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Share This Petition to Free Kim Davis



Yesterday I wrote to you about the outrageous action of a federal judge who has imprisoned Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for not wishing to personally being involved in certifying a same-sex 'marriage' because doing so violates her Christian beliefs. This was a lawless ruling by the judge! Federal law requires government to seek a reasonable accommodation for officials who have religious objections to things like this, but the judge ignored Kim's pleas to find an accommodation. Instead, he sent her to jail and ordered her employees to issue gay 'marriage' licenses that bear her name.

We must stand up to this judicial tyranny! Please act immediately to sign the Free Kim Davis petition. Then share this petition via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Email with all your friends and family on social media as well as anyone else you can reach to sign it.

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Kim Davis did not pick this fight with gay activists; she has been working hard to attempt to resolve a conflict that was created when the US Supreme Court illegitimately ruled last June that every state in the nation must license same-sex 'marriages.' For example, she asked that her name be removed from the license, but the state refused, even though they changed the license form to accommodate the desires of gay activists by eliminating reference to "bride" and "groom."

Forcing every single person in the country to personally embrace the illegitimate redefinition of marriage is the logical next step in the crusade of gay extremists, who seem able to call on the power of federal judges to impose their agenda.

We must fight this tyranny and stand up for Kim Davis! As I write this, over 5,000 people have signed our petition demanding that Kim be freed, but we need many more signatures if we are going to bring enough public pressure to free Kim from jail. That's why we need you to sign the petition right now, and share via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Email with all your friends, your family, and your faith community.

I will be in Kentucky next week to demonstrate in support of Kim, and I would like to tell her that I am there representing you and tens of thousands of others who have signed the NOM petition to free Kim Davis. Please act today to sign and share the petition by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Email. In addition to signing the pledge, perhaps you can join us in Grayson, Kentucky on September 8th. (We’ll try to share the details with you as they are finalized.)

I have one final request. Please consider making a contribution to NOM so that we may get our petition distributed far and wide. Coordinating a nationwide petition drive and rallying people to take action is a costly but worthwhile undertaking. We need your help! Please consider making a contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or even $250 or more to help free Kim Davis.

Whatever plans you have today and over the coming long weekend, please remember that Kim Davis is sitting in jail fighting for the religious liberty of every American who does not want to be coerced by gay activists and their allies on the federal bench to participate in something that is illegitimate and against our beliefs. She is completely dependent on people like us to come to her defense. Please keep her in your prayers, and take action to help by signing the petition, sharing it by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Email and helping NOM reach more people on her behalf.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Free Kim Davis



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Hours ago a federal judge jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in an act of judicial tyranny. Judge David Bunning wants to force her to abandon her Christian principles and personally participate in validating same-sex 'marriages' by putting her name on the license. Federal law says that the government must provide a reasonable accommodation for people with deeply held religious beliefs, but this rouge judge is determined to make Kim pay for standing up for principle.

This judicial tyranny must end now!

Please sign our petition demanding that Kim Davis be freed immediately, and calling on elected officials in Washington and at the state level to enact legislation affording an accommodation for people so that they personally are not required to participate in something that violates their deeply held religious beliefs.

The left is already trying to spin this as "stopping discrimination" but the real victims of discrimination are Kim Davis and all of us who, because of the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court in redefining marriage, are being told to sacrifice religious liberty on the altar of gay "rights."

The rogue federal judge who has jailed Kim Davis is merely the instrument of this tyranny, but the author of it are the US Supreme Court justices who ruled in June that states like Kentucky must allow same-sex 'couples' to "marry" in violation of their state constitution and laws.

It was inevitable that such a court decision would put people of faith in the crosshairs for punishment and discrimination.

Kim Davis is paying a price for all of us and we must stand with her now! Please sign the petition demanding that she be freed, and share it with all your friends and family through social media and any other way you can collect signatures.

We must build immense public pressure to force the elite and the judiciary to recognize the constitutional right of people to disagree with same-sex 'marriage' and to protect them from punishment for not being a part of it.

The case of Kim Davis is only the latest, and most shocking, example of the conflict the Supreme Court created when it imposed same-sex 'marriage' on the country without a shred of constitutional authority to do so. Before her case came a countless number of victims who have been sued, fined, lost their jobs, had their businesses closed and been threatened with financial ruin.

Now imprisonment has become a tool of gay 'marriage' activists, wielded by rogue judges in an exercise of raw power.

We must stop this judicial tyranny now! Please sign our petition to free Kim Davis and demand that elected officials protect people of faith from having to participate in an endorsement of same-sex 'marriage' against their will.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — We hope to generate thousands of signatures in the next 24 hours demanding that Kim be freed. Please act immediately to sign the petition and then share it with all your contacts.


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Progressive Thought? More like Oppressive Intolerance

Many colleges today unfortunately see themselves as the standard bearers of "progressive thought" and "equality." Following the trend of popular culture, universities believe it is their role to spread the acceptance of same-sex "marriage" as well as new theories on gender and race relations. When students refuse to acquiesce to their ideologies, however, colleges often react in unjust and intolerant ways. LifeSiteNews reports on one such case:

ThinkstockPhotos-86531925Gender and homosexuality politics are among the areas the professors are looking to influence the young people in their classes, along with race and immigration ideology.

The affronting terms that could land students in hot water in a number of Washington State University classes include “illegal alien” and “illegals,” CampusReform.org reports, but also considered oppressive and hateful by one teacher are the very definitions of gender, “male” and “female.”

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A Marquette University student was prohibited from articulating his Biblical view of marriage last year, and a tenured professor was fired from there last year as well for voicing his view in support of marriage.

Johns Hopkins University denied a pro-life student organization recognition in 2013 until threatened with legal action.

Religious freedom banners were prohibited at Sinclair College in Ohio a year earlier.

A lawsuit was filed against Los Angeles Community College District in 2009 after a professor censored and threatened to expel a student who had given a speech on marriage and his Christian faith in a public speaking class. The professor had also told his class they were a “fascist (explicative)” if they voted for California’s Proposition 8 in defense of marriage.

It is a great hypocrisy when the so-called proponents of "tolerance" become worse than the very people they claim to be fighting. Help us expose these deceitful ideals and bring the hypocrisy about "equality" to an end.

Gov. Chris Christie is Targeting Christians

Gov. Chris Christie, falling fast in the presidential polls, is attempting to remake himself into the “law and order” candidate, and he’s targeting Christians who do not wish to personally participate in gay "marriage" ceremonies.

Image via ABC News/(Mel Evans/AP Photo)

Image via ABC News/(Mel Evans/AP Photo)

Across the country people have been sued, fined, had their businesses closed and been informed the state could seize all their personal assets because they do not wish to participate in something that goes against God’s design – marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Yet Christie calls this “discrimination” and says that they “need to follow the law.” What specific law is Christie referencing? Does he mean the federal law (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) that provides that government has a duty to provide reasonable accommodation to people with sincere religious beliefs? Or perhaps he’s referring to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which provides accommodation for “conscientious objectors”? Most likely he’s referring to the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court in redefining marriage, but that ruling said nothing about forcing everyone to participate in it. LifeSiteNews reports:

[R]egarding the religious freedom of Christian-owned businesses, he [Christie] said, "I'm someone in this country who believes in law and order. I'm a former prosecutor. ... We need to enforce the law in this country in every respect – not just the laws we like, but all the laws."

During the "Presidential Soapbox" at the Iowa State Fair last week, Christie said much the same thing. "We have a system of laws in this country, and those laws need to be followed," he said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision constitutionalizing same-sex "marriage."

"Businesses ... should have to be able to do business under the laws of our country," Christie expounded. "When I take an oath of office as governor, my oath of office is to enforce the laws of the state of New Jersey. Not the laws I like or the laws that I agree with, but all the laws."

Christie characterized Christians who seek to live their faith in the business world as discriminatory. "Businesses should not be allowed to discriminate, no."

In the past, Christie has also said that Christian clerks must violate their faith and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He also signed a bill making it illegal for counselors and therapists to help gender-confused minors come out of the gay lifestyle.

Sadly, Gov. Christie has a history of abandoning marriage rather than challenging illegitimate judicial rulings. He dropped a defense of his state’s traditional marriage law because he thought he would lose the fight. In the presidential contest, Christie has so far failed to sign NOM’s Presidential Marriage Pledge.

Marriage Between One Man and One Woman Is Worth Celebrating

Mayor Andy Mack of Longview Texas declared August ‘Celebrate Traditional Marriage’ month. As a result, a coalition of citizens and East Texas Churches organized an event, to which a crowd estimated near one-thousand turned out to celebrate on the Gregg County courthouse lawn.

WSMV reported on the event:

ThinkstockPhotos-532815271Mayor Andy Mack proclaimed August 'Celebrate Traditional Marriage' month.

Around a thousand people came out to support the event, many with deep religious conviction.

"It's very important. I believe God put us together and he keeps us together every day," says Barbara Jones who's been married 47 years.

"It is a commitment and there will be ups and downs, so you just work through those things," says James McClemore, married 45 years.

Representative Brian Hughes was on hand with other elected officials in support of the event.

"We understand how important traditional marriage is. It was defined by God a long time before America was here. And it's so heartwarming to see
so many people come out to affirm that," Hughes says.

On the heels of the June gay pride event, and then the legalization of same sex-marriage, many believe the event was needed.

"It seems like the other side is always getting the headlines," said one married couple.

Marriage - the conjugal, lifetime, exclusive union between one man and one woman - is a sacred institution which is certainly deserving of celebration. Any union that deviates from this definition is not marriage.

Declining Marriage Rates Hurt the Poor Hardest

As the marriage success gap widens in America, social analysts from both the right and the left debate what could be the cause. Why is it that the wealthy and educated have successful marriages while the poor and working classess by and large do not? The Right argues that the rise of abortificant ability and laws protecting a mother's choice over childbearing have marked the decline, while those on the Left generally argue that the lowered standard of living among the poor has hurt marriage.

Rachel Sheffield, writing for Public Discourse, examines the theories of leftist Andrew Cherlin, and points out why the loss of American manufacturing jobs is not the ultimate cause of marriage's decline:

ThinkstockPhotos-146006568[R]esearchers have directly examined the thesis that reduced manufacturing employment reduces marriage rates. Sociologists at New York University recently studied how increased importing from China in the 2000s affected marriage in communities that produced competing products. The new competition had negative economic effects—but this did not impact marriage rates. This research is preliminary but casts serious doubt on the primacy of economic factors in the decline in marriage rates. If centuries of subsistence-level poverty did not destroy the two-parent family, it is hard to see why a late twentieth century slowdown in the rate of compensation growth would.

On the other hand, Cherlin is correct that working class men are indeed less likely to be employed today than in the past. Part of the reason appears to be directly connected to the decline in marriage rates—but as an effect, not a cause. In other words, because marriage rates are down, men are less likely to engage in the labor force.

In a 2014 report published by the American Enterprise Institute, researchers Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia and Robert Lerman of American University report that over half (51 percent) of the decrease in male employment between 1980 and 2008 (and 37 percent of the decline between 1980 and 2013) is connected to the decline in marriage. The authors note:

When young men and women replace formal commitment with informal relationships or none at all, work becomes less urgent, especially for men, who have historically taken all kinds of jobs to support their families. With no wife or children to support, men become less focused on the job market.

Wilcox and Lerman’s research shows that the greatest decline in male employment since 1979 has been among unmarried men. This trend holds true across all levels of education. The authors also point out that median family income would be 44 percent higher today if the United States had the same rate of married-parent families as in 1979.

The true cause of marriage's decline lies in the spread of "casual sex." Sheffield explains:

The spread of birth control and the legalization of abortion attempted to disconnect sex from childbearing. It ended up disconnecting childbearing from marriage, weakening men’s responsibility as fathers. As Brookings Institution scholars George Akerlof and Janet L. Yellen put it, “By making the birth of the child the physical choice of the mother, the sexual revolution has made marriage and child support a social choice of the father.”

Marriage binds a man and a woman together for life so that they can make children to love and raise. Without the openness to children, marriage loses its meaning and, as we have seen, falls by the wayside.

The War on Marriage Is Against Everyone

As seen with the many cases of punishment of people in the wedding industry, including forcing them out of business with charges of "discrimination," governments often have no regard for the freedom of speech or the freedom to hold beliefs contrary to public approval. Courts frequently fail to draw the distinction between legitimate refusal to not participate in something like same-sex ‘marriage’ because doing so violates deeply-held and constitutionally protect religious views, and a blanket refusal of service to gays and lesbians as a class. Dennis Saffran, of the American Thinker, explains:

ThinkstockPhotos-147252592"These cases do not involve the sale of commercial goods at a place of business but rather the dragooned rendering of personal creative services for, and frequently attendance at, sacramental ceremonies that offend the providers’ consciences. The small business and crafts people in the dock in these cases have not refused to seat gay people at lunch counters, or to welcome them into their shops and sell them film, floral bouquets, or pastries. In fact, all have said they would be happy to sell off-the-shelf products for same-sex weddings, and several had longstanding business relationships with the gay customers who sued them. But they don’t want to be compelled to use their creative talents to “celebrate something that offends [their] beliefs.”

The courts have said that this doesn’t matter; that refusal to service the same-sex wedding of someone you otherwise happily do business with is still discrimination based on sexual orientation because, in the words of the Colorado court in the recent case, “the act of same-sex marriage is closely correlated to… sexual orientation” in that it is “engaged in exclusively or predominantly by gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.” But by that logic aren’t a black carpenter who refuses to make the cross for a Klan rally, and a black photographer who refuses to come take pictures of the festivities, guilty of racial discrimination? If they have no problem selling cabinets and cameras to whites generally, they are in the exact same position as those now having their livelihoods destroyed. Any attempted distinction boils down to an emotional response of “gays good; Klansmen bad,” and as fervently as one may agree with this visceral reaction it cannot be the basis for formulating a neutral legal principle.

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While conservatives have often argued these cases mainly in terms of religious freedom, the threat to artistic freedom is perhaps even more serious. If the state can commandeer wedding photographers, who provide their clients with commemorative books, to celebrate gay marriage (as one Facebook commentator noted, “think about the implications of forcing someone to produce a book”), how big a slide is it to conscripting writers into the cause as well? If that seems dubious, consider that the lawyers bringing these cases argue that photographers, bakers, and florists forego their religious and artistic freedoms because they publicly offer their services in the commercial market. But so do most freelance writers (as Professor Eugene Volokh, a same-sex marriage supporter, has noted). And most lawyers. And for that matter most clergymen when they perform weddings, for which they typically charge a small fee to supplement their salaries. Consider also that much of this litigation seems to be driven not by gay couples who just happen to wander into the shops of evangelical bakers or florists, but by activists trolling to find and destroy them. It’s not far-fetched to imagine these activists looking to see which conservative Christian writers also advertise for commercial freelance work to make ends meet, and then swooping down like hawks. Before they do, though, and before they pursue more cases against bakers, they should consider that they’re setting a chilling and horrible precedent, and one that could just as easily be used to bludgeon liberals and gays."

The true discrimination here comes from same-sex marriage activists. Exposing the hypocrisy is the only way to end it.

Catholic Archbishop Says It's Not About Equality or Rights — It's About Destroying the Family

In a letter published in the Pacific Daily News, the Catholic Archbishop of Agana (Guam), Anthony Sablan Apuron, exhorts all “sisters and brothers” to stand firm in defense of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Mid adult couple looking at their babyIn the face of recent events undertaken by the U.S. District Court of Guam, the U.S. Supreme Court and the 33rd Guam Legislature in redefining marriage, the Church stands firm on her teaching that marriage is between one man, and one woman.

Disagreement is not discrimination. These recent laws force the people of Guam, and of the United States, to either agree with a particular political position or face ridicule and sanction for discrimination. These types of laws not only undermine the precepts of the United States Constitution to freedom of speech, but also undermine and attempt to eradicate the constitutional right to Freedom of Religion.

These times compel the Church to expose the intentions of those who have deceivingly disguised same-sex unions as an issue of equality and anti-discrimination. It is important to understand that the political pressure to push the agenda for same-sex “marriage” has never been about gay rights; the true intention behind this agenda has always been about the destruction of the family and the imposition of the totalitarian system. The approval of same-sex “marriage” has now thrown open the doors of Guam to implement in our community a very clever and systematic theory, which has as its aim the destruction of marriage and family through the annihilation of any sexual differences among persons. This theory is known as the “Theory of Gender.”

At the political level, in order to avoid “discrimination” among the genders, a principle of “radical equality” has been imposed upon society, demanding and forcing society to have a neutral response to gender. Any objection is considered not only discriminatory and intolerant, but bigotry.

The next step will be to implement this theory in the educational system of Guam. This means that our children, your children, will be forced to assimilate to this pattern of non-gender; that there is no such thing as “male” or “female” — they will be encouraged to explore their sexuality earlier, and parents will have no voice in the education of their children. These ideas are already part of an international agenda promoted especially by the United Nations. The laws just passed on our beautiful island, which were disguised to fight against discrimination, will now work to subvert our human sexuality from the most tender age with the goal to abolish the natural family and create new “models” of a family.

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In my view, these recent laws are not a sign of human progress, but are dangerous steps toward annihilation of our fundamental religious beliefs. As shepherd of the local Church of Guam, I urge every person to be mindful that each of us is answerable to the supreme judge for what we do and do not do.

Not Just Same-sex Marriage: Other Unions Will Be Imposed Upon the American People

Now that the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman has been arrogantly dismissed by the Supreme Court, other groups are looking to have their unions included in the “marriage” category. One such example is polygamists, led by the reality stars from the series ‘Sister Wives.’ The Blaze reports that these ‘Sister Wives’ stars are invoking same-sex marriage legalization in an attempt to overturn Utah’s polygamy ban.

ThinkstockPhotos-147042664Kody Brown and his wives, Robyn, Christine, Janelle and Meri — the stars of “Sister Wives” — are asking judges to reject an appeal by Utah of a judge’s 2013 decision to strike a portion of the state’s ban on polyamorous relationships, KSTU-TV reported.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that the law’s ban on cohabitation among individuals who are not married runs in contrast to the First and 14th Amendments, and essentially violates Brown’s religious freedom.

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“From the rejection of morality legislation in Lawrence to the expansion of the protections of liberty interests in Obergefell, it is clear that states can no longer use criminal codes to coerce or punish those who choose to live in consensual but unpopular unions,” Jonathan Turley, an attorney for Brown, wrote to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court in Denver. ”This case is about criminalization of consensual relations and there are 21st century cases rather than 19th century cases that control.”

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Brown has maintained that the legal battle is not about forcing acceptance of bigamy or challenging the rights of states to preclude individuals from holding multiple marriage licenses, but that it is, instead, about battling back against criminalization.

The state, though, maintains that polyamorous relationships are harmful to women and children.

“By only striking the cohabitation provision, the District Court left Utah with the same law maintained by most states in the Union prohibiting bigamy,” Turley wrote. “What was lost to the state is precisely what is denied to all states: the right to impose criminal morality codes on citizens, compelling them to live their lives in accordance with the religious or social values of the majority of citizens.”

When marriage is no longer protected as the union between one man and one woman, society opens itself up to harmful unions that not only further damage the institution, but also work to destroy the family. Given that the family is the building block of society, our government should be looking to protect marriage and the family — not redefine and destroy it.

Busy Week As Marriage Champions Emerge



Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's been a busy week on the marriage front as NOM announced that four candidates have emerged from the crowded Republican presidential field to be named “Marriage Champions." Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Dr. Ben Carson all signed the NOM Presidential Pledge, promising to take specific actions to restore marriage to our laws and to protect people from discrimination because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

As we have said repeatedly, including in our five-point plan, electing a pro-marriage champion as president is the quickest way to reverse the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage.

Why do we say that? There are three main reasons. First, the sham Obergefell decision on marriage was issued with the barest majority possible — a 5-4 ruling. The next president is expected to have several appointments to replace justices believed to be considering retirement, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who voted with the majority. If we had a solid-pro-marriage replacement for Ginsburg, the Supreme Court could very well vote to reverse itself in a future case. Second, the president has the authority to issue an Executive Order prohibiting the federal government from taking adverse actions against anyone who supports marriage, essentially enacting the First Amendment Defense Act with the stroke of his pen. And third, there is no person with a louder megaphone than the President of the United States. Just as Ronald Reagan was able to use his voice to nurture the growth of the pro-life movement, so can the next president nurture the movement to restore marriage.

NOM is committed to doing everything in our power to elect a Marriage Champion as president.

Urge Candidates to Sign NOM's Presidential Pledge and then Sign The People's Marriage Pledge

We hope that additional candidates will sign on to support NOM's pledge. There are two things you can do to help us in that regard. First, please reach out to the candidates and urge them to sign NOM's presidential pledge. This is especially important if you have volunteered or given them money.

The other thing you can do is to personally sign The People's Marriage Pledge, and urge all your friends and family to do the same. By committing to only support a presidential candidate who has committed to take specific actions in defense of marriage, you will be sending a strong signal to all the candidates that the American people want their leaders to fight for marriage.

Donald Trump Proving He's No Conservative

Like candidates in past elections (e.g. Herman Cain and Ross Perot) Donald Trump is riding a wave of public interest in a political outsider with strong business experience coming into office to clean house and get things done. He sits atop all the public polls, but his shoot from the lip approach to issues is quite problematic. The latest example of this is with traditional marriage.

In many previous interviews, Trump has professed his support for traditional marriage, saying that this is how he was raised and it's what his religious faith tells him is true. But in an interview this week with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump said that conservatives should move on from the gay marriage issue because, “the Supreme Court has ruled."

Talk about a guy who doesn't have the slightest idea about presidential leadership! I wonder if he believes that President Lincoln should have abandoned the issue of abolishing slavery because “the Supreme Court has ruled" when they decided in the Dred Scott case that African Americans were mere property, not people entitled to citizenship rights. Or should President Reagan have abandoned the pro-life cause because “the Supreme Court has ruled" in Roe v Wade to impose abortion on the nation resulting in the death of 60 million unborn children?

Businessmen may “move on" when a deal doesn't work out as hoped, but presidents — the best ones, at least — stand for principles and fight to defend those principles even when the Supreme Court imposes an illegitimate decision as they did when they redefined marriage.

That is the kind of leadership NOM is looking for in the next president. Presumably because he cannot commit to provide that leadership, Mr. Trump has not signed the NOM Presidential Marriage Pledge.

Jeb Bush Reiterates His Belief in Marriage in New e-Book

In an interesting new electronic book released this week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush released a series of emails with people to help Americans understand his thinking on various issues — including the definition of marriage. Like virtually every other candidate, Bush personally believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. And though he has been critical of the US Supreme Court ruling on marriage, he has generally deemphasized the issue in his presidential campaign.

It was therefor a little surprising to learn that Bush included an email exchange with a gay man he calls a friend explaining why he supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman and why he supported efforts to amend the Florida constitution to preserve marriage from redefinition by state judges. In the email exchange he explained to his gay friend that discrimination and other problems could be dealt with separately from redefining marriage.

Some have speculated that Gov. Bush is attempting to “thread the needle" by reminding social conservatives of his position on marriage, while also conveying to gay ‘marriage' supporters that he is not anti-gay.

Whatever his intentions may be, the best way for Governor Bush to reassure the American people about how he will govern on the marriage issue is to sign NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge, something he has not yet done.

First Amendment Defense Act Update

There are 146 sponsors or cosponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act in the House of Representatives (HR 2802) and 37 sponsors or cosponsors in the Senate. Thanks to thousands of NOM supporters who have contacted their federal representatives, we have momentum to push this legislation when legislators return to Washington following the August recess.

It's critical that you urge your representatives to support this legislation to protect people who believe in true marriage from discrimination and persecution by the government. You can see if your Representative in the US House is a cosponsor of FADA by clicking here and determine if your US Senators are cosponsoring the Senate version by clicking here. If they have not yet signed on as a cosponsor, please contact them immediately to ask them to do so. Also, there are still some town halls scheduled by members of Congress. Please look at the list below and attend one if you can.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX 6)
Sept. 3, 2015 — Format: In-person
Ennis Town Hall — Ennis, Texas

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4)
Sept. 2, 2015 — Format: In-person
Truckee Town Hall — Truckee, California

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN 5)
Aug. 31, 2015 — Format: In-person
Connect with your Congresswoman One-on-One — Tipton County — Tipton, Indiana

Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA 12)
Aug. 29, 2015 — Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Aliquippa — Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Important New Book Coming on Monday

The print edition of Ryan Anderson’s new book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom will be released on Monday. This well-written and well-presented book lays bare the illegitimate nature of the US Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage, and explains what freedoms are at risk because of it. Reviews of the book have been very positive (averaging 4 stars) despite an effort by Internet trolls to discredit it without ever reading it, and sales of the Kindle version have been strong. We urge you to order a physical copy of the book right away. We believe that this book can make an important contribution to the debate about why the US Supreme Court was utterly wrong and without authority to redefine marriage. The more sales that occur in the critical first week the book is available, the more publicity will be generated about it and the larger the impact it will have in the debate. And who knows – perhaps if enough NOM supporters order the book it might even make one of the best seller lists! Order your copy today.

Please Act Today to Support NOM

The National Organization for Marriage is the only group in America that is exclusively focused on restoring marriage to our law and protecting the right of individuals, businesses, churches and charitable groups to live the truth of marriage in their work and daily lives. We are a grassroots organization that depends on support from average Americans like you. Please consider making a financial contribution to NOM so that we have the funds needed to work in the halls of Congress, in state Legislatures, in the courts and in the court of public opinion. Your donation of $15, $25, $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or more will be doubled because some of our best supporters have rallied together to match all donations through the end of the month (up to a total of $250,000).

There's never been a more important or opportune time to support our work, and we ask you to prayerfully consider what you can give to assist us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Need More Proof? Just Read This Shocking New Attack on Religion in America!

 

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As if we needed any more evidence that the Supreme Court ruling on marriage is an absolute debacle for America, there was further proof earlier this week.

A group of 130 nonprofit organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking him to throw away a policy that protects the religious rights of other groups. They want to mandate that organizations that receive government funding cannot refuse to hire someone who does not share their religious beliefs. This is a blatant effort to force acceptance of same-sex marriage!

Bottom line: our tax dollars will be refused to any organization that exercises the religious rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

It is shocking! We must not allow this to happen! And to do that, the National Organization for Marriage needs your immediate financial gift of $25, $35, $50, $75 or $100 or more to fight the most critical battle of our history.

To make matters worse, the reason they gave the president for overthrowing this policy is that failure to do so will "tarnish the legacy of your work."

Can you believe it? Their reasoning is not about the Constitution and the rights it guarantees to all Americans — it's about a way a single person will be remembered in history.

I don't know about you, but the only legacy we should care about is being remembered as a strident defender of the Constitution. I hope to be remembered as a person that refused to back down, even when others claimed my defense of the Constitution was "out of touch" with contemporary values.

Are you standing firm with me to help protect our constitutional rights? If so, please make a gift right now — $25, $35, $50, $75 or $100 or more — so NOM can continue the fight for you . . . and for America!

Here's how NOM is investing your generous donations in this all-out battle for Americans Constitutionally guaranteed rights:

  1. NOM is on the frontlines of the battle for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). This Act cannot survive the efforts of those who are opposed to religious freedom unless we stand strong and united. Urged on by NOM, thousands of people have already contacted their federal representatives to urge them to sign onto this critical legislation.
    Help us get the word out to everyone who cares about religious freedom in America. Give now!
  2. We are leading the effort to reverse the illegitimate Supreme Court decision by electing a pro-marriage champion as our nation's next president. We created the presidential pledge and already, four candidates have emerged as Marriage Champions — Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Bobby Jindal and Dr. Ben Carson.
    We need our next president to make an ironclad commitment that he or she will take specific actions to restore marriage in America. Help us continue to lobby presidential candidates to take a stand for Marriage in America. Donate today!
  3. We are also working hard to see FADA become law at the state level. Our initiatives include advancing FADA at the state level, publicizing cases of those already being victimized by the redefining of marriage, and engaging the grassroots through nationwide education and outreach.

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What is possible when you stand with NOM today? Everything! We will be heard. FADA will become the law of the land. Our next president will be a strident supporter of marriage. Religious freedom will be preserved in America!

But NOM's efforts take money. We can't do this without your support. We are completely dependent on you and others to contribute to this effort. Those opposed to religious freedom are throwing every dime they have into the fight to make sure FADA fails in Congress and at the state level.

Do not let those who hate religious freedom win. Give today to save America's commitment to religious freedom.

Why give today? Because every dollar you give will be matched dollar for dollar! Your money will go twice as far in the battle for America's religious freedom. Today is a perfect time to support NOM and watch your investment double!

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There is no time to waste. Those opposed to marriage are not standing back, waiting to see what happens. We must match them dollar for dollar, action for action. Because what is at stake is the very freedom that sets America apart from so many other nations on earth.

President Ronald Reagan said, "I know that we share a belief that all people, no matter where they live, have the right to freedom of religion. This is not a right that is any governments to give or to take away. It's our right from birth, because we're all children of God."

Please don't stand on the sidelines and let our government destroy this right. Support NOM today so we can protect your rights and the rights of all Americans.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown    
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After Same-sex "Marriage," Next is . . . "Robot Marriage"?!

Slate magazine recently ran an article arguing that the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision will eventually allow for the "marriage" between humans and robots. Slate boils the argument down to this statement:

"Robot-human marriage is not about robot rights; it is about the right of a human to choose to marry a robot."

Writing for Aleteia, Denise O'Leary responds:

ThinkstockPhotos-511972423[T]his is an argument for the right to marry something that is not human and not a self. That was bound to happen, of course, as the concept of marriage degenerates from a covenant down to a status marker. Forcing others to recognize one’s machine as a spouse would be a social triumph, of sorts.

There are, of course, those who think we can teach machines to understand us, but the problem is, one can’t “teach” a machine to have a self or care.

And others, more ambitious still, think that AI will make religion obsolete:

... the only way for there to be a good future is if we save ourselves. No gods will save us because there are no gods—unless we become gods.

We’ve heard all that stuff before and it has always ended in catastrophe.

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If AI were ever to reach the point of marriage to robots, people would essentially be marrying themselves. But perhaps that is what many now want.

The notion that humans someday may be able to legally marry robots exposes the full-blown narcissism behind the same sex marriage movement. Marriage is not for the self, but rather, for the good of the family. Failure to recognize this basic tenet of marriage results in such absurdities as humans marrying robots.

See Aleteia for more.

The Double Standard of "Equality"

The rash of bakery-closings on account of charges of "discrimination" has been appalling. Now, same-sex marriage activists have plans to shut down all Chick-fil-A locations in Denver—an act in the same vein as closing bakeries, but on a much larger scale. The Federalist explains the twisted logic behind this movement:

Photo Credit: Chris Potter/Flickr

Photo Credit: Chris Potter/Flickr

Now, in an effort to save everyone some time, the cultural imperialists at the Denver City Council—which, to be fair, have long exhibited authoritarian impulses—have decided to skip the pretense of some trumped-up injustice and jumped right to discriminating against a businesses solely because of the beliefs of its CEO.

The Denver Council’s Business Development Committee has stalled a seven-year deal with Chick-fil-A because CEO Dan Cathy spoke out against gay marriage back in 2012. Cathy, after being flogged for this misconduct, backed off , saying he regretted getting involved. But that won’t do. There are no prisoners in this culture war. So the council will meet in couple of weeks to take up the topic again. Not so the members can take time to chew over the significance of a city punishing its citizens for their thoughts and beliefs, or even to weigh the importance of tolerance in a vibrant city like Denver. They’re waiting to have a closed-door committee hearing with city attorneys, who will brief them on the legal implications and practicality of shutting down apostates.

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Denver Councilman Paul Lopez, who is leading the intellectual charge for the ban—a task that meshes poorly with his skill set—says that, in the end, opposition to the chain at DIA is ”really, truly a moral issue.” Now, when the Founders told us that government can make no law respecting an establishment of religion, I took it to mean that the belief system of a union-installed sock puppet on a city council would be completely irrelevant in matters of expression and faith. Really, truly.

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Now, everyone is free to boycott and protest whomever they please. Citizens and elected officials have every right to work to cut off taxpayer funding to businesses and institutions they find morally distasteful. But if the city council of Anytown, USA were to concoct reasons to deny permits to gay business owners who supported same-sex marriage, many Americans would find that rightfully appalling. If you’re okay with the idea of a city council denying orthodox Christians who believe in traditional marriage the same freedom, you’re a massive hypocrite—and probably worse.

There is a glaring double-standard when it comes to "equality." When it comes to marriage, the idea of equality only exists for those who agree with a redefined understanding of marriage: those who disagree are to be punished. This is another example of why Congress and the states need to pass the First Amendment Defense Act to protect people from discrimination for supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

See The Federalist for more.

Marriage Champions Emerge From Presidential Field



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I am pleased to announce that NOM has identified four Republican presidential candidates who have emerged from the crowded presidential field as "Marriage Champions" for having signed NOM's Presidential Pledge, which commits them to take several specific actions as president to restore marriage to the law and protect people of faith from discrimination because of their support for traditional marriage. Here are NOM's Marriage Champions:

These are the candidates you can count on to support a constitutional amendment protecting marriage, work to overturn the illegitimate Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation, prevent pushing this ruling throughout government including the public schools, work for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act and direct the Department of Justice to investigate attempts to harass marriage supporters. Read NOM's Presidential Pledge here.

As we said earlier today in a national press release, "Electing a president in 2016 who is a true champion on marriage is a critical priority, something that is essential if we are to overturn the outrageous, illegitimate decision of the US Supreme Court imposing same-sex 'marriage' on every state in the nation…While many of the GOP candidates talk the talk about supporting marriage, these four candidates have distinguished themselves as true champions, having pledged to the American people to take very specific actions to advance the cause of marriage. NOM is committed to educating people about the importance of electing a true marriage champion as President of the United States."

As you know from reviewing our five point plan, electing a marriage champion as president is our top priority. It is the quickest way to ensure that the illegitimate decision of the Supreme Court redefining marriage is overturned, and that supporters of marriage are protected from government discrimination and harassment. We are counting on your help to educate the American people by making an urgently needed donation to support our work.

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Please think twice about supporting any candidate who has not pledged to the American people to take specific actions as president. NOM has invited every Republican candidate for president to sign our pledge, and we encourage those who have not yet signed to do so as soon as possible. You can stay updated on which candidates have signed the pledge by clicking here.

If you are considering supporting a candidate who has not yet signed our pledge, we urge you to contact them and encourage them to sign our pledge right away. NOM will not support a candidate for president who has not pledged to the American people to take specific actions in support of restoring marriage to our law and protecting people from government discrimination over their beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

It is imperative that we elect a marriage champion as president. Imagine how different things would be if we had someone in the White House on our side of the marriage issue: calling for a constitutional amendment to restore marriage, protecting people of faith against discrimination, stopping the advance of special rights for gays and lesbians, reversing actions of the Obama Administration that undermined marriage, appointing constitutional conservative judges to the federal bench, protecting religious liberty, etc.

Please help us ensure that a true marriage champion emerges from the crowded Republican field as the GOP nominee for president by giving us the resources we need to educate the American people about who has signed our pledge, and who has not. We're off to a great start because, thanks be to God, some of our supporters have come together to match dollar for dollar anything you give us in the next 30 days!

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Several candidates have issued strong statements in support of marriage but have decided not to sign any pledges as a candidate. Governor Mike Huckabee covered marriage in his own pledge to the American people and Gov. Scott Walker has promised to support a constitutional amendment restoring true marriage.

It's unfortunate that some candidates have adopted a blanket position against signing pledges because it puts them at a tremendous disadvantage in seeking our support when there are strong candidates who have pledged to us and our supporters to take very specific and important actions as president.

We are far past the point where we will simply rely on generalities and broad statements from a candidate; we need to know with specificity what actions they will take as president. As President Reagan once said, we must 'trust, but verify.' Accordingly, we urge these candidates to reassess their stance and sign NOM's pledge. If your favorite candidate has not yet signed our pledge, please contact them and urge them to do so.

We are entering a critical period now that the presidential cycle has begun. The first debate has already occurred with another set for next month. In just five months, voters in Iowa will cast the first ballots to select a nominee. It is imperative that the Republican nominee be a strong marriage champion.

We are counting on you to help us educate the American people about which candidates are true marriage champions and which ones are mere pretenders. Working together, we can ensure that the next president is someone who not only appreciates the critical importance true marriage means for society and children, but will take specific action to advance it.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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It Won't Stop - Unless You & I Speak Out



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Anyone who thought the June 26 decision by the Supreme Court was about as bad as it could get was sadly mistaken. In fact, in the seven weeks since then it has become clear that the activists responsible for convincing the Court to illegitimately redefine marriage have set their sights on another foundational American value — religious liberty — something we all hold sacred.

You see these same-sex 'marriage' activists have adopted what is essentially a totalitarian regime — they want every American to be forced to accept gay 'marriage' and are prepared to invoke the full power of the federal government to force everyone to accept the sham ruling the Court handed down.

Do you object to being involved with a same-sex 'marriage' because of religious convictions? If the same-sex 'marriage' advocates get their way, you could have a lawsuit brought against you threatening your livelihood unless you conform.

Does your faith teach you to love the sinner but not the sin? Then many SSM advocates consider you to be a bigot who should be prevented from holding a governmental job, getting a grant, operating a tax-exempt ministry or engaging in any number of other activities.

Bottom line: If the advocates of redefining marriage get their wish, religious freedom will become extinct in America.

At the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) we are rallying the American people to say "No!" to the new marriage totalitarians. And Americans are responding to our cause in record numbers.

Need proof? Pat Caddell, a Democratic pollster, conducted a national survey that found that there is overwhelming support in our nation for key provisions of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Backed by NOM, FADA is critical legislation to protect our rights as Americans.

>>> Help us get FADA passed in Washington D.C.

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Here's what Americans are really saying about the demands that everyone go along with the sham US Supreme Court ruling:

  • 82% of Americans believe that a wedding photographer who has deeply-held religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex "marriage" should be able to decline to photograph the ceremony.
  • More than two in three Americans are opposed to forcing an individual or business to participate in something like a same-sex "marriage" ceremony against their wishes.
  • Seven in ten Americans believe that both protecting gay couples from discrimination and protecting religious liberty can happen simultaneously.

And Congress is listening! Already we have commitments from 183 members of Congress to support FADA. That's more than forty percent of the entire Congress!

This makes our work even more urgent! We must have a majority in both the House and the Senate for FADA to become law. And then, we have to make sure the same kind of legislation is passed by each State so our religious freedoms are protected at every level of government.

FADA is about protecting our very basic rights as Americans —freedom of speech, freedom of the press, our right to peaceably assemble, our right to complain against the Government without fear of punishment —as well as our right to exercise our religious beliefs. Nobody should be forced to give up their God-given constitutional rights because they believe in the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

I am not willing to sacrifice those rights. Are you?

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After Labor Day, Congress will return from their recess. We must make sure that FADA is front and center —and that we have the support to get this passed into law. Passage of the First Amendment Defense Act is absolutely crucial.

Despite the overwhelming support of Americans to protect the religious liberty of people who believe in traditional marriage, I have no doubt that the Obama administration will fight to keep FADA from becoming the law of our land. They have made their agenda clear: any person or any institution (like a church or religious organization) that opposes same-sex "marriage" could potentially be targeted for punishment. They've already signaled that "it's going to be an issue" for faith-based groups and charities to keep their tax-exempt status unless they fully embrace same-sex 'marriage.'

Any way you look at that, it is clear that the approach adopted by the gay 'marriage' totalitarians and likely to be pursued by officials in the Obama administration it is NOT religious liberty! And that is why NOM is so committed to standing firm!

Please stand with us to fight for your freedom to recognize marriage, as it has always existed — one man and one woman — without fear of governmental reprisal or punishment. Please DONATE NOW so NOM can fight to ensure our freedoms are secure for the next generation!

To be perfectly clear . . .

  • FADA will stop the government from targeting marriage supporters and it will protect our right to freely exercise our religious faith.
  • Support in Congress for FADA is strong. But we must gain even more support to see this become law.
  • The opposition to FADA is determined to kill this legislation. Their goal is to use the power of the current Administration to force us all to submit to their agenda.

Together —you and NOM —can make sure FADA becomes law.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 in the next two weeks. Why? This is what we must have to launch a massive campaign when Congress returns from its recess. We need gifts of $25, $50, $75, $100 —or whatever is possible —from every supporter of traditional marriage in America!


Give today and your gift will be matched $1 to $1 thanks to some generous supporters who realize that we are in a fight that we must absolutely win.

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Please give generously. What's at stake? Our religious freedoms!

Personally, I refuse to stand by silently while a loud, aggressive mob demands that my First Amendment rights are taken away. I will keep fighting for my rights — and for yours — as long as there is one person still standing with me.

Are you committed to this fight as I am? If so, please stand with NOM and thousands of your fellow Americans to show your support and give today!

Thank you. We count on you —and I am personally grateful to know you are with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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When you give $50 today, it will add $100 to our battle fund. It you can give as much as $75, that doubles to $150. And when you stretch and give $100, it is immediately worth $200 in our battle for religious liberty! Please give as generously as you can. Thank you for caring so much about America and our rights as Americans.


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