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We have momentum in defeating Carl DeMaio

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As the repercussions of Carl DeMaio's alleged sexual harassment conduct continues to reverberate, there are more substantive reasons why his campaign is in trouble. But make no mistake about it — DeMaio's campaign is in trouble.

The National Organization for Marriage opposes DeMaio not because he is gay, or because of the allegations concerning his conduct, but because of his positions on the issues.

DeMaio is an advocate for redefining marriage. He cheered when elected officials violated their oath of office and refused to defend the 7 million Californians who enacted Proposition 8 concerning traditional marriage. He celebrated when a San Francisco federal judge — himself engaged in a long term same-sex relationship — overturned Prop 8. And then he was thrilled when the US Supreme Court cowardly rewarded this dereliction of duty, saying that the proponents of Prop 8 could not appeal the ruling overturning Prop 8.

DeMaio also supports abortion, and fails to criticize the abortion industry's extreme agenda of abortion on demand up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

As a member of Congress, Carl DeMaio hopes to press his agenda further — remaking the Republican Party into one advocating for genderless marriage and abortion.

That is not what America needs, or what the Republican Party stands for. That's why we strongly urge you to oppose Carl DeMaio on Tuesday. We can't take a risk of a candidate like DeMaio becoming a role model for young people who will be pressured by today's culture of moral relativism to follow his lead on critical social issues.

Many people agree with us that DeMaio is dead wrong on the social issues, but point out that Scott Peters isn't any better. They talk about DeMaio being a “fiscal conservative” and feel justified in supporting him on that basis.

But that line of thinking was totally upended this week when the US Chamber of Commerce came out and endorsed Scott Peters. They say Peters is the best candidate on fiscal matters. See their new television ad here.

The polls show DeMaio's standing with voters is beginning to slip. Let's do everything in our power to ensure that he is not elected. Please be sure to either skip the Congressional race when you vote, or consider voting for Scott Peters. As a Democrat in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, Peters won't be able to impact anything. We can defeat him with a good candidate in two years. But as a Republican in a House controlled by Republicans, Carl DeMaio can do a great deal of damage, and it will be very difficult to defeat him in the future. Go to www.republicansandindependentsforscottpeters.net for more information.

Please, join us in rejecting Carl DeMaio on Tuesday.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

I Stand Sunday

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Christians across America are joining I Stand Sunday this weekend, November 2, 2014, as speakers from across the nation gather at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas to focus on the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring.

We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city's Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication.

Watch the free, live simulcast above beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday (program duration is approx. 90 minutes), or the rebroadcast at 8:10PM CT/9:10 p.m. ET.

Remember to stand for religious freedom online as well by using the hashtag #IStandSunday.

Stand This Sunday

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I mentioned in a previous email that NOM is partnering with Family Research Council and many other pro-family and faith-based organizations for a special event this Sunday evening: I Stand Sunday.

The website explains why we're gathering in Houston on Sunday and simulcasting this event around the web:

Speakers from across the nation will gather at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas to focus on the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring. We will stand with pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been unduly intimidated by the city's Mayor in demanding they hand over private church communication.

This great event is not to be missed, and NOM will be webcasting it live at 7 PM ET on November 2nd. Click here and bookmark the page if you want to tune in:

It is important that we stand up in the face of attacks on religious liberty and basic first amendment freedoms like we saw in Houston.

It's important because it works.

Just the past few days we've seen examples of how it works...

Remember the story about the school district that told teachers to stop using "gendered phrases such as 'boys and girls'... [or] 'ladies and gentleman'" that I wrote about recently? The policy caused outcry and backlash for the school district that I'm sure they didn't expect. And guess what?

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BACKING DOWN.

Remember the story about the city threatening a married couple of ordained ministers with fines or even jail time if they refused to celebrate same-sex 'marriages'? The Alliance Defending Freedom took up the case, and nationally there was a wave of protest and indignation about this violation of the couple's conscience rights. Well, guess what?

THE CITY IS BACKING DOWN.

And on Sunday, when we gather in Houston with Family Research Council and the pastors who were unjustly targeted with intimidation and threats by the Mayor, we won't just be calling attention to the cause of religious liberty and the dangers it faces—we'll also be, in a small way, celebrating. Because, guess what?

THE MAYOR IS BACKING DOWN.

Of course we cannot allow such victories as these to lull us into complacency. We must continue to fight for the cause of marriage and for conscience rights and protection of religious liberty.

On the other hand, though, we must also allow these stories to encourage us to keep up that fight.

These shifts show us that we still have the power to make a difference for the better when we stand together and with one voice speak up for the Truth. They show us that we need to continue to stand together, and stand together more closely and more firmly than before.

That why I would ask you today, if you haven't done so already, to please consider giving a generous gift to our matching gift campaign. Stand together today with so many marriage supporters like you that have already given, and with the generous donor that has pledged to match your gift dollar-for-dollar and double its impact.

We know that, united, we can make a difference. Together, we can win victories—not just this November, but on the broader political, legal, and social landscape. Our voice and our values still have power in this great nation, and our Constitution—despite the beating its taken from activist judges and a radically corrupt federal government—still protects the rights we have to stand up and to speak out for marriage as God designed it.

Thank you for standing with us—this Sunday in Houston, on November 4th, and throughout the year!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Only Five Short Days...

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There are only five short days left before the November election.

So many of the races for the US Senate are too close to call—Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina...

So many of these races could be turned by making marriage a key election issue in states that are caught in the crosshairs of the radical movement to redefine marriage!

The winner in these races will likely be the one who best turns out the voters. And NOM is launching our final get-out-the-vote efforts right now... mobilizing the millions of Americans all across the country who believe in and are willing to stand up to defend marriage!

Won’t you please help us turn out the conservative base that values life and marriage by making a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more right away?

Remember, through November 4th, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, DOUBLING the effectiveness of your gift!

What better way to impact key races all across the country?

Many of the candidates in these close races are fighting off the Chicago-model Obama machine, which is pouring in money and mobilizing activists from other parts of the country to ensure their ideology — with redefining marriage at the very top of their liberal agenda — is imposed on ordinary people like you and me.

Marriage Supporter, we must do everything in our power to ensure that doesn’t happen!

A pro-marriage majority in the Senate will allow us to advance critical pro-marriage legislation. It will be a powerful check on the Obama Administration’s stealth campaign to redefine marriage through executive order and "regulation." And it will be an obstacle to Obama appointing extremist, activist federal judges to the bench who are willing to throw out the votes of millions of Americans because they arrogantly believe their personal views trump the outcome of elections in over thirty states where voters have stood for the truth of marriage.

Please click here right away to make a generous donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


National Organization for Marriage SuperPac Launches TV Ad in Arkansas Opposing Mark Pryor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Tom Cotton will fight for marriage while Mark Pryor cannot be trusted. We urge Arkansas voters who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman to cast their votes for Tom Cotton." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage Victory Fund has launched a television commercial in Arkansas revealing that US Senator Mark Pryor's claimed support for traditional marriage cannot be trusted in light of his obvious attempts to avoid answering questions about his current position, and the statements of a lesbian leader that Pryor told her he was not opposed to same-sex marriage. The ad is running statewide.

"For years Senator Mark Pryor has claimed to support traditional marriage, but his commitment to fight for marriage has been seriously undermined by his refusal to answer questions about his current position in light of a court decision finding the Arkansas marriage amendment unconstitutional," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Of even greater concern are comments by a prominent lesbian leader who says Pryor has told her he does not oppose gay marriage, but just can't talk about the issue right now. This powerful new ad exposes Pryor for this duplicity."

When confronted by a reporter asking him about the decision of the Arkansas Supreme court to overturn their amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, an obviously anxious Pryor said he had to leave, and then told the reporter that since the matter is in the courts, "we'll see what happens." Meanwhile, prominent gay activist Bailey Bibb, head of the state's Stonewall Democrats, told an undercover reporter that Pryor explained to her, "It's not something we can talk about. I'm not against it."

"Marriage is a critical issue for Arkansans and could prove to be the decisive issue in this race," Brown said. "Tom Cotton will fight for marriage while Mark Pryor cannot be trusted. We urge Arkansas voters who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman to cast their votes for Tom Cotton."

[Ed.: The ad can be viewed here online.]

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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.

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Please spread the word about Carl DeMaio's Flawed Positions on Marriage and Life

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In recent days, there's been much discussion about the explosive sexual harassment allegations against Carl DeMaio. If proven true, these allegations would disqualify him from holding any office, rendering him another Bob Filner.

But NOM wants to remind you about the positions that Carl DeMaio has taken on marriage and life that also ought to render him unfit for office. You see, DeMaio thinks it's fine for a single federal judge in San Francisco to substitute his views of marriage and throw out the votes of over 7 million Californians who voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman when they passed Proposition 8.

Carl DeMaio thinks its fine that elected officials like Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris have violated their sworn oath of office and refused to defend Prop 8 in court, even though it passed fair and square.

I guess DeMaio's position is not so far off from other liberal Democrats who ignore the law and push a radical agenda — like Gavin Newsom, who infamously issued same-sex marriage licenses from San Francisco City Hall.

But Carl DeMaio is not campaigning as a Democrat — he claims to be a Republican!

That's the last thing that we need — a gay marriage-supporting, abortion-embracing “Republican” who will serve as a role model for kids.

That's why NOM urges you to oppose the election of Carl DeMaio for the US House of Representatives. Refuse to vote for him. Either skip that race entirely, or hold your nose and vote for Democrat Scott Peters.

Peters is no better that DeMaio on the issues, but as a Democrat in a House controlled by Republicans Peters won't be able to impact anything. We can defeat him in two years. However, as a Republican in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, Carol DeMaio will be in a position to do great damage. You can get more information at www.republicansandindependentsforscottpeters.net

This past weekend we delivered phone calls to thousands of voters urging them to oppose Carl DeMaio. You can listen to the call here. Please forward this to all your friends and family who live in California's 52nd Congressional District.

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There's just one week left in this election to get the word out. Please contact everyone you know in the district and urge them to oppose Carl DeMaio.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


"To Change the Face and Voice of America's Politics"

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There is less than a week left until the mid-term elections, and the race between Richard Tisei and Seth Moulton in the Massachusetts 6th is a close one, by all accounts a ‘race to watch.' I write today to tell you that it essential that you NOT vote for Republican Richard Tisei, and in fact consider supporting the Democrat, Seth Moulton.

Both Moulton and Tisei are anti-life.

Both are in favor of radically redefining marriage.

One is a Democrat, and one is a Republican.

So why is NOM urging Massachusetts voters to oppose the Republican Tisei and to vote instead for his Democratic opponent? Because the difference matters in ways we cannot count.

Consider one of Tisei's endorsements as a case-in-point: he has gained the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. This organization says that it "works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America's politics."

But let's be clear: it is the politics of the Republican Party that the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund wishes to change with Tisei's election—and that's what makes his defeat so critical.

On the organization's blog, they state quite openly what earns Tisei their endorsement:

Tisei has shown that he is willing to stand up for equality within his party's caucus, and if elected to the U.S. Congress, will give the LGBT community a much-needed voice in the GOP.

Those words—"within his party's caucus"—are the critical words. It is within the GOP's own strategy meetings and consultations where Tisei is sought to be a "voice" for the political goals of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

And what kind of goals would he push? What kind of values will he give voice? Again, consider the track record that the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund highlights for Tisei, and decide for yourself:

He has worked with MassEquality and pro-marriage legislators to help whip votes in support of marriage equality, and co-sponsored a gender identity non-discrimination bill.

This, indeed, would be "to change the face and voice" of the GOP's politics! The Republican party states clearly in its platform that marriage is the union of one man and one woman; Tisei, according to the hopes of his supporters, would work to undermine and change this platform conviction from within the party itself.

On the other hand, Tisei's opponent, Seth Moulton, is no better than Tisei on the issues. But as a Democrat in a House controlled by Republicans, Moulton wouldn't be able to impact anything. Furthermore, we could defeat him in two years. Tisei, however, as a Republican within a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, would be in a position to do great damage to the integrity of the party's platform and the pro-life and pro-family policies for which the party stands!

Please share this information today with everyone you know in Massachusetts and urge them to oppose Tisei's election, even if that means voting for his Democratic challenger.

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A vote for Moulton would have little impact on the critical issues of marriage and life, either for the state of Massachusetts or for the nation. But a vote for Tisei would, in a very real way, "change the face and voice of America's politics"—precisely by silencing our voice, yours and mine, where the message of marriage and life needs most to be heard!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Game Changer

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

For too long, the Republican establishment has given lip service to protecting marriage but has not been willing to lead. A consultant class that has already helped spend billions of dollars on a failing 'economics'-only campaign strategy is trying to foist this same failed strategy on the party yet again.

Will you let them?

NOM is proud today to announce the launch of a new SuperPAC, the NOM Victory Fund, to put real money into winning key Senate races this election cycle.

We know that marriage is a winning issue with voters. And we're willing to do what the establishment won't do: create and distribute hard-hitting ads that take down liberals like North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan for trashing her own voters by supporting judicial tyranny and the redefinition of marriage.

This new ad supporting Thom Tillis is a game changer in this race. We know that North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Just hours ago, the venerable North Carolina polling group Civitas released results from a survey showing that support for traditional marriage has ACTUALLY INCREASED since 2012 when 62 percent of voters chose to amend the constitution to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman. North Carolina voters are irate that judges are attempting to impose their redefinition of marriage on the State.

And Thom Tillis is standing strong, fighting with all of his strength to defend the voters—even leading the legislature to intervene to defend North Carolina's laws.

But here's the deal. We're almost the only ones trying to highlight the winning issue of marriage in this race... and we're totally outspent. We have just one week to increase our ad buy and prove the establishment wrong.

Please click here to make a generous contribution to the NOM Victory Fund today and help us make the game-changing play in this race and in other key races around the nation.

With your help, we'll show the Republican establishment—and the nation—that marriage is still an election issue, and that those who support marriage can win elections by doing so!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


National Organization for Marriage Launches New Super PAC to Defeat Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor, Oppose Republicans who Betray Marriage

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


"Supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a winning issue and we believe it can play a pivotal role in defeating Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced the formation of a new Super PAC to campaign against incumbent US Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), and to oppose Republican candidates who abandon support for marriage.

"The National Organization for Marriage Victory Fund will spend $200,000 this week in just the North Carolina and Arkansas Senate contests," said Brian Brown, President of NOM. "Today we're announcing the launch of a powerful new television ad that puts marriage front and center in the race, contrasting the leadership of Thom Tillis in getting the North Carolina marriage amendment on the ballot with Kay Hagan's opposition to it. Moreover, Hagan was the person who hand-picked the federal judge who invalidated the North Carolina marriage amendment without so much as giving voters a day in court."

The television ad, "Kay Hagan's Judge," runs statewide as of October 28th. It was produced in concert with the NC Values Coalition with whom NOM worked to pass the marriage amendment.

The North Carolina Marriage Amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was enacted in 2012 with 61% of the vote. When the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case invalidating the Virginia marriage amendment, federal District Court Judge Max Cogburn ruled the North Carolina amendment unconstitutional. The people of North Carolina were never permitted to defend the amendment.

NOM also announced that, along with the NC Values Coalition, they had sent a mailer to well over 100,000 supporters of marriage in the state pointing out the differences between Tillis and Hagan on marriage as well as abortion. Thom Tillis is reliably pro-life but Kay Hagan is a strong supporter of the extreme agenda of the abortion lobby.

"For too long, we've watched as GOP consultants and the elite have told candidates to avoid mention of social issues, leaving them to be defined by their opponents and failing to excite the base that is responsible for winning elections," Brown said. "So the NOM Victory Fund will work independently of candidates and campaign on the marriage issue in key races like in North Carolina and Arkansas. Supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a winning issue and we believe it can play a pivotal role in defeating Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor."

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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 Wants You to Vote For Him, But He Totally Disrespects Your Vote

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Carl DeMaio, who claims to be a Republican, apparently doesn't see the irony in asking you to vote for him. See, DeMaio has praised a process that stripped 7 million Californians of their votes in favor of Proposition 8 without even a defense being mounted by our elected officials. The opinion of one federal judge in San Francisco has been imposed on California in direct opposition to the decision of voters. And Carl DeMaio is fine with this judicial activism that stripped Californians of their votes because it aligns with his own agenda of redefining marriage.

The truth is that in Carl DeMaio's world, it's not about you, it's about him. DeMaio doesn't care about your votes on important issues like marriage, he only cares about getting you to vote for him.

Carl DeMaio is wrong on marriage, just as he is wrong on abortion. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to fight what the platform called the "twin relics of barbarism" — slavery and polygamy. It was, and is, a party committed to campaigning for moral truths, and the truth of marriage as the faithful union of one man and one woman has been part of our beliefs since the founding of the GOP.

If Carl DeMaio is elected, we're going to have someone in Washington with a platform the tear our beliefs to shreds. Nobody in the media is going to care about his position on pension reform, they're going to give him a national platform to campaign against marriage and life. He will be featured on all the national news shows and will be featured by the leftist media as a "new Republican" to be role model for young people.

We have one chance to stop this, and it's right now. If DeMaio wins on November 4th, it will be extremely difficult to remove him once he gets access to all the corporate money and power structures that typically go to incumbents.

The National Organization for Marriage urges you to refuse to vote for Carl DeMaio. In fact, we ask you to vote for incumbent Scott Peters, even though Peters is also wrong on the issues. The reason for this is that Peters can't do any damage as a Democrat in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, and we can work together to elect a true conservative in two years to replace him. But Carl DeMaio serving as a supposed Republican in a House controlled by Republicans can do great damage, and could end up holding the seat for decades.

Please go to www.republicansandindependentsforscottpeters.net for more information. And please, whatever votes you cast on November 4th, do NOT vote for Carl DeMaio.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


ICYMI: Making Marriage Meaningless (VIDEO)

Here's a terrific new video with a clear, concise message about the meaning of marriage and why it is best for both children and society to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

From the Donkey's Mouth: Tisei's Own Words on GOP and Marriage

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Richard Tisei is no conservative.

As you know, NOM has criticized the GOP for promoting a candidate like Tisei, despite his clear opposition to the values of marriage, family, and life that the Republican party platform so strongly supports.

Of course, leftist elites in the media have tried to confuse the issue by claiming that NOM's criticisms of Tisei are based on his being an openly gay man. But this is a red herring. The real objection to Tisei's candidacy is that the values he stands for are not conservative values: something he openly admits!

Tisei went on record with Mother Jones in an interview at the beginning of this month, and what he had to say is more condemning than anything we could point out about his political positions.

Tisei said of himself and fellow gay 'marriage' supporter Carl DiMaio (who is running as a Republican in California):

I think [we] represent the threat that we're people who will be able to... change the Republican Party.

He went on to say:

I think most [GOP] leaders recognize that... eventually the party needs to move in the right direction [on gay marriage]...

... by which, of course, he means a direction of sanctioning and approving the redefinition of marriage. One might ask Tisei what is the point of having two parties at all, if all he wants to do is steer one in the same direction as the other?

So, what do you call a Republican candidate who thinks the Republican party is "going backwards rather than forwards" and wants to "change" the party and "move" it in the opposite direction from its core platform principles?

Well, we call that candidate Richard Tisei: and we call him a candidate utterly unworthy of any conservative's support or vote!

Richard Tisei is wrong on marriage, just as he is wrong on abortion. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to fight what the platform called the "twin relics of barbarism" — slavery and polygamy. It was, and is, a party committed to campaigning for moral truths, and the truth of marriage as the faithful union of one man and one woman has been part of our beliefs since the founding of the GOP.

If Tisei is elected, we're going to have someone in Washington with a platform to tear our beliefs to shreds. Nobody in the media is going to care about his position on economic issues, they're going to give him a national platform to campaign against marriage and life. He will be featured on all the national news shows and will be featured by the leftist media as a "new Republican" to be a role model for young people.

We have one chance to stop this, and it's right now. If Tisei wins on November 4th, it will be extremely difficult to remove him once he gets access to all the corporate money and power structures that typically go to incumbents.

The National Organization for Marriage urges you to refuse to vote for Richard Tisei. In fact, we ask you to vote for the Democratic candidate, Seth Moulton, even though Moulton is also wrong on the issues. The reason for this is that Moulton can't do any damage as a Democrat in a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, and we can work together to elect a true conservative in two years to replace him. But Richard Tisei serving as a supposed Republican in a House controlled by Republicans can do great damage, and could end up holding the seat for decades.

Don't let Richard Tisei sneak a radical agenda into the Republican party. Send the message to him, and to the misguided consultants and politicians who have supported him: marriage is a conservative value, and those that abandon it will NOT receive our vote on November 4th!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Making an Impact

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We're off to a great start! We've already raised over $200,000 in matching funds! But we still have a long way to go!

Won't you please consider making a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 if God has given you the means to help NOM elect marriage champions to office?

With the elections just one week away, NOM is hard at work turning marriage into an election-winning issue...

Television ads have been purchased and will be on the air this week in North Carolina and Arkansas. Automated phone calls have been made in California, Massachusetts and Oregon. Mailers have been sent out in North Carolina and are being sent out in California. And we've been active online, getting information to voters and rallying marriage supporters all across the country to stand up for marriage next Tuesday!

We're already making a tremendous impact, ensuring that your voice and values on marriage are represented this November!

But there is so much more we could do! There are close races for the Senate in Iowa, Kansas, New Jersey, Louisiana and many other states where marriage could make the difference!

With your generous support, we could enter some of these races and make an even bigger impact!

So, please, click here to make a generous donation right away, knowing that your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar and be put to immediate use electing marriage champions to office!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


"Inexplicable Contortions of the Mind"

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

On Tuesday of this week, United States District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez handed down a ruling in a case upholding Puerto Rico's law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

This ruling is the top headline of this week's marriage news.

"Marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order"

The Carter appointee did not fail to acknowledge that his opinion runs contrary to the majority of other Federal courts that have ruled on States' marriage laws since the Windsor decision by the Supreme Court, that struck down Section III of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

But in acknowledging this, Pérez-Giménez spoke of a "misapprehension that has plagued our sister courts." Specifically, he said that all of these decisions have blatantly ignored binding Supreme Court precedent from the Baker v. Nelson decision of 1972.

Baker essentially says the U.S. Constitution is silent on the issue of same-sex 'marriage'—which is a far cry from what activist judges have claimed over the last several months, that same-sex 'marriage' is somehow mandated by the 14th amendment!

Pérez-Giménez points out that this absurd claim is distinctly refuted by Baker, and that only the Supreme Court can contradict or overturn Baker, which they have not done. Furthermore, he notes that the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs Puerto Rico, explicitly recognized this only just two years ago! It will be interesting to watch this case as it will most surely be appealed to the First Circuit, and to see whether the Judges on that court will have the integrity to bind themselves by their own very recent logic.

Pérez-Giménez describes the "inexplicable contortions of the mind or perhaps even willful ignorance" that seem to have guided other Judges to the conclusion that the Supreme Court, in Windsor, signaled a constitutional demand for marriage to be redefined.

But the real beauty in this judge's decision is how he links the ideas of marriage and the rule of law itself, and points out that his fellow judges who have acted to redefine marriage have also showed a shameful disregard for the way in which our legal system works.

Allow me to quote at length from his conclusion [emphasis added]:

There are some principles of logic and law that cannot be forgotten.

Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law. Traditional marriage is 'exclusively [an] opposite-sex institution... inextricably linked to procreation and biological kinship.' Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.

Those are the well-tested, well-proven principles on which we have relied for centuries. The question now is whether judicial 'wisdom' may contrive methods by which those solid principles can be circumvented or even discarded.

A clear majority of courts have struck down statutes that affirm opposite-gender marriage only. In their ingenuity and imagination they have constructed a seemingly comprehensive legal structure for this new form of marriage. And yet what is lacking and unaccounted for remains: are laws barring polygamy, or, say the marriage of fathers and daughters, now of doubtful validity? Is 'minimal marriage,' where 'individuals have legal marital relationships with more than one person, reciprocally or asymmetrically, themselves determining the sex and number of parties' the blueprint for their design? [...] It would seem so, if we follow the plaintiffs' logic, that the fundamental right to marriage is based on 'the constitutional liberty to select the partner of one's choice.'

Of course, it is all too easy to dismiss such concerns as absurd or of a kind with the cruel discrimination and ridicule that has been shown toward people attracted to members of their own sex. But the truth concealed in these concerns goes to the heart of our system of limited, consent-based government: those seeking sweeping change must render reasons justifying the change and articulate the principles that they claim will limit this newly fashioned right.

For now, one basic principle remains: the people, acting through their elected representatives, may legitimately regulate marriage by law.

I encourage you to read the entire decision and to share it with your friends. The clear logic and devotion to the truth, and the dedication to the integrity of our legal system, are a breath of fresh air compared to so many other errant decisions that have been issued over the past few months.

Standing Together

Marriage Supporter, I hope the decision from Puerto Rico is an encouragement and an inspiration to you this week, because now more than ever we must continue to stand together in this fight.

You've heard by now of the egregious violations to religious freedom that are cropping up around the nation, such as the case of the minister couple in Idaho who are being threatened with legal punishment unless they consent to act against their religious convictions and officiate same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies!

This is in addition to the Houston Pastors whom the Mayor and other city officials are trying to intimidate as retribution for their opposition to a deplorable "bathroom bill" ordinance.

These unconscionable violations are, unfortunately, one of the consequences of redefining marriage and family into genderless institutions which NOM has warned about for years.

We need to continue standing with those who face these attacks.

But we also need to get out and vote this November and send pro-marriage champions to Washington, D.C. where they will help us to promote a legislative agenda aimed at protecting conscience rights and religious liberty; and where they will lend their support to an amendment to our Constitution that will reestablish the truth of marriage and undo the harm done by so many tyrannical courts over the past two years.

Please — if you can today — make a contribution to NOM so we can continue to do the important work of informing the nation about critical marriage news like the decision by Judge Pérez-Giménez. We need your help to continue being your voice for your values in the public square and in the halls of power.

Thank you continuing to stand firm for marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


SPECIAL EVENT: Stand for Houston Pastors

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The right of churches to speak the truth freely is under threat in Houston.

Five pastors and churches in have had their internal church communications subpoenaed by Mayor Annise Parker. This is part of an intimidation campaign that comes amidst a lawsuit brought by citizens against the city of Houston after a petition from residents was basically thrown out by the city administration.

But none of these pastors or churches are even a party to the lawsuit! This action is simply an attempt to intimidate anyone who has dared to question the city's terrible gender-neutral "bathroom bill" — the ordinance against which the voters signed the petition.

The bottom line, though, is that the government has no business monitoring sermons or prying into the private communications between a pastor and his congregation! The Constitution secures the freedom of the church to proclaim the truth. We can't sit idly by and allow intimidation like this to stand.

That's why The National Organization for Marriage is proud to be a partner in a special nationwide simulcast event, live from Houston:

The event will stream live from Grace Community Church in Houston—one of the affected churches—and will focus on what's happening in that city, as well as other threats to religious freedom around the country. Our aim will be to show how Christians nationwide can stand together in love and unity for America's First Freedom of religious liberty.

Please bring this to the attention of the your church leadership, and encourage them to have your church join with us and churches across the country as we focus on this issue that is crucial to the freedom of the church. If your church is unable to join, there's also a home viewing option, where you can watch with your small group.

Speakers will include:

  • David & Jason Benham, Co-founders, Benham Companies

  • Hernan Castano, Pastor, Iglesia Rios de Aceite — Houston

  • Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention

  • Magda Hermida, Founder, Magda Hermida Ministries

  • Gov. Mike Huckabee, Host of Fox News' Huckabee, former Gov. Arkansas

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

  • Pastor Steve Riggle, Founding Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Houston

  • Alan Robertson, Star of Duck Dynasty

  • Phil Robertson, The Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty

  • Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America

  • Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio

  • Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston

Time is short, but the issue is crucial. The affected pastors and churches in Houston need believers from across the nation standing with them in solidarity for the right to freely proclaim the truth of Scripture. Visit IStandSunday.com to find out how you can be a part of this bold moment of witness to the truth and this historic stance for our most cherished liberties.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown