please take a moment to get involved.
Why We're Marching For Marriage
As I said at the beginning of this email, the 2015 March for Marriage is our best opportunity to harness this support and show the Court that the American people want their voice and votes respected and marriage preserved.
States all across our great nation have taken steps to defend marriage only to see their votes and values callously tossed aside by radicals using any means necessary — in particular by what is amounting to judicial tyranny — to impose their radical agenda on the entire country.
But, as you can see, people are standing up and fighting back!
Marriage Supporter, won't you please join all of these marriage heroes in defending marriage by supporting the 2015 March for Marriage?
Some of you can make an immediate, tax-deductible donation to the NOM Education Fund in support of the March — which will instantly be matched, dollar-for-dollar by another generous donor. And for those who can — at any level — I'm asking you to do so to help us get the word out and bring as many people to our nation's capital as possible in this last month before the March.
But everyone reading this email can help get the word out. You can go to www.MarriageMarch.org and download fliers to put up and pass around in your community or at your Church. You can download icons that can be used online through social media vehicles like Facebook and Twitter.
And — most importantly — you can find information about how you and your friends and family can come to Washington, DC and join us in this historic March.
Marriage heroes are standing up... and I hope you will have the chance to march alongside them on April 25th!