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Frank Schubert: "Republican Voters Are Not 'Moving On' From Marriage"

From NOM's political director, Frank Schubert, comes this piece in Public Discourse:

It’s rarely covered by the media, but the political landscape is littered with the wrecked careers of Republicans who abandoned the party’s commitment to marriage as it has always existed, which is a foundational institution of virtually every faith tradition on the planet.

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It should be acknowledged that these races often involve more than the marriage issue. There is usually a range of issues at play in any contested race, whether for the state legislature or Congress. But unquestionably, marriage was a critical issue in all of these contests. Marriage was the issue that drove conservatives to oppose and ultimately defeat incumbents like Anne Zerr in Missouri.

Finally, it is also important to note the importance that support for marriage played most recently in the GOP when grassroots Republican activists made their views clear in crafting the national Republican Party platform last month in Cleveland. Despite an organized and well-funded campaign by Wall Street billionaires and corporate lobbyists to “modernize” the party’s official position on marriage, convention delegates utterly rejected the notion. The 2016 GOP platform is the most pro-traditional marriage platform ever adopted. It specifically calls for reversing the Obergefell ruling redefining marriage. It explicitly condemns as the product of activist judges the rulings on marriage in both Obergefell and the Windsor case that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and it calls for the appointment of Supreme Court justices who will reject their reasoning. It endorses the First Amendment Defense Act to protect supporters of marriage from governmental persecution. And it calls for a constitutional amendment to return to the states their right to define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.

Never fans of social issues to begin with, it’s a safe bet that the consulting class, corporate lobbyists, and wealthy donors will ignore the mountain of evidence all around them that rank and file Republican activists and voters revere marriage and will act to defend it. But Republican candidates should come to understand that succumbing to the pleadings of the elite echo chamber can come at a very high price: their very political careers.

Read the whole thing here.

NOM’s Promise To Missouri Voters Fulfilled – Turncoat Republican Anne Zerr Defeated in GOP Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2016
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]


"We did what we promised and went after her, and I couldn’t be happier that she has been defeated." - Brian Brown, NOM President

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Washington, D.C. – When Missouri Republican Anne Zerr cast the deciding vote to kill SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the rights of supporters of marriage from governmental persecution, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) vowed to end her political career. NOM delivered last night when Zerr was defeated in the GOP primary for state Senate. NOM mounted an independent expenditure campaign funding mailers and phone calls to oppose Zerr and endorse her opponent, Rep. Bill Eigel. With all precincts reporting, Eigel has defeated Zerr by 385 votes.

"Anne Zerr betrayed her constituents and the people of Missouri when she sided with LGBT extremists to defeat SJR 39, which would have given voters the right to protect supporters of marriage from discrimination by governmental entities," said Brian Brown, NOM president. "We did what we promised and went after her, and I couldn't be happier that she has been defeated. Zerr joins a long list of Republicans who have ended their political careers by voting against the interests of people who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Last April, Zerr joined with two other Republicans, Representatives Jim Hansen and Caleb Rowan, to defeat SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected people of faith from being forced to participate in same-sex 'weddings' in Missouri. Because of her vote, Zerr subjected Missourians who support traditional marriage to an array of punitive actions by government, usually undertaken at the behest of LGBT extremists. People in numerous other states have been sued, fined, fired and punished, their reputations ruined and their livelihood destroyed. SJR 39 would have given Missouri voters an opportunity to prevent this type of discrimination against people of faith.

"When four Republican Senators in New York voted for gay 'marriage,' we ended their careers," Brown said. "When Republican candidates for US Senate in New Hampshire, California and Oregon came out in favor of redefining marriage, we defeated them and ended their careers. When Supreme Court judges redefined marriage in Iowa, we removed them from office. When GOP candidates for Congress in California and Massachusetts endorsed gay 'marriage' we defeated them. And now we have defeated Anne Zerr over her vote to subject supporters of marriage to punitive governmental actions simply for not wanting to be involved in gay 'marriage.' We urge Republican officials in Missouri and elsewhere to pay attention to this pattern. If you vote with LGBT activists against those who support marriage, you do so at the risk of your political career."

NOM said they are considering what actions to take against Representatives Hansen and Rowan during the general election. "Caleb Rowan has an opponent in his race for state Senate District 19 and we will consider opposing him even though his opponent does not support SJR 39. It would be better for Missouri to have a bad Democrat for one term than to have a bad Republican for a career. Hansen doesn’t have an opponent, but that won’t stop us from letting his constituents know about how bad he is on marriage, religious liberty and giving voters a chance to decide critical issues like this for themselves. Whether it takes a few months or several years, we will not rest until all three Missouri Republicans who betrayed supporters of marriage are out of office. Zerr was first, Hansen and Rowan are next."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact:
Joseph Grabowski, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-110.

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.

NOM Launches Campaign To Defeat Missouri Representative Anne Zerr Who Betrayed Missourians, Denying Them The Right To Vote On Critical Religious Liberty Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2016
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]


"It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her." - Brian Brown, NOM President

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Washington, D.C. – Washington, DC – Following through on a promise made to citizens last April when the Missouri House of Representatives refused to pass SJR 39, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced they have launched, through their NOM in Missouri PAC, a campaign to defeat Rep. Anne Zerr in the 23rd Senate District Republican primary. NOM in Missouri is funding mailings and phone calls urging voters to defeat Zerr in the August 2nd primary and elect her principal opponent, Bill Eigel.

"Anne Zerr betrayed the people of Missouri and the Republican Party when she refused to allow voters to consider critical legal protections preventing government from discriminating against people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her. We are committed to her defeat."

As a member of the House, Zerr joined with fellow Republicans Rep. Jim Hansen and Rep. Caleb Rowden to defeat SJR 39 which would have allowed Missouri voters to protect the right of Christians and people of faith from being punished by government because they object to participating in a same-sex 'wedding.' NOM is the nation's largest and most active organization in support of traditional marriage and the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters and will target Hansen and Rowden in the future.

"Anne Zerr has subjected supporters of marriage, Christians and people of faith to punishment and persecution for standing true to their beliefs. She has sided with LGBT extremists who want to punish people of faith for supporting marriage and use the full power of government to persecute them," Brown said. "Zerr has subjected churches, pastors, religious charities and schools, individuals and small businesses to lawsuits, fines, the loss of their livelihoods and the ruin of their reputations. We urge voters to defeat her."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact:
Joseph Grabowski, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-110.

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.

BREAKING: Big Victory for our First Freedom in Missouri

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Missouri State Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR39) that will put to the voters a Constitutional amendment protecting those of us who want to live out the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman in Missouri.

I don't need to tell you that our First Freedom is under attack.

As we've seen across the country Christians who stand for marriage have been under attack, even being sued for not using their talents to support same-sex "marriage".

A great first step has been taken in Missouri. The Senate will vote once more and is expected to again pass the legislation so we need you to ACT NOW to make sure that the House passes this bill so that it can go to the voters this year!

PLEASE ACT NOW AND FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

Brian S Brown

P.S. The far-left media is losing it over this bill. Here's the NY Times article. The other side will be aggressively lobbying to stop this bill. Please act now!

Act Now!

National Organization for Marriage Calls on Kansas and Missouri To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Rulings; Urges Gov. Nixon To Intervene To Seek Stay of Missouri Court Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Once again we see judges imposing their views of marriage in violation of the law and the overwhelming decision of state voters to preserve marriage in the law as it exists in reality, the union of one man and one woman.” — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on the states of Kansas and Missouri to move expeditiously to appeal court rulings redefining marriage in their states, and urged Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to immediately file a motion to stay the state court ruling pending appeal. The Kansas ruling has already been stayed.

"Once again we see judges imposing their views of marriage in violation of the law and the overwhelming decision of state voters to preserve marriage in the law as it exists in reality, the union of one man and one woman,” said Brian Brown. "In Missouri, we need Governor Jay Nixon to immediately file a motion demanding that the lower court ruling be stayed so that it may be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court without harm to the public in seeing their marriage amendment ignored by public officials. We are pleased that officials in Kansas are moving to seek review by the court of appeals.”

In Missouri a state court judge invalidated the state's marriage amendment, declaring that it is unconstitutional to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Missouri voters passed their marriage amendment in 2004 with 71% of voters supporting it. Missouri's Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster has said he would appeal the ruling, but would not seek a stay of it. NOM is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to seek a stay.

In Kansas, a federal district court judge invalidated that state's marriage amendment on Election Day, but stayed the decision to give state officials the opportunity to appeal. The amendment was adopted in 2005 with 70% of state voters approving it. Kansas filed for an appeal yesterday.

"It is up to the US Supreme Court to rule on the issue of marriage so that the American people and their elected officials have a clear statement of the Court's view of state marriage laws in order to assess how best to preserve their state laws on marriage,” Brown said. "We call on all Americans to urge the US Supreme Court to do their duty and accept a marriage case rather than leave it to individual judges around the country to rule as they wish. This undermines confidence in the judicial system and indeed confidence in government itself."

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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).

TAKE ACTION: Tell Sen. McCaskill to Support Conscience Protections for Chaplains

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Lately Sen. Claire McCaskill has been on national TV like Charlie Rose and Chris Matthews calling herself one of the lone Senate "moderates" who is working every day for veterans and our men and women in uniform, while fighting against special interests' control in Washington.

Since she raised it, it's time for Sen. McCaskill to explain why she refuses to protect the conscience rights of military chaplains and the men and women in uniform they have promised to serve.

The challenges for faithful military chaplains continue to mount. A year ago, the Navy issued new "sensitivity training" guidelines that required Navy chaplains to perform same-sex marriages. Last September, the Department of Defense issued two more memos, requiring all military facilities to be available for same-sex weddings and allowing chaplains to participate in same-sex ceremonies. Thanks to leadership from Congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Todd Akin, the Navy backed down and rescinded the guidelines, but the threats to the liberty of our military chaplains continue to mount.

And now, anti-marriage interest groups in Washington have convinced Sen. McCaskill not only to seek repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, but also to refuse needed conscience protections for military chaplains to preach and teach in support marriage (and our service men and women to listen!) during religious services and counseling sessions.

Only pressure from special interest groups could explain why now for Sen. McCaskill, speaking in favor of same sex relationships in the US Armed Forces is protected speech, but for military chaplains and their congregants to speak in favor of marriage is forbidden and subject to punishment as disruptive to good order and discipline. Chaplains and service men and women can—and have—faced punishment for expressing their views. Faced with this situation, Sen. McCaskill offers no sympathy or support.

Take Action Now!

We respect the work that Senator McCaskill and all members of the Senate have done to support America's warriors and veterans. But when she has to make a choice between anti-marriage special interests and our warriors and their chaplains, she has sided with the special interests.

That is not moderate, not pro-warrior and pro-veteran and certainly not free of special interest influence.

If you live in the eastern half of the state call Sen. McCaskill's office in St. Louis at 314.367.1364. If you live in the western half of the state call Sen. McCaskill at her office in Kansas City at 816.421.1639. And, to make sure she gets the message, call Sen. McCaskill's office in Washington DC as well at 202.224.6154.

Tell Sen. McCaskill you are watching her votes carefully:

No chaplain or warrior should be penalized for the respectful or prayerful expression of their moral convictions and support for marriage.

We were told explicitly that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell would NOT lead to a gag order on Military Chaplains and their congregants, but that is exactly what has happened.

If the special interests want to say support for marriage is bad for good order and discipline, they need to prove it. They cannot.

Sen. McCaskill, we are looking to you to stand up against the special interests creating a problem where one does not exist. Tell the special interests to stop handing our Chaplains and warriors the choice between keeping quiet or facing the consequences—or come back to Missouri and explain to us why you will not.

NOM Congratulates Rick Santorum on Extraordinary Victories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2012
CONTACT: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)


Former Pennsylvania Senator wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri; has signed NOM's Marriage Pledge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), today congratulated former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on his extraordinary victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Santorum has long been an ally of the National Organization for Marriage, writing many fundraising letters on the group's behalf over the years.

“NOM congratulates Rick Santorum for his extraordinary victories on Tuesday – winning a clean sweep in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri,” said Brown. "This is the first time that more than one state voted on the same day and Santorum , who has signed NOM’s Marriage Pledge, won them all, firmly establishing himself as a major factor in the presidential race.”

With his previous victory in Iowa, Santorum has now won four state contests, more than any other candidate. Santorum, Romney and Newt Gingrich have signed the NOM Marriage Pledge. Only Ron Paul, who has said that civil marriage should be abolished all together, has refused. Paul is the only candidate who has failed to win a single primary or caucus. Newt Gingrich won in South Carolina and Mitt Romney won in New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada. NOM has actively opposed Paul’s candidacy and maintains the website www.wrongonmarriage.com to inform voters about his radical views.

“Preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman is an important issue in the GOP presidential race, and we will continue to let voters know where the candidates stand on marriage,” Brown said.

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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 Anath Hartmann, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Only 32% of Missourians Support SSM, Dem-Leaning Polling Firm Notes National Trend Favors Protecting Marriage

The Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling firm has been actively polling marriage and other political topics state-by-state recently. They include an observation about a trend line they are seeing favoring the protection of marriage in their analysis of Missouri voters:

"59% of voters in Missouri think that gay marriage should be illegal, compared to just 32% who would like to see it become legal. But when you throw civil unions into the equation 62% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 37% opposed to giving same sex couples any sorts of rights. The 62% breaks down 28% for whom full gay marriage rights is their first choice and 34% who prefer civil unions. This is what we're seeing in most states- voters are uncomfortable giving the label 'marriage' to gay relationships...but they're ok with granting those couples more rights as long as it's called something else."

Planned Parenthood St. Louis Insemination Services

Insemination Services?  Who knew?  Lovely photo of two women headlined "They Just Found Out They Were Expecting Finally"

Because nothing causes infertility like attempting to have a child with another woman?