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Statement from the National Organization for Marriage Regarding Maine Ethics Panel Ruling

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


"The National Organization for Marriage vigorously denies that it violated any disclosure laws during the 2009 campaign opposing same-sex marriage. We worked with legal counsel to understand the law, and we followed that advice." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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

"NOM vigorously denies that it violated any disclosure laws during the 2009 campaign opposing same-sex marriage. We worked with legal counsel to understand the law, and we followed that advice. The Commission staff has drawn improper inferences from the circumstances of the campaign environment that they wrongly interpret as meaning that if someone gave to NOM somehow they designated their gift to support the Maine campaign. However, we have submitted direct sworn statements from donors saying they had no such intention and any inference from the Commission staff to the contrary is false. We intend to appeal this decision in court because it is wrong as a matter of law and because the evidence supports our position, not that of the Commission staff. Moreover, we appear to be a victim of selective prosecution since major groups on the other side of this same campaign engaged in the same approach we did. In short, while we are disappointed in today's decision, we are not surprised by it and we will continue to resist the idea that somehow we failed to disclose donors to the Maine campaign. We disclosed our contributions to the Maine campaign committee, as Maine law requires. But we did not disclose our entire national donor list because those donors did not donate 'for the purpose of influencing' the Maine campaign, which is the trigger for reporting contributions that Maine law imposes."

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

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

National Organization for Marriage Pledges To Contest Maine Ethics Commission Staff Recommendation to Fine NOM For Alleged Campaign Finance Violation in 2009 Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"NOM strongly denies the findings of the staff report in Maine." — John Eastman, NOM chairman —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced that it will contest a recommendation by the staff of the Maine Ethics Commission to fine the group for alleged campaign finance violations during the successful 2009 referendum campaign that overturned legislation to redefine marriage in the state. The commission staff claimed that circumstances suggest that contributions it received to its general treasury should have been reported on its campaign finance reports in Maine.

"NOM strongly denies the findings of the staff report in Maine," said John Eastman, Chairman of the organization. "We did not raise funds designated for the Maine campaign and fully complied with Maine law. The staff has ignored uncontested sworn evidence from donors that we did not designate any contributions for the referendum effort and instead has focused on circumstantial evidence to support its conclusion when a fair reading of those circumstances suggests the opposite. We look forward to presenting our case to the full Commission."

The Maine staff report claimed that because NOM talked about the Maine referendum effort in emails and other communications with supporters, that contributions it received to its general treasury should be designated as having being given to support the Maine people's veto referendum campaign. Several groups involved on the other side of the 2009 campaign acted in a similar fashion, promoting the importance of the campaign to their supporters, yet the state has not initiated any investigation of those groups.

"It is troubling that NOM is the only organization that the commission staff has investigated when all the groups on both sides of the issue had a similar understanding of the law," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "If the commission interprets its rules to require that NOM designate contributions it received to support its general treasury, then countless groups who opposed us are guilty of the same thing. We think this shows that the staff is misapplying the rules to NOM and we will contest the staff conclusions."

A hearing on the issue has been scheduled for May 28th. The commission staff has recommended that NOM be fined $50,000.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, or 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).

Maine Notaries Already Resigning After Being Told to Perform S-S Ceremonies or Risk Human Rights Lawsuits

Bangor Daily News:

Notaries public in Maine who officiate weddings of opposite-sex couples and refuse to marry same-sex couples could be subject to a claim of discrimination under the Maine Human Rights Act, according to the Maine secretary of state’s office.

The notice sent to municipal clerks this week effectively means an all or none approach for notaries public when it comes to performing weddings.

...The email clarified for notaries public whether they would be required to perform same-sex weddings when the new law allowing gay couples to marry goes into effect Dec. 29. The Bangor Daily News was provided a copy of the email by the Bangor city clerk’s office.

“If you are a Notary Public who performs marriages and you refuse to perform a marriage for a couple due to a person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, age, ancestry or national origin, you may be subject to a claim of discrimination.’’ Beaudoin wrote. “The new law authorizing same-sex marriage does not provide any exemption from liability for Maine Notaries who refuse to perform marriages for same-sex couples.”

There are about 25,000 notaries public licensed by the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions, a division of the secretary of state’s office, Barbara Redmond, who works in the bureau, said Wednesday in a phone interview.

... After the referendum allowing same-sex couples to marry was passed by voters on Nov. 6, a few notaries called the secretary of state’s office with questions about how the new law applied to them, Redmond said. A handful resigned.

Post-Marriage Election Round-Up: Statements from (Arch)bishops and Catholic Conferences -- Disappointment, Gratitude, Resolve

From the Marriage, Unique for a Reason blog run by the U.S. Bishops:

In addition to Archbishop Cordileone’s statement expressing disappointment about the results of the four marriage referenda, Archbishops, Bishops, and Catholic Conferences in the four states where voters voted to redefine marriage on Tuesday have released statements. Their words echo Cardinal Dolan’s conviction, expressed in a statement released after the election: “We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.”

Read the statements by the Catholic bishops and Catholic conferences in the four states here.

Maine Bishop Thanks Catholics Who Fought to Defend Marriage

Bishop Richard Malone of Maine:

“I am deeply disappointed that a majority of Maine voters have redefined marriage from what we have understood it to be for millennia by civilizations and religions around the world. I am thankful for those who engaged in sincere and civil discourse on this matter of such serious consequence to our society. I am grateful to those who supported and recognize the value of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. I especially want to thank the Catholic faithful who did not abandon Catholic teachings on the nature of marriage.

These past few months have served as a teaching opportunity to explain to parishioners and the wider community about how and why the Church views and values marriage as the union of one man and one woman open to new life.

It has also been an opportunity for learning. I trust that those who voted for such a radical change did so out of concern for our brothers and sisters who struggle with same-sex attraction. Respect and acceptance of all people regardless of sexual orientation is not a point of controversy. It is a teaching of the Church, but so is the authentic meaning and definition of marriage. That is why the Catholic Church will continue its commitment to work for the basic human rights to which all people are entitled, while remaining devoted to preserving and strengthening the precious gift of marriage.”

SHOCKING: Church Vandalized for Support of Traditional Marriage

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Take a deep breath and then take a look at these pictures. Overnight, vandals attacked a small, 150-year old church with graffiti, leaving spray-painted swastikas to greet Pastor Steve DeGroft as he arrived this morning.

Why? Because this church in Maine took a stand for marriage.

Now ask yourself this question: Have you voted today? Have you done everything in your power to make sure that in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington, and Iowa that you or your friends and family have voted to protect marriage.

Some states require a yes vote to protect marriage; some a vote no, against, or to reject same-sex marriage.

To protect marriage:

  • In Maine Vote NO on Question 1

  • In Maryland Vote AGAINST Question 6

  • In Washington vote to REJECT Referendum-74

  • In Minnesota vote YES on Question 1 (the Marriage Protection Amendment)

  • In Iowa, vote NO on retaining pro-gay marriage Judge David Wiggins

Each of these races—in Maine, Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, and Iowa—is extremely close. And our opponents know it.

Take another look at that vandalized church. If you have not done everything in your power to get out the vote in these key states—or if you have not voted yourself—you are allowing this to occur, not just in Maine, but throughout the country.

Same-sex marriage undermines religious liberty. Many of those who wish to redefine marriage believe that churches and individuals who stand up for traditional marriage deserve to be intimidated and punished.

Will we let them?

We can't let hostility and intimidation carry the day. If you live in one of these four states, please call your friends and family right now to make sure they join you at the polls today. Perhaps you know someone in your church who might need a ride.

Whatever you can do, do it now. Stand up for marriage, religious liberty, and common decency with your vote today!

A Maine Surprise: Could Marriage Supporters Score an Electoral College Vote for Romney?

A statewide poll of Maine by critical insights shows Obama under 50% support, leading Romney by only 7 points.

Maine apportions its electoral votes by congressional district, and in Maine's 2nd district dem-leaning PPP has Romney only down by 5 points.

Republicans have sent a mailer into this area informing voters that "only one candidate supports traditional marriage: Mitt Romney."

Pundits are already pointing out the advantage Romney is gaining from pro-Amendment 1 supporters in Minnesota.

Could the wave of voters showing up to vote no on Question 1 (gay marriage) tomorrow also carry Romney to a win in Maine's 2nd district?

We don't know but it will be fascinating to find out tomorrow.

NOM's Peters: "Turnout" Key to Defending Marriage

Charlie Butts at OneNewsNow:

Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington state are voting to protect marriage or to redefine it to be a genderless institution. As Thomas Peters of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) notes, the campaign is in the final hours.

"This is all about getting out the vote and turning out people," he contends. "There's been a lot of focus on polling in all these four states, but the line I keep using -- and it's the truth -- is that the polls don't matter. Hard work and who votes matter. Those are who win elections."

... Peters submits there are three keys to gaining success in all four states Tuesday: "turnout, turnout, turnout."

Today is Election Day: How To Protect Marriage!

If you live in one of the four states voting on marriage today here is how to protect it!

New Poll Shows: We Have the Momentum for Marriage in Maine!

A new poll out tonight by MPRC which surveyed likely voters Nov 1st-3rd has us only 4 points behind in Maine! Previous polls to this one have had us down by 7-8 points. Polls before the Maine vote in 2009 had us losing by 6 points, when we went on to win on election night by 6 points.

This is hugely encouraging news and shows that if pro-marriage supporters turn out tomorrow we will win!

On Question 1 (=gay marriage) MPRC found Mainers answering:

Yes: 50.5%
No: 46.5%
Undecided: 2.9%

To learn more visit www.ProtectMarriageMaine.com.

Days Before Election, Maine Middle Schoolers Subjected to Graphic Homosexual Discussion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

Days Before Election, Maine Middle Schoolers Subjected to Graphic Homosexual Discussion: This is what is at stake in fight to protect traditional marriage

"This most recent example, days before citizens in four states vote to protect marriage or to redefine it, should sound the alarm bells for pro-marriage citizens and for parents who care about what their children are taught in school." —Brian Brown, NOM president—

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Washington, D.C.—Reacting to news that young children at Gorham Middle School in Maine were exposed by an instructor to graphic descriptions of homosexual sex last week, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) said, "We've seen in state after state and to our north in Canada that once same-sex marriage is legalized, children are at risk of being taught in school about it and related topics, often without advance parental notification and even against the stated opposition of parents."

Brown continued, "This most recent example, days before citizens in four states vote to protect marriage or to redefine it, should sound the alarm bells for pro-marriage citizens and for parents who care about what their children are taught in school."

Four states are voting on marriage this Tuesday: Washington State, Maryland, Minnesota, and Maine (where this most recent episode occurred).

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected] , or Elizabeth Ray (x130), [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).

Maine Elementary Students Subjected to Graphic Homosexual Sex Instruction

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Gay marriage activists falsely claim time and time again that legalizing same sex-marriage won't change what is taught to our children in school.

They should tell that to Kristy Howard, a mother in Maine whose child was taught about graphic homosexual foreplay during "Diversity Day" at Gorham Elementary and Middle School just last week.

"I don't want my child taught heterosexual foreplay, let alone homosexual foreplay in school," she said.

We couldn't agree more.

Parental and children's rights advocates have long pointed out that changing the definition of marriage will change what schools teach our children. Amazingly, the principal is still defending the choice to have "Diversity Day."

Watch the local news report that was filed just last night:

Gay marriage doesn't just mean it will be taught in schools in the future—it's already happening now unless we act decisively.

Marriage Supporter, I need your help RIGHT NOW. Please forward this email right away to all your friends and family. People need to know what is happening.

Please, please get this story out to your friends, family and church members via email or even better, in person—especially your friends and family in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, or Washington.

If you are on Facebook, Twitter, etc, please share it that way...anything and everything you can do to make sure this story goes VIRAL in the next 48 hours will help tremendously!

We can't let marriage be redefined because gay marriage advocates have convinced people that "it doesn't hurt anybody."

Protecting our children means voting to protect marriage.

To protect marriage, we must vote NO on Question 1 (same-sex marriage marriage) in Maine, vote YES on Minnesota's Marriage Protection Amendment (Amendment 1), and REJECT Referendum-74 (same-sex marriage) in Washington and AGAINST Question 6 (same-sex marriage) in Maryland.

Maine Newspaper Poll: Slim Majority Think Gay Marriage Will Be Defeated!

Before gay marriage activists swamp this poll we thought it was interesting that by a(n unscientific) vote of 236-226 Mainers think Question 1 (gay marriage) will be defeated! This one is going to be close!

Here' are some quotes in the accompanying article from Carroll Conley of Protect Marriage Maine:

Carroll Conley of Protect Marriage Maine, which leads the campaign against Question 1, said that “Whenever people talk about momentum, it has never occurred by voters.” He pointed to a May 2012 vote that amended North Carolina’s constitution to ban gay marriage. The ban passed overwhelmingly, and “If you took out all the voters over 45, it still would have passed by 8 percent,” according to Conley.

... In an Oct. 17 Reuters report, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, a leading opponent of gay marriage, argued that pre-election polls are unreliable because the questions are biased.

“If it’s framed as fairness or equality, you see movement,” Conley, of Protect Marriage Maine, said. “If you ask the question of whether marriage should be a union of one man and one woman straight up, the needle doesn’t move as far. If you do polling about the consequences, then we see the numbers down to where they were in 2009.”

Ministers in All 16 Maine Counties Say Vote No On Question 1!

Hundreds of ministry leaders from all across Maine, covering all 16 counties, support marriage and have publicly endorsed voting NO on Question One (gay marriage):

Learn more at wwwProtectMarriageMaine.com.

New PPP Poll Confirms: Turnout Will Be Key to Victory

A new poll out from Dem-leaning PPP shows that Question 1 (gay marriage) has not gained any more support since September, while we've gained a point in opposition. At this point we are down 7 points (marriage typically under-polls 6-7 points). Even PPP believes this will be a very close race. This means turnout is key:

Maine's referendum to legalize gay marriage is leading for passage by a 52/45 margin, numbers virtually unchanged from 52/44 in our last survey. What we've found historically with these gay marriage ballot measures though is that undecided voters tend to end up voting anti-gay so if I had to guess this is something more like a 52/48 advantage and at that point it can go either way- this is likely to be a pretty close vote.

There is an enormous gender gap opn the marriage issue with women planning to vote for equal rights by a 59/37 margin, while men oppose them by a 55/43 spread. 75% of Democrats support the proposal, 75% of Republicans oppose it, and independents lean slightly in favor of it 51/44. Every age group supports it except for seniors, who are opposed 51/46. Voters under 30 unsurprisingly give it the widest support at 57/34.