Monthly Archives: July 2013

Oxford English Dictionary Alters Definition of 'Marriage'

Following Parliament's legalization of same-sex marriage on July 17 (despite fierce opposition from Tory MPs and grassroots members), the Oxford English Dictionary is changing the definition of the word "marriage". According to the Daily Mail:

MarriageLanguage experts at the Oxford English Dictionary said the definition did not change overnight but they will monitor how the word marriage changes over the next year.

As it stands, defines marriage as being a ‘formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognised by law, by which they become husband and wife.’

In a reference, it says marriage could also be ‘(in some jurisdictions) a union between partners of the same sex’.

PA Lawmakers Condemn Illegal Marriage Licensing by Montgomery County

PA Capitol Complex Rotunda DomeThe Office of General Counsel for Governor Corbett's administration in Pennsylvania has responded in a statement to the recent lawlessness in Montgomery County.

From the Beaver County Times:

"Individual elected officials cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce," Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, press secretary for Corbett's Office of General Counsel, said in a statement. "All officials are constitutionally required to administer and enforce the laws that are enacted by the Legislature..."

If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, make sure to let the Governor know that these illegal actions must be dealt with swiftly and firmly.

Tell Governor Corbett to Stop this Lawlessness!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I am outraged, and you should be too, at the news coming from Montgomery County yesterday.

In open defiance to Pennsylvania's laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and in violation of their sworn duty as public office holders, officials in Montgomery County yesterday began issuing illegal marriage licenses to same-sex couples!

I need you to join me in telling Governor Corbett right now that we as Pennsylvanians will not stand for this lawless and reckless behavior. Click here to send an urgent message to the Governor demanding that he put a stop to it right away!

The Montgomery County Register of Wills, D. Bruce Hanes, who issues marriage licenses for the county, has decided that he — a county bureaucrat — has the authority to unilaterally rewrite Pennsylvania marriage law. Who does he think he is? The job of enacting laws belong to the legislature and the governor, not county bureaucrats. It's absolute lawlessness in Montgomery County, and it must stop — today!

Governor Corbett is sworn to execute Pennsylvania's duly enacted laws, and these include the laws on marriage which explicitly define marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman. It is imperative that the Governor act today to exercise the full authority and leverage of his office and put a stop to the utter anarchy unfolding in Montgomery County.

This goes way beyond marriage — it undermines the rule of law. Since when do county bureaucrats get away with making their own laws and deciding for themselves who is covered and who is not by the laws they invent? This is sheer legal madness, yet gay marriage activists think they can get away with this corruption of the legal system.

Please click here to tell Governor Corbett that he must uphold the duly enacted law of our land and defend marriage in Pennsylvania against this outrageous and illegal attack!

Let him know that you will be watching and expect him to do whatever is necessary to restore our marriage laws from this illegal, unconstitutional attack which undermines the rule of law and the integrity of government.

As I said in a press release yesterday, this illegal action by Montgomery County officials is an insult to voters, legislators and the rule of law, and once we've ensured that this action has been dealt with appropriately, we'll be asking the state legislature to make sure it cannot happen again by passing a marriage amendment in the Keystone State.

Please, after you have taken action today, use the buttons below to forward this email and share it on Facebook and Twitter so that all pro-marriage Pennsylvanians can speak up about this outrage in Montgomery County!

National Organization for Marriage Condemns Illegal Marriages in Pennsylvania, Calls for State Legislature to Put a Marriage Amendment on the Ballot

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

"These county officials are brazenly flaunting the law; substituting their personal views for those of the people...Their actions go beyond marriage and implicates the integrity of the rule of law." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) condemned the actions of officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in allowing homosexual couples to obtain marriage licenses in violation of state law that defines marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman, and demanded that state courts put an end to it. The group called on the Legislature to immediately put a marriage amendment on the 2014 ballot to preserve traditional marriage.

"This illegal action by Montgomery County officials is an insult to voters, legislators and the rule of law," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "We demand that state judges put an immediate end to this lawlessness. In addition, we call on the Pennsylvania Legislature to act immediately to pass a proposed marriage amendment preserving marriage as it has always existed throughout the state's history as one man and one woman."

As is the case in every state in the union, Pennsylvania law defines marriage on a statewide basis. County officials have no role in defining marriage and are powerless to change state law. Despite this, Montgomery County officials have invited same-sex couples to engage in illegal marriages in opposition to state law.

"These county officials are brazenly flaunting the law; substituting their personal views for those of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in state government," Brown said. "Their actions go beyond marriage and implicates the integrity of the rule of law. This cannot be allowed to stand. We will explore every opportunity to hold these officials responsible for intentionally violating the law, including paths leading to their removal from office. In the meantime, we call on the state Legislature to put an amendment on the ballot preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Such a proposed constitutional amendment will give voters the ability to decide this issue for themselves, rather than allow state officials to impose their own views with no say so from the people."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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“Human Rights Champion” & NOM’s Founding Chairman Robbie George Elected Chair of Religious Freedom Commission

In an statement made yesterday, Robert P. George—McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University; Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School; and founding chairman of NOM—was named the chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). George has served on the Commission since 2012.

Robert-GeorgeIn announcing his appointment, outgoing chair, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, said: “I have been honored to work alongside Professor George this past year in the struggle to guarantee religious freedom abroad for people of every faith and shade of belief. He is a true human rights champion whose compassion for victims of oppression and wisdom about international religious freedom shine through all we have accomplished this past year. [Emphasis added.] Our bipartisan Commission is united in its admiration for Professor George’s skills as an advocate and leader of the international religious freedom movement. The Commission is eager to continue its work under his able leadership.”

George commented on his election stating: “I am deeply honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this position of leadership. …It will be my constant endeavor to live up to her outstanding example as USCIRF works to ensure that the cause of religious freedom, understood in its most robust sense, is given the high priority it deserves in the formation and execution of U.S. foreign policy. While much has been accomplished, much remains to be done.”

You can read the entire announcement here.

Prof. Robert George on Why Religious Liberty Matters

NOM's founding Chairman Prof. Robert George writes today in the Public Discourse that religious freedom is far more than a mere “right to worship”, and that we all have a duty, in conscience, to work for the religious liberty of men and women everywhere:

Religious FreedomIn its fullest and most robust sense, religion is the human person’s being in right relation to the divine—the more-than-merely-human source or sources, if there be such, of meaning and value. In the perfect realization of the good of religion, one would achieve the relationship that the divine—say God himself, assuming for a moment the truth of monotheism—wishes us to have with Him. of any type, including religious faith, cannot be authentic—it cannot be faith—unless it is free, respect for the person—that is to say, respect for his or her dignity as a free and rational creature—requires respect for his or her religious liberty. That is why it makes sense, from the point of view of reason, and not merely from the point of view of the revealed teaching of a particular faith—though many faiths proclaim the right to religious freedom on theological and not merely philosophical grounds—to understand religious freedom as a fundamental human right.

Read the full article here.

Federal Judge Makes Unilateral Decision to Recognize Same-Sex 'Marriage' in Ohio, Ignoring State Ban

Despite a constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of husband and wife in the state of Ohio, U.S. District judge Timothy Black is taking it upon himself to selectively decide when the law does and does not apply.

174118795A federal judge on Monday recognized the out-of-state marriage of a gay Ohio couple, granting a temporary restraining order as one of the men nears death.

U.S. District judge Timothy Black issued a temporary restraining order Monday, recognizing [James] Obergefell as [John] Arthur’s spouse, and suggested that failing to recognize the couple’s out-of-state union violated their rights to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.

“This is yet another example of an activist federal judge substituting his views for those of the people. The people of Ohio have determined through overwhelmingly enacting their state marriage amendment that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and the federal government must respect that decision,” said Frank Schubert, national political director for the National Organization for Marriage [emphasis added]. -Washington Post

Cheated: How the Courts’ Treatment of Prop 8 Robbed America of its Democratic Process

Frank Schubert, NOM’s national political director, published a commentary yesterday at The Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse blog, reflecting on the course of court events that led to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the consequences those decisions have engendered.

BB PROP 8 RALLY 056 Frank SchubertSchubert points out that the "legal circus" has not only effectively disenfranchised more than seven million California voters, and that this should upset all of us: “Regardless of whether you see voters defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman as the ‘good guy’ or the ‘bad guy’ in this political drama, the process that killed marriage in California should greatly concern anyone who cares even remotely about democracy and the rule of law.

Schubert goes on to answer an oft-asked question in the wake of the recent SCOTUS decision: “How do you feel?”

I feel like we were cheated. Just like I felt as a kid watching the bad guy put a sleeper hold on his opponent, or hitting him below the belt or with the brass knuckles while the referee had his back turned, so have the legal system and politicians cold-cocked the people of California—seven million of whom went to the polls to lawfully enact Prop 8. Only this time, I realize there’s not likely to be a rematch. The cheaters won.

I feel like the rule of law has been shredded, and conniving politicians have been rewarded for ignoring their sworn oath of office. Public confidence in the judicial system has been dealt a severe blow. Supporters of same-sex “marriage” may be happy with the result today, but hold on until the tables are turned and a conservative governor and attorney general refuse to defend a law they don’t personally support, and there’s nobody left with standing to defend it. …

I feel like a broadside has ripped a great hole in the initiative and referendum process itself. I have managed nearly 40 statewide ballot initiative campaigns in my career. The initiative process is one of the few viable ways to get a recalcitrant government to respond to legitimate issues that are not being addressed by the legislature or the state administration. By its nature, citizens are often pushing a law that is opposed by those in power.

Now those very people in power—the governor and attorney general—have been given a pocket veto over the initiative process itself. They can invalidate any measure they don’t personally support simply by refusing to defend it in federal court. Such power was never contemplated by the framers of the constitution, or by the people of California, but that is the practical result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8. Again—it is marriage today, but tomorrow it could be any other issue on the political spectrum.

You can read the rest of Schubert’s insights here.

TAKE ACTION! Urge Congress to Hold the IRS Accountable for Illegal Actions

There is an important piece of legislation gaining steam in Congress that you should be aware of: HR 2565: The STOP IRS Act.

IRSThis bill is part of an ongoing process to hold the IRS accountable for felony targeting of political enemies and gross mismanagement.

Click here to look up your Representative and write to him or her to SUPPORT HR 2565, the STOP IRS Act and to ensure that this important bill comes to a vote!

Click here to expand this post and see a list of the current bill co-sponsors. If you see your Representative on the list, please be sure to write and express your thanks!

Let's see which of our leaders in Washington will stand for the people and our First Amendment rights, and which ones will instead stand in the way of justice for federal appointees who feel that they can circumvent and abuse the law for political gain.

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Stay Updated on Thomas Peters' Recovery

Pray for Thomas PetersThanks to all of our amazing supporters who have been keeping our Communications Director, Thomas Peters, in your thoughts and prayers this past week.

Thomas is continuing on the road to recovery after sustaining serious injuries during a swimming accident last week, and has shown considerable signs of progress over the last few days in particular. He and his family are aware of and very thankful for the prayers from people of good will all across the globe.

If you'd like to stay updated on Thomas' recovery, friends and family have set up a blog with the latest information at Please bookmark it and share with others who are praying for Thomas' recovery and future health as well.

If you wish to send Thomas a get well card, please direct it to:
Thomas Peters Recovery
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Traditional Indian Weddings Halted Due to Same-Sex Marriage

Following last week's Royal Assent for same-sex marriage in England, all traditional Indian marriage ceremonies are being halted to avoid legal repercussions: an example of the kind of consequences that same-sex marriage advocates constantly claim will never come about, but which always end up happening when marriage is redefined...

Indian Bride During Wedding CeremonySikh temples have been advised to halt all civil marriage ceremonies on their premises to protect them from possible legal challenges for refusing to conduct same-sex weddings.

It is the first example of a religious group altering its marriage practices to avoid potential litigation based on equalities or human rights law.

Other groups, including the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and the orthodox Jewish organisation United Synagogue, also resisted the legislation, but they have not indicated that they will go as far as to surrender their marriage licences.

Lord Singh, the director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, told the House of Lords that he feared opponents of same-sex marriage would be “coerced” into accepting the new legal definition of marriage. The network also advised members that it believes faith groups could end up being “bullied” into conducting same-sex marriages.

...“We have no authority, neither has the Government, to change our scriptures,” said Mr Singh. “We are bound by our religious teachings and we have been put in a difficult situation.”

He added: “Civil marriage is, with respect, a paper exercise.” -Telegraph

It's Working!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I always talk about how grateful I am for the wonderful grassroots supporters we have here at NOM, brave men and women like YOU who are willing to stand up and speak out in defense of marriage. And there's a reason I'm grateful: because when we band together in support of marriage, it works!

A few weeks ago when I wrote to you urging you to contact your federal legislators urging them to support the Marriage Protection Amendment introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp, you were quick to respond. Well, now I can write to you to tell you that when you spoke up, your elected leaders listened!

The proposed amendment now has over 40 cosponsors signed on! Most significantly, it has been announced that the first Democrat (hopefully of many!) has joined as a cosponsor: Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia's 3rd District!

Please click here right away to send a letter to Rep. Rahall and your own Representatives, expressing your appreciation for his stand and urging your own elected officials to follow his example in supporting this crucial legislation!

Rep. Rahall's support proves once again that marriage is an issue that cuts past partisan politics and special interests, speaking universally to our shared common sense principles, such as every child's right to have both a mom and a dad.

The progress already made on getting this amendment to a vote on the floor of the House is only possible because NOM supporters like you band together and take the time to tell your elected leaders that you, and the majority of Americans, stand for marriage — and that those who represent us in Washington need to do the same.

I hope you'll also consider donating generously to NOM today so that we can continue our work in coordinating action items like this one, helping join the voices of pro-marriage citizens everywhere into a united battle cry.

Thank you again for all you do for marriage. Keep it up — it's working!

Boston Law Professor on the Consequences of SCOTUS Rulings

Eric Owens at The Daily Caller reports on Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield's admission that the arguments in the recent SCOTUS cases in favor of same-sex marriage can easily be employed to legitimize a host of other relationship types being included in the definition of marriage.

polygamy “The left is in this bind in part because our arguments for expanding the marriage right to same-sex couples have been so compelling,” Greenfield brags proudly. “Marriage, we’ve said, is about defining one’s own family and consecrating a union based on love. We’ve voiced these arguments in constitutional terms, using claims arising from the doctrines of ‘fundamental rights’ and equal protection.”


Greenfield then pops the question: under such a legal rubric, “why can’t people in polyamorous relationships claim that right as well?”


He observes that he frequently hears a couple answers “in private conversations with leaders in the marriage movement”—that’s presumably the gay marriage movement, not the traditional marriage movement. “The first is that there is no political energy behind a fight for incestuous or polygamous marriages. The second is that they would be fine if those restrictions fell as well but, in effect, ‘don’t quote me on that.’”

You can read more at The DC.

IRS Scandal Smoking Gun Found in House Testimony this Week

As much of official Washington—and the rest of the nation for that matter—are in full summer malaise mode, a smoking gun has emerged in the on-going investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s illegal targeting of conservative and tea party patriot groups.

Peggy Noonan’s Wall Street Journal commentary cuts through the confusion and monotony of this week’s congressional hearings to recap the key points that connect the IRS scandal to its Washington headquarters and its chief counsel.

Carter-Hull-TestifiesSeveral IRS personnel’s testimony confirmed Lois Lerner’s role as one of the ring leaders, but the real shocker came when 48-year IRS veteran Carter Hull stated that he was told to send the targeted groups’ applications directly to Chief Counsel William Wilkins, who is one of only two political appointees made to the department by Pres. Barack Obama.

You can read Noonan’s complete commentary, including why she thinks these developments have some Washington leaders really worried, here.

Study Finds Cohabiting Couples Less Economically Productive

Another reason why cohabitation just doesn't provide the benefits -- to both men and woman -- that marriage does.

House Keys...unemployment among men across all sorts of employment classes (service-sector workers, sales workers, unskilled laborers, professionals) is lower among those who are married than among those who are single or cohabiting. This gap in unemployment between men of different marital states has persisted across 50 years of labor history, recessions included.

Furthermore, this isn’t a matter of less-employed men being unable to get married (i.e., a so-called selection effect­); it’s a matter of fewer men being trained through the institution of marriage to straighten up, fly right, and hang onto their jobs. Men who are already inclined to work less or who are only able to work less aren’t just shifting into cohabitation or singleness. Were that the case, as marriage declined and as less-employed men dropped out of the highly-employed group of married men, married unemployment would drop even further.

Finally, the difference in the labor habits of those men who are and those who aren’t married, and our culture’s shift away from early and lasting marriage, should be cause for concern—if we’re at all concerned for the health of our economy. These two factors alone account for about half the fall-off in men’s labor participation since the 1960s.

Marriage is a formative institution—to say nothing of the courtship process leading thereto. Speaking as a recently-married twenty-something, I can attest to the fact that there’s something about a girl ruling out the prospect of living together before he puts a ring on it that tends to weed out the slackers and commitment-phobes. And the guy who marries a girl, formally and legally, will become more productive as he works to provide for her and their children than he ever would have otherwise. -LifeSiteNews