Dear Friends of Marriage,
Last night the impossible happened. George Stephanopoulos called it the "Upset of the Century."
Just three weeks ago, Scott Brown trailed Martha Coakley in the race for U.S. Senate by more than 20 percentage points. Yet last night Massachusetts voters sent a powerful message to Washington, giving Scott Brown a dramatic 52%-48% victory.
And the news you won't hear anywhere else?
Thanks to your efforts, last night marks the fourth consecutive major upset victory for marriage in the Northeast!
While in the Massachusetts legislature, Scott Brown was one of the courageous few to stand for marriage, voting yes on the Massachusetts Marriage Amendment in 2007. Now in Washington, he will bring a strong new voice to protect and uphold DOMA against the attacks by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the pro-gay marriage lobby in Congress.
The contrast in the race couldn't be more striking. As Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley has been a radical activist for same-sex marriage, even suing the federal government in an attempt to have DOMA declared unconstitutional.
Last night's victory will make even Nancy Pelosi think twice about trying to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. And with Senator-elect Brown as the 41st Republican vote in the Senate, any effort to repeal DOMA this year should be dead on arrival in the Senate.
And marriage supporters were key to the Brown victory. In the closing days of the race, NOM spent $50,000, calling 800,000 Massachusetts households in an effort to identify and mobilize marriage voters, getting every vote possible to the polls for Scott Brown.
After Maine, New Jersey, and New York, Scott Brown represents the fourth straight upset victory for marriage deep in blue America! If marriage can win here, we will win all across the nation!
Our message is a winning message. Voters believe in marriage. And with your help, we are energizing, organizing and mobilizing marriage voters all across the country.
Will you consider an additional donation today to help prepare for the next battle? Today we celebrate, but tomorrow we get back to work. Your gift of $25, $50, or even $100 or more today would make sure we have the resources to take the fight for marriage wherever the need arises.
And don't forget to send your friends to TwoMillionforMarriage.com to join our online army of marriage supporters in every state, county and congressional district in America.
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542