Dear Marriage Supporter,
First, the IRS news you've been waiting to hear — they finally admitted we were right and they were wrong! This week the IRS was forced to admit that they were the ones who unlawfully released our confidential donor information to a gay activist who promptly gave it to our political opponents, and opponents of marriage, the Human Rights Campaign. As our chairman John Eastman said,
When we began this process, the government denied the IRS had engaged in any wrongdoing and suggested that NOM itself must have released its confidential list of donors to our political opponents, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Now the government has been forced to admit that the IRS was responsible for disclosing confidential tax information and the private identity of our donors. We are looking forward to holding them accountable in court for the damages they have inflicted upon us.
Beginning on June 30th we will go to trial to determine not whether someone in the IRS committed this act but how much the IRS owes NOM for the damages caused by their actions.
Thank you Professor Eastman and the whole team at the Act Right Legal Foundation for your excellent work in discovering and proving the truth.
And thank you to each one of you who kept the pressure on the IRS by sending emails to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Government Oversight Committee. Your grassroots efforts pushed these committees and their Chairmen to keep the IRS scandal in the public view and to dig into the truth of what happened to NOM and its donors.
And it's the grassroots that matter
Lost in all the news about renegade judges imposing their personal opinions on entire states by throwing out state marriage laws or overturning state constitutional amendments defining marriage as one man and one woman, is a simple fact — the majority of Americans, the people who really matter, continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
First, Politico — hardly a conservative news outlet — reported that 52% of Americans are opposed to marriage being redefined. Similarly, in Michigan a recent poll showed that support for same-sex ‘marriage' actually DROPPED (or perhaps it never existed in the first place). How does that fit in with the mainstream media's mythical narrative about the inevitability of same-sex ‘marriage?'
It doesn't because the grassroots, people like you, people who vote, believe that marriage is a sacred truth and a unique public good. And I am thankful for every one of you.
And it's with the grassroots that we will make our stand
Criminal acts by the administration, radical judges legislating from the bench, and a complicit media will not stop the truth about marriage from being embraced by the American people, and the corollary belief that every child deserves a mother and a father. This is because the grassroots and marriage champions across the country are standing up and declaring, ‘enough is enough.'
And that exactly is what we are going to do on June 19th in Washington, D.C. during the 2nd Annual March for Marriage. This critical event will bring thousands of marriage champions to the nation's capital with a clear and decisive message for the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and the media — Marriage is the Union of One Man and One Woman and Children Deserve Both a Mother and A Father. The bigger the March, the clearer the signal... to the courts, the media and the country... that marriage is worth defending! We are doing everything in our power to make it HUGE!
But to do this, your help is needed to spread the word and get people to the March!
First, don't forget to watch and share our promotional video with your family, friends, neighbors, and church.
And remember, it's not too late to make plans to join us on the 19th.
If you are looking for a bus from your area, check out our "Participate" page on the March for Marriage Website. If you are organizing a bus and would like us to promote it in order to get more riders, just email us the particulars at [email protected]. We'll post it on that page and help people find you.
And others are determined to take their stand with you
I'm thrilled to announce that my good friend and stalwart marriage, family, and life champion, presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will be speaking at this year's March for Marriage on June 19th. From his days in the Senate, through his Presidential campaigns, Senator Santorum has never hesitated to stand for marriage and make the argument that the social values of our nation are of primary importance to the well-being of our families and children.
Senator Santorum is a huge addition to our already incredible speaker list that includes Governor Mike Huckabee, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, New York State Senator Rev. Rubin Diaz, and the Heritage Foundation's Jennifer Marshall, among many others.
Together, we will march and declare the unique goodness of marriage throughout the streets of Washington and across the nation.
The lineup of prominent national speakers who are committed to standing with you to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman stands in stark contrast to the transparent attempts of many in the mainstream media to convince Americans that the debate about marriage is all but over. But the American people continue to believe in the importance of preserving marriage and that every child deserves both a mother and a father.
Together we will show the US Supreme Court, leaders in Congress and the media that the American people embrace traditional marriage and want it preserved in law and in culture.
As always I am humbled by the heroic efforts of everyday, grassroots champions like you. I hope you will be able to join us in the nation's capital on June 19th or to hold your own local march in your state capital or home town.
Brian S. Brown