Dear Friends of Marriage,
Two days ago, NOM asked its friends and supporters to do whatever was in their power to help stop same-sex marriage in New Jersey. For some of you, that was taking time off work to go to the State House in Trenton. For others, it was making phone calls or sending emails to your state senators.
And for all of us, it was to pray, and contact our friends in New Jersey.
When we mobilized our network of supporters like you, I never guessed how dramatically things would play out in just 24 hours!
Yesterday, faced with the prospects of defeat in the Senate, bill sponsors Loretta Weinberg and Ray Lesniak petitioned Senate President Richard Codey to postpone the vote. It has now been postponed indefinitely!
Of course, Loretta Weinberg refuses to admit her defeat, but the evidence is indisputable. Four Democrat senators have now publicly stated their opposition to same-sex marriage, with just one Republican defector -- virtually assuring the bill's demise.
And our internal vote count suggests it could have been a landslide -- just like we saw in New York last week.
Same-sex marriage advocates couldn't stomach another overwhelming and very public defeat. So rather than bring the bill to a vote, with little or no chance for victory and significant risk of being humiliated, they have put the vote off indefinitely.
The bill now goes to a House Committee, where a hearing is yet to be scheduled, and it is far from certain that the bill will be advanced by the 6-member committee. It looks as though the gay marriage lobby in New Jersey may just run out the clock on Governor Corzine's term -- conceding quietly rather than with a headline-grabbing Senate vote count.
We don't know yet how things will play out in New Jersey over the next 5 weeks. But this we do know:
Gay marriage advocates used their political muscle to insist on a vote in New Jersey on gay marriage on Thursday, and they called it off for one reason alone: they knew they were going to lose. The overwhelming outpouring of phone calls and letters from regular voters was opposed to gay marriage in New Jersey, as it was in New York.
The tide has turned. The mantle of inevitability claimed by gay marriage activists is being shown for the charade it always has been.
As we near the end of 2009, please consider a generous gift to NOM to help cement these victories for marriage. Click here to make a secure online donation that will help rebuild our emergency fund and organize the grassroots army that will protect marriage at both the state and federal level in 2010.
With your help, I firmly believe that 2010 will be the year in which the gay marriage movement cedes momentum back to the defenders of right and decency in our society. Shocked by consecutive defeats deep in blue state territory, gay marriage activists must now regroup and rethink their strategy. Click here to help keep the pressure on the gay marriage lobby with your gift of $35, $50, or even $500 or more today!
Meanwhile, our movement is growing stronger by the day. From a small startup just two years ago, NOM has grown to a powerful national organization, spending nearly $8 million in 2009 to protect marriage and religious liberty all across the nation, including $3 million spent on just these past three victories alone -- $1.8 million in Maine, and $600,000 each in New York and New Jersey.
And the results have been unmistakable. When we started the year, gay marriage advocates had a decade's worth of organizational and lobbying experience in New England states that our side simply couldn't match. Thanks to your help, that will never be the case again. Never again will gay marriage advocates be able to push their agenda through simply on the basis of organizational superiority.
In 2010, we will likely see an effort to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act. We have now proven at the state level that your phone calls and emails, especially when they number in the tens of thousands, are a powerful voice that legislators can't ignore. Next year, we need to take that state model and expand it nationally, identifying thousands of pro-marriage activists in every congressional district across the country. We want each of the 435 members of Congress to know that their own constituents are ready and waiting, even on a moment's notice, to stand up and speak out for marriage -- and that if they mess with marriage, they do so at their own electoral peril.
But in order to make this national grassroots army for marriage a reality, we urgently need your help today. No effort of this magnitude to protect marriage has ever been undertaken before. Reaching the two million Americans needed to save DOMA will require direct mail campaigns, TV and radio ads, an internet ad campaign, automated phone calls, and of course word of mouth, as you tell your friends about this vital effort to protect marriage.
We've leveraged everything we had in order to win in Maine, New York and New Jersey this fall. And it appears we're on the verge of a most amazing trifecta -- dramatic wins in all three states! But our emergency fund has been emptied.
We urgently need your help to make sure we have the resources as we enter 2010 to meet the gay marriage agenda all across the nation. I know times are tight for many right now, but if you have the means, please consider your most generous gift of $35, $50, or even $500 or more today.
And even if you're not in a position to give right now, you can help by forwarding this message to five friends who need to join our grassroots army to protect marriage! Have them visit www.twomillionformarriage.com to join us today!
You have stood with us so faithfully in the past. We need your help right now!
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542
P.S.: I firmly believe that the dramatic victories we've seen in the past 6 weeks are just the beginning. Next year, I'm looking forward to taking the battle to our opponents, as we begin working to repeal the same-sex marriage regimes being forced on the people of Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere. Your gift today will help turn our bold and aggressive goals into strategic and far-reaching victories!
P.P.S.: If you haven't yet been to TwoMillionforMarriage.com, please take a minute right now to sign the petition and help send a strong message to Congress: Don't Mess with DOMA!