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Free Kim Davis



Dear Marriage Supporter,

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

This judicial tyranny must end now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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


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Declining Marriage Rates Hurt the Poor Hardest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The War on Marriage Is Against Everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Busy Week As Marriage Champions Emerge



Dear Marriage Supporter,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Trump Proving He's No Conservative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Amendment Defense Act Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important New Book Coming on Monday

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

Please Act Today to Support NOM

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

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

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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

 

Dear Marriage Supporter,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing will change unless you and I speak out and stand firm! Our work depends on you! Make your gift now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faithfully,

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

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

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

Writing for Aleteia, Denise O'Leary responds:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Aleteia for more.

The Double Standard of "Equality"

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

Photo Credit: Chris Potter/Flickr

Photo Credit: Chris Potter/Flickr

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

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

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

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

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

See The Federalist for more.

Marriage Champions Emerge From Presidential Field



Dear Marriage Supporter,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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



Dear Marriage Supporter,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protect our First Amendment Rights! DONATE NOW and help get FADA passed!

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

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

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

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

To be perfectly clear . . .

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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


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Why Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Never Live Up To The Real Thing

Two authors have penned an article at The Federalist pointing out several key reasons “why marriage deserves special attention from government – and its redefinition does not”:

ThinkstockPhotos-783213991. The Species Only Survives Because Of Heterosexual Relationships
Marriage produces more taxpayers. By providing a social stamp of approval and public policies friendly to marriage, government is encouraging the survival of the human species and the creation of more tax dollars in the environment that—study after study has found—is best for children.

2. Children Benefit From Marriage—Not Same Sex Marriage
[C]ontrary to popular reports, people raised by same-sex couples are not as well developed as those raised by married parents. Comprehensive research published earlier this year by Catholic University of America researcher Dr. Paul Sullins found that ‘emotional problems were over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents.’

3. Marriage Is Physically Healthy; Same Sex Marriage Is Not
In 2011, a survey of 90 studies found that single men die eight to 17 years earlier than married males. Life spans for single women decrease by seven to 15 years compared with their married counterparts.

Conversely, a number of studies have found lower life expectancies for same-sex sexual couples. While the invention of anti-retroviral drugs has narrowed the gap, anal sex between men has led to this small segment of society making up at least two-thirds of all HIV/AIDS cases in America.

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Taxpayers have a right to not be held financially accountable for poor life decisions with predictable consequences.

4. Society Is Empowered By Marriage And Weakened By Its Redefinition
[T]he families that come from marriage create communities that empower each other. Bonds are formed, friends are made. As has been seen in Europe, Canada, and a number of U.S. states, however, redefining marriage brings persecution, reduction in liberties of speech and religion, and threatens the very fabric of equal treatment under the law.

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The burden of proof to expand the government’s definition to “earn social approval, tax benefits, etc.,” of marriage is on same-sex couples. Like anyone who wants to receive a degree or a certificate, same-sex couples must make the case that they add benefits equal to those of marriage.

Alas, based upon the available science, the many benefits of marriage are not transferrable to its redefinition for same-sex couples.

Many people who advocate redefining marriage act as if it is a political institution, something that can be changed to suit changing societal whims. But marriage has intrinsic meaning – it is the union of one man and one woman – and it witnesses eternal truths: that men and women are complimentary, naturally made for each other, that only the union of men and women can create new life, and that children thrive when they receive the love of both their mother and their father.

See The Federalist for more.

Heartbreak, Lessons, and Encouragement Emerge from Religious Liberty Rally

Last week, in Des Moines, Iowa, a group of people persecuted because of their beliefs about marriage gathered for a religious liberty rally organized by Sen. Ted Cruz. Of those present, many spoke publicly about the hardships they face, as well as their faith in God. The Daily Signal reports on the event:

Iowa couple Dick and Betty Odgaard, who are Mennonite, told  how they were forced to close their business, the Gortz Haus – a wedding venue located in an historic church.

The wedding venue also served as an art gallery, flower shop, and restaurant. After declining a gay couple’s request to use their venue for their wedding in 2013, the couple became the target for attacks.

Asked why they didn’t host the same-sex wedding, Betty said, “We could not celebrate a sin.”

The Odgaards were fined $5,000 last year. In July, the couple closed the doors on the business.

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Those speaking on a panel at the event included former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman.

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Iowa-based radio host Steve Deace moderated the discussion.

All of the panelists shared their stories of heartbreaks, lessons, and encouragement.

“I was never in a court,” said Aaron Klein, who has been fined $135K after not baking a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The Klein family owns Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

“Before all of this happened, I had a very large lack of trust in my God. I hate to admit that, but I did," Melissa Klein said. "And through this and through standing for him, I have learned to trust him so much.”

This week the Klein family baked 10 cakes to send to LGBTQ groups to show love for these individuals, even though the Kleins do not support gay marriage.

“I would just encourage you all,” Melissa continued, “stand for God and be strong because He can move in your life like you have never seen Him move before.”

The US Supreme Court has made a grave mistake in imposing same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation. Until we are able to take the steps necessary to reverse this illegitimate decision, it is imperative that there be no more victims of persecution or punishment of people simply for standing up for the truth of marriage. We call on Congress and the states to pass the First Amendment Defense Act prohibiting government from discriminating against people who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

See The Daily Signal for more.

Cheating Marriage: A Tragedy in Three Acts

NOM Chairman John Eastman, one of our nation’s most distinguished constitutional law scholars, has watched the marriage litigation of the last several years unfold from a front row seat. Dr. Eastman is a former US Supreme Court clerk, former Dean and current Professor of Law at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University and Founding Director of the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. He knows how the legal system is supposed to perform, which is why it has been so disheartening and disillusioning to see how it was manipulated by the left to advance the cause of redefining marriage.

Dr. Eastman has written a brilliant article, Cheating Marriage: A Tragedy in Three Acts, which documents the unbelievable collusion between elected officials, litigants and judges in the cases that invalidated Proposition 8 in California and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which served as the foundation to redefine marriage for the entire nation. The article has recently been published in the Ave Maria Law Review, and is also available for download on SSRN.

We encourage all NOM supporters to download and read this articulate, carefully researched and highly enlightened article. Below is a small abstract from SSRN:

ThinkstockPhotos-87160932In his dissenting opinion in United States v. Windsor, Justice Scalia accused the Court of “cheating,” because it decided an issue that properly belonged to the voters. But the cheating that went on in the case, and the parallel case involving Proposition 8 in California, was also of the vintage variety. This article tells the largely untold story about the many machinations by elected officials and judges to produce the end result in favor of same-sex marriage, from conflicts of interest, to collusion by nominally “opposing” counsel, and finally to an aggressive refusal by high-ranking government lawyers (including one who would then cast the deciding vote in the case) to defend laws for which there were perfectly reasonable defenses well-rooted in then-existing precedent.

Do You Believe that Christian Military Chaplains are Unfit to Serve, Cowardly and Losers?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Of course you don't think that! Every decent American realizes that military chaplains are heroes who devote themselves to service to both God and country.

Yet some radical activists who champion support for gay 'marriage' in the military have demanded that military chaplains who stand up for traditional marriage be dismissed from military service, told by the government to "get the hell out of the military chaplaincy" and calling them "human reprobates" and "intolerant filth."

And to think that these people once had the gall to claim that redefining marriage would never impact anyone else!

These radical activists have been emboldened by the US Supreme Court's ruling redefining marriage in all 50 states, and on every military installation as well, and they are determined to strip the military of any vestige of faith-based belief in marriage.

This is another example why passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is so critically important. Without it, these activists will be able to pressure the Obama Administration to drum out of military service anyone who does not support their radical agenda of redefining marriage.

You can stop this assault on religious freedom and traditional morality by helping NOM pass FADA, urgently-needed legislation to protect individuals, small businesses, religious groups, military chaplains and others from persecution and harassment simply for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Please give a generous contribution to NOM of $25, $50, $75 or $100 or more so that we have the resources needed to fight against these radical activists on behalf of all Americans, including our military chaplains, who believe in the truth of marriage.

NOM is the only organization in the country that is entirely dedicated to advocating the truth of marriage and to protecting those individuals and institutions that sustain it. We have a five point plan in place to contain the damage of the US Supreme Court decision redefining marriage and to pursue a path that will lead to the reversal of this illegitimate ruling.

Passage of FADA is absolutely critical. Without it, people like military chaplains will be at risk of losing their livelihood, being put out of business, having their ministry revoked and threatened with everything the federal government can muster to force them to abandon their deeply held views on marriage.

What are we doing to pass FADA? For one thing, we are leading the effort to get thousands of people to show up at congressional forums to campaign for FADA. We are in the midst of a critical period when lawmakers are back home during a Congressional Recess, meeting with constituents to discuss priorities. Many have already held town hall meetings and NOM has been able to encourage thousands of marriage supporters to attend these events to ask for support for the First Amendment Defense Act.

There may still be an opportunity for you to speak personally with your federal representative. Here is a full list of remaining town hall opportunities that we have identified. If your representative is on this list, please attend the event and ask that he or she support the First Amendment Defense Act.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO 4)
Aug. 26, 2015 Format: In-person
Sedalia Iran Town Hall — Sedalia, Missouri

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX 32)
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Richardson Town Hall — Richardson, Texas

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX 6)
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Ferris Town Hall — Ferris , Texas
Aug. 26, 2015 Format: In-person
Arlington Town Hall — Arlington, Texas
Sept. 3, 2015 Format: In-person
Ennis Town Hall — Ennis, Texas

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4)
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Coarsegold Town Hall — Coarsegold, California
Aug. 26, 2015 Format: In-person
Ione Town Hall — Ione, California
Sept. 2, 2015 Format: In-person
Truckee Town Hall — Truckee, California

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

Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA 12)
Aug. 24, 2015 Format: In-person
Coffee with Keith — Beaver — Beaver, Pennsylvania
Aug. 24, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Ellwood City — Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Coffee with Keith — Ebensburg — Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
Aug. 27, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug. 28, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug. 29, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Aliquippa — Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Rep. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN 6)
Aug. 27, 2015 Format: In-person
Coffee with Your Congressman — Washington County — Forest Lake, Minnesota


Whether you can attend one of these important town halls or not, I hope that you will stand with NOM to fight for the rights of people who support true marriage, and make a contribution of $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 or even $250 or more.

In the past we've written to you about all those in the wedding industry who have been targeted for punishment because they refused to go along with the idea that marriage can be redefined. Bakers, florists, inn keepers, facility operators, printers and others have all been threatened with massive fines and other punitive measures because they will not violate their faith to participate in something they cannot support.

But those who are vulnerable go far beyond the wedding industry. Religious groups and charities have had to close ministries rather than compromise their beliefs. In countries that have had longer experience with same-sex 'marriage,' pastors and priests have been arrested and threatened with jail time for preaching what the bible teaches about sexuality and marriage. Here in the US, Christian colleges have already been put on notice that they could lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to accept gay 'marriage.' Certainly military chaplains and anyone directly employed by the federal government is at grave risk.

NOM is fighting for each and every American who believes that marriage should exist as God designed it — the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a beautiful and immensely worthwhile institution, one that should be preserved not redefined.

Our five-point plan will put us on a path to contain the damage that's been done by the Supreme Court, and then begin the arduous process of reversing their illegitmate decision.

Donate and Defend Marriage

We don't have billionaires and the elite on our side. We depend on you for support. Fortunately, some of our best supporters have agreed to match anything you give, dollar for dollar (up to a total match of $250,000) for the balance of the month. That means that your gift will be doubled — if you give $50, NOM will receive $100.

As a grassroots organization, the summer is always a difficult time for us because many of our supporters are enjoying vacation with their families and I confess that finances can get tight. This year we have the added urgency of dealing with the fallout of the US Supreme Court's lawless decision to impose a radical view of marriage on the nation.

That's why I hope you will step up with a financial contribution of whatever you can afford — $25, $50, $75, $100 or even $250 or more — which will be doubled thanks to some of our best supporters who will match anything donated to NOM through the end of the month (up to a total of $250,000).

But whether you can make a donation or not, it is critical that you contact your federal representatives now to urge them to support the First Amendment Defense Act. We have an incredible opportunity to push this urgently-needed legislation forward and we need every one of our supporters to ask their member of Congress to support the legislation.

Thank you for all you are doing to support marriage. Working together, we can protect Americans from being punished for standing for the truth, and begin to restore marriage to our national laws.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Don't let Christian colleges, military chaplains, religious adoption agencies and so many other organizations be punished for standing up for the truth of marriage. Please work to pass the First Amendment Defense Act by contacting your federal representatives, and consider making a gift of whatever you can afford to NOM so that we can continue to push this legislation forward.


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