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Marriage And Religious Liberty In The Early Presidential Race

 


Dear Marriage Supporter,

One of NOM's primary goals in the coming months and year is to raise the profile of the marriage and religious liberty issues in anticipation of the coming presidential election next year — particularly in key swing and early voting states like Iowa.

And we've been remarkably successful in the early going!

While reading through the media's "reporting" (which seems more often than not to be taken directly from sources like the Human Rights Campaign blog) is aggravating, listening to the actual Republican candidates' words has been extremely encouraging.

Boldly Speaking the Truth

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is always courageous and unintimidated when it comes to speaking the truth. Which makes following the media's "news coverage" of him a continuous exercise in frustration and incredulity.

Recently he fired back at the media for "being obsessed with sex" after repeatedly asking about same-sex marriage to the exclusion of almost every other issue, offering a fresh and direct way to respond to not-so veiled attacks on common-sense positions shared by a majority of the country and world.

You can click here to watch the video of his exchange with the reporter in question.

Ted Cruz

The most absurd and unbelievable aspect of the story is the headline that the "news" agency chose to attach to the report: "Cruz refuses to deny animosity toward gays."

The entire exchange simply highlights the ridiculousness of the media's coverage of marriage and is the clearest indication possible that the media is, indeed, "obsessed with sex."

Not Just Talk

But Senator Cruz isn't the only one championing marriage and religious liberty.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is strongly considering a presidential run, recently took dramatic action to defend marriage and people of faith who understand its true nature.

The Louisiana state legislature cowered away from passing House Bill 707, which would have blocked the government from penalizing companies because of the owner's stance on same-sex marriage.

So Governor Jindal stepped to the plate and announced that he would issue an executive order accomplishing what the bill was aiming to do: protecting people of faith who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman from unjust Governmental coercion and potential punitive measures for their beliefs.

The executive order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.

As I mentioned yesterday, when our elected public officials take such bold action to represent our values — knowing that they will be targeted by special interests and widely castigated by the media — they must hear from us and know that they have our support.

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment and click here to send Governor Jindal a quick email thanking him for his brave leadership in defense of marriage and religious liberty.

Governor Jindal Action Alert

And then, please forward the link to this alert to your family and friends so they can similarly take action.

But that's not all!

This week, the American Future Project launched a 30-second ad that will air in Iowa highlighting the Governor's dedication to defending our precious First Freedoms — the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the freedom to act in accord with our beliefs about marriage without fear of reprisal from the government.

You can watch the ad here.

Governor Jindal Ad

And all of this follows his editorial last month in the New York Times opinion page, I'm Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage.

Others Speaking Out For Marriage And Religious Liberty

Other candidates are also making strong statements to reassure the American people that they represent their values on marriage.

Governor Scott Walker was recently in Washington, DC to meet with legislators and heads of social conservative groups to discuss social issues.

I was one of those who met with him to discuss the marriage issue.

As I noted in the column linked above, while some of his past statements have left people like you and me with serious questions as to his commitment to defending the truth about marriage, his recent statements — in particular, those about backing a federal marriage amendment — should have us feeling better about his political views. We will give him, and all the candidates, a chance to concretely demonstrate their support by signing NOM's Presidential Pledge, which will be issued soon.

Similarly, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush reiterated in much clearer terms his commitment to marriage last weekend in Dubuque, Iowa, where he was interviewed by CBN's David Brody.

What is becoming clear is that as all the potential and announced Republican candidates get away from their handlers and get out talking to voters and activists, they are all realizing that marriage is a core value of the American people and worthy of defending. They are realizing that redefining marriage is presenting incredible challenges to not only our First Freedoms, but also to our future cultural and economic wellbeing.

And, perhaps most importantly, they are realizing that redefining marriage is directly at odds with our precious faith traditions. Hillary Clinton recently said as much (see her remarks at around the 8:20 mark) when talking about the left's agenda pushed over the past several years needing "resources and political will" to overcome the "deep seeded, cultural codes, religious beliefs and biases" that "have to be changed."

There you have it: you and I must be forced to change our religious beliefs to accommodate the left's radical agenda.

Thank goodness we have some brave candidates willing to stand up and defend marriage and religious liberty.

More Hypocrisy

One final note on a news story that broke recently but received very little news.

A study that came out a few months ago received widespread acclaim for its impact in helping shift attitudes toward accepting same-sex marriage. It found that a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with a gay political canvasser could steer voters in favor of same-sex marriage. Not only that, but these changed opinions lasted for at least a year and influenced other people in the voter's household, the study found.

Of course, the media trumpeted this far and wide... it was obvious, they said. People just need to meet and talk to gay rights supporters and they will immediately become amenable to redefining marriage.

The only problem? The study was faked. The data used to support the conclusions was simply made up.

While this development is no doubt embarrassing for advocates of redefining marriage, sadly, I am not surprised by this situation.

It is reminiscent of all the phony studies that have been conducted using small "convenience" samples of lesbians and gays who have an interest in the outcome of the study showing that lesbian and gay parenting makes "no difference" for children. To no one's surprise, these studies are touted as "proof," and become fodder to redefine marriage.

But whether a study is completely faked or conclusions are just fudged, it's justified in the minds of many who want to redefine marriage. You see, to many such activists everything in life — freedom of speech, religious principles, even the truth — is secondary to the "good" of advancing their agenda.

That is why the coming election (and, indeed, all elections) matter.

I look forward to sharing our presidential pledge with you in the coming months and making an impact on next year's election.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS: In case you hadn't heard, right now we have a new matching gift challenge running! A donor, incredibly enthused by the success of the March for Marriage and how oral arguments before the Supreme Court went, has offered $200,000 in matching gift funds to help us make a major statement in defense of marriage before the Supreme Court issues its ruling. Won't you please renew your NOM membership today to help us reach our goal?

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