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Tweet Congress in Support of Our First Freedom!



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador have introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in Congress to protect the right of Christians and people of faith to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work, without fear of being punished for doing so by the Federal Government. Over two hundred members of Congress have added their names as co-sponsors of the legislation (S. 1598/HR 2802).

But the bill has been stuck in committee for 10 months!

We need to tell Congress to stop ignoring the issue and get to work passing this critical legislation! That's what I'm asking for your help with today.

Today the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) is holding hearings to discuss "The Best and Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government." Well, one way the Federal Government can ensure better workplaces is to ensure individuals don't need to leave their First Amendment rights at home when they go to work!

This Committee, under the Chairmanship of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), is responsible for getting the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) marked up and passed to Congress for a full vote — but as yet the Committee has done nothing!

So, here's what I'm asking from you today: Click on one or more of the following Tweets and send a message to Chairman Chaffetz and the GOP-controlled OGR urging them to pass FADA from Committee now, in order to protect the rights of all American workers to abide by their consciences and deeply-held beliefs without fear of reprisals.

Please also forward this message to family and friends and get them engaged. If you have time, come back to this email later in the day yourself and send another message — it's as easy as clicking on the pre-written Tweets and then clicking "Tweet" from your Twitter account! This is especially important during the hearing, which will begin at 2:00 PM EDT and run probably until at least 3:00 PM.

We know that the Committee and Representative Chaffetz will be watching their social media today as they tweet out coverage of the hearing: let's take this opportunity to send them a message they're sure to see, and get a hearing scheduled for FADA right away!

Make your voice heard: Tell Congress #FADA deserves a hearing!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS: If you haven't already done so, you can also send a Fax to the OGR Committee members today by joining our "Fax for FADA" Campaign!

NOM Urges Boycott of Target Stores



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is urging all our supporters to join a nationwide boycott of Target stores to protest the decision of the huge corporation to sacrifice the privacy and safety of girls and women by inviting biological males to use restrooms and changing rooms reserved for girls and women based on a claim that they "identify" as a woman.

Please sign our petition to boycott Target. You'll be joining with over half a million other Americans who have already pledged not to shop at Target in protest of their abandonment of commonsense and their embrace of the extreme gender ideology agenda.

Please Sign Our Petition
Boycott Target Today!

Target has made billions of dollars selling merchandise to American families and yet for several years has been disrespecting traditional family values with an increasingly militant push in support of the agenda advanced by LGBT extremists. First they urged that our nation's marriage laws be rewritten by activist judges in violation of the votes of over fifty million Americans and countless legislators across this country who had acted to define marriage in the law the way it exists in reality — as the union of one man and one woman. Now they have signed onto the dangerous push to allow men into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women. Worse, they are attacking states like North Carolina for enacting legislation that protects girls and women against unwanted exposure from biological males.

It's high time that the so-called silent majority in America tell corporate behemoths like Target to stop disrespecting our families and our values. Send Target a message by signing our petition to boycott Target and pledge to refuse to shop at their stores.

We're grateful to our friends at the American Family Association and other allies who began the boycott Target campaign, and we're proud to add our own voice to this growing movement. Please sign our petition pledging to boycott Target and use the social media buttons below to share the petition with everyone you know.

Corporate giants like Target should be focused on providing value to their customers, not remaking American values in the image of LGBT extremists. Join us in boycotting Target and sign our petition today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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💻 New Cruz Ad Highlights A Key Difference Between Cruz and Trump



Dear Marriage Supporter

As you know, NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president because Cruz will be a champion for marriage. He has signed NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge, is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment to restore to states the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and is a co-author of federal legislation to protect the rights of marriage supporters to live out their beliefs about marriage at home and at work without fear of being punished by the government. We are opposed to Donald Trump because Trump has abandoned the fight for marriage and cannot be trusted to work as president to restore marriage to our laws.

Last week a key difference between Cruz and Trump emerged over the issue of allowing men to use intimate facilities like restrooms and showers that are reserved for girls and women, simply by claiming a female "gender identity." Trump displayed his New York values when he announced his opposition to efforts in North Carolina and elsewhere to protect the privacy and safety of girls and women, and said that Bruce ("Caitlyn") Jenner would be welcome to use the women's restrooms in Trump Tower.

In response, Senator Cruz not only affirmed his support for state efforts to ward off this dangerous gender ideology that is being pushed by LGBT extremists, but produced an online ad highlighting his difference with Trump.

Please Watch the Ad Here

Tomorrow is a critical day as several northeastern states vote, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. NOM urges all our supporters in these states to vote for Ted Cruz. If you have friends or family members who live in one of these states, please ask them to support Sen. Ted Cruz.

The northeast is Donald Trump's strongest region, and he is ahead in these states. However, a strong push for Sen. Cruz could result in Cruz picking up some delegates that could contribute to Trump failing to secure the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination on the first ballot. Every vote matters, and we urge you to do everything you can to reach people in one of these states to urge a vote for Sen. Cruz.

Thank you for your support of NOM and for your continuing efforts to defend marriage and the rights of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


Trump’s Ignorance of Key Issues An Ongoing Problem

For most of his career, Donald Trump has been a businessman and a reality TV entertainer, not a political aspirant who is expected to have a grasp of key public issues. Now that he’s running for president, Trump is trying to get educated, but he’s relying on the source he knows best - “the shows” - for his information rather than doing the hard work of actually learning what’s involved in public policy. trumpSadly, Trump’s ignorance of key issues is an ongoing problem.  Yesterday on the Today Show, Trump said that North Carolina had made a mistake in passing legislation to prohibit the adoption of “bathroom bills” that allow biologic males to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls based on a claim of “gender identity.” Trump said the state should just have left things the way it was because “there has been so little trouble.” He went on to say that Caitlin Jenner would be welcome to use whatever bathroom he wishes in Trump Tower.

There’s a big problem with Trump’s understanding of the issues in North Carolina, or in many public policy battles, especially social issues. You see, the left and LGBT extremists are never content to “leave things as it was.” They are constantly at work trying to force their extreme agenda on America.

That’s what happened in North Carolina when they got the Charlotte City Council to pass an ordinance over the objection of the state’s residents that allow men to use showers, locker rooms and bathrooms reserved for girls and women. The legislation that Trump commented on was in response to this affront to common sense and decency, not some proactive effort on the part of state offices to make life difficult for people who are transgender.

bathroomTrump doesn’t understand the complexities of this issue because “the shows” that he relies on for information never educate people about the true issues – they simply shout “discrimination” whenever something occurs in the public square that LGBT groups oppose.

It’s our obligation to call Trump out, and any other candidate who fails to grasp the complexities of important issues like this, with the hope that should he ever be elected, he will become a far more informed president than he has so far demonstrated as a candidate.

Americans Respond To Demand That Congress Act, But There’s A Problem



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Americans across the country are responding enthusiastically to NOM's urgent Fax For FADA campaign demanding that Congress get off its rear end and pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) protecting the rights of Christians and people of faith to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work without fear of being punished for doing so by the federal government.

Thousands of people have joined our campaign, and we need you to do so as well. When you sign our petition and join our Fax For FADA campaign we will send a free fax in your name to the Republican leadership and members of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

Support the First Amendment Defense Act

But there's a problem: so many people have responded to our Fax For FADA campaign that NOM is on the hook for the cost of 100,000 or more faxes!

There is absolutely no cost to individuals who sign our petition. We are absorbing the cost of the faxes because we want to deluge Congress with requests from thousands of Americans just like you. But with us having to absorb the cost of 100,000 or more faxes, this could be a significant expense.

I am committed to making the Fax For FADA campaign free for all our supporters but I have to ask you as one of our best supporters if you would consider making an emergency financial contribution so that we can introduce the campaign to thousands more marriage supporters across America. Please make an emergency contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100 or even $250 or more. Whatever you can give will help us reach more people across the country.

The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is absolutely essential legislation that Congress must pass to protect the rights of Americans to be free of being punished or harassed by the government for refusing to personally participate in same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies. It protects pastors, churches, religious groups, individuals and small businesses.

Without this protection in place, you can be sure that the Obama administration or (God forbid) a Hillary Clinton administration will be looking for ways to use government power to force every group, business and individual into accepting the rogue and illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court redefining marriage. Supporters of marriage are liable to face all kinds of governmental action — schools denied accreditation, nonprofits and charities stripped of their tax exemption and denied grants and access to public facilities, small businesses put out of business and their owners fined or even jailed, etc.

Act Today! Defend Religious Liberty

Some people have asked me why we are doing a Fax For FADA campaign and not just having people email the Republican leadership and members of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. The answer is that Congress has made it extremely difficult to contact our elected representatives and Senators by email. Individuals have to complete a contact form and the form is delivered to the member of Congress only if the individual is a resident of that member's district.

The Fax For FADA campaign gets around these barriers to contacting our representatives. We need members of the Republican leadership and House OGR committee to hear from people across the nation that they must act immediately to pass this critical legislation. The FADA legislation must be a national priority and we need individuals everywhere to be able to weigh in with their support.

Please, I need you to do two things to help right now:

  1. If you have not already done so, please sign the petition to the Republican leadership and members of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee demanding that they pass the First Amendment Defense Act. Once you sign the petition, we will send a fax to all these members in your name at no cost to you.
  2. If you are able, as one of our best and most loyal supporters please make an entirely voluntary financial contribution to help defray the cost of this critical program and allow us to extend it to thousands more marriage supporters all across the country. Remember, no contribution is required for you to sign the petition and we will send all the faxes free of charge. However, if you can make an emergency contribution of $15, $25, $50 or $100 or more, we would be extremely grateful.

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have signed our petition, please use the share buttons below to let all your friends and contacts on social media know about this petition and ask them to sign as well. And please consider making an emergency contribution to help us defray the cost of this important campaign with a donation of $15, $25, $50 or $100 or whatever amount you can afford. Thank you!


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Demand that Congress Get Off Its Rear and Prohibit Government Discrimination Against People of Faith



Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's been ten months since Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) protecting the right of Christians and people of faith to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work without fear of being punished for doing so by the federal government. Over two hundred members of Congress have added their names as co-sponsors of the legislation (S. 1598/HR 2802) but that's about all they have done. No hearings have been scheduled and nothing of substance is happening to actually enact the legislation. It looks like all talk and no action from a do-nothing Congress.

It's time to tell Congress to get off their collective behinds and get to work to pass this critical legislation! That's why we are launching a Fax For FADA campaign. Please sign our petition to the Republican leadership and members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to immediately pass the First Amendment Defense Act and we will fax every Republican member of the committee and the Republican leadership on your behalf. This will cost you nothing!

All across the country, individuals and small businesses have been victimized by LGBT extremists who demand that everyone regardless of personal views must participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony whenever asked or face ruinous actions by the government. People and groups have been fined, fired, put out of business and seen their reputations ruined — all because they personally do not want to be involved in something they consider to be morally wrong.

Here are just some of the victims:

When Americans had the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage, LGBT activists fervently promised us that nobody would ever be hurt if marriage was redefined. But now that they have gotten five unelected lawyers on the US Supreme Court to impose their radical agenda on the nation, they've reneged on their promises to voters. Now, they claim that Christians and people of faith are "bigots" who want to "discriminate" against gays and lesbians simply because they don't want to be personally involved in celebrating such a 'wedding.'

What bunk!

Let's be clear — the only people who are being discriminated against in America today when it comes to marriage are Christians and people of faith who simply do not wish to be personally complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage' and violate their oath to God to follow His commands.

It's not enough for the LGBT extremists that they have been handed an illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation; now they insist that everyone in the country must personally go along with the new orthodoxy or face ruinous persecution.

Support the First Amendment Defense Act

The only way to defend ourselves against these outrageous extremists is to pass the First Amendment Defense Act. An overwhelming majority of American voters believe that nobody should be forced into being involved in a same-sex 'wedding' against their beliefs. FADA will provide needed protections. We also need to pass legislation like this at the state level.

Please act right now to sign our petition to the Republican leadership and the members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform demanding that they move forward immediately to pass FADA and we will send a fax on your behalf to each member.

As bad as these things already are, they could get a whole lot worse as the federal government can exercise phenomenal power to attempt to force marriage supporters to abandon their viewpoints or risk punitive measures. Nonprofit groups like NOM or charities representing religious groups could be stripped of their tax exemption. Religious schools could be denied accreditation. Charitable and social welfare groups could be put out of business unless they change their polices and positions. The potential ways that the Obama Administration or Hillary Clinton could punish supporters of marriage are virtually limitless.

That's why it is imperative that Congress get off its duff and pass the First Amendment Defense Act. Let the Republican leadership and members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee know that you are tired of waiting and that it is time for them to act.

Please sign our petition today so that Congress gets the message that the First amendment Defense Act is must-pass legislation and we will send a fax on your behalf.

Act Today! Defend Religious Liberty

NOM is prepared to spend whatever is necessary to fax every member of the Republican leadership and the members of the OGR committee so that they know your position on this critical issue. We will pay all costs associated with this program. However, if you are able to make a voluntary contribution -- $10, $25, or $50 — to help us defray the costs, we would be grateful. Again, we will gladly send faxes to all the targeted members of the House whether you can make a financial contribution or not because we believe this is the best opportunity to move this critical legislation forward.

In addition to signing our petition and considering making a purely voluntary financial contribution to NOM, there's one more thing I'd like you to do. Please consider calling at least one of the members of the GOP House leadership or committee members directly. Their names and phone numbers are here for you to use. Urge them to move forward to pass the crucial First Amendment Defense Act today!

GOP House Leadership & Committee Members
Speaker of the House Majority Leader Majority Whip
Congressman
Paul Ryan
Congressman
Kevin McCarthy
Congressman
Steve Scalise
Phone: (202) 225-0600 Phone: (202) 225-4000 Phone: (202) 225-3015
Republican Conf. Chairman Rep. Policy Comm. Chairman  
Congresswoman
Cathy McMorris Rogers
Congressman
Luke Messer
Jason Chaffetz, Chairman
Phone: (202) 225-2006 Phone: (202) 225-3021 Phone: (202) 225-7751
John Mica Mike Turner John Duncan, Jr.
Phone: (202) 225-4035 Phone: (202) 225-6465 Phone: (202) 225-5435
Jim Jordan Tim Walberg Justin Amash
T: (202) 225-2676 Phone: (202) 225-6276 Phone: (202) 225-3831
Paul Gosar Scott Desjarlais Trey Gowdy
Phone: (202) 225-2315 Phone: (202) 225-6831 Phone: (202) 225-6030
Blake Farenthold Cynthia Lummis Thomas Massie
T: (202) 225-7742 Toll Free: (888) 879-3599 Phone: (202) 225-3465
Mark Meadows Ron Desantis Mike Mulvaney
Phone: (202) 225-6401 Phone: (202) 225-2706 Phone: (202) 225-5501
Ken Buck Mark Walker Rod Blum
Phone: (202) 225-4676 Phone: (202) 225-3065 Phone: (202) 225-2911
Jody Hice Steve Russell Buddy Carter
Phone: (202) 225-4101 Phone: (202) 225-2132 Phone: (202) 225-5831
Glenn Grothman William Hurd Gary Palmer
Phone: (202) 225-2476 Phone: (202) 225-4511 Phone: (202) 225-4921

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have signed our petition, please use the share buttons below to let all your friends and contacts on social media know about this petition and ask them to sign as well. It's the best way to build a nationwide movement to pass this critical legislation. Thank you.


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Don't Let Billionaires and Extremists Rip Marriage from the GOP Platform



Dear Marriage Supporter,

While the rest of America is focused on one of the most consequential Republican primary elections in our lifetimes, a shadowy group funded by billionaire gay activists and backed by ideological extremists is working behind the scenes to rip to shreds the Republican Party platform on marriage. We can't let New York billionaires and their allies get away with this.

It's imperative that NOM mobilize right away to address this serious threat. I am asking you to do two things immediately to help us:

  1. Please sign our petition today demanding that the Republican National Committee stand firm in support of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and go on record denouncing the illegitimate ruling of five unelected lawyers on the US Supreme Court to redefine marriage.
  2. Please make an emergency financial contribution to NOM so that we can deploy the necessary resources to stop this effort to accommodate gay 'marriage' and pressure the eventual Republican nominee to abandon the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, period. We have a big challenge before us and need your immediate donation of $35, $50, $100, $250 or whatever you can afford.
Stop Extremists from Shredding the GOP
Platform on Marriage

The GOP platform has for many years called for the adoption of a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Indeed. Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has authored a proposed constitutional amendment reversing the anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court imposing gay 'marriage' by restoring the right of states to define marriage solely as one man, one woman.

Sadly, too many Republican leaders and elected officials have largely remained silent about the threat to our society that ripping marriage from the law poses. Their cowardice and silence has emboldened LGBT extremists and their allies on Wall Street who are funding a shadowy group working to change the Republican Party platform.

The work of the American Unity Fund, bankrolled by Wall Street billionaires, caught the attention of Rush Limbaugh last week. Rush said the group is working "under the cover of darkness and they're hiding behind the cloak of invisibility brought on by the coverage of the horse race." The group, Rush warned, is "demanding that the Republican platform essentially accommodate, if not accept, same-sex marriage...And they hope to have this done in time to basically force this on the nominee."

It's imperative that NOM mobilize immediately to address this serious threat. That's why I need you to sign our petition to the RNC demanding that they maintain their strong position in support of traditional marriage. I also need you to act today with a generous financial contribution so that we have the resources we need to fight these anti-marriage billionaires.

Breitbart also reported the billionaire backers of this effort previously funded an international campaign by the extremist and anti-Christian group Human Rights Campaign that depicted Christians and conservative leaders like me as little more than criminals, complete with a mug shot.

The American Unity Fund is hiring staff and political operatives to influence GOP officials to strip true marriage from the GOP platform and replace it with some sort of support for a redefined version of marriage which denies children their inherent human right to receive the love of both a father and a mother. They claim that the US Supreme Court decision on marriage is "the law of the land" and that it's time that the Republican Party quit fighting for "a lost cause."

What the LGBT extremists fail to realize is that support for traditional marriage runs much higher than does support for the Republican Party brand. Over 50 million Americans have gone to the polls to support traditional marriage, and marriage has always run many points higher than has the top of the Republican ticket.

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Defend the GOP Party Platform In Support Of Marriage

Not only is support for marriage popular, but it is right. Marriage is our only mechanism to bring men and women together for the purpose of being father and mother to any children born of their union. When marriage is redefined and turned into an institution designed primarily to validate the sexual choices of adults, the interests of children are sacrificed, and society suffers as a result.

If the GOP strips support for marriage from the party platform, Christians and other people of faith will pay a heavy price. Such a move would provoke fierce legal attacks against people who believe that marriage is one man and one woman, just as God designed it, resulting in countless people being sued, fined, fired and otherwise punished for continuing to stand up for marriage.

It's imperative that we mobilize a strong and sustained counterattack against those working in the shadows to shred the GOP platform on marriage and replace it with a tacit endorsement of genderless marriage, and families that are stripped of a mother or father in a child's life. Please, take these urgent actions immediately:

One, sign our petition to the RNC demanding that they maintain their strong support for traditional marriage.

Two, please make an urgent financial contribution so that we can muster the resources we need to address this challenge from LGBT extremists and their billionaire backers.

We can't wait until the GOP convention in July — we must move immediately to meet this challenge.

Please, I'm counting on you to make an urgent financial contribution to NOM today, and to sign our petition letting Republican leaders know you want marriage preserved for us, and for future generations.

Thank you for acting today in support of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have signed the petition and made your own donation to help provide the resources we need to combat this challenge, please use the share buttons below to reach out to friends and family asking them to support our efforts and sign our petition demanding that marriage remain a strong element of the GOP platform.


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Stand with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Who has Stood with Us



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, we secured a tremendous victory for the rights of Christians and other people of faith to be able to live out the truth of marriage without fear of being targeted or punished by the government for doing so. When Governor Phil Bryant signed this critical religious liberty legislation (HB 1523) into law, he took a courageous step in defiance of threats from LGBT extremists and their allies in Hollywood, corporate America and big-time sports leagues. Now we must stand up for Governor Bryant to confront the cultural bullies who, right on cue, are threatening boycotts, economic punishment and reputational ruin.

Please sign our petition to Governor Bryant thanking him for protecting the rights of all his state's residents who will be able to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives.

Because of his leadership, no pastor, church or religious group will be forced to participate in a gay ‘wedding.' No florist, baker, photographer or other professional will have to be involved in a gay ‘wedding' in violation of their religious beliefs. Religious schools, universities and social service groups can continue to maintain personnel and housing policies that reflect their beliefs. Adoption agencies have been protected and won't be forced to adopt out children to same-sex couples if doing so violates their beliefs that children are entitled to both a mother and a father. Nobody in the state will be punished or imprisoned for refusing to personally issue a marriage license that violates their beliefs. And no men will be able to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, such as showers and restrooms, simply by claiming that he "identifies" as a woman.

Thank Governor Phil Bryant Today!

As you can see, HB 1523 enacts very comprehensive protections for citizens and is a model for the nation. That's why we must let Governor Phil Bryant know that we appreciate and applaud his leadership by signing our petition today.

Following the demands of the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign, the leading LGBT puppeteer, executives with major companies like Dow Chemical, General Electric, Pepsi, Hyatt, and Hewlett Packard have already demanded that the law be immediately repealed. Governors from uber-liberal states like New York, Vermont and Washington issued a ban on state employee travel to Mississippi. The manufactured outrage over this legislation is expected to continue, and you can anticipate sports executives weighing in with threats to withdraw championship games from the state.

All of this is manufactured and has become the standard fare for LGBT radicals and their allies. They do not want to actually debate the merits of the issues so they declare anything they oppose to be "discrimination" and "anti-gay" and attempt to demonize all those who oppose their agenda.

Governor Bryant in Mississippi is standing strong and now it's our turn to stand with him. Please act immediately to express your thanks to this courageous defender of the rights of Christians and people of faith and let him know that you salute his leadership.

Together we can fend off the cultural bullies, but we must act proactively to do so. We cannot be silent while the radicals wail mindlessly about this critical legislation. Please act today to sign our petition to Governor Phil Bryant.

Thank you for all you are doing in support of marriage as God designed it.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you've signed our petition thanking Governor Bryant for his leadership in Mississippi, please forward it to others and use the share buttons below to promote it on social media. That's one of the best ways to spread the word about this important petition.


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Huge Victory in Mississippi



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I have some fantastic news! Thanks to thousands of you who responded to our urgent request yesterday and sent emails to key legislators and Governor Phil Bryant in Mississippi, the state House of Representatives passed robust, critically needed religious liberty legislation (House Bill 1523) with a strong margin!

And today Governor Bryant signed the legislation into law!

Thank you all who helped us and our allies secure this tremendous victory against LGBT extremists who want to marginalize and punish Christians and other people of faith simply for professing the truth of marriage as God designed it, one man and one woman.

House Bill 1523 protects pastors, churches and individuals from having to solemnize a gay 'wedding' and protects individuals and small businesses like florists, bakers and photographers from being forced to perform services at a gay 'wedding' ceremony that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. The legislation also prevents LGBT extremists from forcing their gender ideology on Mississippi which would allow men to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, including showers and restrooms, simply by claiming they "identify" as women.

This huge win is on top of the tremendous victory we helped our allies achieve the other day in North Carolina, which repealed a dangerous bathroom ordinance in Charlotte and prohibited any other local government entity from instituting a "gender identity" policy that jeopardizes the privacy and safety of girls and women.

See how much we can accomplish together to protect religious liberty and safeguard the rights of people who believe in the truth of marriage?

Make a Special Victory Fund Contribution Today!

While we've achieved these tremendous victories together, much more needs to be done. That's why I am asking you to make a special Victory Fund contribution to fund our ongoing efforts across the country and at the federal level to extend the protections we enacted in Mississippi and North Carolina to every state in the country.

Your contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more will be put to immediate use helping allies in a number of states that are facing the same type of threats and intimidation from LGBT extremists that we confronted in Mississippi and North Carolina. Some of you receiving this email can afford to give $1,000, $2,500 or even more, which we urgently need. I hope these great victories will encourage you that we can win these critical fights! Whatever you can afford, please act today with your most generous contribution.

These two victories could prove pivotal in the fight against radical extremists who are pushing a dangerous gender ideology and who wish to punish people who honor God's definition of marriage. Sadly, these radical gay activists and their allies in big business, Hollywood and big-time sports like the NFL and NBA won some early victories when three gutless Republican governors succumbed to their threats of economic boycotts and reputational ruin. But now with us having prevailed in North Carolina and today in Mississippi, we may have turned the corner and be on our way to enacting robust protections for Christians and people of faith in a number of additional states, and at the federal level as well.

But our victories will be short-lived unless we can raise the resources needed to capitalize on our momentum. We're being asked by allies in Congress and in a number of key states to help them with funding, expertise and grassroots support, but our ability to respond to those opportunities is directly related to how generously you and other NOM members respond to my request for your financial support.

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Your Most Generous Contribution

Please act today with your most generous contribution — whether that be $25, $50, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,500 or more — so that we can secure ever more victories in states and in Congress.

This huge win today in Mississippi would not have been possible without your help. Be encouraged and emboldened by this victory, and please redouble your efforts to stand with us as we fight in numerous other states, and in Congress, for the rights of Christians and other people of faith.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — You can fully expect the LGBT extremists and their allies to go berserk over Mississippi's passage of this robust protection for people of faith, just as they are doing in North Carolina. Your generous financial contribution will allow us to counter their protests and push other states to enact these critical legal protections.


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Act Today To Protect Christians Against LGBT Extremists



Dear Marriage Supporter,

All across America, LGBT extremists are working overtime to force devout Christians and other people of faith to personally participate in celebrating a same-sex 'marriage' even when doing so violates their deeply held religious beliefs. Those who have refused to abandon God's commands when it comes to marriage have been hit with lawsuits and huge fines, lost their jobs and even been put in jail. This must stop, and at least in Mississippi it will stop if you act today.

Please sign our petition to Republican legislators and Governor Phil Bryant demanding that they support critical religious liberty legislation (House Bill 1523) that will protect Christians and other people of faith from having to abandon their beliefs about marriage.

For years, LGBT activists lied to Americans about gay 'marriage,' claiming that redefining marriage to suit their demands would not hurt anyone. Instead, people's lives have been ruined and the sexual extremists are intent on forcing every person in America to genuflect at the altar of gay "rights."

Act Today!
Support Critical Religious Liberty Legislation

It is outrageous that gay and lesbian extremists have been allowed to discriminate against, harass and punish Christians and others when it comes to marriage. Fortunately, the Mississippi legislature is on the precipice of enacting legislation to prevent this type of discrimination. A final vote on the House floor tonight is all that stands in the way of robust legislation to protect the rights of Christians and people of faith against being punished for refusing to abandon their beliefs about marriage. But there are five Republicans who sided with liberal Democrats that could derail this critical legislation. We need to let them, and Governor Phil Bryant, know that America is watching what happens in Mississippi and that we demand they stand strong for Christians and people of faith.

House Bill 1523 protects pastors, churches and individuals from having to solemnize a gay 'wedding' and protects individuals and small businesses like florists, bakers and photographers from being forced to perform services at a gay 'wedding' ceremony that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. The legislation also prevents LGBT extremists from forcing their gender ideology on Mississippi which would allow men to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, including showers and restrooms, simply by claiming they "identify" as women. Biology determines gender, not "feelings!"

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It is imperative that these five legislators and Gov. Bryant hear from you today in support of HB 1523. It doesn't matter whether you live in Mississippi or not. Just as they have done in other states, LGBT extremists have orchestrated a campaign of "manufactured outrage" utilizing Hollywood celebrities, corporate giants and billionaire sports owners who wish to curry favor with gay activists. Their well-orchestrated play book threatens boycotts, companies threatening to leave the state and sports leagues hinting a state may be denied high-profile events like a Super Bowl or college bowl game. They are making identical threats and false claims of "discrimination" in Mississippi and we need people of faith and marriage supporters all across the nation to let the leaders of Mississippi know that we want them to lead by example and stand strong for people of faith.

Please sign our petition immediately so that key elected officials in Mississippi hear from people like you all over the country that you appreciate a state that protects the rights of Americans who believe that marriage is what God designed it to be — one man and one woman — and enacts legislation to make sure that nobody is targeted by LGBT extremists over their views on marriage.

Thank you for standing strong for true marriage and the rights of Christians and people of faith to be free from recrimination and harassment from extremists who believe that religious liberty must be eliminated when it comes to the gay agenda.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you sign our petition please use the share buttons below to share it with all your friends and family on social media so they also have the opportunity to express their support for religious liberty on behalf of Christians and people of faith. Thank you.


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The Politicians Just Don't Get It



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Americans across the country are turning out in droves to cast ballots in the Republican primary race because we understand that the country has gotten far off track, that Republican leaders in Washington have failed us and we need to elect a champion before it is too late. We are clamoring for leaders who will ignore political correctness and instead stand on principle and fight for what is right, including fighting for marriage, life and religious liberty.

What we've gotten, tragically, is a string of gutless Republican politicians who seek our votes as conservatives but then throw us to the wolves when the pressure is on. Republican governors Mike Pence in Indiana, Dennis Daugaard in South Dakota and Nathan Deal in Georgia are perfect examples of fair-weather, talk-but-no-action Republicans. We must hold them, and others, accountable.

Please renew your support of NOM by making a contribution of $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or more so that we can hold politicians accountable when they betray Christians and people of faith by failing to stand up for important principles.

NOM fights hard to push back when political leaders abandon us. That's what we did, for example, in North Carolina when the Republican governor vetoed legislation that protected individuals from having to solemnize a gay 'wedding' that violated their religious beliefs. We worked with allies and helped convince North Carolina legislators to override the veto of Governor Pat McCrory.

It's amazing what happens when Christians and people of faith unite to demand action, and Governor McCrory is a great example of that. Having had his veto overridden last year, Governor McCrory is now standing strong with us this year in support of common-sense legislation that prevents men from accessing intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, including showers and rest rooms, based on a claim that they "identify" as women. It's only common sense that biology determines gender, not "feelings" and certainly not political correctness. We commend Governor McCrory for his principled stand.

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NOM is counting on your support to show others who have abandoned us that they made a terrible error, let them experience the response from people of faith, and then work with them to become champions on our issues. Your contribution of $25, $50, $75, $100 or $500 or more will allow us to fight to restore marriage to our laws and protect Christians and people of faith who refuse to abandon God's commands when it comes to marriage. Some people can afford to give $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000 and if you are able to do so it would be a great blessing. We are a grassroots organization and do not have corporate CEOs and billionaires supporting us.

You see, governors like Mike Pence, Dennis Daugaard and Nathan Deal are not bad people, but they failed to exhibit courage in the face of pressure from LGBT extremists and their allies in corporate America and among sports billionaires. We've worked to make sure that Christians and people of faith let them know how betrayed they feel over their lack of courage, and then work to educate political leaders and help them become champions for marriage and religious liberty.

This is just one of many examples how NOM is fighting for God's definition of marriage, and for His people who stand up for the biblical understanding of marriage.

Please help us during this critical time so that we have the resources to continue to advocate for marriage and the rights of pastors, churches, religious organizations and individuals to live out the truth of marriage in our daily lives.

God bless you for your support of NOM.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you have made your own donation of $35, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to support our work, please email any friends and family who might also become supporters of NOM. Only by expanding the network of people devoted to marriage as God designed it will we be able to counter the influence that LGBT extremists are exerting over our laws and public policies. Thank you.

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Demand That Legislators Override Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Shocking Capitulation To LGBT Extremists



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has become the latest example of a cowardly Republican who has thrown people of faith to the wolves by vetoing extremely modest religious liberty legislation (HB 757) that would have protected pastors, churches and religious groups from having to participate in same-sex 'weddings' or host them in their facilities. Deal's action makes it open season on Christians, churches and other people of faith who do not want to be personally forced to be a part of a same-sex ceremony that they oppose on religious grounds.

I need to you act immediately to urge legislators to override turncoat Nathan Deal's veto of this important legislation.

Deal kowtowed to wealthy corporate interests who had already severely watered down the legislation by removing most of the needed protections, and then he showed himself to be a corporate lackey when billionaire sports owners and big business chieftains demanded that he veto even this modest protection for pastors, churches and religious groups.

What hypocrisy! Billionaire sports owners and corporate CEOs can spend whatever they want fending off demands by LGBT extremists, but pastors and churches can't. That is why they need the protection of the law that Nathan Deal vetoed. Without this law, they will be subject to all kinds of legal maneuvers and pressure designed to force them to perform gay 'weddings' and make their facilities available for something that many consider to be sinful.

Fortunately, the Georgia General Assembly has the ability to bring itself into special session to override Governor Deal's disgusting veto of this important religious liberty law. Please sign this petition calling on legislators to go into special session for the purpose of overriding Nathan Deal's veto of HB 757.

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Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly overrode a Republican governor's veto of legislation that protected people of faith from having to perform a same-sex 'wedding' against their religious beliefs. Now it's up to lawmakers in Georgia to take a similar step to protect pastors, churches and religious groups from having to perform gay 'weddings' in that state.

It doesn't matter if you live in Georgia or not. The ACLU and other leftists are whipping up their allies in Hollywood and San Francisco to create a firestorm of protest in Georgia, and we need to counter that with a strong showing from people of faith all across the country.

Please act today to demand that Georgia legislators support Christians and all people of faith by going into special session to override Governor Nathan Deal's tragic and incredibly misguided veto of HB 757.

Thank you for acting today to support pastors, churches and religious groups who wish to stand for God's understanding of marriage and who refuse to be pressured into being personally involved in that which is against God's commands.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you sign our petition urging legislators to override Nathan Deal's veto of important religious liberty legislation, please use the share buttons to ask all your friends and family on social media to do the same. We need people all across the country weighing in so that Georgia legislators know that average Americans stand with pastors, churches, and religious groups and do not want them to be forced into participating in a same-sex ceremony that violates their religious beliefs.


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Fight Back Immediately Against Intolerant Religious Bigots



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm writing to ask you to act immediately to fight back against intolerant religious bigots who are intent on forcing a radical view of human nature on society even when common sense flies in the face of their dangerous agenda. Please act immediately to thank North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for standing strong and resisting the push to allow men in intimate facilities like showers, locker rooms and restrooms that are reserved for girls and women.

All across the country, radical LGBT extremists are demanding that men be treated as if they were women if the men decide they "identify" as a woman at a particular moment. This has led to girls and women being confronted by biological males in the most intimate of facilities — showers, locker rooms and restrooms. Needless to say, such a situation is a grave violation of privacy and raises very serious security and safety concerns.

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When given the opportunity, voters have soundly rejected these "transgender bathroom bill" policies but the LGBT extremists have used their power to get gutless politicians to cave in to their demands. That is what happened in Charlotte, NC when the City Council voted to risk the privacy and security of girls and women to placate the political demands of the LGBT extremists.

Fortunately, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory put their feet down and said "enough is enough" to these dangerous policies and they banned men from being in intimate facilities reserved for females. For standing up for common sense and the safety and privacy of girls and women, Governor McCrory is now being targeted by intolerant religious bigots and leftist politicians who do the bidding of these bigots. And sadly, the extremists are being aided by powerful corporate, entertainment and sports figures who are threatening the state with economic punishment if they don't cave in to political correctness and worship at the altar of the LGBT extremists.

Please sign our petition to Governor McCrory letting him know that you appreciate his leadership and courage to take a common sense position that men should not be allowed in intimate facilities like showers and restrooms that are reserved for girls and women. It is imperative that you act immediately because the left is in the process of manufacturing outrage in order to pressure this Republican governor to cave into their demands, just as they were successful in pressuring others to cave, like Indiana Governor Mike Pence, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

This petition can be a vehicle for the grassroots to get mobilized and send our own message that the PC, bigoted agenda of LGBT extremists will not be accepted by mainstream Americans. The message is simple — it is not discrimination to keep men out of women's showers, restrooms and locker rooms.

Please act immediately to fight back against LGBT extremists and support Governor Pat McCrory by signing our petition.

And remember to share this email and petition by forwarding it or using the social media buttons below.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Victory, Betrayal and Backlash



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The events of the past 72 hours provide a microcosm of the importance of maintaining the fight for marriage and religious liberty and reveal the toxic nature of the environment in which we battle and the gutless betrayal of the Republican elite and their donors in big business that must be overcome for us to be successful.

If you are sick and tired of mega-wealthy corporations and special interests exercising control over gutless politicians who tell us they are with us when they run for office but then abandon us in the face of pressure, please show your support for NOM today. Your contribution of $25, $35, $50, $100 or $250 or more will help us fight the wealthy special interests and hold the politicians accountable to the people who elected them.

Here's the situation we face:

Victory: In North Carolina we won a great victory as the state legislature went into special session to pass legislation repealing a "bathroom bill" imposed on the people of Charlotte by their City Council. The state General Assembly repealed the ordinance by statewide statute and prevented any other municipality from passing something similar. Governor Pat McCrory immediately signed the legislation into law, protecting girls and women from being confronted by biologic males in the most intimate of facilities including restrooms and showers. The victory came only after sustained public pressure from the grassroots, including many rallies and public demonstrations.

Betrayal: In Georgia, turncoat Republican Governor Nathan Deal just vetoed an extremely modest bill to protect pastors and churches from having to participate in same-sex 'weddings' and give some minor protection to religious schools from having to hire someone who openly opposes their religious beliefs. Deal ignored dozens of examples of discrimination against people of faith that have occurred across the country and instead adopted the approach advocated by LGBT extremists that any accommodation of religious objections to gay 'marriage' amounts to "discrimination" against gays and lesbians. Deal and the extremists demand that every single person, religious organization and small business in Georgia agree to personally participate in a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony if asked, regardless of their deeply-held religious views.

Backlash: It is now clear that LGBT extremists and the left will accept absolutely no dissent from the orthodoxy they wish to impose on the country and they are prepared to utilize cultural and economic threats to get their way. In Georgia, the head of the grossly-misnamed Human Right Campaign demanded that Hollywood studios and production companies threaten to withdraw all television and movie productions from Georgia if Governor Deal signed the legislation protecting pastors and churches from participating in same-sex ceremonies. Within days a who's who of Hollywood weighed in with statements against the legislation including Walt Disney Co., MGM, Sony, Lionsgate, 21st Century Fox, Discovery, Time Warner, CBS, and NBC, among others. Corporate America had already been working against the legislation for weeks and a group of giant businesses under the name Georgia Prospers was successful in stripping the legislation of most of the most important legal protections that are needed to help small businesses and other people of faith. Nonetheless, the NCAA expressed their concerns about "discrimination" and the National Football League went so far as to suggest that the legislation would damage the ability of the state to again host a Super Bowl. Activists suggested that this legislation could cost Georgia billions of dollars in revenues as companies and events withdrew from the state.

Remember, all of this manufactured outrage was over not forcing pastors and churches to participate in same-sex "weddings" that violate their religious beliefs.

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Meanwhile the situation in North Carolina has sparked similar manufactured outrage from the wealthy and the connected. LGBT groups have labeled it "blatantly discriminatory" and "the most extreme bill of its kind in the nation." Just as predictably, corporate America and the sports industry immediately followed suit with American Airlines and Wells Fargo speaking out against the legislation, and the National Basketball Association hinting it might move the 2017 All Star game out of Charlotte. Plans for public protests and boycotts are in the works.

All this because lawmakers in North Carolina do not think it is appropriate to subject girls and women to being confronted by biologic males in intimate facilities like bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.

The situation we are facing is a clarion call for us to rise up and fight back like we've never fought before. We cannot allow corporate bullies and the cultural elite to destroy to social fabric of this nation, stripping it of common sense and essential principles guaranteed by our constitution.

NOM is on the front lines fighting for marriage and religious liberty, but we can be successful only to the extent that you supply us with the resources needed to carry out the fight. That's why it is so important that you rise up and help us fight by making a generous contribution today of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more so that we can challenge the powerful and the connected in this critical cultural battle.

Unless we rise and fight together, the victories we've experienced — as in North Carolina, Arkansas and the great victory at the polls last fall in Houston– will be increasingly harder to come by.

Unless we rise and fight together, gutless Republican officials will continue to cave into pressure and abandon us, as Governor Mike Pence did in Indiana, Governor Dennis Daugaard did in South Carolina and now Governor Nathan Deal has done in Georgia.

And unless we rise and fight together, the corporate interests and cultural cronies on the left will have carte blanch to manufacture outrage anytime any common sense idea emerges from a state legislature or Congress to support a traditional view of human sexuality and biblical morality.

Make no mistake about it — what we are seeing develop in this alliance of LGBT extremists, corporate titans and sports billionaires is not going to stop at simply preventing the advance of legislation designed to protect people of faith. Emboldened by their successes and the retreat of those who had pledged to support people of faith, the activists will mount an all-out assault through the courts and legislatures to proactively force every American to salute their agenda at risk of massive civil fines, loss of livelihood and even imprisonment.

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Indeed, this push is already well underway, with victims of LGBT intolerance growing every day. Unless it is confronted, it is not going to end anytime soon.

The persecution merely started with the photographers, bakers and florists who have been fined and lost everything they owned simply because they personally did not want to participate in a same-sex 'wedding.' It won't be long before religious groups are forced to lend their facilities for the conduct of something they consider sinful (same-sex 'marriage') or risk losing their property leases, government contracts and grants. Religious schools will be forced to hire those who openly mock their religious beliefs or risk their accreditation and access to student grants and loans. Individuals will be fired and face huge fines for saying anything that offends a member of the LGBT community. And people who openly defy their obligations under the new orthodoxy may well face imprisonment.

Bullies must be confronted and defeated or they will wreak havoc on those they confront. NOM is fighting the LGBT bullies and extremists, including challenging their corporate allies and the gutless politicians who succumb to their pressure. Please rise up and stand with us in this fight by making a generous contribution to NOM today. Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more will be much appreciated and help us fight while there is still every opportunity to prevail.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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We Wish You A Blessed Easter



Dear Marriage Supporter,

All of us at NOM wish you and your family a Blessed Easter. This is one of the holiest times of year as Christians recall the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ on Easter is the most consequential day in human history. It is the single most important event that has ever occurred, giving proof to God's promise of everlasting life in heaven for those who believe in Jesus, our Savior and Lord. In Him, our sins are forgiven and we have the promise of eternity.

Our secular society has been working hard for many decades to take the spirituality out of Easter, and Christmas as well. A reverential appreciation of Christ's sacrifice on the cross where he paid the ultimate price for our sins has been replaced with marshmallow candies, jelly beans and the Easter Bunny. It's the same approach secular elites have taken with marriage — transforming it from an institution designed by God for the benefit of men and women and their children, into something that affirms adult sexual desires whatever they may happen to be.

The good news is found in the Good News. Christ is not a fictional fairy tale but the son of the living God who rules over heaven and earth. And marriage is what God created and no man can change, even when wearing a judicial robe. Both are eternal truths.

We have a lot to do in our fight to restore marriage to our laws and culture, and we are determined to undertake the hard work the cause demands, with you by our side. But for the next few days we pause to put causes and candidates aside to focus our mind and heart on the great blessing of Christ on the Cross.

May God richly bless you and yours during this beautiful Easter season.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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