Dear Marriage Supporter,
I've got some great news: A critical committee of the US House of Representatives today held a pivotal hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), setting the stage for it to move forward to the full House!
The hearing in support of FADA was tremendous and made a clear and convincing case for this critical legislation. Congressional champions like Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador set the stage for the importance of protecting the rights of individuals, small businesses and churches from being discriminated against because of their beliefs about marriage. Legal experts and scholars also added their voices of support.
But the star of the hearing was former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran who was fired from his position simply because he talked about his belief in traditional, biblical marriage in a book he wrote. Chief Cochran was compelling and convincing. Time and again members of the committee referred to his case as an example why FADA is urgently needed.
I have to be honest: this critical hearing in support of FADA may never have happened were it not for NOM's strong and consistent push. When it appeared that some in the GOP leadership were stalling on FADA, we launched a Fax for FADA campaign that resulted in over 100,000 faxes being delivered to members of Congress. Our push helped pry FADA loose, and today's pivotal hearing was the result.
Unfortunately, we are dangerously low on funds and need immediate financial support to continue our push to get FADA to the floor of the House of Representatives. I'm asking you to make an immediate financial contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more. If you have the resources to give more generously, please consider doing so.
Passing FADA out of the House of Representatives is our top priority to protect the right of Americans to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives. No American should be punished by government for refusing to be complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' Nobody should be forced to participate in a gay 'wedding' ceremony, including having to produce goods and services, against their beliefs. FADA provides critical protection against the Obama administration from persecuting people of faith, and we're working hard to enact it.
We have a robust plan to urge adoption of FADA, including grassroots organizing, social media engagement, the production of educational and advocacy videos and outreach to potential supporters across the nation. But our plan requires us to raise $37,000 in the next week.
Please act today to help us implement our FADA Enactment Plan with a contribution of $25, $35, $75, $100 or $250 or more. Your gift will be put to immediate use to help us organize and deploy all the tactical elements we need.
The hue and cry that LGBT extremists make whenever common sense reforms are proposed has had an effect on some members of Congress. They see the kerfuffle created in North Carolina and Mississippi when legislation opposed by gay extremists was enacted. We have to hold Congressional representatives' feet to the fire, making them accountable to their constituents and the American people who overwhelmingly believe that no citizen should be persecuted because they believe in traditional marriage.
NOM is the tip of the spear when it comes to education, and grassroots and political action on marriage and religious liberty. But we can be effective only to the extent that our supporters stand with us and give generously of their financial resources. That is why I am asking you to make a contribution of $35, $50, $100 or whatever amount is right for you to help us push for the passage of FADA.
Please act today so that we can capitalize on the tremendous hearing that was held in Congress today, and keep our momentum going.
Thank you for your support!