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NOM Identifies Marriage Champions Who Emerge From Republican Presidential Field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (202) 457-8060 x-105 [email protected]


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Washington, DC – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today identified four Republican presidential candidates they have dubbed "Marriage Champions" for having pledged to the American people that they will 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. NOM said that Sen. Ted, Cruz, Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Dr. Ben Carson have emerged as the top candidates for marriage supporters.

"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," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "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."

NOM's presidential pledge that has been signed by candidates Cruz, Santorum, Jindal and Carson makes several specific commitments to preserve marriage and restore a thriving marriage culture, including:

  1. Support a federal constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  2. Work to overturn the US Supreme Court's Obergefell decision that illegitimately imposed same-sex 'marriage' on every state in the nation, including nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, and appointing an attorney general similarly committed.
  3. Conduct a review of actions taken by the Obama Administration that have undermined marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Consistent with this, prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities.
  4. Support the First Amendment Defense Act and other legislation that recognizes the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman without fear of retaliation from the government.
  5. Direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed.

"NOM has invited every candidate for president to sign our pledge, and we encourage those who have not yet signed to do so as soon as possible," Brown said. "We 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."

Brown said that 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," Brown said.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-105.

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After Same-sex Marriage Ruling, What are the Options?

Now that same-sex marriage has been imposed by the US Supreme Court, a new question arises: what to do about all the people who oppose the Obergefell and do not want it to infringe upon their religious and social freedoms? Congress is considering two conflicting alternatives – one represents tolerance and the other persecution.

ThinkstockPhotos-81178167Tolerance is represented by the First Amendment Defense Act, drawn up immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision. This bill protects the rights of Americans not to be forced to jeopardize their beliefs for the sake of equality. Moreover, FADA promotes peace and harmony among differing ideologies. While it does not oppose Obergefell, it at least protects the rights and religious freedoms of everyone affected by the decision.

Persecution is represented by a second bill, drawn up in response to FADA, aggressively aggravates the already polarized nation. Ryan T. Anderson, in a National Review article, explains the situation:

Last week, Representative David Cicilline (D., R.I.) and Senators Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.), and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) introduced what they call the “Equality Act.” The legislation would add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to more or less every federal law that protects against racism.

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Most outrageously, the bill specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot be used to defend people against its requirements. Rather, it treats decent people of faith as irrational bigots, simply for believing that we’re created male and female, and that male and female are created for each other in marriage.

Whether you agree with this belief or not, it’s easy to see that the “Equality Act” is bad public policy. It fuels the culture war rather than seeking peaceful coexistence.

The so-called “Equality Act” does noting to soothe the divided nation. Americans will not allow themselves to be prodded by a bureaucracy. Anderson further explains why—in the name of tolerance—we need FADA rather than the “Equality Act:”

[G]overnment policy should not trample on the consciences of citizens who dissent from official policies on sexuality. Government discrimination against social-service providers who believe marriage is a male-female relationship undermines our nation’s commitment to reasonable pluralism and diversity. The First Amendment Defense Act would prevent this.

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America is in a time of transition. The court has redefined marriage, and beliefs about human sexuality are changing. Will the right to dissent be protected? Will our right to speak and act in accord with what Americans have always believed about marriage — that it’s a union of husband and wife — be tolerated?

Most Americans say yes, they want ours to be a tolerant, pluralistic nation. They want peaceful coexistence. We must work together to protect these cherished American values, despite the ideologues and activists who would sow disharmony by having the government coerce those with whom they disagree.

The First Amendment Defense Act is one way of achieving civil peace even amid disagreement. To protect pluralism and the rights of all Americans, liberals should forswear coercion and embrace tolerance.

After Obergefell, Support for Same-sex "Marriage" Drops

As a recent AP-GFK polls shows, 41% of Americans now disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, while only 39% support the decision. As Brietbart reports, when it comes to same-sex marriage conflicting with religious liberty, the numbers are of an even greater difference:

The AP poll reveals that 42% of Americans favor legal gay marriage, while a similar poll carried out last April showed 48% in favor. Moreover, in conflicts between the interests of same-sex couples and those of religious liberty, a majority of Americans (56%) believe that government should rule in favor of religious freedom.

ThinkstockPhotos-521108245The issue of religious freedom seems to be the deciding factor in this turn in opinion. Americans do not like to see their fellow citizens mistreated and harassed by the government for committing no wrong save the crime of having moral convictions. In the past months, wedding related businesses and judges have suffered for holding to their belief in traditional marriage, causing outrage across the country. The AP’s report reflects this fact:

Specifically, more Americans believe that local officials with religious objections should be exempted from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 49% siding with the exemption and 47% saying they should be obliged to comply with the law. Moreover, an increasing number of U.S. citizens believe that wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples. Whereas in April 52% thought they should be accorded this option, the number was up to 59% in the recent poll.

“What the Supreme Court did is jeopardize our religious freedoms,” said Michael Boehm, 61, an industrial controls engineer from the Detroit area who describes himself as a conservative-leaning independent.

“You’re going to see a conflict between civil law and people who want to live their lives according to their faiths,” Boehm said.

The poll was conducted in the aftermath of the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision, in which the Supreme Court erasing state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively making same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Americans will not let the forces of injustice trample upon them. We must never compromise our core beliefs. We must always stand up for truth. The Obergefell decision attacks among other things, the institution of the family, marriage, and religious freedom; the Obergefell decision will not stand.

See Breitbart for more.

Brian Brown: America Needs a Leader Who Will Protect the Family

In the coming election, America needs a candidate willing to stand up for truth. The DNC has failed America in this respect; the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage under the Obama administration has incontrovertibly proved that.

When we turn to the GOP though, we are met with an alarming lack of leadership on social issues. Two top presidential candidates, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have both remained relatively silent on the marriage decision. Brian Brown, The National Organization for Marriage’s president, reflects:

ThinkstockPhotos-532747033The battle against abortion and same-sex marriage has turned into an all out war for the soul of the country, between those who believe in religious liberty and those who want to trample it.

With this Supreme Court decision, many in the movement, including pastors and priests, believe they will be forced to risk their personal freedom with persecution, possible jail time, or even martyrdom.

The 2016 presidential campaign will be long and difficult. This decision by two of the top-tier candidates to duck one of the most controversial and important issues of our time shows they are not ready to fight for the principles conservatives expect and demand of their candidates.

In the 2016 presidential election, the National Organization for Marriage will only support a leader, someone who will fight for marriage, in spite of a court’s decision.

See Fox News for Brian Brown’s full analysis.

Bobby Jindal Knows Exactly What Marriage Is

While the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding marriage exemplifies that the majority of the justices do not understand the cultural significance, biological requirements, or historical reasoning of marriage, Bobby Jindal assures everyone that he is not “evolving” on marriage:

Bobby-JindalGOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he will not change his stance on marriage.

The Louisiana governor made that clear when he sat down for an interview with The Daily Signal earlier this year in Baton Rouge.

“My faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman. I’m not changing,” Jindal says. “I know it’s politically fashionable to evolve. I’m not evolving and it doesn’t matter to me what the polls say…that is one of those issues that I’m not going to change on.”

Jindal has called the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage an “all-out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians.”

While Jindal says his state will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, he has also stated that court clerks and state workers can’t be forced to support the ruling if they have religious objections.

Jindal says he will continue to push for a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman.

Original article and video can be found via The Daily Signal.

Our Very Way of Life is on the Line

By now you should be prepared for the worst. There is a strong possibility (many say high likelihood) that the Supreme Court will impose same-sex ‘marriage’ on the entire nation either tomorrow or Monday. While this would be an illegitimate and lawless ruling (because there is no constitutional authority for it), we must remember that man-made law never supersedes natural law. “Marriage” will ever remain the union between a man and a woman because its unique meaning and purpose is to bring together the two halves of humanity to provide the best environment for raising children.

Conservative talk show host Steve Deace, a longtime friend of NOM’s, has penned a provocative article in Conservative Review where he points out that a negative ruling will prove to be a boon to the marriage movement over time, just as Roe v. Wade reinvigorated the pro-life movement. The first benefit, he predicts, will be to separate out the true conservatives in the field of GOP presidential candidates from those who are only pretending to be conservative:

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All of our other options of faux coexistence and kicking the can down the road are over. The age of feigned tolerance is at an end and – behold! – the age of forced compliance is now at hand.

We are about to find out why there was so much bravery at the Alamo—because there was no backdoor. There will be no fence to straddle. There will be no neutrality. There will be no polls or elections we supposedly have to win with a gutless establishment Republican we rationalize as an excuse to punt. There will only be “choose ye this day whom you will serve.”

No less than our very way of life is on the line. Such as:

-Marriage, the most fundamentally important institution of a civilized society
-Federalism, which is our most basic form of governance
-The constitutional rule of law and separation of powers
-The will of the people, as in the over 50 million Americans that voted to enshrine marriage in their state constitutions
-The Bill of Rights, with the First Amendment's religious freedom protections in clear and present danger

Any so-called Republican or religious leader that is willing to respond to such a blitzkrieg on liberty with tripe like “the courts have spoken” or “it’s time to move on” is a charlatan, and there’s no way they’d defend our liberties against any other Leftist assault, either.

You can read the full article at Conservative Review.

The Marriage Pledge: A Litmus Test

The Washington Post joins a number of other major national media in covering NOM’s Presidential Marriage Pledge launched last week. As the article notes, every major Republican candidate in 2012 signed NOM’s presidential pledge, including nominee Mitt Romney. NOM expects the Presidential Marriage Pledge to play a significant role in ensuring that marriage is a top-tier issue in the campaign, and will work to ensure that the Republican nominee is a strong marriage champion.

ThinkstockPhotos-78479938With a field of almost 20 candidates, the undercards are looking for every opportunity to stand out. Though attitudes have shifted rapidly, social conservatives who oppose same-sex unions retain the power to decide who wins Iowa’s caucuses and South Carolina’s primary. The National Organization for Marriage is determined to make support for a Constitutional amendment overturning the SCOTUS decision a litmus test. Last week, it began publicly prodding 2016 candidates to sign a pledge that they will do everything possible to “overturn” an “illegitimate” decision.

Almost all of the 2012 candidates signed the NOM “marriage pledge,” including Mitt Romney. But the atmosphere has changed substantially. The donor class is more powerful than ever because of Citizens United, and most major donors either back same-sex marriage or feel pretty agnostic about social issues. The most credible candidates also worry about turning off independents and younger voters in a general election: a CNN poll last month found that 63 percent of Americans believe gays and lesbians have a Constitutional right to marry. This will incline contenders like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to say that they respect the rule of law, despite whatever their personal beliefs may be. On the other side, Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment in April that would let states re-ban gay marriage. Bobby Jindal supports such an amendment; Scott Walker suggested openness to considering such an approach, but he’s also said the courts settled the issue in his home state of Wisconsin.

Full article can be found via The Washington Post.

We Seek a Champion

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've got big news to announce: NOM has just issued our 2016 Presidential Pledge to all the Republican candidates running for President of the United States.

As you may recall, the NOM Presidential Pledge was extremely influential in the 2012 Republican primary process. Not only did every major Republican candidate sign our pledge, including eventual nominee Mitt Romney, but it forced all the candidates to address the marriage issue during the course of their campaigns for the presidency. NOM spent more than a quarter million dollars promoting our pledge.

We expect our 2016 pledge to play an extremely important role in the selection of the eventual Republican nominee, and we will invest heavily in promoting it. You see, NOM's pledge doesn't just ask the candidates to make some generic statements in support of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman; it asks them to take specific actions when elected, letting the American people know exactly how they will govern concerning marriage when they are elected.

Let's not kid ourselves. The situation we face in terms of preserving marriage is grave. Federal judges in at least twenty states have acted to redefine marriage, substituting their values for those of the American people. They have ignored the judgement of countless elected officials and over 50 million voters who have cast ballots declaring that marriage must remain the union of one man and one woman. And now, the US Supreme Court is on the precipice of possibly issuing a Roe v Wade type ruling on marriage, one that might impose genderless marriage on every state of our nation.

That is why it is so important that we elect a president in 2016 who is a pro-marriage champion. There is no more important person in the world to promote traditional marriage than the President of the United States. Not only does he have a bully pulpit and the loudest microphone on the planet, but he will likely have the opportunity to appoint at least two new justices to the United States Supreme Court.

Make no mistake about it: NOM's top priority is to elect a marriage champion as president.

Sign The People's Marriage Pledge

In order to ensure that a true champion for marriage emerges from the primary process next year, we've done more than just issue a Presidential Pledge to the candidates. We've launched an extremely exciting new project to involve the American people in pledging their own support for preserving marriage by declaring they will only support a candidate for president (and other federal offices), who is committed to taking concrete action supporting marriage.

Here is what The People's Marriage Pledge declares:

I pledge that I will only support a candidate for President of the United States who has pledged to take specific actions to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This includes:

  • Supporting a federal marriage amendment protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • Opposing and working to overturn any Supreme Court ruling that illegitimately finds a constitutional “right” to redefine marriage.
  • Nominating to the US Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, and appointing an attorney general similarly committed.
  • Conducting a review of regulatory, administrative and executive actions taken by the Obama Administration that have the effect of undermining marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Consistent with this, prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities.
  • Supporting federal legislation that recognizes the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their beliefs about marriage without fear of retaliation from the federal government.
  • Directing the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed.
  • I also pledge to support only those candidates for federal office who have taken positions consistent with the above policies.

Will you sign The People's Marriage Pledge? This is an absolutely critical step in ensuring that the next President of the United States is a true champion for marriage.

Sign The People's Marriage Pledge

Just think about what a disaster Barack Obama has been as president. This is a guy who lied through his teeth in 2008 when he claimed to be a supporter of traditional marriage. We've since seen the real Barack Obama — a man who is totally beholden to gay activists and who has completely embraced their agenda.

It's important enough to have a pro-marriage president if only to reverse the disastrous policies of the Obama administration, including pressing same-sex 'marriage' at every instance and even making support for it a decision point on whether America will offer a foreign nation aid. But with the real likelihood that the next president will end up appointing several new justices to the US Supreme Court, this becomes a potentially life and death matter for marriage.

You see, no matter what the US Supreme Court decides on marriage later this month, it will almost certainly be a 5-4 decision. So you can see how appointing two new justices to the court gives the next president the ability to either cement a ruling, or reverse it.

By signing The People's Marriage Pledge, you will become a critical ambassador in the presidential contest for the truth of marriage. You will have the opportunity to influence whatever candidate you prefer to sign NOM's Presidential Pledge, which mirrors exactly the elements contained in the pledge that you have signed.

Please don't delay — sign The People's Marriage Pledge immediately. Then forward it to all your friends, family and contacts and ask them to do so as well.

This is a great opportunity to go on offense and to shape the course of the marriage movement going forward. Please sign The People's Marriage Pledge today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — Please don't set this email aside thinking that you will come back to it to sign The People's Marriage Pledge. Far too often good intentions like that amount to nothing. Sign The People's Marriage Pledge right now.

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One more thing: it costs us a great deal of money to undertake a project like this, advancing The Presidential Marriage Pledge to the candidates running for president, and giving the American people the ability to ensure we have a pro-marriage champion become elected president next fall. Please consider making a much needed financial gift to NOM today.

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National Organization For Marriage Issues Presidential Pledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (202) 457-8060 x-105 [email protected]

America's only group dedicated exclusively to preserving marriage calls on presidential candidates to commit to take specific actions if elected.


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Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced that it has issued a presidential pledge (www.marriagepledge.com) calling on every Republican candidate to commit to take five specific actions to preserve marriage should they be elected. In 2012, every major Republican presidential candidate signed NOM's presidential pledge including the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney.

"With the US Supreme Court set to issue their opinion on whether the US Constitution somehow prohibits states from defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, it is imperative that we have a presidential candidate who is a champion for marriage, " said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "After eight disastrous years of the Obama administration that has sought to redefine marriage at every turn, and with the potential of a Roe type of decision concerning marriage, America's best option to preserve marriage is to have a president who will lead and take concrete actions to protect marriage. That is what we expect of the next president, and what we ask the candidates to pledge to the American people."

NOM's presidential pledge asks candidates to commit to take the following actions:

  1. Support a federal constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  2. Oppose and work to overturn any Supreme Court decision that illegitimately finds a constitutional "right" to the redefinition of marriage, including nominating judges and an attorney general who are committed to applying the original meaning of the Constitution.
  3. Conduct a review of regulatory, administrative and executive actions taken by the Obama administration that have the effect of undermining marriage and work to restore our policies to be consistent with the proper understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  4. Support the First Amendment Defense Act and other legislation that recognizes the right of organizations and individuals to act in the public square consistent with their beliefs about marriage without fear of retaliation from the federal government.
  5. Direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage.
  6. "There is no more important task we can take to help preserve marriage in America than to elect a president who will be a leader and a doer, not just a talker," said Brown. "NOM plans to play a significant role in advancing a pro-marriage champion in the early primary and caucus states and we look forward to the candidates embracing our pledge."

    To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-105.

    Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW,
    Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

National Organization for Marriage Defeats Every Republican It Targeted Who Embraced Same-Sex 'Marriage'; Group will Target Sen. Rob Portman for defeat in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"When candidates speak out in support of marriage, voters will reward them; when candidates ignore marriage or actually want to redefine it, they are rejected." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) claimed victory in their efforts to defeat three prominent Republican candidates for the US House and US Senate, and announced they will set their sights on defeating Sen. Rob Portman for reelection in 2016, or if he decides to run for president. Through their Super PAC, the NOM Victory Fund, the nation's largest organization supporting natural marriage opposed the election of Republican US House candidates Carl DeMaio (CA52) and Richard Tisei (MA6) as well as Republican US Senate candidate Monica Wehby of Oregon. Tisei and Wehby were defeated on Election Day while DeMaio conceded defeat yesterday.

"I hope that our success in defeating these three Republican candidates sends a message to the Republican leadership in Washington that the GOP faithful demands candidates who are committed to defending marriage, which is a critical element of the Republican platform," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Together with our success with independent expenditure and grassroots campaigns to help elect pro-marriage Republicans like Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst and Ben Sasse, we've proven that speaking out in support of traditional marriage is a winning issue for Republican candidates."

NOM spent over $200,000 in independent expenditures on television ads and mailers in the Tillis and Cotton races, and mounted substantial grassroots efforts including co-sponsoring a bus tour and turning out conservatives to help Joni Ernst (IA), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Roberts (KS), along with supporting Governor Sam Brownback (KS).

"Republicans want to support candidates who stand with them to advance policies that promote liberty, prosperity, national security and the natural family," said Brown. "Marriage is the most pro-family, pro-child institution ever devised, one that brings men and women together and forms the ideal environment for any children born of their union. When candidates speak out in support of marriage, voters will reward them; when candidates ignore marriage or actually want to redefine it, they are rejected."

US Senator Rob Portman announced his support for redefining marriage in 2013 after his son told him he was gay. Portman faces voters in Ohio in a 2016 reelection race, but has also been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for president.

"Rob Portman can forget about getting elected President of the United States," said Brown. "If he runs we will make sure that GOP primary voters are aware of his desire to redefine marriage and his willingness to see federal judges set aside the votes of 50 million Americans who enacted marriage amendments across the country because his son is gay. Rob Portman's son has a right to live as he chooses, but that does not give his father the right to redefine marriage. The same voters who just elected pro-marriage candidates like Joni Ernst, Tim Scott, Tom Cotton, Pat Roberts and Thom Tillis are not going to support someone like Rob Portman."

Brown said that if Portman runs for reelection, they will oppose him in Ohio. "The people of Ohio deserve a US Senator who respects their votes for marriage. We hope that Portman faces a stiff challenge in the Republican primary from a candidate who will proudly stand for marriage. We intend to oppose Sen. Portman for reelection, and if he survives a primary challenge we will urge Republicans and Independents to refuse to vote for him in the General Election, just as we successfully did with DeMaio, Tisei and Wehby."

In addition to its work in federal races, NOM also noted the defeat of Republican state Senator Mark Grisanti in New York. Grisanti was one of four GOP Senators who switched their votes and redefined marriage in that state.

"When these Republican Senators betrayed us, we vowed that we would defeat them all," Brown said. "We previously had defeated three of the turncoat Senators, and now we have kept our word that all would be defeated with the ouster of Grisanti. This should also serve notice to Republican leaders that it is political suicide to back Republican candidates who do not fight for traditional marriage."

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

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

National Organization for Marriage: Traditional Marriage Achieves Overwhelming Victory Across United States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated." —Brian Brown, President, NOM—

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that their efforts to support candidates who supported traditional marriage and oppose those who favored gay 'marriage' were overwhelmingly effective and played a pivotal role in the Republicans capturing control of the United States Senate. NOM won all the races in which they were engaged.

"Marriage won an overwhelming victory last night," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated."

The NOM Victory Fund spent more than $200,000 on television advertisements and mailers supporting successful US Senate candidates Thom Tillis (NC) and Tom Cotton (AR). NOM also mounted extensive grassroots efforts in support of newly-elected Senators Joni Ernst (IA) and Ben Sasse (NE), in addition to Governor Sam Brownback (KS) and Senator Pat Roberts (KS).

A major storyline emerging from the election was the rejection of Republican candidates who abandoned marriage and instead supported redefining marriage. NOM actively opposed Richard Tisei (MA6), Carl DeMaio (CA52) and Monica Wehby, the GOP candidate for US Senate in Oregon. Tisei and Wehby were defeated, and the outcome of the CA52 contest was too close to call on election night.

"It's time for the GOP elite and consultant class to wake up and realize that marriage is a winning issue, in red states and blue," Brown said. "Traditional marriage amendments have received 50 million votes across America, and candidates who embraced marriage this election won, while Republicans who rejected marriage were themselves rejected. The election results tonight were a stunning rebuke of those who wish to redefine marriage. We look forward to working with Congress to advance the cause of marriage."

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

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

National Organization for Marriage Congratulates Jeff Bell on Winning the Republican Senatorial Primary in New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Congratulations to Jeff Bell on winning his republican primary. Jeff is a true conservative, a champion for marriage, family, and life." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) congratulates Jeff Bell on winning the Republican Senatorial primary in New Jersey. NOM endorsed Bell in his campaign and ran automated calling to 100,000 pro-marriage republican voters in New Jersey in support of Bell.

"Congratulations to Jeff Bell on winning his republican primary. Jeff is a true conservative, a champion for marriage, family, and life," stated Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. "The U.S. Senate needs conservative champions like Jeff, especially at this time as we seek to move forward legislation that will protect marriage and every child's right to a mother and a father. NOM will continue to support Jeff's candidacy as he faces the anti-marriage and anti-family candidate Corey Booker in November."

The National Organization for Marriage is committed to supporting candidates across the country that will support and defend marriage on the national stage. Part of NOM's five-point strategic plan for 2013/2014 is to take back the U.S. Senate so that pro-marriage and family legislation can move through the U.S. Congress. Bills such as the "State Defense of Marriage Act," "The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act," and the proposed Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman can only be passed if marriage champions take back the U.S. Senate.

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

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

Victory is Just Hours Away

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In just a few hours, the polls will open in Virginia and voters will make their decision on electing their next Governor. The race is very close between Ken Cuccinelli, a principled pro-marriage, pro-life champion, and Terry McAuliffe, the discredited former chief of the Clinton Administration. Turnout is key and every vote counts.

Please vote tomorrow, and vote for Ken Cuccinelli, along with his running mate, E.W. Jackson for Lt. Governor.

The importance of this race goes far beyond the borders of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It will help set the tone for the 2014 midterm elections, and will be closely watched and analyzed by candidates, consultants and party leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Electing a pro-marriage champion like Ken Cuccinelli would be a great blessing. It would make it easier for other conservatives to attract support from national party leaders and donors. Though he appears to be narrowly behind, Cuccinelli could pull ahead with a strong turnout of conservatives.

Please do not let anything prevent you from getting out to vote tomorrow for Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson, and urge all your friends, neighbors and colleagues in Virginia to do the same.

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Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

New Poll Shows Continued Strong Support for Marriage

A new poll conducted by Harper Polling for Conservative Intel. The poll differentiated between states where same-sex marriage is not yet recognized, and those where marriage has been redefined... and the results are telling:

Define Marriage? 60% Yes.

We asked the entire sample of 2,375 likely voters, “Do you support or oppose a measure defining marriage as between one man and one woman?” The result was 60 percent in favor. Sixty-five percent of people in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage say they would support such a measure. In states where same-sex marriage is legal, the result was tied, 45 percent in favor to 45 percent against.

Although this seems to betray an incoherent view on the topic by many respondents, it also suggests that the “one man, one woman” formulation frequently used in political talk (including, at one point, by President Obama) was chosen with good reason — it is something people find it easy to agree with.

The complete poll results can be seen here.

Marriage Battles Are Heating Up Around the Country in 2013!

Keep checking our Advocacy Center to see what you can do to protect marriage in 2013