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Pope Stands Strong For Marriage and Religious Liberty

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Wrapping up our coverage of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States, it is clear that he delivered a resounding pro-family, pro-marriage message to the American people. While the mainstream media did all they could to portray the Pope in liberal political terms, focusing their reporting on issues like climate change, as the Pope promised when he arrived in Washington the overall theme of his visit was the importance of upholding the family, including supporting men and women as husband and wife, father and mother.

It was recently revealed that Pope Francis met privately in Washington with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to sacrifice her conscience and authorize same-sex 'marriages' that violate her deeply held religious beliefs. As you know, NOM has helped lead efforts to support Kim during this difficult time, generating substantial public support and even raising money to help her family handle any added expenses they may have incurred. Pope Francis thanked Ms. Davis for her courageous stand and encouraged her to continue to "stay strong" in the face of adversity.

Kim Davis has become a symbol for the millions of Americans who refuse to accept the legitimacy of the US Supreme Court's ruling purporting to redefine marriage. Such a ruling has no constitutional basis and NOM has urged that it be ignored by elected officials just as President Lincoln refused to accept the legitimacy of the infamous Dred Scott decision finding that African Americans were not US citizens and could be considered the property of their slave masters.

Pope Francis told the media on his way home to Rome that individuals, including government officials, have a basic human right to object to participation in acts based on religious concerns. The Pope said that is imperative that government respect the "human right" to conscientiously object to things they reject. He told the media, "if someone does not allow others to object on the basis of conscience, he denies a right."

At the United Nations, the Pope called on world leaders for respect of "a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman..."

In an address to US Bishops who attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the Pope alluded to the disconnect between the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and attempts to redefine it. He said, "Until recently, we lived in a social context where the similarities between the civil institution of marriage and the Christian sacrament were considerable and shared. The two were interrelated and mutually supportive. This is no longer the case."

And throughout his trip, at virtually every opportunity, the Pope sounded a clarion call for respect for religious liberty, the right not only to believe and worship, but to live out those beliefs in daily life. He said that religious liberty "transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families" and is "a fundamental right which shapes the way we interact socially and personally with our neighbors whose religious views differ from our own." And to make the point crystal clear, the Pope made a surprise visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor to show his support for their battle against Obamacare which purports to require them to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

In contrast to the Pope's clear and consistent comments on religious liberty, President Obama performed as he often does, giving speeches designed to appeal to a particular audience even when his actions are completely opposite of his words. For example, the president told Pope Francis that America "stand[s] with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and free from intimidation." Meanwhile, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, his administration is attempting to force 140 religious ministries and institutions to accept regulations that require them to pay for health plans that cover contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

And after Pope Francis left America, President Obama cleared up any confusion his supportive comments to the Pope about religious liberty might have engendered, making clear to a far-left LGBT group that "religious freedom doesn't grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights." In other words, Kim Davis has the religious freedom to refuse to issue same-sex 'marriage' licenses provided that she doesn't refuse to issue same-sex 'marriage' licenses.

Pope Francis' host at the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles Chaput, said something quite apt about the disconnect the surrounds us when he commented, "We live at an odd time in history. When the Church defends marriage and the family, the unborn child and the purpose of human sexuality, she's attacked as too harsh. When she defends immigrant workers and families that are broken up by deportation, she's attacked as too soft. And yet she is neither of those things."

I feel a sense of renewal and energy coming out of the Pope's visit to America. I was in Washington, DC when he was there, and my family and I attended many of the events in Philadelphia. There's no question that he has brought a sense of energy and compassion to how people view the Catholic Church, and people across the globe are responding to his message. He is the most popular person in the world today, and he is on our side regarding the debate about marriage and religious liberty.

The challenge for NOM will be to continue to build on the momentum of the Pope's visit to America. For example:

  1. We must make the concept of religious liberty real for supporters of marriage, by convincing the Congress and states to pass the First Amendment Defense Act to prohibit government from discriminating against and punishing people who support traditional marriage.
  2. We must elect a president who will appoint federal judges who will uphold the constitution, refusing to invent "rights" like same-sex marriage while protecting enumerated constitutional rights like the free exercise of religion.
  3. We must reengage the American people in a discussion about the nature of marriage — its roots, its societal benefits and most especially its inherent complementarity between the sexes, bringing the two halves of humanity together for their own benefit, and for that of any children born of their union.
  4. And we must vigilantly and courageously defend victims like Kim Davis whose rights have been violated by the government in an attempt to force acceptance of and compliance with the lie that is 'gay marriage.'

All these things are part of our work plan. We respectfully ask you for your support to turn our plan into reality by making a contribution of whatever you can afford, whether that be $25, or $250 or more. Whatever you can afford to contribute will be gratefully appreciated, and because of the support of a generous donor who is committed to preserving marriage and religious liberty, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. So there has never been a better time to support NOM than right now.

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Please help us capitalize on the momentum for marriage and religious liberty generated by Pope Francis' visit by making a donation today.


Brian S Brown

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There Is No Need to Deny Individuals Religious Liberty

As millions of Americans refuse to accept the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage, the issue of how to deal with conscientious objectors has risen to the fore.

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to violate her faith by participating in certifying a same-sex ‘marriage’ is perhaps the best known victim of the Court ruling, but she is only one of many who have been fined, fired, punished or put out of business. Similar punishments are taking place regarding religious groups who are unable to comply with Obamacare regulations because of their faith.

This article from The Federalist, written by our friends at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, may suggest one approach for policymakers to consider when it comes to accommodation. The best solution, of course, if for Congress and the states to pass the First Amendment Defense Act to prohibit government retaliation against supporters of marriage.

From The Federalist:

religious-liberty-can-be-accomodatedThere are hard cases of religious conscience, and then there are easy ones. When the government has lots of ways to govern without trampling religious belief, it should be an easy case. We saw one last week when a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Dordt College and other religious nonprofit organizations trying to follow their faith. These groups can’t participate in a web of government regulations that would provide life-terminating drugs to their employees. So the ministries must choose to violate their faith or violate the law, to the tune of millions in Internal Revenue Service fines.

It’s the same choice faced by the Little Sisters of the Poor. If the Little Sisters don’t comply with this contraceptive mandate, they face millions in IRS fines. This is a group that provides vital care for thousands of elderly poor—exactly the sort of care that should be supported and encouraged by the nation’s health-care laws.

. . .

The sad fact is that the government has a win-win solution at its fingertips. As a federal appeals court said in the Dordt College case last week, the government already operates exchanges where millions of Americans can obtain health coverage. Subsidies are available to those whose employers don’t provide health insurance.

This is how the government provides for those whose employers do not provide the generous health-care benefits many religious ministries already provide. The government could easily open those subsidies to any employees of religious groups who want the coverage not included in their employers’ plan. This would satisfy the government’s concerns, satisfy the ministries’ religious beliefs, and ensure that Americans still receive vital services from groups like the Little Sisters.

For that reason, the Eighth Circuit Court of appeals sided with religious ministries last week. Echoing a unanimous Supreme Court opinion on religious freedom, it said, “[I]f a less restrictive means is available for the Government to achieve its goals, the Government must use it.”

it-doesnt-have-to-be-that-wayAlthough the solution is easy, it will probably take another Supreme Court intervention to make it happen. Last week’s court decision disagrees with rulings from several other appeals courts, creating the circuit split that Supreme Court-watchers have been predicting. When federal appeals courts disagree on an important issue like this one, Supreme Court review is very likely. That court returns from its summer recess next week, and it will have to decide whether to take up the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and other religious ministries.

The Supreme Court has been friendly to religious freedom, with recent rulings in favor of Hobby Lobby on a similar challenge, a unanimous victory for religious prison inmates in Holt v. Hobbs, and several emergency orders protecting religious ministries from fines under the HHS mandate. Let’s hope the Court continues this trend, recognizing that when religious freedom and government regulations conflict, it does not have to be a zero-sum game.

Justice Scalia Stands Firm in His Views of Same-sex 'Marriage' Decision

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has not backed down in the slightest regarding his views of the Obergefell decision. The plainspoken, conservative justice has unabashedly condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to force same-sex 'marriage' to be permitted nationwide. As was recently evidenced in his speech at Rhodes College, Justice Scalia has no intention of rescinding his views that the current Supreme Court lineup is taking the nation’s highest court in “the wrong direction.” LifeSiteNews has the story:

Antonin_Scalia_Official_SCOTUS_PortraitJustice Scalia spoke Tuesday for Constitution Day at Rhodes College, where his grandson is a student, warning that the Supreme Court has become a "threat to democracy."

The 79-year-old Reagan appointee said he worries about the nation's highest court, because it is "headed in the wrong direction."

"Saying that the Constitution requires [homosexual] practice, which is contrary to the religious beliefs of many of our citizens," Scalia said – "I don't know how you can get more extreme than that."

Scalia described the Obergefell v. Hodges decision as the "furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever it wants." He rhetorically asked, "Do you really want your judges to rewrite the Constitution?"

Scalia also noted that the make-up of the Supreme Court is "terribly unrepresentative of our country" and pointed out that a law degree does not qualify one to judge transcendent moral issues. "What is it that I learned at Harvard Law School that makes me peculiarly qualified to determine such profound moral and ethical questions as whether there should be a right to abortion, whether there should be same-sex marriage, whether there should be a right to suicide?" Scalia asked. "It has nothing to do with the law."

The conservative justice is well-known for his insistence that the judicial branch of government has the task of interpreting the law in light of the Constitution, not creating law from current cultural trends.

On June 26, the Supreme Court judge wrote his own dissent to the Obergefell decision. In what Church Militant calls "his most sharply worded dissent yet," Scalia called the decision an abuse of the judicial branch, which he said was usurping the authority of the legislative branch, and thus the will of the people.

Scalia's dissent described the Supreme Court's overreach in Obergefell as stepping outside the scope of its authority to dictate radical social policy – which properly is the domain of the democratic process. He wrote that the ruling was a "naked judicial claim to legislative – indeed, super-legislative – power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government."

All four dissenting judges – Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito – felt so strongly that each wrote his own dissent. "Today's decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court," Scalia wrote. He added that the decision lacks "even a thin veneer of law."

"This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine," Scalia dissented, "robs the People of ... the freedom to govern themselves."

Pope Francis Supports ‘Conscientious Objection' to Issuing Marriage Licenses for Same-sex Couples

As reported by Religious News Service, Pope Francis supported allowing government officials to excuse themselves from issuing same-sex ‘marriage’ licenses, if it violates their religious beliefs. The Holy Father even said such officials have a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty that contradicts their religious conscience. Religious News Service has the story:

(Image via The Catholic Sun/CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani)

(Image via The Catholic Sun/CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani)

Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.

. . .

On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licences to gays.

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said.

Earlier this month a city official in the U.S. state of Kentucky, Kim Davis, went to jail because she refused to issue a marriage licence to a gay couple following a Supreme Court decision to make homosexual marriage legal.

Davis’s case has taken on national significance in the 2016 presidential campaign, with one Republican contender, Mike Huckabee, holding rallies in favour of Davis, a Apostolic Christian, who has since joined the Republican party.

“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right,” he said, speaking in Italian.

“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he added.

Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. “Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: ‘This right has merit, this one does not.'”

Pope Affirms the Sanctity of Marriage!

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Pope made dramatic statements during his visit to Washington, DC. With President Obama only a few feet away the Pope made profound remarks about marriage and religious liberty.

As you know, President Obama has worked tirelessly to redefine marriage and he now wants to redefine religious liberty and turn it into something other than what the Founding Fathers intended. But the constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion not the mere ability to hold a belief — it's the right to live out your beliefs in your daily life the way you want — not the way Obama or the government believes you should.

At the joint session of Congress, the Pope said — "I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life."

And at the United Nations the Pope talked about recognizing the moral law of marriage between one man and one women which is affirmed, in what his own words describe, as "the natural difference between man and woman." What an affirmation to what we have been working so hard to protect!

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Your gift today to NOM will help us continue to fight for religious freedom so that no one faces persecution for practicing their faith — Your gift of $25, $35, $50, $75 or $100 or more to fight the most critical battle of our lifetime. And thanks to a generous donor your gift will be doubled.

Here's how NOM is investing your generous donations in the battle for Americans Constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom:

  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.
  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.

Nothing will change unless you and I speak out and stand firm! Our work depends on you! Join NOM in the fight to ensure FADA becomes the law of the land and to guarantee that religious freedom is preserved in America forever! Please offer you best gift today.

NOM's efforts take money. We are completely dependent on you and others to contribute to this effort. Those opposed to religious freedom are working day and night to make sure FADA fails in Congress and at the state level. Help us to counter their relentless assault.

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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.

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.


Brian S Brown

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Congress Hears Pope Francis Defend Marriage and Family

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Pope Francis gave a historic address to Congress and other political leaders in Washington just minutes ago and made it clear in his own words that the overall theme of his visit to America is that he wishes to uphold the family, and support marriage. Here's what he just told our political leaders:

"I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life."

The crowds that surround Pope Francis wherever he goes — with a multitude of people travelling long distances just for the chance to see him — is a testimony to the truth of his message. In our hearts, each of us knows that the family, one made up of a mother and a father united in marriage, is what holds the fabric of society together.

While we share Pope Francis' deep concerns about efforts to redefine marriage and the family, we also share his joy to proclaim the universal truth that men and women were made by God to complement each other and in their marital union children experience the ideal relationship created for their flourishing.

Please continue to follow Pope Francis' visit to America, especially his comments relating to marriage and the family, by checking our blog frequently. And if you share our optimism in the truth of marriage and family, please consider making a donation to NOM today, which a generous donor has agreed to match dollar for dollar and will immediately put to work in support of preserving marriage, family and religious liberty.


Brian S Brown

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Breaking: Pope Francis in First US Speech Gives Ringing Defense of Religious Freedom

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The commentators who tried to tell us that Pope Francis would steer clear of mentioning marriage and religious freedom in his time in the US were dead wrong.

Just minutes ago, in his first speech in the United States Pope Francis spoke of his desire to "celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization."

He then went on to directly address the president on religious liberty. He said religious freedom, "remains one of America's most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it."

These are strong words and so encouraging to those of us standing on the front lines of defending marriage and religious liberty. We will keep updating you as I will be traveling between Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families this week for the Papal Visit.


Brian S Brown

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P.P.S. Please stop by our booths at the World Meeting of Families or Values Voters Conference. We are at both and would love to see you!

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It's Not Only Kim Davis Who Has Been Targeted For Punishment

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's been a week since Kim Davis went back to work pledging to continue to fight for her religious liberty rights and not be forced to issue 'marriage' licenses to same-sex couples that include her name or are issued under her authority. In fact, she had the license forms issued by her office going forward be reprinted to remove her name and include a reference that they were being issued by deputies by order of the federal court. She firmly believes that the licenses issued to gay couples under order of federal judge David Bunning are invalid because she has specifically refused to grant her authority to deputies for them to be issued.

Meanwhile, liberal politicians like Governor Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway — both of whom so readily abandoned the 75% of Kentucky voters who passed a constitutional amendment reserving marriage solely to one man and one woman — have quickly weighed in that the disputed licenses are valid. Of course their views are transparently political and not based on any serious legal analysis. Meanwhile, gay and lesbian activists are demanding that Kim Davis be hauled back into court for "interfering" with gay couples by altering the license forms.

The bottom line is that Kim Davis remains at risk and could be ordered back to jail any time this rogue federal judge decides to once again appease the LGBT activists.

NOM continues to stand firm fighting for the rights of Kim Davis and others who refuse to personally be complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' We're asking for your support of $25, $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or more so that we can undertake all the work needed to organize public opinion in defense of religious liberty for marriage supporters, help enact legislation at the federal and state levels to protect your rights, and help shape the electoral environment so that a champion for traditional marriage is elected president. Having a president who will appoint pro-marriage Supreme Court judges is the fastest path to reversing their sham, illegitimate ruling on marriage.

Kim Davis is not the only public official in the crosshairs of gay activists demanding that they personally endorse same-sex 'marriage' or be punished. A fellow clerk in Kentucky, Casey Davis (no relation to Kim), also refuses to issue 'marriage' licenses to gay couples because doing so violates his beliefs. He's facing legal action. In Alabama, Probate Judge Nick Williams has petitioned the state Supreme Court for an order protecting his right not to perform a same-sex 'marriage' in violation of his religious beliefs. And in Oregon, two state judges are under attack for refusing to perform same-sex 'weddings' that violate their religious beliefs.

The case of Marion County Judge Vance Day is particularly troubling. Oregon law allows, but does not require, judges to perform weddings. It is not a required element of their job. In fact, the state's laws are so liberal (like their politics) that just about anyone can pay a small fee and be authorized to perform marriages. Despite the fact that virtually any adult in the state could perform a same-sex 'wedding,' gay activists in the state are determined to force every judge to participate, especially those who object on moral or religious grounds. Thus, activists have filed a professional complaint against Vance Day because he does not want to violate his beliefs and perform a "gay wedding."

And get this: Part of the complaint against Judge Day is that because he doesn't want to personally perform a same-sex ceremony he must be prejudiced against gays and lesbians and they can't trust how he would treat them in court. "It goes beyond marriage and gets to serious questions about judicial integrity," one activist told a reporter.

Judge Vance Day is facing an upcoming state hearing that could lead to his removal from the bench. NOM has sounded the alarm about this case, and we are fighting to make sure that he and countless others are not punished simply for refusing to personally be part of the lie that is same-sex 'marriage.'

Please help us mount the most aggressive defense possible for the rights of all Americans to live their views about marriage in their daily lives and to be free from government persecution because they refuse to abandon the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Your contribution of $15, $35, $50, $100 or $250 is urgently needed, and thanks to a generous donor, will be instantly matched to double its effectiveness. Please act today to help us fight for you and all the others who are under attack.

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When I say that NOM is fighting for marriage and the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe in marriage, I mean we are on the front lines doing the heavy lifting, not just paying lip service to the cause. For example, in Oregon we not only filed legal briefs in support of traditional marriage, we went to court seeking to represent the state's voters when the state Attorney General violated her oath of office and refused to defend the vote of the people to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. When the homosexual judge who invalidated the Oregon marriage amendment denied our motion to defend marriage, we took our fight on behalf of Oregon voters all the way to the US Supreme Court. And even though the Supreme Court did not ultimately grant our request to allow us to defend the Oregon marriage amendment, we've continued to fight for the truth of marriage.

Given the posture of the courts, it's critical that Congress and state legislatures enact legislation like the First Amendment Defense Act. That is why we are working hard in Congress and at the state level to enact this critical legislation. Without it, countless Americans will be at risk of losing their businesses, being fired, having to pay heavy fines to the government and even being jailed — simply because they will not embrace same-sex 'marriage.'

I have to confess that asking you to make a financial contribution to NOM is one of the least desirable parts of my job. I'd much rather be speaking at rallies in Kentucky defending Kim Davis, or meeting with presidential candidates to talk about their views of marriage, or meeting with federal and state officials to explain the importance of the First Amendment Defense Act. But the truth of the matter is that we cannot be successful if we do not have the financial resources to effectively engage the battle.

NOM is the only group in this country that is solely focused on defending the truth of marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. We have many great allies in the battle, and we are extremely grateful and are extraordinarily blessed to have them standing beside us. But when it comes to maintaining a sole, undiluted, laser-focus on marriage as our only issue, NOM is the tip of the spear.

So while I may not always enjoy asking people for money, I am proud to do so because I am incredibly proud of NOM's work and I fundamentally believe that it is making a real difference now, and is essential if we are to protect the religious liberty of people to support marriage and to eventually reverse the illegitimate Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage.

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The matching gift offer from one of our most generous supporters is a great boost to us, one that I hope you will act upon immediately so that we receive maximum support during this critical period. Every dollar you give will be matched, resulting in us receiving two dollars. Please consider a gift of $15, $25, $35, $50 or even $100 or more, realizing that everything you give will be doubled.

I thank you for all that you've done to support NOM and to defend the wonderful institution of marriage, an institution created by God at the beginning of time, one that provides immense benefits to couples and to children. The truth of marriage can never be "lost" because of an illegitimate court ruling, even one from the US Supreme Court. But millions of people can be misled and have their own lives and that of their children and grandchildren damaged because the universal truth of marriage has been unmoored from the law. We're committed to restoring the truth of marriage to our laws, and to protecting people of faith who believe in traditional marriage from being persecuted in the meantime. We would appreciate your financial support to fulfill this mission.


Brian S Brown

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The New York Times Says You Are a 'Bigot,' 'Nasty' and 'Radical' and Rails Against the First Amendment Defense Act

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There has perhaps never been a media outlet more of a mouthpiece for the far-left's assault on American values than the New York Times. They have championed the sexual revolution, cheered the abortion industry responsible for the death of over 55 million unborn Americans, and led the push for gay 'marriage.'

The First Amendment protects their right to publish whatever they wish. But as is so often the case with the far-left, they wish to deny the protections of the First Amendment to those of us who support traditional marriage and who wish to prevent the government from discriminating against us. In the twisted logic of the New York Times, the constitution exists to protect their views but does not protect our rights. In fact, just as they advocated that marriage be redefined, they would like to redefine the First Amendment to neuter its guarantee of religious liberty.

The reason they wish to do this is because they hate the idea that people still support traditional marriage and they are disgusted that we are asserting our right not to be discriminated against. An editorial they published the other day essentially refers to marriage supporters as "nasty" and "bigots" and accuses us of supporting radical "anti-gay" proposals when we advocate for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act.

I am sick and tired of this far-left assault on our constitutional rights from pampered media giants like the New York Times. Will you stand with us to fight back against their leftist agenda of discrimination by making a contribution of $20, $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or more? Your donation will enable us to more forcefully advocate for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation that will protect our right to live out our beliefs about marriage in our daily lives.

The New York Times wants to redefine the constitutional protection of religious liberty into a "right to believe" provision. But that is not what the constitution guarantees — it protects the free exercise of religious belief. Religious liberty is far more than the right to hold a particular religious perspective; it is the right to uphold that belief in the conduct of your everyday life.

Right now in America, people are losing their jobs, being put out of business, having to pay massive fines and even being put in jail all because they do not wish to personally be involved in celebrating or supporting a same-sex 'marriage.' If the New York Times' view of religious liberty takes root, the very concept of religious freedom will be destroyed, and there will be no protections for people who simply wish to live out their beliefs consistent with the truth of marriage as it has existed since the dawn of time.

I am asking you to make a generous donation today so that we can fight this dangerous ideology that we may have the right to believe in traditional marriage but we don't have the right to demonstrate that belief in our conduct.

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The fact that the New York Times is so opposed to the First Amendment Defense Act shows how important it is to enact the legislation. The fact that they are so willing to mislead people about the legislation and vilify those of us who support it only serves to put a fine point on why we need to fight for our rights. If we don't fight today, tomorrow our rights will be gone.

The First Amendment Defense Act is a straight forward proposal. It says the government cannot discriminate against any individual, small business or religious group simply for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. They can't deny a federal benefit, contract or grant; they cannot strip a charity of its tax exemption; they cannot deny a group a license or accreditation because of its views of marriage; nor can they refuse to hire or promote someone because of his or her views of marriage.

Does this sound like a "radical" proposal to you?

The New York Times calls it "anti-gay" and makes wild accusations about what might happen if the First Amendment Defense Act were to be enacted, such as alleging that a person could be fired for being gay. That is preposterous. Nothing in the legislation restricts an individual from pursuing their full legal rights against alleged discrimination, including filing a discrimination lawsuit.

While exhaustively playing the "discrimination" card, those on the far-left like the New York Times ignore the fact that it is people of faith like the recently jailed county clerk Kim Davis who are the real victims of discrimination. The examples of people who have been punished for living out their beliefs about marriage are long and growing every day. Aaron and Melissa Klein were fined $135,000 because they did not wish to personally bake a cake for a gay 'wedding' because doing so violates their religious beliefs. Their business has been closed and Aaron now is a trash collector. Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired because he wrote approvingly of traditional marriage in a personal memoir. Baronnelle Stutzman, a 70-year old grandmother and florist in Washington state, has been sued by that state's Attorney General and threatened with financial ruin. I could go on and on — the list of Christians and other faithful people who are targeted by gay activists for punishment is growing.

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Meanwhile, there is not a gay couple in the country — not a single one anywhere in America — who has not been able to get a 'marriage' license, obtain a 'wedding' cake, order floral arrangements, hire a photographer, book a 'wedding' or reception venue or otherwise organize a ceremony that fulfills their every desire.

But, you see, it's not enough for gay activists and their media sycophants like the New York Times, that gays and lesbians are able to obtain a 'marriage' license or access to the full array of wedding-related services, they want to force everyoneespecially people who are deeply opposed to same-sex 'marriage' on religious grounds — to be personally complicit in celebrating the act.

It's not enough that a gay couple can get a marriage license in Kentucky; they demand it be personally issued by the faithful Christian clerk who does not wish to violate her beliefs. So she is thrown in jail when she asks for an accommodation.

It's not enough that a gay couple can order flowers to be arranged for their 'wedding' ceremony from any number of florists eager to serve them, they demand that the flowers be arranged by the Christian grandmother whose religious beliefs preclude her from participating in such a ceremony. So the state Attorney General sues her and threatens to take all her assets unless she succumbs and settles the case.

There are plenty of wedding photographers willing to record a same-sex 'ceremony' but the activists demand that a young Christian woman photograph the ceremony. When she explained that this violates her religious beliefs, they filed a legal complaint and she was punished by a fine of thousands of dollars.

In every one of these cases the gay couple was accommodated — they got the 'wedding' of their dreams. And not in a single case were the religious beliefs of those targeted accommodated.

We are fighting for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act in Congress and in the states because it is wrong for gay activists to attempt to force every American to endorse and personally participate in a same-sex 'marriage.' We must fight for our rights, or we will lose our rights.

There are millions of us who fervently believe that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman, and that is true regardless of what five judges on the Supreme Court claim. This is one of the most hotly-contested issues of our time, something that splits the country in two. But now that gay activists have won in court, they want to shut down public discussion by harnessing the full power of government to punish individuals, businesses, churches and religious groups who continue to advocate for the truth of marriage.

Please make a generous contribution to NOM so that we can push back against intolerance and discrimination, and fight for our rights against far-left bullies like the New York Times who support the First Amendment only as far as it protects themselves.

Your contribution today will be matched, doubling its effectiveness. There's never been a more important time to support our work. The New York Times' advocacy against us shows that we are engaged in an epic battle and that the stakes are high. Please give today so that we are able to continue fighting for your rights.


Brian S Brown

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It’s Bad — and Getting Worse — But It’s Not Too Late to Fix It

Dear Marriage Supporter,

If there was ever any doubt about how much power a United States president has to destroy everything our nation stands for, there is no uncertainty now.

Just look back at the last six-and-a-half years. Things you and I viewed as our unalienable rights as Americans are now in shambles.

That is why it is imperative that we elect a pro-marriage president in 2016 — and someone who values religious freedom. And NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge is taking away any doubt as to where a candidate stands.

Look back for a minute on the last 6½ years. President Obama appointed the deciding vote in the disastrous Supreme Court case that destroyed marriage in America. He bathed the White House in the rainbow flag, not caring that the Court‘s decision was an "absolute head-on collision... with religious liberty," in the words of one attorney.

He is making gay marriage a litmus test for deciding which foreign nations "deserve" our aid. The IRS, a governmental agency under his control, leaked NOM's confidential donor information to a gay activist which was then published by the so-called Human Rights Campaign, a group that routinely targets pro-family groups for harassment. It was only NOM's relentless pursuit of the truth that exposed this scandal, and forced the IRS to admit wrongdoing.

We must work harder than ever to change the course America is on. Please donate right now and help NOM restore our nation!

How can this all change? It's going to take a pro-marriage president, elected by the majority of Americans who are fed up with the travesty of the current administration.

A pro-marriage president could reverse the disastrous policies of the Obama administration. Enact pro-family, pro-marriage policies. Restore our nation to greatness.

"Is this possible?" you may be wondering. Yes! But it's not going to be an easy task.

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We must raise money immediately so that we can be on the ground every single day in the key early voting states, talking to voters and communicating the urgency of restoring our nation and marriage. To make this a reality, our battle must begin with Iowa and continue to every other state.

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But there is more we must do, as well. Congress has recently reconvened which means we need to put the pressure on them during the next several weeks and months . We will meet them at the doors of the Capitol and push for enactment of FADA — the First Amendment Defense Act.

Thousands of Americans just like you contacted their elected representatives over the Congressional recess, urging them to support FADA. Now we need to be ready for a sustained, intense grassroots push to move this legislation forward.

What will FADA do for America?

FADA will protect our very basic right as Americans to exercise our religious beliefs concerning marriage in our everyday lives. It prohibits government from taking any adverse action against any individual, small business, pastor, church, religious group or nonprofit entity for holding to the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Churches, religious organizations and people of faith need FADA!

America needs FADA!

We must have a majority in both the House and the Senate for FADA to be enacted. These men and women will need to be strong to stand firm against the attacks from their liberal colleagues who are willing to sacrifice religious freedoms on the altar of gay "rights."

We need you to continue the forward momentum for FADA. Please click here and donate right now!

But it's not enough just to pass FADA at the national level, we also must move the fight to the state level and urge state legislatures to enact it as well. Our clarion call is that every American, no matter where they live, will be able to follow his or her religious convictions about marriage without fear of persecution.

There is much to be accomplished. It won't be easy. It won't be cheap. But then, freedom never is cheap, is it?

Please take advantage of this last week of the matching gift campaign made possible by some of our best donors so that every dollar you give right now will be doubled!

Give generously — $25, $40, $50, $75, $100, or more — and it will do twice as much!

There's one more thing I would like you to do. Ryan Anderson's new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom was released in print. I am impressed with how well-written and well-presented this book is as it lays bare the illegitimate nature of the Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage. It also explains what freedoms are at risk because of this decision — gripping reality that every one of us needs to confront.

I personally ask you to order a copy of this book today. It can make an important contribution to the debate about why the Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it redefined marriage. Order your personal copy right now!

The mainstream media is doing everything they can to convince you that the fight for the truth of marriage is over, a lost cause. But don't believe that for a minute!

NOM is fighting every day, every hour, on your behalf. With you standing with us, we can win. So for America, for marriage and for religious protection, please give today — and let's change tomorrow for our nation.


Brian S Brown

P.S. — When America was facing a challenging struggle, one leader said, "Failure is not an option." That is true again today. We must prevail. We must see that the next occupant of the White House is a man or woman who believes in marriage, believes in religious rights, believes in the First Amendment of our Constitution — and will act to protect these foundational values.

We can make that a reality. And we must. Join me today in this battle by making your gift now.

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What a Week For Marriage!

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's been quite a week for our fight to protect the truth marriage and the rights of Americans to exercise their beliefs about marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Kim Davis Freed From Jail

Thanks to enormous public pressure brought to bear by NOM and our allies — pressure that resulted in hundreds of thousands of Americans signing petitions demanding that Kim be released and that the religious liberty right of Americans be enacted — Kim Davis was unexpectedly freed from jail by federal judge David Bunning, the rogue judge who had her imprisoned for six days.

I don't think it was a coincidence that Kim was freed last Tuesday, because that was the day that NOM worked with Governor Mike Huckabee, Liberty Counsel and others to organize a massive rally at the courthouse demanding that she be released.

It was a great honor to speak at this rally which was attended by thousands of people. You can view my remarks here.

NOM has worked hard to defend Kim Davis because she represents an incredibly important principle — that no American should be forced into participating against their will in something as illegitimate and unjust as same-sex 'marriage.' This goes for bakers, florists, inn keepers, photographers and pizza parlor owners, just as it goes for local government clerks. Nobody should be sued, fined, fired, put out of business — and certainly not thrown in jail — simply because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

While I hope that my speech inspired some in the crowd, and touches some of you who may watch it online, the truth is that I was inspired by such a powerful, energetic outpouring of marriage supporters who were roused into action.

So I thank you for standing with me!

It's More Than Religious Liberty

Our constitution guarantees each of us the right to exercise our religious beliefs in our daily lives, including at work. Moreover, federal law requires that people of faith like Kim Davis be provided a reasonable accommodation when a job duty conflicts with a deeply-held religious belief. But in her case, no reasonable accommodation was provided to Kim. She was ordered by Governor Steve Beshear to personally participate in what she considers to be a sin by issuing a 'marriage' license to same-sex couples in violation of her religious beliefs.

Ever since the US Supreme Court acted illegitimately and wrongly to impose a redefined version of marriage on every state in the nation, Kim Davis has asked that marriage licenses not contain her name nor be issued under her legal authority. But Governor Beshear refused to alter the license forms in this way, even though his administration did change them to suit the demands of gay activists — changing "Bride and Groom" to "Party 1 and Party 2."

So, unquestionably, a key factor in this case was the abject failure of the state and the judge to provide a reasonable accommodation to Kim Davis so that she would be spared from having to violate her religious beliefs in participating in a same-sex 'marriage.'

But what is at stake in this case goes well beyond religious liberty.

Resisting An Unjust Law

Throughout our history, Americans have been presented with situations when the government has issued a decree that was plainly and clearly unjust and lacking in constitutional authority. This was the case when the US Supreme Court declared in their infamous Dred Scott decision that African Americans could not be citizens and thus were subject to being bought and sold as if they were property. It was the case when courts upheld laws promoting segregation. And it is the case with the redefinition of marriage — a ruling that defies thousands of years of experience in virtually every nation that has ever existed, and a ruling that is utterly lacking in any constitutional authority or precedent.

NOM's Chairman, John Eastman, wrote a brilliant article for National Review in which he explains the moral imperative that citizens resist an unjust law and refuse to comply with its dictates. Quoting extensively from the sharply-worded dissents in the Obergefell marriage ruling, Dr. Eastman lays bare any pretense that the majority relied on constitutional principles to impose same-sex 'marriage' on every state in the nation. Instead, he makes clear that it was an act of judicial supremacy that seeks to elevate the opinion of five judges over the words and meaning of the constitution itself.

Dr. Eastman reminds readers that President Abraham Lincoln rejected this very claim of judicial supremacy — the idea that the constitution means whatever five judges say it means — and articulated in his first inaugural address his rationale for refusing to comply with the Dred Scott ruling.

Dr. Martin Luther King also spoke eloquently about the duty of Americans to obey just laws and disobey unjust ones. Writing from a cell in the Birmingham, Alabama jail. Dr. King said, "One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws…Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?" wrote Dr. King. "A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law."

Dr. King is describing the Supreme Court's marriage ruling to a "T." Not only did Dr. King believe that we as Americans have a moral obligation to refuse to comply with an unjust law, but in refusing to comply we are in reality showing respect for the law. He said, "I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."

In the end, this is the principle that NOM most forcefully advocates. It was illegitimate for the US Supreme Court to have redefined marriage and we urge every American to refuse to comply with this unjust law. The idea of forcing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation does not square with eternal and natural law; it is out of harmony with moral law. It is profoundly unjust and it should be resisted.

As I've explained before, NOM has two overriding objectives to deal with the unjust ruling of the Supreme Court. First, we must contain its damage by enacting legislation at the federal and state levels to protect people from punishment for exercising their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives, including at work. That is why passage of the First Amendment Defense Act is so important. Second, we must pursue every avenue possible to reverse this illegitimate ruling, including electing a pro-marriage president who will appoint Supreme Court justices who are committed to upholding the constitution and who reject judicial supremacy.

Cheating Marriage

It's ironic that opponents of Kim Davis rail against her for refusing to implement a law that she considers unjust — a violation of her oath of office, they claim. The frenetic pace of events recently has delayed me in recommending another scholarly article written by NOM's Chairman, Dr. John Eastman. He authored an extraordinary piece titled, "Cheating Marriage. A Tragedy in Three Acts" that has been published by the Ave Marie Law Review. The article details at length with the unbelievable degree of collusion between officials in both California and Washington, DC who conspired against the wishes of their own citizens to invalidate California's Proposition 8 and our federal Defense of Marriage Act. It is a fascinating and detailed review. I urge you to download and read the full article.

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I conclude with a request for your support. Some of what you see of our work is quite visible, while other elements are behind the scenes. In the last week alone, we sent over one million emails to help publicize the Kim Davis situation, built and launched two websites to help mobilize people to show their support or donate to help Kim and her family, helped organize the rally at the courthouse attended by thousands of supporters, launched social media blasts in defense of marriage, published articles, gave dozens of media interviews, and undertook myriad other activities all in pursuit of enacting protections for people to live out their beliefs of marriage in their daily lives, and to further an environment that will one day lead to the repeal of the illegitimate Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage. All of this work costs money, money that we don't have sitting in reserve. We depend on you to contribute funds each month so that we can continue the important work we do.

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With a busy and extremely productive week in the books, please make a generous financial contribution to help NOM be ready for what is to come, and to continue to bring the fight for the truth of marriage to the American people.


Brian S Brown

PS — We don't know what next week will bring for Kim Davis and her family. Please keep them in your prayers. And please help NOM be ready for whatever comes at us by making a generous financial contribution at this important time.

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A Major Victory in a Continuing Battle

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The last several days have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. After spending six days in jail, Kim Davis has been released thanks in large part to the immense public pressure that NOM and our allies generated. Although we don't know what will happen next — it is a great victory for the truth of marriage!

The one thing these last few days have reinforced for me is the realization that we are not in control — God is in control! He has a plan, and the story of Kim Davis helps to illustrate that He fully intends us to fight for the institution of marriage that he created at the beginning of time -- one man and one woman.

Please help us stand for the truth of marriage as God created it by making a generous contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or even $250 or more.

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You see, ever since the US Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage in the law, we have warned Americans of the tremendous damage this would mean for society as a whole, and especially for children, churches, and people of faith. It's obvious that same-sex 'marriage' is completely incompatible with Christian biblical beliefs, and the beliefs of every other mainstream religion in the world, and it was inevitable that biblical beliefs would collide with secular demands to embrace the new 'marriage' orthodoxy. We also knew that the elite would readily abandon our constitutional guarantee of religious liberty in favor of paying homage to cultural forces favoring gay 'marriage.'

But our warnings were ignored by the media and dismissed by elite society.

Then an unlikely hero emerged from a small town in rural Kentucky. The saga of Kim Davis got international news coverage, putting the illegitimate US Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage before millions of people. She became the personification of the conflict we warned about. It was because of her Christian faith that Kim could not abide the Court's sham ruling which purports to force her to sanction as "marriage" a same-sex union in violation of what the Bible says, and in that regard she represents millions of us.

When she refused to give in to the demands that she, personally — by her name on the license and under her authority by which it is issued — sanction same-sex 'marriage,' she was put in jail by a rogue federal judge determined to do the bidding of the gay activists and force her to abandon her principles and her beliefs — in essence demanding that she abandon her God.

When she was hauled off to jail, Kim was a humble servant of the Lord. "Thank you, your honor" was her only comment to the judge's ruling.

Putting a Christian in jail for standing up for her beliefs in the truth of marriage was an outrageous abuse of power, and NOM acted immediately to protest the act. We launched a nationwide petition drive that was joined by several allies and together secured the signature of hundreds of thousands of Americans who demanded that Kim be freed from jail and that the right of Americans to exercise their beliefs about marriage be protected.

With allies, we organized a major rally at the jailhouse where Kim was being held. I was honored to speak at this rally, and thousands of people attended. You can watch my remarks by clicking here. And an amazing thing happened when word of the rally reached the judge — he decided to release Kim from jail!

Kim was as humble upon her release from jail as she was when she was incarcerated. She thanks all those who had stood to support her, and she said, "you are a strong people."

NOM's strength derives directly from you. We are only as strong as your support provides. Fortunately, one of our top donors has agreed to continue the matching gift program that was set to expire, meaning that every donation we receive up to a total of $250,000 will be matched dollar for dollar! Please make a contribution today to allow us to continue the fight for God's plan for marriage.

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Kim is out of jail, for now. This certainly isn't the end of the story for her or the end of same-sex 'marriage' in America. But it is an encouraging sign to see so many people across the country, just like you and me, who believe that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman become passionately engaged in the controversy.

Kim was blatantly singled out because of her Christian faith even though federal and state laws require protections for religious faith. People of other faiths are routinely given fair accommodation for their faith —such as a Muslim being exempted from transporting alcohol, and that's how it should be. But when it comes to Christians not wanting to participate in something like gay 'marriage' that deeply conflicts with our beliefs, that's where the left draws the line.

Will you take a stand with NOM and support our efforts to aggressively protect religious freedom and bring a national focus to the injustice of the Supreme Court decision imposing same sex 'marriage' on every state in the nation? Your gift of $25, $50 or even $100 or more will be matched by a generous donor that is passionate about NOM's work.

Over the last several weeks NOM has taken action to bring attention to Kim Davis and the persecution she faced as a Christian woman standing by her principles.

  • We sent over one million emails to supporters around the country asking for their support and prayers.
  • We helped turn out thousands of people in Kentucky to support Kim Davis and protest what is nothing short of Christian persecution.
  • We worked closely with Governor Mike Huckabee to bring national attention to the clear bias and injustice taking place in Kentucky.
  • We helped mobilize hundreds of thousands of people to sign petitions like the one NOM launched demanding that Kim be freed and that religious liberty be protected.
  • We were able to overcome the odds and be instrumental in the release of Kim from jail; something none of us felt could happen so quickly!
  • Working with an allied organization, we were also able to raise over $7,000 for Kim and her family who have faced a very tough time.

We must not stand down — we must stand up and be counted! If we don't, the agenda of discrimination and tyranny will be the wrecking ball to our religious freedom.

This is not hyperbole. There is a distinct possibility that in our lifetime we will witness the obliteration and destruction of one of the strongest cornerstones of American freedom — the freedom to practice one's religion freely and not be persecuted for doing so!

That's why America needs strong women and men of sound character to fight injustice, to stand up for their convictions, and to put their principles above everything else — even if it means jail time!

Let me be clear: there are many reasons well beyond religious liberty why marriage should be preserved in the law to match what it is in realty, the union of one man and one woman. But religious liberty is a foundational principle of our nation, one that must be enforced while we fight to restore marriage to its rightful place in the law.

Kim Davis stood by her convictions. She is a woman of faith that wouldn't compromise her principles or betray what she holds deeply in her heart — that marriage is between one man and one woman. She knows this is what God's Word says, and it has been proven throughout human history to be an essential element of healthy societies. When I met her and her husband in Kentucky it was clear that she is a person of deep faith and that, in spite of the incredible pressure she faces, is standing by her convictions. She isn't backing down!

Will you do the same if/when the time comes? Most likely you are not in a job or civic position that puts you in the crosshairs of our opponents — but that doesn't mean you can't be targeted. Just think of the bakery or pizza parlor owners that were put out of business for their personal religious convictions! The truth is that persecution of our religious beliefs can happen to any of us at anytime.

We cannot be complacent. We must be vigilant. We must be proactive.

This is why I ask you to please consider making a generous donation that will help NOM fight on your behalf. We are on the frontline fighting every day for the passage of FADA (First Amendment Defense Act) at the national level. It has never been more critical to have FADA passed by both the House and Senate so that our religious freedom is affirmed and protected!

To do this, we need your immediate help to continue fighting on the state and national levels. This takes money. For every dollar we spend the enemy ups the ante. In many ways the odds are against us but if we band together we can turn the tides. We really can!

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With your help, we will fight on, for people like Kim Davis, and for average Americans like you and me who believe in the truth of marriage. And one other thing —we will prevail!


Brian S Brown

P.S. As you're reading this, it's possible Kim Davis is back in jail or forced out of her job or suffered some other injustice. We simply don't know what may happen. Regardless, it's clear there is much work to be done. Please pray for this brave women and her family so they have the strength to continue to stand strong!

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"When the Supreme Court Oversteps Its Bounds, Citizens Are Right to Resist"

NOM’s chairman, John Eastman, expounds on the arguments surrounding the Kim Davis debacle, and how, “when the Supreme Court oversteps its bounds, citizens are right to resist”:



The double standard on display is palpable. I don’t recall Keegen or any of the other self-righteous, newfound devotees of the rule of law calling for the resignation of Kentucky’s attorney general when he refused to defend his state’s marriage law — or any of the other state attorneys general who did the same, from California’s Jerry Brown to Pennsylvania’s Kathleen Kane, and several others, including perhaps most notoriously Oregon’s Ellen Rosenblum, who was caught actively colluding with plaintiffs to ensure judicial invalidation of the Oregon marriage law she disliked.

“But Davis was refusing to comply with a decision of the Supreme Court,” it will be argued. So, too, did all those illustrious attorneys general. All of them refused to do their duty and defend their state’s man-woman marriage laws, even though the binding precedent of the Supreme Court at that time, a 1972 case called Baker v. Nelson, was that such laws were constitutionally valid.

Ms. Davis’s position has also been mischaracterized as asserting that because the Supreme Court’s decision is contrary to God’s authority, she cannot be compelled to comply with it and therefore can prevent same-sex couples from getting married in her county. Her position — so described — has been belittled by simpletons across the political spectrum as nothing more than the misguided stance of a crazy evangelical clinging to her Bible. But that is not her legal argument at all (however much merit it might have as a reaction to an illegitimate decision by the Supreme Court). Her actual argument is much more restrained.

Kentucky has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which expressly prevents the government from imposing a substantial burden on someone’s religious beliefs unless the government’s mandate is narrowly tailored to further a compelling governmental interest. Because this lawsuit is pending in federal court, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which contains the same protection, is also applicable. Ms. Davis’s lawyers have simply argued that these federal and state laws require that her religious objection to issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses over her own name be accommodated.

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Abraham Lincoln famously said, in his first inaugural address, that although judicial decisions are binding on the specific parties to a case, “the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”

In short, Ms. Davis was much more faithful to her oath of office, and to the Constitution she vowed to support, than the federal judge who jailed her for contempt, the attorney general of the state who refused to defend Kentucky’s laws, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who usurped the authority of the states and the more than 50 million voters who had recently reaffirmed the natural definition of marriage, in order to impose his own more “enlightened” views on the nation. One can only hope that Ms. Davis’s simple but determined act of civil disobedience will yet ignite the kind of reaction in the American people that is necessary to oppose such lawlessness, or at the very least bring forth a national leader who will take up the argument against judicial supremacy in truly Lincolnian fashion.

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Oregon Judge Supports Traditional Marriage; Targeted By Investigation To Determine If He Is Unfit For Office

The nation has just witnessed the disturbing scene of a Christian clerk put into jail, because she did not want to be personally involved in licensing a same-sex ‘marriage’ since doing so would violate her deeply held religious beliefs. Now comes another story of gay activists attempting to destroy another official who similarly holds religious views that will not allow him to participate in same-sex ‘marriages.’

For the past year Marion County (Oregon) judge Vance Day has declined to solemnize any marriages because he does not want to participate in a gay ‘wedding.’ For this, he is now under official investigation against charges he is unfit for office. If found guilty he could be removed from office, costing him his livelihood and reputation for holding true to his religious convictions. This is the latest example of punishment of marriage supporters unleashed by the illegitimate decision of the US Supreme court to invent a “right” to same-sex ‘marriage’ and imposing it in every state without exception. The New York Times has the story:

ThinkstockPhotos-483608742Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.

When a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, Day instructed his staff to refer same-sex couples looking to marry to other judges, spokesman Patrick Korten said Friday.

Last fall, he decided to stop performing weddings altogether, aside from one in March that had long been scheduled, Korten said.

"He made a decision nearly a year ago to stop doing weddings altogether, and the principal factor that he weighed was the pressure that one would face to perform a same-sex wedding, which he had a conflict with his religious beliefs," Korten said.

In an email, Day declined to comment and referred questions to Korten.

The issue of same-sex weddings is "the weightiest" of several allegations against Day that are being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, Korten said.

He declined to detail any of the allegations, saying he didn't want to defy the commission, which considers complaints confidential until it is ready to make them public.

Why Kim Davis Is Such A Threat To Liberals

Rachel Lu at The Federalist brilliantly takes to task the cartoonish and misleading nature of the press coverage of the Kim Davis situation by the liberal media:

Image via USA Today/Ty Wright/Getty Images

Image via USA TODAY/Ty Wright/Getty Images

The incarceration and subsequent release of Kim Davis has been a sensation in the liberal press. Virtually every liberal outlet participated in the feeding frenzy.

This is easy to understand. If we don’t slam the lid on this religious-freedom business, Christians might find some loophole they can exploit to go on practicing their religion outside of church. Once you open the door to “conscience objections,” religious people start coming out of the woodwork.

Without some strenuous efforts at media spin, these figures might easily win public approval. Most Americans, after all, say they support religious freedom. Most likely they won’t warm to the idea that Christians should be bludgeoned into submission when a minor legal accommodation could enable them to adhere to their religious beliefs with minimal inconvenience to anyone.

For a left-wing pundit, however, accommodation isn’t the name of this game. What fun is their Supreme Court victory if they don’t get to stick it to the anti-marriage-equality bigots? For the sake of the liberal morality narrative, Davis has to go down. To sell that to the public, she must be dismissed as a right-wing crank.

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Conservatives know that the government is not God. Left-wing pundits have made much of Davis’ declaration that she is following God’s will. In their minds, this is crazy-talk, akin to listening to Little Green Men. Quite a few have tried to make this into the Right’s Kermit Gosnell moment, with Mark Joseph Stern going so far as to declare that Davis is “the monster conservatives created” who will undermine voters’ enthusiasm for religious freedom.

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When Davis was elected, she had no problem doing her job. Post-Obergefell, she is now expected to do something she considers to be morally wrong. No court or politician actually has the authority to contravene the natural order, making wrong actions right. That is her point, and it is perfectly fair, although we all understand how liberal pundits occasionally get confused about the difference between “government” and “God.”

The law of the land is not just a rule book. It’s more accurate to understand it as an organic tradition, which already has many precedents for exactly the kind of problem that arises here: dealing with good-faith conflicts between legal norms and sincere moral or religious beliefs. So, in a sense, it is the law itself that gives us good reasons to look for ways to accommodate people like Davis, whose free exercise of religion is burdened by revisions to current laws.

Liberals, we get that you aren’t big fans of tradition. But maybe you could try to remind yourselves now and then that we aren’t reinventing the wheel every time interests conflict? Many people think they are being principled when they suggest that Davis should quit her job if she feels unable to discharge her duties. But that’s not how these sorts of cases have been handled in the past. Both the Federal Civil Rights Act and state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (which Kentucky has passed) provide a legal framework for seeking accommodations for employees who are unable to execute specific duties for reasons of conscience.

It turns out, then, that our legal tradition gives us good reason to seek an accommodation for Davis, and, happily, such a fix could easily be provided along the lines of North Carolina’s already-existing model.