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Super Tuesday is Critical



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday where 12 states vote in primaries and caucuses for the Republican presidential nomination. This is an extremely important milestone along the path to the election. Nearly 600 delegates are at stake, about a quarter of those needed to secure the nomination. Here are the states that vote on Super Tuesday:

Alabama (P)

Oklahoma (P)

Alaska (C)

Tennessee (P)

Arkansas (P)

Texas (P)

Georgia (P)

Vermont (P)

Massachusetts (P)

Virginia (P)

Minnesota (C)

Wyoming (C)

P = Primary Election; C = Caucus

The outcome of voting on Super Tuesday is critical. If you live in one of these states, NOM urges you to cast your ballot for Sen. Ted Cruz. He is a proven marriage champion who will fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws and protect the religious liberty rights of all Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Senator Cruz has signed NOM's presidential pledge making specific commitments to fight for marriage as president.

If you have friends or family who live in one of these states, please reach out to them and ask them to support Senator Cruz.

Delegates in all these states are assigned proportionately. Polling in these contests is nowhere near as extensive as we've seen in previous states. What polling exists shows Sen. Cruz leading in two states, including in Texas, and within a few points of Donald Trump in several other states. Trump leads in a majority of states, but the situation is very fluid.

Please, do everything you can to propel Senator Cruz forward by casting your own ballot for him if you live in a Super Tuesday state, or by urging your family or friends in those states to do so. By winning in Texas and perhaps elsewhere, and holding his own in the other states, Senator Cruz can firmly stake a claim as the conservative alternative to Donald Trump, and be in a position to pick up the supporters of candidates who will inevitably be forced to leave the race soon.

NOM is fighting hard to ensure that a proven marriage champion like Sen. Ted Cruz emerges as the Republican nominee because this is the most expeditious route to restoring marriage to our national laws. The next president will be able to appoint as many as three or four justices to the US Supreme Court who could vote to reverse the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling redefining marriage.

Please help NOM fight for marriage and the religious liberty rights of all Americans who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more will enable us to continue our leadership in the battle for the truth of marriage, and the rights of the majority of Americans who continue to believe in marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — If you live in a Super Tuesday state, please support Sen. Ted Cruz. If you have family members or friends in one of the states that vote tomorrow, please reach out to them to ask them to vote for Senator Cruz. Thank you.

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Brian Sandoval Makes Our Point



Dear Marriage Supporter,

In a brazen attempt to get away with making another appointment to the US Supreme Court to complete his attempt to shift the court dangerously to the left, President Obama's administration leaked the fact that he was considering nominating the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, to fill the vacancy created with Justice Antonin Scalia's untimely death.

After first telling the media that he would be "honored" to be considered for the Court, and then meeting with Harry Reid who promptly promoted his prospective nomination, Sandoval now says he's not interested. Still, his prospective nomination serves as an important lesson why it's so critical that the US Senate refuse to consider seating any nominee from President Obama.

Our work to help elect a Republican Senate over the last several election cycles, especially during the critical 2014 races where the GOP captured control of the Senate is a key factor in why Obama will not succeed in his goal of moving the Court to the left, perhaps for generations to come. Our work to help support pro-marriage candidates who won was possible only because you gave of your time and resources. I'm asking you to make a contribution today of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $500 or more so that we have the resources we need this year to hold the line against president Obama's attempts to secure another appointment to the Supreme Court.

To a Washington liberal like Obama, the nomination of someone like Republican Sandoval seems like a brilliant political calculation. By putting Republican Senators in the position of rejecting a fellow member of their own party, Senators in tough reelection campaigns might subject themselves to charges of rank partisanship and refusing to put the interests of the country ahead of their own political agenda. But such a view is easily refuted. Indeed, it's the interests of the country why someone like Brian Sandoval should not be considered and why the Scalia seat should be filled by the next president, not Barack Obama.

Sandoval would follow a long line of Republicans who, once safely on the Supreme Court with a lifetime appointment and no way of holding them accountable, abandoned principles and decided to take the law into their own hands rather than follow the dictates of the constitution. Anthony Kennedy is an example of this. He's invented "constitutional rights" to redefine marriage and advance the gay agenda. Then there is the disastrous David Souter who upheld Roe v Wade, rejected informed consent for women seeking an abortion, allowed the government to seize private property for developers, and voted with the ACLU and against religious liberty. And don't forget that three of the seven justices in the majority of the utterly illegitimate Roe ruling were Republicans and five of them were appointed by Republican presidents!

Brian Sandoval is an avowed supporter of abortion. He has vigorously embraced Obamacare and is pushing it forward in Nevada. And on marriage, he's been a disaster, the worst example of betrayal possible.

Here's how bad Brian Sandoval is when it comes to fighting for marriage. The Nevada marriage amendment was challenged in Court by gay activists where it was upheld by a federal judge. Then when the victory was appealed, Sandoval dropped his defense of the voters' overwhelming approval of traditional marriage, lamely claiming that an unrelated case meant he would lose. But Sandoval's position wasn't legally justified — it was entirely political. He wanted same-sex marriage to move forward and he threw in the towel to get that result. It was despicable.

NOM is fighting to make sure that the next appointment to the US Supreme Court is not someone like Brian Sandoval, or the liberal Republicans who gave us the Roe ruling which has resulted in 60 million preborn children being killed in the womb. To be successful we have to elect true conservatives to office and then hold them accountable. That is why it is so important that we have the financial resources we need to make a difference.

Please act today with a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more so that we can continue to fight to ensure the US Supreme Court is not shifted dangerously to the left by President Obama and that the next president appoints constitutionalists to the Court who will follow Justice Scalia's lead and overrule the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling that redefined marriage.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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The State of the Race



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The media is in full coronation mode, portraying the GOP presidential contest as all but over. Don't believe them. It takes 1,237 delegates to capture the Republican nomination. Donald Trump has 67 delegates so he's a long way from having wrapped up the nomination in the two states that he has won.

Ted Cruz has also won a state, and he's consistently finished in the top tier of candidates. He and Marco Rubio, along with Trump, are all positioned to compete in states across the country so the race will be competitive for a very long time — perhaps all the way to the convention in Cleveland.

I must admit that I am disappointed that Donald Trump was able to win decisively in South Carolina. Trump won with a third of the vote; two-thirds of Republicans were against him. Still, a win is a win and he led in virtually every demographic category.

It's mind-boggling to me that Donald Trump captured more of the evangelical vote (33%) in South Carolina than did Ted Cruz (27%). How could a faithful evangelical vote for a man who admits to having engaged in multiple affairs with married women, says he has nothing in his life to repent to Our Lord about, was the first casino owner to open a strip club, has abandoned the cause of marriage and who once said he'd consider appointing to the US Supreme Court a federal judge (his sister) who approves of the barbaric partial birth abortion procedure where the baby is killed in the process of being born?

Clearly, what's happening is that in this crowded field of candidates, the saturation media coverage of his celebrity candidacy with its focus on his latest outrageous statement has meant that Donald Trump's background and positions are not well understood by voters. Voters see him sparring with the Pope and Putin but do not see him having to answer for his positions on issues or his behavior as a man and business executive.

Thankfully, the field is in the process of being winnowed, with Jeb Bush being the latest to drop out. We're hopeful that others will leave the race soon, including Ben Carson and John Kasich. The sooner that voters can focus in on a narrower field, the more they will come to learn about Donald Trump.

I'm also hopeful that Senators Cruz and Rubio will turn more of their attention to defeating Mr. Trump rather that going after each other. The guy who is leading the race should be receiving the most fire, and there is a wealth of things to discuss about the Trump candidacy.

NOM is proud to support Ted Cruz and we continue to believe that he has an excellent chance of gaining the nomination. On March 1st, Super Tuesday, a number of key states vote that should be favorable to his candidacy, including Cruz' home state of Texas.

Regardless of the polls or campaign developments, we know that we can count on Ted Cruz. He's a true marriage champion, someone who will fight for our cause no matter the circumstances. And with control of the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, Americans can count on Ted Cruz to appoint constitutionalist judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia — judges who will reverse the illegitimate marriage ruling, uphold the right of states to limit abortions, overturn Obamacare, protect the second amendment and enhance the fight against terrorism and our right to control our borders.

NOM Endorses Washington Ballot Initiative on Bathroom Privacy

I'm proud to announce that NOM has endorsed a proposed ballot initiative in Washington state to reverse a dangerous and ill-advised ruling that will allow men to force themselves into women's restrooms, showers and locker rooms simply by claiming that they identify as the opposite sex.

In December, the Washington state Human Rights Commission issued mandatory rules applicable to all businesses and organizations in the state with six or more employees, including churches, that they must open all intimate facilities to any individual based on their "gender identity" rather than their biologic sex. The law makes no exceptions, not even when dealing with pedophiles or sex offenders.

Increasingly, LGBT advocates are flexing their political muscle to get states and municipalities to force all citizens to sacrifice their privacy and safety so that the "transgendered" are able to access intimate facilities of their choice.

While politicians have bent over backwards to advance the transgendered community's agenda, voters have not been so inclined. Just recently, voters in Houston overwhelmingly rejected a law very similar to what is being mandated in Washington state. A recent poll of Washington state voters showed they are poised to do the same, with 62% of voters saying they oppose the law while only 32% support it. When voters learn that the rule will be applied to public schools, thus subjecting children to being exposed to a person of the opposite sex, 72% of voters say they are not comfortable with the rule, while only 23% say that they are comfortable with it.

The Washington state rule actually goes much further than similar proposals elsewhere by significantly limiting speech when it comes to the transgendered. It will be illegal to ask "unwelcome" questions of a transgendered person, such as what is their biological gender, or to refer to the individual using a pronoun that he or she finds offensive. Of course even asking what pronoun the person considers to be unwelcome could result in a finding of discrimination, leading to a fine. Even making a gender-based joke could be deemed to be discrimination.

NOM joins with the Family Policy Institute of Washington in backing the proposed initiative. FPIW has launched a website to recruit volunteers and raise funds to back the measure — www.justwantprivacy.org. FPIW says they will move forward with filing the initiative as soon as $100,000 is raised and 1,000 volunteers recruited.

To support this campaign, please go to the Just Want Privacy website to register as a donor or a volunteer. We encourage all NOM members to contribute directly to the effort.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

It's Working


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Big news out of South Carolina: A new poll out today by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has climbed within 5 points of Donald Trump and the race now stands at Trump 28% to Cruz 23%. That's a big change since their last poll which showed Trump had a 16 point lead over Ted Cruz.

Our powerful TV ad in South Carolina is contributing to the tightening of the race. Please, forward this ad to anyone you know in South Carolina and ask them to watch it.

There are only hours left until voters go to the polls in South Carolina and it's really important that every voter realize that Donald Trump dumped the marriage issue as soon as the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling on marriage. When he quit on marriage, he quit on us, the 78% of South Carolina voters who voted to define marriage as one man and one woman, and on over 50 million voters across the country who did the same thing.

Support for true marriage is a winning issue. Please help us spread the word. Thank you!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Why Elections Matter


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Each year NOM makes plans to influence elections so that we can capitalize on opportunities and meet challenges in a strategic way to advance the cause of marriage. We did that in 2013 and 2014 in the lead up to the November 2014 midterms. Our assessment was that marriage could play a role in defeating two incumbent Democrat US Senators. At the time we laid our plans, the Democrats held a 55-45 majority.

NOM targeted Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Both Senators attempted to portray themselves as moderates, and Pryor even claimed to be a supporter of traditional marriage. But we knew neither could be trusted to defend marriage and both were vulnerable on the issue. Accordingly, working with allies, we mounted independent expenditure campaigns aimed at unseating each of them. This included a statewide television buy, direct mailers and extensive social media activities. Both Pryor and Hagan were defeated. We helped Republican Tom Cotton win in Arkansas and Thom Tillis win in North Carolina. And their election was a material part of the Republicans regaining control of the US Senate. Today the GOP has a 54-46 majority.

I remind you of our 2014 success because its importance is now being felt: as long as the Republicans hold together, Barack Obama is powerless to secure the lifetime appointment of another justice of the US Supreme Court. Anyone he appoints simply cannot be confirmed. Therefore, control of the US Supreme Court will rest with the next president.

If we had not been successful in Arkansas and North Carolina, and if the results in two other states had been different, Obama would have carte blanche today to appoint a radical liberal to the Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

I am asking you to consider making a contribution to NOM to help us advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. We need to elect a marriage champion as president and maintain control of Congress. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more will help us be effective advocates for marriage in Congress, in the courts and in the court of public opinion.

Think about the damage a US Supreme Court with a confirmed liberal majority could do! Every issue that is important to conservatives would be at risk of being undermined — restoring marriage, protecting the preborn, controlling our borders, fighting terrorism, guarding against voter fraud, reigning in the IRS and the federal bureaucracy, etc.

Because you were generous in 2014, we had the resources we needed to be effective in helping gain control of the US Senate, and we're reaping that benefit today by preventing President Obama from radically shifting the Supreme Court to the left, damaging conservative policies for generations to come.

I am asking you to be generous again this year because the stakes are so high. It's imperative that NOM secure the resources we need to advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. Your contribution of whatever you can afford — some can only give a few dollars while others can give $1,000 or more — is the key to us being successful. We don't have billionaires supporting us; we rely on people like you in the grassroots.

I don't want to even think about the idea of a president Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, nor do I want to contemplate the difficulty a Republican president would have in moving his agenda forward in the presence of an obstructionist US Senate controlled by the Democrats.

We owe it to the cause of marriage to do everything in our power to ensure that a proven marriage champion is elected president and that a pro-marriage Congress is returned to Washington to help him. We're counting on you to help us make that happen by making a generous contribution today.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Cruz Takes Lead Over Trump In National Poll; South Carolina Contest Is Pivotal



Dear Marriage Supporter,

A new national survey by NBC and the Wall Street Journal was released last night and it shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has overtaken Donald Trump and now leads the race on a national basis, 28%-26%! This represents an 8 point improvement for Cruz and a 7 point drop for Trump and comes on the heels of Cruz' victory in Iowa and strong second-place showing in New Hampshire despite not spending much time or money in the state.

Whether this poll represents the beginning of a trend or just a snapshot in time remains to be seen. Pollster Bill McInturff described the results as Republican voters hitting the "pause" button on the Trump candidacy in order to assess things.

One thing is certain — the vote in South Carolina this Saturday is critically important. I hope you've had an opportunity to watch the powerful new TV ad that NOM is airing in the state informing voters that Donald Trump dumped us, the people of South Carolina and over 50 million voters across the country on the issue of marriage. When the US Supreme Court issued their infamous and illegitimate ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation, Trump said that, "You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land."

Of course, we don't "have to go with it." A better course is to "Dump Trump," as our ad urges voters, and to fight to restore marriage to our laws.

I'm asking you to do two things today. First, please forward our ad to anyone you know in South Carolina and ask them to watch it before they go to the polls on Saturday. Second, please make an emergency financial contribution to help us get the ad in front of more South Carolina voters.

If we can help stop Donald Trump in South Carolina, it could be the beginning of the end for his candidacy, and it could propel Ted Cruz, a true marriage champion we can count on to fight to restore marriage to our national laws, to victory.

Please consider making an emergency financial contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more so that we can get this important advertisement seen by more people in South Carolina. We've been able to deliver the ad over 200,000 times to voters, but we need much more exposure in the final days of the South Carolina primary campaign. I'm hoping we can more than double the size of the audience we reach, but to do that I need you to step up with a generous contribution.

There are only two days left in the South Carolina primary campaign. Please forward our ad to anyone you know in South Carolina, and make a generous financial contribution so that we can reach more people in the final days.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — If the NBC/WSJ poll is accurate, it means that momentum in this race may be shifting dramatically. A win by Ted Cruz in South Carolina would be huge and could set him up to dismantle the Trump candidacy on Super Tuesday when numerous southern states vote. Please consider an emergency contribution so that we can close out our ad buy strong in South Carolina. Thank you!


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Will Radical Liberals Control The Supreme Court?



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The importance of the US Supreme Court has been made manifestly clear in numerous decisions, not the least of which was the tragic and illegitimate ruling to redefine marriage with no constitutional basis whatsoever. NOM is committed to doing everything in our power to reverse that injustice, and that is why we have been so focused on electing a president who is a champion for marriage, like Sen. Ted Cruz, who can nominate constitutionalists to the Supreme Court who will reverse the anti-constitutional marriage ruling.

The untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia this past weekend has thrust the makeup of the Court full square into the forefront of the presidential election. If Barack Obama gets his way — which, thanks to a conservative US Senate that you and I helped elect, he won't — he would appoint another radical who will push the country further to the left. Every issue that is the subject of debate in the country could be affected by the next Supreme Court appointment — reasonable restrictions on abortion, the restoration of marriage, the right to bear arms, immigration, terrorism, national security, privacy, etc.

The stakes could not be higher. Please stand with us in fighting for a president we can count on to appoint only justices who will uphold the original meaning of the constitution and reject the dangerous and illegitimate notion that the constitution means whatever five unelected lawyers say it means. Your contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more will be put to immediate use helping us fight for marriage including supporting a candidate like Ted Cruz who is committed to restoring marriage to our nation's laws.

Right this moment we've got a powerful new television commercial being aired in South Carolina that will help voters understand that Donald Trump definitely is not the kind of champion we need. Trump was the first to quit on marriage in response to the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court, saying "we have to go with it, the decision's been made and it's the law of the land." But we don't have to "go with it," and we don't have to go with Trump. In fact, our advertisement urges voters to "Dump Trump."

The replacement of Justice Scalia is not likely going to be the only appointment the next president makes to the Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 83 next month. Anthony Kennedy will be 80 in July. And Stephen Breyer turns 78 in August.

The marriage decision came on a 5-4 ruling. Justice Kennedy went with the liberals to redefine marriage. In order for this ruling to be reversed, we need a justice to replace Justice Scalia who shares his view that the federal constitution does not contain a right to gay 'marriage.' And then we need the next appointee to also subscribe to an "originalism" adherence to the constitution.

Making appointments to the Supreme Court, while critical, is certainly not the only way in which a president can fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws. Ted Cruz has already called for a constitutional amendment to make clear that states have the right to define marriage as one man and one woman. As president, he will have a powerful megaphone to advance this proposal. Donald Trump does not support it.

The next president can demand that Congress pass legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act to protect supporters of traditional marriage from governmental discrimination and punishment simply for continuing to stand for marriage in their daily lives and at work. Ted Cruz is a co-sponsor of this legislation. Donald Trump has been silent.

The next president can reverse the Obama Administration's unceasing attempt to push the gay agenda on countries throughout the world, including by tying foreign aid to acceptance of gay 'marriage' and other pro-gay policies. Donald Trump cannot be trusted to do this.

On front after front, the next president will be critical in determining if the fight to restore marriage takes several years, or several decades. That is why it is imperative that NOM have the resources we need to educate the public about the candidates' positions and to advocate for the election of a marriage champion like Ted Cruz. Your contribution to the NOM Victory Fund in the amount of $500, $250, $100, $75, $50 or $25 — whatever amount that is right for you — will go to ensure that we are effective advocates for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

South Carolina voters go to the polls in just three days so it is critical that I hear from you immediately. If you have already contributed to help us air our "Dump Trump" TV commercial, thank you! But if you have not yet been able to make a contribution to this critical undertaking, please do so immediately.

I know I can count on you to make marriage an important issue in the South Carolina primary, and in many states to come. Thank you for all that you've done in the fight for marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — When Donald Trump quit on marriage in response to the Supreme Court ruling, he quit on you and me. We have a great opportunity to disrupt the Trump campaign in South Carolina if we can secure funding for our "Dump Trump" TV spot. Please give generously today.


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The Great Heart of Antonin Scalia

Many thanks to NOM friend Ed Whelan for passing along this beautiful piece by Jeffrey Tucker that gives us a glimpse of the heart of Antonin Scalia -- not as a jurist but as a human being. Tucker writes:

It was a spring afternoon some years ago, and he was attending church services, sitting in a back pew, holding his prayer book in his hands. The Mass had ended and most people had gone. He was still saying prayers, alone in the back pew.

He finally got up and began to walk out. There were no reporters, nobody watching. There was only a woman who had been attending the same services. She had no idea who he was. I was a bystander, and I’m certain he didn’t know I was there.

What was a bit unusual about this woman: she had lashing sores on her face and hands. They were open sores. There was some disease, and not just physically. She behaved strangely, a troubled person that you meet in large cities and quickly walk away from. A person to avoid and certainly never touch.

For whatever reason, she walked up to Justice Scalia, who was alone. He took her hands, though they were full of sores. She leaned in to say something, and she began to cry.

He held her face next to his, and she talked beneath her tears that were now streaming down his suit. He didn’t flinch. He didn’t try to get away. He just held her while she spoke. This lasted for perhaps more than 5 minutes. He closed his eyes while she spoke, gripping her back with his hand.

He didn’t recoil. He stood there with conviction. And love.

There were no cameras and no other onlookers besides myself, and he had no idea I was there.

Finally she was finished. What he said comforted her, and she gained composure. She pulled away, ready to go. He held her rough, sore-filled hands and had a few final words that I could not hear. He gave her some money.

And then she walked away.

And then he walked away, across the green grass, toward the Supreme Court building, alone. He was probably preparing for an afternoon of work.

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You can read Jeffrey Tucker's entire article here.

In Memoriam to Justice Scalia



Dear Marriage Supporter,

We all were shocked on Saturday to learn of the unexpected passing of Justice Antonin Scalia during a hunting trip in Texas. Justice Scalia was a giant of a man in every way. He was a faithful Catholic, loving husband and devoted father. As a lawyer and judge, his towering intellect helped shape the law and counter the unceasing pressure by liberal jurists to move the country to the left based on their concept of an "evolving" constitution.

While I didn't know Justice Scalia personally, I know some in his immediate family, including his son, Fr. Paul Scalia, a Roman Catholic priest who has been a strong and consistent ally in the fight for marriage. The Scalia family is a model for faith, love, togetherness and service. These are values instilled in the family by its patriarch, a genuinely good and decent man. Our prayers go out to the Scalia family.

Justice Scalia was often referred to as a conservative, but in reality he was a constitutionalist. He profoundly believed that judges were duty-bound to rule on cases according to the original intent of the constitution, not based on sympathies toward what a judge thought the law should be.

Justice Scalia was a fierce defender of traditional marriage and continually resisted his colleagues' various attempts to redefine marriage at the behest of gay activists. He did so not because the preferences of judges like Anthony Kennedy were opposite his own, but because it is incongruous to believe that the US Constitution somehow includes a fundamental constitutional right to gay 'marriage.' Scalia believed that marriage rests with the democratic process and not with judges imposing a particular view of the institution that aligns with the opinion of elite society, from which judges are selected.

Scalia used his immense intellect to craft his opinions in ways that would gather attention and resonate with the legal community, and the American people. And he issued clear and unmistakable warnings of the direction in which the liberal wing of the Court was determined to move the nation when it comes to sexual morality and marriage.

For example, when the majority of his colleagues, led by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ruled in Romer v Evans that the voters of Colorado could not prohibit the granting of special rights to homosexuals, Scalia took them to task for the abject lack of constitutional basis for the ruling. He reminded the Court that just ten years earlier in Bowers v. Hardwick they had ruled that there was no fundamental constitutional right for someone to engage in homosexual acts and that the constitution had not changed during the intervening decade. Despite this, the liberal Kennedy wing decreed that it is unconstitutional for voters to prevent special rights to be granted to gays and lesbians because doing so supposedly amounted to animus and discrimination, and that expressing moral disapproval of homosexual conduct was akin to racial and religious bigotry. To this, Justice Scalia chastised the majority for its utter lack of judicial basis: "The Court today… employs a constitutional theory heretofore unknown to frustrate Colorado's reasonable effort to preserve traditional American moral values…But the Court today has done so, not only by inventing a novel and extravagant constitutional doctrine to take the victory away from traditional forces, but even by verbally disparaging as bigotry adherence to traditional attitudes."

The constitutional battle over marriage and traditional American values came more clearly into focus in the case of Lawrence v Kansas, which revisited whether states could penalize people for engaging in homosexual conduct such as sodomy (which was at issue in the Bowers case years before). Once again, Justice Anthony Kennedy led the majority to strike down state laws penalizing sodomy, and once again Justice Scalia dissented — not because he personally favored penalties for homosexual conduct but because the US Constitution simply does not contain a fundamental right to homosexuality. Scalia skewered Kennedy and the majority for basing their decision not on the constitution but on the observation that the Bowers ruling had been repeatedly publicly criticized. If the existence of ongoing public criticism was the basis for constitutional law, Scalia pointed out that Roe v Wade should be overturned on the same basis.

In his dissent in Lawrence, Justice Scalia presciently warned that the ruling would inevitably lead to gay marriage and the striking down of laws against polygamy, bigamy, adult incest and bestiality because the Court was effectively banning states from considering the morality of sexual practices as an intrusion into the personal and private life of the individual. "[The Lawrence] opinion dismantles the structure of constitutional law that has permitted a distinction to be made between heterosexual and homosexual unions, insofar as formal recognition in marriage is concerned."

Keep in mind that Justice Scalia's warning about the undermining of the constitutional basis for preserving marriage was issued in 2003 at a time when not a single state in the US allowed gay 'marriage.' A year later, just as Scalia predicted would happen, Massachusetts became the first and the legal battle was on.

Obviously, Justice Scalia's warnings concerning marriage have come to pass. When Anthony Kennedy led another 5-4 majority to dismantle the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the Windsor case, Scalia again took the majority to task for ignoring the constitution. He went on to warn us that the next step would be to impose gay 'marriage' on the entire nation. The only thing that would prevent it, he promised, was the Court's own sense of what they could get away with. Indeed, last June another bare majority of the Court led by Anthony Kennedy decided they could get away with it and ruled to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the nation.

With Justice Scalia's sudden passing, selecting his replacement now becomes one of the central issues in the 2016 presidential election. Thank God that we were successful in impacting the 2014 elections because we were able to raise the resources needed to elect conservatives like Tom Cotton in Arkansas and Thom Tillis in North Carolina. Thanks to you, a conservative US Senate means we're now in a position to block the confirmation of any appointee that Barack Obama might put forward.

You can absolutely count on President Obama to do everything in his power to put a liberal judicial activist on the Court so that he can push the nation even further to the left. If that happens, it will be exceedingly difficult to revisit the marriage ruling, or to protect the right of states to limit abortion, or to fight against polygamy and adult incest, or to protect religious liberty. The appointment of the next Supreme Court justice has massive implications for virtually every issue that occupies current public debate — the right to bear arms, protecting our borders, the fight against terrorism, economic liberty, privacy and security, etc.

That is why we absolutely MUST elect a proven conservative champion as president who we can trust without question to appoint a constitutionalist like the late Justice Scalia. Sen. Ted Cruz is that candidate. A constitutional scholar and former US Supreme Court clerk and Solicitor General of Texas, Sen. Cruz has personally argued numerous cases before the US Supreme Court.

No other candidate running for president has Sen. Cruz' depth of knowledge, understanding or experience in the judicial realm. No other candidate has the record that can assure us without question that he will appoint someone like Antonin Scalia and not someone like Anthony Kennedy.

In fact, some of those running, like Donald Trump, have a record that suggests they could be as bad as Obama when it comes to Supreme Court appointments. Trump has even pointed to his sister as someone who would make a great Supreme Court justice. Trump's sister, a federal judge, has ruled in favor of partial birth abortion — the gruesome killing of a child in the process of being born. I can't imagine the damage a Trump appointee would do to the nation.

I am terribly saddened by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but his passing puts into exceedingly sharp focus the incredible importance of this presidential election. This Supreme Court vacancy is very likely not going to be the only one that the next president will be able to fill. Thus, the outcome of the presidential election this year will impact the nation not just for the four year term of the president, but for generations to come.

Please pray for the Scalia family, and pray for the nation that citizens will awaken to see the importance of the race before us, and elect a proven champion as president. The future of America depends on it.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — The stakes in the election are now so much higher than they were before, and so is the importance of NOM being able to aggressively influence the public debate concerning marriage and religious liberty. Please make a generous financial contribution so that we may be effective during this critical time. Thank you.


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NOM Launches Television Ad in South Carolina To "Dump Trump"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2016
Contact: Paul Bothwell (202) 457-8060 x-105 [email protected]


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Washington – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today launched an online television ad in South Carolina urging voters to "Dump Trump" after presidential candidate Donald Trump abandoned the fight for marriage even though 78% of South Carolina voters and over 50 million people in other states cast ballots deciding that marriage should be only one man and one woman. The ad includes audio of Trump telling an MSNBC interviewer in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision redefining marriage, "You have to go with it. The decision’s been made and that is the law of the land."

"Donald Trump abandoned of the fight for marriage in the wake of the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling of the US Supreme Court and in the process he quit on the 78% of South Carolina voters who acted to preserve marriage and the more than 50 million voters in other states who similarly voted for true marriage," said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. "We are urging South Carolina voters to "Dump Trump" because he lacks the courage and character to fight to restore marriage to our nation’s laws and reverse this illegitimate Court ruling."

NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for president, calling him a true marriage champion. Cruz signed NOM’s presidential marriage pledge committing to take specific actions as president. He is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and is co-authoring federal legislation to protect supporters of traditional marriage from discrimination by the government for staying true to their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives. Donald Trump did not sign MOM’s pledge.

"When it comes to the issue of marriage, the differences between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump could not be clearer," Brown said. "Ted Cruz is a champion while Donald Trump is a quitter. The people of South Carolina should not cast a vote for someone who so willingly dumps them at the moment they need a leader to step up to fight for their vote for marriage. It’s time to dump Trump."

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Change the Race



All,

I'll be short. We have until Saturday to change the presidential race. Voters in South Carolina strongly support traditional marriage; Donald Trump does not. It's that simple.

Our powerful new television ad can get this truth out to voters. But we can only do it with your help. Click here to view our TV ad and donate so that we can get it on the air to more voters.

We're running out of time to change the race. We can do it together, but we need your help now!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — We need to raised funds immediately so that the voters of South Carolina know that they were abandoned by Donald Trump on marriage. Please make an emergency contribution today to get this ad aired far and wide. Thank you.


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✉ Powerful New NOM TV Commercial; Help Us "Dump Trump"



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've got some breaking news that could blow up the presidential contest: We have just launched a powerful new television commercial in South Carolina taking on Donald Trump for abandoning the fight for marriage even though 78% of South Carolina voters (and 50 million voters in other states) cast ballots deciding that marriage should be only one man and one woman.

You can watch the ad here:

It's critical that the people of South Carolina see this ad and come to realize how they and the cause of marriage were betrayed by Donald Trump. We must raise at least $25,000 in the next three days to ensure that the ad is seen throughout the state of South Carolina. I am asking you to make an emergency contribution to the NOM Victory Fund in the amount of $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more. There is no limit in what you can give to this committee because it operates independently of any candidate for federal office. Please act today with your most generous gift.

This powerful new commercial could really make a difference in who wins in South Carolina. Most experts believe that the South Carolina race will come down to Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz. When it comes to marriage, the two couldn't be further apart. Donald Trump dumped the fight for marriage as soon as the US Supreme Court issued its illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling, while Ted Cruz responded by sponsoring a constitutional amendment to restore the right of states to preserve true marriage.

As the ad makes clear, when Donald Trump quit on the fight for marriage, he quit on South Carolina and over 50 million voters across the nation who cast ballots defining marriage as one man and one woman. The ad urges South Carolinians to "Dump Trump."

Keep in mind that the marriage amendment passed in South Carolina with 78% of the overall vote. However, it likely got upwards of 90% of the vote among Republicans who will be voting for president on February 20th. Clearly, the ad could cause some serious damage to the Trump campaign and thus help propel forward other pro-marriage candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz.

The ad was produced by NOM's national political consultant, Frank Schubert, who is one of the nation's most accomplished political consultants. He masterminded the passage of Proposition 8 in California and helped secured victories for marriage around the nation, including passing a marriage amendment in neighboring North Carolina.

It's absolutely critical that we raise the funds we need to put this ad on the air in every market in South Carolina. Please, act today with an emergency gift to the NOM Victory Fund in the amount of $500, $250, $100, $50 or whatever amount you can afford.

If Donald Trump emerges as the winner in South Carolina, he's going to be very hard to stop from securing the Republican nomination. That will be a disaster for people of faith who are praying for a president who will restore traditional American values.

Mr. Trump lacks the moral compass to lead our nation. He sees nothing wrong with operating strip clubs and he became the first casino owner to house a strip club. He openly admits to serial adultery and having sex with married women. He has said that there is nothing in his life about which he feels the need to repent to the Lord. And he says he'll consider appointing his sister to the US Supreme Court — the same woman who as a federal judge ruled in favor of partial birth abortion.

You can see, the stakes could not be higher. We have the chance to set the stage for the derailment of the Trump campaign while also significantly advancing the cause of marriage by having it play a decisive role in the presidential election.

Your response to this request could be the most important contribution you'll ever make to the cause of marriage. Please, act immediately to give an emergency contribution to help us secure the air time we need to make sure that every South Carolina voters sees this powerful advertisement. If you can give $1,000 or more, I ask you to do so immediately. But if you can only afford to give $10, we welcome it and ask that you please make your contribution right now so we can put it to immediate use.

I will pray for your positive response to our commercial, and for your financial support to spread it far and wide.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — One of our top priorities is to elect a pro-marriage champion as president. Donald Trump will not champion the cause of marriage; he has already abandoned it. Please make a generous contribution to ensure that South Carolina voters know the truth about his position on marriage.


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Chuck Todd Embodies Rank Media Bias



Dear Marriage Supporter,

What happened this morning on the NBC Today Show makes it crystal clear who the media wants to pick as the Republican nominee — Marco Rubio.

This morning, NBC's top political correspondent, Chuck Todd, criticized Sen. Rubio's debate performance and went so far as to say that had Rubio done better in the debate he would have wrapped up the Republican nomination!

What incredible bias!!

Look, Marco Rubio is a good man and he's a strong supporter of marriage and life, but if he's going to be the Republican nominee he has to earn it, not have it handed to him by an expectant media. The facts thus far are that Sen. Rubio finished third in Iowa behind Ted Cruz and trails in New Hampshire and in national polls as well.

Despite this, Chuck Todd was shameless in setting Rubio up as the media's anointed Republican candidate. Todd told the national audience that Rubio had an opportunity to "take control of the race" at the debate. Then Todd brazenly unmasked the media's bias, saying:

"[Rubio] ended up blowing an opportunity that I think could have meant securing the nomination believe it or not."

What an outrageous and, frankly, idiotic comment. Keep in mind, this guy is not some cartoonish talking head, he's the moderator of NBC's Meet The Press show, the network's top political reporter, and also has just moderated a debate among the Democratic candidates for president!

Note how Todd attempts to ignore Sen. Ted Cruz who actually won the Iowa caucuses and is polling second in both New Hampshire and nationally. (For that matter, he also apparently dismisses Donald Trump who came in second in Iowa and leads the polls in New Hampshire and nationally.) Only one state has voted and the race has not even begun in key regions of the country, yet the media is ready to declare their anointed candidate to be close to wrapping up the nomination!

Please help us continue to fight against a biased media by renewing your membership in NOM. Your membership contribution of at least $35 will help us counter the media's bias which constantly downplays the extraordinary support the American people hold for marriage and dismisses conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz who are committed to restoring marriage in our nation's laws.

To be sure, there's nothing to suggest that Sen. Rubio is angling to be "the anointed one" in this race. Still, whether Sen. Rubio wants the designation or not, the amazing thing is that Todd no doubt thinks he can get away with declaring Rubio to be on the threshold of securing the Republican nomination because the media has picked the last several Republican nominees, continually dismissing proven conservatives. This is at the heart of the grassroots revolt occurring now in the Republican party. They want candidates who are not beholden to the media or the establishment elite to stand for true conservative principles and demonstrate the willingness to back them up with action.

This is why NOM endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz. He is not only right on the issues, he's signed our pledge committing himself to take specific actions in support of marriage and religious liberty — and Cruz has already led by sponsoring a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We're not going to let liberal media elites like Chuck Todd declare who will be the Republican nominee for president. We trust that voters won't, either.

Help us hold the media accountable by calling out their bias. Renewing your membership in NOM for a minimum contribution of $35 will give us the resources we need to take the media on when they deserve it, and to fight for marriage in Congress, in state legislatures and on the campaign trail.

It is imperative that we elect a proven marriage champion who will not only say the right things, but who will act on his principles as president. We're not going to rely on Chuck Todd or anyone else in the media to pick that person. We will trust voters across the country — the same 51 million people in 31 states who have already voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Please renew your membership for at least $35 today. If you can contribute more, we will put those funds immediately into the fight.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — NOM depends on the financial support of grassroots activists across the country. We don't have billionaires sending us money. That's why it's really important that our members like you renew their support with a minimum contribution of $35. If you haven't yet done so, please act today. Thank you!


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Chuck Todd Embodies Rank Media Bias

There should be no doubt who the media wants to pick as the Republican nominee – Marco Rubio.

This morning on the Today Show, NBC’s top political correspondent, Chuck Todd, criticized Sen. Rubio’s debate performance and went so far as to say that had Rubio done better in the debate he would have wrapped up the Republican nomination!

What incredible bias. Marco Rubio is a good man and he’s a strong supporter of marriage and life, but he finished third in Iowa behind Ted Cruz and trails in New Hampshire and in national polls as well.

Despite this, Chuck Todd was shameless in setting Rubio up as the media’s favorite Republican candidate. Todd said that Rubio had an opportunity to “take control of the race” at the debate. But then Todd went so far as to unmask the media bias, saying, “[Rubio] ended up blowing an opportunity that I think could have meant securing the nomination believe it or not.”

What an outrageous and, frankly, idiotic comment. Keep in mind, this guy is the moderator of NBC’s Meet The Press show and also has just moderated a debate among the Democratic candidates for president!

Note how Todd attempts to ignore Sen. Ted Cruz who actually won the Iowa caucuses and is polling second in both New Hampshire and nationally. For that matter, he also apparently dismisses Donald Trump who came in second in Iowa and leads the polls in New Hampshire and nationally. Only one state has voted and the race has not even begun in key regions of the country.

The amazing thing is that Todd no doubt thinks he can get away with declaring Rubio to be on the threshold of securing the Republican nomination because the media has picked the last several Republican nominees. This is at the heart of the grassroots revolt occurring now in the Republican party. They want candidates to stand for true conservative principles and demonstrate the willingness to back them up with action.

This is why NOM endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz. He is not only right on the issues, he’s signed our pledge committing himself to take specific actions in support of marriage and religious liberty – and Cruz has already led by sponsoring the marriage amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We’re not going to let liberal media elites like Chuck Todd declare who will be the Republican nominee for president. We trust that voters won’t, either.

A critical period



Dear Marriage Supporter,

With the 2016 presidential election in full swing, now is the time to renew your membership in NOM. The support of grassroots members like you is critical to allow us to be an effective advocate for restoring marriage to our nation's laws and to protecting the right of Americans to act in their daily work in support of the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Your contribution of $35 or more will renew your membership and provide a critical boost to our work supporting marriage.

Right now NOM is busy working in Washington to urge Congress to move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation that will protect supporters of marriage against unjust discrimination by government simply for continuing to support marriage as God created it. We also are urging states to adopt their own protections.

Without legislation like this in place, supporters of marriage are subject to being declared to "discriminate" if they don't want to be personally involved in celebrating a same-sex union. Bakers, florists, inn keepers, photographers and countless others have been fined and threatened with financial ruin simply because they didn't want to be involved in a gay 'wedding.'

Legislation like FADA at the state and federal level would protect people from this kind of discrimination.

As you know, NOM is an important player in the 2016 presidential election as we urge Americans to elect a pro-marriage champion, Ted Cruz, and reject the faux conservative, Donald Trump. The next president will very likely have the opportunity to appoint several new Supreme Court justices. With the right appointments, we could have the opportunity to reverse the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling that redefined marriage.

A pro-marriage president can also reverse the unjust attempt by President Obama to advance the gay agenda at every turn, including using the US treasury as a club against other nations who hold to a traditional view of human sexuality. Obama is the world's largest exporter of bigotry as he attempts to marginalize nations that support traditional marriage.

NOM also is at the forefront of fighting for religious liberty and fighting against "gender ideology." Just this week we helped secure a key victory in Indiana where the legislature rejected a so-called "sexual orientation/gender identity" bill that would have given gays and lesbians special legal rights to target people of faith who reject their agenda, and would have given gender-confused men the ability to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, like locker rooms and showers.

Please allow us to continue to be effective in fighting for marriage and religious liberty and preventing the further advance of the LGBT agenda by renewing your membership in NOM today with a minimum contribution of $35. If you can give more than that, we would be very grateful.

Thank You Rick Santorum And Mike Huckabee

Speaking of being grateful, NOM wishes to express our gratitude to both Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee for their leadership in the cause of marriage and religious liberty. Both Senator Santorum and Governor Huckabee have been consistent, principled advocates for marriage for decades. I consider them both to be friends and I have been fortunate to have appeared with each of them many times over the years at events promoting marriage.

Both men announced this week that they are suspending their campaign for president. While they won't be on the campaign trail any longer as advocates for marriage, we know that they will continue to speak out about marriage, religious liberty and the importance of family. Both men are great public servants and we all owe them a deep debt of gratitude.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — By renewing your membership in NOM for a minimum contribution of $35 (more if you can afford it), you will help ensure that we have the resources to fight aggressively for the truth of marriage as one man and one woman. Thank you.


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