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PSA for NOM Facebook Followers: Don't Feed the Trolls!

At NOM's Facebook page, we have a great community of committed fans and followers. They are dependable for liking and sharing posts, and for engaging in civil and thoughtful conversation.

trollinUnfortunately, however, we do have our fair share of trolls. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of internet trolling, this is a fun take you can read.

Now, not all trolling is bad: in fact, sometimes trolling is the most effective way to break into conversations that need shaking up and the admittance of alternative views. However, NOM's Facebook always reflects a variety of views in the comment threads and most of these are left to stay by our page administrators. The problem with our trolls isn't just the fact that they're trolls - it's that they're pretty bad at trolling, frankly.

Our Facebook fans might get frustrated sometimes at how overrun the place seems by a particular couple of the more infamous trolls. What they can't see is that it's not the same profile, but each time a different one. Our administrators work hard to try to keep a healthy discourse going on at the page, but no matter how many times we ban these violators, they just keep coming back - and unfortunately, Facebook does very little to help us protect our community standards.

Here's some screenshots taken today of the very top of our list of banned users:

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And another:

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Aaaand another:

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Safe to say, whoever these people are, they probably don't have jobs. Or much of a social life.

Nevertheless, they can be very rude and very annoying for our regular fans.

So, NOM would like to give everyone participating on our page the following advice: don't feed the trolls!

GATrollThere's debate about the origin of the word "troll" as it relates to people like this on the internet. Some suggest it connotes the mythological creature who lives under a bridge and sets traps for travelers, gobbling them up when they're ensnared. Others point to the fishing term and the idea of "trolling" a line with bait to catch a fish. In either case, it involves baiting and catching. So don't take the bait!

For one thing, if you engage with a troll on the page timeline, the likelihood is that at some point that troll will be banned, and the remaining artifact will be a series of comments that make you appear like a crazy person talking to yourself.

But a more serious reason is that taking the bait and debating these trolls is precisely what they want, and it is what keeps them coming back. So, don't give them what they want! Take our advice for dealing with trolls: hide them, block them, and wait for the admins to ban them - and don't let them lure you into their traps. As you can see from the screenshots above, they obviously have way too much time on their hands. On the other hand, you certainly have better things to do with your time. So let that be your weapon against these trolls: ignore them, and let them waste their own time without stealing any of yours.

NOM Disappointed in Veto of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

NOM and Other Social Conservative Groups Disappointed in Governor Brewer’s Veto of Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Yesterday, Governor Brewer of Arizona vetoed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," a bill similar to one stalled in the Kansas legislature.  The rejection of these pieces of legislation by conservative politicians is very disappointing.

If there’s one thing we've learned over the years from witnessing the redefinition of marriage in several states and in other places around the world, it is that there is an inevitable conflict between the genderless marriage regime and the conscience rights of those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Wherever marriage is redefined, the story is the same: florists, photographers, bakers, caterers, social hall owners—anyone who runs a business that caters to the celebration of nuptials—these individuals are forced to choose between their deeply held beliefs about marriage and the prospect of being forced out of business by onerous lawsuits claiming ‘discrimination.’

Thus it is disappointing that these bills have stalled despite significant support in both chambers of the Arizona legislature and the Kansas House of Representatives.  All Americans deserve the full protection of their fundamental First Amendment Rights, particularly the free exercise of religion.  It is clear that unless particular legislation such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is passed in states across the country, it will be people of faith who have to compromise their beliefs and violate their consciences or face government sanction in the name of same-sex marriage.

NOM urges people of all faiths or none at all to stand up strongly for our First Amendment Freedoms, the foundation of what it means to be a free American.

One way for you to do that today is to support Representative Labrador’s (R-ID) bill in Congress, "The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" (H.R. 3133)  NOM has established an action item where you can send your Congressman an email urging him or her to join Representative Labrador in supporting and pushing forward this crucial legislation.  Click here to take action now.

You can also send the Kansas Senate President and Vice-President an email urging them to allow open debate and a vote on that State's religious freedom legislation.  Click here now to send Senate President Wagle and Senate Vice-President King a message.

National Organization for Marriage Laments Today's Ruling in Texas, Says Citizens' Values Are Being "Trampled"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Ordinary citizens' voices and values are being trampled in a headlong rush by activist federal judges to redefine marriage in defiance of thousands of years of human experience. The American people, and our leaders in Congress, need to step up and restore the powers of government to their proper balance." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) expressed deep disappointment and anger today at news of a ruling by Texas federal court judge Orlando Garcia that Texas's amendment in defense of marriage is somehow unconstitutional. While the judge immediately stayed his ruling pending appeals, NOM's President said that this ruling evinces a profoundly disturbing trend of judicial activism.

"We've seen a rash of these rulings in recent weeks, all making the same errors about binding Supreme Court precedents relevant to marriage and all issued by activist judges bound and determined to redefine marriage in defiance of thousands of years of human experience," said Brian Brown, NOM President. "These egregious decisions by unelected judges throwing out the votes of millions of Americans have been shamefully encouraged, aided, and abetted by the lawless actions of President Obama and his administration, especially the Attorney General. It simply has to stop. Critical issues like marriage that are foundational to civilization cannot be permitted to be taken over by activist judges and out of control political appointees. The voices and values of ordinary citizens are being trampled by judges determined to impose profound social change that affects citizens in the deepest and most fundamental ways. The American people, and our leaders in Congress, need to step up and restore the powers of government to their proper balance."

Brown said that this decision was a further signal of the near certainty that the question of marriage would return before the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court before long. He expressed hope that the Court, in that event, would hold to its own logic in the 2013 Windsor decision and affirm states' rights to determine marriage for themselves. However, Brown stressed the need for Congress to act decisively with respect to marriage by passing an amendment to the Federal Constitution.

"Congress needs to send a federal marriage amendment to the states for ratification and put an end to this mockery of government," said Brown. "From the President to the Attorney General, to activist federal judges around the nation and even to some state attorneys general and governors in the various states, we're seeing a shameful lack of integrity and an utter rebellion against the rule of law and the sovereign rights of the American people. Power needs to be returned to the American people to uphold the right of the people to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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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).

Just the Facts: What Arizona's Religious Liberty Bill Actually Says

With the media buzz surrounding Arizona's SB1062, it's no wonder there is so much confusion and misinformation about the contents of the bill. Time for a quick fact check...

SB 1062As Ed Whelen points out today in the National Review Online, SB1062 does NOT mention, much less single out, gays or same-sex ceremonies. Rather, the bill would simply amend Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act "to address two ambiguities that have been the subject of litigation under other RFRAs."

Douglas Laycock, along with nearly a dozen law professors from Harvard, Stanford, Notre Dame and other top institutions, writes in a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer:

It would provide that people are covered when state or local government requires them to violate their religion in the conduct of their business, and it would provide that people are covered when sued by a private citizen invoking state or local law to demand that they violate their religion.

But nothing in the amendment would say who wins in either of these cases. The person invoking RFRA would still have to prove that he had a sincere religious belief and that state or local government was imposing a substantial burden on his exercise of that religious belief.

...to be clear: SB1062 does not say that businesses can discriminate for religious reasons. It says that business people can assert a claim or defense under RFRA, in any kind of case (discrimination cases are not even mentioned, although they would be included), that they have the burden of proving a substantial burden on a sincere religious practice, that the government or the person suing them has the burden of proof on compelling government interest, and that the state courts in Arizona make the final decision.

Read more.

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National Organization for Marriage Applauds and Joins with the Coalition of African-American Pastors in Calling for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Impeachment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The lawlessness of this administration has reached epic proportions…attempting to force same-sex marriage on the country despite federal law and the Supreme Court ruling that marriage is the purview of the states." — Brian Brown, President of NOM —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) applauds, and joins with, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) in calling for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Since last summer's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, the Obama Administration has been lawlessly promulgating rules and directives recognizing same-sex marriage and forcing the redefinition of marriage on the states contrary to the intent and language of the DOMA ruling.

Yesterday's demand for Mr. Holder's impeachment came only one day after the Attorney General stated that Attorneys General at the state level do not need to enforce state marriage laws and constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"Mr. Holder's statement regarding state Attorneys General not having to enforce and defend state laws is the latest power grab by this administration. Holder is advising his counter-parts in the states to forsake their oaths-of-office and the people who elected them. This is utter anarchy and the nation's top lawyer is leading the rush to lawlessness," explained Brian Brown, NOM's President. "To refuse to defend duly enacted laws and constitutional amendments is to trample on the sovereignty of the people and rule of law. But Mr. Holder does not seem to care about these things."

CAAP's President, Reverend William Owens, held a press conference calling for Mr. Holder's impeachment and the launching of a petition drive seeking to get one million people to join in this call. For months NOM has been decrying the lawless use of executive power by the Obama Administration to force same-sex marriage on the country and has joined in the demand for Mr. Holder's impeachment.

"The lawlessness of this administration has reached epic proportions with seemingly every facet of the federal government attempting to force same-sex marriage on the country despite federal law and the Supreme Court ruling that marriage is the purview of the states. A prominent group of African American pastors are calling for the impeachment of Eric Holder, and are circulating a petition asking Americans to join with them in demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder be impeached. NOM supports their endeavor," stated Brown.

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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).

Civilization and Its Discontents

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Over eighty years ago, the influential psychologist Sigmund Freud wrote his seminal work which would come to be known in the English translation as Civilization and Its Discontents.

No one familiar with the book could deny its influence on our culture or the fact that it has shaped the mindset regarding sexual ethics that informs many members of the movement to redefine marriage.

In one of its most often quoted lines, Freud posits that "what decides the purpose of life is simply the program of the pleasure principle." Certainly it is unquestionable that much of our culture's confusion regarding marriage is due to following that precise train of thought — the pleasure principle.

Redefining Marriage And Its Consequences

The push to redefine marriage is about substituting the desires of adults for the needs of children.

The push to redefine marriage is about substituting an imagined 'right' for same-sex couples to 'marry' and privileging it over the fundamental rights of free speech and religious conscience guaranteed under the constitution.

The push to redefine marriage is about making it an institution that achieves the goals of the pleasure principle rather than one that meets the needs of the public interest.

But we who are content with what civilization has passed down to us in the institution of marriage — the union of one man and one woman, serving the good of both the spouses and of children who deserve both a mom and a dad — know that we must defend this sacred design with all our strength. And this is because we know the consequences of turning away from the common sense truth about what marriage is in its essence.

NOM's good friend Ryan T. Anderson co-wrote an excellent article this week at NRO with his Heritage colleague Leslie Ford, highlighting some of these consequences which we've already seen around our nation.

They open their piece with an important question which all of us need to take more deeply into consideration [emphasis added]:

For years now, a central argument of those in favor of same-sex marriage has been that all Americans should be free to live and love how they choose. But does that freedom require the government to coerce those who disagree into celebrating same-sex relationships?

They go on to explain why this issue is so timely and critical:

A growing number of incidents show that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual orientation have created a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage. Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

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Under the newer laws, family businesses — especially photographers, bakers, florists, and others involved in the wedding industry — have been hauled into court because they declined to provide services for a same-sex ceremony that they viewed as a violation of their religious beliefs.

The authors' essential thesis is one with which, sadly, we can no longer take it for granted that everyone will agree. They state simply that "[a]ll Americans should remain free in the public square to act in accordance with their beliefs about marriage without fear of government penalty" [emphasis added].

Since this basic principle is no longer universally recognized or acknowledged, we the people need to stand up and demand that our first amendment freedoms are secured against the aggressive and hostile genderless marriage regime.

Fighting For Our Rights

Several bills making their way through state and federal legislatures right now are doing just that.

The first bill is Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has successfully passed through the legislature and awaits a signature from the Governor.

This bill will protect business owners who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman from being forced to violate their conscience and their religious convictions by participating in same-sex nuptial ceremonies.

Please click here to send a note of support for this critical bill to Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona!

Another bill very similar to the one in Arizona is stuck in the Kansas legislature. While it was passed overwhelmingly by the Kansas House, Senate President Susan Wagel has refused to allow the bill to be heard or voted on in committee, meaning it may never even get to the floor for a debate and consideration!

Please contact Senate President Susan Wagel right now and urge her to allow a full and open debate on this crucial bill which protects Kansans most fundamental rights!

These bills, although at the state level, are important pieces of legislation because of their contribution to the larger cultural debate regarding the place that individuals' beliefs and values have in the public square.

Under Fire

Increasingly, Christians and other people of faith are being told that their values have no place in civil discourse... that they should keep their beliefs to themselves and only talk about them in their homes or houses of worship! According the New Mexico Supreme Court, this silencing is the 'price of citizenship.'

This threat to believers' first amendment rights will only increase if the Obama administration gets its way and succeeds in coercing the states to adopt same-sex 'marriage' over the will of the people.

That is, after all, what the federal government has been attempting to do lately, through vehicles like the IRS, the military, and the Department of Justice.

Fortunately, at the federal level there is critical legislation that would put a halt to this coercion from inside the Beltway: the State Marriage Defense Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) and in the Senate by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT).

This legislation would restrict the federal government to using the definition of marriage from the state a couple resides in rather than the state where their 'wedding' was celebrated. This would prevent the widespread and lawless action of the Obama government in recognizing 'marriages' in some states and forcing it upon other states through administrative channels.

In short, it would restore to the states the power that they have always had under the Constitution, the federal Defense of Marriage Act (Section 2), and which was reaffirmed again by the Supreme Court last summer in Windsor: to define and regulate marriage as they see fit.

These pieces of legislation moving through the state and federal system are critical to protecting our first amendment rights of association, speech, and religion. These are the most fundamental rights we have and the drive to redefine marriage threatens them all. I hope you take the time today to act and support each one of these bills.

As always, it is a privilege to stand with each one of you in the defense of marriage and the faith communities that support it — and now too as we fight to protect our most cherished liberties.

Faithfully yours,

Brian S. Brown

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).

TAKE ACTION: Support the Protection of Conscience

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

If there's one thing we've learned over the years from witnessing the redefinition of marriage in several states and in other places around the world, it is that there is an inevitable impasse between the genderless marriage regime and the conscience rights of those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Wherever marriage is redefined, the story is the same: florists, photographers, bakers, caterers, social hall owners — anyone who runs a business that caters to the celebration of nuptials — these individuals are forced to choose between their deeply held beliefs about marriage and the prospect of being forced out of business by onerous lawsuits claiming 'discrimination.'

So I'm asking you to take action today to support two state-level pieces of legislation which aim to protect individuals and their businesses from legal reprisals for declining to participate in same-sex 'marriages.' The bills are pending in Arizona and Kansas.

Urge Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to Sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Both the Arizona Senate and House have approved a bill that would prevent business owners from being targeted in lawsuits for declining to participate in same-sex wedding celebrations on the grounds of religious objections.

With the spate of lawsuits we've seen around the country brought against business owners who have declined service for same-sex 'marriage' celebrations, we know how critical legislation of this nature is to protect the First Amendment rights of people of faith.

The Arizona legislature should be commended for passing this crucial bill, and now we must ask Governor Brewer to sign it immediately into law!

Unfortunately, another bill of a similar nature in Kansas is stalled in the legislature and might not even make it to the Governor's desk — unless we speak up!

Urge Senate President Susan Wagle to Allow a Vote on HB 2453!

The bill in Kansas does essentially the same thing as the one in Arizona: it protects people of faith from onerous lawsuits that threaten their livelihood simply because they would decline to lend their support to the idea of genderless marriage.

The Senate leader, Susan Wagle, is refusing to allow the bill to proceed to committee hearing and a vote on the floor after it was passed in the House. She needs to hear from you today that this bill deserves hearing by the Senate and a straight vote!

Even though these two bills are at the state level, they are important to a larger debate going on nationwide about the rights of individuals and businesses who hold to the idea that marriage is solely the union of a man and a woman. Passage of this legislation will send an important message that people of faith need such protections and that the rights of conscious must be firmly protected by our lawmakers!

So please take action today on this important issue, and when you have done so forward this email to your family and friends using the buttons below so that these lawmakers hear in no uncertain terms that religious people in America will not consent to be bullied or coerced into violating their consciences to please a radical movement bent on reshaping marriage and family!

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Thanks for standing with us to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Statement from the National Organization for Marriage Regarding Oregon Attorney General's Decision to Abandon Defense of Marriage Amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is shamefully abandoning her constitutional duty to defend the marriage amendment overwhelmingly enacted by the people of Oregon. She swore an oath of office that she would enforce all the laws, not just those she personally agrees with." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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

"Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is shamefully abandoning her constitutional duty to defend the marriage amendment overwhelmingly enacted by the people of Oregon. She swore an oath of office that she would enforce all the laws, not just those she personally agrees with. The people are entitled to a vigorous defense of the laws they enact, and the marriage amendment is no exception to that solemn obligation. Further, Ms. Rosenblum is dead-wrong in her conclusion that the amendment cannot be supported by rational legal arguments. Just last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that regulating marriage is the purview of the states, not the federal government. Most recently, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ordered a decision to invalidate Utah's marriage amendment to be stayed, strongly signaling that the Court believes there is a good likelihood that the state will win its appeal against the ruling issued by an activist federal judge. Marriage is our only institution that exists to bring men and women together to benefit the couple and to provide an ideal environment for any children produced by their union. It can and must be defended as a unique, essential and profoundly good institution."

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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).

Carl DeMaio's People

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's a beautiful summer day in southern California. Throngs of people line streets as paraders march by. They include transvestite brides (men in wedding gowns) who strut their stuff. Nearby a float with bare-chested, heavily muscled men in tight underwear that leaves nothing to the imagination hold hands and dance on a rolling stage as rainbow flags fly behind them. Not far away women kiss other women and tattooed men embrace, pulling their half-naked bodies tight to each other. A confused-looking child watches this scene unfold as she holds a 'we celebrate diversity' sign, not exactly the type of plaything we'd expect innocent youngster to cling to.

In their midst the candidate walks down the street holding the hand of his gay lover. He waves at the crowd and smiles approvingly. These are his people, and he is at home.

Who is he? He's Carl DeMaio. A homosexual activist who calls himself a Republican. And he wants to be a Member of Congress.

Do you want a person like Carl DeMaio in Washington serving as a role model, voting on issues affecting hard-working American families? If not, please help Kirk Jorgensen stop him.

Carl DeMaio claims to be 'one of us' but his vision of America is very different from ours. He comes from an environment where sexual morality is a thing of the past, where children are indoctrinated into questioning their own sexuality, where gender is considered fluid but sexual orientation is fixed, and where a candidate who supports abortion, gay 'marriage,' gun control and medical marijuana can call himself a conservative — and a "reformer."

Does Carl DeMaio represent the kind of "reform" that you think America needs?
You might think this is the beginning of a bad joke, but it's anything but funny.

You see, unless you and I do something about it, it's very likely that Carl DeMaio could win the primary election and go on to defeat the incumbent Democrat in one of California's most competitive house races this year.

Fortunately, there is something we can do about it. We can support a true conservative and American hero named Kirk Jorgensen.

Kirk is a former Marine who has served honorably and with distinction. As a Marine officer, Jorgensen was recognized with numerous awards and honors for his service including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He led human intelligence, counterintelligence and force protection missions in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East to thwart terrorism, espionage and sabotage against the United States and allied forces.

But Kirk Jorgensen is more than a military hero. He's a loving husband and a devoted father. And he is a proud, true conservative. He will be a champion for all the issues we care about. From defending marriage, to economic security, to repealing Obamacare, to reducing the national debt and ending deficit spending, to protecting our constitutional right to bear arms and to protecting the unborn, Kirk Jorgensen is advancing ideas that can move America onto a path toward security, prosperity and respect for hard-working American families.

Please make a generous contribution to help Kirk win election and become a proud, trusted conservative leader in Washington.

The choice in California's 52nd Congressional District is much greater than Carl DeMaio vs. Kirk Jorgensen. It's about the future of the Republican Party itself, and the struggle for conservatism in our nation's capital.

Believe it or not, there are leading Republican officials in Washington who are backing DeMaio and helping finance his campaign. If he wins, there will be a slew of liberal Republicans on future ballots who will be advanced by these same Washington insiders who don't much care about what elected officials believe. They care about gaining and maintaining power.

The only thing that will stop candidates like DeMaio and their platform of abortion, redefining marriage and gun control are people like you and me who still revere American values and believe that a return to conservative principles is what America needs. If you want our beloved nation to reclaim a conservative direction, please join with me in supporting a true conservative — Kirk Jorgensen.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Brian S. Brown

A Man With the Courage of His Convictions

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In the midst of news of activist judges, cowardly legislators, and state officials lawlessly abandoning their duties, it's always good to stop and thank heroic leaders who have the courage and convictions to carry out their oaths-of-office.

Last week we asked you to thank Reince Preibus, Chairman of the GOP, for his and the party's strong stand on marriage and life.

Today I ask you to send a 'thank you' note to Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty for his commitment to the rule of law and the sovereign voice of the people of Alaska. The Associated Press wrote the following article as picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Michael Geraghty says he will continue to defend Alaska's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

He says his personal feelings are immaterial. He says he has sworn an oath to uphold the constitution and the law of the land.

Alaska voters in 1998 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. In the past year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving certain federal benefits. Federal courts have struck down state constitutional bans in Utah and Oklahoma, though appeals are pending.

Geraghty says he won't make his decisions based on federal district court decisions that still must be reviewed by appellate courts or, perhaps, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Please take the time right now to send Attorney General Geraghty a 'thank you' note. Men and women in his position across the country need to know that the people are behind them when they stand for the rule of law and the sovereign right of citizens to vote on marriage.

Geraghty's commitment to his duty stands in stark contrast to Attorney General Herring of Virginia. Instead of fulfilling his oath-of-office, Herring not only refused to defend the Constitution of Virginia but actively litigated against the people of his state!

Geraghty's position also flies in the face of activist judges across the country who, rather than following the law and Supreme Court precedent, have inserted their own feelings into the matter and tried to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the people of several states.

Geraghty's commitment to the rule of law and to the will of the people of Alaska is additionally a positive counter-point to the cowardice of Nevada's Governor and Attorney General who have betrayed their people and refused to fulfill their duty to execute and defend the laws of that state.

America needs more brave and conscientious leaders like Attorney General Geraghty. Please take the time today to thank him for his position.

Thankfully,

Brian S. Brown

Protect Your First Amendment Rights

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Kansas Senate has halted debate on a vitally important piece of legislation — a bill to protect people of faith from having to violate their conscience by being forced to participate in same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies. The Kansas House overwhelmingly passed HB 2453, but Senate President Susan Wagel has refused to allow a committee hearing or vote on the legislation.

Please email your state senator today urging him or her to demand a committee hearing and vote on this important legislation!

Almost from the start of the debate over redefining marriage, experts on both sides have warned of the coming conflict involving religious liberty. What were once hypothetical controversies have now become very real, as people of faith — those who believe that God designed marriage as the union of one man and one woman — have repeatedly been forced to compromise and violate their consciences with respect to same-sex 'marriage' — all in the name of 'tolerance'!

If you're unsure about how real this conflict is and how huge is the impact it is having on people of faith around the country, read this article in the National Review Online by Ryan T. Anderson and Leslie Ford of the Heritage Foundation. They detail the present state of these conflicts and the growing governmental coercion demanding that people of faith step back from the public square:

A growing number of incidents show that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual orientation have created a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage. Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

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Under the newer laws, family businesses — especially photographers, bakers, florists, and others involved in the wedding industry — have been hauled into court because they declined to provide services for a same-sex ceremony that they viewed as a violation of their religious beliefs.

America must stand up against this coercive attack on our First Amendment rights. These basic American principles are fundamental to how all of us, and especially people of faith, carry ourselves every day in our roles as parents, employees, business owners, and civil servants.

In Kansas you have an opportunity to take effective steps to protect people of all faiths from government coercion and from the demands of homosexual-marriage advocates to not only be recognized but completely supported by all of society.

Please take the time today to email your Senator urging them to demand action on HB 2453 in the Senate. The free exercise of our religion deserves every protection we can afford it.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Cruz: Obama Administration "Most Hostile to Marriage" in Nation's History

From Politico [emphasis added]:

Ted_Cruz,_official_portrait,_113th_CongressThe Texas Republican has been plugging his State Marriage Defense Act, a bill he introduced with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to require the federal government to respect state laws defining marriage between a man and a woman....

[Cruz said,] “This administration is the most hostile-to-traditional-marriage administration this country has ever seen."

Cruz cited the administration’s decision to recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah before a Supreme Court order halted gay marriage in the state once more.

"The administration has been using the authority of the federal government to try to force states, to force federal recognition of marriages that state law prohibits," Cruz said. "The Obama administration came into Utah and said, ‘We’re not going to listen to what the U.S. Supreme Court said. We, the federal government, are going to recognize marriages in the state of Utah and Utah state law explicitly does not recognize as marriage’ and that was really, in my view, an abuse of power."

You can read the rest here.

"A climate of intolerance and intimidation"

Almost from the start of the debate over redefining marriage, experts on both sides have warned of the coming conflict over religious liberty.

IntimidationWhat were once hypothetical conflicts have now become very real, as people of faith—those who believe that God designed marriage as the union of one man and one woman—have repeatedly been the ones forced to compromise and violate their consciences in the name of same-sex marriage.

Ryan T. Anderson and Leslie Ford of the Heritage Foundation write today in the National Review Online about the present state of these conflicts and the growing governmental coercion demanding that people of faith step back from the public square:

A growing number of incidents show that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual orientation have created a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage. Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

[...]

Under the newer laws, family businesses — especially photographers, bakers, florists, and others involved in the wedding industry — have been hauled into court because they declined to provide services for a same-sex ceremony that they viewed as a violation of their religious beliefs. [READ MORE.]

America must stand up against this coercive attack on our First Amendment right of the free exercise of our religion. This basic American principle does not simply apply to what happens in our houses of worship – it is fundamental to how people of faith carry themselves every day as they are parents, employees, business owners, and civil servants.