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The Numbers Rise

As reported by Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, the number of North Carolina Magistrates who have resigned in the wake of marriage being redefined there is higher than previously reported...

CourthouseThe number of North Carolina magistrates who have resigned or retired early because of their opposition to performing same-sex marriages is higher than previously reported.

Last month, a federal judge cleared the way for same-sex marriages in North Carolina, prompting the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to direct magistrates. They are required by law to perform the wedding ceremonies, if asked.

AOC reports between that ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left.

Of course, this is only to be expected. It was as recent as 2012 that the people of North Carolina went to the polls and voted overwhelming in favor of defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

National Organization for Marriage Urges Kansas To Refuse To Accept Gay Marriage Order and To Press Its Case To The United States Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Governor Brownback should reject the idea that Kansas must abandon marriage because out of control federal judges say so." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today sharply condemned the United States Supreme Court for refusing to grant a stay of a federal judge's order imposing same-sex marriage in Kansas, and called on Governor Sam Brownback to order local clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses that violate Kansas law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"The United States Supreme Court is creating a constitutional confrontation by refusing to hear an appeal of lower court decisions imposing same-sex marriage," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "These lower court decisions are illegitimate. They violate the overarching constitutional principle that powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved to the states. The US Supreme Court has specifically recognized in the Windsor case that the regulation of marriage has always been a state function, and this remains so. Therefore, we call on Governor Sam Brownback to reject the idea that Kansas must abandon marriage because out of control federal judges say so."

The Kansas Supreme Court has previously issued an order blocking a lower state court judge from directing local clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law. Local clerks who issue marriage licenses are considered judicial officers under Kansas Law.

"In blocking the issuance of marriage licenses that violate Kansas law, the Kansas Supreme Court has implicitly concluded that their marriage amendment does not violate the federal constitution, and rightly so," said Brown. "We urge Governor Brownback to use his authority to order local clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses in violation of state law, as affirmed by the Supreme Court, in recognition that the state courts are not bound to reach the same judgment about the constitutionality of their laws as the lower federal courts. Although this obviously creates a lack of "harmony" between the state and federal courts on the subject, Kansas has every right to insist that this conflict be resolved by the Supreme Court, not an activist lower federal court. We encourage the Kansas Supreme Court to remain firm in upholding state laws, especially in light of the fact that numerous federal judges have upheld state marriage amendments like Kansas' including the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as district courts in Louisiana and Puerto Rico. We urge Governor Brownback and state Attorney General Schmidt to aggressively press their appeal to the US Supreme Court."

Kansas voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 confirming the state's historic understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The amendment passed with 70% voter support. However, a federal judge in Utah ruled that Utah's marriage amendment was unconstitutional, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. The US Supreme Court subsequently refused to hear Utah's appeal of that ruling. Since Kansas is also in the 10th Circuit, federal District Judge Daniel Crabtree recently issued an injunction against the state enforcing its marriage amendment. The ruling has created substantial legal confusion in the state.

"We are rapidly approaching the inevitable confrontation between the sovereign right of states and the limited powers granted to the federal government. It is absolutely the right of the states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, especially in light of the fact that the US Supreme Court has never held that traditional marriage violates the US constitution," Brown said. "The question for the people of Kansas, and indeed the nation, is whether we are going to allow an illegitimate order by federal judges to trump state law and the vote of 70% of the Kansas electorate. Fifty million Americans in over thirty states have voted in support of traditional marriage and it's time that states fight back to protect the decision of those voters."

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Organization for Marriage Praises 6th Circuit Ruling On Marriage; Urges US Supreme Court to Follow Suit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"We have been awaiting this decision for some time and welcome it not only as a tremendous victory, but as a common sense recognition that it is not for the federal courts to substitute their judgment about whether same-sex 'marriage' is a good idea or not, but to leave it to the people to make the decision about this fundamental institution." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised a ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding marriage amendments in four states that define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman. The ruling is a major victory for supporters of traditional marriage, and NOM called on the US Supreme Court to take the case when it is appealed and follow the direction of the 6th Circuit.

"We have been awaiting this decision for some time and welcome it not only as a tremendous victory, but as a common sense recognition that it is not for the federal courts to substitute their judgment about whether same-sex 'marriage' is a good idea or not, but to leave it to the people to make the decision about this fundamental institution," said Brian Brown, president of NOM.

The majority opinion, written by Justice Jeffrey Sutton, argues forcefully that courts should leave a decision about changing "such a fundamental social institution" as marriage to the American people and the democratic process. They said, "Process and structure matter greatly in American government. Indeed, they may be the most reliable, liberty assuring guarantees of our system of government, requiring us to take seriously the route the United States Constitution contemplates for making such a fundamental change to such a fundamental social institution." The ruling leaves intact marriage amendments in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

NOM urged the US Supreme Court to take this case at the earliest opportunity. "The justices of the Supreme Court were derelict in their duty when they refused to review the marriage cases previously before them," Brown said. "They now have no excuse. We call on the Supreme Court to stand for the proposition that men and women of good will across this land have the right under their constitution to preserve marriage in the law as it has always existed in reality, the union of one man and one woman."

While praising the outcome of the case, Brown sharply disagreed with sentiments in the opinion suggesting that momentum for same-sex marriage shows no sign of slowing.

"The Sixth Circuit was certainly correct to frame the question before them as 'who decides?' and we wholeheartedly agree that the American people should decide this issue," Brown said. "But the majority is wrong to suggest that voters have changed their minds. In fact, in the vast majority of states that now have redefined marriage, it's been judges and not voters who have done this. The movement to redefine marriage does not benefit from having momentum, it benefits from the exercise of raw political power by federal and state judges and politicians bent of imposing their politically-correct view of the world on the American people."

NOM pointed to several recent developments to show that support for same-sex marriage is waning.

"Just look at what's happened in just the last few days," Brown said. "In Ohio, advocates of gay 'marriage' have pulled a ballot petition because of the fear they will lose. In North Carolina, a poll last week showed that support for traditional marriage stood at 72%, an eleven point increase over the 61% of voters who passed their marriage amendment. Marriage just played a central factor in the defeat of both US Senators Kay Hagan (NC) and Mark Pryor (AR), not to mention numerous other candidates, including several Republicans, who favor redefining marriage. And an NBC election-day survey found that support for redefining marriage had plateaued while opposition had increased by two points. The reality is that same-sex 'marriage' is entirely a creation of the elite in boardrooms and courtrooms and not something that is supported by the American people."

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

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

National Organization for Marriage Calls on Kansas and Missouri To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Rulings; Urges Gov. Nixon To Intervene To Seek Stay of Missouri Court Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Once again we see judges imposing their views of marriage in violation of the law and the overwhelming decision of state voters to preserve marriage in the law as it exists in reality, 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) today called on the states of Kansas and Missouri to move expeditiously to appeal court rulings redefining marriage in their states, and urged Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to immediately file a motion to stay the state court ruling pending appeal. The Kansas ruling has already been stayed.

"Once again we see judges imposing their views of marriage in violation of the law and the overwhelming decision of state voters to preserve marriage in the law as it exists in reality, the union of one man and one woman,” said Brian Brown. "In Missouri, we need Governor Jay Nixon to immediately file a motion demanding that the lower court ruling be stayed so that it may be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court without harm to the public in seeing their marriage amendment ignored by public officials. We are pleased that officials in Kansas are moving to seek review by the court of appeals.”

In Missouri a state court judge invalidated the state's marriage amendment, declaring that it is unconstitutional to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Missouri voters passed their marriage amendment in 2004 with 71% of voters supporting it. Missouri's Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster has said he would appeal the ruling, but would not seek a stay of it. NOM is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to seek a stay.

In Kansas, a federal district court judge invalidated that state's marriage amendment on Election Day, but stayed the decision to give state officials the opportunity to appeal. The amendment was adopted in 2005 with 70% of state voters approving it. Kansas filed for an appeal yesterday.

"It is up to the US Supreme Court to rule on the issue of marriage so that the American people and their elected officials have a clear statement of the Court's view of state marriage laws in order to assess how best to preserve their state laws on marriage,” Brown said. "We call on all Americans to urge the US Supreme Court to do their duty and accept a marriage case rather than leave it to individual judges around the country to rule as they wish. This undermines confidence in the judicial system and indeed confidence in government itself."

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

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

A Promise Kept

You’ll recall that when the New York legislature voted to redefine marriage in 2011, NOM pledged to oust the four Republican turncoats that betrayed their party and their constituents by voting against true marriage.

We were able to unseat three of the four, but State Senator Mark Grisanti managed to maintain his seat—until yesterday! Yesterday, with the help of Kevin Stocker, the candidate NOM endorsed and who beat Grisanti in the primary, we kept our promise and sent Grisanti packing from Albany! Even though the Democrat on the ticket ended up gaining the seat, Grisanti's political failures in the primaries and in this general election show that the people of New York he betrayed did not forget.

Just another way that marriage was a key issue in yesterday's elections...

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have the momentum to defeat Carl DeMaio

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We're down to the final 24 hours and all signs point to an upset of Carl DeMaio, the candidate fighting for abortion and to redefine marriage who dares to call himself a "Republican." Please make sure you refuse to support DeMaio. Either skip the race or cast a vote for Democrat Scott Peters as the candidate who will do less damage over the next two years. But whatever you do, please do NOT cast a vote for Carl DeMaio.

It seems as if every day brings a new allegation in the unfolding scandal concerning DeMaio's behavior toward male campaign staffers. These allegations of sexual misconduct are reminiscent of allegations he faced as a member of the City Council.

We have no idea whether these claims being made against him are true or not, but one thing is certain: Carl DeMaio's judgment is faulty and will lead American in the wrong direction.

As you know, Carl DeMaio has become a champion of redefining marriage, despite the votes of over 7 million Californians to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He thinks it's great that the democratic process was obliterated by unelected federal judges and arrogant state officials who refused to defend our votes for Prop 8.

Isn't it ironic that a guy who cheers when our votes for marriage were stolen now asks for our votes? Well, turn-about is fair play: he disrespected our vote for marriage and now we should refuse to give him our votes for Congress.

This is my last email to ask you to refuse to support carl DeMaio. Now it's in your hands. We've taken the extraordinary step of opposing a Republican candidate for Congress because that candidate opposes everything we believe in.

We believe that marriage is a great public good that brings men and women together and provides the ideal environment for any children born of their union to be raised. We believe that to the extent possible it's important that children experience the love of both a mother and a father. Of course sometimes this is not possible due to death or divorce, but to the extent that we can encourage intact families we should. We believe that God created marriage and that nature confirms it as a unique union that has served society well for thousands of years.

Car DeMaio believes that marriage is a political institution that can be reshaped and refashioned into something unrecognizable through the exercise of raw political power. He says marriage is solely to provide societal recognition of the emotional entanglements of adults rather than the needs of children to have a mom and a dad.

It would be bad enough if this kind of thinking came from a Democratic candidate, but DeMaio claims to be a Republican. And worse, he says he wants to reshape the Republican Party into one that abandons traditional marriage in favor of genderless marriages, and he wants to move the party toward support for abortion.

I don't want Carl DeMaio in Congress where he will have an out-sized megaphone provided by the national media to espouse his wrong-headed ideas about marriage and life. And I don't want DeMaio in a position where he is portrayed as a role model for our children.

So I am asking you to please send a message and refuse to vote for Carl DeMaio tomorrow. In fact, consider voting for the Democrat candidate, Scott Peters.

I know that Peters is just as bad as DeMaio on marriage and life. The difference is that Scott Peters won't be able to cause any damage over the next two years as a Democrat in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans. And we can work together to defeat him in two years with a conservative candidate. But DeMaio will be able to do a great deal of damage as a Republican in a House controlled by Republicans. It will be very difficult to remove him from office in two years. Please go to www.republicansandindependentsforscottpeters.net for more information.

America is at a crossroads. So is the Republican Party. It's time to send a message to the elitists in the GOP who promote candidates like Carl DeMaio who utterly mock the values we stand for and that are the foundation of the GOP. Please, reject Carl DeMaio tomorrow.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Reject Monica Wehby's Campaign For Gay 'Marriage' and Abortion...And for the US Senate

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

It wasn't long ago that Monica Wehby was riding high, having captured the Republican nomination for US Senate and being looked at by leaders in Washington as a new face for the Republican Party. A highly educated physician, considered a moderate, she was just the type of candidate many in the GOP Washington elite like to support.

Consistent with her own views, she then made a move that some of these Republican leaders in Washington praised, but countless others, especially those of us in the grassroots, rejected:

She embraced same-sex 'marriage' with a vengeance, even paying for a statewide television commercial featuring two gay men who had sued to overturn the votes of Oregonians in favor of the state marriage amendment.

That was the beginning of the end of Monica Wehby's chances of winning election to the US Senate.

Now her campaign is in tatters. If you have not already sent in your ballot, I urge you refuse to vote for Monica Wehby. Just skip the race entirely and refuse to let someone who abandons principle get your support.

Wehby's defeat will also send a powerful message to Republican leaders and the elite who wish to abandon principle and back candidates like Wehby. Not only has she abandoned the truth of marriage, she also has embraced abortion.

As you well know, in endorsing same-sex 'marriage' Wehby threw a sop to the left, hoping to attract support from Democrats and Independents who, she calculated, would favor this move. And she figured that Republicans would have no choice but to stay with her.

The calculation was fatal to her campaign, for two reasons.

First, she apparently forgot that Oregon's marriage amendment was passed with strong support among Democrats and Independents. She also failed to appreciate that all citizens regardless of party affiliation rightly resent the state of Oregon refusing to defend their vote for marriage and allowing gay activists to redefine marriage by default. This behavior by people like state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum was totally disrespectful of voters and an affront to democracy itself. Yet Wehby embraced this duplicity.

Second, Wehby miscalculated in believing Republicans and conservatives had no choice but to support her. Actually we have the choice of refusing to support her.

And that is exactly the choice we are asking you to make. Skip the race. Send a Message. And then let's look for a real Republican, someone who represents all our values of liberty, economic prosperity, national security and support for the family to support in the future.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to the rejection of Monica Wehby's policies, and candidacy, on Tuesday.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Marriage is an election issue: North Carolina edition

NOM has consistently maintained that marriage is an election issue that motivates voters, despite pundits and political elites trying increasingly to steer conservative candidates away from the social issues.

181992631The elections this week will only demonstrate further how right NOM has been and how misguided the cronies that continue to gain a hearing by the Republican establishment despite their failure to demonstrate a winning strategy.

For a case in point, consider an Associated Press piece published yesterday on the Senate race in North Carolina, bearing the headline, "Canceled NC marriage ban could alter Senate result." The article notes:

At the very least, some Republicans angry with the rulings say they're more energized to get others to the polls. They acknowledge that they can't get rid of lifetime federal judges but can send a message to prevent likeminded ones from reaching the bench.

"We want to get these judges out and want to get these senators out," Donna Annis, 60, of Clayton said after the rally. "We very obviously voted that we did not want gay marriage, and so (when) one judge says, 'well, too bad'... we don't want those people anymore."

The article highlights Senate candidate Thom Tillis's defense in court of North Carolina's marriage amendment, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of voters in just 2012:

Tillis' actions... could play well with people unhappy with courts canceling the decisions of voters.

The latest Associated Press-GfK national poll has 56 percent of likely voters saying it was inappropriate for the federal courts to issue rulings that overturn state same-sex marriage laws. And while the Elon University Poll in September found more likely voters supporting gay marriage than opposing it, a new Elon poll performed after the North Carolina amendment was struck down found 50 percent opposing gay marriage and 38 percent supporting it.

While Equality NC's political arm has distributed 15,000 voter guides that highlight its strong Hagan support and operating a nightly phone bank, social conservatives are marshalling larger ground forces.
Those larger ground forces will come out in force in tomorrow's election, and will send Thom Tillis to Washington. Let it be a lesson to the political establishment that marriage is an election issue - and that a stance for marriage is a stance that wins.

We have momentum in defeating Carl DeMaio

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As the repercussions of Carl DeMaio's alleged sexual harassment conduct continues to reverberate, there are more substantive reasons why his campaign is in trouble. But make no mistake about it — DeMaio's campaign is in trouble.

The National Organization for Marriage opposes DeMaio not because he is gay, or because of the allegations concerning his conduct, but because of his positions on the issues.

DeMaio is an advocate for redefining marriage. He cheered when elected officials violated their oath of office and refused to defend the 7 million Californians who enacted Proposition 8 concerning traditional marriage. He celebrated when a San Francisco federal judge — himself engaged in a long term same-sex relationship — overturned Prop 8. And then he was thrilled when the US Supreme Court cowardly rewarded this dereliction of duty, saying that the proponents of Prop 8 could not appeal the ruling overturning Prop 8.

DeMaio also supports abortion, and fails to criticize the abortion industry's extreme agenda of abortion on demand up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

As a member of Congress, Carl DeMaio hopes to press his agenda further — remaking the Republican Party into one advocating for genderless marriage and abortion.

That is not what America needs, or what the Republican Party stands for. That's why we strongly urge you to oppose Carl DeMaio on Tuesday. We can't take a risk of a candidate like DeMaio becoming a role model for young people who will be pressured by today's culture of moral relativism to follow his lead on critical social issues.

Many people agree with us that DeMaio is dead wrong on the social issues, but point out that Scott Peters isn't any better. They talk about DeMaio being a “fiscal conservative” and feel justified in supporting him on that basis.

But that line of thinking was totally upended this week when the US Chamber of Commerce came out and endorsed Scott Peters. They say Peters is the best candidate on fiscal matters. See their new television ad here.

The polls show DeMaio's standing with voters is beginning to slip. Let's do everything in our power to ensure that he is not elected. Please be sure to either skip the Congressional race when you vote, or consider voting for Scott Peters. As a Democrat in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, Peters won't be able to impact anything. We can defeat him with a good candidate in two years. But as a Republican in a House controlled by Republicans, Carl DeMaio can do a great deal of damage, and it will be very difficult to defeat him in the future. Go to www.republicansandindependentsforscottpeters.net for more information.

Please, join us in rejecting Carl DeMaio on Tuesday.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

I Stand Sunday

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Christians across America are joining I Stand Sunday this weekend, November 2, 2014, as speakers from across the nation gather at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas to focus on the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring.

We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city's Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication.

Watch the free, live simulcast above beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday (program duration is approx. 90 minutes), or the rebroadcast at 8:10PM CT/9:10 p.m. ET.

Remember to stand for religious freedom online as well by using the hashtag #IStandSunday.

National Organization for Marriage SuperPac Launches TV Ad in Arkansas Opposing Mark Pryor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Tom Cotton will fight for marriage while Mark Pryor cannot be trusted. We urge Arkansas voters who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman to cast their votes for Tom Cotton." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage Victory Fund has launched a television commercial in Arkansas revealing that US Senator Mark Pryor's claimed support for traditional marriage cannot be trusted in light of his obvious attempts to avoid answering questions about his current position, and the statements of a lesbian leader that Pryor told her he was not opposed to same-sex marriage. The ad is running statewide.

"For years Senator Mark Pryor has claimed to support traditional marriage, but his commitment to fight for marriage has been seriously undermined by his refusal to answer questions about his current position in light of a court decision finding the Arkansas marriage amendment unconstitutional," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Of even greater concern are comments by a prominent lesbian leader who says Pryor has told her he does not oppose gay marriage, but just can't talk about the issue right now. This powerful new ad exposes Pryor for this duplicity."

When confronted by a reporter asking him about the decision of the Arkansas Supreme court to overturn their amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, an obviously anxious Pryor said he had to leave, and then told the reporter that since the matter is in the courts, "we'll see what happens." Meanwhile, prominent gay activist Bailey Bibb, head of the state's Stonewall Democrats, told an undercover reporter that Pryor explained to her, "It's not something we can talk about. I'm not against it."

"Marriage is a critical issue for Arkansans and could prove to be the decisive issue in this race," Brown said. "Tom Cotton will fight for marriage while Mark Pryor cannot be trusted. We urge Arkansas voters who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman to cast their votes for Tom Cotton."

[Ed.: The ad can be viewed here online.]

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Please spread the word about Carl DeMaio's Flawed Positions on Marriage and Life

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In recent days, there's been much discussion about the explosive sexual harassment allegations against Carl DeMaio. If proven true, these allegations would disqualify him from holding any office, rendering him another Bob Filner.

But NOM wants to remind you about the positions that Carl DeMaio has taken on marriage and life that also ought to render him unfit for office. You see, DeMaio thinks it's fine for a single federal judge in San Francisco to substitute his views of marriage and throw out the votes of over 7 million Californians who voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman when they passed Proposition 8.

Carl DeMaio thinks its fine that elected officials like Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris have violated their sworn oath of office and refused to defend Prop 8 in court, even though it passed fair and square.

I guess DeMaio's position is not so far off from other liberal Democrats who ignore the law and push a radical agenda — like Gavin Newsom, who infamously issued same-sex marriage licenses from San Francisco City Hall.

But Carl DeMaio is not campaigning as a Democrat — he claims to be a Republican!

That's the last thing that we need — a gay marriage-supporting, abortion-embracing “Republican” who will serve as a role model for kids.

That's why NOM urges you to oppose the election of Carl DeMaio for the US House of Representatives. Refuse to vote for him. Either skip that race entirely, or hold your nose and vote for Democrat Scott Peters.

Peters is no better that DeMaio on the issues, but as a Democrat in a House controlled by Republicans Peters won't be able to impact anything. We can defeat him in two years. However, as a Republican in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, Carol DeMaio will be in a position to do great damage. You can get more information at www.republicansandindependentsforscottpeters.net

This past weekend we delivered phone calls to thousands of voters urging them to oppose Carl DeMaio. You can listen to the call here. Please forward this to all your friends and family who live in California's 52nd Congressional District.

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There's just one week left in this election to get the word out. Please contact everyone you know in the district and urge them to oppose Carl DeMaio.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


"To Change the Face and Voice of America's Politics"

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There is less than a week left until the mid-term elections, and the race between Richard Tisei and Seth Moulton in the Massachusetts 6th is a close one, by all accounts a ‘race to watch.' I write today to tell you that it essential that you NOT vote for Republican Richard Tisei, and in fact consider supporting the Democrat, Seth Moulton.

Both Moulton and Tisei are anti-life.

Both are in favor of radically redefining marriage.

One is a Democrat, and one is a Republican.

So why is NOM urging Massachusetts voters to oppose the Republican Tisei and to vote instead for his Democratic opponent? Because the difference matters in ways we cannot count.

Consider one of Tisei's endorsements as a case-in-point: he has gained the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. This organization says that it "works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America's politics."

But let's be clear: it is the politics of the Republican Party that the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund wishes to change with Tisei's election—and that's what makes his defeat so critical.

On the organization's blog, they state quite openly what earns Tisei their endorsement:

Tisei has shown that he is willing to stand up for equality within his party's caucus, and if elected to the U.S. Congress, will give the LGBT community a much-needed voice in the GOP.

Those words—"within his party's caucus"—are the critical words. It is within the GOP's own strategy meetings and consultations where Tisei is sought to be a "voice" for the political goals of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

And what kind of goals would he push? What kind of values will he give voice? Again, consider the track record that the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund highlights for Tisei, and decide for yourself:

He has worked with MassEquality and pro-marriage legislators to help whip votes in support of marriage equality, and co-sponsored a gender identity non-discrimination bill.

This, indeed, would be "to change the face and voice" of the GOP's politics! The Republican party states clearly in its platform that marriage is the union of one man and one woman; Tisei, according to the hopes of his supporters, would work to undermine and change this platform conviction from within the party itself.

On the other hand, Tisei's opponent, Seth Moulton, is no better than Tisei on the issues. But as a Democrat in a House controlled by Republicans, Moulton wouldn't be able to impact anything. Furthermore, we could defeat him in two years. Tisei, however, as a Republican within a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, would be in a position to do great damage to the integrity of the party's platform and the pro-life and pro-family policies for which the party stands!

Please share this information today with everyone you know in Massachusetts and urge them to oppose Tisei's election, even if that means voting for his Democratic challenger.

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A vote for Moulton would have little impact on the critical issues of marriage and life, either for the state of Massachusetts or for the nation. But a vote for Tisei would, in a very real way, "change the face and voice of America's politics"—precisely by silencing our voice, yours and mine, where the message of marriage and life needs most to be heard!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown