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Why I Think We'll Win

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Although it has been a mild summer, things are heating up in the fight to defend marriage.

In just a few months, we will be facing a potential turning point in the political arena, as NOM will be working with many other groups to retake the United States Senate and hold politicians accountable to you, the voters, for their policy positions related to the institution of marriage.

And a few short months after that, NOM will be leading the charge to make a national statement that will be heard around the country and the world as the United States Supreme Court likely hears arguments in a case that could well become the Roe v Wade of marriage.

But here's the thing about that potential case: this time around, we have a very good chance to WIN!

Won't you please help NOM gear up for the November elections and pending litigation with a generous donation of $35, $50, $100 or even $500 right away?

Why do I think we have a very good chance of winning at the Supreme Court?

I'll refer your attention to the recent legal filings in North Dakota by the Governor and Attorney General and their powerful and compelling legal arguments in defense of marriage.

In their briefs, they point out that "this case involves two mutually exclusive and profoundly different marriage institutions, marriage institutions that serve separate, distinct, and conflicting societal purposes."

They go on to note that:

The man-woman marriage institution has uniquely provided valuable social benefits necessary to the well-being and stability of society and the development of individuals, especially children. In particular, the man-woman marriage institution's norms and other public meanings have helped a greater portion of children know and be raised by their mother and father.

Toward the end of the twentieth century, however, various individuals and groups began a campaign to use the force of law to replace the man-woman marriage (traditional marriage) institution with an institution that would still be called "marriage" but would have a very different core meaning: the union of any two persons without regard to gender (genderless marriage). This civil action is an important part of that campaign.

North Dakota can have only one social institution denominated "marriage." It cannot simultaneously provide the historically proven valuable social benefits of man-woman marriage and the asserted benefits of the new genderless marriage. One necessarily displaces or precludes the other.

This is exactly correct. Redefining marriage to include homosexual couples isn't simply adding a parallel institution that won't alter or interact with marriage — it fundamentally changes marriage and makes it an inherently genderless institution.

And that genderless institution is what will be pushed in government policy; in schools; indeed, through all mechanisms of government.

As the brief also points out, same-sex 'marriage' is based on two fundamentally flawed propositions: "First, that there is a fundamental right to marry someone of the same sex. Second, that sexual orientation is a class meriting heightened scrutiny. Both of these propositions have been rejected by the Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals."

Legal precedence is on our side. Reason is on our side. History is on our side. And the vast majority of citizens in America and across the world are on our side.

All we must do now is mobilize them to ensure that the individuals in control of the levers of power in the government and society recognize and respect that fact.

Won't you please click here right away to make a generous donation of $35, $50, $100 or even $500 to help NOM fight to defend marriage and the faith communities that sustain it?

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

PS: I'll have a lot more to say about these legal cases involving marriage making their way up to the Supreme Court in the days ahead. But I wanted to let you see how powerful and compelling the arguments supporting marriage are; and I wanted to show you that those arguments are being ably advanced in the courts. I feel very good about the legal appeals underway and am optimistic about our chances to win at the Supreme Court in the months ahead.

And NOM will be doing everything we can to assist in these pending victories by mobilizing tens of thousands of Americans to rally in defense of marriage, sending politicians and judges around the country a powerful and unequivocal message: marriage is the union of one man and one woman! Please consider partnering with us today by making a financial investment in NOM today.

Tell Them Enough is Enough

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I wrote you recently about the newly introduced Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act [S. 2706, H.R. 5258], that aims to protect child welfare providers—including private and faith-based adoption and foster care agencies—from discrimination so that they may continue providing valuable services to families and children.

If you haven't contacted Congress about this legislation yet, please do so today. Click here to express your support for this Act and to urge your Representative and Senators to support it as well.

Believing that kids need both a mom and a dad ought not to disqualify service providers from doing their great work. We cannot allow people to be penalized simply for holding to the common sense principle that children do best when raised by both a loving mother and father.

Shutting down agencies that provide for the needs of kids simply to advance a radical agenda is dirty politics at its very dirtiest, and we need this law to say enough is enough.

So please take action right now to urge your elected officials to support the important Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. Congress must uphold and defend the rights of religious child welfare service providers and not to allow them to be forced from the public square.

And, please, after you've taken action today, forward this message to your friends and family members using the buttons below and encourage them to do likewise.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Who's Targeting Whom?

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

On Tuesday, the retail giant Target signed on to an amicus brief for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in two pending cases challenging the definition of marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Target joins with a number of other companies in signing the brief, including the Starbucks Coffee Company. But it is the spirit behind the brief, and its language, which are most noteworthy.

The brief uses extremely charged language to refer to laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. It calls them "the states' bans [on same-sex marriage]" and, even more radically, "marriage discrimination" laws!

Without providing any rationale at all, the brief states bluntly that "Same-sex couples should have the same right to marry as opposite-sex couples," and refers to Indiana and Wisconsin's traditional marriage laws as "an unproductive, inequitable, and unjust status quo."

Perhaps most ridiculously, the brief—while touting the benefits of pro-LGBT businesses—presents the claim that "corporate cultures that don't encourage openness and inclusiveness leave employees feeling isolated and fearful."

Well, tell that to the employees at Chase bank.

There, employees were recently asked on a survey to identify whether they were members or "allies" of the LGBT community. The spirit of "openness and inclusiveness" behind that question worked to the opposite effect from what this brief suggests.

It was this radical and intrusive question precisely that left some employees "feeling isolated and fearful." As one of them put it, "The worry among many of us is that those who didn't select that poorly placed, irrelevant option will be placed on the ‘you can fire these people first' list."

Target and other companies need to be forced to realize that it is their alignment with the radical cause of redefining marriage that is "bad for business"—not states' marriage laws that uphold and protect the common-sense idea that kids do best with a mom and a dad!

So I'm announcing a new boycott today, against Target, for insulting consumers like you and me. The brief they signed in court this week insinuates that people like you and me, who would vote to uphold traditional marriage, as akin to segregationists and racial bigots. Would you want to shop at a place that viewed you in that way?

I'm not exaggerating. Take a look at this description, from the brief, of the marriage laws in Wisconsin and Indiana:

[A law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman] requires that… we single out colleagues with same-sex partners and treat them as a separate and unequal class as compared to employees with heterosexual partners.

Target also complains that such a law "upsets our business philosophy and prevents [us] from reaching our full economic potential because it dissuades employees from living and working in the jurisdictions where we do, or want to do, business."

Really? I know that you, like me, don't see things this way. We'd most like to live in a land where the true and noble good of marriage is upheld and protected in law as an institution about the welfare and rights of children rather than about the capricious desires of adults.

And we'd like to live in a land where laws are determined by the people or their elected representatives, not corporate titans or unelected judges - a land where the votes of over 50 million people cast in free and fair elections across this nation are respected rather than ridiculed.

Join me in telling Target today that they are out of touch with consumers and they have insulted the millions of Americans who have voted to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman—tell them how much we resent being fashioned "bigots" and "haters" for doing so!

It is ironic to see Target climbing fully on board with this radical political agenda in the 7th Circuit case. In the nearby 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Target is involved in its own legal matters for a data breach that exposed over 100 million customers to financial threat.

I think Target would be better served if it got its priorities in order. Wouldn't it be better for them to worry about protecting the personal information customers entrust to them, than to be issuing insulting and judgmental statements about beliefs deeply held by millions of their customers regarding the nature of marriage and family?

Click here to pledge to take your business elsewhere. Target and its peers in the corporate world need to realize that the countless Americans who believe in marriage as the union of a man and a woman will not stand for being insulted and demeaned.

The rash of corporate meddling in the politics of marriage and family will only continue if we do not stand up and say enough is enough. Please join me in this boycott today, and please forward this message to your family and friends urging them to do the same.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

This "Common Sense Legislation" Needs Your Support

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last Week, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act [S. 2706, H.R. 5285] which aims to protect the right of child welfare providers—including private and faith-based adoption and foster care agencies—to continue providing valuable services to families and children.

This important law would prevent the federal government and states receiving certain federal child welfare funds from discriminating against agencies simply because those agencies decline to provide services that conflict with their religious or moral convictions.

Click here right now to find out if your Representative and Senators are co-sponsoring this critical legislation and to encourage their support for this much-needed law.

Believing that kids need both a mom and a dad should not disqualify a service provider from doing their invaluable work. They shouldn't be penalized by the revocation of aid for holding to the common sense principle that children do best when raised by both a loving mother and father.

As Representative Kelly asked rhetorically in an interview with The Daily Signal about this bill, "When did it ever get to the point that people of faith and organizations of faith should be discriminated against when it comes to adopting children or foster care?"

And yes, this kind of discrimination is already happening. In Illinois, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, faith-based agencies have been forced to end their adoption and foster-care programs because they refused to abandon their commitment to placing children in homes with a married mother and a father.

That's why you need to urge your own elected officials to support this bill today. Tell Congress to uphold and defend the rights of religious child welfare service providers and not to allow their liberties to be curtailed as they are forced from the public square.

Shutting these agencies down for the sake of a radical political agenda is a travesty, and only hurts the children whom these providers have served so well and for so long. At the end of the day, this is about those children and protecting their rights.

I hope you will join me in taking this important action right now. And when you've done so, please forward this message to your friends and family members using the buttons below, urging them to take action, too.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

They're At It Again

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I told you in this week's newsletter about the assault being waged by radical gay activists over the hiring by the New York Giants of former celebrated wide receiver David Tyree, because he has publicly expressed his belief in the Biblical values of marriage and family. (In fact, Tyree was featured in one of NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance videos because of the earlier attacks he received as a result of these views.)

That's right—they're at it again. Just like with Brendan Eich of Mozilla, or Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, or the Benham brothers and HGTV—the radical gay activists who claim to be all about "tolerance" are on a frenzied witch-hunt and demanding that the Giants fire Tyree.

Marriage Supporter, it is unacceptable to think that in America a person could face the loss of his or her job simply for holding a personal belief about marriage and sexuality that happens to be identical to the beliefs of literally billions worldwide and throughout history!

Click here to join me in urging the New York Giants to defy these bullies and intolerant bigots and stand by their decision to hire Tyree—a decision, by the way, based on football and not politics, and in that respect a very wise and prudent decision!

Folks like you and I can't simply sit back and watch this eerily familiar situation unfold without speaking up. We cannot let this kind of thing become a trend. Tyree should be as free to voice his values as anyone else in our country without having to fear reprisals and discrimination.

So please sign this important petition right away!

And don't forget, when you're done taking action, to share this message with your friends and family and urge them to do the same. Use these buttons to forward the message via email or to share it on Facebook and Twitter:

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Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It has long been clear that same-sex marriage activists don't want a fair and even-sided debate. They don't want honest public discourse that hears both sides. They want instead the enforcement of double standards that work to bolster their own side while silencing any opposition.

To take one instance: the oft-repeated call to a standard of "live and let live" is not really meant to apply equally, to everyone. It isn't meant to apply to people of faith, or those who believe in traditional marriage. No, such people are supposed to be harassed and harried for their views at every opportunity. Their businesses should be targeted with nuisance lawsuits, and ultimately they should be forced out of public life altogether unless they wholly embrace the ideology of so-called "marriage equality."

Imagine a game—say a football game—where the sides were deliberately matched unevenly. A game with two sets of rules: one for them, and one for us, their opponents. A game fixed by the referees, with penalty flags thrown only against the "wrong" side.

That's the game the same-sex marriage lobby wants to play. And this week, the metaphor is particularly apt and relevant, because the activists and bullies have lately been trying to enforce their uneven rules and mismatched penalties on the structure of the NFL.

Picking the Winners and the Losers

Last Wednesday, the sports world celebrated the annual ESPY awards, a ceremony meant, according to Wikipedia, to honor "excellence in sports performance and achievements."

During the awards this year, Michael Sam—hailed as the first openly gay NFL player—was given the Arthur Ashe Award for courage in the face of adversity. But one wonders if the narrative of adversity Sam has faced is more fiction than fact.

The media was nearly univocal in its praise for Sam's "bravery" in announcing his sexual preferences before getting drafted, after all. Perhaps the "adversity" they had in mind was the challenge of scheduling his play with the team around the laudatory Oprah Winfrey Network documentary he's meant to star in?

The documentary had to be postponed, according to CBS Sports:

With the backlash that occurred when the new show was announced earlier this week, this shouldn't be a huge surprise. Particularly since it makes little sense for a seventh-round draft pick who has an uphill battle to make the team to continue on with a project that might alienate his employers and/or his colleagues.

The Rams apparently didn't know about the documentary before they drafted him with the No. 249 pick... Reportedly, some of his Sam's new teammates were upset about the plans for the show.

I'm sure some of the more imaginative gay activists would suggest all kinds of reasons why his teammates were upset; but it seems most probable that they simply didn't think having part-time jobs on the side represented a full commitment to a football organization.

In any case, Sam's reception of this award should be noted, because I'll be returning to the point later.

What is clear from the outset, though, is that Sam has been picked as a "winner" by the media and others—hailed as akin to Jackie Robinson for "breaking through a barrier" of animus and discrimination. He has been said to symbolize a turning point for the NFL. The world of football, we are now told, is a place of considerably greater tolerance and acceptance of diversity than what it was.

Well, tell that to David Tyree.

Tyree, once a celebrated wide receiver for the New York Giants, was featured in a Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance video in June 2011 because of the backlash he received after expressing publicly his view that marriage is the union of a man and a woman—a view that stems from Tyree's deeply held religious convictions. Tyree is one of several players in the NFL who have been willing to step up and express such views in the public square.

This week, Tyree is in the news again, after having been named to a new position with the Giants organization. But what has been the reaction of those who most vocally celebrated the "new" culture of "tolerance" and "acceptance" in the NFL—such as the Human Rights Campaign? Here's what one HRC spokesman had to say:

His misinformed and dangerous statements put his judgment into question, on and off the field," said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the HRC. "Why would the New York Giants organization want a guy like this working for them?

Don't waste too much time puzzling over how Tyree's belief in Biblical marriage "put[s] his judgment into question, on and off the field." I guess to people like Fred Sainz, the skill to run a successful screen pass is incumbent upon one's ability to ignore the unique and complementary assets husbands and wives bring to the enterprises of starting a family and raising children.

No, don't waste too much time thinking about it: because it's a ruse. It's a ploy by HRC to distract less attentive readers from the essential fact that when HRC preaches "tolerance," they're really talking about a one-way street of acceptance.

They're proffering a rulebook with two sets of guidelines: one for them, and one for everyone else. All views should be treated equally, says HRC—but some views should be treated more equally than others.

The bottom line is that Tyree has been picked as a "loser" because of his views, just as Sam has been picked as a "winner." Their performance on the field, it seems, is of less importance to all the football fans at HRC and in the media.

Raising the False (Penalty) Flag

Another NFL spotlight this week has focused on former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy. Dungy was reported as saying about Michael Sam as a draft pick: "I wouldn't have taken him, not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it."

Of course, cries of bigotry and persecution rang from the rooftops in response to that remark.

But what, after all, was Dungy really talking about? He said in a statement intended to clarify things that he meant Sam's sexual orientation could be an unwelcome "distraction." But that only caused an even greater uproar.

Since then, Dungy has said in a follow-up interview:

Well, gay marriage and who should be on a football team have nothing to do with each other... [On the Indianapolis Colts] [n]ot everybody... was a Christian. Not everybody believed what I did. Not everybody had the same views. To equate this to gay marriage to me, is really silly.

Yet that is precisely what people have sought to make it about, as silly as it is—and that's why I'm constrained to mention it here.

Because, you see, what has happened with Dungy is another example of the gross double-standard same-sex marriage activists want to apply to every aspect of public life.

Remember I said I'd return to the matter of Michael Sam's award last week? Well, consider things this way: Sam has been awarded a high honor in the NFL without having set foot on the field during a game of regulation play. He has also already faced an awkward scheduling difficulty because of a proposed documentary offer he accepted before committing to the NFL, which presented potential conflicts with his team obligations.

The point is that it is evident that Sam's orientation has already been a distraction from football. If you turned on ESPN over the last few days hoping for news of football, you would not have seen so much about pass completion statistics and running yard averages relevant to the upcoming season. You'd have seen instead a whole lot of talking about the drama of gay rights.

Is Tony Dungy a "bigot" for saying that he personally would rather not deal with any such and just do what he got into his career to do, which is win football games?

A Glimpse at the Playbook

Marriage Supporter, what is happening in the NFL is not an isolated phenomenon, but a sign of the larger cultural conflict of which NOM is on the front lines. This is why we need your help to continue the work that we do, and why I ask you so often to provide that assistance. Would you consider sparing a donation to NOM today?

Still not convinced about how wide-spread the effects of redefining marriage are becoming?

Consider a final case.

A New York Times columnist named Josh Barro on Wednesday tweeted the following:

Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.

A minute later he followed up with a second tweet:

We don't even need to change everybody's mind. Making people too embarrassed to express their anti-gay views is valuable progress.

Needless to say, debate quickly erupted on Twitter. But Barro stuck with it, late that night issuing a tweet comparing social conservatives to segregationists in the 1970s!

Finally, on Thursday morning, the good folks at the Media Research Center's NewsBusters asked Barro a direct question; and his reply is illuminating:

NB: Honest question for @jbarro: should the 'traditional marriage' opinion be stamped out ruthlessly?

Barro: @newsbusters I think it should be rendered unsuitable for polite company, like advocacy of segregation.

Rarely do we see such open frankness from those who favor redefining marriage. Here, in plain terms, is the page from the playbook that HRC and others have been enacting in their harassment of David Tyree and Tony Dungy over the past week:

The goal is to make "traditional marriage," or the very mention of it, "unsuitable for polite company, like advocacy of segregation."

Well, Marriage Supporter, I call foul on that play. And I know you will, too.

So, I ask you to please continue standing with NOM and speaking up on behalf of marriage—regardless of how many elite intolerant bigots in the media find it to be "unsuitable for polite company." Because if their company is considered "polite," then I'd hate to see what impolite company looks like.

Meanwhile, NOM will continue running both a strong offense and defense, trying to advance back down the field toward our goal: a mom and a dad for every child, and a culture that recognizes the great and beautiful good of marriage between one man and one woman.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Still no answers...

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's been nearly a week since we announced our boycott and petition against JP Morgan Chase. Since then, over five thousand activists have signed up at www.VoidChase.com to demand answers and an apology from the bank for the invasive and inappropriate survey issued to employees that sought to discover whether they were in step with the bank's pro-LGBT agenda.

But we still have not gotten any response from the bank about how this information was handled and what it could be used to accomplish. Nor has the bank's leadership owned up to the wrongness of their actions and issued a necessary apology to their employees and customers.

So I need you to take action today, if you haven't already done so, and join the VoidChase movement! Visit www.VoidChase.com right away and sign your name to this important cause.

You may have read that yesterday President Obama signed an executive action ostensibly aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT persons, but which could in reality be used as a weapon to punish and harass individuals and groups who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In the context of such action by our government, it is more important than ever that we let corporate America know that thought-policing in the workplace and the enforcement of political agendas through discrimination against pro-family employees is unacceptable.

Help us send that message loud and clear by adding your voice to the growing number of advocates who have joined the campaign at www.VoidChase.com. If we remain silent, the small but powerful lobby of gay activists that have so much influence in Washington and on Wall Street will continue trimming away at the fundamental rights and freedoms granted to us by nature and enshrined in the First Amendment!

In these moments, it is crucial that we take a stand, and stand together. So please, when you are done taking action today, forward this message to your friends and family and encourage them to do likewise. Together, we'll show the ruling elites that we will not stand idly by while pro-marriage Americans are relegated to second-class citizenship in law and in the culture of corporate values.

Thank you in advance for your help with this critical initiative.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

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Boycott Chase Bank

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This is the smoking gun. NOM has obtained new evidence that shows Chase bank not only violated its employees' privacy with invasive and inappropriate questions on an employee survey aimed at pushing an LGBT agenda, but that the company has lied to consumers and its own employees about the now infamous questions.

Today, NOM is launching an international petition and boycott at www.VoidChase.com to send the message that this kind of invasiveness and dishonesty is unacceptable and will not go unchallenged. I urge you to read on to get the facts for yourself, and then head over to www.VoidChase.com to join this important effort.

The news about this survey has already been reported far and wide. But after NOM called on our members to contact Chase and demand answers about the invasive question to employees about whether they were "allies of the LGBT community"—and answers about how this information was to be used—the bank's leadership went on defense.

Several of you forwarded me responses received from Patricia A. Wexler, a Chase spokesperson, who said that, "The news report is not correct. These surveys are anonymous and voluntary." Another Chase spokesperson, Jaclyn D'Aversa, reiterated to the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal that the survey was "completely voluntary and anonymous."

That the survey was administered, and contained the offensive question, is simply beyond doubt. This screenshot, published Friday by Breitbart News, has finally laid all such questions to rest—even though, as the Breitbart piece notes, several liberal media elites had been claiming that the survey didn't even exist :

The mere fact of the survey and this kind of inappropriate question is troubling enough. But, in the face of Chase's denials and obfuscations, we must ask anyway: Was it, as Chase spokespersons have claimed, "completely voluntary and anonymous"?

Well, NOM has obtained evidence that lays this question to rest as well.

Anonymous?

On March 18, 2014, Chase CEO Jamie Dimon sent an email announcing the annual survey to all employees (figure 1). Here Dimon says that "the survey takes 10 minutes to complete and individual responses are confidential; only aggregated results at the group level will be reported" [emphasis added].

This email was provided by a Chase employee. We also have a screenshot of another internal employee communication, the "Daily Bulletin" of March 30, 2014 (see figure 2). Here, we see all employees being urged to "log in and complete the 10-minute survey" [emphasis added].

A Chase employee confirms that this 'log in' means exactly what one would think: "employees were required to identify themselves with their employee Standard ID Number prior to taking the survey" [emphasis added].

This is not "anonymous." Even Jamie Dimon, in announcing the survey to employees, did not choose that word, but said results would be treated confidentially—which is a very different thing. The fact is that the data from each respondent was tied to his or her unique Employee ID number, and Chase was simply asking its employees to trust that that information would not be misused. Given the track record of bullying and intimidation we've seen in the pushing of the LGBT agenda, it is understandable that employees would be uneasy with this line of questioning.

Another internal message to Chase staff, this time from Pablo Sanchez, JPMorgan Chase's National Director of Consumer Banking, is important for two reasons. In the email—dated April 8, 2014 (figure 3)—Sanches urges participation in the survey, and dedicates a one line paragraph to claiming: "[Y]es, your individual responses are anonymous. I stake my reputation on that" [emphasis added].

This shows us two things. First of all, it shows between late March and early April, there seems to have been some blowback and concern within the Chase community about the offensive question about being "an ally of the LGBT community" and about the answers being tied to the employees' unique ID numbers. Sanchez is the first to claim that the answers are "anonymous"—a lie that has now been repeated by spokespersons for the company after the fact. But he obviously knew this was a hard line to sell, adding dramatically that he 'staked his reputation' on it. But Sanchez's assurance simply does not line up with the facts. He knew that there is a way to gather data anonymously—and that tying data to each individual's unique identification number is not within the normal definition of "anonymity."

Voluntary?

Here is the second thing Sanchez's email tells us: the survey was hardly "voluntary." And this gets back to what Chase spokespeople have claimed in the face of protests: they also claimed that, in addition to being anonymous, the survey was "completely voluntary."

Anyone who has worked in a corporate structure knows how that line goes: how many "mandatory voluntary" exercises comprise a corporate employee's life at work?

The Sanchez email here represents the second high-ranking official "urging" participation in the survey—and this doesn't count the "Daily Bulletin" from March 30th. Furthermore, these are just the emails to which NOM has gained access. How much more "urging" was done at Chase to "encourage participation" in this "completely voluntary" exercise?

One Chase employee's anecdotal account sheds some useful light on this question, as well. The employee writes:

There was a big push to make sure that all employees completed the survey. About a week before the survey all employees received an email from CEO Jamie Dimon stressing the importance of completing the survey. Then, all employees in my department received an email from the head of our department emphasizing the importance of 100% participation in the survey....This was followed up by my immediate supervisor confirming with me and all my co-workers to make sure that we took the survey. So, no, this was not voluntary... [emphases added].

Time to Make a Withdrawal

The facts are clear:

  • Chase pressured its employees to participate in a survey that asked offensively invasive questions pushing an LGBT agenda, and it doubtful whether they felt it to be truly "voluntary."

  • Individual responses were tied to each employee's unique identification number, which was required as part of the survey, so it can hardly be called "anonymous".

  • Chase has subsequently lied and obfuscated by means of corporate double-speak and euphemism, insulting and misleading consumers and employees alike.

... which is why I am calling on each of you to join me in boycotting Chase until they issue a formal apology and pledge never again to invade their employees' privacy in this way! Join the movement right now—click here to visit www.VoidChase.com.

And as a first gesture in this protest, I am moving my own mortgage—currently held by Chase—to another bank. This situation is unacceptable and deplorable, and a clear message must be sent that it simply will not be tolerated.

Visit www.VoidChase.com right away to sign up. But, marriage supporter, I need to ask one more thing of you today.

We must spread this story far and wide. Many of you have been following this story, but many more still need to know about it so that they can join in action with others from around the globe in this historic protest.

JP Morgan Chase is the largest bank in America, with assets over $2.4 trillion — they should be busy with the business of banking, not thought-policing and harassing their employees and lying to the public. They must be held accountable.

Sign and share the petition at www.VoidChase.com to show that the we are not willing to sit by while a company bullies its own workers this way.

And share this story with co-workers, friends and family using the buttons below so that they have all the facts to counter Chase's misinformation, and so that they will join in our movement as well.

Together, we'll continue to chase down the truth of this matter and ensure that justice is demanded.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

PS: We need your help to disseminate this news and our call to action as widely as possible. You can do this by sharing it right now with your friends and family. But please also kindly consider making a generous donation to NOM so that we can spread the word about the radical agenda being pushed at Chase. Whatever you can spare--$25, $50, or $100--will help us make sure as many folks as possible know about this corruption and add their voices to our petition at www.VoidChase.com!

It's Time to Act

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Even though the IRS has agreed to pay us $50,000 and admitted they were responsible for the illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor information, there's still so much we don't know about this scandal. Despite the heroic work of our legal team to hold the IRS accountable, there is only so much we can do as private citizens.

To get to the bottom of this and truly hold the IRS accountable, the American people need the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Please take the time right now to send a message to your Senators urging them to co-sponsor and support Texas Senator Ted Cruz's Resolution (SJ 487) calling for such a special prosecutor. You can use this link to send a message that will either automatically thank your Senator for already supporting this initiative, or urge him or her to sign on now.

Matthew Miesel was the gay activist who received NOM's confidential tax return and donor information from the IRS and then gave it to NOM's principal political opponent, the Human Rights Campaign. Our investigation of this matter showed that prior to receiving the information Meisel told a colleague that he had "a conduit" to obtain the information. Later, when questioned by NOM's legal team during the lawsuit, Melsel was asked to identify the "conduit." His response was to claim the protection of Fifth Amendment and assert his right against self-incrimination.

Ask yourself this, why would Matthew Meisel claim the Fifth to protect himself against criminal prosecution if the IRS story, that this was just some random mistake on their part, was true? Why did Meisel feel that by testifying about his conduit he might open himself up to criminal prosecution?

I don't believe for a second that the story ends here. And I know you don't either.

The problem is that Eric Holder and the Justice Department don't seem to want to get to the truth. They have simply refused to investigate and have shown no willingness to interview Matthew Meisel, or officials with the Human Rights Campaign.

So it's again up to us.

Luckily we've got allies like Senator Ted Cruz.

Last Thursday, after introducing a resolution on the Senate floor, Senator Cruz said, "Americans need a guarantee that the IRS will never be used again to target an Administration's political enemies... We need a special prosecutor with meaningful independence to make sure justice is served and our constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, and privacy are protected."

Please take the time right now to send a message to your Senators urging them to co-sponsor and support Texas Senator Ted Cruz's Resolution (SJ 487) calling for such a special prosecutor.

You can use this link to send a message that will either automatically thank your Senator for already supporting this initiative, or urge him or her to sign on now. Also, please spread the word and share this request as broadly as possible by email and through social media. You can use the buttons below or simply forward this email along to your family and friends.

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Standing with you for the truth,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

PS. Sometimes the only way to get things done in Washington is to appoint outsiders to do the jobs our government and elected officials should be doing. Please take the time to ask your Senator to support Senator Cruz's Resolution today. Just use this link to do so now.

You Could Be the Difference

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There's only one person on tomorrow's ballot for Congress in the 22nd District who is a true conservative — Claudia Tenney — and I urge you to make sure you vote for her in tomorrow's primary. She is running against the shockingly liberal, pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage incumbent Richard Hanna. It's critical that Hanna be defeated and that a principled conservative like Claudia Tenney be elected.

And be sure to forward this email to all your friends and family in New York who may live in the district, asking them to join you in support of Claudia Tenney for Congress. (The district includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego, and Tioga counties.)

Assemblywoman Tenney has received the endorsement of the Conservative Party of the 22nd Congressional District, the Susan B. Anthony List, the National Pro-Life Alliance, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, and many others including nationally known conservative political analysts like Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin.

She is New York's top-rated conservative legislator and will take her integrity and leadership to Congress.

In contrast, Rep. Richard Hanna is rated the 3rd most liberal politician in Washington by the National Journal and in 2013 he endorsed same-sex marriage — only the second sitting Republican member of Congress to do so.

NOM has endorsed Claudia Tenney and is funding an independent expenditure effort to help her unseat Congressman Hanna. Above is an image from a mailer we have sent. We are also calling thousands of voters in the district to share our position with them.

Please vote for Assemblywoman Tenney in tomorrow's Republican primary for Congress. In order to move pro-marriage, pro-life, and pro-family legislation through Congress we need leaders like her in Washington.

Fiathfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Watch Live Now

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter

This is it — the Second Annual March for Marriage kicks off in two hours at 11:00 AM EDT! And so does our live stream!

If you’re not in DC with us, you can still participate in several ways.

The fight to defend marriage in the legal, political, and cultural spheres is just beginning, and today’s events in Washington or your own living room will be a crucial step in protecting marriage and every child's right to both a mother and a father.

Marching in Faith With You,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S. Just because you’re not in the nation’s capital with us does not mean you can’t take a stand for marriage. Pray with your friends and family. Watch the rally from the comfort of your computer. Sign the petition. And send us your pictures.

Only One Day Left

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

THIS IS IT — only one day to go before the 2014 March for Marriage. I have been thrilled by the response from so many of you over the past several months and look forward to marching with thousands of marriage supporters like yourself from all across the country, rallying in Washington to protect this sacred and critical institution.

Our message is simple, clear, and positive: marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and it should be protected because children deserve both a mother and a father.

If you're planning on joining us tomorrow on the Capitol grounds, remember the rally starts at 11:00 AM and will be followed by the March to the Supreme Court at 1:00 PM. It will be hot tomorrow so please plan accordingly and bring lots of water with you.

If you can't join us in person, though, you can still be involved in several ways:

The fight to defend marriage in the legal, political, and cultural spheres is just beginning, and tomorrow's events in Washington or your own living room will be a crucial step in protecting marriage and every child's right to both a mother and a father.

Thank you again for all you do to protect and promote marriage. It will be an honor to stand with you — either physically or in spirit — in our nation's capital in defense of this treasured value.

With Thanksgiving,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


P.S. Don't forget, just because you can't be with us in the nation's capital does not mean that you cannot make your own stand for marriage tomorrow. Gather friends and family together for your own prayer rally, then watch the live stream of national rally at 11:00 AM EDT here. Finally, send us your pictures to [email protected] so we can show the world that across America we stand for marriage.

TUNE IN LIVE!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We are now just two days away from the historic 2014 March for Marriage! I hope you've been able to make your plans to join us in the nation's capital as we rally and march with marriage leaders and supporters from all across the country.

But if you can't make it, here are some ways you can still be involved and stand for marriage right from your own home town.

Thanks to a special partnership with The Washington Times, the official media sponsor of the 2014 March for Marriage, we will be live streaming the event on the world-wide web!

The entire rally, starting at 11:00 AM Eastern on Thursday, will be aired live on The Washington Times website and at www.MarriageMarch.org. So if you can't join us in person, gather a few friends together, pray for marriage, and watch and listen to our incredible speakers as they encourage each of us to continue standing up without fear in the legal, political, and cultural spheres to preserve marriage and every child's right to both a mother and a father.

We are also very gratified that The Washington Times is hosting a marriage petition on their website which I encourage you to go sign right away. Click here to add your signature and show your support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This petition and the signatures we gather will be an important statement, along with the March itself, to our leaders in Washington and to the mainstream media that Americans still clearly stand for marriage.

Finally, The Washington Times is creating a special magazine commemorating the March for Marriage. (You will find this online on Thursday on the same page as Thursday's livestream — stay tuned to The Washington Times for more details!)

You can also get this special magazine by subscribing to the The Washington Times National Digital Edition. You can access this great, interactive "living digital daily newspaper" anywhere and anytime, showcasing the articles and features readers have come to enjoy from the home of fearless reporting and American values. Best of all, it is available for your desktop and laptop plus your favorite mobile device from the Apple and Google Play stores. Visit washingtontimes.com and click on the subscribe button to learn more.

I am humbled by the outpouring of support and partnership NOM has received from coalition partners like The Washington Times, and from people just like you across the nation. Together we can make June 19th a huge success as we gather in the nation's capital, and in our living rooms, to rally and march for marriage.

Standing with you,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S. Don't forget, when you gather together in your homes and towns, whether if it's five or fifty of you — take pictures and send them to [email protected]. We know that America supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and we want to show with these pictures recording all your events across the country how deep and wide this support truly is!

Everyday Heroes Like You

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The 2014 March for Marriage and Gala is a celebration of marriage and its champions.

Today, I want to introduce you to a marriage champion who has stood boldly by the courage of her convictions for marriage, and should stand as an example for all of us.

Last week, Theresa Gaffney, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court in Schuykilll County, Pennsylvania, took courageous steps to file motions to stay Judge Jones' awful ruling overturning that state's Defense of Marriage Act and to intervene and appeal the case to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Gaffney is displaying courage where others have not in Pennsylvania, especially Governor Tom Corbett. She knows that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that marriage provides the best chance for children to experience the love and care of both a mother and a father. She also knows that the decision of Pennsylvania lawmakers to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman is enttled to a defense in the higher courts.

Even though elected officials well above her like Governor Corbett have failed to defend the law of the land, Mrs. Gaffney has stepped up hoping to give marriage the good and vigorous defense it deserves.

Of course, those who would redefine marriage from across the country are sending her vicious hate mail and launching other attacks. These radicals cannot stand when someone exercises his or her right to defend marriage and they do everything in their power to bully and intimidate marriage supporters into silence. Fortunately, Mrs. Gaffney has not backed down in the face of this onslaught.

Would you take the time to send a note of thanks and encouragement to this courageous public official today? Follow this link to use our system to send a brief note letting her know that she is not alone in her battle — you stand with her in spirit and in prayer. Just click here to send an email right now. Thank you.

Mrs. Gaffney's stand for principle will be matched by the thousands of marriage supporters who take to the streets of Washington, D.C. in just four days. As Americans from all across the country rally and march, they will be demonstrating support of the sacred and unique truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that every child deserves a mother and a father.

Will you be joining us for this momentous event? We certainly hope so as the bigger the crowd, the clearer the message to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Congress, the media, and the rest of America. Check out the March's website here for all the details including directions, our incredible list of speakers, and buses that still have open seats. If you haven't already, find one near you for you and your friends!

National leaders such as former Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Reverend Jim Garlow, and many others are lending their reputations and their voices, making this a historic event that you won't want to miss.

Finally to get a taste of why we march, make sure to watch and share our compelling video for this year's event. It's still not too late to share it with all your friends, family, and faith community.

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Mrs. Gaffney has already stood up in the public square for marriage. Will you do likewise in Washington this week as we March for Marriage?

I truly hope to see you there.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


P.S. The March for Marriage will be a critical and historic step in defending marriage and the faith communities that support it. I hope you can make it and demonstrate the courage of your convictions with thousands of your fellow Americans.

We're On the Clock

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The second annual March for Marriage is less than a week away and we are on the clock to get as many marriage supporters to Washington, D.C. as possible.

On June 19th, thousands of Americans from all across the country will rally in and take to the streets of our nation's capital with the simple and beautiful message: marriage between one man and one woman is unique and critical for our society because children deserve the love and care of both a mother and a father.

Have you made your plans to join us next Thursday, June 19th for the March and NOM's first ever “Lobby Day"? All the details are at www.marriagemarch.org — the route and schedule, as well as a page of buses from around the region that still have seats available. Check it out and make your plans; we can't wait to share the day with you.

We'd also like to let you know of some more special developments for this year's March.

First, in order to show the nation the success of your efforts, NOM has set up a special email address that you can use to send pictures and video of the Rally and March as they happen. The email address is: [email protected]. Feel free to take pictures of the day's events, or even video, and send them to this email address so we can post them on the March for Marriage website.

If you can't come to D.C. next week, you can still organize your own event in your hometown or capital. Get some friends together; simply stand and pray for marriage or hold your own rally. But be sure to take some pictures and send them to us at pics@marriagem[email protected]!

Together we'll demonstrate that across the nation the American people stand for marriage as one man and one woman.

One other reminder: if you still haven't shared the March's video with your friends, family, and faith community, it's not too late. Maybe you can even show it in your church or parish this Sunday.

Click here to view video

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Counting the Days Until We Stand Together,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


P.S. America needs to demonstrate to our government that we still stand for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Please do everything you can to join us in Washington next week. But if you can't — organize your own event to stand and pray for marriage, and be sure to send us your pictures at [email protected]