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"The Implications of Redefining Marriage are Staggering..."

The consequences of redefining marriage are formidable and grave, Michael Brown recently wrote at Charisma News.  Brown pointed out some of the absurdities of California's new law deleting the "biased" and "outdated" terms "husband" and "wife" from the state's marriage law.  The terms have been replaced with "spouse."

Women cannot be fathers and men cannot be mothers, Brown wrote.  He argued that marriage cannot be redefined unless words that are foundational to our existence are rendered meaningless:

Allow me to make some very simple statements...

Note to California: A woman cannot be a father and a man cannot be a mother.

California-FamilyFurther note to California: The terms "husband and wife" are neither discriminatory nor outdated.

Further, further note to California: Your social experiment will fail.

I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who love each other deeply and who are committed to each other long-term, and I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who are absolutely devoted to their children.

I am simply pointing out that their union cannot rightly be called "marriage" (regardless of what the courts might say) without rendering foundational words and concepts meaningless, a sure recipe for cultural chaos.

To repeat: The implications of redefining marriage are staggering, and those of us who love and cherish marriage and family need to redouble our efforts and renew our courage to stand up for what is right and what is best, making a fresh determination to swim against the current flood tide of semantic and social confusion.

True marriage and family will prevail in the end.

The "cultural chaos" to which Brown referred is what has brought about intolerance and bigotry toward those who believe in marriage between one man and one woman.

Activist Judge Attempts to Redefine Marriage in Kentucky

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn declared Kentucky's law protecting marriage "void and unenforceable" yesterday but stayed the imposition of same-sex "marriages" pending a decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Kentucky-FlagStunningly, a single judge has decided that his opinion can override the votes of 75 percent of Kentuckians, who approved a constitutional amendment protecting marriage in 2004.

According to Heyburn, there is an “utter lack of logical relation between the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriages and any conceivable legitimate state interest.”  Completely ignoring the fact that the state has an interest in protecting children, the wealth of evidence that shows children do best with a married mother and father in a stable relationship, and the basic truth that marriage connects children to their biological parents, Heyburn subverted the will of the people of Kentucky with this decision.

Kentucky Governor Steve Breshear said the state will appeal.

Heyburn's assertion that the Kentucky law excludes some people from “the status and dignity of marriage” begs the question: what is marriage?  Heyburn's decision/ruling implies that same-sex unions are the same as marriages, when by their very nature, they are not.

Heyburn also wrote that marriage denies the "intangible and emotional benefits of civil marriage" to same-sex couples.  But marriage is not purely an emotional union--it is the only union that comprehensibly unites the sexes toward bringing children into the world and ensures children benefit from growing up with both a mother and a father.

Heyburn's ruling is a dangerous example of judicial activism gone wild in the United States.  Renegade judge after renegade judge has worked to throw out the votes of the American people who have voted to protect marriage.  Heyburn's blatant disregard for the will of Kentucky voters and lack of understanding of the intrinsic nature of marriage and what sets it apart from other unions is alarming.

However, there is hope in this case.  Honorably, Gov. Breshear is doing his duty by defending the law and the democratic process.  And, noting Justice Kennedy's opinion in United States v. Windsor, Heyburn also did not claim that same-sex couples have a “fundamental right” to marry.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati is expected to rule on this in early August.  Until then, the redefinition of marriage is on hold in Kentucky.  Let's pray that reason, truth, and justice prevail.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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You Could Be the Difference

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There's only one person on tomorrow's ballot for Congress in the 22nd District who is a true conservative — Claudia Tenney — and I urge you to make sure you vote for her in tomorrow's primary. She is running against the shockingly liberal, pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage incumbent Richard Hanna. It's critical that Hanna be defeated and that a principled conservative like Claudia Tenney be elected.

And be sure to forward this email to all your friends and family in New York who may live in the district, asking them to join you in support of Claudia Tenney for Congress. (The district includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego, and Tioga counties.)

Assemblywoman Tenney has received the endorsement of the Conservative Party of the 22nd Congressional District, the Susan B. Anthony List, the National Pro-Life Alliance, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, and many others including nationally known conservative political analysts like Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin.

She is New York's top-rated conservative legislator and will take her integrity and leadership to Congress.

In contrast, Rep. Richard Hanna is rated the 3rd most liberal politician in Washington by the National Journal and in 2013 he endorsed same-sex marriage — only the second sitting Republican member of Congress to do so.

NOM has endorsed Claudia Tenney and is funding an independent expenditure effort to help her unseat Congressman Hanna. Above is an image from a mailer we have sent. We are also calling thousands of voters in the district to share our position with them.

Please vote for Assemblywoman Tenney in tomorrow's Republican primary for Congress. In order to move pro-marriage, pro-life, and pro-family legislation through Congress we need leaders like her in Washington.

Fiathfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Everyday Heroes Like You

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The 2014 March for Marriage and Gala is a celebration of marriage and its champions.

Today, I want to introduce you to a marriage champion who has stood boldly by the courage of her convictions for marriage, and should stand as an example for all of us.

Last week, Theresa Gaffney, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court in Schuykilll County, Pennsylvania, took courageous steps to file motions to stay Judge Jones' awful ruling overturning that state's Defense of Marriage Act and to intervene and appeal the case to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Gaffney is displaying courage where others have not in Pennsylvania, especially Governor Tom Corbett. She knows that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that marriage provides the best chance for children to experience the love and care of both a mother and a father. She also knows that the decision of Pennsylvania lawmakers to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman is enttled to a defense in the higher courts.

Even though elected officials well above her like Governor Corbett have failed to defend the law of the land, Mrs. Gaffney has stepped up hoping to give marriage the good and vigorous defense it deserves.

Of course, those who would redefine marriage from across the country are sending her vicious hate mail and launching other attacks. These radicals cannot stand when someone exercises his or her right to defend marriage and they do everything in their power to bully and intimidate marriage supporters into silence. Fortunately, Mrs. Gaffney has not backed down in the face of this onslaught.

Would you take the time to send a note of thanks and encouragement to this courageous public official today? Follow this link to use our system to send a brief note letting her know that she is not alone in her battle — you stand with her in spirit and in prayer. Just click here to send an email right now. Thank you.

Mrs. Gaffney's stand for principle will be matched by the thousands of marriage supporters who take to the streets of Washington, D.C. in just four days. As Americans from all across the country rally and march, they will be demonstrating support of the sacred and unique truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that every child deserves a mother and a father.

Will you be joining us for this momentous event? We certainly hope so as the bigger the crowd, the clearer the message to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Congress, the media, and the rest of America. Check out the March's website here for all the details including directions, our incredible list of speakers, and buses that still have open seats. If you haven't already, find one near you for you and your friends!

National leaders such as former Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Reverend Jim Garlow, and many others are lending their reputations and their voices, making this a historic event that you won't want to miss.

Finally to get a taste of why we march, make sure to watch and share our compelling video for this year's event. It's still not too late to share it with all your friends, family, and faith community.

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Mrs. Gaffney has already stood up in the public square for marriage. Will you do likewise in Washington this week as we March for Marriage?

I truly hope to see you there.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


P.S. The March for Marriage will be a critical and historic step in defending marriage and the faith communities that support it. I hope you can make it and demonstrate the courage of your convictions with thousands of your fellow Americans.

Bishop Morlino: Marriage is First "Domino" of Civilization

Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, said he is "deeply saddened" by a federal judge's recent judicial activism against Wisconsin's marriage amendment.  Bishop Morlino promised to continue defending marriage and its vital role in society.

Bishop Morlino said, in part (emphasis added):

DominosMarriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote. This is not based on any private sectarian viewpoint, but on the natural moral law that is universally binding on all peoples, at all times, and inscribed into our human nature, as man and woman from the beginning of creation. It behooves us to safeguard the sacred ecology of all nature, especially of our human nature.

In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization. There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater concern for future generations than we do for ourselves.

Marriage, between one man and one women with openness to children, is an element of the very first “domino” of civilization. The very nature of marriage naturally generates life. When that first “domino” falls, everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened. If the “domino” of true marriage falls, then fall all subsequent “dominos.” This is demonstrated, too often, in a culture that increasingly chooses death over life.

Bishop Morlino's full statement is here.  He encouraged priests, deacons, and faithful lay Catholics to "continue to speak strongly about the truth and beauty of marriage."

Defending Marriage Tops Agenda on First Day of US Bishops Spring Meeting

At their spring meeting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have already begun focusing on the defense of marriage.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and speaker at the March for Marriage, said that an anti-marriage decision from the Supreme Court "would undoubtedly have a profound impact on the nation."

LifeSiteNews reported:

BishopsMuch of the opening day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2014 Spring General Assembly on Wednesday was devoted to the defense and promotion of marriage.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, led the charge by telling his brother bishops: “We are at a critical point in this country as it comes to defense of marriage in the law.

Archbishop Cordileone outlined the grave situation for the defense of traditional marriage and resulting threats to religious freedom.

During a presentation about the upcoming World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput noted that this meeting "comes at a time when,” there is a great “confusion about the nature of marriage and the family.”

Echoing Pope Francis, Archbishop Lori, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, recently said the family is "under attack."  He also said (emphasis added):

Let’s understand that challenges to religious freedom are parallel to challenges to life and family. What is called for is not just a short-term effort, but a movement that brings together life, marriage, service to the needy and religious freedom.

We have to take the long view, as the pro-life movement did in 1973, and ask for God’s grace to keep going. We are talking about the creation of a true civilization of love that is pre-eminently a work of faith.

Marriage Champion Needs Your Encouragement

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last Friday, Theresa Gaffney, Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, filed paperwork to intervene in the case that overturned Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act. She is seeking a stay of Judge Jones' May 20th ruling and the right to appeal in the case.

Please take a moment right now to send her an encouraging note so she knows that she is not alone. Just click here to send your message.

In filing her motions for a stay and to intervene, Mrs. Gaffney, a county official, is showing great courage — courage that others failed to muster. She understands, like you do, that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that children deserve both a mother and a father. Thank God she is taking a stand.

As you can imagine, Mrs. Gaffney has now been receiving vicious hate-filled messages from same-sex marriage supporters, mostly from well outside Schuylkill County and Pennsylvania. This is how gay-marriage advocates will seek to stop her (and all marriage champions across the country): bullying and intimidation.

Would you please keep Mrs. Gaffney in your prayers, that she may be blessed in her courage, strengthened and protected?

And would you also take time to let her know of your support and prayers by sending her an email today? Just click here to send an email today.

As all of us who fight these battles know, there's nothing quite like a personal note of thanks and encouragement when times get tough.

Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S. Please take the time to email Mrs. Gaffney with a message thanking her for her courage in standing up for marriage. She needs to know that her actions are greatly appreciated by people across Pennsylvania, and that her courage is not in vain.

Hypocritical Liberals Try to Shame Archbishop Cordileone

The mayor of San Francisco, liberal politicians, and a group of radical activists who call themselves Christians are attempting to shame Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for his involvement with the March for Marriage.

Ironically, in a letter to Archbishop Cordileone, the group quoted both Pope Francis and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, implying that Archbishop Cordileone's support for marriage is somehow at odds with his duties as a Catholic archbishop.

Completely ignoring the parts about searching for the Lord and having good will, the leftists wrote, "...while not all of us agree with official Catholic teaching on marriage and family, we appreciate the many statements from Catholic leaders defending the human dignity of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially the recent words of Pope Francis: 'If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?'  Pope Francis' words echo the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which states that lesbian and gay people 'must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'"

The irony in this is unmistakable.  The letter goes on to imply that refusing to accept the redefinition of marriage is "unjust discrimination," and that advocating for the redefinition of marriage is somehow an action of goodwill.  (Newsflash: Pope Francis has spoken repeatedly about how redefining marriage is an attack on the family, the importance of children growing up with mothers and fathers, and the sanctity of marriage.)cordileone

The letter ends with a suggestion that Archbishop Cordileone not speak at the March for Marriage and instead "join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred."  Ironically, the signers of the letter are the ones promoting division by trying to divide the Catholic Church, which has always and will always teach that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, a Sacrament ordered toward bringing the sexes together to create new life.  Furthermore, there is unity among faithful Catholics and Christians in regard to marriage--there is agreement that it is quite possible to protect marriage, and the basic human truths it reflects, without being "hateful" toward anyone.  In fact, Archbishop Cordileone spoke about this at last year's march.

The signers could have been much clearer about their intentions by simply writing, "We ask you to join with us in opposing the teachings of your religion under the guise of 'promoting reconciliation.'"

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Renew The Push

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The people of Pennsylvania have been denied due process on so many levels when it comes to the marriage debate — it must stop.

Take the time today to join our friends at the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network in urging support for resolutions spearheaded by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R.-Butler) in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Sen. John Eichelberger (R.-Hollidaysburg) in the Senate calling for the Corbett Administration to appeal the recent court decision that invalidated Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act.

Use this link to send Governor Corbett a message urging him to appeal the court ruling and to let your Representative and Senator know that you want marriage, and the law of the land, protected in the courts.

While the State Legislature, with the support of the people, approved the state's Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, since then the people have been roundly ignored and law of the land flouted. The people, through their elected officials, have repeatedly asked for the right to vote and enshrine the definition of marriage in the State's constitution.

Then, last year Attorney General Kathleen Kane abandoned the people and her oath of office by refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Her actions opened the door for renegade county officials to defy the law and begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Now a judge has decided to legislate from the bench and impose his individual opinion about marriage on every voter by overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. This has got to stop.

Time is running out. Please send an email today to Governor Corbett and the legislature urging him to appeal this horrendous ruling. The Governor still can intervene — he has 30 days from May 20th to file the state's appeal. Follow this link to urge him to do so.

Let's renew the push in Pennsylvania to protect marriage, the law of the land, and the sovereignty of the people. Send Governor Corbett your message today.

Standing with all Pennsylvanians,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S. Brave legislators are standing up on your behalf. Support their resolutions by sending a message to Governor Corbett asking him to follow their Resolutions. Click here to send your email today!

Bishop Conley: "May We Bring the Principles of Our Faith to the Public Square"

Most Reverend James D. Conley, bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, wrote a beautiful piece on the importance of witnessing faith in the public square.

Photo Credit: Ted Kirk, The Journal-Star

Photo Credit: Ted Kirk, The Journal-Star

Without the influence of truth on public life, the rights of the unborn, the poor, and the marginalized can be discarded.  Without the participation of religious believers, the principles of justice and freedom are replaced with reckless pursuit of comfort and pleasure.  Without active protection of rights, religious liberty—and indeed, all liberty—stands perilously close to being lost entirely.

Our democracy can serve the common good. But only when believers, capable of discerning the common good, participate in public life.

This election year, we’ll consider candidates for state and national offices.  And, if we want our state and nation to serve the common good, we have a moral obligation to vote.  And when we do vote, we ought to consider the candidates and their position in light of the received teachings of our Church. In light of justice.  In light of truth.

Catholics helped to form our nation. And over the past two centuries, Catholics have bled and died to protect it. Their legacy is in our hands. To be faithful Catholics, we’re called to be faithful citizens.  May each of us work to build a just and free nation.  And may we bring the principles of our faith to the public square, and to the voting booth.

Read the rest of Bishop Conley's article at the Diocese of Lincoln's website.

Bishop Conley is a stalwart advocate for marriage.  His compelling words about bringing faith to the public square resound with many people of faith, not just Catholics.

NOM on Point of View Radio

On May 29, Joe Grabowski, NOM's Director of Communications, was a guest on Point of View Radio discussing the March for Marriage.

Joe talked about lobby day and the opportunity to stand up for marriage in Washington, D.C.  He also told listeners about the virtual march, an opportunity for those who can't make it to the national march.

The March for Marriage segment begins at 28:18--click here to listen!

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

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


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

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

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

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).