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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Can you envision a future in which your support of marriage deprives you of your job...of your business...of your liberty?

I can. Because, quite frankly, we're already seeing it...all over the country!

Mozilla's forcing CEO Brendan Eich to resign over a political contribution he made six years ago certainly brings to the fore the need to stand up to these bullies.

So, what can be done about it? Many things — but it all boils down to this: mobilize the American people to defend God's truth about marriage and stand up to the radical extremists that want to redefine marriage, marginalize its supporters and stifle free speech and the democratic process!

That's why NOM has decided to move forward with our second (and annual) March for Marriage. We must show that we will not be intimidated by the thought-police-bullies intent on silencing us so they can push their agenda down America's throat!

We are in the midst of intense preparations for the March, taking place this June 19th. We are securing permits, organizing logistics, signing contracts, making arrangements with speakers...all of which constitute large up-front costs.

And that's why we're launching a campaign to raise $100,000 by the end of April to support this essential initiative.

Won't you please join us today by making a generous, tax-deductible donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or more to support the 2014 March for Marriage?

The intolerance of Mozilla towards Brendan Eich is only part of a pattern.

This past weekend, New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm reacted to news that Chick-fil-A wanted to open a store in the City by saying, "We don't need bigots coming to New York City. They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York's diverse community, including the LGBT community....We don't need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves....They need to wake up and see reality." (Emphasis Added)

Translation: There is no room in Councilman Dromm's view of New York City for anyone who believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman —even if that person remains quiet on the topic. They should just leave.

This vicious attack on Chick-fil-A resulted from the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, stating his belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman in 2012, saying, "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but we thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

Do we, though? Cathy's comments at the time drew the ire of mayors in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston, (and now this Councilman in New York) who vowed to block the franchise from opening new locations in their cities. Is that freedom?

It most certainly is NOT! And that's why you and I have to stand up and shout from the rooftops: I will not be intimidated. I will not be silenced. Marriage is beautiful and good and I will defend it!

Won't you join with us today by making a generous, fully tax-deductible contribution in support of the 2014 March for Marriage to help us bring many thousands of marriage supporters to Washington DC so we can amplify your voice and make sure it's heard resoundingly throughout the country?

Please join us today in making a statement in defense of marriage, of free speech and of our very democratic process by financially investing in the 2014 March for Marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

NYC No Place for You or Me

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

"Stay out of New York City."

That is effectively the message that a City Councilman named Daniel Dromm has sent to you, me, and millions of pro-marriage Americans — including the millions who already live in the city that never sleeps. And none of us, least of all New Yorkers, can allow ourselves to remain silent about it.

Dromm sent his message by way of remarks to the Huffington Post, when he said of anyone who believes in marriage as the union of one man and one woman:

We don't need bigots coming to New York City. They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York's diverse community, including the LGBT community. [...] We don't need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves. They need to wake up and see reality.

"Not welcome here." Yes, you read that right. An individual's own privately-held beliefs, if they conflict with Mr. Drumm's radical new orthodoxy, even if those beliefs are never publicly expressed, make that person guilty of a "thought-crime" and label him or her a "bigot" that doesn't belong in the Big Apple!

What spurred Dromm's remarks? The announcement that Chick-fil-A had plans to expand its operations into New York City. Dromm is one of those intolerant few who still cling bitterly to a misremembered moment in 2012 when Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy was reported in the press expressing his personal belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

In Dromm's and others' imaginations, this meant that Chick-fil-A was an "anti-gay company" and that Cathy and the many thousands who work for him deserve punishment. You may remember how, at the time, several cities mayors and councilmembers said that Chick-fil-A was unwelcome in their jurisdictions. But Dromm's recent remarks go even further: he's effectively said that anyone who believes in marriage, regardless of how privately they hold these beliefs, is a "bigot" who doesn't belong!

I shudder to think I've lived to see the day when a public official in our great nation can make such an outrageously intolerant statement and not be taken to task in every quarter for such an un-American and uncivil position. These remarks should have stirred public outcry and a flurry of media attention: but instead we hear deafening silence from the media, which is tantamount to a tacit approval.

What does this say about our media culture? When Brendan Eich was appointed as the new CEO of Mozilla, and it came to light that years before he had given a donation to Proposition 8, a few activists on Twitter expressed disapproval. But the media eagerly leapt to the task of fanning that flame and ignited a true firestorm in the press that eventually ended with Eich's being forced to step down from his position.

But when the shoe is on the other foot, we don't hear a peep from the press. Where is the national outcry over the news coming last week from Portland, Oregon, about Chauncy Childs and the new business she's trying to start?

You haven't heard of her? I'm not surprised. That's because she's not a gay activist. She's not a radical leftist trying to redefine marriage and family to suit her own personal desires. Instead, she's a pro-marriage individual who posted on her private Facebook page some expressions of her beliefs.

So you probably haven't heard how gay activists are trying to force her business closed before it even opens its doors. They've even been posting lists of vendors that trade with her small shop, Moreland Farmers Pantry, and calling for a boycott of those other businesses until they sever ties with Mrs. Childs. One local restaurant owner, a man who actually supports same-sex ‘marriage,' spoke up against the bullying targeted at Mrs. Childs — and now his restaurant has been targeted by a separate boycott!

Is this the environment we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren? An environment where belief in marriage as God designed it is made into a "thought crime" and the sole criterion by which one can be excluded from a company position, a business relationship, or even a whole city community?

Of course not. Absolutely not. But the culture isn't going to turn around on its own. We need to stand up and speak out.

Here's what you can do.

So here's what you can do today to respond to these latest outrages waged against people like you and me who believe in marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

If you live in New York, send a strong message to the City Council that Mr. Dromm's remarks should be condemned, and the City should apologize to the millions of New Yorkers that have been insulted and hurt by this display of gross intolerance.

For those of us who do not live in New York, we can make our voices heard with this summer's March for Marriage on June 19th. We are working hard to make sure we bring as many people to the Capitol as possible, to show that a groundswell of support still exists in our country for the values you and I believe in.

But of course, the March requires a great deal of resources and planning, and we can use your help. Please consider making a gift to the March for Marriage today and help us to spread the word about this event which comes at such a critical time in the public debate over marriage.

We need to show the radical activists out to redefine marriage that their tactics of intimidation and bullying won't work — that they aren't going to silence us or crowd us out of the public square. On the contrary, we're going to take to the public square even more literally, marching in the streets of our capitol against their brash attempts to curtail our rights of free speech, free assembly, and free exercise.

Thank you for standing — and Marching — with us!

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Standing Up. Fighting Back.

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The more I think about the situation surrounding Mozilla's termination of new CEO Brendan Eich over a political contribution he made six years ago, the more alarmed I become.

In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. For that, he's been convicted of an imagined hate crime by the radical homosexual activist community.

We must stand up to this outrageous assault on not just our values — but on the fundamental principles of free speech and our very democratic process! We cannot let a fringe group of radicals create an environment that will prohibit citizens from engaging in their right to enter the political arena without fear of reprisals!

And that is why we are asking people to go to KeepTheRepublicAndMarriage.com and make a donation — of any amount — adding your name to the thousands who have taken a public stance for marriage, refusing to be silenced!

Ryan Anderson from the Heritage Foundation sums up the impact of this development in the title of a piece he wrote recently: "Eich is out. So is tolerance." He asks, "is characterizing political disagreement on this issue — no matter how thoughtfully expressed — as hate speech really the way to find common ground and peaceful co-existence?"

Unwilling to acknowledge this [the marriage debate] as a significant question on which reasonable people of goodwill can disagree, some advocates of redefining marriage increasingly characterize those with whom they disagree as "enemies of the human race." They've sent a clear message: If you stand up for marriage, we will demonize and marginalize you.

I'm asking you today to say, "I will stand for what is right in the public square. I will be counted publicly as one who supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman." Make this happen by going to KeepTheRepublicAndMarriage.com and taking your stand.

I also recently had the pleasure of reading a blog post by Catholic blogger Rebecca Hamilton, who is also a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She hits the nail on the head with a passionate piece she penned about Eich's downfall. This issue is about so much more than the debate over marriage. Hamilton wrote:

The issue here is the First Amendment right of Americans to petition their government, including by means of making donations to causes and issues they believe in, without fear of organized reprisals from a bunch of — here comes the word folks — haters.

This whole thing is getting awfully close to pressuring, bullying and threatening people about how they vote in an election. In fact, I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for the secret ballot, that's exactly what the "equality" for us, "inclusiveness" for us, but not for anyone else crowd would be doing right now.

Indeed, this kind of freedom-hating campaign is a very chilling example to witness of the sheer intolerance and bigotry of those pushing same-sex ‘marriage' on our nation. It seems as if their real goal is to push Christians and others completely out of the public square.

We cannot let them do that!

Please stand with these two courageous Americans and fight back against this unconscionable behavior and deplorable tactics which are so severely damaging marriage, free speech and our very democratic process. As we know, the only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them.

Specifically, I'm asking you to do what Sen. Hamilton did: first, she deleted the Mozilla Firefox browser from her computer, and then she made a contribution to NOM.

As Ryan observed, "The debate over the meaning and purpose of marriage will continue. We should conduct it in a civil manner. Bullies may win for a while, but theirs is a scorched-earth policy. They poison democratic discourse and fray the bonds on which democracy itself ultimately depends."

This is our hope — knowing that this kind of intolerance and uncivil behavior simply cannot go on for much longer before the American people put their foot down and say enough is enough.

Will you be one of them?

Faithfully,

March for Marriage Website Now Live!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The alarming news about the resignation — or, more aptly, termination — of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is bringing to light the enormity of the threat that redefining marriage poses not just to marriage, but to the individual citizens who believe in it.

Indeed, defending marriage is inextricably tied to defending our religious liberties and, indeed, all of our precious first amendment rights. And that defense is core to our mission here at NOM.

Americans should be at liberty to voice their support for the institution of marriage without fear of reprisal or discrimination.

Standing up in defiant reaffirmation of these liberties is, as I have explained before, one of the main reasons we are marching for marriage again this year. The March for Marriage will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 19th, beginning at 11:00 am. And today, I'm happy to announce that our brand new 2014 March for Marriage website is up and running. Check it out!

On the site, you'll find all the resources you need to get involved and participate in this year's March, including:

In addition, you can view pictures from last year's march, read the March for Marriage news feed and (in development — check back soon!) shop at the online store for March for Marriage swag!

And, as always, we could really use your help in the form of institutional sponsorship or a fully tax-deductible donation in support of these historic efforts.

We're going to continue standing up to the bullies and haters who want you and me to shut up and get out of the public square. If they haven't realized it already, they'll get the idea pretty soon: we're not going away, and neither is the truth about marriage!

Will you please sign up to be a part of the movement today?

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

The Mask is Off

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The bullies who now control the gay marriage movement have claimed another scalp in their never-ending quest to silence people of faith and others who continue to support the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. They've forced Brendan Eich, the inventor of Javascript and CEO at Mozilla (the company that makes the Firefox web browser) to leave the company he has helped lead for many years. His crime? Back in 2008 Eich contributed $1,000 to support Proposition 8 defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Their actions escalate a pattern of behavior that makes it crystal clear that the mask is off any pretense of tolerance for different opinions on marriage. The message is clear: no matter your talents, accomplishments and capabilities, opposition to 'gay marriage' utterly disqualifies you from corporate leadership and employment, and even meaningful participation in civil society.

This is not the first episode of this type of totalitarian aggression by the gay 'marriage' thought police. When Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, expressed his support for true marriage, there were calls for his company to be banned in cities such as Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame was suspended by the A&E television network for expressing his support for biblical principles of marriage.

These are merely the best known of the victims. There are many, many others you don't hear much about, like the manager of a Mexican restaurant, the operator of an ice cream parlor, and an executive with a musical theatre company. They all committed the same "crime" — publicly supporting true marriage.

Folks, we're at the point where we either surrender or we stand up.

A commenter on the forced resignation of Brendan Eich had a great suggestion as a way of responding: first, she deleted the Mozilla Firefox browser from her computer, and then she made a contribution to NOM.

The only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them. That's why we're asking you to take a public stance and join with thousands of others at the Keep The Republic And Marriage website. By making a donation to NOM of any amount, you will be demonstrating that you will not be cowered into silence or bullied into submission, and that you will fight for the right guaranteed to every American under the constitution to speak out freely in support of true marriage.

Please help us send a powerful message to the country that this type of bullying and totalitarian behavior will not be tolerated. Thank you for acting today.

Thank World Vision for Standing for Marriage!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This week, World Vision, under pressure from radical gay activists, indicated that it would be changing its policies to allow the hiring of individuals engaged in homosexual 'marriages,' despite the organization's core commitment to engaging staff that bear witness to Christian values — including the value of the sanctity of marriage between a husband and wife.

Very quickly, though, the organization's leadership changed course and decided instead to stand up to the same-sex 'marriage' bullies and to stand by its guiding principles and the values of its many supporters: on Wednesday the board voted unanimously to continue to "stand on the traditional belief on the authority of Scripture."

Immediately following the decision, World Vision's President, Richard Stearns, wrote to supporters saying, "We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness." He went on, saying:

In our board's effort to unite around the church's shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.'s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith ... We also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian Partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.

World Vision needs and deserves our thanks! Click here to send a note of appreciation to World Vision's leadership for standing firmly behind the Christian value of marriage as the union of husband and wife.

The National Organization for Marriage is joining together with The Manhattan Declaration and Christian Union, along with many other pro-family organizations, to support World Vision for its courage in the face of what must be intense pressure from the same-sex 'marriage' lobby. We know too well how intolerant and vicious the activists out to redefine marriage and family can be.

This is why it is so important, when an organization like World Vision stands up bravely against such pressures, to express our admiration and thanks. Won't you join me today in encouraging World Vision to remain firm in its commitment to marriage and its foundational Christian beliefs?

We also want to spread the word about this momentous demonstration of courage and commitment, using all means available.

Along with the Manhattan Declaration and Christian Union, we have launched a Facebook page called World Vision Standing for Marriage, and we are encouraging everyone to like this page and to share it with their friends.

Please visit the page today, and post a word of encouragement and support.

Standing up for marriage can be difficult in today's world, as you and I very well know. That is why it is so important to stand together with those who have the courage of their convictions to speak up boldly for marriage as God designed it.

Let us all pray for one another and for World Vision as we stand together to witness before our culture to the immense good of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

National Marriage Lobby Day!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I wrote you a few weeks back letting you know that on June 19, 2014 NOM will be hosting the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC. And, this year, we have added an extremely exciting component to the day: Marriage Lobby Day!

In the afternoon following the March, starting at 2:30, we are organizing the opportunity for Marchers from all around the country to meet with their Senator, Representative or their staff!

Won't you please support Marriage Lobby Day on June 19th and all of NOM's lobbying efforts to give voice to your values in defense of marriage by making a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 today?

Last year's tremendously successful March brought thousands of marriage champions to the nation's capitol the day the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. We sent a clear message to the powers that be in Washington that Americans believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that children deserve both a mom and a dad. The voices and presence of several thousand marriage champions echoed through the halls of Congress and the Supreme Court that day.

This year, potentially thousands of marriage supporters from all over the country will have the chance to meet with their federal Senators and Representatives to tell them about the importance of defending marriage, religious liberty and the rule of law.

If you are planning to come to the March for Marriage and would like to participate in the Lobby Day, please respond to this email and include your full name, street address, city, state, zip code and (optionally) your cell phone to help us coordinate activities on the day of the events.

What's more... the tens of thousands of supporters who sign up to participate in our virtual march (another new component of this year's March program) will have the opportunity to request their own lobbying packet, allowing them to continue the impact of the Marriage Lobby Day throughout the summer and year.

You see, last year the Supreme Court gave us something of a split decision in the Windsor case involving DOMA. While tragically invalidating a section of DOMA that defined marriage under federal law, the Court reaffirmed that marriage is and always has been in the purview of the states to regulate and define.

This gives us a new impetus to our already vibrant defense of marriage in the states and at the federal level! And since the vast majority of states already define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, we continue to engage the battle from a position of strength!

Unfortunately, the Obama administration and federal judges across the country are doing everything in their power — including ignoring the plain words of last summer's Supreme Court decisions — to impose same-sex marriage on everyone nationwide.

The number one way marriage champions can stem this lawless onslaught is to demand that their elected representatives pass legislation that not only protects marriage and the right of states to define the institution as they deem fit, but to also protect our fundamental First Amendment rights.

Right now there are several bills before Congress that would accomplish these things, and NOM wants to make this incredible opportunity to lobby Congress on June 19th available to as many people as so desire.

Won't you please support NOM's efforts to fight back against the disregard of the Obama administration and federal judges for marriage and the values of millions of American citizens through a generous contribution to support our lobbying efforts?

The administration and its allies' reckless disregard for the voices and votes of so many millions of Americans is raising our concern over the future of marriage to a whole new level.

Fortunately, we've already received strong signals from the Supreme Court that this sort of lawlessness won't be tolerated as the entire bench moved to stay a decision striking down Utah's state marriage amendment. That decision, along with decisions by federal courts in Oklahoma, Virginia, and other states, is under appeal.

The marriage debate in America did not end last year — or this year with its sled of outrageous judicial rulings. No...the fight over marriage is still very much alive. And that is because people like you continue to be willing to take to the streets, to stand up in the public square, and to voice your values in the halls of power!

Won't you please support NOM's lobbying efforts all across the country by making a generous donation today?

The need for energetic grassroots demonstrations of support for marriage is greater today than ever.

Elected officials are accountable to their constituents, so meetings like this always make an impact... it's something we need to do more often... especially in light of judiciaries and executives at both the state and federal level abandoning their duties and oaths!

The forces arrayed against us in this fight — who will stop at nothing in advancing their agenda of imposing genderless marriage on America — are ever more emboldened. That's why we need to mobilize thousands of Americans just like you. You and I can make a critical difference in this fight!

I hope you can join me in person this summer at the March for Marriage and Marriage Lobby Day, or at least will be able to stand with us through our Virtual March and its associated activities. To receive more information as June 19th approaches, please visit www.marriagemarch.org and sign up.

And remember, if you want to participate in Lobby Day while you're in DC on the 19th for the March, reply to this email with your full contact information so we can make arrangements for you.

We're in this fight together — and together we'll make a difference! Thank you for standing up for marriage!

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Double Standard

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

You know all about how relentlessly the Obama administration has been pushing same-sex marriage — most egregiously through Eric Holder's Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Defense.

But the ridiculous double standards these actions are producing are really bothering me. I hope they're bothering you too. I hope that you'll make a donation right now to stand with NOM so we can put a stop to this!

What are some examples of what has my blood boiling?

You may have seen an article that has recently been circulating online about a story from 2012 in New Mexico, where Governor Susana Martinez was given the boot by her hair stylist. Why? As the stylist, Antonio Darden, proclaimed on a local news station, because of her support of marriage! In his own words:

Because of her stances and her views on this, I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I'd changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said no.

So here's the real question: where was the outrage over this!?

When a professional photographer declined to photograph a same-sex ceremony that violated her religious beliefs, she was accused of discrimination and punished by the government. Yet apparently discriminating against a supporter of true marriage — the Governor of the State, no less — is perfectly fine.

I wonder if Gary King, the state Attorney General, ever considered doing what his counterpart in Washington State is currently doing: prosecuting a floral shop that declined to be involved in a same-sex wedding? Or is discrimination simply a one-way street that doesn't apply to supporters of marriage?

What did the New Mexico Human Rights Commission do? Did they investigate the denial of service as they did with Elaine Photography when those marriage supporters didn't want to photograph a same-sex ceremony?

Did they move to protect the rights of individuals from discrimination and harassment for simply believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman?

Of course they didn’t! It's an embarrassing double standard. And it's only going to get worse unless ordinary citizens like you and me stand up to them!

Click here right away to make an urgent donation to NOM so we can reach hundreds of thousands of Americans all across the country!

We must equip and mobilize ordinary Americans to take action and send an unequivocal message: we won't stand for this discrimination against our values and beliefs! We won't let you get away with these ridiculous double standards!

Because it's only going to get more brazen if we remain silent.

For Example, in Indiana...

This past Sunday, in Indiana, the Associated Press reported that the individual who offered "unlimited campaign funding" to the Speaker of the Indiana House if he would make the marriage amendment "go away" was former state GOP Chair Jim Kittle. Speaker Brian Bosma had previously told the media about the offer, but refrained from identifying the individual involved. No wonder. Promising money in exchange for official legislative action is a serious felony.

We don't know whether a felony had been committed in an attempt to derail the Indiana marriage amendment. What we do know is that serious, credible allegations have been raised, and an independent investigation is in order. That is exactly what we have asked state Attorney General Greg Zoeller to launch.

The situation in Indiana is only the latest example where the rule of law is seemingly sacrificed on the altar of political correctness in the endless quest to push the same-sex 'marriage' agenda. Federal and state officials ignore existing law (including state constitutional amendments) and redefine marriage to suit their own views. Officials are encouraged to openly violate marriage laws. Constitutions and statutes defining marriage are left defenseless in court. Administrative actions are taken without authorization and in defiance of US Supreme Court rulings. In short, every branch of government is being twisted by powerful special interests hell-bent on imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the country. They aren't being checked by the law, the media or even basic moral principles of fairness and justice.

Therefore, they must be checked by us!

Please click here to help NOM fight back against blatant double standards and the wave of intolerance and bigotry aimed at people of faith who simply believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman because children deserve a mom and a dad.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

TAKE ACTION: Support the Protection of Conscience

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

If there's one thing we've learned over the years from witnessing the redefinition of marriage in several states and in other places around the world, it is that there is an inevitable impasse between the genderless marriage regime and the conscience rights of those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Wherever marriage is redefined, the story is the same: florists, photographers, bakers, caterers, social hall owners — anyone who runs a business that caters to the celebration of nuptials — these individuals are forced to choose between their deeply held beliefs about marriage and the prospect of being forced out of business by onerous lawsuits claiming 'discrimination.'

So I'm asking you to take action today to support two state-level pieces of legislation which aim to protect individuals and their businesses from legal reprisals for declining to participate in same-sex 'marriages.' The bills are pending in Arizona and Kansas.

Urge Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to Sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Both the Arizona Senate and House have approved a bill that would prevent business owners from being targeted in lawsuits for declining to participate in same-sex wedding celebrations on the grounds of religious objections.

With the spate of lawsuits we've seen around the country brought against business owners who have declined service for same-sex 'marriage' celebrations, we know how critical legislation of this nature is to protect the First Amendment rights of people of faith.

The Arizona legislature should be commended for passing this crucial bill, and now we must ask Governor Brewer to sign it immediately into law!

Unfortunately, another bill of a similar nature in Kansas is stalled in the legislature and might not even make it to the Governor's desk — unless we speak up!

Urge Senate President Susan Wagle to Allow a Vote on HB 2453!

The bill in Kansas does essentially the same thing as the one in Arizona: it protects people of faith from onerous lawsuits that threaten their livelihood simply because they would decline to lend their support to the idea of genderless marriage.

The Senate leader, Susan Wagle, is refusing to allow the bill to proceed to committee hearing and a vote on the floor after it was passed in the House. She needs to hear from you today that this bill deserves hearing by the Senate and a straight vote!

Even though these two bills are at the state level, they are important to a larger debate going on nationwide about the rights of individuals and businesses who hold to the idea that marriage is solely the union of a man and a woman. Passage of this legislation will send an important message that people of faith need such protections and that the rights of conscious must be firmly protected by our lawmakers!

So please take action today on this important issue, and when you have done so forward this email to your family and friends using the buttons below so that these lawmakers hear in no uncertain terms that religious people in America will not consent to be bullied or coerced into violating their consciences to please a radical movement bent on reshaping marriage and family!

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Thanks for standing with us to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Carl DeMaio's People

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's a beautiful summer day in southern California. Throngs of people line streets as paraders march by. They include transvestite brides (men in wedding gowns) who strut their stuff. Nearby a float with bare-chested, heavily muscled men in tight underwear that leaves nothing to the imagination hold hands and dance on a rolling stage as rainbow flags fly behind them. Not far away women kiss other women and tattooed men embrace, pulling their half-naked bodies tight to each other. A confused-looking child watches this scene unfold as she holds a 'we celebrate diversity' sign, not exactly the type of plaything we'd expect innocent youngster to cling to.

In their midst the candidate walks down the street holding the hand of his gay lover. He waves at the crowd and smiles approvingly. These are his people, and he is at home.

Who is he? He's Carl DeMaio. A homosexual activist who calls himself a Republican. And he wants to be a Member of Congress.

Do you want a person like Carl DeMaio in Washington serving as a role model, voting on issues affecting hard-working American families? If not, please help Kirk Jorgensen stop him.

Carl DeMaio claims to be 'one of us' but his vision of America is very different from ours. He comes from an environment where sexual morality is a thing of the past, where children are indoctrinated into questioning their own sexuality, where gender is considered fluid but sexual orientation is fixed, and where a candidate who supports abortion, gay 'marriage,' gun control and medical marijuana can call himself a conservative — and a "reformer."

Does Carl DeMaio represent the kind of "reform" that you think America needs?
You might think this is the beginning of a bad joke, but it's anything but funny.

You see, unless you and I do something about it, it's very likely that Carl DeMaio could win the primary election and go on to defeat the incumbent Democrat in one of California's most competitive house races this year.

Fortunately, there is something we can do about it. We can support a true conservative and American hero named Kirk Jorgensen.

Kirk is a former Marine who has served honorably and with distinction. As a Marine officer, Jorgensen was recognized with numerous awards and honors for his service including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He led human intelligence, counterintelligence and force protection missions in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East to thwart terrorism, espionage and sabotage against the United States and allied forces.

But Kirk Jorgensen is more than a military hero. He's a loving husband and a devoted father. And he is a proud, true conservative. He will be a champion for all the issues we care about. From defending marriage, to economic security, to repealing Obamacare, to reducing the national debt and ending deficit spending, to protecting our constitutional right to bear arms and to protecting the unborn, Kirk Jorgensen is advancing ideas that can move America onto a path toward security, prosperity and respect for hard-working American families.

Please make a generous contribution to help Kirk win election and become a proud, trusted conservative leader in Washington.

The choice in California's 52nd Congressional District is much greater than Carl DeMaio vs. Kirk Jorgensen. It's about the future of the Republican Party itself, and the struggle for conservatism in our nation's capital.

Believe it or not, there are leading Republican officials in Washington who are backing DeMaio and helping finance his campaign. If he wins, there will be a slew of liberal Republicans on future ballots who will be advanced by these same Washington insiders who don't much care about what elected officials believe. They care about gaining and maintaining power.

The only thing that will stop candidates like DeMaio and their platform of abortion, redefining marriage and gun control are people like you and me who still revere American values and believe that a return to conservative principles is what America needs. If you want our beloved nation to reclaim a conservative direction, please join with me in supporting a true conservative — Kirk Jorgensen.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Brian S. Brown

A Man With the Courage of His Convictions

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In the midst of news of activist judges, cowardly legislators, and state officials lawlessly abandoning their duties, it's always good to stop and thank heroic leaders who have the courage and convictions to carry out their oaths-of-office.

Last week we asked you to thank Reince Preibus, Chairman of the GOP, for his and the party's strong stand on marriage and life.

Today I ask you to send a 'thank you' note to Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty for his commitment to the rule of law and the sovereign voice of the people of Alaska. The Associated Press wrote the following article as picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Michael Geraghty says he will continue to defend Alaska's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

He says his personal feelings are immaterial. He says he has sworn an oath to uphold the constitution and the law of the land.

Alaska voters in 1998 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. In the past year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving certain federal benefits. Federal courts have struck down state constitutional bans in Utah and Oklahoma, though appeals are pending.

Geraghty says he won't make his decisions based on federal district court decisions that still must be reviewed by appellate courts or, perhaps, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Please take the time right now to send Attorney General Geraghty a 'thank you' note. Men and women in his position across the country need to know that the people are behind them when they stand for the rule of law and the sovereign right of citizens to vote on marriage.

Geraghty's commitment to his duty stands in stark contrast to Attorney General Herring of Virginia. Instead of fulfilling his oath-of-office, Herring not only refused to defend the Constitution of Virginia but actively litigated against the people of his state!

Geraghty's position also flies in the face of activist judges across the country who, rather than following the law and Supreme Court precedent, have inserted their own feelings into the matter and tried to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the people of several states.

Geraghty's commitment to the rule of law and to the will of the people of Alaska is additionally a positive counter-point to the cowardice of Nevada's Governor and Attorney General who have betrayed their people and refused to fulfill their duty to execute and defend the laws of that state.

America needs more brave and conscientious leaders like Attorney General Geraghty. Please take the time today to thank him for his position.

Thankfully,

Brian S. Brown

Protect Your First Amendment Rights

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Kansas Senate has halted debate on a vitally important piece of legislation — a bill to protect people of faith from having to violate their conscience by being forced to participate in same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies. The Kansas House overwhelmingly passed HB 2453, but Senate President Susan Wagel has refused to allow a committee hearing or vote on the legislation.

Please email your state senator today urging him or her to demand a committee hearing and vote on this important legislation!

Almost from the start of the debate over redefining marriage, experts on both sides have warned of the coming conflict involving religious liberty. What were once hypothetical controversies have now become very real, as people of faith — those who believe that God designed marriage as the union of one man and one woman — have repeatedly been forced to compromise and violate their consciences with respect to same-sex 'marriage' — all in the name of 'tolerance'!

If you're unsure about how real this conflict is and how huge is the impact it is having on people of faith around the country, read this article in the National Review Online by Ryan T. Anderson and Leslie Ford of the Heritage Foundation. They detail the present state of these conflicts and the growing governmental coercion demanding that people of faith step back from the public square:

A growing number of incidents show that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual orientation have created a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage. Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

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Under the newer laws, family businesses — especially photographers, bakers, florists, and others involved in the wedding industry — have been hauled into court because they declined to provide services for a same-sex ceremony that they viewed as a violation of their religious beliefs.

America must stand up against this coercive attack on our First Amendment rights. These basic American principles are fundamental to how all of us, and especially people of faith, carry ourselves every day in our roles as parents, employees, business owners, and civil servants.

In Kansas you have an opportunity to take effective steps to protect people of all faiths from government coercion and from the demands of homosexual-marriage advocates to not only be recognized but completely supported by all of society.

Please take the time today to email your Senator urging them to demand action on HB 2453 in the Senate. The free exercise of our religion deserves every protection we can afford it.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Enough is Enough!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Obama Administration is at it again — forcing a redefinition of marriage upon states and people who have overwhelmingly voted to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. NOM needs your immediate help to stand up to the lawlessness of this administration that is dead set on doing everything in its power to impose a radical redefinition of marriage on every citizen of the United States.

Won't you please click here to make an immediate $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 donation to help us stand up to the Obama machine and its extremist allies determined to redefine marriage?

Over the weekend, it was Attorney General Eric Holder who demonstrated the administration's ongoing and complete disregard for the law. At an event for gay activists in New York on Saturday evening, he said:

In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law.

He even recently wrote in a Justice Department memo that "It is the (Justice Department's) policy to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible...."

We have to put a stop to this!

In the past few days, I have been working tirelessly to get the word out in the media — calling out the administration on its lawlessness. I've been quoted in stories published by the AP, Bloomberg, CNN, USA Today, Fox News, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal & many others in an attempt to give voice to your values.

It's simply incomprehensible that Attorney General Holder has time to issue directives based on his "interpretation" of what the Supreme Court decided last summer, while lacking the time, energy and will to investigate and prosecute felonies like the IRS leaking NOM's tax returns or discovering who targeted conservative groups within the IRS.

We are facing an epidemic. Executives at all levels from all across the country are abandoning their sworn duty to uphold the law and instead are focusing on imposing the radical agenda of this powerful lobby.

But we can fight back! Remember just a few short weeks ago, when Phil Robertson was suspended by the A&E network for speaking out about his Biblical beliefs? The network gave into these same lobbyists. But the public outcry over their decision was incredible — many of you personally contributed to that incredible victory — and as pressure mounted A&E was forced to reinstate Mr. Robertson.

This is what we must be doing — creating a grassroots uprising of ordinary citizens like you and me who are willing to stand up and say: enough is enough! You and I must demand that the rule of law be respected. You and I must demand that our voices and values be heard!

So, please, take a moment right now to make a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 to help NOM stand up to this epidemic of lawlessness and galvanize the support of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans just like you to defend marriage wherever it is threatened.

Those of us who believe in marriage are a clear majority in America today — but we cannot be a silent one!

Won't you please stand with me and defend marriage today?

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Priebus Takes a Stand, Send Him a Thank You

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Too often I have to ask you, as a stalwart champion for marriage, to write tough letters and emails demanding this or that from our elected or community officials. So it gives me special joy to ask you to write "Thank you" notes to leaders who take a clear stand for marriage, life, and family — and today I get to do just that.

Please take the time today to send a 'thank you' note to the Chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, for his clear and courageous defense of marriage and life.

Priebus has long expressed his support for marriage and life, and a blog post from Friday reminds us of how strongly he has stood for these unique and critical values as the leader of the GOP.

The blog, recounting an interview Priebus did earlier with another network, explains that "[Priebus] and the GOP believe that "marriage is between one man and one woman." But he adds that the belief has "to be draped in the concepts of grace, love, and respect."

It goes on to quote him further:

I do believe, and I still will tell you that our party believes, that marriage is between one man and one woman. Our party believes that life begins at conception. I think those are foundational issues that aren't going anywhere, but what I have said — which I don't think should be controversy at all, and I would think that Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree — that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that's not code language.

The Republican Party, the people of America, and particularly our children and families deserve such leadership.

Please use this link to thank Chairman Priebus for the courage of his convictions.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Marriage Alert: Senate Hearing Tomorrow

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Marriage and the right of Indiana citizens to have their say on its definition at the ballot box this November need you to step up strongly once again.

Please join NOM, CitizenLink, the Indiana Family Institute, the American Family Association of Indiana, and others at the State House TOMORROW Monday, February 10th as we make our voices heard and presence felt in support of marriage, the Indiana Marriage Amendment (HJR 3), and the people's right to vote.

The Senate must pass HJR 3 as it was originally written and passed in 2011 — this includes restoring the second sentence that the House deleted in January — or the people’s chance to vote this November could be in serious jeopardy.

We will meet outside the Senate Chamber windows on the 3rd floor at 1:00 PM.

You can meet Suzy Barnhart, NOM Representative there. She will be wearing a royal blue suit. The Senate will meet at 1:30pm and as soon as they are done the hearing will start. Seating will be limited so if you would like to be inside the chambers it is strongly suggested you arrive early. Otherwise you can join us in the hallways as we stand for marriage as God designed it and the sovereign right of the people of Indiana to vote on the issue.

The best parking is the Circle Center Mall garage. It is $2 for the first 3 hours. The garage is 1 ½ blocks from the Statehouse and the entrances are marked with a large circle with a purple 'P' in the middle. Take the elevator up to the Atrium from the garage, walk thru the Atrium, down two flights of escalators and through the tunnel underground to the Statehouse. Once you arrive, you will need to go outside through security. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.

If you are not able to join us, I urge you to contact as many Senators as possible demanding that they support HJR 3 as it was originally passed in 2011. They must restore the 'second sentence' removed by the House in January and pass the Resolution back to the House in order for the people of Indiana to vote on the Marriage Amendment in November 2014. Below is a list of key Senators and their contact information, and here is a link to a 'call sheet' with talking points.

I hope to see you on Monday.

For our families and children,

Christopher C. Plante
Regional Director
National Organization for Marriage

Here are the key legislators we need you to contact today.

Please call as many as you can!

Click here to download our call sheet resource so you can keep track of your efforts.

Frank Mrvan 317-232-9400
Jim Arnold 317-232-9400
Richard Young 317-232-9400
Lindel Hume 317-232-9400
Ed Charbonneau 317-232-9494
Ryan Mishler 317-232-0930
Susan Glick 317-232-9493
Tom Wyss 317-232-9807
David Long 317-232-9416
Randy Head 317-232-9488
Travis Holdman 317-232-9807
Ron Alting 317-232-9517
Phil Boots 317-234-9054
Doug Eckerty 317-232-9466
Allen Paul 317-232-9541
Mike Crider 317-232-9493
Jim Merritt 317-232-9533
Pat Miller 317-232-9489
Brent Waltz 317-234-9425
Jean Leising 317-234-9054
Johnny Nugent 317-232-9541
Jim Smith 317-234-9426
Ron Grooms 317-234-9425
Vanetta Becker 317-232-9494