Dear Marriage Supporter,
All the polling in Iowa and nationally points to the inescapable conclusion that the Republican presidential field is shaping up to be between two prominent outsiders — Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.
As you know, NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president. I've heard from some folks, including NOM supporters, that they like what Donald Trump is saying and want to know why we have picked Cruz over Trump. Here's the answer:
The incontrovertible record demonstrates that Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
It's just as simple as that.
It's very easy for skilled politicians to create an impression on the stump that they are with you and agree with your values and position on key issues. For example, pretty much every Republican candidate for president will say that they believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. But that is a meaningless statement given where we are in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decree imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation. Saying is one thing; doing is another.
The real question is what will the various candidates actually do to fight to restore marriage to our laws and protect the right of people to continue to act in concert with their belief that marriage is only one man and one woman? That is why NOM developed our Presidential Marriage Pledge and fashioned it along the lines of specific actions a candidate will take if elected president.
And in the "doing" department, Ted Cruz is light years better for us than is Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz signed NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge while Donald Trump did not.
In fact, Ted Cruz has already proven himself to be a champion for marriage by authorizing a proposed constitutional amendment preserving the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He also has co-sponsored federal legislation, the First Amendment Defense Act, to protect people who believe in traditional marriage from being punished by government for living out their beliefs concerning marriage in their daily lives and at work.
Donald Trump does not support a constitutional amendment to restore marriage to our laws. Worse, he has publicly abandoned the fight for marriage. When the US Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Trump promptly threw in the towel with these comments on MSNBC:
"You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land."
Think about the implications of Donald Trump's comments. By his reasoning, the nation would "have to go with" slavery as "the law of the land" once the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate Dred Scott decision.
But the nation didn't go along with this manifestly immoral, anti-constitutional ruling on slavery. Fortunately, we had a political leader, Abraham Lincoln, who was willing to lead a principled fight for the dignity of every human being, and slavery was eventually repudiated.
That in a nutshell is the difference between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump when it comes to marriage. Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight.
You know, Mr. Trump dismisses a lot of his liberal policies and actions by pointing to the fact that for most of his life he's been a businessman and he just played the political game to advance his own business objectives.
And while some of Trump's business success may be impressive, other business decisions reveal some highly questionable activity from a moral perspective.
For example, did you know that a casino owned by Mr. Trump became the first in New Jersey to include a strip club as part of its offering to customers? I don't know what you think, but to me a businessman with a solid moral compass would not become the first businessman to put a strip club in his casino.
The 2016 presidential election is the most important one our nation has ever faced. We are at the precipice of national decline on a whole host of issues — the strength of our economy, threats of terrorism, our standing in the world, and the resonance of American values. The cause of marriage, and perhaps the pro-life cause as well, are among those that hang in the balance.
If we elect the right candidate — a principled champion — then we can rebuild our economy, begin to reduce our crippling national debt, make America safer and stronger, and take steps to reinvigorate American values like marriage and life. But if the wrong candidate is elected, we risk losing the very essence of our nation.
The people of Iowa have an enormous responsibility this coming Monday when the first in the nation presidential caucuses are held. I urge every NOM supporter in Iowa to attend their caucus on February 1st and to stand up for Sen. Ted Cruz for president. Please reach out to every other Iowan you can influence and urge them to caucus for Sen. Cruz. And if you are supporting a candidate other than Sen. Cruz, I ask you to consider whether it is time to switch to Cruz to ensure that a principled candidate who will be a champion for marriage emerges from the Iowa contest.
There are a number of fine candidates running in the Republican race, but we're at a point where only two have a realistic chance of coming out of Iowa as the winner — Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Please do everything in your power to ensure that Sen. Cruz, a proven champion for the cause of marriage, emerges victorious.