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Four Days Left - Will you be at the March for Marriage this Saturday?

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The 2016 March for Marriage is just four days away. Will you be able to join us in Washington, DC on Saturday for this critical event? Please go to our special website at www.marriagemarch.org to find all the details and to RSVP. By letting us know that you plan to attend, not only will we have a better idea of how many will be joining us, but we will be able to stay in touch with you to share any last minute updates. So please RSVP today.

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This year's March for Marriage is the first since the US Supreme Court illegitimately redefined marriage last year, tossing aside both legal precedent and the votes of fifty million Americans and countless legislators in order to impose their own values on the nation. Not only will we protest that illegitimate and anti-constitutional decision, but we'll protest the efforts of President Obama to redefine gender as he pushes the gender ideology of LGBT extremists. And we will call on Congress to enact critical legal protections for Americans who continue to believe in the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

NOM has an aggressive plan to fight back against the Supreme Court's profoundly unjust and unprincipled decision, and we look forward to leading a group of committed supporters at this year's March for Marriage.

Please make every effort to join us this Saturday in Washington, DC. Go to www.marriagemarch.org to get all the details you need about the March, and to register to attend.

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Whether you can attend the March or not, please also consider making a financial contribution to help defray the costs of the event. We are still over $6,000 short of what we need to pay all the bills for security, staging, sound, promotion, etc. If you have already given to help cover the March expenses, thank you! But if not, I am asking you to make an immediate financial contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more to help us cover our budget shortfall. If God has blessed you with generous financial resources, please consider making a contribution of $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000. But whatever amount you decide is right given your circumstances, please act today.

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Finally, please keep all of us in prayer as we work feverishly on all the many elements of planning the 2016 March for Marriage. It's a tough job, but we know that we're engaged in a righteous cause that puts us on the right side of history – and eternity! Knowing that you are praying for us is a great blessing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Please forward this email to all your friends and contacts, including those on social media, and ask them to attend the March for Marriage this Saturday and make a financial contribution to ensure its success. Thank you.

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Happy Father's Day Weekend!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

There is an old story about a father and his sons roughhousing in the front yard with a football, tearing up the turf in their careless play. Then the boys' mother came out on the front porch and yelled at the father that they were destroying the beautifully manicured lawn. He looked up from his position on the ground after having been tackled by his sons, and responded with a shrug, "We're not growing grass here; we're growing boys."

On this Father's Day weekend, as we at NOM continue to work hard in preparation for the 4th annual March for Marriage — now just a week away — I think that little story serves as an important reminder for all of us of the essential reasons why we're marching on June 25th.

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One thing it reminds us is that Moms and Dads each bring their own unique and important contributions to the lives of their children and to the enterprise of parenting. On this weekend we think particularly about the role of fathers in kids' lives and in society — a role that is special and irreplaceable and of unspeakable value. To acknowledge this in no way disparages the role of mothers, least of all those mothers who must heroically endeavor to raise children on their own. But we know that even the very best Mom is not a Dad; and that the opposite is true as well. Incredibly, though, we live in an age when this common-sense observation, of a truth we all know directly from our experience, has somehow become controversial to proclaim. Evidently, it flies in the face of "political correctness" and "triggers" those who willfully choose to maintain a hypersensitivity to reality.

The story reminds us that boys and girls are different, too. Amazingly, this has perhaps become an even more controversial thing to say than observing that mothers and fathers are different! It is a sad irony that often the very people who deny any difference between girls and boys then turn around and wonder why young men and women don't know how to behave toward one another in ways that are upright and honorable. Pundits on the news shows this weekend will sit at round tables and scratch their heads and wonder why we have a "problem" in our society respecting fatherhood: why are there so many absentee Dads, so many Dads who run out on their obligations, who mistreat their wives or children? The simple answer — though I don't imagine many of them will discover it, despite all their efforts — is that those fathers never learned to be good men. But how will we fix that problem for future generations if we insist on drilling into the minds of our youth now that there's nothing special about being a boy, just as there is about being a girl; about being a man or being a woman; about being a father or being a mother? We're marching in our nation's Capital in a week's time because we know how dangerous it is to treat gender as a mere chosen "identity," something interchangeable or indefinite. We're marching because we know good men and fathers don't just grow like the grass: they're raised — ideally by their own fathers who love them well.

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The final thing that the little story about the dad and his boys messing up the lawn reminds us all, and perhaps the most important, is that we aren't waging this fight because of animus or hatred, bigotry or ideology. We're fighting to protect and preserve the things we love most dearly. We're marching in Washington, D.C. next weekend not because we deny anyone's dignity or harbor ill-will toward anyone: we're marching for our faith, for our families, and for our freedoms. The writer G.K. Chesterton once said that the true soldier fights not because he hates that which is in front of him, but because he loves that which is behind him. As a father myself, I know that one of the basic tests of how to be a good Dad is to try to pass on to your own kids a better world than the one you received. We're marching in Washington not just for marriage and families in general: we're marching for our own marriages and for our own families. I hope that, if you haven't already committed to do so, you will come and join us.

May you and your family have a very happy Father's Day weekend, and I hope you will share this message with your family and friends and encourage them to join us next weekend as we march for the truth of marriage and the truth about men and women, which includes the truth that fatherhood is a special and sacred thing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Help Us Raise the Remaining $12,500 to Fund the March for Marriage



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, the 2016 March for Marriage is scheduled for just 9 days from now and we are working around the clock to get ready for the big event. We're finalizing the staging and sound systems, pushing hard with promotion, working to confirm speakers, putting the finishing touches on security plans and taking reservations from across the country. We expect hundreds of people to join us in DC on Saturday, June 25th for this important March.

But there is one major element of preparation that needs immediate attention — we have a $12,500 shortfall that must be eliminated for the March to be completed on budget. Just a week ago we had a $25,000 shortfall, and with the help of many supporters have cut that in half. But unless we can raise the remaining $12,500 before June 25th, we run the risk of ending up in debt and having to cut other critical programs.

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I am asking you to make an immediate financial contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more to help us cover our budget shortfall. If God has blessed you with generous financial resources, please consider making a contribution of $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000. But whatever amount you decide is right given your circumstances, please act today.

We will be releasing a preliminary list of speakers next week. I know that you will be inspired and pumped up to hear from leaders of the marriage movement, and to join with them in marching to the US Supreme Court to protest the illegitimate redefining of marriage in our nation's laws. We're also protesting President Obama's illegal and outrageous attempt to redefine gender. And we're marching to demand that Congress enact laws to protect supporters of marriage from discrimination and persecution by the government.

I hope you will be able to come to Washington to join with us on June 25th. All the details for the March are available here. Please let us know if you will be attending so that we have an idea about how many people to expect.



2016 March for Marriage
Washington, DC
Saturday, June 25th
11:30am until 2:00pm

All the details are available at the March for Marriage website.

Join Us at the March for Marriage




But even if you can't personally attend the March this year, you can still be a champion for marriage by making an urgently-needed financial contribution. Please give whatever you can — whether that be $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 or more. Your contribution is tax deductible, and will be put to immediate use to help ensure that this year's critical March is a success.

If you have already made a financial contribution to support the March for Marriage, thank you! If not, please act today. And don't forget to use the share and email buttons below to let all your friends and contacts know about the March for Marriage and explain how they can support us as well.

Thank you!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Support HR 5053 to Stop IRS Abuses



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Important legislation inspired by the illegal leak of NOM's confidential donor information to our chief political opponent by the IRS is making its way through Congress. It has passed the House of Representatives and now is moving to the Senate. HR 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act authored by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), would prohibit the IRS from collecting individual donor information from nonprofit entities, including NOM. We urge you to contact your federal Senators urging them to support this critical legislation. You can find information on how to contact the Senate here.

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In March 2012, NOM's confidential tax return and donor information was published by our main political rival, the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC had been unsuccessfully seeking NOM's confidential donor information for years, but that information is not public. NOM conducted a high-level investigation and determined that the confidential donor information published by the HRC was leaked by the IRS itself. At the time of the illegal action by IRS officials, the head of the HRC was serving as a national co-chairman of President Obama's reelection campaign. The IRS denied that they leaked the information — going so far as to claim that NOM must have given the HRC our confidential tax information and list of top donors — but after NOM filed a federal lawsuit, the tax agency was forced to admit wrongdoing and paid NOM $50,000 in damages.

HR 5053 would stop future abuses of this sort by prohibiting the IRS from gaining access to confidential donor information of individuals who contribute to nonprofit organizations.

March for Marriage Attracting Attendees From Across America

Citizens from across the nation are registering their intent to attend the 2016 March for Marriage on Saturday, June 25th, in Washington, DC. People are coming to the nation's capital to join us from as far away as California. Hundreds have registered to attend, and we urge you to make plans to join us as well.



2016 March for Marriage
Washington, DC
Saturday, June 25th
11:30am until 2:00pm

All the details are available at the March for Marriage website.

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The March for Marriage is a critical event designed to serve as a rallying point to protest the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the US Supreme Court to redefine marriage in the law. We are also marching to protest President Obama's illegal attempts to redefine gender, and risk the privacy and safety of girls and women in the process. And we will use this occasion to demand that Congress pass the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation needed to protect people who support marriage from being persecuted by the government for maintaining these beliefs.

All the information you need about the March for Marriage is available here.

As you know, putting on an event of this magnitude is expensive. We have devoted all our available financial resources to the March, but are still $15,000 short of what we need to pay the bills. Please make an immediate financial contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500 or even $1,000 or more to help us make ends meet.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Only 11 Days To Pull This Off... Please Help!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Friends — The entire NOM staff is working long days getting ready for the 2016 March for Marriage, which is only eleven days away. I'm proud of every one of us for the effort that is being put forth dealing with all the preparations for a major event like this. It will be difficult, but we'll get the job done (with the help of some great volunteers).

I hope that you will do your part by arranging your schedule to attend the March on Saturday, June 25th. We need every supporter of traditional marriage to come to the nation's capital to protest the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court redefining marriage, and to also protest President Obama's outrageous and illegal actions to redefine gender.

2016 March for Marriage

Washington, DC
Saturday, June 25th
11:30am until 2:00pm

All the details about the March are available here.

As hard as we are working to get ready for the March, there's something that we can't do on our own — we can't pay for it. We are still $17,500 short of what we need to raise to cover the costs, and I have to confess that's a big worry.

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If you have already made a special contribution to help with the March, thank you! If not, will you consider making an immediate contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 to help cover the costs of the March for Marriage? If God has blessed you with greater resources, perhaps you could give $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000. Whatever amount is right for you, please act today.

Our model for the March for Marriage is, of course, the March for Life, which has grown over the years to be the largest annual event in Washington, DC. But, it wasn't always this way. The initial few Marches were small as the pro-life community grieved the loss of Roe v Wade and struggled to rebuild. Similarly, many Americans grieve the loss of marriage in the Obergefell decision and they, too, are wondering how to express their grief. Thus, the 2016 March for Marriage is critical to show the majority of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is as God created it — the union of one man and one woman — that resistance is strong and that the marriage movement remains vital.

So I am asking you to make a sacrifice for marriage in two important ways:

  1. Please do everything you can to attend the March for Marriage on Saturday, June 25th. Drive, take the train, or fly to Washington, DC to be with us to serve as a beacon of hope for the tens of millions of Americans whose votes for marriage were stolen by a narrow majority of the Supreme Court, whose decision to redefine marriage in the law defies legal precedent, human nature and sacred commands.
  2. Please make an immediate financial contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 or more to help cover the costs of this critical event.

With less than two weeks left before the critically-important 2016 March for Marriage, we need all hands on deck. I am counting on your help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you've let us know that you plan to attend, and made your own financial contribution toward defraying the cost of the event, please use the email and social media buttons below to let all your friends, family and contacts know about the March and urge them to join you in supporting it. Thank you!


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The March for Marriage Is Fast Approaching – Please Attend



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The 2016 March for Marriage is rapidly approaching and we hope you plan to attend! Set for Saturday, June 25th in DC, we will rally at the US Capitol building beginning at 11:30am and then march to the US Supreme Court. All the details are available at the March for Marriage website.



2016 March for Marriage
Washington, DC
Saturday, June 25th
11:30am until 2:00pm

All the details are available at the March for Marriage website.

Join Us at the March for Marriage



This is the first March for Marriage since the US Supreme Court illegitimately ruled to redefine marriage last June. We're marching to protest that outrageous, anti-constitutional decision that legal scholars have pointed out lacks any foundation in the law or judicial precedence and was essentially invented out of whole cloth by a bare majority of justices on the Court intent on imposing their own values on the nation.

Of course, LGBT activists assured the American people that all they wanted in the "gay marriage" movement was to "marry" the person they love, and there would be no consequences to anyone else if their demands were granted. We knew that was a lie — and we regularly warned the American people of the consequences that would develop — and subsequent events have proven that all Americans are at risk of a redefined marriage law. Countless people have been sued, fired, jailed, forced to pay huge fines, had their businesses closed and reputations ruined simply because they did not want to personally be involved in a gay "wedding." So much for no consequences.

And it didn't take long before the LGBT extremists pivoted to the next item on their agenda to remake morality in America — giving "transgender" people the right to force themselves into bathrooms, showers, locker rooms and changing rooms reserved for the opposite sex. Their chief advocate is President Obama, who is using the full power of the federal government to push this extreme agenda, which risks the privacy and safety of girls and women.

We will march on June 25th to protest this extreme Obama transgender agenda.

And while we are outside of the US Capitol, we'll demand that Congress act to pass critical legal protections to prevent the government from targeting supporters of marriage for persecution. It is not discrimination for someone to uphold their deeply-held faith beliefs about the nature of marriage and the truth that marriage is intrinsically the union of one man and one woman. We call on Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act immediately.

So you can see, this year's March for Marriage is a critical event. We need to assemble as many people as possible so that we can reawaken supporters of marriage who remain disillusioned over the Supreme Court's outrageous and anti-constitutional ruling last year. This year's March is the first step to rebuilding a vibrant movement and we really need all our supporters to attend.

Please go to the March for Marriage website and register for the March. This will help us have an idea of how many supporters we can expect.

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And whether you can attend the March in person or not, there is another critical way that you can help. The cost of organizing an event of this magnitude is quite high, and the bills are mounting fast. We need to raise $25,000 immediately to cover things like staging, sound equipment engineering and rental, security, banners and promotion, etc. Please make a gift of $35, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more. If God has blessed you with financial resources, perhaps you can step up with a gift of $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000.

Whatever you can give, please do so today.

I look forward to hearing back from you. Please do your best to attend this year's critical March for Marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Please use the email and share buttons below to reach out to all your contacts and friends on social media and ask them to attend the 2016 March for Marriage and make a financial contribution to help ensure it is a success. Thank you.


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Help Us Raise $25,000 To Make The March for Marriage A Success



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Hopefully by now you're aware that the 2016 March for Marriage is set for June 25th in Washington, DC. We're calling on all supporters of marriage, religious liberty and the recognition that biology (not "identity") determines gender to make a special effort to join us at this year's March. Please register today.

But I am writing to you today about an urgent problem. I've just reviewed the budget for the March and I have to admit I am concerned. We're $25,000 short of being able to cover the costs for security, staging, sound, promotion and all the other elements that are involved in hosting an event like this.

I don't have any choice but to turn to you and other strong supporters to ask for help. Will you please make an immediate contribution of $35, $50, $75, $100 or even $500 or more? If God has blessed you with financial success, perhaps you can even sacrifice to donate $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000. But whatever you can manage, please make your contribution right away because the bills are mounting rapidly.

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There's just two weeks and two days left before the 2016 March for Marriage happens in our nation's capital. This is an extremely important event, one where we can focus attention on several critical things:

  • Protesting the outrageous, anti-constitutional and illegitimate decision of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage — a decision wholly unsupported by the law — that stripped over 50 million voters across America of their sovereign right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • Protesting the imposition of a dangerous gender ideology by LGBT extremists and President Obama that risks the privacy and safety of girls and women by allowing men who claim a female "gender identity" to force their way into bathrooms, showers, changing areas and locker rooms.
  • And we will march to demand that Congress and our elected representatives pass the First Amendment Defense Act to provide legal protections for supporters of traditional marriage from being persecuted by the government.

LGBT extremists and their allies in Hollywood, Wall Street and the Obama administration wish that we would just go away, stop fighting for the truth of marriage and quit battling against the imposition of their gender-bender ideology. But we have no intention of quitting the fight, and the 2016 March for Marriage will serve notice to them, the Supreme Court and to the Washington elite that the American people stand with us in support of the truth of marriage, religious freedom and the complementarity of the sexes.

But before we can rally Americans behind this righteous cause, we need to deal with the practical realities that we're $25,000 short of being able to pay the expected bills.

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Please act today to make the most generous contribution you can — whether that be $25, $250 or $2,500. Only you know what's possible given your circumstances. All I ask is that you prayerfully consider what sacrificial gift you can manage, and that you act today to make your donation.

Thank you for your support, and I hope to see you in DC at the 2016 March for Marriage on June 25th.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have registered to attend the March for Marriage and made a sacrificial financial contribution to help with the expenses, please use the email and share icons below to ask your friends and family to support the March as well. Thank you.


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Boy Wins Honors In Girls All State Track and Field

From RedState comes a story that couldn't be more absurd nor sadder:

Alaska’s Haines High School senior, Nattaphon Wangyot, is a young man who identifies as female, and competes against the girls of his high school under the allowance of the Alaska School Activities Association.

[...]

Emma Daniels, one of the runners who was denied advancement to the state meet, spoke out about Wangyot. “I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair” [...]

“I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion your gender is what you’re born with,” said Peyton Young, a fellow athlete. “It’s the DNA. Genetically a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.”

Read more here.

 

Sign Up for the 2016 March for Marriage!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The 2016 March for Marriage is ON! We're marching in Washington, DC on Saturday, June 25th, beginning at 11:30am and we need you there! We will gather in the area known as 'Union Square', near the Reflecting Pool on the west side of the Capitol building.

We're asking supporters from all over the country to make a special effort to attend this year's March to protest the US Supreme Court's illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling redefining marriage, to object to the Obama administration's outrageous attempts to impose the gender-bending agenda of LGBT extremists and to call Congress to account to do something about this crisis.



2016 March for Marriage
Washington, DC
Saturday, June 25th
11:30am until 2:00pm

Please use this link to indicate that you plan to attend the March.
And then share it with all your friends and family.

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The Supreme Court's Obergefell ruling redefining marriage will go down as one of the most infamous, illegitimate rulings in the Court's history, along the lines of their decision in Dred Scott to sanction slavery. The majority's hotly-contested 5-4 decision ignored precedent and invented a constitutional "right" to gay ‘marriage' so that these activist judges could impose their own values on the nation. In the process, they stripped over 50 million voters and countless legislators in states across America of their sovereign right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

It didn't take long for the LGBT extremists to push the next element of their outrageous agenda — attempting to defy human nature itself and declare that gender can be self-directed and chosen based on "identity." And when someone chooses to declare an identity different from reality, such as a man claiming to be a woman, then all of society is expected to bow in compliance and succumb to every demand, including allowing men into private facilities like restrooms and showers that are reserved for girls and women.

Please make every effort to oppose the Obama gender agenda by coming to Washington on June 25th to participate in the March for Marriage. Use this link to let us know you are coming.

President Obama acts as if he is a King by declaring that all public schools and other public institutions must immediately accept this new orthodoxy or be declared guilty of discrimination. He threatens them with loss of federal funding, lawsuits and reputational ruin as a "bigot" guilty of "discrimination." The impact on other Americans — frightened girls, for example, when confronted by males in a bathroom — matter not a whit to Obama. Nobody but his allies among the LGBT lobby have any rights. We have none.

Truth be told, his extreme agenda on this issue makes me wonder if Obama actually sees himself as something bigger than a King. It seems to me that only someone who fancies himself a god could have the capacity to think that he could actually redefine humanity itself, decreeing that men can be women if they so choose (and vice versa) and nobody else is supposed to notice, and certainly not complain if they do.

Let's be clear: the ideology that the LGBT extremists are advancing and President Obama is imposing is insane and dangerous. It must be stopped.

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That's why a key objective of this year's March will be to hold Congress to account. We demand that our elected officials in Congress pass the First Amendment Defense Act to provide legal protections for supporters of traditional marriage from being persecuted by the government. We demand that Congress act to rein in and reverse President Obama's illegal "gender identity" decrees.

Please mark June 25th, 11:30am, on your calendar to attend the 2016 March for Marriage, and use this link to let us know you will be joining us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you've let us know that you will be attending the March and using the share buttons below to invite all your friends and family to join you, please consider making an urgently-needed financial contribution to help us cover all the expenses involved in sponsoring a major undertaking such as this. Your donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more will be put immediately to use to help with expenses for permits, security, staging, sound engineering, promotion, etc. Thank you.


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The March For Marriage Is On!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Great news — we've received official word that our permit application for the 2016 March for Marriage has been approved, and we are moving forward! The March is set for Saturday, June 25th, from 11:30am until 2:00pm. Please mark your calendar to attend and spread the word to everyone that you know.

This year's March will protest the outrageous, anti-constitutional and illegitimate decision of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage. This was a decision wholly unsupported by the law and lacking any legal foundation. The majority simply legislated from the bench, imposing their own values on the country. In the process, they stripped over 50 million voters and countless legislators in states across America of their sovereign right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We have a lot to do to get ready for this year's March for Marriage, and we're asking for your help. Your tax deductible contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or $250 or more will help us cover the substantial costs involved in putting on an event like this. We need money for security, promotion, signs, staging, sound engineering, etc. Your financial gift will be put to immediate use to help us prepare for this critical event.

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We are also marching to protest the imposition of a dangerous gender ideology by LGBT extremists and the Obama administration. They want to risk the privacy and safety of girls and women by allowing men who claim a female "gender identity" to force their way into bathrooms, showers, changing areas and locker rooms. These extremists mock God's admonition that He made us male and female, and they want our children and grandchildren to believe that they can simply "choose" their gender. And worse, our children and grandchildren will be taught that there are multiple genders — several dozen, the extremists claim — and anyone who does not accept their bizarre ideology will be guilty of discrimination and open themselves to lawsuits, fines and reputational ruin. They even want to severely punish anyone who does not address a transgender person by their preferred pronoun — which includes some bizarre, nonsensical words like ze and hir — subjecting people to potential fines up to $250,000 in some jurisdictions.

Finally, we will march to demand that Congress and our elected representatives do something to stop the Obama madness and protect us from the Supreme Court's anti-constitutional redefinition of marriage while we work to undo it. In the short run, we demand that Congress pass the First Amendment Defense Act to provide legal protections for supporters of traditional marriage from being persecuted by the government. It's also critical that the next president be committed to appointing strict constitutionalists to the US Supreme Court: judges who will implement the law, not make it up to satisfy politically influential groups like the LGBT lobby.

I realize time is short to pull off a successful 2016 March for Marriage, which is why we need your immediate help. First, please mark your calendar and make every effort to attend this year's March and invite all your friends and family to join you.

Support the March for Marriage Today

And second, please make an immediate financial contribution to help us undertake all the activities that are required to make the March successful. Your tax deductible donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more will go a long way toward organizing a successful March.

The 2016 March for Marriage is a critically important milestone that will send a powerful message to the elite, including those in Congress and on the federal judiciary, that the American people continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that we reject the dangerous gender-bending ideology that has been the inevitable aftermath of redefining marriage. We must focus our elected officials and the American people on reversing these developments, and the March is a tremendous opportunity to do so.

Please do everything you can to make the 2016 March for Marriage a success, including attending, asking your friends and family to attend, and making an urgently-needed financial contribution to help us defray the costs of organizing the March.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have committed to attend the March and made your own crucial financial tax deductible contribution to help us defray the costs of the effort, please use the email and share buttons below to let your family, friends and contacts know about the event and to ask them to support the March as well. Thank you.


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Gutless House Republicans Betray Christians and People of Faith to Impose Obama's Illegal "Transgender Discrimination" Rules



Dear Marriage Supporter,

In the latest betrayal by Republicans who campaign as conservatives but vote with LGBT extremists, 43 GOP members of the House of Representatives have voted to cement Barack Obama's insane transgender "discrimination" policies in law, prohibiting any entity from contracting with the federal government unless they endorse the administration's radical gender-bending agenda.

Let's get this straight: these 43 Republicans have voted to protect the right of men who claim a female "identity" to use the women's restroom and showers, sacrificing the privacy and security of actual women in the process; meanwhile, they still have not scheduled a vote on critical legislation (the First Amendment Defense Act) to protect the right of Christians and other people of faith to uphold the truth of marriage and human sexuality without fear of government persecution!

As far as I am concerned, these 43 Republicans should be taken to the woodshed by their constituents. If this vote is an example of what it means to have Republican control of Congress, what's the point? A Congress led by Nancy Pelosi would have voted the same way — supporting President Obama's illegal order and discriminating against people of faith. But at least Pelosi doesn't pretend that she is a conservative.

You can see a list of the 43 Republicans who betrayed us here. I am mad as I can be about this betrayal, and I want the constituents of each of these gutless Republicans to know what their representative has done. To do so, we're planning an intense, targeted online advertising campaign to educate the constituents of these 43 Republican members of Congress about their representative's vote.

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Will you help us hold these turncoats accountable? Please make an immediate contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more so that we can take our fight directly to the constituents of the 43 who betrayed us. Launching an intensive online ad program like this is expensive, and we are depending on you to step forward to help with a generous financial contribution.

Our friend Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation wrote an excellent piece for the Daily Signal explaining just what these 43 Republicans have done. Because of their vote, they have given legitimacy to President Obama's executive order prohibiting "discrimination" against transgender people, and barring any entity from contracting with the federal government unless they have specific policies in place to prevent "transgender discrimination."

Under the Obama rules, if an entity has a bathroom policy based on the biological reality of gender, they are guilty of discrimination and ineligible to be a federal contractor. If an adoption agency feels a child is best served by having a married mother and father, the agency is guilty of discrimination and cannot be a federal government contractor. A Christian school that does not open its female dorms to a man claiming a female gender identity is guilty of discrimination. Even refusing to use a transgender person's preferred pronoun (some of which are bizarre and nonsensical, such as ze and hir) could subject you to a claim of discrimination! In some jurisdictions like New York, it could also result in a fine of $250,000.

This rule impacts individuals, small businesses, religious groups, and any other potential contractor—in other words, this law would remove the possibility for any person of faith who adheres to a biblical understanding of gender and human sexuality to have a contractual relationship with the federal government.

The 43 Republicans who voted to cement Obama's policies in place need to be held accountable. That is why we are planning this intensive online advertising campaign to reach their constituents. But we need your immediate financial help to do so. Please make a contribution today of $35, $50, $75, $100 or $250 or more so that we can move this effort forward.

In contrast to the weak-kneed Republicans who caved into pressure from LGBT extremists, nearly a dozen states and school districts have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Obama's illegal transgender policies. Led by Texas, these states and school districts rightly point out that Obama does not have the legal authority to redefine "sex" in federal law, and cannot adopt policies that seek to force schools to open their girls' bathrooms to men claiming a female "gender identity."

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We commend Texas and those other states challenging President Obama's transgender rules in our schools, and NOM will be supporting them in court with legal briefs.

Please act today with your most generous gift — $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more — so that we can hold the 43 Republican legislative turncoats accountable, and move forward with legal briefs opposing Obama's illegal transgender rules.

This is a critical battle. Politicians must feel the heat when they betray the values of their constituents and put the privacy and security of girls at risk. We cannot allow Barack Obama to act as if he were a king, imposing his liberal values on anyone having business with the federal government, let alone on students in classrooms, bathrooms, showers and changing areas.

Please give generously so we can hold Obama and the other politicians accountable.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Your gift of $25, $50, or $100 or more will allow us to reach thousands of constituents of the 43 Republicans who voted to impose Obama's transgender policies on Christians and other people of faith, and will help us fight Obama's quest to impose transgender rules generated by LGBT extremists that violate the privacy and security of girls and women in the most intimate of circumstances. Please act today.


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US Bishops Publish New Video on Marriage and Religious Freedom

ZENIT reports:

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has released the next video in the series highlighting the unique meaning of marriage.

Entitled Made for Freedom, the newly released video features experts in various fields as well as personal stories illustrating the importance of marriage to society and the necessity for people to have the freedom to express their beliefs about marriage.

“Made for Freedom is designed to invite discussion about the importance of marriage and religious freedom in our society,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the Subcommittee. “Now that the institution of marriage has been redefined in civil law, it is even more important for all members of the Church to witness to the truth about marriage in the public square. We must have courage and act with conviction, knowing that authentic marriage is a gift to be treasured.”

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The first and second videos in the series are Made for Each Other and Made for Life, and there is a video in Spanish entitled El Matrimonio: hecho para el amor y la vida.

The video is a powerful statement on the state of the marriage debate and the relationship between marriage and religious freedom.

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You can see the new video at the Subcommittee's website.

 

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

President Obama is working overtime to impose the dangerous agenda of LGBT extremists. As you know, he's already demanding that every public school in America comply with an edict opening school bathrooms, showers and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex based on "gender identity." This risks the privacy and safety of girls who could be confronted by biological men in the most intimate of facilities.

Now Obama's Department of Health & Human Services has ruled that doctors, hospitals, insurers and taxpayer-funded health programs must provide hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgeries for "transgender" persons. Our taxes and insurance premiums will pay for this!

NOM is committed to fighting President Obama and to derailing this illegal, dangerous, expensive agenda. We're working to pressure Congress to put an end to this, and will support states, school districts, and parents who are planning to sue the Obama administration. We're also working to educate the public about what is going on, and rally the grassroots to protest.

But we need your help if we are going to be successful. I'm asking you to make a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more so that we have the funds we need to take on the Obama administration in Congress, the courts and the court of public opinion. If you are able to give a higher amount, please prayerfully consider doing so. We need your assistance today.

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Thankfully, Americans across the country are calling out President Obama's illegal, unwarranted redefinition of "sex" to include "gender identity." NOM's chairman, John Eastman, is part of the legal team representing North Carolina in their fight against the administration's attack on their state's laws. Over fifty families in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the US Department of Education's decision to force a local high school to open the girls' showers, bathrooms and locker rooms to a young man who "identifies" as a female. Nearly 100 lawmakers in Pennsylvania sent a strongly-worded letter to the administration expressing their "extreme outrage at the legally spurious" position of President Obama.

NOM is already hard at work to support these efforts, and others, to challenge the illegal actions of President Obama. But we need your help to be successful. Please consider making a financial contribution of whatever you can afford — $15, $25, $100 or even $1,000 — so that we have the funds we need to put into this critical fight.

We are urging the GOP leadership in Congress to immediately convene hearings and vote to block the administration from carrying out their illegal regulations. We cannot allow Congress to sit idly by and watch President Obama impose this dangerous, illegal agenda on our children and grandchildren.

The idea that our tax dollars and the insurance premiums we pay must now go to pay for hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery is insane. People who suffer from gender confusion deserve our compassion and prayers, but they do not deserve our tax dollars and insurance premiums to pay for "treatments" that will harm rather than help them. It flies in the face of common sense and ignores the biologic — and biblical — reality that gender is biologically based and not based on "feelings" and "emotions." We should help gender confused people to love the person God made them to be, not to pursue a false fantasy that taking powerful chemicals or undergoing surgical mutilation will somehow fix the issues they are struggling with.

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Sadly, common sense is not something the Obama Administration understands. They would rather kowtow to LGBT extremists who think they can bully the American people into supporting their dangerous agenda. That's why they, and President Obama, must be challenged at every opportunity — in the courts, through legislation, and at the ballot box.

Many groups have been pushed to the sidelines by ugly threats from gay activists, but NOM has never wavered. We have stood strong and fought hard for the truth of marriage, for religious liberty and to maintain and respect the complementarity of the sexes.

We are counting on you to continue to stand with us during this critical time. Please do so by making the most generous financial gift possible so that we have the resources to be effective. Your contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or $250 or more will be put to immediate use in the fight.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have made your own contribution to support our work opposing President Obama's dangerous "gender identity" agenda, please forward this request to anyone you know who might also support us. We must reach thousands of grassroots Americans to successfully challenge President Obama's illegal and extreme gender regulations.


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Pastor Parent to Public School: Obama's Decree Denies the Reality of Human Nature

Rod Dreher at The American Conservative posts a letter from a Christian Pastor to the Principal and Superintendent of his daughter's public school, which charitably objects to the Obama administration's recent decree on the 'right' of men to use girls' and women's bathrooms and locker room facilities.

Here is a snippet:

The real issue here is that the Obama administration’s decree is at the surface a pragmatic directive regarding the use of bathroom facilities etc., but implicitly and by logical necessity, it is a claim about what is in fact the case (i.e., true) regarding human nature as an essentially fluid and endlessly malleable reality. That is to say, it is a denial of the reality of any such thing as “human nature” beyond the self-determining dictates of the sovereign, autonomous will. It is, in short, philosophy decked out in bureaucratic dress and backed with a closed fist aimed at deviant philosophers such as myself. You need to know this; you need to know that by implementing the decree, you are not just acting to protect the feelings or safety of a minority. [...] Rather, if you implement this decree, you will be enforcing a highly contested philosophical anthropology that is basically 30 years old, a philosophical anthropology that (without exaggeration) every civilization in the history of the human race would regard as sheer folly. You see, the President is making philosophers of you all! Make no mistake: this “policy” decree is fundamentally an issue of truth; it is philosophical.

Read the rest, with Dreher's commentary, over at The American Conservative.

Italian Cardinal: New Civil Unions Law Threatens the Welfare of Families

Via Crux:

VATICAN CITY — In recognizing civil unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples, the Italian government has equated those unions to marriage, said the head of the Italian bishops’ conference.

While some supporters of the new law, which passed the legislature May 11, insisted the law did not recognize gay marriage, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, president of the bishops’ conference, said the differences are only in the vocabulary used and in “easily circumvented legal devices.”

Read more here.