Dear Marriage Supporter,
We've been in many fights together to support the truth of marriage.
We've partnered to pass ballot initiatives around the country, to defeat activist judges in Iowa, to rally tens of thousands at the March for Marriage, to defeat men in women's bathrooms in Houston.
And we know that whether we win or lose a particular fight, we are doing God's work.
But we also know that it is not easy. In fact, it's hard in this culture to stand for the truth.
It's hard to see an out of control Supreme Court making law out of thin air.
It's hard to see the senseless attacks against us as "bigots" just for standing for the simple truth that it takes a man and a woman to make a marriage.
It's hard to constantly be the David versus the same-sex marriage lobby's Goliath.
It's hard to see some in our own families turning their backs on truth.
But the very fact that it is difficult, should give us great comfort and hope.
We were created for a time such as this. God placed us in this difficult time and place for some purpose.
Like the Christians before us, it is not in times of ease and comfort that great transformations occur, but exactly at the point where things are hard, where cultures and civilizations go astray, that the faith grows, that truth can be more clearly seen like a light in the darkness.
That is what I see as our mission at NOM: to boldly proclaim and advance the truth that marriage is by its very nature the union of one man and one woman. To be a light in a culture of darkness. To boldly and fearlessly stand for this truth come what may.
I believe we have lived up to that commitment and that is exactly why the same-sex marriage lobby including Marriage Equality USA is so scared of us. They have noted with great alarm, “[NOM] has finally come clean with a startling admission of their tactics moving forward: Contain the 'damage' of marriage equality by passing laws that allow public officials and businesspeople to refuse to have anything to do with gay couples' marriages..."
Yes, that is a key part of our efforts at NOM, but our work goes much further. To reverse the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage. To help elect a pro-marriage champion as president of the United States. To stop communities like Houston from declaring it “discrimination" to prevent a man from using intimate facilities reserved for women like showers and bathrooms based on some vague notion of “gender identity." And to protect the religious freedom of every American to exercise their beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Yes, this fight is hard. It's hard for me to write this email requesting your generous gift as the year closes. It's hard to tell you that we are far from meeting our $200,000 matching gift. It's hard to say that we may have to significantly cut our many programs unless you, our partner in this fight, stand with us now with your most generous gift.
From helping to pass Proposition 8 to Houston I have been blessed to be a part of miraculous victories for the truth. I know how hard each of these fights have been. But I also know that they would never have happened if people had not in prayerful awe said that no matter how hard it was they were going to stand resolutely for the truth at the times that are most difficult.
I have one question for you: Will you stand with us now?
We have so much to do, from passage of the First Amendment Defense Act in Congress, to electing a pro-marriage champion as president, to reversing the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court, but without your support we won't be able to do any of it.
Standing for the truth of marriage is a great blessing in this time of turmoil. No matter what comes we know we are on the right side. Stand confidently with us again and help us be your voice in the coming year. Remember, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar through the end of the year, up to a total of $200,000 in matching funds. Please help us take full advantage of this incredible opportunity.