Dear Marriage Supporter,
As you know, we are in a critical period in our work to protect the rights of Americans to be free of government persecution for living out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work. We are pushing legislation in Congress and working with allies in the states to fight back against the relentless effort of the Obama administration to advance their dangerous gender ideology. We are rallying public opinion to contest the effort of wealthy elites such as billionaire sports owners to redefine humanity itself — demanding that men be treated as "women" based on some vague "gender identity" claim. And we are working in the courts to prevent the secular left from inventing a constitutional right to redefine gender much as they have used the courts to redefine marriage.
Our plate is full, but our cupboard is nearly empty. That's why we have launched a critical Summer Membership Drive from now through August to ensure we have the funds we need to complete our work this fall.
Please make an immediate membership contribution of at least $35 to help us replenish our resources during this critical period. Whatever gift you can give of at least $35 will be greatly appreciated — whether that be $50, $100, $200 or even $1,000 or more — and you will become a member of the National Organization for marriage.
We have been involved in some great accomplishments this year.
At the state level, we joined with allies to help push legislation to protect supporters of marriage in numerous states, including in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Missouri.
Last month, we organized an incredibly successful, uplifting 2016 March for Marriage in Washington, DC that served the critical purpose of showing policymakers, members of Congress and the media that the American people continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
At the federal level, because of public pressure that NOM helped generate, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee just had a tremendous hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect the rights of Americans to continue to live and act in concert with the truth of marriage. Members of the OGR Committee heard powerful testimony from legal scholars and victims of government discrimination about the importance of this legislation — people like Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran of Atlanta who was fired from his position as Fire Chief simply because he expressed his belief in traditional marriage. Even radical LGBT supporters like former Congressman Barney Frank admitted that this is wrong and something should be done about it. Well, Congressman, that something is passing FADA!
Now we're hard at work pushing the OGR Committee to take the next step (called "mark up") to bring FADA before the entire US House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee just wrapped up its nominating convention where we worked with allies behind the scenes to support the development of what is clearly the most conservative GOP platform ever adopted. The Republican Party has stood firm in support of marriage, in rolling back the illegitimate Supreme Court decision redefining marriage and in opposing President Obama's dangerous "gender identity" push to redefine gender.
We've been working with allies in states like North Carolina to defend (in courts of law and in the court of public opinion) commonsense laws protecting the privacy and safety of women and girls in intimate facilities like restrooms, showers, changing rooms and locker rooms. Just today the NBA announced they would pull the All Star game from Charlotte because of this legislation. What hypocrisy! They will play exhibition games in China — a nation with a horrible human rights record including imprisoning dissidents, forced abortions, child labor, etc. — but will not play in Charlotte because the state has protected women and girls from being exposed to biological males in restrooms and other intimate facilities.
We're going to push back hard against the NBA, just as we did in protesting Target Stores for their dangerous policy of allowing men into changing areas previously reserved for girls and women. Nearly 1.5 million people have signed various petitions urging consumers to Boycott Target.
We are also working to hold politicians who betrayed marriage and voters accountable. Just today, our state PAC in Missouri unleashed a campaign to defeat a treacherous Republican who helped deny Missourians the right to vote on important legal protections for people who believe in traditional marriage.
And our legal team is busy preparing briefs in numerous pending court cases where states and parents are contesting the illegal actions of the Obama administration to redefine sex under federal law to mean "gender identity" and then to claim that denying men who ‘identify' as women access to female showers and restrooms constitutes "discrimination."
All of this work depends on the success of our important Summer Membership Drive. Please, make an immediate financial contribution of at least $35 to support our work at this critical time and become an official member of the National Organization for Marriage. If you have been blessed with greater financial resources,consider making a generous contribution to help, whether that be $250, $500 or even $1,000 or $2.500. Please contribute whatever amount is right under your circumstances.
I know that many of you are busy planning family vacations and other summer-time activities. Please factor in NOM in your summer plans and be sure to participate in this critical Summer Membership Drive.
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