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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.

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama Organizes Rally in Support of Chief Justice Roy Moore

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama has announced a rally event supporting Chief Justice Roy Moore.  Their press release follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact: Tom Ford
Phone Number: (334)220-2319 

MEDIA ADVISORY

KAYLA MOORE, STATE SENATOR DICK BREWBAKER AMONG SPEAKERS TO ADDRESS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF CHIEF JUSTICE MOORE AT THE HEFLIN-TORBERT JUDICIAL BUILDINGSATURDAY

MONTGOMERY, AL (May 19, 2016) –

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama announced Thursday that Kayla Moore (wife of Chief Justice Roy Moore and President of the Foundation for Moral Law) and State Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) will be among the speakers to address supporters of Chief Justice Roy Moore at a statewide rally on Saturday.

Friends of Chief Justice Moore, conservative organizations across the state, and churches who support the Chief Justice’s stand for God, for marriage, and for the Constitution will rally at the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building in Montgomery on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 from 11:00am – 12:00 noon. 

Rally organizers expect elected officials and pastors to publicly stand with Chief Justice Roy Moore recognizing that even as he stands for God’s truth, for marriage, and for the law, he has done nothing to deserve charges or suspension from his position. They also demand that the politically-motivated and unfounded charges be dismissed on the first day of any trial.

For more information visit www.iStandWithJudgeMoore.com, Facebook: Sanctity of Marriage Alabama, or call(334) 220-2319.

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Sanctity of Marriage Alabama is a grassroots organization that has mobilized thousands of Alabama citizens to stand with God’s Word and the law of the land for marriage between one man and one woman.

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Trump’s Ignorance of Key Issues An Ongoing Problem

For most of his career, Donald Trump has been a businessman and a reality TV entertainer, not a political aspirant who is expected to have a grasp of key public issues. Now that he’s running for president, Trump is trying to get educated, but he’s relying on the source he knows best - “the shows” - for his information rather than doing the hard work of actually learning what’s involved in public policy. trumpSadly, Trump’s ignorance of key issues is an ongoing problem.  Yesterday on the Today Show, Trump said that North Carolina had made a mistake in passing legislation to prohibit the adoption of “bathroom bills” that allow biologic males to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls based on a claim of “gender identity.” Trump said the state should just have left things the way it was because “there has been so little trouble.” He went on to say that Caitlin Jenner would be welcome to use whatever bathroom he wishes in Trump Tower.

There’s a big problem with Trump’s understanding of the issues in North Carolina, or in many public policy battles, especially social issues. You see, the left and LGBT extremists are never content to “leave things as it was.” They are constantly at work trying to force their extreme agenda on America.

That’s what happened in North Carolina when they got the Charlotte City Council to pass an ordinance over the objection of the state’s residents that allow men to use showers, locker rooms and bathrooms reserved for girls and women. The legislation that Trump commented on was in response to this affront to common sense and decency, not some proactive effort on the part of state offices to make life difficult for people who are transgender.

bathroomTrump doesn’t understand the complexities of this issue because “the shows” that he relies on for information never educate people about the true issues – they simply shout “discrimination” whenever something occurs in the public square that LGBT groups oppose.

It’s our obligation to call Trump out, and any other candidate who fails to grasp the complexities of important issues like this, with the hope that should he ever be elected, he will become a far more informed president than he has so far demonstrated as a candidate.

Meese and Anderson in WaPo on Marriage Laws: "The people and their elected representatives should be making these decisions"

In the Washington Post opinion pages, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese  III and his Heritage colleague Ryan Anderson have penned an important piece highlighting some too-little reported legal opinions from federal court judges that make the case for leaving determinations about marriage policy to the states and the democratic process.

The two scholars write:

Meese and Anderson Marriage LawsThis month, in a widely celebrated opinion written by Judge Richard Posner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit declared that it had “no reason to think [the governments of Indiana and Wisconsin] have a ‘reasonable basis’ for forbidding same-sex marriage.”

This is remarkable. According to this court, the millions of citizens who passed marriage amendments in more than 30 states were all bigots acting on no reasonable basis when they supported marriage as the union of a man and woman — just as President Obama, Vice President Biden, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and most members of Congress all did when these laws were passed.

While generating less fanfare, the day before Posner’s opinion was released, U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman upheld Louisiana’s marriage law — a constitutional amendment passed by 78 percent of the voters. Two federal appellate judges — Paul V. Niemeyer of the 4th Circuit and Paul J. Kelly Jr. of the 10th Circuit — issued strong dissenting opinions this summer on why state laws defining marriage as a male-female union are constitutional. As these marriage cases make their way to the Supreme Court, very likely during the term about to begin, the justices should heed the reasoning of these judges.

Read the rest of this excellent article today, and share it with your friends!

Check Out Our New Website!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Today I'll be brief and to the point: I am happy to announce, new for the new year, that NOM's website has gotten a makeover!

We've been working hard at rolling out this redesign, and I hope that this new site will enable NOM to serve you and all our constituents better in 2014 and in all the marriage battles ahead.

Of course, as with everything NOM does, this has been only made possible through your generosity and financial support. From the bottom of my heart, I give you my thanks.

Due you your generosity, NOM met our fundraising goal to close 2013 and completed our million dollar matching campaign! It came right down to the wire, but your generous giving enabled us to raise the $1 million just in time and to have the full amount matched by our generous donor's pledge! So now — all thanks to you! — NOM heads into this critical year with $2 million that will help us give marriage the defense it needs and deserves!

In addition to checking out the new NationForMarriage.org sometime today, here are two other things you can do for marriage in America:

First, if you haven't done so already, please sign our new petition to the U.S. Congress calling for marriage to be protected through an amendment to the Constitution. (If you want to read more about this new initiative, click here.)

This petition is vitally important and opportune. We've seen, from the stunning decision by the Supreme Court this week to reinstate Utah's marriage amendment, that the question of marriage is still very much up for grabs! So we need to capitalize on this newfound momentum and urge Congress today to protect marriage once and for all with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution!

Second, if you live in Indiana, or if you have friends and family that do, please make sure you or they visit this important action notice, and take the steps to contact the Indiana legislature today. We're urging them to pass the proposed marriage amendment there and put it on the ballot for the state's voters in November!

Again, I cannot express how grateful I am for you and all of NOM's great supporters: you really are the best!

God bless you for all you do to stand up and fight for marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

National Organization for Marriage Commends US Supreme Court for Staying Utah Federal Judge's Ruling Redefining Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today commended the US Supreme Court for staying the decision of Utah federal judge Robert Shelby which invalidated the state's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The stay will prevent further same-sex 'marriages' from being performed and allows the higher courts to consider Utah's appeal of the ruling in a deliberate and thorough fashion.

"It was outrageous that this brazen judge appointed by President Obama would substitute his views for the sovereign decision made by both the Utah Legislature and the people of the state, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion."

Judge Shelby, appointed to the bench by President Obama, issued his decision late on a Friday afternoon during the holidays, and refused to stay it to allow the state to appeal the ruling. Shelby justified his decision in part by speculating that a majority of the US Supreme Court would agree to redefine marriage, something they specifically declined to do in 2013 when they considered two cases before them on the issue. Instead, the majority in the Supreme Court ruled that states do in fact have the power to define marriage, a finding that Shelby twisted to justify his rewriting Utah's marriage laws.

"The actions of this activist judge are an affront to the rule of law and the sovereign rights of the people of Utah to define marriage," Brown said. "Shelby has attempted to twist what the Supreme Court ruled in the Windsor decision - that states have the right to define marriage - and turn it into the exact opposite conclusion. It's gratifying that the US Supreme Court has decided to stop this nonsense and allow the state of Utah the time to reverse it on appeal."

Brown noted that no matter how this case is decided, it highlights the need to preserve marriage in the US Constitution. "Everyone in America should be concerned to see how easily activist judges can cavalierly toss out the will of overwhelming majorities of legislators and voters alike. It's becoming increasingly clear that the people of America need to reclaim their sovereignty and amend the US Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

National Organization for Marriage Decries “In Your Face” Gay ‘Marriage’ Event at Rose Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


“The decision to allow two gay couples to ‘marry’ on a float during the Rose Parade denigrates this once family-friendly event.” — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

“Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome once famously said of gay ‘marriage,’ ‘This door’s wide open now; it’s going to happen whether you like it or not.’

“Unfortunately, his words have proven to be all too true. The decision to allow two gay couples to ‘marry’ on a float during the Rose Parade denigrates this once family-friendly event. It’s another ‘in your face’ example that should serve as a teachable moment for the American people. Once marriage is redefined to make it genderless, this perverse construct of ‘marriage’ is forced on everyone. Just as unsuspecting children watching the Rose Parade will be exposed to the spectacle of men ‘marrying’ men with the attendant public hugging and kissing, so too will American children be told in school that marriage as the union of one man and one woman is bigoted and discriminatory. Those who think that the ongoing marriage debate doesn’t affect them should rethink their position. Once marriage is redefined to make it genderless, it’s going to be foisted on every American no matter the historic truth of marriage. The record is replete with examples of people who have been punished for refusing to support genderless marriage. At least with the Rose Parade, parents watching on television are forewarned and can simply change the channel – although families who long ago made plans to travel to the event will have to either abandon their plans or be forced to endure this political spectacle. We urge Americans to demand that their political leaders change the legal channel to make sure true marriage is protected and preserved.”

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

Hope: Virtue of the Victorious, NOM Marriage News

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've been reflecting on the virtue of Hope this Christmas Season, often referred to as a "season of hope" — especially as I was reading, hearing and watching some of the news in the days leading up to the celebration of Our Lord's birth. It was less than hopeful.

Of course, the days surrounding the historical birth of Christ probably didn't look hopeful to the people living at that time. Then, as now, required looking at things a bit differently: looking at the events of this world with the clarity provided by the eyes of Faith.

We had a recent and powerful manifestation of Faith and Hope in the case of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. The reaction of his fans and supporters, not to mention his family, to the way Phil and his Faith was viciously targeted by the homosexual lobby were beacons of Hope.

The outpouring of support for Phil has been stupendous, and signatures to our petition for A&E to apologize and reinstate Phil continue to pour in — currently at more than 60,000!

If you haven't yet signed our petition, please do so today... and share this message with your family and friends.

Hope Must Be Shared

Hope necessarily drew the Wise Men from the East to glorify the newly born Savior... but the people of Bethlehem didn't see that — they only saw the vindictive and brutal retaliation of King Herod.

You and I are often very much like those poor townsfolk, who see only the brutality without seeing the underlying magnificence of God's blessings.

These days, to watch the news you might wonder if there's any decency or morality left in America. But you and I both know that's because the news presents a distorted and unbalanced picture of things.

We've seen first-hand these past couple weeks that an enormous but too-often silent majority of Americans still stand for the same values and beliefs you and I hold so dear. And when they finally speak up, their voice is so loud that even the biased media must take notice.

But what about those other stories that came out several days before Christmas? Where is the hope to be found in them?

In Utah, of course, last Friday an activist judge — appointed to the federal bench by President Obama — brazenly and unilaterally struck down the state's constitutional amendment defending marriage. Then on Tuesday of this week, compounding the problem, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied the state of Utah's request for an injunction against that ruling.

The state had asked for such an injunction until Utah has its day in court to defend the perfectly constitutional and common-sense law that the District Judge Robert Shelby had absurdly ruled against.

But the leaders of Utah remain resolute... and this is our signal of hope. The Governor and other public officials have condemned the district judge's ruling that creates a constitutional crisis and overrides the will of both Utah's citizens and legislature.

We're encouraging Governor Gary Herbert to continue standing strong, thanking him for his critical leadership and asking that he continue doing all he can to defend marriage from this latest attack by a federal judge. Please sign the letter of support and encouragement to Governor Herbert today, and share this second message of Hope with your friends and family as well.

Utah wasn't the last place we got bad news from over the past few days. Just days before Christmas, in Ohio, another federal judge named Timothy Black issued a narrow ruling on Ohio's law defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

While the narrow ruling only immediately applied to situations involving the listing of a spouse on a death certificate and orders state officials to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses for that purpose, it still undermines Ohio's marriage law in a dangerous and irresponsible way. Particularly egregious is the reasoning outlined in the written decision from Judge Black which is far from narrow and completely misreads and manipulates the Supreme Court's decision on DOMA last summer which affirmed the right of states to determine their own marriage laws.

So what about this other case of 'vetoing the voters' from the bench? Where can we possibly look there to find another message of Hope this Christmas season?

Well, that brings me back to what I said at the outset: sometimes finding Hope requires looking with eyes of Faith.

The Hope I hold onto in the case of Ohio is the same Hope I have for our whole country and indeed our whole world. It is, in fact, the very Hope of Christmas itself. And that's the true and profound message of Hope I want to share today.

I was struck by the narrative of Christmas in the Gospel this year by one phrase, in fact one word: "... suddenly there was a great multitude of the heavenly host, glorifying God." Suddenly.

Those shepherds weren't even expecting one angel: can you imagine their surprise when a host of them appeared?

But even that pales in comparison with the surprise of the Babe in the manger itself: when suddenly, with the miraculous birth of Jesus, "the light shone in the darkness," like a bolt of lightning when He entered our world.

The point is... it has happened before. Hope can come suddenly in the most unlooked for and unlikely event. It has happened in the great events of history, but we've all known it to happen in our own lives at various times. Christmas reminds us of this: that hope springs eternal.

So, there's a message of Hope this Christmas. It's a paradox, really. We see and recognize darkness: but we see it, through eyes of Faith, as a place where light might suddenly shine. May we do everything in our power to help, and never to hinder, that light.

Merry Christmas!

Faithfully, and hopefully,

Brian S. Brown

P.S.: I mentioned in closing that there's a part we have to play in bringing His light to the darkness. With that in mind, here is something you can do to help us extend this hope to everyone in America: make a generous, year-end gift of any amount, knowing that your donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by a generous supporter.

National Organization for Marriage Condemns Ohio Court Ruling Ignoring State's Definition of Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Though seemingly confined to how Ohio's death certificates treat so-called same-sex 'marriages' performed elsewhere, the ruling is utterly unlawful and violates the sovereignty of the people of Ohio. We call on the state to appeal the ruling of this activist judge." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned a federal court ruling in Ohio that purports to force the state to list same-sex couples as 'married' on state death certificates in violation of the state constitution that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a provision overwhelmingly adopted by voters in 2004.

"Though seemingly confined to how Ohio's death certificates treat so-called same-sex 'marriages' performed elsewhere, the ruling is utterly unlawful and violates the sovereignty of the people of Ohio. We call on the state to appeal the ruling of this activist judge," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president.

NOM particularly condemned the statement by Judge Timothy Black that it is the responsibility of judges like him to implement the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Windsor vs. United States case that struck down one section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Black was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama, who supports redefining marriage.

"In the DOMA case, the US Supreme Court specifically ruled that it is the right of the states to define marriage," Brown said. "This activist judge is grossly twisting the Court's ruling in the DOMA case in order to justify a ruling that is completely at odds with the law. In the process, he has issued an open invitation for gay marriage activists to bring a wider lawsuit to redefine marriage entirely. This cannot be allowed to stand."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

National Organization for Marriage Calls on Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to Issue Emergency Stay Halting Utah Same-sex Marriage Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"It is patently wrong and unjust that the people of Utah should lose their right to define marriage because of the ruling of a single Obama appointee to the federal bench. We call on the Tenth Circuit to grant an immediate stay." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an immediate stay of the decision issued late Friday by circuit Judge Robert Shelby invalidating Utah's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, adopted by nearly two-thirds of state voters, and imposing same-sex marriage on the state. This morning Shelby, an appointee of President Obama, denied the state's request to stay his decision.

"It is patently wrong and unjust that the people of Utah should lose their right to define marriage because of the ruling of a single Obama appointee to the federal bench," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president. "This decision provokes a constitutional crisis. Not only is it unlawful, it roils the body politic and does great damage to the people's confidence in the judicial system itself as a lone federal judge attempts to usurp the sovereignty of the state. We call on the Tenth Circuit to grant an immediate stay so that our higher courts can carefully and thoughtfully consider the profoundly important issues raised by this case."

Judge Shelby justified his decision issued late on Friday in part by speculating that a majority of the US Supreme Court would agree to redefine marriage, something they specifically declined to do in 2013 when they considered two cases before them on the issue. Instead, the majority in the Supreme Court ruled that states do in fact have the power to define marriage.

"It's outrageous that this judge is ignoring what the US Supreme Court has actually ruled, and instead speculates that they will eventually agree with him that marriage should be redefined to make it genderless and reorient it away from the interests of children and instead make it about providing official recognition of adult sexual relationships," Brown said. "This judicial activism must be stopped."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

National Organization for Marriage Condemns Ruling by Utah Judge Redefining Marriage and Overriding the Will of the People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"This ruling should concern every American who cares about the rights of citizens and their involvement in determining the laws that govern us. This trend of vetoing the voters from the bench must be stopped." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned the December 20th decision by a federal district court judge in Utah which overruled the state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Justice Robert Shelby wrote in his decision that even though the majority opinion in the Windsor case overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act specifically stated that it was up to the states to define marriage, he believes the Court will find in the future that marriage between one man and one woman is unconstitutional, and thus Shelby invalidated Utah's amendment in anticipation of such a future ruling.

"This ruling is a travesty of justice," said Brian Brown, NOM President. "The voters of Utah made their will in this matter perfectly clear less than 10 years ago when adopting an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This ruling should concern every American who cares about the rights of citizens and their involvement in determining the laws that govern us. This trend of vetoing the voters from the bench must be stopped."

NOM commended Utah's Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet for his decision to immediately seek an emergency stay of the decision to facilitate an orderly appeal of the case to the higher courts. Such a move is essential because, according to news reports, immediately following the issuance of Shelby's ruling, clerks in Salt Lake County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the county District Attorney stated that there was no reason to wait to do so.

"We appreciate Attorney General Tarbet's swift action in seeking a stay of this decision and his commitment to appeal the ruling to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals," Brown said. "The rush to issue same-sex ‘marriage' licenses in Salt Lake County before the ink is even dry on Judge Shelby's decision is unseemly and an insult to the people. This is one of the most important issues facing the state and country. The constitution of the United States is not changed because a single judge says it should be. This critical matter needs to be considered by the higher courts immediately."

Brown said that the decision is further evidence that it is time to amend the US Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. "The decision today is remarkable because the judge claims that it's the purview of the state to define marriage, yet he has invalidated their definition of marriage, one overwhelmingly adopted by both the state Legislature and the people of Utah. Everyone in America should be concerned to see how easily activist judges can cavalierly toss out the will of overwhelming majorities of legislators and voters alike. It's becoming increasingly clear that the people of America need to reclaim their sovereignty and amend the US Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

Duck and Cover? NOM Marriage News

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

During the height of the Cold War, the watchword was vigilance. Civil Defense was everyone's responsibility, and the key was to remain vigilant. The specter of nuclear war haunted every facet of life. In schools and workplaces nationwide, drills were held to practice for the event everyone hoped would never happen. Sirens would go off, and children and businessmen alike would crawl under their desks and assume the posture they were told would protect them: duck and cover. It was a culture of vigilance, but also (troublingly) largely a culture of fear as well.

Today, in America, marriage is under attack. The attacks seem to be coming from everywhere. There's definitely a need for the pro-marriage majority, especially people of faith, to remain vigilant. But emphatically this must never mean duck and cover. We can't cower under our desks and live in fear: we need to stand up, boldly, and rally together to face down the attacks. We mustn't be duck and coverers: we must be duck commanders.

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I'm alluding, of course, to Phil Robertson. The "Duck Commander" patriarch of the hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty made such an impact in the news this week I know that I don't need to bother recapping.

And hopefully by now you've already signed, and have shared with your family and friends, our petition of support for Phil demanding an apology and his reinstatement from the executives over at A&E. If you haven't already taken action, please do so right away! We need to stand up for Phil's right to express his religious beliefs without being threatened and intimidated or even punished.

It is ludicrous, in America in 2013, that Christians and other people of faith should feel the need to "duck and cover" when it comes to expressing their beliefs, which are protected by the very first clauses of the very first amendment to our Constitution! Of course, that same amendment, in addition to protecting our free exercise of religion, also guarantees us the right of free speech.

That's what our petition in support of Phil is all about. It's not so much about the content of what he said or how he said it, but about his right to say it in the free public square.

Of course, there is an irony to GLAAD raising the war cry, ringing the air raid sirens, in reaction to Phil's words in his G.Q. interview. His words had a certain color some may find offensive, sure. They expressed values and beliefs with which people are free to disagree, absolutely. But for GLAAD, of all groups, to demand for A&E to punish him for these words manifests an irony that would almost be funny if it wasn't so offensive.

The same organization, GLAAD, has awarded and celebrated the gay blogger, Joe Jervis (of the famous gay blog, Joe.My.G*d). Apart from the blasphemous and offensive title of his blog, Jervis makes a living saying hateful things about Christians and others who disagree with his views, and saying them often in a pretty crude and crass manner.

Of course, Jervis is nothing in comparison with Dan Savage, whom we all know well for his hate-filled rants about Christianity (such as his statement that the Bible is "bulls**t"). And guess what? GLAAD has been just as cozy with Savage in the past as well!

It's a bit hypocritical, don't you think? An organization which, far from censuring, celebrates gay activists who say the most vile things about Christians and all people of faith, turning around and demanding swift and severe punishment against a Christian man simply for paraphrasing a verse of the Bible and expressing beliefs shared by literally billions of people worldwide!

Of course, GLAAD as an organization awards "journalists" (I use the term loosely) like Jervis and Savage who manifest GLAAD's methods of bullying and intimidation. GLAAD, like its ally HRC, doesn't want a debate on marriage. They don't want to argue on the merits — maybe they know they'll lose? They simply want to intimidate Christians into cowering under their desks, ducking and covering and hoping they won't feel the wrath of the truly intolerant same-sex marriage lobby.

But Phil Robertson won't consent to duck and cover. He won't hide under the desk. He's standing up to GLAAD and to the bullies they ally with and celebrate. And we're standing with him.

And it's good timing, too. Because the sirens are ringing again.

New Kids on the Bloc

This week, in New Mexico, the State Supreme Court ruled that the state's laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman are unconstitutional.

In fact, the radical activists judges on the bench there brought down this decision while the whole social media world was on fire with the story of Phil Robertson and the attacks on his (and, implicitly, on all of our) first amendment rights.

Again, you can't help but note some irony in it all. Here's a court reading a figment into the constitution on the very same day on which our country witnesses one of the most public and sensational attacks on the plain words of the constitution we've seen in a long time.

Of course, this judicial bench has sympathies with the bullying bloc of same-sex marriage radicals, and this isn't the first time the New Mexico Supreme Court has given evidence of those sympathies.

In the case of Elane Photography (which I mentioned in last week's newsletter), this was the same court that opined...

[T]here is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life. In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.

I said the sirens were ringing again, and this is what I meant. It's that recurring sound that you know you've heard before and sends a quick chill down your spine, making you shudder. I'll admit, that tone — the tone of intolerance, discrimination, bigotry — which rings in these words can be enough to make you want to duck and cover and hope somehow it just all goes away.

It's the same tone we've seen from the liberal journalists and media, and gay activists on Twitter and Facebook, in responding to Phil Robertson: "Sure, he's allowed to have his opinion. But not in public. Not out in the open. Behind the closed doors of his church, of around his family dinner table (but only after the credits roll, of course)."

In short, it's the message to Christians, people of faith, and everyone who believes in the simple truth about men's and women's complimentary nature as designed by God for their union in marriage: Duck and cover. Go get under your desk. Stay quiet. Or pay the price. The "price of citizenship."

Well, we're not ducking. We're standing up and drowning out this hateful message with an outpouring of support for Phil and for one another. We're letting them hear us, loud and clear — as clear as a duck call rings across a marsh through the fog of a Fall morning.

Stand strong, everyone, in this latest assault. Stand. For marriage, for our first amendment rights, for Phil, and for future generations who will not be consigned to hide under their desks.

Keep calm and carry on.

Sincerely,

Brian S. Brown

P.S.: Please don't forget to sign the petition of support for Phil today! And then, share with all your family and friends. Click here to download a flyer you can share at work or in school, at your place of worship, during a study group or club meeting, or simply hang around town. Let's let the Robertsons and the executives at A&E know that the majority of Americans stand with Phil!

National Organization for Marriage Condemns Activist Court Ruling Redefining Marriage in New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Once again activist judges have thrown out the historic legal understanding of marriage in New Mexico." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — Reacting to today's ruling of the New Mexico Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional current state marriage laws limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman, the National Organization for Marriage (http://www.nationformarriage.org) (NOM) released a statement condemning the ruling and calling for a federal law to prevent further radical attacks on marriage nationwide.

"Today's opinion by the New Mexico Supreme Court is disappointing but not surprising. These are the same justices that demanded in an earlier ruling that Christians be the ones to compromise and deny their faith, in the case of Elane Photography. Once again, activists judges have thrown out the historic legal understanding of marriage in New Mexico," stated Brian Brown, NOM president. "This is a continuation of a very dangerous rush towards silencing people of faith who simply believe marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. The National Organization for Marriage will do everything in its power to protect believers of true marriage in New Mexico and around the nation from the fallout of radical judges who deny the truth of marriage."

Brown said that the decision underscores the need for Congress to pass a federal Marriage Protection Amendment. He said that without such an enactment, activist judges around the nation will continue to act unilaterally to redefine marriage, and Brown warned of threats to religious freedom and other first amendment rights which he said always follows in the wake of such decisions.

A federal Marriage Protection Amendment has been proposed by Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, and enjoys support from NOM and many other allied organizations.

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National Organization for Marriage Launches Nationwide Petition To Protest A&E's Suspension of Phil Robertson From Duck Dynasty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"It's truly outrageous and shocking that the A&E Networks succumbed to bullying by homosexual groups, and legitimized it, by suspending Phil Robertson from his own show. This simply cannot be allowed to stand." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today launched a nationwide petition aimed at forcing the A&E Networks to reinstate Phil Robertson to the Duck Dynasty show, and to apologize to him and all people of faith for their incredibly poor decision to suspend him.

"What Phil Robertson has done is express the traditional Christian view of homosexuality — decry the sin but love the sinner. It's what every major Christian leader including Jesus Christ himself has taught us," said Brian Brown. "But the teaching of Christianity be damned in the eyes of the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and their allies. They will brook no objection, tolerate no dissent and accept no disagreement when it comes to their orthodoxy. It's truly outrageous and shocking that the A&E Networks succumbed to bullying by homosexual groups, and legitimized it, by suspending Phil Robertson from his own show. This simply cannot be allowed to stand," said Brian Brown president of NOM.

NOM's petition allows people to contact A&E Networks to demand that Robertson be immediately reinstated. The petition was emailed to 500,000 supporters. It says, "A&E's executives may not believe in the bible, and that is your right. But you have no right to silence the millions of Christians like Phil Robertson who uphold the word of God. You have succumbed to the demands of bullies like the HRC and GLAAD, which is disgraceful for an entity whose very existence depends on the free exchange of ideas."

"This episode sparked by the bigotry of the HRC and GLAAD is a powerful teachable moment for the American people, as they witness on a grand scale the utter intolerance of groups demanding same-sex marriage," said Brian Brown. "They have gone after people of faith all across this country who desire nothing more than to live their faith in the public square. Now they are going after Phil Robertson. If they get away with silencing Phil, nobody is safe from their abject bullying. I hope that the justices of the US Supreme Court are paying attention to what is occurring."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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Sign Our Petition to Stand with Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The gay lobby bullies are at it again. This time they've attacked one of the most popular Christians in America — Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty's Robertson family. They are calling him "vile" and say he is pushing "extreme stereotypes" and "lies." The grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and their Hollywood ally GLAAD have demanded that Phil be punished and, incredibly, Wednesday night A&E succumbed to the gay bullies and suspended Phil Robertson!

What is this man guilty of that would spur such "outrage" and result in him being banned by A&E?

Phil Robertson told GQ magazine he believes that homosexuality is a sin. He says engaging in homosexuality is sinful. He says that "everything is blurred on what's right and wrong...sin becomes fine." He told the magazine (in colorful language) that he doesn't understand why a man would engage in homosexual sex when the beauty of a woman is available. And he also said that he doesn't judge anyone (that is the job of Almighty God, he says), that he loves all people, and that, "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."

Well guess what — homosexuality IS a sin in the bible, and virtually every other sacred text out there. Engaging in homosexual sex IS considered by God to be sinful according to the teachings of most religions. And sin is NOT logical. Sin is deceitful, harmful and degrading to the human soul.

What Phil Robertson has done is express the traditional Christian view of homosexuality — decry the sin but love the sinner. It's what every major Christian leader including Jesus Christ himself has taught us.

But Christianity, and every other major religion, be damned in the eyes of the HRC, GLAAD and their allies. They will brook no objection, tolerate no dissent and accept no disagreement when it comes to their orthodoxy. In their twisted worldview, anyone who dares to speak the truth about homosexuality must be punished and effectively banished from civil society.

They are brutal bullies, plain and simple.

We're not going to take the bullying of Phil Robertson and every other person of faith quietly. Will you join with us and immediately sign our petition demanding that Phil be reinstated with an apology from A&E?

It's important that we get thousands of people to sign our petition to let A&E, Hollywood, GLAAD and the HRC know they aren't going to get away with bullying Phil Robertson simply for expressing a true, Christian perspective on what the bible tells us is sinful.

None of us hate homosexuals. We have gays and lesbians as members of our own families and communities, and we love them as God has told us we should love all people. We're all created in the image and likeness of God. But loving our brothers and sisters does not mean we must love sinful behavior.

It's truly outrageous and shocking that the A&E Networks succumbed to this bullying, and legitimized it, by suspending Phil Robertson from his own show. This simply cannot be allowed to stand. It's imperative that we push back — strongly and immediately — with a show of support for Phil Robertson.

Please sign our petition right away and forward it to every person you know.

Phil's life is itself a testimony to the truth of Christianity. He said yesterday that, "I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

Phil's heartfelt testimony to his conversion and what it means to him to preach biblical teaching is an experience to which so many Americans, and many more all across the planet, can relate on a very deep level.

Do we want to live in a country where we cannot express something we believe so sincerely and feel so strongly without fear of reprisals, bullying, and intimidation? Do we want to let groups like HRC that spew hateful rhetoric and incite bigotry towards Christians dictate what is and is not acceptable to say in the public square in America? What kind of America will that mean for our children? And, more immediately, what would that mean for the future of marriage in America?

This is a major moment in the cultural battle over the truth of marriage, and whether America will tolerate an ongoing debate about same-sex unions. If the HRC and GLAAD are able to silence Phil Robertson, nobody's safe from their abject bullying.

Please, act today and sign our petition demanding that A&E reinstate Phil Robertson. It's imperative that the country's "pro-Phil" reaction be swift and immediate. Don't let this petition sit for even an hour. Sign it right away, and forward it to every person you can.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown