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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Marriage and Social Conservatives Win Big In Indiana Primaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The National Organization for Marriage and its allies have once again demonstrated that abandoning marriage is a disastrous decision for any politician." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) hailed yesterday's primary results from Indiana as another clear message that defending marriage is a winning issue, and seeking its redefinition is a political graveyard. In Indiana, NOM and its allies sent a very clear message to the legislature while it still debated the Indiana Marriage Amendment (HJR3) — if they failed to pass the question on to the people this year there would be political repercussions. And now the coalition has carried through on that promise unseating two incumbents who led the effort to kill the Resolution, while also protecting marriage champions like Eric Turner, the Resolution's sponsor.

"The National Organization for Marriage and its allies have once again demonstrated that abandoning marriage is a disastrous decision for any politician," declared Brian Brown, president of NOM. "At a time when many local Republican party committees are under pressure from elites to remove support for marriage and life from their platforms, the results of the Indiana primaries should be a warning sign — abandon marriage at your own peril."

These victories continue the streak of successes that NOM and local allies have had in states like New York, Maine, and New Hampshire where the organization has been instrumental in electing pro-marriage candidates and defeating incumbents of both parties who have voted to abandon marriage. For example, NOM was instrumental in defeating four state Senators in New York who voted to redefine marriage.

The coalition in Indiana was led by the Indiana Family Institute Action, and included the American Family Association of Indiana, NOM, CitizenLink, and FRCAction among others.

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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).

Marriage Wins Big at the Indiana Primaries

The headline speaks volumes, “Social conservatives post wins in Indiana legislative races,” once again proving that supporting  marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a winning political position.

According to the IndyStar,

Indiana State CapitolSocial conservatives won several key Statehouse races in Tuesday's primary, ousting two incumbents and successfully defending others…

…Two Republican House members — Kathy Heuer, Columbia City, and Rebecca Kubacki, Syracuse — were defeated by wide margins by Christopher Judy and Curt Nisly, respectively. The incumbents were targeted by social conservative groups after voting against a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. [Emphasis added]…

"The overall message is that if you oppose marriage in Indiana, you take huge political risks," said Curt Smith, president of Indiana Family Action. "If you want to thumb your nose at the pro-family groups, you do so at your own risk."

NOM, the Indiana Family Institute, the American Family Association of Indiana, Citizenlink, and Family Research Council  Action had warned politicians before the marriage amendment vote in the legislature that if they did not give the people the chance to vote on marriage this year, there would be political repercussions.  After the failure of the legislature to pass the question to the voters, the coalition worked together to choose its targets, particularly the ousting of Heuer and Kubacki while protecting marriage champions.

National Organization for Marriage Calls On Indiana Attorney General To Investigate Reported Offer From Former State Republican Chairman Of Campaign Funding To Make Marriage Amendment 'Go Away'

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


"The promise of money in exchange for official action is a serious felony that undermines the very integrity of the legislative process itself." — John Eastman, Chairman of NOM —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to investigate whether the former Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, Jim Kittle, offered the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives a bribe in exchange for making the proposed marriage amendment then pending before the House to, "go away." The Associated Press reported on March 2nd that Kittle was the individual whom Speaker Brian Bosma was referring to when he told the media that someone had offered him unlimited campaign funding to make the issue go away.

"The promise of money in exchange for official action is a serious felony that undermines the very integrity of the legislative process itself," wrote John Eastman, NOM’s Chairman and a prominent law school professor and former dean. "Any credible allegation that the legislative process may have been subjected to improper influence threatens the integrity of government and must be treated seriously."

Eastman made his comments in a letter to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, in which he asked that a formal investigation be launched to examine the matter.

When HJR3, the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, was pending before the state House of Representatives, House Speaker Brian Bosma told the media that he had been offered "unlimited campaign funding" if he would make the issue "go away." Bosma refrained from identifying the individual who made the offer, saying at the time that the individual may have violated state or federal law.

On March 2nd the Associated Press reported that the individual who reportedly made the offer to Bosma was Kittle, the former state GOP Chairman.

Eastman wrote in his letter, "Mr. Kittle is a politically sophisticated individual. Surely a person with his experience knows that an offer of money in exchange for official legislative action is a serious criminal offense. It simply strains common sense to think that he was unaware of the implications of what he was apparently proposing to the top member of the House."

Eastman made clear that NOM was not alleging that Kittle had committed a crime, but rather requesting that the serious allegations originally raised by Bosma and recently reported by the media be investigated. "To safeguard the integrity of government, the people of Indiana are entitled to a fair and transparent examination of the facts by way of an independent, official investigation of this matter," he said.

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To schedule an interview with John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [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 To Focus on Holding Legislators Accountable; Will Not Pursue Attempts to Put Marriage Amendment on 2014 Ballot

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


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

“After reviewing all legal options, the National Organization for Marriage has decided not to bring litigation seeking to allow voters to have the right to vote on the marriage amendment in 2014. While we believe a strong legal case can be made that the amendment could appear on the ballot this year, we think that the time and expense of such an effort would be better devoted to holding legislators accountable for their votes, and to preparing to elect a strong pro-amendment Legislature to pass the pending amendment in 2015. Accordingly, we will be working with our allies in the state to impact elections this year, beginning with the upcoming May primary races. We look forward to continuing to educate Hoosiers about the importance of the unique nature of marriage as society’s only institution that brings men and women together for the benefit of the couple and any children born of their union.”

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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).

Indiana Legislature Affirms True Marriage in HJR 3 Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


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The following statement may be attributed to Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage:

The National Organization for Marriage is pleased that the Indiana legislature passed for a second time proposed constitutional amendment language that would protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  Their action, which enjoys strong popular support throughout the state, proves that Indiana still believes marriage is solely between a man and a woman.

At the same time we are very disappointed that both the House and Senate amended the resolution as passed by the legislature in 2011 and removed the second sentence.  This was a clear betrayal of the people of Indiana, 80% of who believe this issue should be on the ballot this year.

Nonetheless NOM will continue to work with local and national allies secure the people's right to vote on marriage as soon as possible.

Marriage Alert: Senate Hearing Tomorrow

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Marriage and the right of Indiana citizens to have their say on its definition at the ballot box this November need you to step up strongly once again.

Please join NOM, CitizenLink, the Indiana Family Institute, the American Family Association of Indiana, and others at the State House TOMORROW Monday, February 10th as we make our voices heard and presence felt in support of marriage, the Indiana Marriage Amendment (HJR 3), and the people's right to vote.

The Senate must pass HJR 3 as it was originally written and passed in 2011 — this includes restoring the second sentence that the House deleted in January — or the people’s chance to vote this November could be in serious jeopardy.

We will meet outside the Senate Chamber windows on the 3rd floor at 1:00 PM.

You can meet Suzy Barnhart, NOM Representative there. She will be wearing a royal blue suit. The Senate will meet at 1:30pm and as soon as they are done the hearing will start. Seating will be limited so if you would like to be inside the chambers it is strongly suggested you arrive early. Otherwise you can join us in the hallways as we stand for marriage as God designed it and the sovereign right of the people of Indiana to vote on the issue.

The best parking is the Circle Center Mall garage. It is $2 for the first 3 hours. The garage is 1 ½ blocks from the Statehouse and the entrances are marked with a large circle with a purple 'P' in the middle. Take the elevator up to the Atrium from the garage, walk thru the Atrium, down two flights of escalators and through the tunnel underground to the Statehouse. Once you arrive, you will need to go outside through security. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.

If you are not able to join us, I urge you to contact as many Senators as possible demanding that they support HJR 3 as it was originally passed in 2011. They must restore the 'second sentence' removed by the House in January and pass the Resolution back to the House in order for the people of Indiana to vote on the Marriage Amendment in November 2014. Below is a list of key Senators and their contact information, and here is a link to a 'call sheet' with talking points.

I hope to see you on Monday.

For our families and children,

Christopher C. Plante
Regional Director
National Organization for Marriage

Here are the key legislators we need you to contact today.

Please call as many as you can!

Click here to download our call sheet resource so you can keep track of your efforts.

Frank Mrvan 317-232-9400
Jim Arnold 317-232-9400
Richard Young 317-232-9400
Lindel Hume 317-232-9400
Ed Charbonneau 317-232-9494
Ryan Mishler 317-232-0930
Susan Glick 317-232-9493
Tom Wyss 317-232-9807
David Long 317-232-9416
Randy Head 317-232-9488
Travis Holdman 317-232-9807
Ron Alting 317-232-9517
Phil Boots 317-234-9054
Doug Eckerty 317-232-9466
Allen Paul 317-232-9541
Mike Crider 317-232-9493
Jim Merritt 317-232-9533
Pat Miller 317-232-9489
Brent Waltz 317-234-9425
Jean Leising 317-234-9054
Johnny Nugent 317-232-9541
Jim Smith 317-234-9426
Ron Grooms 317-234-9425
Vanetta Becker 317-232-9494

The Rights of Every Child

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This week's news demonstrates the clear contrast between the true and God ordained view of marriage and family, and the perspective of those who would redefine these unique and critical institutions. The news also presents the choice before the Indiana legislature, whether they will succumb to the revisionist view or stand for true marriage and the sovereign right of the people of Indiana to protect marriage in their state constitution.

Marriage and the right of Indiana citizens to have their say on its definition at the ballot box this November need you to step up strongly once again.

Please join NOM, CitizenLink, the Indiana Family Institute, the American Family Association of Indiana, and others at the State House this Monday, February 10th as we make our voices heard and presence felt in support of marriage, the Indiana Marriage Amendment (HJR 3), and the people's right to vote.

The Senate must pass HJR 3 as it was originally written and passed in 2011 — this includes restoring the second sentence that the House deleted in January — or the people's chance to vote this November could be in serious jeopardy.

We will meet outside the Senate Chamber windows on the 3rd floor at 1:00 PM. You can meet Suzy Barnhart, NOM Representative there. She will be wearing a royal blue suit. The Senate will meet at 1:30pm and as soon as they are done the hearing will start. Seating will be limited so if you would like to be inside the chambers it is strongly suggested you arrive early. Otherwise you can join us in the hallways as we stand for marriage as God designed it and the sovereign right of the people of Indiana to vote on the issue. For details, click here.

If you are not able to join us, I urge you to contact as many Senators as possible demanding that they support HJR 3 as it was originally passed in 2011. They must restore the 'second sentence' removed by the House in January and pass the Resolution back to the House in order for the people of Indiana to vote on the Marriage Amendment in November 2014. Click here for a call sheet with talking points and a list of key Senators with their contact information.

Now for the Broader News

This week, a United Nations committee called the Convention on the Rights of a Child issued a report that has generated a lot of media buzz. The report was the result of an "investigation" into the conduct of one of the Convention's member states: the Vatican City State, also known as the Holy See.

The subject of the supposed investigation was said to be the Catholic Church's past and present institutional handling of sexual abuse of minors — the rectifying of which is an undertaking that has consumed the Church in recent years. But after issuing its reasonable condemnations of the failures of certain individuals and bureaucracies within the Church (something the Church itself has done with conviction and steadfastness), the Convention report revealed itself in an appalling way to be a mere pretext to a larger attack on the beliefs of the Catholic Church, especially concerning homosexuality.

Senator Marco Rubio even wrote a piece for National Review Online condemning the report's overreach:

[T]he U.N. ... chose to use the opportunity to make political statements about Catholic doctrine on abortion, contraception, and marriage, issues at the core of the Church's teachings about human rights and the dignity of life. In doing so, the U.N. — with the seemingly limitless worldwide injustices it could be condemning or investigating — trampled on the religious-freedom principles outlined in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

What exactly was there in this report that makes it so offensive? Deacon Keith Fournier gives just a few examples in a piece he wrote at Catholic Online. These are actual quotations from the report, courtesy of Deacon Keith [emphasis added]:

  • The Committee is concerned about the Holy See's past statements and declarations on homosexuality...

  • The Committee regrets that the Holy See continues to place emphasis on the promotion of complementarity and equality in dignity, two concepts which differ from equality in law and practice...

  • The Committee... regrets that the Holy See did not provide precise information on the measures taken to promote equality between girls and boys and to remove gender stereotypes from Catholic schools textbooks...

  • The Committee urges the Holy See to adopt a rights-based approach to address discrimination between girls and boys and refrain from using terminology that could challenge equality between girls and boys. The Committee also urges the Holy See to take active measures to remove from Catholic schools textbooks all gender stereotyping which may limit the development of the talents and abilities of boys and girls and undermine their educational and life opportunities.

... But even if all of these aren't enough to reveal the UN's political leanings, this one is the kicker, most revealing of the true underlying agenda here:

  • The Committee is concerned that the Holy See and Church run institutions do not recognize the existence of diverse forms of families and often discriminate children on the basis of their family situation.

It is probably not too cynical to say that "the Committee" might have saved a lot of ink and paper (the latter especially being surely a high priority at the U.N.!) had they just written on a notecard: 'The Committee regrets that the Catholic Church is the Catholic Church.'

Senator Rubio didn't pull any punches in pointing out this surreptitious assault on the Church's values and beliefs [emphasis added]:

The United States is still very much a country that stands at the vanguard of protecting religious freedom at home and abroad. ... [T]he U.N. has overreached in its efforts to discredit the Catholic Church's core teachings, and I hope our ambassador to the U.N. will convey this message to her counterparts there.

(Of course, our ambassador to the U.N. might be too busy auditioning for bands to carry this message.)

You see, the model is the same everywhere: as it is here in the U.S., so it is on the international scale — the push to redefine marriage and the family and thereby to de-gender society on the whole always ends up targeting religious individuals or groups for abject discrimination.

You see, this radical agenda is its own kind of "orthodoxy" and dogmatism, and doesn't brook competition: it is intolerant of any "heresy" and insists on either converting or condemning absolutely — with no room for negotiation. Humanity, as made in God's image, "male and female," will be remade according to their own imaginings — genderless, sexless, role less — and the meaning of marriage written on our hearts will be scribbled over with nonsense. In their minds, it's as if the Creator made marriage to cause harm to gays and lesbians and to punish them with a cruel attack on their basic human dignity. It does not ever occur to them that marriage is a profound public good that greatly benefits men and women, and especially their children.

But in this most recent assault by the U.N. — against beliefs shared not only by members of the Catholic Church, but by billions worldwide of any one of many religions or of no religion at all — the real outrage is that it has been done under the pretense of protecting children's rights!

I will repeat here something I've said more times than I can remember, and will continue saying again and again because it so much bears repeating: Every child has the right to the love of both a mom and a dad.

This right is fundamental and foundational, really next in importance to the right to life itself: because it is bound up with that very right, since moms and dads are the natural way kids come into the world and have the gift of life. Marriage makes men and women responsible in recognition of the magnitude of that incredible power to bring new life into the world!

Now for a Refreshing Counterpoint

The State of Utah recognizes this basic truth: Utah's voters, who decided by a 66% margin to pass a constitutional amendment in 2004 to define marriage; and Utah's leaders, are now defending that amendment in appeals court. The other day the state filed its brief to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn the outrageous ruling of an activist federal judge declaring that marriage itself is unconstitutional.

In its brief to the court, the State explains its position in clear and common-sense terms. The introduction to their brief is worth quoting at length:

As with other issues of domestic-relations law, choosing a definition of marriage in today's world presents a clash between deeply held interests and values. On one hand are the interests of Utah citizens who have formed intimate, committed relationships with someone of the same sex — and in some cases are raising or wish to raise children together — and who want the State to confer on them the benefits of marriage. The State respects and values those citizens and their children as both equal before the law and fully entitled to order their private lives in the manner they have chosen.

On the other hand are the long-term interests of all Utah's children — both now and in future generations. They cannot defend their own interests. The State thus has a duty to consider their interests in deciding whether to abandon the man-woman definition of marriage. And Utah voters, in enacting the constitutional amendment known as Amendment 3, reaffirmed among other things their firm belief — also supported by sound social science — that moms and dads are different, not interchangeable, and that the diversity of having both a mom and a dad is the ideal parenting environment.

That model is not intended to demean other family structures, any more than giving an "A" to some students demeans others. As between mutually exclusive models of marriage, the man-woman model is simply the one the State and its people believe is best for children.

What makes the decision about redefining marriage particularly poignant is not merely the uncertainty inherent in predicting its long-term effects. It is also the mounting evidence that such a redefinition poses real, concrete risks to children—especially in future generations. Many of those risks flow from the inevitable effect of shifting the public meaning of marriage away from a largely child-centric institution... and toward a more adult-centric or "consent-based" view.

Now here are leaders and statesmen who understand the rights of a child!

This week has been a reminder of why we fight.

We work to safeguard the rights of children, which marriage protects, from being suborned to the desires of adults in the name of "progress."

We work to prevent the attacks that flow against people of faith and religious organizations every time and in every place that marriage is redefined.

In sum, we work to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Thank you for working with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

PS: As you might have surmised, the battle to preserve marriage is intense, ongoing, and multi-varied. It is also expensive. We rely on the gifts of thousands of average Americans just like you to keep our doors open and to continue the fight. Please help us with a generous contribution.

Let them Know You're Watching

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

On Monday, February 10th, the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee will hear testimony on House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR3), the Indiana Marriage Amendment. It is expected that the full Senate will take up the measure later in the week.

Now is the time to contact as many State Senators as possible urging them to pass HRJ3 in its original form and to allow the people of Indiana to vote on the definition of marriage.

The situation in Indianapolis is very serious and very critical. The proposed marriage amendment, HJR3, has been placed in jeopardy by the House of Representative's decision to remove a critical sentence from the original resolution as initially passed in 2011. If the Senate does not restore the key "second sentence," and pass HJR3 as originally approved by the legislature in 2011, the people's right to vote on marriage is gravely at risk and may not happen until 2016 — if at all.

This would not be the case if certain members of the House of Representatives had not betrayed their constituents and gone back on promises to support the people's right to vote. One of these turncoats is Representative Kevin Mahan. To be sure his constituents know of his betrayal and hold him accountable, NOM and CitizenLink are co-sponsoring the following radio ad.




The Senate needs to hear from you on HJR3, the Indiana Marriage Amendment, today!

Now, the Senate has a chance to undo the damage done by the House:

  • The Senate must restore the removed 'second sentence' to HJR3 which the House stripped from the measure.

  • The Senate must then pass the original version of HJR3, which would move the amendment one crucial step closer to being on the ballot in November 2014.

That is why it is so critical for the Senate to hear from you today. Please click here to let your Senator know that the people of Indiana are watching, and that Hoosiers demand their right to vote on HJR3 this November. Tell your Senator to restore the original version of the bill and pass it so that it can go to a popular vote in November 2014!

But after you've contacted your Senator today, there's more we need you to do. I'm asking you to please call as many of the Senators listed below as possible and urge them to restore the original form of HJR3 and pass it back to the House.

You can download and print this call sheet to keep track of your efforts.

When calling these Senators' offices, you will probably be speaking to an aide. Be sure to tell them:

  1. The people of Indiana should be allowed to vote on HJR3 in 2014! Over 80% of those asked want to vote this November.

  2. The Senate should restore the original language of HJR3 and pass the same version of the resolution that the legislature passed in 2011.

  3. You'd like to know how the Senator will be voting.

We need to make as much of a stir in Indianapolis as possible in support of the original form of HJR3. The majority of Indianans want to vote on this measure, but their voice is being drowned out by the noisiness of a small, well-funded lobby with ties to Big Business and Hollywood.

So please make sure to call the Senators below — as many as possible, as soon as possible. But you should also click here when you have time and send a very quick email to your own Senator urging him or her support for the original form of HJR3 and for the right of Indiana's voters.

Finally, if you can be in Indianapolis on Monday, February 10th, please come to the State House to show your support for marriage and the people's right to vote. The Senate Rules Committee will be meeting in the Senate Chambers immediately upon adjournment of the Senate Session.

I ask that you please help spread the word. Marriage champions from across Indiana must make their voices heard and presence felt in the State Senate until the people of Indiana have the right to vote to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Use these buttons either to share this email with your friends and family in Indiana or to help get the word out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Faithfully,


Here are the key legislators we need you to contact today.

Please call as many as you can!

Click here to download our call sheet resource so you can keep track of your efforts.

Frank Mrvan317-232-9400
Jim Arnold317-232-9400
Richard Young317-232-9400
Lindel Hume317-232-9400
Ed Charbonneau317-232-9494
Ryan Mishler317-232-0930
Susan Glick317-232-9493
Tom Wyss317-232-9807
David Long317-232-9416
Randy Head317-232-9488
Travis Holdman317-232-9807
Ron Alting317-232-9517
Phil Boots317-234-9054
Doug Eckerty317-232-9466
Allen Paul317-232-9541
Mike Crider317-232-9493
Jim Merritt317-232-9533
Pat Miller317-232-9489
Brent Waltz317-234-9425
Jean Leising317-234-9054
Johnny Nugent317-232-9541
Jim Smith317-234-9426
Ron Grooms317-234-9425
Vanetta Becker317-232-9494

NOM and CitizenLink's New Radio Ad in Indiana

The new radio ad is currently running in the Ft. Wayne and Muncie radio markets, but NOM and CitizenLink are both prepared to expand into other markets and cut new ads to cover other legislators who fail to support marriage in the present deliberations over Indiana's proposed marriage amendment, HJR3.

Take a listen to the new ad here:

 

Please share this with everyone you know in Indiana! All Hoosiers should be calling their legislators on HJR3 and demanding their right to vote on marriage this November. You can bet the legislators in Indianapolis are hearing from the noisy marriage redefinition lobby today - so let's make sure they hear from our side as well!

Governor Pence expresses support for restoring the original version of HJR3

From the IndyStar:

Mike-PenceGov. Mike Pence prefers the original version of the same-sex marriage ban, the one that included a second sentence prohibiting civil unions, his office said Friday.

The House removed the civil union ban this week before sending the controversial measure to the Senate for consideration. If the proposal is approved as altered, it would delay a voter referendum on the issue until at least 2016, when the governor's race is on the ballot.

News of Pence's view on the deleted second sentence was first reported Friday by WISH-TV (Channel 8).

When asked by WISH whether he wanted the second sentence restored, Pence said: "Let me say I support traditional marriage, and I expressed support for the resolution that the legislature passed during the (2011) session and considered at the outset of this session. But I want to be very respectful of the legislative process."

Read more here.

In Indy, a Tight Race Headed into a Yellow Flag

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, the fight to get HJR3, Indiana's Marriage Protection Amendment, onto the ballot in 2014 has reached a crucial juncture this week as the matter has passed into the hands of the Senate. You and your fellow Hoosier citizens must take action today and in the days ahead to make sure your elected officials know that you demand your right to vote on this amendment this November.

It's a tight race to get this amendment passed right now, and the caution flags are waving. There are certain key Senators we've identified as needing to hear from Hoosier voters right away.

Click here for information on how to take action and to see a list of these key Senators. Together, let's work to make sure HJR3 is restored to its original form and passed during this critical legislative session.

Meanwhile, let me catch you up on some other marriage news around the nation.

Utah Standing for Marriage

I was honored, on Tuesday, to be able to join hundreds of pro-marriage supporters at the Salt Lake City Capitol Rotunda for a wonderful rally supporting Utah's marriage amendment.

The turnout was great, and I take my hat off to the organizers who did such a fantastic job pulling the event together. But even more so, I owe high praise to the many wonderful Utah citizens I saw there who came out to express their pro-marriage views and who did so with such positivity, kindness, and dignity.

In his "State of the State" address the following day, Governor Gary Herbert stressed how important those elements are to a healthy public discourse, saying that he wished for Utah to "be a model of how to work through honest disagreements with civility and respect."

Well, of course Governor Herbert is right, and I can honestly say from what I saw on Tuesday that pro-marriage Utahans are already fulfilling that wish. Here are some pictures I took with my phone at the event and tweeted. (By the way, if you don't already, you can follow me on Twitter here.)

Unfortunately, the Governor's wish for civility and respect hasn't yet been totally achieved. In the midst of the rally there was one same-sex 'marriage' protestor who decided that the fitting way to express himself was with a sign showing a Cross with a "no sign" over it.

Sadly, this kind of bigotry and intolerance toward Christians and other people of faith is something I encounter rather frequently as I travel throughout the country.

Nevertheless, in spite of that unfortunate example, the rally was a heartwarming and inspiring event overall. The people of Utah know that in addition to marriage there are other matters at stake in the legal battle over their marriage amendment — especially in light of the federal interference in the matter from Attorney General Holder who is trying to undermine Utah's own government.

What's at stake, as Governor Herbert also expressed in his address, is Utah's state sovereignty. As Governor Herbert said:

James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite."

Unfortunately, our nation has strayed from what our founding fathers intended. Whether the issue is marriage, Medicaid or management of our public lands, our right to find Utah solutions to Utah issues is being hindered by federal overreach.

In Utah, we understand state sovereignty, and we will do everything in our power to represent the will of the people while respecting the democratic and judicial processes.

Fortunately, in addition to the great and wonderful folks in Utah, other brave men and women are standing up to protect states' sovereignty as well, especially as regards the issue of marriage.

One such brave leader is Representative Randy Weber of Texas, whose recently-introduced bill, the State Marriage Defense Act, is back in the news this week.

The States of the Union

Congressman Weber's bill has garnered nearly 40 co-sponsors, and in addition to NOM's endorsement enjoys support from Family Research Council, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Heritage Action, Concerned Women for America, and others!

The latest article on the bill quotes NOM's friend, Ryan Anderson, explaining the bill this way:

[The law would protect] the sovereign authority of states to recognize marriage as they see fit. It does not say what marriage has to be defined as in any particular state. I do think the Justice Department's decision to ignore the Utah law highlights the need for this law.

And, as the same article notes, there are other recent events that underscore why this law is important, such as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's recent egregious refusal to defend — and decision instead to join in attacking — that state's marriage amendment! (On the basis of which decision, NOM believes Herring should be impeached. And we're not the only ones.)

If you haven't done so yet, please take time to contact Congress today using this action center and express your support for Representative Weber's "State Marriage Defense Act."

This issue couldn't be more timely.

The same night I was in Utah rallying with the citizens there for their state sovereignty and the rights of voters, President Obama took the podium in front of Congress to deliver his State of the Union address. And the main resounding theme of that address was what might be referred to as the "pen and the phone" theme (referring to a talking point the White House had been parroting for weeks leading up to the address).

The President is willing to "use his pen and his phone" to make his agenda move, with or without Congress: to use executive powers to force by fiat the pet policies he wants to push on the nation.

Think about that, and consider: we've all seen how same-sex 'marriage' is one of those pet policies for this President (who even invited as one of his honored guests a gay athlete simply because he had "come out" last year). Therefore, we should not take it lightly that the President is expressing his willingness and desire to be even more imperious and even more overreaching in his authority for the remainder of his term!

So please contact Congress right away and urge support for Representative Weber's "State Marriage Defense Act," to protect against overreaching by the Federal government and to help ensure the rights of states and their voters to define marriage according to their values!

Thank you, as always, for continuing to stand in defense of marriage even when it is such a fast and furious affair. Together, we can run this race strong to the finish.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

P.S.: A big thanks to everyone who responded so quickly to yesterday's 24 hour opportunity of a $5,000 matching campaign! Hundreds of you responded, giving what you could, and your $5, $15, and $25 gifts made a big difference — we made our goal. With the matching gift secured, this means $10,000 to help the cause of marriage at this critical time. I can't thank you enough!

Fast and Furious

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's been another busy week in the fight to preserve marriage. There have been some fast and furious developments in the efforts to pass Indiana's marriage amendment (HJR3). And nationwide, citizens and civic leaders alike have been standing up to defend the principle of states' sovereignty against the perilous danger posed to it by the movement to redefine marriage.

First, let me catch you up on Indiana.

Indianapolis' Other Speedway

The developments in the Indiana legislature this week have been fast and furious, and our allies on the ground report changing indications by the hour. It's safe to say that the battle there has reached a crucial juncture this week.

The Indiana House of Representatives passed HJR3, but not before stripping a critical piece of the amendment language from the resolution.

Now the matter is headed into the Senate, and the matter is not as simple as just "passing HJR3." We are working to send the message to the Indiana Senate that yes — they must pass HJR3... but... they must pass it in its original form, with the language removed by the House restored to its proper place.

This way, the measure will return to the House for a vote on the original, unaltered resolution, and we can hope to pass HJR3 so that Hoosier voters can voice their values about marriage at the ballot box in November 2014.

If you know anyone who lives in Indiana, please share this critical action alert with them so that we can get as many grassroots activists as possible calling the Senate to urge support and passage of HJR3!

We need ordinary citizens to stand up in unison and in force to voice their support for marriage, and to demand their rights be respected and upheld by their elected officials!

Which, by the way, was exactly what I was privileged to witness first-hand in Utah earlier this week...

Utah Standing for Marriage

I was honored, on Tuesday, to be able to join hundreds of pro-marriage supporters at the Salt Lake City Capitol Rotunda for a wonderful rally supporting Utah's marriage amendment.

The turnout was great, and I take my hat off to the organizers who did such a fantastic job pulling the event together. But even more so, I owe high praise to the many wonderful Utah citizens I saw there who came out to express their pro-marriage views and who did so with such positivity, kindness, and dignity.

In his "State of the State" address the following day, Governor Gary Herbert stressed how important those elements are to a healthy public discourse, saying that he wished for Utah to "be a model of how to work through honest disagreements with civility and respect."

Well, of course Governor Herbert is right, and I can honestly say from what I saw on Tuesday that pro-marriage Utahans are already fulfilling that wish. Here are some pictures I took with my phone at the event and tweeted. (By the way, if you don't already, you can follow me on Twitter here.)

Unfortunately, the Governor's wish for civility and respect hasn't yet been totally achieved. In the midst of the rally there was one same-sex 'marriage' protestor who decided that the fitting way to express himself was with a sign showing a Cross with a "no sign" over it.

Sadly, this kind of bigotry and intolerance toward Christians and other people of faith is something I encounter rather frequently as I travel throughout the country.

Nevertheless, in spite of that unfortunate example, the rally was a heartwarming and inspiring event overall. The people of Utah know that in addition to marriage there are other matters at stake in the legal battle over their marriage amendment — especially in light of the federal interference in the matter from Attorney General Holder who is trying to undermine Utah's own government.

What's at stake, as Governor Herbert also expressed in his address, is Utah's state sovereignty. As Governor Herbert said:

James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite."

Unfortunately, our nation has strayed from what our founding fathers intended. Whether the issue is marriage, Medicaid or management of our public lands, our right to find Utah solutions to Utah issues is being hindered by federal overreach.

In Utah, we understand state sovereignty, and we will do everything in our power to represent the will of the people while respecting the democratic and judicial processes.

Fortunately, in addition to the great and wonderful folks in Utah, other brave men and women are standing up to protect states' sovereignty as well, especially as regards the issue of marriage.

One such brave leader is Representative Randy Weber of Texas, whose recently-introduced bill, the State Marriage Defense Act, is back in the news this week.

The States of the Union

Congressman Weber's bill has garnered nearly 40 co-sponsors, and in addition to NOM's endorsement enjoys support from Family Research Council, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Heritage Action, Concerned Women for America, and others!

The latest article on the bill quotes NOM's friend, Ryan Anderson, explaining the bill this way:

[The law would protect] the sovereign authority of states to recognize marriage as they see fit. It does not say what marriage has to be defined as in any particular state. I do think the Justice Department's decision to ignore the Utah law highlights the need for this law.

And, as the same article notes, there are other recent events that underscore why this law is important, such as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's recent egregious refusal to defend — and decision instead to join in attacking — that state's marriage amendment! (On the basis of which decision, NOM believes Herring should be impeached. And we're not the only ones.)

If you haven't done so yet, please take time to contact Congress today using this action center and express your support for Representative Weber's "State Marriage Defense Act."

This issue couldn't be more timely.

The same night I was in Utah rallying with the citizens there for their state sovereignty and the rights of voters, President Obama took the podium in front of Congress to deliver his State of the Union address. And the main resounding theme of that address was what might be referred to as the "pen and the phone" theme (referring to a talking point the White House had been parroting for weeks leading up to the address).

The President is willing to "use his pen and his phone" to make his agenda move, with or without Congress: to use executive powers to force by fiat the pet policies he wants to push on the nation.

Think about that, and consider: we've all seen how same-sex 'marriage' is one of those pet policies for this President (who even invited as one of his honored guests a gay athlete simply because he had "come out" last year). Therefore, we should not take it lightly that the President is expressing his willingness and desire to be even more imperious and even more overreaching in his authority for the remainder of his term!

So please contact Congress right away and urge support for Representative Weber's "State Marriage Defense Act," to protect against overreaching by the Federal government and to help ensure the rights of states and their voters to define marriage according to their values!

Thank you, as always, for continuing to stand in defense of marriage even when it is such a fast and furious affair. Together, we can run this race strong to the finish.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

P.S.: A big thanks to everyone who responded so quickly to yesterday's 24 hour opportunity of a $5,000 matching campaign! Hundreds of you responded, giving what you could, and your $5, $15, and $25 gifts made a big difference — we made our goal. With the matching gift secured, this means $10,000 to help the cause of marriage at this critical time. I can't thank you enough!

P.P.S.: It will soon be time to celebrate National Marriage Week! Click here to find out more about this great event — part of Chuck Stetson's "Let's Strengthen Marriage" campaign — and to find out how you can participate or help.

Time for a Full Court Press, Hoosiers

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Senate needs to hear from you on HJR3, the Indiana Marriage Amendment, today!

The situation in Indianapolis is very serious and very critical. The proposed marriage amendment, HJR3, has been placed in jeopardy by the House of Representative's reckless irresponsibility and their failure to serve their constituents.

Now, the Senate has a chance to undo the damage done by the House:

  • The Senate must restore the removed 'second sentence' to HJR3 which the House stripped from the measure.

  • The Senate must then pass the original version of HJR3, which would move the amendment one crucial step closer to being on the ballot in November 2014.

That is why it is so critical for the Senate to hear from you today. Please click here to let your Senator know that the people of Indiana are watching, and that Hoosiers demand their right to vote on HJR3 this November. Tell your Senator to restore the original version of the bill and pass it so that it can go to a popular vote in November 2014!

But after you've contacted your Senator today, there's more we need you to do. I'm asking you to please call as many of the Senators listed below as possible and urge them to restore the original form of HJR3 and pass it back to the House.

You can download and print this call sheet to keep track of your efforts.

When calling these Senators' offices, you will probably be speaking to an aide. Be sure to tell them:

  1. The people of Indiana should be allowed to vote on HJR3 in 2014! Over 80% of those asked want to vote this November.

  2. The Senate should restore the original language of HJR3 and pass the same version of the resolution that the legislature passed in 2011.

  3. You'd like to know how the Senator will be voting.

We need to make as much of a stir in Indianapolis as possible in support of the original form of HJR3. The majority of Indianans want to vote on this measure, but their voice is being drowned out by the noisiness of a small, well-funded lobby with ties to Big Business and Hollywood.

So please make sure to call the Senators below — as many as possible, as soon as possible. But you should also click here when you have time and send a very quick email to your own Senator urging him or her support for the original form of HJR3 and for the right of Indiana's voters.

Finally, I'd ask that you please help spread the word. Use these buttons either to share this email with your friends and family in Indiana or to help get the word out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown


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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Indiana House for Altering HJR3 and Insulting the Voters of Indiana

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


“The House today failed in its obligations to the people of Indiana and insulted voters’ intelligence by tinkering with the language of HJR3. Those who voted for this change implied that the voters cannot be trusted to discern and decide the matter for themselves. The Senate should restore the removed statement when given the opportunity, and undo this offense to the people of Indiana." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned the Indiana House’s altering of the language of HJR3, when the House voted to remove one of the resolution’s key components. The organization’s President, Brian Brown, called on the Indiana Senate to restore the statement to the measure.

“The House today failed in its obligations to the people of Indiana and insulted voters’ intelligence by tinkering with the language of HJR3. Those who voted for this change implied that the voters cannot be trusted to discern and decide the matter for themselves,” said Brown. “It was grossly insulting to hear lawmakers from the floor effectively saying that Hoosiers were not intelligent enough to understand the measure unless its clarifying second statement was removed. The Senate should restore the removed statement when given the opportunity and undo this offense to the people of Indiana. They deserve the right to vote on this measure in its entirety, as they have expected to be able to do since its first passage in 2011.”

Brown argued that the House’s removal of the second sentence of HJR3 would weaken the measure substantially. “Without this statement, the proposed amendment is left significantly more vulnerable to future attacks by the judiciary, as has happened in other states. That is why it is so crucial that the Senate use its power to restore the needed language to the measure.”

Brown said his organization would be monitoring the progress of HJR3 closely though the Senate’s proceedings, and calling on its supporters in Indiana to contact their legislators to make their views on HJR3 heard.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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