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The 2015 March for Marriage



Dear Marriage Supporter

What an incredible week. So much has happened, so I'll get right to it:

NOM Gathers Estimated 15,000 for 2015 March for Marriage

On Saturday, marriage supporters poured into our nation's capital to rally and march in support of marriage.

An estimated 15,000 marchers gathered in front of the Capital Building to listen to an inspiring list of speakers. It was an amazing accomplishment... the largest crowd in American history to gather to show their support for marriage.

They came from all across the country and from every walk of life — young and old; Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Jewish and Mormon; Black, White, Hispanic and Asian — to loudly and proudly demonstrate to the justices of the Supreme Court, the media and opinion leaders across the country that the American people continue to support marriage and they expect their votes and values to be respected.

Here is a short video recapping the march. I also encourage you to read the Washington Post's piece about the March.

And to get an insider's view of the March, you can read Austin Ruse's observations.

The March was such a tremendous success because it gave voice to the values held by so many Americans — that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Make no mistake — this was a powerful display of the support marriage enjoys throughout the country... one that the media and the Court could not ignore.

Please check out the March for Marriage website to view photos of the event, or to watch the videos of the individual speakers.

Oral Arguments At The Supreme Court

Speaking of the Supreme Court, we returned there on Tuesday for oral arguments in Obergefell v Hodges — the case where gay activists are seeking to have laws defining marriage as one man and one woman declared unconstitutional.

Leading up to the case, all we heard about was how the Supreme Court was almost certainly going to redefine marriage and how the movement to defend marriage was going to wither and die.

Then, on Tuesday, something remarkable happened... that narrative — instigated by the same-sex 'marriage' lobby and parroted ad nauseum by the media — sputtered and fell flat!

Following hard questions put to both sides — particularly to the lawyers for the plaintiffs by Justice Kennedy, the likely swing vote in the case — even the left-leaning media is being forced to admit that they may suffer a catastrophic loss in this case.

Justice Kennedy expressed grave concerns about changing an institution that has existed for millennia on the pretext that nine individuals "know better" than the judgment of every civilization for millennia.

Justice Roberts pinned down the attorneys for the plaintiffs pointing out that what they were asking the court to do was not simply granting access to same-sex couples, but radically changing the very nature of the institution.

I would strongly encourage you to read Ryan Anderson's excellent analysis of the key points made during Tuesday's oral arguments.

And everyone should pay special attention to something that has received almost no attention whatsoever — the Obama Administration's Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli, when pressed by the justices was forced to admit that there would be serious religious liberty infringements if marriage were to be redefined.

Justice Alito asked Verrilli whether a religious school that believed marriage was the union of husband and wife would lose their non-profit tax status. The solicitor general answered: "It's certainly going to be an issue. I don't deny that. I don't deny that, Justice Alito. It is it is going to be an issue."

Think about the implications of this statement. The Obama Administration would be in a position to simply put out of business any nonprofit group that refused to embrace same-sex 'marriage.'

Moving Forward

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will meet privately to take a preliminary vote on how they will rule in the marriage case. Things could certainly change before they issue their decisions in June, but this is an enormous step in the process.

So please pray for the justices of the Supreme Court. Pray that they be open to the grace and wisdom of God in making their decision and respect the rights of citizens and the institution of marriage. And pray that the Angels watching over them guide and protect them in their deliberations.

As always, thank you for everything you do to defend marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS: The next few months will be pivotal and we have just thrown everything we had into the fight — between the March for Marriage, the Supreme Court fight and our tireless efforts to communicate the truth of marriage through the media — our coffers are empty. It's imperative that the justices and the media hear from us loudly and regularly on behalf of the American people that we expect them to uphold our votes for marriage and the right of voters and legislators to preserve marriage. They need to know that any decision purporting to redefine marriage will be seen as judicial activism and be considered illegitimate.

We've come so far, but the next two months is critical to the fight. Won't you please recommit to the fight to defend marriage at this pivotal juncture by making a generous donation to NOM today?

ICYMI: Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Marriage

ThinkstockPhotos-167195559If you were unable to listen to the arguments brought before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, below is a recording, as well as a link to the transcripts of the articles that were brought forward.

No matter the outcome, the truth about marriage cannot be changed.

Please keep up your prayers and remember that the fight is far from over! As long as there are men and women willing to fight to protect marriage and religious liberty, there will always be hope.

A Fresh Breeze Is Blowing



Dear Marriage Supporter,

What a difference a few days can make. There's a new breeze blowing and it sure is refreshing.

First, NOM was able to bring an estimated 15,000 people to Washington DC this past Saturday for the March for Marriage, where we loudly and proudly demonstrated to the justices of the Supreme Court, the media and opinion leaders that the American people continue to support marriage and they expect their votes and values to be respected.

Then yesterday at the Supreme Court the call for marriage to be redefined — something that we have repeatedly been told is inevitable — sputtered and fell flat.

A few days ago all we were hearing was that it was a certainty that the Supreme Court would redefine marriage. Now even the left is being forced to admit that they may lose because Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote, expressed grave concerns about changing an institution that has existed for millennia on the pretext that "we know better" than the judgment of every civilization for thousands of years.

I don't know if we're going to win before the US Supreme Court, but we certainly have a fighting chance.

What I do know is that the work we at NOM have done with the March for Marriage and everything leading up to the oral arguments yesterday has made a tremendous difference. And I know that our efforts over the next two months may be the most important work we will ever undertake.

You see, the Supreme Court is expected to issue their decision in Obergefell v Hodges — the case where gay activists are seeking to have laws defining marriage as one man and one woman declared unconstitutional — at the end of June. Between now and then, it is imperative that the justices and the media hear from us loudly and regularly on behalf of the American people that we expect them to uphold our votes for marriage and the right of voters and legislators to preserve marriage. They need to know that any decision purporting to redefine marriage will be seen as judicial activism and be considered illegitimate.

We have a lot on our plate right now, and unfortunately few resources with which to conduct our work. You see, with everything that we have thrown into the fight for marriage — between the March for Marriage, the Supreme Court fight and our tireless efforts to communicate the truth of marriage through the media — our coffers are empty.

Marriage Supporter, this is why I have to ask you for a financial contribution at this pivotal time. We've come so far, but the next two months is critical to the fight.

Won't you please recommit to the fight to defend marriage at this pivotal juncture by making a generous donation to NOM today?

We have an incredible amount of work to do in the next two months... preparing for the pending decision by the Supreme Court; launching a nationwide effort to pass legislation to protect people from having to participate in same-sex 'weddings' in states that have redefined marriage (or in the event that the Supreme Court redefines marriage in every state); preparing a new grassroots educational effort we have been developing to help teach people the importance of marriage to society and especially children; pushing a federal constitutional amendment to preserve marriage; working with allies in support of religious liberty legislation; and preparing to make support for marriage a key factor in next year's presidential race.

As I have always said, no politician or judge — not even the US Supreme Court — has the power to redefine marriage. Marriage was created by God at the dawn of Creation to bring the two halves of humanity together for their benefit and to provide the ideal environment for any children born of their union. Marriage is a universal truth and if the marriage movement experiences a Roe type of ruling, then just like the pro-life movement we will pursue the long path to reversing such a ruling. Win or lose before the Supreme Court, we will always fight for marriage.

But clearly and unmistakably, we have a chance to win before the Supreme Court and the next two months could make all the difference.

As people of faith, we were made for times just like these. Won't you please consider renewing your support today with a generous donation?

There is a fresh breeze blowing, my friend. Let's together build on our hard-won momentum and press on to victory.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Millennia



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I just got off the phone with NOM's Chairman, Constitutional Law professor John Eastman, who attended the oral arguments in the Supreme Court this morning.

I have to say, I was encouraged by what he had to say and by the reports coming out of the court this morning!

No doubt, the mainstream media is going to serve up slanted reporting that we're inevitably going to get a ruling establishing a Constitutional right to same-sex 'marriage' in the coming months. Don't be fooled!

The questioning by the justices was extremely encouraging because it focused on what marriage actually is and shows that the justices realize that marriage has existed for and served society well.

Justice Kennedy in particular — likely the swing vote in deciding this case — seemed concerned over nine individuals taking action to overturn something that has existed for millennia. But multiple justices seemed very much in favor of society organically debating the issue and the people determining for themselves the correct course forward with regards to marriage.

Of course, nobody can safely predict the outcome of a case like this — let alone on the basis of oral arguments. And let me make a point I've made before: no court or government has the power to redefine marriage. Marriage has existed before government — it was ordained by God at the Creation of the world — and the Supreme Court cannot redefine it.

Still, what we heard today is encouraging. For months we've endured a barrage of claims that it is "inevitable" that the Supreme Court will issue a ruling imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the entire nation. Yet today's questioning from the justices themselves makes clear nothing is inevitable.

In fact, it was very clear that the justices hearing arguments today understand what's at stake — that this case is about potentially upending an institution that has served society well for millennia. I am encouraged that they will find that the constitution does not prohibit states making laws defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And in so doing, they will restore to the people the power to decide the issue of marriage.

A copy of our press release is here.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS: In a few days the justices will hold a conference and decide how they will rule, an opinion that is expected to be issued at the end of June. Please pray daily that they reach the right decision and find that traditional marriage laws are not unconstitutional.

NOM Encouraged by Supreme Court Arguments; Demands That Justices Uphold Marriage As One Man, One Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (703) 474-6142 [email protected]


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Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's largest organization dedicated solely to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman, today said they were encouraged by the probing questions from the justices and demanded that the Supreme Court find that laws defining marriage as only the union of one man and one woman are fully constitutional. NOM's Chairman, John Eastman, attended the arguments.

"I am extremely encouraged by the questioning, especially from Justice Kennedy, because it focused on what marriage is," said John Eastman, Chairman of NOM. "It shows that the justices realize that marriage has existed for millennia and they have no constitutional basis to redefine it."

Over 50 million Americans have cast ballots in 35 states in support of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Over sixty percent of the electorate in those states voted in favor of traditional marriage. Additionally, numerous state legislatures have acted to define marriage only as the union of one man and one woman. Yet these decisions have been undermined in a series of lower federal court decisions that seek to impose same-sex marriage on the entire nation, despite the preferences of voters and their elected officials.

"The entire spectacle of the same-sex marriage litigation has undermined confidence in the judicial system as activist federal judges around the nation have taken it upon themselves to substitute their own views for the sovereign right of states, expressed through their voters and elected officials, to decide this issue," Eastman said. "We call upon the US Supreme Court to put an end to this judicial tyranny by ruling forthrightly that there is nothing in the US constitution that prevents states from defining marriage in the law as it has existed in reality for millennia — the union of one man and one woman."

NOM filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold traditional marriage laws.

Eastman noted that Justice Kennedy's questioning revealed empathy to claims of discrimination against gays and lesbians as a violation of their human dignity, but that does not mean that he will find that traditional marriage laws discriminate.

"Society has many ways to support the dignity of all its citizens, including gays and lesbians, without redefining marriage," said Eastman. "The Supreme Court does not have the power to change an institution like marriage, which has predated government itself and has always existed to bring the two halves of humanity together to provide the ideal environment for raising children. Marriage is not discriminatory, it is unitive and life-giving, and must be preserved."

The Supreme Court also heard argument on a lesser but still important question of whether states must treat as valid same-sex 'marriages' performed in another state even if their own state does not allow for someone to marry a person of the same-sex.

"A number of justices clearly recognize that forcing states to recognize marriages performed elsewhere that are against their policy risks the result of a single state being able to impose their policy across the country," Eastman said. "States have the right to decide what marriages they will recognize as valid and that right should be respected."

Eastman concluded: "Nobody can safely predict the outcome of a case like this on the basis of oral argument, but we are encouraged that the justices understand what is at stake — upending an institution that has served society well for millennia — and are hopeful that they will find that the constitution does not prevent traditional marriage laws. In doing so, they will restore to the people the power to decide the issue of marriage."

To schedule an interview with John Eastman, NOM's Chairman, or Brian Brown, NOM’s president, contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (703) 474-6142.

Does the Definition of Marriage Matter? Ask the Children

As the Supreme Court decision on marriage continues this week, it is important to remember the group that will be most affected by this decision: our children.

ThinkstockPhotos-471500304Even those who are not married and/or have no children, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, have a stake in this battle, as each child is a future adult who will eventually have a hand in choosing the path of our nation and culture.

So what happens to children if we tell them that gender doesn’t matter? That they don’t need a mother and a father? That children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children raised by heterosexual couples? Brandi Walton, who grew up as an only child in a same-sex household, can tell us exactly what happens:

ThinkstockPhotos-57435315I knew from a young age that living with two women was not natural. I could especially see it in the homes of my friends who had a mom and a dad. I spent as much time with those friends as I possibly could. I yearned for the affection that my friends received from their dads. I wanted to know what it was like to be held and cherished by a man, what it was like to live with one from day to day.

As far as I was concerned, I already had one mother; I did not need another. My dream was that my mother would decide she wanted to be with men again, but obviously that dream did not come true. My grandfathers and uncles did the best they could when it came to spending time with me and doing all the daddy-daughter stuff, but it was not the same as having a full-time father, and I knew it. It always felt secondhand.

Growing up without the presence of a man in my home damaged me personally.

...As an adult, I have tried to talk to my mom about how difficult my life was, but she simply cannot relate because she was raised by a mom and a dad. As a child, I would not have spoken out about the way I was being raised, either. I love my mom. She was the center of my universe and the thought of saying something to outsiders that would have hurt her devastated me. Writing this letter right this very moment is devastating me.

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While adults are clamoring for the definition of marriage to be fundamentally altered, their children are silently crying out for a mother and father. The beautiful innocence of children allows them to see the world with clarity: children don’t care about politics; they don’t care about ethnicity; they don’t care what any judge, politician, or world leader tells them. Children just want their mom and dad.

This Supreme Court decision is not about liberals vs. conservatives, Republicans vs. Democrats, or even about gender: it is about children. Every child deserves to be raised by their mother and their father, and no adult has the right to deny a child either one.

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, one thing is certain: there will always be men and women who will fight to protect the true definition of marriage, and the family: one man and one woman, who together, bring children into this world.

The Most Successful March Ever!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As I mentioned earlier today, over the weekend, we had our most successful March for Marriage ever!

An estimated 15,000 marriage supporters gathered to hear a wonderful panel of speakers and afterwards march to the Supreme Court to make their voices heard: that the American people believe in marriage between one man and one woman and demand that the Supreme Court respect their votes and values and uphold marriage!

I wanted to share the success of the March with you today...

You can see some incredible images of yesterday's March on the March for Marriage website's photostream.

And you can listen to the wonderful speakers that graced us with their presence and words on the NOM YouTube page playlist.

If you'd like to read a little bit about the March, here are two interesting takes... the first from the Washington Post, and the second from our friend Austin Ruse in Breitbart News.

Marriage Supporter, I cannot adequately express to you how encouraging and joyful Saturday's March was.

Thank you again to everyone who made it possible — our amazing co-sponsoring organizations, our coalition and media partners, and especially the thousands upon thousands of marriage supporters from all across the country — Black, White, Latino and Asian; young and old — who made the sacrifice to march for this most precious institution.

God bless you all.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

National Organization for Marriage officials Available to Media Following US Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (703) 474-6142 [email protected]


nom_logo Washington, DC. — Top officials from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s largest organization devoted to preserving traditional marriage, will be available on April 28th immediately following the conclusion of oral arguments presented to the US Supreme Court on the constitutionality of state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. NOM led campaigns for traditional marriage laws in numerous states and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging them to uphold marriage.

 Brian Brown, President National Organization for MarriageWHEN:Tuesday, April 27, 2015WHERE:Washington, DC

WHO: John Eastman, Chairman National Organization for Marriage

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (703) 474-6142.

Stand With Us Tomorrow at the Supreme Court!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

On Saturday we had an amazing March for Marriage — our biggest and most successful ever! There were approximately 15,000 marchers present! Thank you to everyone who participated... I will be sending you pictures, videos and news stories about it soon.

But first, we still have some work to do...

Tomorrow, April 28, 2015, is the day the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v Hodges to determine whether or not states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

NOM, along with Alliance Defending Freedom and numerous other family groups, will be present at the Supreme Court tomorrow morning to demonstrate.

If you are able to come into DC and participate, I would encourage you to do so to help us have a strong contingent of marriage supporters present on this historic day.

We will be rallying at 10:00 am, but I encourage you to come early, as there will likely be thousands of demonstrators — from both sides — present.

And if you cannot attend, I ask that you keep NOM, those at the rally, and the lawyers representing our case to the justices of the Supreme Court in your prayers during the hours they will be arguing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

The Virtual March for Marriage!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Virtual March is an essential part of the 2015 March for Marriage and I'm extremely grateful that you have signed up to be a part of our overall efforts to defend marriage!

The Virtual March is a way of demonstrating national support for marriage, united to those of us fortunate enough to be in Washington, DC on April 25th, as we march to the Supreme Court.

Here are some specific actions you can take to help us make this most critical March for Marriage a tremendous success:

1) Today and tomorrow, spread the word about the Virtual March and the March for Marriage thorough your social media accounts — Facebook, Twitter, etc. Please use the hashtag #marching4marriage in your posts — to create a greater groundswell of support for marriage all across the country. Urge everyone who can attend the March to do so on Saturday, and those who cannot to join you in signing up to be a part of the Virtual March. Specifically, please post about WHY you are supporting the March.

2) On the day of the March, please take a picture of yourself demonstrating support for marriage — you can hold a sign up, or wear a white bow, for example — and send them to [email protected] We will post the photos on the March website.

3) Tune in to the live stream of the March, brought to you by our official media sponsor, Life Site News, tomorrow, April 25th, at noon eastern time. The broadcast will be streamed on the March website.

Thank you so much for all that you do to defend marriage! And thank you in advance for all your help in making tomorrow's March for Marriage an incredible success!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

NOM Announces Speakers and Special Guests for 2015 March for Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2015
Contact: Paul Bothwell (703) 474-6142 [email protected]


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Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced its lineup of speakers and special guests for the 2015 March for Marriage scheduled for this Saturday, April 25th, beginning at Third Street and the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the Washington Mall. The speakers and special guests reflect a heavy emphasis on communities of faith and include Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the official representative of Pope Francis, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and prominent leaders of the Church of God in Christ and various protestant Christian denominations, along with representatives of numerous pro-family organizations.

"The outpouring of support from the faith and pro-family communities has been amazing, and is a reflection of how important we see this opportunity to demand of the justices of the US Supreme Court that they respect our values and our votes in support of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "We are especially honored to welcome Pope Francis' representative who stands with leaders of other Christian denominations and pro-family organizations in support of marriage."

The March for Marriage, the third such march, is scheduled three days before the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case that could preserve traditional marriage laws throughout the country, or impose same-sex 'marriage' in every state in the nation. Speakers and special guests attending the march include:

  • Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz of New York
  • Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, The Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the United States of America and The Organization of American States
  • Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
  • Most Reverend John Joseph McIntyre, Titular Bishop of Bononia and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Philadelphia
  • Rev. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, CA
  • Reverend Brandon B. Porter, Prelate of the Tennessee Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ
  • Tom Minnery, President & CEO of CitizenLink
  • Jennifer A. Marshall, Vice President for The Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
  • Reverend Bill Owens, Founder and President of the Coalition of African American Pastors
  • Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council
  • Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel
  • Carlos Luis Vargas Silva, Founder and President, Central Biblico Internacional
  • Reverend Father Johannes Jacobse, Founder of the American Orthodox Institute and Pastor, Saint Peter Orthodox Church in Bonita Springs, FL
  • John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage
  • Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage

"We expect thousands of pro-marriage Americans, the largest crowd yet to attend a pro-marriage march, to come to Washington to show their support for traditional marriage," said Brian Brown. "We are honored that so many prominent leaders of faith and pro-family communities are lending their presence and prestige to the event. NOM is proud to march with each of them."

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact Paul Bothwell, [email protected], (703) 474-6142.

Senator Jim DeMint Video Supporting The March for Marriage!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Former Senator Jim DeMint, now the president of the Heritage Foundation, has just released a new video on why he and the Heritage Foundation are supporting the March for Marriage... and why you should as well.

You can see the video here.

The March is TOMORROW... and it will the most important March we've ever done... taking place just days before the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a case that could decide whether or not the Constitution allows American citizens the right to pass laws defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

If at all possible, please make plans to join us tomorrow at noon at the Capitol reflecting pool in Washington, DC for our rally and March. If you cannot join us, please sign up to be a part of the Virtual March for Marriage and tune in on Saturday at noon eastern time to watch the live stream of the March on the March for Marriage website.

Thank you so much for all that you do to defend marriage! And thank you in advance for all your help in making tomorrow's March for Marriage an incredible success!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Louisiana Governor Stands Strong Against Same-Sex Marriage

“Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values and they tip the scales to our liberal opponents at every opportunity,” wrote Jindal. “Liberals have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box, they will win in the boardroom. It’s a deliberate strategy. And it’s time for corporate America to make a decision.” - Gov. Bobby Jindal

J000287As Americans across our nation prepare for the March for Marriage this Saturday, April 25th, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has bravely defended his stance on marriage in one of the most high-profile media publications out there: The New York Times’ Opinion Pages.

Politico covers Gov. Jindal’s piece:

The Republican 2016 hopeful penned an op-ed with the headline “I’m holding firm against gay marriage.” It accused “radical liberals” of teaming up with businesses to push same-sex marriage and other LGBT protections that he believes threaten religious liberty. As evidence, the Louisiana Republican pointed to the widespread public outcry that earlier this year pushed both Arkansas and Indiana to insert anti-discrimination protections into their religious freedom laws.

Jindal expressed support for a new bill in Louisiana called the “Marriage and Conscience Act” that would allow private businesses and institutions to refuse service based on their own definitions of marriage without the threat of government action. He called on conservatives to harness their traditional alliance with corporate interests to halt progressives’ momentum on pushing LGBT protections.

“This strategy requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters,” Jindal wrote, calling for a new “grand bargain.”

You can read Jindal’s original piece here. And in case there was any doubt, Jindal makes his intention transparently clear:

As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.

Well said, Gov. Jindal. We couldn't agree more.

Differing Opinions Are Not Welcome at John Hopkins University

Andrew Guernsey, a political science and classics major at John Hopkins University, reports via National Review that John Hopkins has launched another attack on individuals who hold conservative beliefs. This week, JHU’s student government voted to ban any hypothetical future Chick-fil-A outlet from their campus.

The student government allegedly disagrees with the personal opinions of the fast food chain’s owner on the topic of marriage. Guernsey, president of the student group Johns Hopkins University Voice for Life, explains why the student government’s decision is so dangerous:

ThinkstockPhotos-187643976The student government’s vote went beyond merely expressing support for same-sex marriage. The Chick-fil-A ban seeks to introduce unprecedented discrimination against companies owned by religious conservatives into the university’s contracting policies, even though only a few years ago, prominent liberals like Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama had held the same views on marriage. In banning Chick-fil-A from campus for “homophobia,” the JHU student government is only a short step from similarly giving the boot to socially conservative Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, and Jewish student groups from campus, as we have seen happen at Vanderbilt University, the 23 campuses of California State University, and others throughout the country.

In a free-market economy, the company that makes the best food at the lowest price usually wins more business. At a university, the robust free market of thought similarly should allow the best ideas to win out in an unfettered debate. The Chick-fil-A ban hurts both types of free market on campus. If the argument for redefining marriage into a genderless contract for any two consenting adults is so strong, then advocates for it should not need the student government’s version of the thought police to silence dissenting voices.

Guernsey is absolutely correct: silencing dissenting voices is an affront to the American university system. JHU’s message is crystal clear: any students who disagree with their opinion are not welcome on Johns Hopkins' campus. It is no shock, but it is a shame. There are many brilliant students at JHU who should be given the opportunity to hear both sides of an argument and make the decision for themselves. While Johns Hopkins may have seemingly “silenced” potential dissenting voices, it won’t last.

Truth can never be fully silenced nor destroyed. The student government at Hopkins can spin their decisions any way they want, but sharp students like Guernsey can see exactly what their real intention is: discrimination, all in the name of “tolerance.”

What Opposing Religious Freedom Really Means

In The Federalist op-ed, Iowa pastor Christopher Neuendorf asserts: “Disagreements are a part of life. As we constantly hear, diversity is built into American culture, and that includes diversity of opinion. I can deal with that. I don’t need everyone to agree with me in order to be a functional member of society.”

With the recent outrage over state laws protecting religious freedom, Rev. Neuendorf identifies a grave concern: in denouncing RFRAs, the rights of any religious individual to exist in our society are being denounced.

ThinkstockPhotos-77872409I’m not exaggerating. I’m not indulging in hyperbole. This is what you’re saying when you post on social media that you are outraged with Indiana’s efforts to protect religious freedom: that I, your family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, fellow citizen, am no longer allowed to exist in your world. I must conform myself to your way of thinking, or face financial ruin and ostracism.

Consider what Indiana’s RFRA offered before Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his fellow lawmakers neutered it: if sued by a same-sex couple for refusing to provide goods and services that constitute helping celebrate a same-sex wedding, business owners might find protection from devastating lawsuits. Or they might not. It’s up to a judge, and of course we’ve learned not to hope for too much sympathy from our courts these days. But even the potential that a business owner might get away with such stand without facing total annihilation is intolerable to our passionate defenders of non-discrimination.

It doesn’t matter how much we protest that we’re not talking about denying goods and services to our homosexual neighbors as homosexuals. It doesn’t matter that any Christian business would graciously serve food, baked goods, flowers, or any other commodity to any homosexual person who might enter that establishment. It doesn’t matter that we’re talking only about those limited circumstances in which we are expected to become actively involved in the celebration of behavior that our conscience insists is sinful. Such protestations consistently fall on deaf ears.

Rev. Neuendorf has struck on the heart of the “new intolerance”: no one who disagrees is allowed to continue living and working in our society. This is a blatant attempt to justify silencing any opposition. But the “new intolerance” will never be able to change the truth, no matter how aggressively they attack. No matter what, the voices of the American people will still ring loud and clear, for marriage, for truth, and for freedom.