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NOM Endorses Colm Willis in Oregon 5th Congressional District

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm pleased to let you know that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has endorsed Colm Willis in his race for the 5th Congressional District in Oregon. Colm is a proven champion for life, religious liberty and marriage, and will be a fantastic member of the US House of Representatives fighting for issues we care deeply about.

Colm faces two challengers in the Republican primary election on May 17th, one of whom is Ben West, a gay 'marriage' activist who sued the people of Oregon to invalidate the state's marriage amendment adopted by 57% of voters. Because of West, the people of Oregon had their votes stolen from them by unaccountable judges.

It's outrageous that someone like Ben West, a nursing student, thinks he can steal the votes of the 57% of Oregonians who voted for marriage and then turn around and ask those same people to give him their votes for Congress. How hypocritical!

This race presents a stark choice — Colm Willis is a champion on our issues, while Ben West is a gutless turncoat who abandoned Republican and constitutional principles. West didn't have the courage to take his gay 'marriage' position to the people of Oregon; rather, he went to judicial elites to impose his radical views on the citizens of the state despite their overwhelming votes to the contrary.

Support Colm Willis for Congress Today!

Colm Willis has a distinguished background and has been a leader on critical issues. A husband, father and small business attorney in private practice in Stayton, Oregon, Colm is an Oregon native who served for many years as the chief advocate for Oregon Right to Life. He has experience as a staff member in the US Senate, and has applied his expertise on a host of economic issues. To his tremendous credit, Colm left his congressional staff position because of his opposition to the decision by Congress to spend taxpayer money bailing out big banks and other corporations rather than return the money to taxpayers.

In the past several years, we've seen attempts by GOP elites to move the Republican Party away from its position in support of life, marriage and religious liberty and make it "Democrat lite." This move is nothing but political correctness run amok. The fact is that supporting marriage as the union of on man and one woman is not only the right policy for the country, and especially for children, it is immensely popular with voters, over 50 million of whom have cast ballots for traditional marriage. In fact, voter support for marriage has run far stronger than support for the Republican ticket.

NOM worked hard during the 2014 election cycle to defeat Republican US Senate candidate Monica Wehby, another GOP turncoat who abandoned marriage, and the Republican platform. Not surprisingly, Ben West endorsed Wehby and campaigned on her behalf. Now we will work hard to ensure that West himself is defeated and a strong champion for marriage, religious liberty and life — Colm Willis — is elected.

Please join us in supporting Colm Willis for Congress. You can learn more about his candidacy here. We urge you to make a donation directly to his campaign via his website.

In 2014, NOM played a critical role in electing pro-marriage champions to Congress in numerous states, and defeating those GOP candidates, such as Carl DeMaio in California and Monica Wehby in Oregon, who had abandoned marriage. We had a 100% track record in 2014 and are pledged to repeat that in 2016, starting with the election of Colm Willis.

I hope you will act today to support Colm Willis for Congress.


Brian S Brown

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National Organization for Marriage Encouraged by Justice Kennedy’s Ruling to Block Same-Sex Marriage in Idaho and Nevada

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


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

"We are pleased that Justice Kennedy has ordered a stay of the ruling in the Ninth Circuit. The idea that same-sex marriage can be imposed upon the people of this country against their will is completely inconsistent with our constitutional principles and runs contrary to the very essence of a republican form of government. We once again call upon the US Supreme Court to decide this issue. They abdicated their responsibility to the American people earlier in the week and we hope that Justice Kennedy’s action will result in the Supreme Court hearing the issue and ultimately deciding that states have the right to preserve marriage in the law as it has existed in reality since long before the nation was founded – the union of one man and one woman."


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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Why allow the state’s top lawyer – the Attorney General – defend the state’s law? It’s too complicated, contend SSM activists

It would seem to be a no-brainer. When a state law – such as Idaho’s Marriage Amendment – is challenged in court the state’s top lawyer, the Attorney General, should be the one to defend it.  But not according to gay-marriage activist lawyers there.

Dome of Idaho State CapitolNo, they would rather ram their case and agenda through the courts – due process be damned.

According to the Idaho Statesman,

Deborah Ferguson, the [same-sex] couples' Boise-based lawyer, contends allowing Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to intervene on behalf of the state isn't necessary, since [Governor] Otter is already an adequate representative of the state's interests.  She argues such a move would unnecessarily add to their workload and complicate the case.

But Attorney General Wasden knows his job and intends to carry out his sworn duty to defend the laws of the state.

"I have an obligation to defend the Constitution and the statutes of Idaho, and that's what we intend to do," he said Thursday. "The position of the governor and the attorney general will be very similar. I don't see how it's going to complicate the process."

Read more here.