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Chuck Todd Embodies Rank Media Bias



Dear Marriage Supporter,

What happened this morning on the NBC Today Show makes it crystal clear who the media wants to pick as the Republican nominee — Marco Rubio.

This morning, NBC's top political correspondent, Chuck Todd, criticized Sen. Rubio's debate performance and went so far as to say that had Rubio done better in the debate he would have wrapped up the Republican nomination!

What incredible bias!!

Look, Marco Rubio is a good man and he's a strong supporter of marriage and life, but if he's going to be the Republican nominee he has to earn it, not have it handed to him by an expectant media. The facts thus far are that Sen. Rubio finished third in Iowa behind Ted Cruz and trails in New Hampshire and in national polls as well.

Despite this, Chuck Todd was shameless in setting Rubio up as the media's anointed Republican candidate. Todd told the national audience that Rubio had an opportunity to "take control of the race" at the debate. Then Todd brazenly unmasked the media's bias, saying:

"[Rubio] ended up blowing an opportunity that I think could have meant securing the nomination believe it or not."

What an outrageous and, frankly, idiotic comment. Keep in mind, this guy is not some cartoonish talking head, he's the moderator of NBC's Meet The Press show, the network's top political reporter, and also has just moderated a debate among the Democratic candidates for president!

Note how Todd attempts to ignore Sen. Ted Cruz who actually won the Iowa caucuses and is polling second in both New Hampshire and nationally. (For that matter, he also apparently dismisses Donald Trump who came in second in Iowa and leads the polls in New Hampshire and nationally.) Only one state has voted and the race has not even begun in key regions of the country, yet the media is ready to declare their anointed candidate to be close to wrapping up the nomination!

Please help us continue to fight against a biased media by renewing your membership in NOM. Your membership contribution of at least $35 will help us counter the media's bias which constantly downplays the extraordinary support the American people hold for marriage and dismisses conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz who are committed to restoring marriage in our nation's laws.

To be sure, there's nothing to suggest that Sen. Rubio is angling to be "the anointed one" in this race. Still, whether Sen. Rubio wants the designation or not, the amazing thing is that Todd no doubt thinks he can get away with declaring Rubio to be on the threshold of securing the Republican nomination because the media has picked the last several Republican nominees, continually dismissing proven conservatives. This is at the heart of the grassroots revolt occurring now in the Republican party. They want candidates who are not beholden to the media or the establishment elite to stand for true conservative principles and demonstrate the willingness to back them up with action.

This is why NOM endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz. He is not only right on the issues, he's signed our pledge committing himself to take specific actions in support of marriage and religious liberty — and Cruz has already led by sponsoring a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We're not going to let liberal media elites like Chuck Todd declare who will be the Republican nominee for president. We trust that voters won't, either.

Help us hold the media accountable by calling out their bias. Renewing your membership in NOM for a minimum contribution of $35 will give us the resources we need to take the media on when they deserve it, and to fight for marriage in Congress, in state legislatures and on the campaign trail.

It is imperative that we elect a proven marriage champion who will not only say the right things, but who will act on his principles as president. We're not going to rely on Chuck Todd or anyone else in the media to pick that person. We will trust voters across the country — the same 51 million people in 31 states who have already voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Please renew your membership for at least $35 today. If you can contribute more, we will put those funds immediately into the fight.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — NOM depends on the financial support of grassroots activists across the country. We don't have billionaires sending us money. That's why it's really important that our members like you renew their support with a minimum contribution of $35. If you haven't yet done so, please act today. Thank you!


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A critical period



Dear Marriage Supporter,

With the 2016 presidential election in full swing, now is the time to renew your membership in NOM. The support of grassroots members like you is critical to allow us to be an effective advocate for restoring marriage to our nation's laws and to protecting the right of Americans to act in their daily work in support of the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Your contribution of $35 or more will renew your membership and provide a critical boost to our work supporting marriage.

Right now NOM is busy working in Washington to urge Congress to move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation that will protect supporters of marriage against unjust discrimination by government simply for continuing to support marriage as God created it. We also are urging states to adopt their own protections.

Without legislation like this in place, supporters of marriage are subject to being declared to "discriminate" if they don't want to be personally involved in celebrating a same-sex union. Bakers, florists, inn keepers, photographers and countless others have been fined and threatened with financial ruin simply because they didn't want to be involved in a gay 'wedding.'

Legislation like FADA at the state and federal level would protect people from this kind of discrimination.

As you know, NOM is an important player in the 2016 presidential election as we urge Americans to elect a pro-marriage champion, Ted Cruz, and reject the faux conservative, Donald Trump. The next president will very likely have the opportunity to appoint several new Supreme Court justices. With the right appointments, we could have the opportunity to reverse the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling that redefined marriage.

A pro-marriage president can also reverse the unjust attempt by President Obama to advance the gay agenda at every turn, including using the US treasury as a club against other nations who hold to a traditional view of human sexuality. Obama is the world's largest exporter of bigotry as he attempts to marginalize nations that support traditional marriage.

NOM also is at the forefront of fighting for religious liberty and fighting against "gender ideology." Just this week we helped secure a key victory in Indiana where the legislature rejected a so-called "sexual orientation/gender identity" bill that would have given gays and lesbians special legal rights to target people of faith who reject their agenda, and would have given gender-confused men the ability to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, like locker rooms and showers.

Please allow us to continue to be effective in fighting for marriage and religious liberty and preventing the further advance of the LGBT agenda by renewing your membership in NOM today with a minimum contribution of $35. If you can give more than that, we would be very grateful.

Thank You Rick Santorum And Mike Huckabee

Speaking of being grateful, NOM wishes to express our gratitude to both Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee for their leadership in the cause of marriage and religious liberty. Both Senator Santorum and Governor Huckabee have been consistent, principled advocates for marriage for decades. I consider them both to be friends and I have been fortunate to have appeared with each of them many times over the years at events promoting marriage.

Both men announced this week that they are suspending their campaign for president. While they won't be on the campaign trail any longer as advocates for marriage, we know that they will continue to speak out about marriage, religious liberty and the importance of family. Both men are great public servants and we all owe them a deep debt of gratitude.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — By renewing your membership in NOM for a minimum contribution of $35 (more if you can afford it), you will help ensure that we have the resources to fight aggressively for the truth of marriage as one man and one woman. Thank you.


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Big Win in Indiana

Great news late this afternoon out of Indiana: The Indiana Legislature has dropped consideration of legislation to grant special rights to gays and lesbians that would have weakened religious liberty in the state. This is a great win for common sense and for supporters of true marriage.

NOM worked hard with allies to defeat this so-called sexual orientation/gender identity legislation. A key backer of the legislation, Sen. David Long, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, said that legislators had been "hit hard from all sides" and that groups from outside the state were not "truly seeking a solution." However, contrary to Sen. Long's assertion, this legislation is a solution in search of a problem. What legislators heard from their constituents was that gays and lesbians are not entitled to special legal protections and that SOGI legislation like that being considered in Indiana becomes a club for LGBT activists to use against supporters of marriage and people of faith, stripping them of their religious liberty rights to refuse to participate in advancing the LGBT agenda.

NOM is grateful to Micah Clark of American Family Association of Indiana and Curt Smith of Indiana Family Institute for their leadership on this critical issue.

Victory in Iowa



Dear Marriage Supporter,

We won a huge victory for marriage last night when Sen. Ted Cruz secured a tremendous win in Iowa, defeating the establishment and the elite and standing tall for grassroots conservatives in Iowa, and across the country.

NOM went all-in to support Senator Cruz, endorsing him and continuously urging people to support his candidacy. We also fought tirelessly against his leading opponent, businessman Donald Trump.

We congratulate Senator Cruz on a tremendous campaign. His victory was one for the history books, winning a record number of votes, more than any Republican in the history of the Iowa caucuses! Now he will get a well-deserved bounce coming out of Iowa as he heads to New Hampshire and South Carolina after that.

Senator Cruz is a champion for marriage and religious liberty and his victory last night sends a powerful message to the nation's elite that the American people utterly reject the anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage. His win should send shockwaves throughout Washington, and provide real momentum for legislation to protect supporters of marriage from retaliation or punishment for standing for the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work.

In fact, the Iowa campaign served to underscore the depth of support for true marriage that exists in America. Ted Cruz was endorsed by NOM, is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment restoring to states the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and is a co-author of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to protect believers in marriage. Marco Rubio, who nearly overtook Donald Trump for second place, also is an articulate supporter of marriage and is a co-author of FADA. Even Donald Trump realized that marriage is a strong value supported by Americans and campaigned in the final days as a marriage supporter, one who would consider appointing Supreme Court judges who would reverse the illegitimate Supreme Court ruling.

NOM is proud to have played a key role in supporting Sen. Cruz and helping him win in Iowa. Now we must turn our attention to New Hampshire, South Carolina and the coming states who will vote before we know it.

Electing a marriage champion is critical to the cause of marriage and our ability to restore marriage to our nation's laws. We will continue to do everything in our power to elect Ted Cruz and to demonstrate to the nation that support for traditional marriage remains strong, an enduring value that the American people demand be restored to our nation's laws.

The initial response to our 2016 membership drive has been extremely encouraging. Thank you to all those supporters who responded to our request, renewing their membership in NOM with a minimum $35 contribution!

Contributions from members are the lifeblood of NOM. Without that support we simply cannot effectively undertake the hard work necessary to defend marriage, to fight to restore true marriage to our nation's laws and to protect the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe in marriage.

That's why I'm writing to urge you to renew your membership in NOM today by making a minimum contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, please consider doing so. We definitely need it!

As we've discussed before, 2016 will be a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. In addition to electing a new president who very likely will have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the US Supreme Court, we also will have a major battle in Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation needed to protect the civil rights of people to continue to support marriage in the daily lives and at work without fear of punishment or reprisal.

2016 is also the year that we must invest in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. We are working hard to develop educational materials that will help grassroots supporters be better informed about the issues and be able to participate in small group discussions about ways to restore true marriage in our culture.

But all these programs are dependent on members like you renewing their membership. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum of $35 so that we can move full-speed ahead in support of the great cause of marriage.

Our membership drive throughout February is an absolutely critical period for us, especially because we fell a bit short in our year-end matching gift challenge. The fact is that we don't have the type of cushion we had hoped for entering the year, meaning that every person who renews their membership in NOM for a minimum of $35 is extremely important.

I know I can count on you to step up and renew your membership for at least $35. If you can do more, I ask you to do so.

Thank you for your support. Onward to New Hampshire!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Renew your membership today!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a diverse grassroots organization, made up of individuals of all faiths, and no faith, men and women, ethnically diverse from every corner of America. The financial support of our members is the lifeblood of our organization. Without that support we simply cannot effectively undertake the hard work necessary to defend marriage, to fight to restore true marriage to our nation’s laws and to protect the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe in marriage.

This is why I am writing to urge you to renew your membership in NOM today.

I am asking you to consider a minimum membership contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, I ask you to consider doing so.

2016 will be a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. We will be electing a new president who very likely will have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the US Supreme Court, creating the possibility that the anti-constitutional, illegitimate decision redefining marriage could soon be reexamined by a newly-configured Supreme Court. It’s therefore imperative that we elect a pro-marriage champion this year.

We also will have a major battle in Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation needed to protect the civil rights of people to continue to support marriage in the daily lives and at work without fear of punishment or reprisal.

2016 is also the year that we need to invest in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. We are hard at work developing educational materials that will help grassroots supporters to be better informed about the issues and be able to participate in small group discussions about ways to restore true marriage in our culture.

But all these programs are dependent on members like you renewing their membership. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum of $35 so that we can move full-speed ahead in support of the great cause of marriage.

Fundraising during this time of year is difficult for all nonprofit organizations, and NOM is no exception. Unfortunately, while we did very well during the 2015 year-end matching gift challenge, we did not hit our goal of raising $200,000. That means that we have less of a financial cushion going into this year than we had hoped, making it all the more important that every member step up to renew their membership.

I know that I can count on you to continue to stand with us in support of God’s design for marriage. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum contribution of $35.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Why Cruz is Far Better than Trump



Dear Marriage Supporter,

All the polling in Iowa and nationally points to the inescapable conclusion that the Republican presidential field is shaping up to be between two prominent outsiders — Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

As you know, NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president. I've heard from some folks, including NOM supporters, that they like what Donald Trump is saying and want to know why we have picked Cruz over Trump. Here's the answer:

The incontrovertible record demonstrates that Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

It's just as simple as that.

It's very easy for skilled politicians to create an impression on the stump that they are with you and agree with your values and position on key issues. For example, pretty much every Republican candidate for president will say that they believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. But that is a meaningless statement given where we are in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decree imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation. Saying is one thing; doing is another.

The real question is what will the various candidates actually do to fight to restore marriage to our laws and protect the right of people to continue to act in concert with their belief that marriage is only one man and one woman? That is why NOM developed our Presidential Marriage Pledge and fashioned it along the lines of specific actions a candidate will take if elected president.

And in the "doing" department, Ted Cruz is light years better for us than is Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz signed NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge while Donald Trump did not.

In fact, Ted Cruz has already proven himself to be a champion for marriage by authorizing a proposed constitutional amendment preserving the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He also has co-sponsored federal legislation, the First Amendment Defense Act, to protect people who believe in traditional marriage from being punished by government for living out their beliefs concerning marriage in their daily lives and at work.

Donald Trump does not support a constitutional amendment to restore marriage to our laws. Worse, he has publicly abandoned the fight for marriage. When the US Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Trump promptly threw in the towel with these comments on MSNBC:

"You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land."

Think about the implications of Donald Trump's comments. By his reasoning, the nation would "have to go with" slavery as "the law of the land" once the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate Dred Scott decision.

But the nation didn't go along with this manifestly immoral, anti-constitutional ruling on slavery. Fortunately, we had a political leader, Abraham Lincoln, who was willing to lead a principled fight for the dignity of every human being, and slavery was eventually repudiated.

That in a nutshell is the difference between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump when it comes to marriage. Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight.

You know, Mr. Trump dismisses a lot of his liberal policies and actions by pointing to the fact that for most of his life he's been a businessman and he just played the political game to advance his own business objectives.

And while some of Trump's business success may be impressive, other business decisions reveal some highly questionable activity from a moral perspective.

For example, did you know that a casino owned by Mr. Trump became the first in New Jersey to include a strip club as part of its offering to customers? I don't know what you think, but to me a businessman with a solid moral compass would not become the first businessman to put a strip club in his casino.

The 2016 presidential election is the most important one our nation has ever faced. We are at the precipice of national decline on a whole host of issues — the strength of our economy, threats of terrorism, our standing in the world, and the resonance of American values. The cause of marriage, and perhaps the pro-life cause as well, are among those that hang in the balance.

If we elect the right candidate — a principled champion — then we can rebuild our economy, begin to reduce our crippling national debt, make America safer and stronger, and take steps to reinvigorate American values like marriage and life. But if the wrong candidate is elected, we risk losing the very essence of our nation.

The people of Iowa have an enormous responsibility this coming Monday when the first in the nation presidential caucuses are held. I urge every NOM supporter in Iowa to attend their caucus on February 1st and to stand up for Sen. Ted Cruz for president. Please reach out to every other Iowan you can influence and urge them to caucus for Sen. Cruz. And if you are supporting a candidate other than Sen. Cruz, I ask you to consider whether it is time to switch to Cruz to ensure that a principled candidate who will be a champion for marriage emerges from the Iowa contest.

There are a number of fine candidates running in the Republican race, but we're at a point where only two have a realistic chance of coming out of Iowa as the winner — Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Please do everything in your power to ensure that Sen. Cruz, a proven champion for the cause of marriage, emerges victorious.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Is the Trump Campaign Anti-Christian?

While presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a major push to attract the support of Christians, including speaking at Liberty University where he picked up the endorsement of its president, Jerry Falwell, Jr, Trump’s press spokesperson has been engaging in virulent anti-Christian, anti-Catholic rhetoric.

Trump spokesperson Katrina Piersen recently tweeted an insult to Catholics, mocking the Catholic Church’s theology that the church was founded by Jesus Christ. “I bet they believe that too. #sad.”

Her anti-Catholic rant drew a rebuke from The Catholic League, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, which demanded an apology from Piersen and a clarification from candidate Trump that he will not tolerate anti-Catholic rhetoric in his campaign.

This is not the first time that Piersen has gone after Christians. Even as her boss worked to curry favor with Christian leaders and groups as part of his efforts to win in Iowa and nationally, Trump’s spokesperson has made her disdain for Christians plain. The Daily Caller news organization has uncovered a string of anti-Christian tweets from Piersen. In one, she said “There are no such things as Christians. Just people who call themselves Christians.” She also claimed that Christians are, “First to name call and First to judge.” Later, she criticized all people of faith, not just Christians, as “religious types” who are “unable to handle the truth.” She also criticized “most religious people” as hypocrites who follow a practice of “Do as I say not what I do” and condemned Christians saying that it’s, “always the Christians that are married or too old to party that tell how [you]should be living your life. As if they were [saints].”

As of this writing, Donald Trump has not commented on whether he agrees with Katrina Piersen’s characterizations of Christians and Catholics, nor has he apologized to people of faith for her comments. Piersen remains his official campaign spokesperson.

A clear choice for Iowa



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The nation is watching Iowa. The results of the upcoming caucus on February 1st will be a defining moment in the presidential race. Iowa has a chance to send forth a trusted conservative, someone who is a champion for marriage, life, religious liberty, as well as someone who is committed to making America strong again, economically and militarily.

By all accounts, the race in Iowa is narrowing to two leading contenders, Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump. This presents Iowans with a clear choice:

Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion for marriage, an opponent of the US Supreme Court's illegitimate ruling redefining marriage and a principled fighter determined to do something about it. Donald Trump says that now that the Supreme Court imposed its views, "we have to accept it."

Sen. Cruz has spent his entire public life fighting the evil that is abortion, has called for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and has demanded that individuals who engaged in the illegal selling of body parts harvested from babies be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Until recently, Donald Trump was proudly pro-choice, has mentioned his pro-abortion sister as someone he'd consider appointing to the US Supreme Court, and even today after the scandal of the barbaric harvesting and sale of fetal body parts still hedges when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood.

NOM has endorsed Sen. Cruz for President of the United States for one simple reason: he is a trusted, proven conservative who will be a champion for the issues we care about. Sen. Cruz signed NOM's marriage pledge committing himself to taking specific actions as president to help restore marriage to our nation's laws, and to protect the rights of Americans to live out their views of marriage in their daily lives and at work.

Donald Trump has made no commitments to fight for marriage, or the rights of supporters of marriage to not be discriminated against and punished for refusing to go along with the lie that is same-sex 'marriage.'

Look, I fully realize that Donald Trump presents many attractive qualities that appeal to voters sick and tired of being betrayed by the political class. He throws political correctness to the wind, a refreshing characteristic, and he is independent of any moneyed influence — another attractive factor.

But the issue really comes down to this: who can you trust? The answer to that is clear: Iowans can trust Ted Cruz to do what he says he will do.

When the Iowa Supreme Court illegitimately imposed same-sex 'marriage' on the state, you and I didn't just accept their anti-constitutional ruling. We moved forward to remove three sitting judges from the Supreme Court, including then Chief Justice Marcia Ternus.

Working together with our allies, we won a great victory and sent a clear message across the nation that voters would not sit idly by and watch activist judges impose their own views of marriage on citizens. We fought for our principles, and we won.

Contrast the principled actions of Iowa voters in removing activist judges with the reaction of Donald Trump when the US Supreme Court imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation. Trump didn't fight back, he quit the fight entirely.

Mr. Trump told MSNBC:

"You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land."

Some champion.

If Donald Trump's views about judicial activism from the US Supreme Court were accepted by President Lincoln, slavery would be "the law of the land" in America today. We would have had "to go with it." But instead of accepting the Dred Scott decision as binding precedent on the nation, President Lincoln worked to limit its application and led a principled fight against the great evil of slavery. And he won.

Sen. Ted Cruz is the Abraham Lincoln of this race. A constitutional scholar, Sen. Cruz is committed to leading the fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws and to protecting the rights of Americans to continue to act in support of traditional marriage at home, at work and in the full exercise of their daily lives.

Cruz is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And he is a sponsor of federal legislation to prohibit the government from taking any adverse action against supporters of traditional marriage.

In order to win a fight against an evil, you have to wage the battle. Like the voters of Iowa did, Sen. Cruz will fight for marriage and for the values we cherish. Donald Trump has already quit.

This election is the most important in the history of our nation. We absolutely must elect someone who is a proven champion for the issues and values we hold dear. We cannot take a risk on someone we cannot trust, someone who will not fight for our issues.

The next president could appoint numerous Supreme Court justices and marriage could well be back before our highest court. In Ted Cruz, we will have a president who absolutely will make sure that Supreme Court justices follow the constitution and not invent "rights" to things like same-sex 'marriage.'

You know, past Republican presidents have given us some terrible appointments to the Supreme Court, including the disastrous Anthony Kennedy who has redefined marriage and helped impose unfettered abortion on the nation. We cannot afford any more of those types of justices.

Whatever you may think about Ted Cruz, you know you can trust him to stand by his principles. We can absolutely trust him to give us solid Supreme Court justices who will uphold our values.

And whatever you may think about Donald Trump, you must surely know that you absolutely cannot trust that he will give us Supreme Court justices who will uphold our values. He's already abandoned our values on marriage and life, and he's already signaled that judges like his pro-abortion sister should be appointed to the US Supreme Court where they can continue to impose their own views rather than follow the US constitution.

It was my great honor to work with the people of Iowa in 2010 when we removed those three Supreme Court justices from office. Now I am asking you to take another principled stand.

Please, it is imperative that you support Sen. Ted Cruz for president of the United States. This will likely be the most important vote you will ever cast. I ask you to do everything in your power to attend the caucus, and to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz. Please talk with all your friends, colleagues and neighbors and ask them to do the same. You can feel free to forward my note to anyone you think should see it.

The eyes of the nation are watching, and the future of the nation is in your hands.

Thank you for standing strong for marriage, and the values that we care about.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Didn't Make It



Dear Marriage Supporter,

All the receipts have been tallied on the matching gift challenge from late last year and, unfortunately, we did not reach our $200,000 fundraising goal. We came very close, raising $182,150, but did not quite get to where we wanted to be.

I am very proud of all those people who gave of their time and resources to support NOM throughout the holiday season. Because of this support we received a matching contribution from a generous donor of $182,150. These resources allow us to hit the ground running and continue the fight for marriage into 2016.

I have to admit that missing the challenge by $17,850 is tough, because we have lost out on that money and an equal amount from the match. So much good could have come from the more than $35,000 that we will not receive.

That said, pursuing a $200,000 fundraising challenge at the end of the year during the busy holiday season is a daunting challenge, one of the biggest that NOM has ever undertaken. It's a testament to the strength of support we enjoy that so many people contributed so much during this busy period. Raising over $182,000 during the holidays is an awesome accomplishment, and I am very grateful to all our supporters.

Thank you for your support, and for your encouragement. If you'd like to make a gift to help us start 2016 strong, we would appreciate that support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Governor Pence Declares He Will Not Support Any Bill That Threatens Religious Liberty



Dear Marriage Supporter,

We've won a big victory! After thousands of NOM supporters contacted Governor Mike Pence through our petition, the Indiana governor said forcefully in his state of the state address, "I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or that interferes with the Constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work."

This is a tremendous victory, because before our petition was launched, the governor was reported to be considering so-called "sexual orientation/gender identity" legislation that creates special legal rights for gays, lesbians and the 'transgendered.' Among other things, legislation like this allows men to force themselves into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, such as locker rooms and restrooms, based on a claim that they "feel" as if they are really a woman. This type of legislation has also been used to target supporters of true marriage with massive fines and other punishment simply because they do not wish to be personally involved in celebrating a homosexual 'wedding.'

NOM commends Governor Pence for his strong commitment in support of the religious liberty rights of people of faith. Please add your name to this "Thank You" petition to Governor Pence letting him know you appreciate him standing strong.

After you've signed the petition, please forward it to others who might also like to let Governor Pence know that they appreciate his strong support of religious liberty.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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✉ Petition Pence



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Unbelievably, Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is considering endorsing a Bathroom Bill in Indiana that would ignore the reality of being male and female and allow men to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls (bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, etc.) He's considering kowtowing to the radical left despite the overwhelming voter rejection of a similar proposal in Houston just a few weeks ago.

Once seen as a conservative rising star among Republican elected officials, Pence badly mishandled the religious liberty issue last year in Indiana and signed into law legislation that seriously damages the ability of Hoosiers to live out their faith in their everyday lives. Now he is considering going even farther — letting men into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women.

Please act immediately to sign our petition to Governor Pence urging him to reject any Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) legislation in Indiana. These SOGI bills always strip people of their religious liberty rights. And they endanger women and children and strip them of their privacy rights not to be confronted by a man in women's clothing in a restroom.

Once you've signed the petition, please forward it to at least five others and ask them to sign. We need a massive national uprising to show Governor Pence that we are watching and that we demand he not succumb to pressure from the radical left.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Governor Pence could announce his decision any day. Please act immediately by signing our petition. Then forward it to at least five others who might sign.


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Stand with Chief Justice Roy Moore in Support of Marriage



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has issued an order directing state judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the full state Supreme Court can determine the scope of the US Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell case redefining marriage and assess how it impacts their state constitutional provision defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Please stand with Chief Justice Moore in support of marriage, state rights, and the constitution by signing this petition.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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NOM Hits the Airwaves in Response to Alabama Decision



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Late yesterday Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore issued an order preventing state judges from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the full state Supreme Court can consider the implications of the US Supreme Court's decision in the Obergefell case purportedly redefining marriage.

I went on Megyn Kelly's "The Kelly File" show last night on Fox to defend Alabama's action and fought hard against the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court in Obergefell. I compared it to the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery, and the Buck v Bell ruling allowing forced sterilization of the mentally ill. And I pointed out that if we surrender important principles and values to five unelected judges on the Supreme Court, then we will have surrendered democracy itself.

Here's a link to the interview.

While I respect Megyn Kelly, she unfortunately articulated the pervasive, but wrong-headed, legal concept of judicial supremacy — that a decision of the US Supreme Court "settles" an issue and that everyone must act accordingly. There is no constitutional basis for this approach.

The US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell was anti-constitutional and illegitimate. They invented a right to same-sex 'marriage' out of thin air. There is nothing in our nation's laws, history or constitution that requires states to redefine marriage. The Supreme Court does not have the power to force the other branches of government to act, nor do they have the power to create positive law.

Under normal circumstances, the other branches of government, other federal courts, and the states will move to adjust their laws and practices to conform with a ruling of the US Supreme Court. However, when the Court issues an obviously erroneous ruling — as they did in Dred Scott, Buck and now in Obergefell — the other branches of government and the states must determine how to respond.

Over 70 prominent legal scholars have examined the issues in the Obergefell ruling and they have advised states to continue to uphold their state laws and state constitutional provisions regarding marriage.

Alabama, and other states, must review the decision to determine how it impacts their state constitutional definition of marriage. The litigants to the Obergefell case do not live in Alabama and the case that the Supreme Court considered did not arise from Alabama. Chief Justice Moore has suspended the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in order for the state Supreme Court to decide for itself how to react to the Obergefell ruling.

I've been encouraged by some of the positive emails I received from NOM members right after I appeared on Megyn Kelly's show. One person wrote, "I wanted to compliment Mr. Brown regarding his appearance last night on the 'Kelly File'. What a strong commanding performance. Not an easy thing to accomplish as he was facing such a formidable presence in Megyn. He poignantly addressed her opposition with such skill & panache."

The US Supreme Court did not settle the issue of marriage. This decision remains up to the people of America, acting through their elected officials.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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The Left's View Of "Balance" is Badly Imbalanced

The Los Angeles Times, a bastion of liberal ideology and a longtime supporter of redefining marriage, ended 2015 with an editorial that shows how badly skewed the mainstream media has become on marriage and the homosexual agenda.

The Times writes about a disturbing court case out of Massachusetts where a judge ruled that a Catholic high school (Fontbonne Academy) acted illegally when it withdrew an employment offer to a man who was in a homosexual 'marriage' because he could not properly represent Catholic identity and teaching. Prior to offering the man a position as a food director, the high school explained to the applicant that it expected all employees to be "ministers of the mission" and the man assured the school officials he agreed. After receiving the job offer, later that day he completed an employment form disclosing for the first time that he had entered a homosexual 'marriage.' Upon learning of this, the school promptly withdrew the offer because his 'marriage' was incompatible with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The man sued and shortly before Christmas, Judge Douglas Wilkins ruled that the school must comply with "sexual orientation discrimination" laws notwithstanding its religious mission.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts rightly condemned this court decision as a "full frontal assault on religious liberty," one that would "compel Catholic institutions to hire those who reject and despise Catholic teaching, fatally impairing the constitutionally protected right of those institutions to carry on their mission."

How did the LA Times react to the ruling? They said it was "balanced" and a "model for the nation." In the Times' skewed vision of the new world order, church-run schools should be able to hire clergy and religion teachers that uphold their religious beliefs - but that's it. Other staff, presumably including administrators and teachers, should not be required to model the church's religious beliefs. They went on to call on Congress to enact employment protections for homosexuals that embodied this "balanced approach."

The extreme position taken by Judge Wilkins and praised by the LA Times is representative of the endemic efforts of the media and elite to force an embrace of same-sex 'marriage' on every individual and group in the nation regardless of their deeply-held, often religious, views. In this new orthodoxy, it's not enough that same-sex couples can get 'married.' Every single person and group is expected to salute and endorse the act. Every baker, florist, photographer and similar professional must participate if asked. And every religion must accept it except in very narrow circumstances.

Of course, this new orthodoxy does not comport with the constitution, nor is it representative of the views of the American people.

This case serves as an important reminder why it is essential that states and Congress pass the First Amendment Defense Act to protect individuals, organizations and churches from discrimination for living out their views of marriage in the public square.

LifeSiteNews has the story. Here's the press release from the Catholic Action League, and the LA Times' editorial is here.

Double Your Tax-Deductible Gift!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Double Your Tax-Deductible Gift!

Much of our work at NOM is focused on changing laws and influencing public policy. That's why gifts to our main organization are not tax-deductible.

But we also do a ton of work on education. While we have been focused on raising the funds necessary to fight the political fight ahead, we know we have so much to do to change our culture and equip people to promote and defend the truth of marriage through our 501 (c) 3 organization, the NOM Education Fund.

Luckily, our $200,000 challenge grant also applies to tax-deductible gifts. With two days left before year-end, here are two simple ways to take advantage of making a tax deductible gift.

Make an Online or Mail Gift to the NOM Education Fund

The simplest method is to give online by clicking here. All donations are deductible for federal-income tax purposes. If you have a foundation or donor advised fund you can mail a gift to: NOM Education Fund, 2029 K Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006. As long as the gift is postmarked by tomorrow, it will count for the match.

Give your year-end gift today!

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70 ½ to donate up to $100,000 per year to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without treating the distribution as taxable income. To take advantage of this recent legislation for the year 2015, individuals must make the gift directly from their IRA to the NOM Education Fund on or before December 31, 2015.

Although there are some excluded organizations under this legislation, the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is qualified to receive these IRA charitable rollover distributions.

To qualify under this law, it is important that the donation from your IRA be distributed directly to us and not distributed to you first. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.

Here is the information you will need to provide to your IRA representative:

Name of Charity: National Organization for Marriage Education Fund
Address of the Charity: 2029 K Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
Tax ID No. 20-7472471

P.S. One other thing. I have heard from many donors that are inspired that a few major donors have the faith in us to commit larger gifts to these matches.

If you are looking at making a larger gift out of your personal funds, foundation, IRA or through your estate planning and would like to challenge us to match it, just let us know and we will plan for another matching program. For us, the matching program is not a gimmick, but what keeps us fighting for you. To commit to launching a matching grant or to learn more, call Justin Haas, Executive Director, at (202)-618-8959

God bless you!

Brian S Brown


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