Dear Marriage Supporter,
I have some fantastic news! Thanks to thousands of you who responded to our urgent request yesterday and sent emails to key legislators and Governor Phil Bryant in Mississippi, the state House of Representatives passed robust, critically needed religious liberty legislation (House Bill 1523) with a strong margin!
And today Governor Bryant signed the legislation into law!
Thank you all who helped us and our allies secure this tremendous victory against LGBT extremists who want to marginalize and punish Christians and other people of faith simply for professing the truth of marriage as God designed it, one man and one woman.
House Bill 1523 protects pastors, churches and individuals from having to solemnize a gay 'wedding' and protects individuals and small businesses like florists, bakers and photographers from being forced to perform services at a gay 'wedding' ceremony that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. The legislation also prevents LGBT extremists from forcing their gender ideology on Mississippi which would allow men to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, including showers and restrooms, simply by claiming they "identify" as women.
This huge win is on top of the tremendous victory we helped our allies achieve the other day in North Carolina, which repealed a dangerous bathroom ordinance in Charlotte and prohibited any other local government entity from instituting a "gender identity" policy that jeopardizes the privacy and safety of girls and women.
See how much we can accomplish together to protect religious liberty and safeguard the rights of people who believe in the truth of marriage?
While we've achieved these tremendous victories together, much more needs to be done. That's why I am asking you to make a special Victory Fund contribution to fund our ongoing efforts across the country and at the federal level to extend the protections we enacted in Mississippi and North Carolina to every state in the country.
Your contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more will be put to immediate use helping allies in a number of states that are facing the same type of threats and intimidation from LGBT extremists that we confronted in Mississippi and North Carolina. Some of you receiving this email can afford to give $1,000, $2,500 or even more, which we urgently need. I hope these great victories will encourage you that we can win these critical fights! Whatever you can afford, please act today with your most generous contribution.
These two victories could prove pivotal in the fight against radical extremists who are pushing a dangerous gender ideology and who wish to punish people who honor God's definition of marriage. Sadly, these radical gay activists and their allies in big business, Hollywood and big-time sports like the NFL and NBA won some early victories when three gutless Republican governors succumbed to their threats of economic boycotts and reputational ruin. But now with us having prevailed in North Carolina and today in Mississippi, we may have turned the corner and be on our way to enacting robust protections for Christians and people of faith in a number of additional states, and at the federal level as well.
But our victories will be short-lived unless we can raise the resources needed to capitalize on our momentum. We're being asked by allies in Congress and in a number of key states to help them with funding, expertise and grassroots support, but our ability to respond to those opportunities is directly related to how generously you and other NOM members respond to my request for your financial support.
This huge win today in Mississippi would not have been possible without your help. Be encouraged and emboldened by this victory, and please redouble your efforts to stand with us as we fight in numerous other states, and in Congress, for the rights of Christians and other people of faith.
PS — You can fully expect the LGBT extremists and their allies to go berserk over Mississippi's passage of this robust protection for people of faith, just as they are doing in North Carolina. Your generous financial contribution will allow us to counter their protests and push other states to enact these critical legal protections.