Marriage Supporter — I have an important announcement: NOM has joined with the International Organization for the Family (IOF) and CitizenGO, a community of active citizens who promote life, family and liberty, to sponsor a #FreeSpeechBus tour promoting the truth of gender. Starting today, our bus will make appearances at the United Nations, Trump Tower, Yale University and other locations with the message that gender is determined by biology rather than by emotions and feelings, and to call on all Americans to respect the free speech rights of citizens to debate these issues without fear of being demeaned, harassed, or threatened with retaliation.
Here is an image of the bus:
We will be having a press conference in Manhattan on Thursday to discuss the bus tour with the media. A key point that I will make is that gender is based on biology, not bigotry. Men and women were created equally, each given a gender that is fixed, immutable and complementary. Rather than perpetuate a lie that gender can be changed based on emotions and feelings, we should encourage people to embrace and love who they were made to be.
The push by LGBT extremists to redefine gender is the logical fallout of their successful effort to redefine (in the law) marriage. But while the law can be based on a lie, reality can never be so based. Gender cannot be redefined in reality any more than marriage can be redefined in reality. We were created male and female, in God's image, complementary beings made for each other. This very gender complementarity is at the heart of marriage, which brings together the two halves of humanity to create the environment from which new life can spring forth.
Pope Francis has been a powerful opponent of "gender ideology" that is being advanced by LGBT activists and extremists. He describes it as being a dangerous element of a "global war trying to destroy marriage" an institution he describes as God's most beautiful creation. Further, he has declared it an "annihilation of man as the image of God."
Because the truth of gender is so inextricably linked to the truth of marriage, NOM is a signatory to and sponsor of the Cape Town Declaration on marriage and family, a worldwide declaration of the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Please sign the Cape Town Declaration today, adding your own voice to the growing international choir of citizens standing up for the truth of marriage.
We ask for your payers and support of the #FreeSpeechBus tour on the truth of gender. While we hope that people will respect our right (and that of the overwhelming majority of Americans) to speak about the truth of gender, we realize there is a very real possibility that the extremists who oppose us will resort to ugliness in their reactions. We call for a civil, respectful, debate of the issues on behalf of the American people.