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Help us send Target a message



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, Target stores have felt the pressure brought by NOM and other organizations through boycotts in protest of the ridiculous and dangerous bathroom and changing room policies Target has instituted. These policies allow a biological man to gain access to these intimate facilities normally reserved for women and girls simply because he claims to identify as woman.

The media has tried to soften the impact of these boycotts, but they can't bury the matter altogether—just like they couldn't bury the news earlier in the year of a man arrested at a Target store taking pictures of a woman changing after having gained access to the stall next to her in the changing room by exploiting Target's absurd policy!

Target has now announced they want to "accommodate" people like that poor woman who was victimized by allowing them the option to use a single-occupancy bathroom. You read that right: it's now seen as an "accommodation" to provide people privacy from the opposite sex when using the restroom or undressing.

That's why we're urging our supporters to continue to Say No To Target. If you haven't committed through this petition to boycott the stores, I ask you to please do so immediately, and then share this email with your family and friends encouraging them to do likewise.

Say NO to Target

In just a few days since the recent news about Target's newest policy shift, over 5,000 more signers have joined up at a rate of about 1,000 a day. This is tremendous, but we really want to spread the word and grow these numbers even more! We currently have over 13,000 total committed to the boycott through our petition: how many more can you help us gain?

It is crucial that we grow these numbers now, because Target will know that these signers have come on board after their insulting "accommodations" were announced. Sure, they're spending millions of dollars to put in new restrooms, but in the statements made publicly about the matter Target executives and spokespersons have made clear that their old policy about the changing rooms still stands. Not only that, they've referred to women who "may be uncomfortable" changing or going to the bathroom in the presence of a man as though these women are strange and unreasonable: when it is really Target's policy that is unreasonable, and what's more — it's dangerous!

Please sign our petition today, and then use the buttons below to share this message with your family and friends. Together we'll make sure Target knows that as long as their wrongheaded and dangerous policy still stands, they won't find us using their restrooms or their checkout aisles!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Breaking: Huge Victory As Federal Judge Halts Obama's Dangerous Transgender School Bathroom Mandate



Marriage Supporter — We've won a huge legal victory today as a federal judge has issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting President Obama's illegal decree attempting to force all public schools to open their bathrooms, showers and locker rooms based on a student's perceived "gender identity" rather than actual sex.

Sign Our Petition to Oppose These Policies

This is the second time in the past three weeks where federal courts have blocked Obama's transgender school policies from being enforced. Earlier this month the US Supreme Court issued an order that had the effect of blocking the policies in Virginia, but today's order by Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas covers the entire country. It comes as parents are sending their children back to school following the summer break, and it's a big relief for parents and students alike.

Texas and nearly two dozen other states have sued the Obama administration in lawsuits pointing out that President Obama does not have the legal authority to impose his dangerous transgender rules in the public schools, and threaten them with loss of federal funding if they refuse to comply. Obama took the unprecedented action by issuing "administrative guidance" in a letter to public schools. Today's ruling by Justice O'Connor in one of the lawsuits finds that Obama did not follow proper procedures for notice and comments when issuing the guidelines, and that their effect is to enact laws that contravene existing legislative and regulatory texts. The Obama administration is expected to appeal.

NOM has played a critical role in helping mobilize Americans to oppose the dangerous transgender policies that President Obama is attempting to impose on our nation's schools. A video we helped produce about these issues has generated more than one million views on Facebook.

Obama's Bathroom Mandate

Obama's Policy has a few surprises tucked inside.

Posted by Stand with Children: Understanding the Heart of Marriage on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Please help us increase views of this video to two million views by watching it yourself and then forwarding it to everyone you know. It helps make clear what is at stake for parents and children.

After you've watched the video, please also sign our petition to oppose the Obama administration's dangerous, illegal transgender policies.

Our fight on this issue is by no means over. We'll be filing legal briefs in this and other cases fighting to prevent President Obama from turning the most intimate areas of public schools — bathrooms, showers and locker rooms — into a forum to advance the political agenda of LGBT extremists.

We hope that this great victory encourages you to keep up your support of NOM. On top of the recent win in the US Supreme Court and election victories this month in Missouri, we're demonstrating that American people continue to be with us in the fight for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of human sexuality.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you've watched the video, and signed our petition, please consider making a donation to the National Organization for Marriage to help us continue our work on these issues.


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Groundbreaking New Research



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I want to share with you a groundbreaking new study published today in the journal The New Atlantis, entitled "Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences."

The report is authored by two eminent scholars and draws upon a huge range of research from the 1950s to the present. Dr. Lawrence Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D., is a scholar-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of psychiatry and biostatistics at Arizona State University. Dr. Paul McHugh, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and served as psychiatrist-in-chief at the University's Hospital for twenty-five years. During his tenure at the hospital, Dr. McHugh put an end to sex reassignment surgery referrals after research showed that the impacts of such procedures do not provide the benefits claimed by those who advocate for it.

The landmark report by Drs. Mayer and McHugh runs to 143 pages, and covers nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies on sexual orientation and gender identity from the biological, psychological, and social sciences.

The essential findings of the study are explained by The New Atlantis editor, Adam Keiper, as follows:

  • The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are ‘born that way'—is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman's body' or ‘a woman trapped in a man's body'—is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.
  • Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.

Read the Whole Report Here

The importance of this new study cannot be overstated. As Keiper explains in the Editor's Note to the report:

Questions related to sexuality and gender bear on some of the most intimate and personal aspects of human life. In recent years they have also vexed American politics.

We offer this report in the hope of improving public understanding of these questions. Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence.

The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex. More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care, and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives [emphasis added].

Another important thing to note, as many will try to detract from this study and claim that it is rooted in animus or anti-LGBT bigotry, is that one of the lead authors expresses himself in the introduction as very sympathetic to the plight of the LGBT community, and describes himself as a strong supporter of equality and opponent of discrimination. He has testified in court for the LGBT community. Even so, he writes that , "I support every sentence in this report without reservation and without prejudice regarding any political or philosophical debates. This report is about science and medicine, nothing more and nothing less."

Click Here to Read the Groundbreaking New Study

I am asking you today to please take a look at this groundbreaking new study and then help spread the word far and wide! If you'd like a good summary of the piece and its import, please take a look at an article today by NOM's friend, Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, in The Daily Signal, carrying the apt title, "Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong."

Please use the social sharing links below to send this message to your friends and family, and make sure that this groundbreaking research gains the wide hearing it deserves despite what will surely be a concerted effort by the media to bury its findings.

Thank you in advance for your help to promote this research and expose the lies of the media and LGBT activists that contradict not only common sense but also the best scientific knowledge.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Keep Boycotting Target!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The nationwide boycott of Target stores is having a major effect. Their decision to allow biological men to force their way into restrooms and changing rooms reserved for women and girls has resulted in a massive loss of customers and cost Target billions. Their revenue is down more than 7% and their stock price has dropped precipitously. Now Target hopes to recoup those losses by announcing they will provide a private restroom in all their stores for anyone concerned about protecting their privacy. While this is a step in the right direction, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) calls on Americans to Say No To Target by continuing to boycott Target until their dangerous policy is reversed.

Please sign our new petition pledging to Say No To Target. This corporate giant should not risk the safety and privacy of girls and women in the most intimate of areas in their stores, including changing rooms and bathrooms.

The impact that we are having on Target is amazing! Christians and people of faith are letting them know with their wallets that they do not appreciate a corporate giant risking the privacy and safety of young girls and women in order to pay homage to a political ideology being advanced by LGBT extremists.

Say NO to Target

While Target is pretending like the nationwide boycott hasn't had an impact, their change in policy proves otherwise! Retail experts have studied the marketplace and concluded that customers have left Target and taken their dollars to other retailers like Walmart who have not adopted extreme "gender identity" policies that risk their customers' privacy and safety.

Now is the time to ramp up pressure on Target by urging consumers to continue to Say No To Target. Only when they see their revenues and stock prices to continue to decline will they see the error of their ways and reverse this dangerous policy.

This is not the first time that Target has been on the leading edge of the LGBT agenda. They came out in favor of redefining marriage long before the US Supreme Court issued their infamous marriage decision last year. And they have been huge funders of LGBT organizations for years, helping those groups attack people of faith and urge that Christians be punished for refusing to abandon their beliefs on issues like marriage and religious liberty.

Target is on the ropes and this is the time to continue to pressure them. Please act today to add your name to the petition letting them know that you will refuse to shop at their stores until they reverse their extreme, dangerous policy on restrooms and changing rooms.

Please add your name to the Say No To Target petition today!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NOM Members Are Responding, But We Need 404 People To Act Today



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm encouraged by all the people who responded to our request last week for supporters to make a contribution of at least $35 in response to our Summer Membership Drive. We've had 604 people respond thus far, and have raised $24,219 against our goal of $52,500. If you are one of those 604 people who have contributed, I sincerely thank you!

We only have two weeks left in the Summer Membership Drive and still need to raise $28,281 to meet our budget. That means we need 808 people to give an average of $35 to fill the remaining hole in our budget, or 404 people each week.

In the next few days we need 404 people to step up with a contribution of at least $35. Will you be one of the people to help us this week? If you will help us now, we will be in much better shape to make our final push at the end of the month.

Donate Today to Make an Immediate Impact!

Your gift of $35 or more is urgently needed. It will help us continue to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act. It will allow us to file legal briefs in critical cases to stop President Obama's attempt to impose his dangerous transgender policy on the nation's public school children. It will allow us to protest against big corporations like Target and billionaire sports team owners who want to use their wealth and power to impose the agenda of LGBT extremists. It will help us be effective advocates in key states, holding people accountable for their actions — just as we did earlier this month in Missouri by helping to defeat a Republican legislator who refused to protect supporters of marriage from governmental discrimination against them. And it will help us continue to develop tools to educate and engage Americans at the grassroots level.

As you can see, NOM is engaged in critical work. If we fall short of the $28,281 we need to raise in the next two weeks, we will have little choice but to put some of these efforts on hold and cut back.

Please, I'm asking you to be one of the 404 people we need in the next few days to act with a contribution of $35 or more. It's really important.

Thank you for all you have done in the past, and for your ongoing support at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Making a donation of $35 in support of our Summer Membership Drive is really easy. Just click this link, select the amount of your donation and scroll down to complete the required information. The whole process will take less than two minutes, and make a huge difference for us. Thank you!


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Frank Schubert: "Republican Voters Are Not 'Moving On' From Marriage"

From NOM's political director, Frank Schubert, comes this piece in Public Discourse:

It’s rarely covered by the media, but the political landscape is littered with the wrecked careers of Republicans who abandoned the party’s commitment to marriage as it has always existed, which is a foundational institution of virtually every faith tradition on the planet.

[...]

It should be acknowledged that these races often involve more than the marriage issue. There is usually a range of issues at play in any contested race, whether for the state legislature or Congress. But unquestionably, marriage was a critical issue in all of these contests. Marriage was the issue that drove conservatives to oppose and ultimately defeat incumbents like Anne Zerr in Missouri.

Finally, it is also important to note the importance that support for marriage played most recently in the GOP when grassroots Republican activists made their views clear in crafting the national Republican Party platform last month in Cleveland. Despite an organized and well-funded campaign by Wall Street billionaires and corporate lobbyists to “modernize” the party’s official position on marriage, convention delegates utterly rejected the notion. The 2016 GOP platform is the most pro-traditional marriage platform ever adopted. It specifically calls for reversing the Obergefell ruling redefining marriage. It explicitly condemns as the product of activist judges the rulings on marriage in both Obergefell and the Windsor case that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and it calls for the appointment of Supreme Court justices who will reject their reasoning. It endorses the First Amendment Defense Act to protect supporters of marriage from governmental persecution. And it calls for a constitutional amendment to return to the states their right to define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.

Never fans of social issues to begin with, it’s a safe bet that the consulting class, corporate lobbyists, and wealthy donors will ignore the mountain of evidence all around them that rank and file Republican activists and voters revere marriage and will act to defend it. But Republican candidates should come to understand that succumbing to the pleadings of the elite echo chamber can come at a very high price: their very political careers.

Read the whole thing here.

Evan McMullin: Not a Viable Conservative Alternative

Recently, an independent Presidential candidate touting "conservative" credentials has come onto the political scene posing as an alternative to Donald Trump for those who have not decided to support the Republican nominee.

Recently, though, McMullin gave an interview to Bloomberg Politics where his answers to some questions on same-sex marriage raise concerns about his claims to conservative credibility [emphases added]:

McMullin

INTERVIEWER: Same-sex marriage.

MCMULLIN: Sure.

INTERVIEWER: It's happened very quickly. It's now legal. Are you comfortable with the way it's happened and the current state of the law of the land on same-sex marriage?

MCMULLIN: Well, my position on that is, uh, that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, I believe in traditional marriage, between a man and a woman, but I respect the decision of the Court and I think it's time to move on.

INTERVIEWER: Along those lines, you said you want to push a lot for the Federal level down to the State level.

MCMULLIN: Yeah.

INTERVIEWER: Is that something you think should be handled by the States and not the Federal government?

MCMULLIN: Ideally, yes, but it's been handled by the Supreme Court, and that's where it is.

INTERVIEWER: But are you saying your personal preference is that marriage should be only legal between a man and a woman, but not just you accept the Court but that you're fine with the change?

MCMULLIN: This, this is a decision of faith for me, it's something of faith for me, but my faith isn't everybody else's faith and I make my decisions for me on those kinds of things--and...

INTERVIEWER: So--so, you're personally opposed to it, but you're--you're comfortable with the law of the land? In other words, you wouldn't--for instance--try to appoint Justices, nominate Justices, who would overturn--the decision?

MCMULLIN: I--I wouldn't on that.

You can view the entire interview here.

Not Good...



Dear Marriage Supporter,

NOM began our critical Summer Membership Drive on July 22nd. As of this morning, we've crossed the three week halfway point of our drive — the halfway point — and we have only received 309 contributions from our members. We're only 20% toward our goal of receiving 1,500 membership contributions of at least $35.

That is extremely concerning, and I am praying that we can turn things around.

Unless this situation improves drastically right away, NOM will have little choice but to cut some of the critical programs we have underway and not pursue some of our most important work to protect you and other supporters of marriage from being targeted by LGBT extremists and their allies in government.

We can't influence Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act if only 20% of our people help.

We can't persuade courts to uphold religious liberty laws and protect supporters of marriage from being sued, fined, fired or even jailed for refusing to be personally complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage' if only 20% of our people help.

We can't fight President Obama's dangerous gender 'identity' agenda with only a 20% participation rate.

And we can't effectively educate the American people about the issues, or establish a grassroots network, or work with allies in the states if only 20% of our supporters are willing to step up.

I really don't believe — I just can't imagine the thought — that NOM's members have quit fighting for the institution of marriage as a union between man and woman. And yet, only 309 people have responded with an urgently needed membership contribution during this critical period.

I'm going to be blunt: we need 1,500 people to step up with a membership contribution of at least $35 in order to raise the $52,500 we're short so far this year. Without that type of response, we'll have no choice but to lay people off, cut programs and stop pursuing some of our most important work.

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In the next couple of days we need 398 people to step up with a membership contribution of at least $35 if we are to have any chance of getting back on track. Will you be one of those people? Please make an immediate contribution of at least $35 so that I know you are still fighting alongside us for the truth of marriage and the rights of all of us who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

NOM is the only organization in America that is solely dedicated to fighting for marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

That means if NOM has to scale back, the fight for marriage and religious liberty is seriously weakened.

It means that we may not be able to organize and mobilize the millions of marriage supporters in America to lobby the next President and the US Senate to only appoint and confirm Supreme Court justices who will reverse the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling redefining marriage.

It means that the federal Courts might not hear directly from us and our legal scholars about why what the Obama administration is doing with their gender insanity is illegal and dangerous, and must be stopped.

It means that Congress and state Legislatures might not hear from us and the countless grassroots supporters we can uniquely mobilize to fight for marriage and religious liberty in the states.

It means that gutless, turncoat legislators who have betrayed marriage with their votes may get away with their treachery.

And it means that the American people will have a harder time getting the information they need to fight and be given the tools they need to organize an effective movement to restore marriage in our laws and protect the right of people of faith to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives.

Act Today With Your Membership Gift

So much is at stake, and yet only 309 members have stepped forward thus far to help ensure we are able to continue our critical work.

The fight for marriage and religious liberty sits on a knife-edge, teetering between preservation and devastating loss.

That's why I am asking to hear from you right away that you will be one of the 398 supporters we need immediately to make a contribution of at least $35 and get our Summer Membership Drive back on track.

Please act today with your membership gift of at least $35. So much is riding on it. Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Will you ignore God's Word?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The God who created the universe also is the creator of the institution of marriage. It is so important to Him in his plan for humanity that he included it among his very first instructions to us: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Genesis 2: 24).

Lest you think God was simply making a suggestion that we might accept or reject as we feel suited, read what Jesus Christ himself said about marriage:

"'Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator "made them male and female,"' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'" (Matthew 19:4-5).

Given that God the Father, and his only Son, our Savior, have made it crystal clear that marriage is ordained by God as the union of one man and one woman, I guess we have a basic choice:

Are we going to follow God's Word, or are we going to follow the illegal decree of five robed jurists who claim for themselves the authority to redefine what God created?

I'd like to tell you that I'm certain that you and all the other supporters of NOM will surely follow God's Word and fight for the institution He created, but I am not sure that is actually the case.

Sadly, the numbers speak for themselves.

NOM began our critical Summer Membership Drive on July 22nd. As of this morning, we've crossed the three-week halfway point of our drive and we have only received 309 contributions from our members.

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That is terribly concerning, certainly not the type of response we've been praying for.

I imagine that Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the opinion a year ago redefining marriage, will be laughing out loud to himself realizing that the most passionate supporters of marriage — NOM's members who love the Lord and who revere what He created — seem to be giving up.

Who could blame Anthony Kennedy if he thinks that God lost and he won?

I really don't believe — I just can't imagine the thought — that NOM's members have quit fighting for God's institution of marriage. And yet, only 309 of you have responded with an urgently needed membership contribution during this critical period.

I'm going to be blunt: we need 1,500 people to step up with a membership contribution of at least $35 in order to raise the $52,500 we're short so far this year. Without that type of response, we'll have no choice but to lay people off, cut programs and stop pursuing some of our most important work.

Right now, we only have 309 contributions. That means at the half way mark of our Summer Membership Drive, we are only at 20% of our goal. That is really bad.

In the next week we need 398 people to step up with a membership contribution of at least $35 if we are to have any chance of getting back on track. Will you be one of those people? Please make an immediate contribution of at least $35 so that I know you are still fighting for what God created and what Jesus revered.

The first miracle that Christ performed was at a wedding — the Wedding Feast at Cana. That's how important marriage is to Him. It is the marriage relationship that symbolizes Christ's own relationship with His Church — that of Bridegroom and Bride. Marriage is, thus, central to the flourishing of humanity, and to the Church.

So I am asking you to appreciate the enormity of what God created and make an immediate Summer Membership Drive contribution to NOM, the only organization in America that is solely dedicated to fighting for marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Show Your Support and Donate Today

NOM's purpose for existing — the reason we created it — is to fight for God's authorship of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We're going to fight as long as we are able, but that is only as long as you are willing to follow God's Word and fight alongside us.

Please let me hear from you right away with the good news that you've made a contribution of at least $35 to our Summer Membership Drive to continue to fight for what God created and what NOM supports — marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Together we can make it clear that Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues on the US Supreme Court don't have the last word when it comes to marriage. It's God's Word that defines marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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BREAKING: A Win in the US Supreme Court



Dear Marriage Supporter,

News broke late today that the US Supreme Court has blocked a ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals imposing a transgender bathroom policy by interpreting the term "sex" under Title IX of federal law to mean "gender identity."

This is a big victory and protects students in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland and comes as students will be heading back to school soon. The ruling is a blow to the Obama administration which has been working overtime to impose the gender ideology of LGBT extremists.

The effect of the ruling is to leave intact a Virginia school district's policy that intimate facilities such as restrooms, showers and locker rooms are segregated based on a student's actual biologic sex, and not based on "gender identity" or other subjective feelings.

It is expected that the school district will file a motion with the Supreme Court to hear the underlying case this fall. NOM will urge the Supreme Court to rule that federal law enacted decades ago does not define "sex" to mean "gender identity" and that the Obama administration does not have the legal authority to impose their transgender bathroom policy on the nation's schools.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Will you help deliver 847 FADA petitions to Congress?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

NOM has generated over 120,000 petitions to Congress urging them to move the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to the floor of the US House of Representatives where it can be enacted and passed to the Senate.

But now we have a critical problem — we are short of funds to print, prepare and ship the petitions. That is why it's so important that our Summer Membership Drive continues strong throughout this month where supporters contribute at least $35 to fund our work.

Please take a look at what impact your contribution will have and immediately let us know what you can do:

Your $35 membership gift will allow us to deliver 847 petitions to Congress

Your $70 membership gift will allow us to deliver 1,695 petitions to Congress

Your $100 membership gift will allow us to deliver 2,421 petitions to Congress

Your $250 membership gift will allow us to deliver 6,050 petitions to Congress

Your $500 membership gift will allow us to deliver 12,100 petitions to Congress

FADA is critical legislation needed to protect the right of supporters of marriage to live out their views about marriage in their daily lives and at work without being punished by the government for their beliefs. It protects churches, religious societies and orders, and nonprofit groups by prohibiting the IRS from removing their tax exemptions. It protects religious schools from being denied accreditation. It protects charities from having to abandon their faith in order to receive grants or contracts with the federal government. And it prohibits the government from targeting pastors, individuals, and small businesses for any adverse action because of their beliefs about marriage.

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The challenge we have is that we need to raise $4,955.85 this week to deliver to Congress the 120,025 FADA petitions we have in hand.

Will you please act today to make a summer membership contribution of at least $35? We'll put it to immediate use delivering the petitions we've collected and keep pressure on Congress to enact FADA.

You'd think that a GOP Congress would act of its own accord to protect Christians and other people of faith who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. But the truth is that LGBT extremists have the GOP leadership skittish, worried that they will face the same kind of backlash they have generated in places like North Carolina and Indiana. LGBT extremists have powerful allies among big corporations, the media, Hollywood and big-time sports, and their coalition can generate a lot of heat.

The only way that we are going to advance FADA is by showing that average Americans — people like you and I — support, indeed demand, that this legislation be passed. NOM's petition drive is a critical component in illustrating the overwhelming support for FADA.

Donate Today and Show Your Support!

Please help us raise the $4,955.85 we need this week to distribute the 120,025 petitions to Congress.

Your $35 membership gift will allow us to deliver 847 petitions to Congress

Your $70 membership gift will allow us to deliver 1,695 petitions to Congress

Your $100 membership gift will allow us to deliver 2,421 petitions to Congress

Your $250 membership gift will allow us to deliver 6,050 petitions to Congress

Your $500 membership gift will allow us to deliver 12,100 petitions to Congress

Once we deliver the 120,000+ petitions we already have collected, we can continue our drive to generate even more petitions until Congress feels such pressure that they cannot ignore FADA and the House of Representatives passes this critical legislation.

But right now we can't even deliver the petitions we already have in hand unless you respond to this urgent Summer Membership Drive. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Your summer membership contribution of $35 will allow us to deliver 847 FADA petitions to Congress. Can you please chip in at least that amount? If you're able to give more, we'd really appreciate it. Thanks.


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Are You Still In?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last Friday I announced the launch of NOM's Summer Membership Drive which is absolutely critical if we are to carry on our essential work.

I need to know, are you still in? Please immediately make your membership donation of at least $35 so that I know you are still standing with us. The fight for marriage and religious liberty sits on a knife-edge, teetering between preservation and devastating loss. We are depending on you and all our supporters for the resources needed to prevail in this historic battle.

NOM is working night and day to protect the rights of Americans to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work. We're taking on the Obama administration's relentless attempt to advance an extremist gender ideology. We're working alongside allies in the states to pass, and then defend in court, legislation protecting marriage supporters and preserving the security of women and girls. And we are taking on the rich and the powerful, including billionaire sports team owners, who want to punish states that have the decency and common sense to prohibit men from invading intimate restroom and shower facilities reserved for women.

But none of this will be possible if we don't get a strong response to our Summer Membership Drive. And I have to tell you, I am concerned. So far, the response has been lackluster.

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I've seen this type of thing happen before. Some people are preoccupied with family vacations and other matters. Some intend to donate but get distracted. While others figure that someone else will give and solve the problem.

But I want you to know the truth of what we at NOM are dealing with — we need you to take a moment to step up and set aside other things for a couple of minutes to make a membership contribution of at least $35. If you have been blessed with greater resources, please consider a contribution of a higher amount. We really need it. There is nobody else to step up — we need you! Long gone are the days when we had reserves stashed aside to cushion against a slow period of fundraising. We are lean and mean, and we are entirely dependent on your generosity.

Two examples of NOM's most recent work illustrate how important membership support is:

Recently, we launched a campaign in Missouri targeting Republican politicians who betrayed their constituencies and helped defeat a measure set to go before voters allowing them to protect supporters of marriage from attacks by government and LGBT extremists. Because of their betrayal, legislators like Rep. Anne Zerr have subjected churches, pastors, religious charities and schools, individuals and small businesses to lawsuits, fines, the loss of their livelihoods and the ruin of their reputations. NOM is determined to hold these legislators accountable.

We are keeping our promise to Missourians to be their voice in the halls of power and to hold accountable anyone in public office — Republican or Democrat — who betrays the values of the people that elected them into office and sides with radical LGBT activists in order to fill their own campaign coffers.

We've also been keeping up pressure in Congress via a petition to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to move the very important First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) toward a full vote in the House.

In the coming days, we'll be delivering tens of thousands of signed petitions directly to the U.S. Capitol to make sure that the members of the OGR committee know how important this issue is. People must not face discrimination and legal pressure from the government simply for trying to live out the truth of marriage in the conduct of their day-to-day lives, and FADA is critical, “must pass” legislation to protect against this.

If you've already made your membership contribution of $35, I sincerely thank you. Please consider making an additional contribution on behalf of others who would like to give but can't - perhaps they are tied up with their families and away from their computer, or perhaps they are a victim of the Obama economy where the rich have thrived but average Americans have seen real wages decline precipitously. If you can do a little more than your fair share, that would be huge.

Whatever you can give in response to this critically important Summer Membership Drive, please act today. As I said earlier, I am concerned and need to know that you are still in the fight with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NOM Launches Critical Summer Membership Drive



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, we are in a critical period in our work to protect the rights of Americans to be free of government persecution for living out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work. We are pushing legislation in Congress and working with allies in the states to fight back against the relentless effort of the Obama administration to advance their dangerous gender ideology. We are rallying public opinion to contest the effort of wealthy elites such as billionaire sports owners to redefine humanity itself — demanding that men be treated as "women" based on some vague "gender identity" claim. And we are working in the courts to prevent the secular left from inventing a constitutional right to redefine gender much as they have used the courts to redefine marriage.

Our plate is full, but our cupboard is nearly empty. That's why we have launched a critical Summer Membership Drive from now through August to ensure we have the funds we need to complete our work this fall.

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Please make an immediate membership contribution of at least $35 to help us replenish our resources during this critical period. Whatever gift you can give of at least $35 will be greatly appreciated — whether that be $50, $100, $200 or even $1,000 or more — and you will become a member of the National Organization for marriage.

We have been involved in some great accomplishments this year.

At the state level, we joined with allies to help push legislation to protect supporters of marriage in numerous states, including in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Missouri.

Last month, we organized an incredibly successful, uplifting 2016 March for Marriage in Washington, DC that served the critical purpose of showing policymakers, members of Congress and the media that the American people continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

At the federal level, because of public pressure that NOM helped generate, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee just had a tremendous hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect the rights of Americans to continue to live and act in concert with the truth of marriage. Members of the OGR Committee heard powerful testimony from legal scholars and victims of government discrimination about the importance of this legislation — people like Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran of Atlanta who was fired from his position as Fire Chief simply because he expressed his belief in traditional marriage. Even radical LGBT supporters like former Congressman Barney Frank admitted that this is wrong and something should be done about it. Well, Congressman, that something is passing FADA!

Now we're hard at work pushing the OGR Committee to take the next step (called "mark up") to bring FADA before the entire US House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee just wrapped up its nominating convention where we worked with allies behind the scenes to support the development of what is clearly the most conservative GOP platform ever adopted. The Republican Party has stood firm in support of marriage, in rolling back the illegitimate Supreme Court decision redefining marriage and in opposing President Obama's dangerous "gender identity" push to redefine gender.

We've been working with allies in states like North Carolina to defend (in courts of law and in the court of public opinion) commonsense laws protecting the privacy and safety of women and girls in intimate facilities like restrooms, showers, changing rooms and locker rooms. Just today the NBA announced they would pull the All Star game from Charlotte because of this legislation. What hypocrisy! They will play exhibition games in China — a nation with a horrible human rights record including imprisoning dissidents, forced abortions, child labor, etc. — but will not play in Charlotte because the state has protected women and girls from being exposed to biological males in restrooms and other intimate facilities.

We're going to push back hard against the NBA, just as we did in protesting Target Stores for their dangerous policy of allowing men into changing areas previously reserved for girls and women. Nearly 1.5 million people have signed various petitions urging consumers to Boycott Target.

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We are also working to hold politicians who betrayed marriage and voters accountable. Just today, our state PAC in Missouri unleashed a campaign to defeat a treacherous Republican who helped deny Missourians the right to vote on important legal protections for people who believe in traditional marriage.

And our legal team is busy preparing briefs in numerous pending court cases where states and parents are contesting the illegal actions of the Obama administration to redefine sex under federal law to mean "gender identity" and then to claim that denying men who ‘identify' as women access to female showers and restrooms constitutes "discrimination."

All of this work depends on the success of our important Summer Membership Drive. Please, make an immediate financial contribution of at least $35 to support our work at this critical time and become an official member of the National Organization for Marriage. If you have been blessed with greater financial resources,consider making a generous contribution to help, whether that be $250, $500 or even $1,000 or $2.500. Please contribute whatever amount is right under your circumstances.

I know that many of you are busy planning family vacations and other summer-time activities. Please factor in NOM in your summer plans and be sure to participate in this critical Summer Membership Drive.

Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NOM Launches Campaign To Defeat Missouri Representative Anne Zerr Who Betrayed Missourians, Denying Them The Right To Vote On Critical Religious Liberty Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2016
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]


"It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her." - Brian Brown, NOM President

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Washington, D.C. – Washington, DC – Following through on a promise made to citizens last April when the Missouri House of Representatives refused to pass SJR 39, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced they have launched, through their NOM in Missouri PAC, a campaign to defeat Rep. Anne Zerr in the 23rd Senate District Republican primary. NOM in Missouri is funding mailings and phone calls urging voters to defeat Zerr in the August 2nd primary and elect her principal opponent, Bill Eigel.

"Anne Zerr betrayed the people of Missouri and the Republican Party when she refused to allow voters to consider critical legal protections preventing government from discriminating against people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her. We are committed to her defeat."

As a member of the House, Zerr joined with fellow Republicans Rep. Jim Hansen and Rep. Caleb Rowden to defeat SJR 39 which would have allowed Missouri voters to protect the right of Christians and people of faith from being punished by government because they object to participating in a same-sex 'wedding.' NOM is the nation's largest and most active organization in support of traditional marriage and the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters and will target Hansen and Rowden in the future.

"Anne Zerr has subjected supporters of marriage, Christians and people of faith to punishment and persecution for standing true to their beliefs. She has sided with LGBT extremists who want to punish people of faith for supporting marriage and use the full power of government to persecute them," Brown said. "Zerr has subjected churches, pastors, religious charities and schools, individuals and small businesses to lawsuits, fines, the loss of their livelihoods and the ruin of their reputations. We urge voters to defeat her."

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Separating Fact from Fiction on #FADA

From Roger Severino and William Wolfe of The Heritage Foundation comes this piece in the Daily Signal: Debunking 6 Myths About the First Amendment Defense Act:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing Tuesday on one of the most important pieces of religious liberty legislation before Congress in years: the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho.

Several Democratic House members and their invited witnesses made some stunning claims about the bill both orally and in written remarks that merit serious fact-checking.

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The Supreme Court itself said that the belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman is grounded in “decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises,” not on discrimination. FADA respects this truth and gives life to the best of our traditions of tolerance and religious freedom.

Tuesday’s hearing proved that FADA protects people and institutions from having their beliefs about marriage targeted for discrimination by their own government. It would do nothing more, nothing less.

To find the six myths that the authors expose and rebut, go to the Daily Signal to read the whole piece.