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NOM to Query Presidential Candidates Today



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm writing with big news. This evening I will be in Des Moines, Iowa for the last major pro-family forum of presidential candidates before the Iowa Caucuses. NOM is a co-sponsor of the Presidential Family Forum, and I will have the opportunity to ask the candidates to expound on their position in support of marriage and religious liberty, and to help Americans better understand how these candidates would govern when it comes to these issues.

NOM has co-sponsored two previous presidential forums in Iowa this year. This is an example of the leadership we exert, both publicly and behind the scenes, to restore marriage to its rightful place in the law and to protect supporters of marriage from harassment and discrimination. You see, electing a pro-marriage champion as president is the fastest way to reverse the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage, and to ensuring that the government does not discriminate against supporters of traditional marriage.

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Our work on your behalf and on behalf of all Americans who believe in marriage is dependent upon your financial support. We don't have billionaires contributing to our cause; we depend on grassroots support from you and others. Please consider making a contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100 or even $250 or more so that we can continue to exert critical leadership to restore marriage and protect the rights of all people who support God's design for marriage — the union of one man and one woman.

The forum tonight is the granddaddy of all the events we helped sponsor in Iowa. Not only will candidates have to answer direct questions about pro-family issues, but we will have the opportunity to better understand their worldview when it comes to our issues, and to lay bare how that viewpoint would influence their approach to governing. Here's how the website for the event describes tonight's forum: "It's the last call. It's the big one. And best of all, it's the one where politics take a backseat, worldviews get stripped bare, and hearts are revealed for all to see. It's the one where you get to see what really makes the candidates tick."

I am excited to be able to ask the candidates about marriage, and their responses will be very influential in any future actions NOM might take in the run-up to the presidential vote.

Will you please chip in a donation of $15 or more right now? Your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor. It's really important that we hear from you today.

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NOM recognized early on that the election of the next president would be a pivotal moment in determining if reversing the Supreme Court's ruling takes several years or several decades. There's no doubt that eventually the lie of same-sex marriage will make itself clear to people as they witness the reality of children suffering under a viewpoint that strips marriage of gender-complementarity and denies children the love of one of their natural parents. But we have the opportunity in 2016 to take a major step to avoid a 40-year battle as we've had to wage on life in the wake of Roe v Wade, and take a decisive step toward remaking the US Supreme Court when several justices who voted to redefine marriage retire during the next presidential term, which they are expected to do. It could take as few as just one new Supreme Court justice to reverse the marriage decision!

This is why we have devoted considerable time and resources to examining the candidates and to really understanding their views. It's imperative that the next president appoint judges who will reverse the Obergefell ruling that redefined marriage, and who will take actions as president to protect the right of individuals and states to act in support of marriage. So we've issued our Presidential Pledge that has been signed by several leading candidates, and also encouraged grassroots Americans to sign The People's Marriage Pledge. We've worked behind the scenes to learn as much as possible about each candidate's true character when it comes to fighting for marriage, and we've helped support major public forums so that Americans can see for themselves how the candidates engage the marriage issue.

Our ability to influence the presidential election is entirely dependent on whether you give us the resources to do so. We don't have big labor unions or corporate billionaires, but if we can convince thousands of grassroots Americans to stand with us, then we can make a tremendous difference. Please be one of those with the determination to stand, and make your most generous donation to NOM. Your gift of $15, $25, $50, $75 or $100 or more will be put to immediate use, and will be matched by a generous donor.

For a long while we've seen politicians get away with paying lip service to the issues we care deeply about. Many claim to be "pro life" and "pro marriage" but few actually do anything about it. We can't settle for lip service any longer! We need a president who is truly committed to leading and taking concrete action to restore marriage:

  • A president who will advocate for a federal marriage amendment;
  • A president who is committed to overturning the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court redefining marriage;
  • A president who will sign the First Amendment Defense Act into law;
  • A president who will reverse improper actions by the Obama Administration advancing a redefinition of marriage;
  • A president who will champion the truth of marriage as a profoundly important institution for men and women, and especially any children born of their union.

As I get ready to engage the candidates tonight in Des Moines, please let me know that you are standing with me. Please make a generous contribution today to support NOM.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Every dollar you are able to contribute to us will be doubled thanks to a generous donor. Your $25 contribution becomes $50, and your gift of $100 will result in NOM receiving $200. As we get ready to make a major push to elect a pro-marriage champion as president, please give generously.


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YouTube Names NOM Video Among Best for "Fair Use"

The YouTube website has named a video produced by NOM, "No Offense," as among four of the best examples of creators applying the "Fair Use" doctrine. "Fair Use" affords content creators the ability to use short segments of copyrighted material without permission for purposes of commentary, criticism, parody and news reporting, among other uses.

NOM produced the "No Offense" video in 2009 to highlight the outrageous treatment given to Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean. Prejean was asked by gay blogger Perez Hilton about gay 'marriage.' She responded that, 'no offense to anyone' but she believed marriage was between one man and one woman. Perez went on to ridicule her with vulgar insults and highly offensive language. The video served to educate people about the attempts by gay activists to silence supporters of marriage.

Until now, YouTube has operated a highly criticized approach to copyright claims, essentially taking down videos whenever a claim of copyright violation is made. Thus, copyright claims become a weapon in public debate where these claims prevent the public from seeing videos that discuss critical issues. In contrast, commercial advertising stations rarely take down material employing a "fair use" of copyrighted material, and certainly never without giving the creator an opportunity for input.

YouTube has now pledged to help video creators defend against improper take down demands when the creator has properly applied the "Fair Use" doctrine in the use of copyrighted material. Our video is an example to creators of how to fairly use copyrighted material.

This situation with YouTube is but one example of how hard NOM has to fight to get our position on marriage out into the public domain. Opponents of marriage continue to wish to silence us and other believers in the truth of marriage. We are pleased that YouTube has recognized our work as among the best to utilize copyrighted material in commentary and criticism.

Stop University Inquisition Against Pro-Marriage, Pro-Children’s Rights Professor



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Robert Oscar Lopez is a tenured professor at California State University, Northridge, raised by lesbian parents, who has become an outspoken supporter of marriage and the inherent rights of children to know and be loved by their own mother and father. His is the rare voice in academia willing to speak up for marriage and the rights of children. This has made him a ferocious target of gay and lesbian activists bent on silencing him.

Unless we act today to stop these activists, Professor Lopez could face drastic punishment simply for facilitating a discussion about the rights of children in marriage and family relationships.

The taxpayer-funded university where Professor Lopez teaches launched an inquisition against him, claiming he retaliated against students who complained of alleged "anti-gay" and "anti-women" discrimination after voluntarily attending a conference he helped organized at the Reagan Library. The conference was called, "Bonds that Matter" and featured speakers discussing family issues and the rights of children. When confronted with the results of a nearly nine month secret investigation, Lopez was told by Susan Hua of the university's "equity and diversity" office that attending a conference at the Reagan Presidential Library was akin to appearing at a Ku Klux Klan meeting.

How outrageous! Attending an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is akin to attending a KKK rally?!!! That should give you an idea of the bias of the office that conducted the "investigation."

Please take action to stop the university from punishing a distinguished professor simply because he fosters discussion about the rights of children to know their mother and father.

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The students who filed the complaint against Professor Lopez made accusations about alleged statements at the conference such as "gay people cannot be parents" and "women who use sperm banks are evil." One student complained that he was so traumatized by the comments from conference presenters due to their impact on his coming to terms with his sexuality that he could no longer attend the class and received an "F." But Professor Lopez was able to categorically refute the allegations made by the students by producing a transcript that showed that none of the claimed statements had been made by any of the conference presenters. In fact, there was no mention of gay marriage or homosexuality at all except in a Q&A period when the issues were repeatedly raised by the very students who filed the complaint! And as for the traumatized student who ended up with an "F" grade? Prior to the conference, he had missed 50% of classes and completed none of the required assignments. And rather than coming to terms with his sexuality, it was shown that for years this student was a prominent, public activist with the university's LGBTQ group.

You'd think that with such flimsy "facts" to base an investigation on that the university would drop the case and apologize when Professor Lopez produced the evidence exonerating himself. But that's not what they did. Instead, the university dismissed the original allegations but brought new charges that he somehow "retaliated" against complaining students. One of the students apparently felt that he did not nominate a paper for an award, even though he gave the student an "A" in his class.

With this new charge now on the books, the university cited "witness testimony" that Professor Lopez was never told about and never allowed to respond to, and found him "guilty." Now they are preparing his "punishment" which could include suspending him for months without pay.

Can you believe this?!! Whatever happened to concepts of "academic freedom" and "free speech?" Liberal professors have carte blanch to teach students about all manner of leftist orthodoxy, including support for gay and lesbian issues and alternative family structures, but a professor who dares offer students a perspective that children have the right to know their mother and a father is guilty of creating an adverse learning environment!

This is outrageous and we cannot let these taxpayer-funded university bureaucrats get away with railroading a professor because he supports the right of a child to know his or her parents.

Please act today to contact the president of CSU Northridge to express your opposition to what they are doing. It is imperative that we raise this issue to the very top of the university administration to shine a light of truth on what these lower-level bureaucrats are attempting to do.

Please do not set this note aside even for a day. Time is of the essence. At any moment Professor Lopez could be stripped of his position and his pay. It's essential that you act today to contact the university to express your opposition to what they have done and to demand that they cease their targeting of Professor Lopez simply for supporting the right of children to both a mother and a father.

Do not let LGBT activists bully a rare voice in academia willing to speak up for marriage and parenting, and to engage his students in a discussion of traditional family structure. Please demand that university bureaucrats afford Professor Robert Lopez the very same academic freedom to discuss children rights as they do liberal professors to discuss homosexuality, gay parenting and related issues.

Please act today to support Professor Robert Oscar Lopez.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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This is Why Elections Matter...



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The reason that NOM works so hard to help pro-marriage champions win election is because that is how public policy gets impacted. If we want to have laws and policies that uplift marriage and protect religious liberty, then we need to have elected officials in office who share those values. Look no further than Kentucky for a powerful example of this.

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You're quite familiar with the case of Kim Davis, the Christian clerk who spent a week in jail rather than violate her conscience and surrender her constitutional rights by being complicit in the lie that is same-sex 'marriage.' All that Ms. Davis requested was an accommodation that state and federal law require — that she not have her name on a license that authorizes a same-sex 'marriage' because she believes as you and I believe and what the Kentucky Constitution mandates — that marriage can only be between one man and one woman.

For this she was thrown in jail. When she was finally released due to immense public pressure (which NOM helped to generate) she had the licenses reprinted to remove her name. The left went crazy, and lawsuits were filed demanding that she be forced to personally sanction gay 'marriages' against her beliefs. Some activists even demanded she be put back into jail.

NOM supported Ms. Davis, but we did more than that. We got involved in the election of a new governor, endorsing Matt Bevin and working hard to ensure that pro-marriage supporters in the state got out and voted. The media said this would never happen and that the Democrat who had refused to defend the state's marriage amendment, Jack Conway, would win overwhelmingly.

Instead, it was Matt Bevin who won overwhelmingly! He's going to be Governor of Kentucky and Jack Conway's career lies in ruins.

And it didn't take Gov-Elect Bevin much time to deliver on his commitment to marriage and religious liberty. He announced the other day that once sworn in he will immediately issue an order taking the names of individual clerks off the marriage licenses.

With the stroke of a pen, Matt Bevin will protect the religious liberty rights of all Kentucky officials like Kim Davis who simply do not want to be personally involved in sanctioning something that they cannot support.

That's why elections matter.

And that's why we ask you to make a financial contribution today to support the National Organization for Marriage. We depend on your generosity to be able to step up in situations like the race for Governor in Kentucky. Without your financial help, we can't make a difference but with it we can help upset the media's narrative, electing pro-marriage champions who adopt pro-marriage policies.

Will you make a quick donation of $15, $25, $50, $100 or even $250 or more so that we have the resources to continue to support people and policies that advance marriage and religious liberty? Every dollar you contribute will be matched, dollar for dollar by a generous supporter.

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To be sure, much more needs to be done in Kentucky and in other states and at the federal level to protect the rights of people to act in concert with their consciences when it comes to marriage, and to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters. Nobody should be forced to give up their beliefs or their values and be forced to be personally be involved in same-sex 'marriage' against their will.

Indeed, NOM is working to enact those protections in Congress with passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, and at the state level through similar legislation. And ultimately, it's imperative that the illegitimate and anti-constitutional decision of the US Supreme court redefining marriage be overturned or negated, and that's a top priority as well.

Our work to advance legislation in Congress and at the state level is an urgent priority which needs your support to move forward.

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There's another lesson from the elections last week, and it comes from the crushing defeat of the misnamed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. This ordinance was pushed by Houston's lesbian mayor to grant special legal rights to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.

It's wrong to grant special rights to a tiny segment of the population who will be able to use the law as a club against others who uphold traditional values. Had this ordinance taken effect, a man would have been able to force his way into private facilities reserved for women — such as restrooms, locker rooms and showers — simply by claiming a "gender identity" opposite to his actual biology. It also would have given the LGBT community a powerful club to claim "discrimination" in a host of everyday situations.

The people of Houston believe, as we believe, that nobody should face unjust discrimination, but also that nobody is entitled to special legal rights that can trump the rights of others.

NOM opposed the Houston ordinance, and was a major donor to the campaign that defeated it. As in Kentucky, we helped publicize the key issues and urged marriage supporters to get out and vote. And just as in Kentucky, the mainstream media — led by the nose by wealthy gay groups like the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign that together contributed at least $700,000 to pass the ordinance — reported that a major election victory for LGBT activists was on the verge of happening with the expected passage of the ordinance.

But the ordinance was overwhelmingly rejected by Houston voters with 61% of the vote.

Please help NOM continue to fight against special legal rights while upholding the religious liberty rights of Americans who support marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Beyond the initial reporting of the election results, the same mainstream media hasn't had much to say about what happened in Houston. They are treating it like it never happened, largely burying coverage of the colossal defeat for gay activists delivered by Houston voters in this largely Democratic city.

You see, you're never going to get the full story from the media about the overwhelming support that marriage and religious liberty continue to enjoy in America. They don't cover the wins for marriage, and the polls they report are largely skewed and misrepresent the true nature of our strength as a marriage movement.

Why is that? Because gay activists who heavily influence media coverage do not want any honest debate about the what Americans actually believe — as evidenced by the election results in Kentucky and Houston — and instead want people to simply be told they must accept the rogue decisions of judges who have imposed a radical view of marriage and human sexuality on the nation.

It thus falls to NOM to help Americans sort through the facts from the fantasy manufactured by LGBT activists and the media that fawns over them. It's why we spend so much time communicating with you, our supporters, so that you are armed with the information you need to help push back on the narrative that redefining marriage is "a done deal" and must be accepted.

We've had some tremendous successes in recent months, and the victories in Houston and Kentucky add to our track record. But they and future victories are only possible if we enjoy your continued support.

Please give generously so that we can replenish our coffers and prepare for future opportunities to advance the cause of marriage and religious liberty. Remember, your gift will be matched by a generous donor dollar for dollar, providing a tremendous boost in support for our work.

We are extremely grateful for all you've done to support us at NOM and we look forward to sharing many more accomplishments with you going forward.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Through the end of the year, your gift will double in size thanks to the matching program that is in place. You donation of $25 will result in NOM receiving $50, while your gift of $50 will mean we receive $100. Please act today to make your ost generous contribution. Thank you!


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Why NOM Matters...



Dear Marriage Supporter,

If you wonder whether NOM matters in the fight to restore marriage and protect religious liberty, all you have to do is watch the major gay rights groups like the Human Rights Campaign and Marriage Equality USA react whenever they know that we have engaged somewhere. They become extremely concerned and whip their supporters into a frenzy, trying to defeat us at every turn. We take it as a compliment because it shows that NOM is making a dramatic impact across the country on a state, regional, and national level with our marriage and religious freedom initiatives.

With your help the NOM initiatives are making a difference. But we need your support to keep the momentum going and continue making an impact. It's imperative we remain fully funded so we can continue our work on your behalf.

To help support our efforts please donate now. Your gift will be doubled thanks to a generous matching grant from a generous supporter.

For me personally, it is an honor to be leading our efforts to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. Today I would like to share with you several of the far reaching initiatives NOM is proud to have helped champion.

  • Over the last several weeks and days we have had significant victories in Houston and Kentucky helping advance the truth about marriage and fighting the special legal rights to people claiming to be "transgendered" — including men who claim to identify as women and demand the right to use the restrooms reserved for the opposite sex.
  • We have helped promote critical events like the World Congress of Families and the tremendously successful rally for marriage in Oklahoma.
  • We have been highly focused on helping elect a marriage champion as president. NOM is co-sponsoring the upcoming Presidential Family Forum in Iowa and we have tirelessly promoted the Presidential Pledge which holds candidates accountable to supporting the truth of marriage and pledging to take concrete steps to defend it.
  • This past March, and every year, we organize and oversee the March for Marriage in Washington, DC. This past year we brought together an estimated 15,000 people to demonstrate at our nation's capital for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • Our advocacy of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) at the federal and state levels has been relentless and widespread.
  • We have stood up for victims of intolerance, like Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to violate her conscience and the Kentucky constitution by personally being complicit in SSM.
  • We had a huge victory in North Carolina where we worked with local allies to pass legislation to protect officials from having to issue same-sex licenses or participate in ceremonies, and then helped secure a veto override.
  • And it's been just one year since our remarkable election victories where we helped defeat two GOP House candidates who had abandoned marriage, and elect two marriage champions to the US Senate — Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. We're gearing up for critical elections in 2016.
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The efforts I just shared are just a few examples of the great work we are doing around the country.

We are on the forefront of fighting for the freedom of all U.S. citizens by promoting the dignity of marriage, the family, and religious liberty. Our message needs to be amplified and shared across the country to every citizen. NOM's efforts will be even more effective with your support.

Please join our efforts by offering your best support so we can fight on and continue to make an impact. Your gift will be doubled by a matching grant from a passionate NOM supporter. Your gift of $50 becomes $100. Please offer your best gift today!

Thank you for all you are doing to fight for marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


P.S. Please consider making a generous donation to help NOM continue the fight on your behalf — helping to make your voice heard. Your gift will be doubled thanks to a generous supporter. Your gift of $50 becomes $100 and $150 becomes $300. Support NOM today so we can protect your rights and the rights of all Americans to believe, speak and live the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.


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Big Victories For Marriage!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I have fantastic news to share — marriage won huge victories last night in critical election races in Houston and Kentucky! These electoral victories prove without a doubt that the American people do not accept the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage, and they reject the attempt by the left to use that illegitimate ruling as a springboard to further advance the agenda of those who wish to destroy marriage.

Voters went to the polls and overwhelming rejected the LGBT agenda in Houston, where the city's lesbian mayor, backed by the money and muscle of the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other national LGBT groups, attempted to force through an ordinance that prohibited discrimination based on "gender identity" and "sexual orientation." Nearly 62% of Houston voters said "NO" to the so-called Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which was jammed through the City Council by Houston's mayor.

It's a tremendous victory for supporters of marriage and common sense, people who realize that biology trumps "feelings" and "identity" when it comes to men and women. It is not discrimination to treat a man as a man, even if that person wants to say that he "feels" he's a woman. And it is not discrimination to keep men out of intimate facilities reserved for women, like bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. Keeping sex-segregated facilities separate is common sense, a policy that protects people's privacy and safety.

It's also a tremendous victory for NOM in our battle against the HRC and groups that are bent on imposing same-sex 'marriage' like Marriage Equality USA and the American Unity Fund. These groups contributed nearly $700,000 through October 23rd, and likely hundreds of thousands more in recent days. They organized their supporters across the country to make calls.

And they lost — big time!

NOM was a major financial contributor to the Campaign for Houston, the grassroots group that spearheaded the referendum, and we worked hard to organize our supporters all over the country to contribute directly to the campaign, and to get out to vote against the ordinance.

The results give us a tremendous sense of pride and encouragement to redouble our efforts nationwide to fight for the truth of marriage, the complementarity of men and women, and the rights of children. We congratulate the leadership and supporters of the Campaign For Houston on their tremendous success, especially Jared Woodfill, the campaign manager.

But Houston was not our only victory for marriage last night!

In Kentucky, pro-marriage champion Matt Bevin soundly defeated the gay marriage movement's candidate, incumbent Attorney General Jack Conway. NOM endorsed Mr. Bevin several weeks ago and has worked to promote his candidacy. Bevin pledged to support marriage and protect marriage supporters like Kim Davis and others who will not violate their conscience to be personally complicit in the lie that is same-sex 'marriage.' In contrast, Conway refused to defend the state's marriage amendment as attorney general and was a major reason why it failed in court.

Now Conway's career lies on the trash heap of history, and a pro-marriage champion, Matt Bevin, is ascending to the governorship of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Once again, when given the opportunity to cast a free vote, the American people have voted for the truth of marriage and for candidates who stand with them. We congratulate Matt Bevin on his tremendous victory, and look forward to working with him to enact legislation that will protect all marriage supporters, including Kim Davis, from discrimination and retaliation for refusing to go along with the illegitimate and unjust ruling of the Supreme Court in attempting to impose a redefined version of marriage on the nation.

The results in Houston and Kentucky also serve as the latest abject lesson for our side: never believe polling claims that purport to show that the public is somehow embracing the redefinition of marriage or the expansion of the LGBT agenda. These polls are dead wrong. Supporters of the Houston ordinance constantly claimed that the polls showed they would win, yet they got trounced. And in Kentucky, the media was claiming that Jack Conway held a commanding 5 point lead over Matt Bevin days before the election and was the overwhelming favorite to win. Again, Conway got creamed, losing to Bevin by 9 points.

The truth is that when the American people are allowed to cast free and fair ballots in the privacy of the polling booth, they stand for marriage and the candidates who stand with them.

We thank you for all your work in Houston and in Kentucky to help secure these great victories, and for your faithful support of NOM. Once again, we've put everything we could into the fight and are in need of your financial support to replenish our coffers. Please make a celebratory donation to NOM today so that we can begin to focus on the critical opportunities before us, including electing a pro-marriage champion as our next president.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Don't forget that a generous donor has agreed to match your contribution dollar for dollar through the end of the year. Please act today to help us rebuild our treasury after these two tremendous victories in Houston and Kentucky. Your donation of $25 will result in us receiving $50 and your gift of $100 will mean we receive $200. Thank you!

Will Houston Voters be Truly Heroic and Stand Against "HERO"?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Today is Election Day in many parts of the country. NOM is particularly watching races in Houston, TX and in Kentucky.

In Houston, voters have the rare opportunity to overturn an act of their City Council thanks to a referendum that local citizens qualified to the ballot. The grossly-misnamed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance would give the LGBT community special legal rights including the ability for men to use restrooms and showers reserved for women simply by claiming a "gender identity" of the opposite sex. They call it the HERO ordinance, but there is nothing heroic about risking the privacy and safety of people to pursue a PC policy on behalf of a tiny group of people that is advanced by the city's lesbian mayor.

Just having the opportunity to vote on this dangerous ordinance has been a tremendous struggle. The mayor and city officials did everything they could to disregard the voter petitions, even notoriously threatening local pastors with demands to review all their sermons and correspondence about the measure in order to pressure them to drop their campaign. The Texas Supreme Court had to order the measure on the ballot.

Our friend Ryan Anderson from The Heritage Foundation has written a thoughtful piece about the problems with the Houston ordinance and others like it which I commend to your attention.

If you live in Houston, or have family or friends there, please do everything possible to get out and vote against the proposed ordinance. And if you can, please consider making a financial contribution, as NOM has, to the Campaign For Houston to defeat this proposal. National gay and lesbian groups who are determined to rewrite society have taken note of NOM's support of the campaign to overturn this ordinance, and are working overtime to get their allies involved to counter us. Please stand strong for common sense, biology and truth and support the Campaign For Houston in their work to overturn this terrible ordinance.

Meanwhile in Kentucky, two important statewide races are on the ballot. NOM has endorsed Matt Bevin in his race for Governor of Kentucky. Bevin is running for this open seat to replace Gov. Steve Beshear against the incumbent state Attorney General, Jack Conway. Conway is one of the people most responsible for marriage being redefined in Kentucky because he refused to mount a defense of Kentucky's state marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He betrayed the 75% of Kentucky voters who approved marriage.

Meanwhile, Beshear's son, Andy Beshear, is running for Attorney General to replace Conway. The younger Beshear has defended the decision of his father to abandon marriage and force local officials like Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that violate the state constitution. His refusal to grant them a reasonable accommodation is what landed Kim Davis in jail. NOM has endorsed Whitney Westerfield for Attorney General because he's stood strong for marriage and is determined to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters.

Polls indicate that the Kentucky races are close and turnout will be the key. If you live in Kentucky or have friends or family there, please do what you can to urge them to get out to vote for Matt Bevin and Whitney Westerfield.

Elections have consequences, and the races in Houston and Kentucky are important ones. The other side has money and power, but we have the truth and the people. May truth and the people prevail.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown