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.
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.
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.'
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.
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?