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Making the Rounds: Bishops Endorse the March for Marriage

Thanks to Aleteia for their recent article promoting our upcoming March for MarriageIn the article, Aleteia provides some quotes from a letter written by two leading bishops to their fellow American bishops:

USCCB-LogoThis year, the March for Marriage is getting a specific endorsement from two leading Catholic bishops.

Bishop Richard Malone and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, respectively, have invited Catholics to take part in the march on April 25.

Writing to the U.S. bishops, the two bishops said, “The March will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children. It complements well the bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. The March is an important witness to a movement dedicated to building a culture of marriage and the family, and it serves to remind all people that a Supreme Court ruling will not decide the issue of marriage any more than Roe decided the issue of abortion. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this March.”

Thank you to everyone for supporting our annual march, as well as to Aleteia for helping to spread the word!

USCCB Promotes the March for Marriage

Bishop Richard Malone, Archbishop of San Francisco, is encouraging all bishops and the faithful to attend the March for Marriage on April 25, 2015!

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Catholic Bishops Encourage Faithful to March for Marriage

Thanks to Marriage: Unique for a Reason for promoting the 2015 March for Marriage!

BishopBishop Malone and Archbishop Cordileone have once again invited and encouraged the Bishops and the faithful to take part in the March for Marriage on April 25, 2015, three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of states’ preserving the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Writing to the U.S. bishops, these two Chairmen wrote, “The March will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children. It complements well the bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (www.usccb.org/pray). The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. The March is an important witness to a movement dedicated to building a culture of marriage and the family, and it serves to remind all people that a Supreme Court ruling will not decide the issue of marriage any more than Roe decided the issue of abortion. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this March.”

Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 March for Marriage!

"This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it." - G.K. Chesterton

2015 March for Marriage

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Noon ET

Where: Union Square, South of Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC

 

Who: Marriage defenders, champions, and leaders from across the nation join together to defend marriage, family, and American liberties!

Why: To defend marriage as the unique union between 1 man and 1 woman; to protect the family as the building block of society; to ensure that our children will have a future where basic American rights and liberties are honored, preserved, and protected.

Stayed tuned for more information to come!

I Stand Sunday

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Christians across America are joining I Stand Sunday this weekend, November 2, 2014, as speakers from across the nation gather at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas to focus on the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring.

We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city's Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication.

Watch the free, live simulcast above beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday (program duration is approx. 90 minutes), or the rebroadcast at 8:10PM CT/9:10 p.m. ET.

Remember to stand for religious freedom online as well by using the hashtag #IStandSunday.

SPECIAL EVENT: Stand for Houston Pastors

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The right of churches to speak the truth freely is under threat in Houston.

Five pastors and churches in have had their internal church communications subpoenaed by Mayor Annise Parker. This is part of an intimidation campaign that comes amidst a lawsuit brought by citizens against the city of Houston after a petition from residents was basically thrown out by the city administration.

But none of these pastors or churches are even a party to the lawsuit! This action is simply an attempt to intimidate anyone who has dared to question the city's terrible gender-neutral "bathroom bill" — the ordinance against which the voters signed the petition.

The bottom line, though, is that the government has no business monitoring sermons or prying into the private communications between a pastor and his congregation! The Constitution secures the freedom of the church to proclaim the truth. We can't sit idly by and allow intimidation like this to stand.

That's why The National Organization for Marriage is proud to be a partner in a special nationwide simulcast event, live from Houston:

The event will stream live from Grace Community Church in Houston—one of the affected churches—and will focus on what's happening in that city, as well as other threats to religious freedom around the country. Our aim will be to show how Christians nationwide can stand together in love and unity for America's First Freedom of religious liberty.

Please bring this to the attention of the your church leadership, and encourage them to have your church join with us and churches across the country as we focus on this issue that is crucial to the freedom of the church. If your church is unable to join, there's also a home viewing option, where you can watch with your small group.

Speakers will include:

  • David & Jason Benham, Co-founders, Benham Companies

  • Hernan Castano, Pastor, Iglesia Rios de Aceite — Houston

  • Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention

  • Magda Hermida, Founder, Magda Hermida Ministries

  • Gov. Mike Huckabee, Host of Fox News' Huckabee, former Gov. Arkansas

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

  • Pastor Steve Riggle, Founding Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Houston

  • Alan Robertson, Star of Duck Dynasty

  • Phil Robertson, The Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty

  • Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America

  • Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio

  • Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston

Time is short, but the issue is crucial. The affected pastors and churches in Houston need believers from across the nation standing with them in solidarity for the right to freely proclaim the truth of Scripture. Visit IStandSunday.com to find out how you can be a part of this bold moment of witness to the truth and this historic stance for our most cherished liberties.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown

PHOTOS: 'Standing for the American Family' Whistle Stop Tour of Iowa

NOM is proud to be on-site with FRC Action's Faith Family Freedom Fund, The Family Leader, and everyday marriage champions in Iowa today! The "Standing for the American Family" whistle stop bus tour (Oct. 13-16) encourages value voters of Iowa to get out and make their voices heard.

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Iowans: join us to hear from local and national conservative leaders about the importance of marriage and the impact our votes will have in November. Check out the full schedule here.

UPDATE 10/17/14 1:37pm: The tour continues into Nebraska today!

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UPDATE 10/18/14 10:32am: Crowds gather at Summit Church in Wichita, Kansas:

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WATCH LIVE: Values Voter Summit 2014

The Values Voter Summit is just days away! The annual Summit—which provides a forum to inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong—will be held from Sept. 26-28 in Washington D.C.

If you're not able to attend, you can watch the live feed all weekend right from your home or office.

Friday, Sept. 26 Live Feed:

Saturday, Sept. 27 Live Feed:

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Celebrate National Marriage Week - February 7 - 14

Once again, National Marriage Week (February 7-14) is fast approaching!

National Marriage Week 2014Chuck Stetson's "Let's Strengthen Marriage" in the past few years has initiated a national campaign to encourage many diverse groups to launch individual and simultaneous efforts, as well as some collaborative, in order to raise the issue of marriage and its defense to the national agenda.

National Marriage Week is:

a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children. Together we can make more impact than working alone. Please join with others to host special events, launch a marriage class or home group, or place local advertising or news stories during National Marriage Week USA.

You can see a listing of events all across the country leading up to National Marriage Week here.

Planning to Watch the State of the Union Tonight? Watch with NOM!

If you're planning on watching the State of the Union address tonight, you should know that we at NOM will be keeping a close eye on what the President has to say, and we'll be on Twitter (@NOMupdate) to cover any mentions of the President's radical agenda relating to marriage. If you're like us, and are sick and tired of the President stumping for a small but noisy (and well-funded) lobby of activists, then you might want to keep an eye on @NOMupdate on Twitter tonight.

twitter.com/NOMUpdateWhat does a mention in the State of the Union really mean? POLITICO's Jennifer Epstein explains:

[M]any D.C. insiders aren’t listening for soaring narratives. They’re just hoping for Obama to make even the briefest mention of their pet project.

A State of the Union plug is the ultimate currency for government agencies, congressional allies and advocacy groups eager for an edge. Even a few words about an issue in the president’s biggest speech of the year can mean the difference between funding a new program and budget cutbacks, or between getting a bill through Congress and watching it die on the vine [emphasis added].

So it is worth paying attention to whether certain lobby's wishes will be met with a nod as a select pet project of the Commander-in-Chief:

Gay rights groups would like to hear Obama announce that he will sign an executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors or, at the very least, signal that he will more aggressively push Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

(If you're unfamiliar with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and why it is bad law, we have written on the subject before.)

It is worth keeping an eye out, then, for how the State of the Union will highlight President Obama's radical agenda to redefine marriage and try to put a little wind into the sails of those who share his progressive vision for a genderless  distortion of the meaning of the family.

But you should also keep an eye on the #SOTU hashtag and on the @NOMupdate Twitter feed for our live commentary!

Get Married at the Grammys - but Do the Grammys Get Marriage?

GrammysIn what even Slate is calling a "bizarre" spectacle, last night the Grammys featured a group 'wedding' involving 30-some couples, heterosexual and homosexual alike, officiated by Queen Latifah.

According to a New York Times ArtsBeat article before the show aired, "the producers behind the program... [were] hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night [would] be a much more solemn event." It is perhaps nonetheless rather telling that the broadcast of the wedding didn't occur until after 11 PM, perhaps the producers hedging their bets on that show-stopping solemnity. It also perhaps strains the meaning of the word "solemn" too much to assign it as a modifier to an event involving Madonna in a cowboy hat.


But apart from this spectacle which, at least to some folks' sensibilities, might be taken as an unseemly trivialization of the gravity of marriage, those of us who missed the Grammys missed out on another testament to the nuptial mystery - or, at least, that's what Alyssa Rosenberg at the utlra-liberal ThinkProgress alleges.

beyonce and jayzIn her piece, Rosenberg is responding to a charge in New York Times by Ross Douthat that "liberalism itself has undercut the two-parent family — through the liberal-dominated culture industry’s permissive, reductive attitudes toward sex."

Rosenberg rejects this charge, holding up as evidence for her contrary position - wait for it - the Grammy performance of Beyonce and Jay-Z doing a song called "Drunk in Love."

It is a song which Rosenberg herself calls "raunchy, fun and even silly" [emphasis added]. In the performance, Beyonce was adorned (according to The Hollywood Reporter) in "Saint Laurent black tights, custom bra, La Perla collar body and Nichole de Carle body suit, complete with wavy wet hair" and performed while "expertly twirling in a chair."

Rosenberg concludes of the performance, "If marriage is a product that conservatives desperately want to sell, the smartest thing they could do right now is to hire Beyoncé and Jay-Z as a product spokescouple."

But as we won't be quoting any of the raunchy song's lyrics nor linking to video of the performance, it must suffice to say that we politely decline Rosenberg's suggestion.

For our part, we think that neither of the 'performances' last night are an ideal starting place for a proper understanding of marriage.

Pro-Marriage Rally Planned at Utah State Capitol

Check it out!

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Click here to read a news piece on the planned rally.

If you live in Utah, I hope to see you there! If not, please share this with your pro-marriage family and friends in Utah so that we can have a strong showing and demonstrate in a resounding way that Utah stands for marriage!

 

Marriage as a Social Justice Issue

If you live in or around Washington, DC you may want to plan to visit Georgetown University this evening for what is sure to be a fantastic lecture by NOM friend and What is Marriage? co-author Ryan T. Anderson. The title of the lecture is "Marriage as a Social Justice Issue."

Here is the description from the event page:

Ryan AndersonWhat is marriage? Why does marriage matter? What would be the consequences of redefining marriage? These are just some of the questions Ryan T. Anderson will address in his lecture on Marriage as a Social Justice Issue.  Anderson is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of the book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, cited by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito twice in his dissenting opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. Anderson makes a secular case for marriage without appeals to theology, revelation or morality.

The lecture will be in McCarthy Hall in the McShain Large  Conference Room (37th and O St. N.W.) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.

RSVP on Facebook event page here.

Flock to the Capitol

“If same-sex “marriage” becomes the law in Illinois, the ramifications for our children will be disastrous.  We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines.” Illinois Family Institute

Even while NOM battles on the national stage with the IRS, the battle to protect marriage in Illinois continues on.  Our friends at the Illinois Family Institute are calling all marriage champions from all over Illinois to “Flock to the Capitol” on October 23rd for the Defend Marriage Lobby Day.

Defend Marriage Lobby DayCHILDREN will be taught implicitly and explicitly that mothers and fathers are interchangeable and that mothers or fathers are expendable…

CHILDREN need, deserve, and have a right to both a mother and a father. Social science research consistently demonstrates that children with both a mother and father fare better than do motherless or fatherless children. Mothers and fathers bring critical and different components to child-rearing. Purposely placing children in fatherless or motherless homes is tragic and will have negative consequences for future generations. Most societal ills can be traced to the breakdown of the natural family. Redefining family and marriage to include two people of the same sex will only further weaken marriage, family, and ultimately society.

They’ve even produced a 2-minute video for you to show in your church promoting this important day.

They're also helping to arrange buses to Springfield from across the region.  We encourage you to take the time on October 23rd to stand for marriage in Springfield, Illinois.

"The IRS Needs to Pay" - NOM to File Suit Today

At The Washington Times, Stephen Dinan reports that "The National Organization for Marriage will sue the IRS on Thursday, saying it has evidence that someone within the agency leaked the organization’s private donor list to its political enemies in 2012 but that nobody has been held responsible" [emphasis added].

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Dinan spoke to attorney Cleta Mitchell of ActRight Legal Foundation which is handling NOM's case. She said:

Somebody did this deliberately and it was planned, and we need to know who it was. The IRS needs to pay. Ultimately, the IRS is responsible for the damages.

Dinan also quotes NOM's chairman, Dr. John Eastman, explaining how the fact that the leaked documents had internal IRS markings on that that had been hidden makes for a compelling case:

It suggests to me that this thing was deliberate and at high levels — head of the division, a political appointee, somebody. And darn it, we’re going to find out who did it, and we’re going to wrap it up with a bow and send it over to the Justice Department and keep the pressure on.

You can read Dinan's entire piece here.


And don't forget that you can hear John Eastman and Cleta Mitchell both speaking today at The Heritage Foundation as part of their ongoing series, Preserve the Constitution.

The event will be live-streamed from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT, and you can sign up for an email reminder here.

Oh, and the topic of the event? "Political Speech and the IRS: Protecting the First Amendment." Surely, this one is not to be missed!