Dear Marriage Supporter,
We won a huge victory for marriage last night when Sen. Ted Cruz secured a tremendous win in Iowa, defeating the establishment and the elite and standing tall for grassroots conservatives in Iowa, and across the country.
NOM went all-in to support Senator Cruz, endorsing him and continuously urging people to support his candidacy. We also fought tirelessly against his leading opponent, businessman Donald Trump.
We congratulate Senator Cruz on a tremendous campaign. His victory was one for the history books, winning a record number of votes, more than any Republican in the history of the Iowa caucuses! Now he will get a well-deserved bounce coming out of Iowa as he heads to New Hampshire and South Carolina after that.
Senator Cruz is a champion for marriage and religious liberty and his victory last night sends a powerful message to the nation's elite that the American people utterly reject the anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage. His win should send shockwaves throughout Washington, and provide real momentum for legislation to protect supporters of marriage from retaliation or punishment for standing for the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work.
In fact, the Iowa campaign served to underscore the depth of support for true marriage that exists in America. Ted Cruz was endorsed by NOM, is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment restoring to states the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and is a co-author of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to protect believers in marriage. Marco Rubio, who nearly overtook Donald Trump for second place, also is an articulate supporter of marriage and is a co-author of FADA. Even Donald Trump realized that marriage is a strong value supported by Americans and campaigned in the final days as a marriage supporter, one who would consider appointing Supreme Court judges who would reverse the illegitimate Supreme Court ruling.
NOM is proud to have played a key role in supporting Sen. Cruz and helping him win in Iowa. Now we must turn our attention to New Hampshire, South Carolina and the coming states who will vote before we know it.
Electing a marriage champion is critical to the cause of marriage and our ability to restore marriage to our nation's laws. We will continue to do everything in our power to elect Ted Cruz and to demonstrate to the nation that support for traditional marriage remains strong, an enduring value that the American people demand be restored to our nation's laws.
The initial response to our 2016 membership drive has been extremely encouraging. Thank you to all those supporters who responded to our request, renewing their membership in NOM with a minimum $35 contribution!
Contributions from members are the lifeblood of NOM. Without that support we simply cannot effectively undertake the hard work necessary to defend marriage, to fight to restore true marriage to our nation's laws and to protect the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe in marriage.
That's why I'm writing to urge you to renew your membership in NOM today by making a minimum contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, please consider doing so. We definitely need it!
As we've discussed before, 2016 will be a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. In addition to electing a new president who very likely will have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the US Supreme Court, we also will have a major battle in Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation needed to protect the civil rights of people to continue to support marriage in the daily lives and at work without fear of punishment or reprisal.
2016 is also the year that we must invest in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. We are working hard to develop educational materials that will help grassroots supporters be better informed about the issues and be able to participate in small group discussions about ways to restore true marriage in our culture.
But all these programs are dependent on members like you renewing their membership. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum of $35 so that we can move full-speed ahead in support of the great cause of marriage.
Our membership drive throughout February is an absolutely critical period for us, especially because we fell a bit short in our year-end matching gift challenge. The fact is that we don't have the type of cushion we had hoped for entering the year, meaning that every person who renews their membership in NOM for a minimum of $35 is extremely important.
I know I can count on you to step up and renew your membership for at least $35. If you can do more, I ask you to do so.
Thank you for your support. Onward to New Hampshire!