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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Virginia Court for Ignoring History, Reality and Rule of Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"It is a terrible abuse of power for a court to abandon the definition of marriage which has existed throughout the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was adopted by the people, and reflects in law the reality of what marriage is, the union of one man and one woman." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

"We are extremely disappointed, though not surprised, with today's ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating the definition of marriage in Virginia. It is a terrible abuse of power for a court to abandon the definition of marriage which has existed throughout the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was adopted by the people and reflects in law the reality of what marriage is, the union of one man and one woman.

"While we condemn the ruling of the majority, we are pleased with the strong dissent authored by Justice Paul Niemeyer who noted that the 'linguistic manipulation' of case law employed by the majority to create a 'fundamental right' to same-sex marriage will also result in 'the right of a father to marry his daughter and the right of any person to marry multiple partners.'

"Justice Niemeyer's dissent lays bare what the majority has done — they have invented a right to redefine marriage because two justices have substituted their views for the considered opinion of the General Assembly and the voters of the Commonwealth.

"We call on the state to appeal this decision to the US Supreme Court and to vigorously fight for the truth of marriage and the right of the people and the elected representatives of the state to define marriage in law consistent with what it is in reality — the union of one man and one woman."

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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

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National Organization for Marriage Expresses Concern Over New Executive Order, Calls on Congress to Protect People of Faith Against 'Reverse Discrimination'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The fact is that non-discrimination rules like the order issued by President Obama can become a weapon used to punish and harass individuals and groups who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) expressed concern over President Obama's signing today of a new executive order ostensibly aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT persons but that in reality could target Christians and other people of faith for reverse discrimination and harassing lawsuits. The executive order applies to all groups, including religious employers, who contract with the federal government.

"The fact is that non-discrimination rules like the order issued by President Obama can become a weapon used to punish and harass individuals and groups who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president. "As with the flawed ENDA (Employee Non-Discrimination Act) legislation that was rejected by Congress, President Obama's order has the great potential of putting employers in the position of standing up for their faith values or violating the new order. This will unnecessarily subject people of faith to harassing complaints and lawsuits."

Brown surmised that this executive order could lead to Christians and others with belief in marriage as the union of a man and a woman facing reprisal and even punishment simply for expressing their views in the workplace.

"All manner of frivolous lawsuits could result from an action like this, and that's a dangerous thing when the courts have already shown such a lack of restraint when it comes to the question of the definition of marriage," Brown maintained. "This is nothing more than an agenda to create a cultural narrative wherein the belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman becomes the legal and social equivalent of bigotry or hate speech. It is the next step on a path we've already seen this administration proudly pursuing, a path toward a new thought-policing state where those who hold traditional values about marriage and family are to be marginalized."

Brown called on Congress to pass legislation overturning the new executive order and to revisit the issues of conscience protection and religious freedom for believers in traditional marriage. He urged citizens to contact their Senators and Representatives about these concerns.

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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

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National Organization for Marriage Announces Boycott of JP Morgan Chase for Offensive Survey Questions and Dishonest Dealings with the Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Chase was clearly pushing an LGBT agenda with these invasive survey questions, and also created an intimidating and threatening atmosphere for their employees who wondered what the 'right' answers were and how 'wrong' answers would be dealt with. Furthermore, we have evidence that Chase has lied to the public about this matter, constituting a major betrayal of trust. Therefore, we are launching a boycott and international petition drive at www.VoidChase.com to give consumers a way to object to the bank's offensive actions." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced a boycott against JP Morgan Chase in protest of what deemed "offensive and inappropriate questions" given to employees in an annual survey. In addition to launching the boycott at VoidChase.com, NOM's president also revealed new evidence today that shows JP Morgan Chase has misled consumers and employees about the survey, which asked workers if they are an "ally of the LGBT community." After the survey was brought to light by whistleblowers and reported in several news outlets, Chase has repeatedly insisted that the survey was "voluntary and anonymous." But NOM has released a screen shot provided by a Chase employee establishing that employees had to "log in" to the Chase computer system using their unique employee ID number in order to complete the survey, allowing the megabank to learn which employees are loyal to the LGBT community.

"Asking employees whether they're allies of the gay community is a highly inappropriate question in the first place, but it is particularly offensive when the answer can be tied directly to individual employees, as is the case when someone must enter their Employee ID number to ‘log in' to complete the survey," Brown said. "And now, to top it off, we have the 'smoking gun' that shows Chase has lied about this matter to both their employees and to the public."

NOM produced a computer screenshot of Chase's internal employee publication, the "Daily Bulletin" dated March 28, 2014, urging employees to "log in and complete the 10 minute survey." This screenshot was provided by a Chase employee, who confirmed in an email that "employees were required to identify themselves with their employee Standard ID Number prior to taking the survey." This information corroborates employee reports provided by Professor Robert P. George at Mirror of Justice and by Breitbart News.

And while participation in the survey is technically voluntary, employees are subject to substantial internal pressure to participate. The employee said, "There was a big push to make sure that all employees completed the survey. About a week before the survey all employees received an email from CEO Jamie Dimon stressing the importance of completing the survey. Then, all employees in my department received an email from the head of our department emphasizing the importance of 100% participation in the survey....This was followed up by my immediate supervisor confirming with me and all my co-workers to make sure that we took the survey. So, no, this was not voluntary or anonymous."

Despite this evidence, Patricia A. Wexler, a Chase spokesperson, told several people who inquired about the matter that, "The news report is not correct. These surveys are anonymous and voluntary." Another JP Morgan Chase spokesperson, Jaclyn D'Aversa, also told the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal that the survey was "completely voluntary and anonymous."

Brown said the Chase survey potentially subjects those employees who do not answer in the "politically approved way" to discrimination and sanctions: "As one employee put it, this could be a way to create a ‘fire these people first' list."

"It's clear that Chase has lied to its employees and customers about the survey and its attempt to push the LGBT agenda. This is a major violation of trust, the central value in any banking relationship," Brown said. "We are launching an international boycott and petition drive at www.VoidChase.com to give consumers a way to object to the bank's offensive actions, demanding that they issue an apology and pledge never again to engage in this conduct."

To kick off the boycott, Brown said that he would be moving his own home mortgage, presently held with Chase, to another company. He also said that VoidChase.com and NOMblog.com had additional information about the scandal and contained news reports to show how the evidence has mounted against Chase in this matter.

Brown also noted that NOM was partnering with ActRight.com and the international advocacy organization CitizenGo to distribute the "Void Chase" petition across the globe. These partnerships give the initiative an initial reach of several million activists worldwide.

"Based on their actions to date, we expect that JP Morgan Chase will continue to try to cover up their conduct, but we are determined to hold them accountable," Brown said. "We will keep up this boycott and petition drive until JP Morgan Chase issues a formal apology for their offensive conduct and pledges never again to invade the privacy of their employees by attempting to learn their private views about LGBT issues."

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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

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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Federal Court Decisions Invalidating Marriage in Utah and Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


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Washington, D.C. — The following should be attributed to Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

"Today's split decision of a panel of judges in the 10th Circuit is not surprising given that this Circuit refused to even order a stay of the district court decision when it came down during the Christmas holidays. While we strongly disagree with the two judges in the majority, we are encouraged by the strong defense of marriage articulated by Justice Paul Kelly in his dissent, and especially his defense of the sovereign right of the people of Utah to decide this issue for themselves. This principled recognition by a federal judge considering the marriage issue underscores that the people of a state are entitled to respect and deference in their desire to promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Indeed, the US Supreme Court decided in the Windsor case that the federal government must respect the right of states to define marriage. The majority in the Utah case engage in sophistry to attempt to argue their way around the Supreme Court's ruling that it is up to the states to define marriage. As Justice Kelly noted in his dissent, ‘If the States are the laboratories of democracy, requiring every state to recognize same-gender unions—contrary to the views of its electorate and representatives—turns the notion of a limited national government on its head.'"

Mr. Brown also commented on the decision of a federal judge in Indiana to strike down that state's laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"The elected representatives of the people of Indiana have decided, for good and proper reasons, to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is judicial activism for a single judge to substitute his own views on marriage for the considered opinion of the people’s representatives. This is just the latest example of activism from the federal bench, but we fully expect this decision to eventually be reversed when the US Supreme Court upholds the right of states to define marriage as a man and a woman. We call on Governor Mike Pence to immediately appeal this decision and to seek a stay of the ruling. In the meantime, it is also imperative that the state legislature move forward a state constitutional amendment preserving marriage so that the people always remain in control of the definition of marriage in Indiana."

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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

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IRS Admits Wrongdoing in Release of the National Organization for Marriage's Confidential Tax Return and Donor List; Agrees to Pay $50,000 in Settlement of Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information." — John Eastman, NOM chairman —

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Washington, D.C. — In response to a lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has admitted wrongdoing in releasing the organization's confidential tax return and donor list which was obtained by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), NOM's chief political rival. The IRS has agreed to pay NOM $50,000 to settle the lawsuit.

"It has been a long and arduous process to hold the IRS accountable for their illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor list, which was ultimately given to our chief political rival by the recipient," said John Eastman, NOM's chairman and a member of the ActRight legal Foundation team that brought the lawsuit against the IRS on NOM's behalf in October, 2013. "In the beginning, the government claimed that the IRS had done nothing wrong and that NOM itself must have released our confidential information. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information."

NOM said that an investigation revealed that its 2008 tax return and list of major donors was released to Matthew Meisel, a gay activist in Boston, MA. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague that he had "a conduit" to obtain NOM's confidential information. While testifying under oath in a deposition in the litigation, Meisel invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to disclose the identity of his conduit. Documents obtained during the litigation prove that Meisel then provided NOM's tax data to the Human Rights Campaign (whose president was a national Co-Chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign). The information was also published by the Huffington Post.

"While we are very pleased that the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe the IRS may still be hiding information from the American people," Eastman said. "We have called on the Attorney General to grant Matthew Meisel immunity from prosecution so that we can force him to disclose the identity of his conduit . We urge the Congress to explore this issue with the appropriate government officials. It's imperative that all those who have engaged in corrupt practices and illegal acts in the IRS be identified and held accountable."

NOM will also be seeking an additional award of attorney fees to offset some of the cost of bringing the case, but the briefing schedule for that has not yet been set.

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

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National Organization for Marriage Launches Independent Expenditure Campaign in Support of Claudia Tenney; Opposes Republican Incumbent Richard Hanna

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Claudia Tenney is a principled conservative who believes in marriage, supports the right of voters to have a say, and will vote to protect innocent human life in the US House." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The nation's most prominent organization working in support of natural marriage today announced it had launched an independent expenditure campaign to defeat incumbent Republican Representative Richard Hanna, and support his opponent in the GOP primary, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) said it was spending tens of thousands of dollars to defeat Hanna and support Tenney.

"Richard Hanna has abandoned Republican principles and is a foe of New York families. He wants to redefine marriage and has refused to allow voters a say on this critical issue. He's also militantly pro-abortion," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Hanna's positions are anti-family and in favor of big government. Claudia Tenney is a principled conservative who believes in marriage, supports the right of voters to have a say, and will vote to protect innocent human life in the US House."

NOM sent a direct mailer to tens of thousands of voters in Hanna's district, New York's 22nd Congressional District noting that Hanna is the 3rd most liberal Republican in the US House, according to National Journal. The mailer said, "On core issues, Richard Hanna has abandoned us." It says that Hanna is "militantly pro-gay marriage" and "shockingly pro-abortion."

"We realize that Congressman Hanna may have a lead in this race, but we believe he is unfit to serve New York," Brown said. "We are hopeful that New York voters will shock the establishment just as voters in Virginia did in unseating Rep. Eric Cantor. Regardless of the outcome, we are standing on principle to let Rep. Hanna and his allies in Washington know that we will not sit still and watch liberal Republicans join with liberal Democrats to redefine marriage and kill innocent children. We urge voters to reject Richard Hanna on Tuesday."

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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

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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Wisconsin Judge’s Decision on Marriage and Her Refusal to Stay Its Decision

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


"Again, an individual, activist judge is legislating from the bench and trampling on the sovereign will of the people of Wisconsin." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), condemned the decision of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to overturn Wisconsin's duly enacted state marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Crabb joins a growing list of activist judges falling over themselves to legislate from the bench and make a mockery of the sovereign will of the people. Further, Crabb refused to stay her decision resulting in confusion throughout Wisconsin's county clerks.

"Again, an individual, activist judge is legislating from the bench and trampling on the sovereign will of the people of Wisconsin," declared Brian Brown president of the National Organization for Marriage. "This has got to stop, and the only way it will is for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and protect the democratic process and the rights of the tens of millions of voters who have declared that they want their state's social policy to define marriage as it has been known for millennia — the union of one man and one woman."

In 2006 nearly 60% of the voters of Wisconsin approved Referendum 1 which defined marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman.

NOM praised State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for defending the rights of the people of Wisconsin and declaring that Wisconsin will "continue to defend the constitutionality of our traditional marriage laws and the constitutional amendment, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters." Van Hollen stated that he would seek an emergency order stopping same-sex marriage from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals while the state appeals the decision.

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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

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Statement by the National Organization for Marriage on the Decision of the US Supreme Court to Deny Its Request to Stay the Decision of a Federal Judge in Oregon to Redefine Marriage

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


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Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Claremont Institute:

"We are disappointed that the US Supreme Court has declined to issue a stay of a federal judge's order redefining marriage in Oregon. Because the state Attorney General has worked in concert with the plaintiffs to deny the people of Oregon a defense of their state marriage amendment, and because the trial judge refused our request to defend the amendment, the people have at least temporarily lost their common-sense law which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It's important to recognize that the Supreme Court has not decided the merits of the underlying issue. NOM has filed an appeal of the trial judge's decision to prevent us from intervening in the case to defend Oregon's marriage amendment. That appeal is on track, with briefs due in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in August and September, and oral argument sometime afterwards. We will continue to press this case because we believe that the people of Oregon are entitled to a vigorous defense of marriage, and because it is in the public interest to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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

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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

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Statement from the National Organization for Marriage Regarding Maine Ethics Panel Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The National Organization for Marriage vigorously denies that it violated any disclosure laws during the 2009 campaign opposing same-sex marriage. We worked with legal counsel to understand the law, and we followed that advice." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

"NOM vigorously denies that it violated any disclosure laws during the 2009 campaign opposing same-sex marriage. We worked with legal counsel to understand the law, and we followed that advice. The Commission staff has drawn improper inferences from the circumstances of the campaign environment that they wrongly interpret as meaning that if someone gave to NOM somehow they designated their gift to support the Maine campaign. However, we have submitted direct sworn statements from donors saying they had no such intention and any inference from the Commission staff to the contrary is false. We intend to appeal this decision in court because it is wrong as a matter of law and because the evidence supports our position, not that of the Commission staff. Moreover, we appear to be a victim of selective prosecution since major groups on the other side of this same campaign engaged in the same approach we did. In short, while we are disappointed in today's decision, we are not surprised by it and we will continue to resist the idea that somehow we failed to disclose donors to the Maine campaign. We disclosed our contributions to the Maine campaign committee, as Maine law requires. But we did not disclose our entire national donor list because those donors did not donate 'for the purpose of influencing' the Maine campaign, which is the trigger for reporting contributions that Maine law imposes."

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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

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National Organization for Marriage Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Stay Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"This case is an ugly spectacle of the state refusing to defend the sovereign act of its voters…"
 — John Eastman, NOM’s Chairman —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today filed a motion with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy asking him to stay the imposition of same-sex marriage in Oregon so that the group can pursue its motion to intervene in the case. Judge Michael McShane imposed same-sex marriage in a ruling last week and refused to stay his decision. Justice Kennedy, the Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, could act on NOM’s request on his own or he could refer it to the full court to decide.

“We are asking Justice Kennedy and the U.S. Supreme Court to take the step of staying the decision of Judge McShane so that NOM can pursue its request to intervene in the case in order to mount a defense of the people’s vote for marriage,” said John Eastman, NOM’s chairman and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at The Claremont Institute. “This case is an ugly spectacle of the state refusing to defend the sovereign act of its voters to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and instead working jointly with the plaintiffs to redefine marriage.”

Oregon joins numerous other states in recent weeks where federal judges have overturned state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and instead imposed same-sex marriage. In each of these cases, the court decision has been stayed by the trial judge or an appellate court. The U.S. Supreme Court itself ruled unanimously to stay a decision in Utah that invalidated their state marriage amendment.

“The Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that it does not want a profound social change such as redefining marriage to be made by trial judges without the Supreme Court itself deciding the issue,” Eastman said. “In Oregon, not only do we have a single trial court judge imposing his own opinion and invalidating the votes of the overwhelming majority of Oregon voters, but the case involves the state Attorney General refusing to even mount a defense of the people’s decision. This should be very troubling to Justice Kennedy."

NOM represents tens of thousands of members including many in Oregon who will suffer particular harm if the ruling is allowed to stand, including a county clerk and several members of the wedding industry who will suffer material harm if the ruling is implemented.

“NOM believes it has a strong legal right to intervene in this case in order to mount a defense of Oregon’s marriage amendment. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will allow us to defend the decision of Oregon’s electorate to define marriage as one man and one woman,” Eastman concluded.

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

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National Organization for Marriage Announces Governor Mike Huckabee as Honored Guest and Featured Speaker for June 19th’s March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Governor Huckabee has been a consistent leader and a strong voice for pro-family values in our country for years. We are thrilled that he will be joining us for the March for Marriage." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage) (NOM) today announced that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will be an honored guest and featured speaker at the upcoming March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. The event is set for June 19, 2014, and will begin with a rally at 11:00AM ET on the grounds at the West side of the Capitol Building, followed by a March to the U.S. Supreme Court at 1:00PM ET.

"Governor Huckabee has been a consistent leader and a strong voice for pro-family values in our country for years," said Brian Brown, NOM's President. "We are thrilled that he will be joining us for the March for Marriage, which promises to be a historic success. We have a great line-up for the rally, and the response from supporters around the country has been overwhelming and very positive."

In addition to Governor Huckabee, other speakers include Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz; leading Evangelical Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in California; Ludovine de la Rochere, President of the French pro-marriage organization, La Manif pour Tous; Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense; former Presidential candidate Gary Bauer of American Values; and many more.

"Governor Huckabee will be joining leaders of dozens of pro-family organizations from the local, state, and national levels, standing in front of our nation's Capitol to proclaim that marriage is solely the union of one man and one woman," said Brown. "This is a value that Governor Huckabee shares with millions of Americans, and we plan to have many of them with us for the rally and march that day. We're going to show the media elites and those in public office that the American people still stand for marriage. We're going to show people around the nation—especially young people—that there's no reason for shame or cause for fear in standing up for this essential truth."

Click here for more information on the March for 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

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National Organization for Marriage Sharply Criticizes Decision by PA Governor Tom Corbett to Decline Appeal of Latest Anti-Marriage Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Marriage is a unique public good that deserves a vigorous defense; however Governor Corbett has refused to step up to the task, and chosen instead to defend himself and his political aspirations." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today strongly criticized Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for refusing to appeal Tuesday's decision by Judge John E. Jones, III's in Whitewood v. Wolf. The case was a challenge to Pennsylvania's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act; the Judge ruled that such laws should be "discard[ed]… into the ash heap of history."

"Governor Corbett claims to be a man of principle and a supporter of marriage. Indeed, in the very statement issued today announcing that he will not appeal this ruling, Corbett cites his own Catholic faith with regard to marriage," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage.

"But Governor Corbett is abandoning marriage with this choice. He is also turning his back on the people of Pennsylvania and selling out his principles precisely when it is most necessary that he stand by them! Marriage is a unique public good that deserves a vigorous defense; however Governor Corbett has refused to step up to the task, and chosen instead to defend himself and his political aspirations."

While Pennsylvania passed its Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, multiple attempts by the legislature since then to put the matter on the ballot for a popular referendum have been unsuccessful, leaving Pennsylvanians without any opportunity to directly affect the question of marriage and how it should be legally defined.

"Governor Corbett's refusal to appeal this ruling completes the disenfranchisement of the people of Pennsylvania," Brown continued. "For years they have been denied the right to vote on marriage. Now Governor Corbett has communicated to citizens of Pennsylvanians who have been fighting to be heard on this issue that he will join the ranks of the political elites unwilling to listen. Accordingly, Pennsylvania's voters must show Governor Corbett that he will be held accountable."

Brown said that the National Organization for Marriage is itself evaluating whether it could intervene in this case on behalf of its Pennsylvania members. It is also looking into what other options might exist to work with people or groups in the state who have standing to mount the strong defense of marriage called for in this case.

Brown said the case is winnable, pointing for support to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to issue a stay in a decision overturning Utah's marriage amendment, as well as to the recent Affirmative Action ruling in Michigan. In the Michigan case, the Supreme Court indicated that social policy decisions, even divisive ones, can be reasonably adjudicated by the people of a state.

"The fact is that if Governor Corbett stood by the principles he claims, he'd have chosen to defend marriage to the very end," Brown added. "The Supreme Court has indicated that they believe marriage should be left to the states and it is within states' rights to decide the matter. The Court very recently indicated as well a favorable view of the democratic role of the popular referendum process. In short, the challenge that the Governor is running away from today is one he most certainly could have won. So someone must step in and work to win."

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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Decision by Pennsylvania Judge to Redefine Marriage and Urges Governor Corbett’s Administration to Appeal Ruling Immediately

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today expressed disappointment at the outcome of a federal court case in Pennsylvania challenging that state's statutory definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. NOM condemned the decision in the case, issued by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones, III, which found Pennsylvania's marriage law unconstitutional, and the organization expressed its hope that Governor Corbett's administration would immediately appeal the ruling and seek a stay of the decision's effects.

"Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised," said Brian Brown, NOM's President. "Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones' cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens."

Brown said he hoped that the decision's effects would be stayed and that the Corbett administration would pursue an orderly and thorough appeal of the ruling.

"We know from the stay granted in the case in Utah that the Supreme Court believes these matters should be thoroughly debated and legally argued, and that there is nothing ‘inevitable' about marriage redefinition," Brown explained. "The administration owes it to the people of Pennsylvania to pursue this matter vigorously through the court system, and give marriage the defense it requires and deserves. This is especially true in Pennsylvania, where the people have already seen the insult of the Attorney General abandoning her oath of office and refusing to defend marriage. The administration stepped in to right that wrong in this case, and we urge them to continue to render justice by providing a defense of Pennsylvania's marriage laws."

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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

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National Organization for Marriage Pledges To Contest Maine Ethics Commission Staff Recommendation to Fine NOM For Alleged Campaign Finance Violation in 2009 Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"NOM strongly denies the findings of the staff report in Maine." — John Eastman, NOM chairman —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced that it will contest a recommendation by the staff of the Maine Ethics Commission to fine the group for alleged campaign finance violations during the successful 2009 referendum campaign that overturned legislation to redefine marriage in the state. The commission staff claimed that circumstances suggest that contributions it received to its general treasury should have been reported on its campaign finance reports in Maine.

"NOM strongly denies the findings of the staff report in Maine," said John Eastman, Chairman of the organization. "We did not raise funds designated for the Maine campaign and fully complied with Maine law. The staff has ignored uncontested sworn evidence from donors that we did not designate any contributions for the referendum effort and instead has focused on circumstantial evidence to support its conclusion when a fair reading of those circumstances suggests the opposite. We look forward to presenting our case to the full Commission."

The Maine staff report claimed that because NOM talked about the Maine referendum effort in emails and other communications with supporters, that contributions it received to its general treasury should be designated as having being given to support the Maine people's veto referendum campaign. Several groups involved on the other side of the 2009 campaign acted in a similar fashion, promoting the importance of the campaign to their supporters, yet the state has not initiated any investigation of those groups.

"It is troubling that NOM is the only organization that the commission staff has investigated when all the groups on both sides of the issue had a similar understanding of the law," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "If the commission interprets its rules to require that NOM designate contributions it received to support its general treasury, then countless groups who opposed us are guilty of the same thing. We think this shows that the staff is misapplying the rules to NOM and we will contest the staff conclusions."

A hearing on the issue has been scheduled for May 28th. The commission staff has recommended that NOM be fined $50,000.

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

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