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Accelerated Timeframe

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

With the Supreme Court's announcement a few weeks ago that they will be hearing a case this term that could decide the legal definition of marriage in America, we are now on the clock.

We have just a few short months to make our case for marriage before the Court weighs in.

With that in mind, we have scheduled the third annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC on April 25th, 2015.

And I need your help today to make this critically important March a success. Thanks to a generous donor who understands the incredible importance of this year's March, we have a matching grant in the amount of $100,000! That means every dollar you donate today will be matched dollar-for-dollar. And all contributions are deductible for federal income-tax purposes.

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Our first two Marches brought together thousands of marriage supporters in our Nation's capital to stand together for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and the truth that every child deserves both a mother and a father.

People from all across the country and all walks of life — men, women, and children; African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians; Evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox Jews — gathered in front of both the Capitol building and the Supreme Court to make the very clear point that the battle for marriage was not over in America... it was only just beginning.

This year's March will continue in the same vein and — God willing — greatly expand, bringing together more marriage supporters, more organizations, and more brave public figures willing to take a dramatic and public stance in defense of marriage!

Now is marriage's most critical hour. Now is the time to stand up and defend marriage.

We cannot sit idly by and just accept as fait accompli that the Supreme Court will rule against us and there's nothing we can do about it...

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Defeatism is a recipe for disaster, and exactly what the gay ‘marriage' lobby's carefully crafted strategic plan is designed to do: convince ordinary Americans that the battle is already lost and to give up the fight.

Indeed, the very fact that activists trying to redefine marriage are expending so much money in an effort to convince you to give up the fight means the fight is still very much alive

And guess what? Despite all the media hype, all the promotion of gay ‘marriage' on television and in Hollywood, all the claims of public attitudes changing at warp speed, the American people still are not buying the idea that marriage is anything but the union of one man and one woman.

In fact, a national poll was just released last week by the Associated Press showing that support for same-sex ‘marriage' stands at only 44%. Nearly as many, 39%, oppose it. What this means is that despite overwhelming cultural pressures to the contrary, we remain very much able to prevail in this battle.

And NOM will be fighting for marriage up to and beyond the Supreme Court's ruling... beginning with the 2015 March for Marriage!

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It really all comes down to us, and now is the time.

Sincerely,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S. With the Supreme Court's decision to hear a marriage case this term, our timeframe has been accelerated. I need your help today to execute our plans and make a statement that the Supreme Court will hear BEFORE they consider the case that may determine the legal definition of marriage in America.

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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Supreme Court For Failure To Stay Alabama Gay Marriage Ruling; Encourages Alabama Officials To Refuse To Comply

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"[A]llowing a lower court ruling that overturns a state marriage amendment adopted by over 80% of voters is reckless and undermines the integrity of the Court." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today sharply condemned a majority of the US Supreme Court for failing to follow existing protocol and issue a stay of a decision redefining marriage in Alabama and called on Alabama officials to refuse to comply with the lower federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"A majority of the Supreme Court has cast disrepute on the impartiality of the Court by refusing to follow previous protocol and issue a stay of a lower court ruling while it is being considered by the Court," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The issues in play are currently under review by the Supreme Court, and allowing a lower court ruling that overturns a state marriage amendment adopted by over 80% of voters is reckless and undermines the integrity of the Court. We call on the people of Alabama to continue to enforce their state marriage laws."

The people of Alabama adopted a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman with 81% voter support in 2006. The US Supreme Court has never ruled that such amendments are unconstitutional; in fact it has upheld traditional marriage laws as being constitutional which remains binding national precedent in Baker v Nelson.

"A single federal judge does not have the authority to overturn a state marriage amendment and the people of Alabama should refuse to go along with this order," said Brown. "We commend Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for ordering state probate judges, who are responsible for issuing marriage licenses, to enforce state law limiting marriage to one man and one woman and to refuse to issue licenses that violate state law. These probate judges have sworn an oath to the people of Alabama and they must honor their oath to the people they serve."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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NOM and Others Stand Against "Unprecedented Assaults" on Religious Freedom

The Washington Post reports:

More than a dozen prominent conservative groups and Catholic institutions are asking Capitol Hill leaders to overturn a pair of laws passed last year by the D.C. Council, calling them “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” setting the stage for a possible new intervention in the Democratic-majority city’s affairs from the Republican-majority Congress.

The laws being targeted would restrict the ability of private groups to discriminate based on religious beliefs. One bill, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, would prevent employers from taking action against workers based on their decision to use birth control or seek an abortion. Another bill, the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, repeals a longstanding, congressionally imposed measure exempting religious educational institutions from the city’s gay nondiscrimination law.

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The signers include leaders of Heritage Action for America, the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, as well as representatives from the Catholic University of America, the Archdiocese of Washington and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

You can find a copy of the letter here.

Please take a moment to join us in urging Congress to act to halt these dangerous bills. Contact Congress today and urge them to disapprove both the Reproductive Health NonDiscrimination Amendment Act of 2014 and Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 during the congressional review period.

New Poll Shows Strong Support for Traditional Marriage and Religious Liberty

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that the country is still very much divided over the question of the definition of marriage, especially regarding the inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights that ensues whenever marriage is redefined.

ABCNews reports:

524923339While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll.

The article goes on to note that, "The poll found that 44 percent of Americans favor and 39 percent oppose legal same-sex marriage in their own states, while 15 percent expressed no opinion."

It is as likely as not that many of those 15% are people who would, in private conversation, say that they support traditional marriage, but who might be afraid of expressing that opinion to a pollster or any other stranger, given the very public examples of hostility and bullying we've seen targeted at individuals and companies that take such a position.

Bottom line: the debate over marriage is very much alive - a fact the Supreme Court would do well to bear in mind when it weighs in on the matter later this year.

Have You Taken This Action to Defend Marriage?

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It's hard to believe it's already February. What happened to January?

Time is moving quickly... and so much is happening in the fight to defend marriage. I've recently sent you multiple action alerts to let you know how you can help stand up to the radicals trying to redefine marriage; and I'll be sending you more soon, I'm sure.

But today I'm asking you to act by means of your financial assistance: won't you please renew your NOM membership for 2015 by clicking here to make a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more if God has blessed you with the means?

If you make a donation in response to this email, I'll send you a copy of the book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” by former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was outrageously fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed because of the book's restatement of basic Biblical norms regarding marriage and sexuality.

So many of you have already responded and renewed your 2015 membership early in the year, allowing us to move quickly on multiple fronts to defend marriage—and for that I am very grateful.

But there are many left who have yet to renew their membership. I worry that some may be giving up on marriage at precisely the time when it's most urgent and essential to stand up for it, having been convinced by the media's lies and misinformation that this fight is somehow over.

Don't buy the propaganda of the same-sex 'marriage' lobby and left-wing media! Marriage is still worth fighting for!

If you haven't yet renewed your 2015 membership, won't you please consider doing so now to help NOM launch some critical initiatives in defense of marriage and religious liberty?

With the Supreme Court prepared to hear a case on marriage in the coming months, the work that you and I do today — right now — will make an impact that will be felt for generations to come.

Can I count on you in this pivotal time?

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

The Name It Deserves

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

It has often been said that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

The truth of this comes home to us in a powerful way nowadays as, around the country, we see (every day, it seems) more and more frequent attacks on the freedoms guaranteed under the first amendment: the freedoms of religion, expression, and assembly.

Yesterday, I wrote to you about how these freedoms are under attack in the very city that serves as the seat of our national government. The D.C. City Council recently passed two dangerous (and grossly misnamed) bills—the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act—that both put people of faith, and religiously-based schools and organizations, squarely in the crosshairs for bullying and intimidation in the service of a radical agenda.

Those out to redefine marriage and family have always wanted to crowd folks like you and me out of the public square: but now they're being given the ability to wield the strong arm of government in pursuit of this mission!

Please, if you haven't already done so, take a moment to act right away to notify Congress that these bills in D.C. are an affront to religious liberty and the rights of conscience and cannot be allowed to stand! Congress must use its powers of oversight in this matter to stop these bad laws from taking effect.

We need to stand up to this kind of bullying whenever we encounter it, but especially when it comes dressed up in the robes of the state authority. Indeed, then we shouldn't call it merely bullying at all, but assign it the true name it deserves: tyranny.

Tyranny is precisely the word, for example, to describe the rash of judicial rulings that has swept across the country since the Windsor decision in summer of 2013 that overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act. And that's not just my opinion: it's also the opinion of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, the Honorable Roy Moore.

Justice Moore sent a letter to Alabama's Governor, Robert Bentley, this week urging him to "continue to uphold and support the Alabama Constitution with respect to marriage, both for the welfare of [the state of Alabama] and for our posterity."

Moore's letter came in the wake of a ruling by a federal judge in Alabama that claimed the state's "Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" is supposedly unconstitutional. The amendment was approved by 81% of voters in just 2006, winning every county in the State. The judge's decision is currently stayed pending review by higher courts.

Moore encouraged Governor Bentley: "Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority" [emphasis added].

Marriage Supporter, this is the kind of principled stand we need more of our public officials to take—and we need to take such a stand ourselves, too.

The cause of religious liberty will be heating up around the country this year, with various state-based legislation being rolled out in coming weeks to try to protect our first freedoms against attacks and usurpations by out-of-touch politicians out to placate special interest groups.

Be assured, I will be writing to you separately about legislation in your state as soon as it is announced, urging you to support your elected officials' efforts to protect religious freedom and conscience rights and to become involved as a grassroots promotor of these important laws.

In the meantime, though, we can each do something today: contact the United States Congress and urge them to pass the critical Marriage and Religious Freedom Act during this session.

This bill protects religious individuals and entities from being targeted for bullying because of their religious convictions regarding marriage and family. It would especially prohibit use of the tax code for targeting these groups and individuals—something which, sadly, is not too far-fetched, given what we've seen under this administration of the IRS's politicization.

I look forward to working with you throughout the year to promote local and national legislation aimed at protecting both the sanctity of marriage and the first freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Your help is critical to these efforts, and I hope you'll help spread the word and continue promoting the cause of marriage in your own way however possible.

And as we work, let's remember that we're not alone in this fight! Lately, I have had a few opportunities to meet with marriage leaders throughout the globe, such as at the recent Vatican Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman. The experiences of these countries make it clear that we have a global fight to preserve marriage, and that the biggest threats to marriage are unfortunately coming from the West — led by the United States (and the lawless actions of President Obama) but also including some countries in western Europe.

It's nothing short of a new western imperialism for the Obama administration and his allies among gay and lesbian activists to attempt to export a radical view of marriage to the rest of the world. (Indeed, Pope Francis, on his recent trip to the Philippines, called it a kind of "ideological colonization.") There's something ironic in all this, seeing how President Obama's foreign policy strategy (to the extent he has one) is supposedly predicated on the idea that America must work in concert with the international community. You'd think that advice would apply to Obama's attempt to redefine marriage, as well, since the overwhelming majority of countries around the globe have rejected same-sex ‘marriage'...

And that leads me to a positive bit of news to share in closing this week: if you haven't already heard, the national parliament of Macedonia recently voted overwhelmingly (72-4) to create constitutional provisions limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman. And the people of Slovakia are very likely to do the same in a national referendum in little over a week's time!

Be encouraged by these promising signs, and know that we're part of a large coalition dedicated to the truth of marriage that represents the vast majority of people living on this earth. Thank you for all you do in defense of marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. We are honored to be devoted to this cause with you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Congress Must Send a Message

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The D.C. City Council is at it again. This time, they've passed two egregiously intrusive and offensive pieces of legislation which, if they were to take effect, would severely curtail the first amendment rights of individuals and organizations within the district who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman and in the sanctity of unborn life.

Fortunately, laws of this nature passed by the Council must be reviewed by Congress, and Congress has the authority to disapprove the action and stop it from becoming law. Click here to urge Congress to protect our first freedoms in the District of Columbia and to send a message nationwide that laws curtailing our freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly will not be allowed to stand in this nation founded on such liberties!

The first of the two new bills, recently signed by the Mayor of D.C. and set to take effect unless Congress acts, is the misleadingly-named Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014. Among the many concerns with this act is that it could be used to require religious institutions, pro-life advocacy organizations, and faith-based employers to subsidize elective abortions through their employer-provided healthcare plans!

The second bill is equally insidious. The Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 would require religiously affiliated educational institutions to provide for the communication to their students of messages about human sexuality that run directly counter to those organizations' deeply held beliefs!

Marriage Supporter, this is simply outrageous. Click here right away to tell Congress to use its power to ensure that these horrendous bills never become law.

This is about more than just the District of Columbia. Congress needs to use this moment to send a message and to lead the nation and give state and local legislatures notice: the first freedoms are not to be abridged to suit radical special interests or serve the ends of political correctness and popularity.

Religious freedom, along with the freedoms and assembly and expression, stands at the foundation of our Republic. These freedoms are, in a very real way, the reason for why America exists in the first place. We cannot allow the slow chipping away at these basic liberties that has been going on around the country to continue.

Please take a moment, after you take action today, to share this important message with your family and friends. We need to remain vigilant in defense of marriage and our first freedoms, which our constitution is supposed to guarantee from usurpation by governmental entities like the DC Council. Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


What Is Membership?

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As the first month of 2015 rapidly comes to a close, I'm asking you to please consider clicking here to renew your membership in the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) with a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more.

In just 3 short months, the United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case that could well determine the future of marriage in America... a case that could deliver a great victory for us, or turn out to be the Roe v Wade of marriage.

We are working our tails off to ensure victory and to make sure the Supreme Court knows that millions of Americans like you continue to stand for the truth of marriage and will not ever accept the notion that marriage is somehow unconstitutional and subject to redefinition by activist judges.

And in June we expect to know their decision — whether they hold to legal precedent (in Baker v Nelson) that states have a right to pass laws regulating marriage; or whether they try to create a fictitious legal "right" to same-sex ‘marriage.'

But regardless of what the court decides, NOM will continue fighting to defend marriage and religious liberty!

I have to tell you, I am really excited about our opportunities this year. We're in the best position we've been in in years thanks to the support of you and other members of NOM.

With a solid pro-marriage majority in both the House and the US Senate, populated by real marriage champions like Representatives Raul Labrador and John Fleming in the House and Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and newly elected Thom Tillis and Tom Cotton in the Senate, we are in a great position to advance critical legislation.

In fact, our federal team is already hard at work on several bills including protecting the right of every American to be free of government punishment for defending the truth of marriage in the daily lives.

In addition to work in Congress, we're also working behind the scenes to advance critical legislation at the state level, where a huge majority of pro-marriage legislators and Governors now hold office across the land.

We're also working hard to make sure the next Republican presidential nominee is a trusted conservative and marriage supporter. We'll have an announcement soon about our new presidential pledge that we will ask every candidate to sign. It could be a game-changer in the presidential contest, because it is going to put candidates' feet to the fire.

But all of this and more can happen only if we have the continued support of members like you. Please renew your membership today.

It's so important that when you respond to this email with a donation, I'm going to send you a copy of the book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" by former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

NOM has joined with many other groups to help Chief Cochran fight the outrageous decision of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to fire him because Chief Cochran's book is true to Biblical norms on marriage and sexuality.

And membership to NOM means you will receive numerous benefits including:

  • A quarterly subscription of our print newsletter, Marriage & Liberty, which will keep you informed about all the fights to defend marriage around the country;

  • My weekly "insider" update emails on the latest news of the marriage fight; and

  • Opportunities to make your opinions known through periodic members-only surveys on critical issues facing marriage in 2015.

Most importantly, you will be standing up in defense of marriage, a part of NOM, the largest and most vocal champion of marriage in America today. I am proud to represent your voice and your values in the fight to defend marriage, and I ask that you allow me to do so once again.

Renewing your membership today is important because marriage is at a critical point in history.

We have a big year ahead of us as we attempt to pass legislation protecting religious liberty on the federal and state level so that ordinary Americans who believe in marriage aren't penalized by the government for their beliefs.

We have to organize and carry out the third annual March for Marriage — the focal point for the marriage counter-revolution... a national grassroots uprising designed to make a powerful statement that cannot be ignored by the cultural and political elites who are trying to quietly reshape our society and our most precious institution of marriage.

In today's cultural climate where marriage is constantly under attack from the courts, from the media, from Hollywood, from an increasing number of major players in corporate America and from the Obama Administration, NOM's work defending marriage and the faith communities that sustain it is more critical than ever!

Marriage is at a tipping point — and your renewed financial investment in NOM will put you on the front lines of the fight to defend society's most important institution!

Please join me today in fighting back against those who are determined to redefine marriage at all costs. Help me provide real opportunities for the vast majority of the American people who believe in marriage to stand up and fight back!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


PS: Now is the time to stand up and be counted. Will 2015 be a year of boundless opportunity for marriage? Or will it be the year people who believed in marriage sat back and watched activist judges redefine it? Please join me today in standing for the truth about marriage. Click here to renew your membership with a generous donation to help take advantage of all the tremendous opportunities a pro-marriage Congress presents leading up to the inevitable Supreme Court case on marriage!

No Child Deserves to Be Orphaned

459428949In today’s world, it is not unusual to hear of fathers who are so busy with their work that they hardly, if ever, have time to spend with their children. In a recent address to his general audience, Pope Francis warned that such a lifestyle creates “orphans at home.”

He explained that many problems children encounter can be traced to these “absentee fathers”- fathers who when physically at home, don’t take time to actually be with their kids.

The absence of the paternal figure in the life of little ones and young people produces gaps and wounds which can also be very grave. And, in fact, the deviances of children and of adolescents can in good part be traced to this absence, to the lack of examples and of authoritative guides in their daily life – to the lack of closeness, to the lack of love on the part of fathers. The sense of orphan-hood that so many young people live is deeper than we think.

They are orphans, but within the family, because the fathers are often absent, also physically, from home but above all because, when they are home, they do not behave as fathers, they do not have a dialogue with their children. They do not fulfill their educational task; they do not give to their children – with their example accompanied by words --, those principles, those values, those rules of life that they need.

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Compared to his recent remarks praising mothers, Francis’s words for fathers seem harsh. However, the Bishop of Rome is not looking to praise only one parent or disparage the other, but rather highlight the importance of children being raised by both their mother and their father.

Francis stated that “a society without mothers would be a dehumanized society, for mothers are always, even in the worst moments, witnesses of tenderness, dedication and moral strength.” In the same way, a society without fathers is “lost”. Children look to their fathers as leaders of the family, as the one who will defend them and their mothers from the world, and quite simply, children need fathers for paternal guidance.

Francis himself acknowledged that his words were tough, but promised that next week he would speak about “the beauty of fatherhood.”

To state it simply, children need both a mother and a father. To deprive a child of one or the other is akin to orphaning them. Every child deserves a mother and father to foster, teach, and love them. No child deserves to be orphaned.

This Is It

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This is it, finally!

Last Friday, the United States Supreme Court announced that they will be hearing a case this term that could decide the future of marriage in America. They will hear oral arguments in April and issue their decision in June.

Over 50 million Americans who stood for marriage in 30 states will finally have their day in Court!

I have to tell you that I am totally pumped to finally get our day in court. I think the mainstream media is wrong and it will turn out that we win this case!

I just don't see how Justice Kennedy, likely the swing vote, can distance himself from the strong reasoning he used in the Windsor case where he said that states have historically regulated marriage and the federal government could not substitute its judgment for the decision of a state. Here we have the exact issue on the other side of the coin — the vast majority of states acted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and the federal government (acting through the federal judiciary) cannot countermand that decision.

What this means is that we have five very short months to make our case BEFORE the Supreme Court weighs in on marriage, and we have a lot of work to do!

Will you stand with NOM today by renewing your commitment to defending marriage with a $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more to help us make the case for marriage BEFORE the Supreme Court weighs in on marriage in the coming months?

I have met some people who are fatalistic and passive in the face of a pending Supreme Court decision, feeling that it's a fait accompli that the US Supreme Court will go against us.

Look, maybe in the end we will lose before the courts — I don't think we will but I don't have a crystal ball — but we will never lose marriage because marriage is a universal truth. And regardless, defeatism is a recipe for disaster, a byproduct of the gay 'marriage' lobby's carefully crafted strategic plan: to convince ordinary Americans that the battle is already lost and to give up the fight.

Let me be as clear as I can — we at NOM will never give up on marriage.

It doesn't matter what judges or politicians have to say about the issue — marriage has existed since time immemorial to bring men and women together and to provide the best environment for any children born of their union.

There are many other types of relationships that may contribute to human flourishing, but they are not marriage. Only the faithful, monogamous, permanent union of a men and a woman is a marriage. That is the reality of what marriage is, whether the law ultimately recognizes it or not.

In the next five months, NOM will work tirelessly to rally the American people, showing the Supreme Court that we are watching; and that the majority of citizens in this country still believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman and will never accept an illegitimate ruling redefining this most sacred institution.

We have a number of important projects on the drawing boards to communicate the benefits of marriage and advocate policies that support marriage.

Will you stand with us today to help us make a tremendous impact at the precise time when marriage is at its most critical stage in history?

It really all comes down to us, and now is the time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


PS: With the Supreme Court's decision to hear a marriage case this term, our timeframe has been accelerated. I need your help today to execute our plans and make a statement that the Supreme Court will hear BEFORE they consider the case the may determine the future of marriage in America. Please click here right now to make a generous donation to support NOM in its mission of protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Will Decide Marriage Cases

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you some breaking news: the Supreme Court has just announced that they will be hearing a case this term that could decide the future of marriage in America! The decision is expected to be made by June.

Here is a statement we released to the press just moments ago:

We are very pleased that the Supreme Court has chosen to review the 6th Circuit's ruling that found in favor of voters' right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is time for the 50 million Americans who stood for marriage in 30 states to have their day in court. We are confident that the Supreme Court has chosen the 6th Circuit case in order to affirm the finding of the Appeals court, just as it did in the cases of Windsor v. United States and Sabelius v. Hobby Lobby. We will be watching this case closely and anticipate an eventual victory for the democratic process, religious liberty, and the cherished institution of marriage which forms the very bedrock of our society.

Marriage Supporter, this is huge.

Please, right now, take a moment to recommit to standing with NOM and helping us rally the American people to let the Supreme Court know that we are watching, and that the majority of citizens in this country still believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Your donation of $25, $50, or $100 today will help us to rise to this momentous occasion and meet this monumental task.

Thank you for standing for marriage. Our day in court comes soon!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

Turn Outrage to Action Now!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The mask is off... supporters of same-sex "marriage" are now actually cheering at the idea of firing someone for their faith.

Fire Chief Cochran

As you well know, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran in Atlanta published a book about his faith standing up for the biblical teachings on biblical manhood that discussed Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality and he was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed.

Now Mayor Reed is trying to maintain that he was not fired for his faith but because he did not ask for permission to publish the book from the ethics board (untrue) and spoke about it publicly while an investigation was proceeding (again, untrue) and distributed it freely to employees (again, untrue).

Yesterday, the New York Times got into the act peddling these lies and others in its monstrosity of an op-ed "God, Gays, and the Atlanta Fire Department."

But the biggest and most dangerous lie the New York Times put forward is that Christians (and those of other faiths) who actually have the temerity to speak up on their beliefs (you know, don’t hide their light under a bushel) on marriage and sexuality, should be fired.

Yes, the New York Times actually states that employees "have the right to a boss who does not speak of them as second class citizens." When the Times says that we are speaking of employees as second class citizens, it lies again—of course we don't believe that—we just know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. And even though the Times acknowledged that there is absolutely no evidence that Mr. Cochran discriminated against gays or lesbians, it still argues that he should be fired because he had the temerity to publicly acknowledge his beliefs in this book.

The Times has just declared war on Christians and members of other faith communities that serve in government position. It is open season, according to the New York Times, to make sure that we lose our jobs. The new authoritarians now state openly that we can have our beliefs—we simply can’t talk about them. And then they are going to actually have the gall to say that "this is not about free speech or religious freedom."

Bill of Rights

Memo to the New York Times: This is precisely what free speech and religious freedom entail. Our founders prohibited "religious tests" within the constitution for government service so that governments could not punish, fire or refuse to hire those that did not hide their denomination and faith. It is not religious freedom to say that Kelvin Cochran or anyone else has the right to believe what he wants—he just can't talk about it.

This is OUTRAGEOUS. And I know you are as concerned as I am about this, because of the many emails and phone calls we've received. Now it’s time to turn outrage to action to stop the New Authoritarians.

NOM is supporting legislation at the state and federal level to stop the attack on marriage and religious liberty.

I urge you immediately to contact your Congressman and urge him or her to pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which will help protect religious liberty at the federal level. You can click here to do so.

I also ask that if you are a resident of Georgia (forward to friends in Georgia) that you immediately contact your state legislator to voice support for HB 29 to protect religious liberty.

Finally, we are counting on your continued support so that we can be your voice in the fight to protect marriage and religious liberty. And any donations we receive in response to this email will receive a free copy of Fire Chief Cochran’s book. This is a concrete way to help a hero for the faith because we’ll keep buying copies of the book to distribute as we run low.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Standing For Our Faith

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Right now, our friend Reverend Garland Hunt is preparing to lead the Standing for Our Faith Rally at the Georgia Capitol rotunda in support of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

At the center of the controversy down in Atlanta is a man who has served as a public official with a sterling record; and who is suddenly deemed ‘unfit' for service because he wrote in a book that he believes the Biblical truth about marriage and sexuality.

It's ridiculous . . . it's a violation of our sacred first amendment . . . and it's happening more and more frequently . . .

So now is when you and I must draw a line in the sand and put a stop to it!

Won't you please renew your membership for 2015 by making a generous gift of $25 or more to NOM right away so we will have the resources to intervene and support ordinary Americans like Chief Cochran when they come under attack from vicious same-sex ‘marriage' bullies?

And if you respond to this email by renewing your membership with a gift, I will send you a copy of Chief Cochran's book, "Who Told You That You Are Naked?" which is at the heart of this "controversy."

I had the pleasure of meeting Chief Cochran recently and two things immediately struck me. First, this is a man of obvious faith and integrity. And second, he is clearly being targeting for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Marriage Supporter, like you, it breaks my heart when I hear these stories . . . stories of ordinary Americans who love our country and serve it to the best of their ability — who are suddenly told that their service is not wanted any more . . . simply for the reason that they refuse to publicly acknowledge the lie that is same sex ‘marriage.'

Churches and people of faith built this country up, taking advantage of the incredible gift of religious liberty protected by our Constitution. Don't let these gifts be taken away from us!

Please act now. Renew your membership for 2015 by making a generous donation. And help NOM defend men and woman of faith all around the country from the attacks of intolerant, vicious bullies pushing a marriage redefinition agenda.

Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


PS: If you respond to this email by renewing your NOM membership for 2015 with a generous gift, I will send you a free copy of Fire Chief Cochran's book, "Who Told You That You Are Naked?" — a reflection on his faith and central beliefs about, among other things, marriage and family. Please stand with Chief Cochran and with NOM as we stand strong against the intolerant bullying of the radical left in their attempt to push a marriage redefinition agenda at all costs.

Stand with Chief Cochran

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last week I wrote urging you to sign our petition in support of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran of Atlanta who is being targeted for discrimination and intimidation simply for having exercised his right of free expression in writing a book detailing his Christian beliefs about marriage and family.

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Please, if you haven't already done so, sign this petition and join the thousands who have already responded in standing up against this most recent example of the egregious intolerance of those who want to drive good folks like you and me and Mr. Cochran from the public square!

In addition to signing the petition, I urge any of you who can make it to attend this rally being held tomorrow at the George Capitol Rotunda in support of Mr. Cochran and people of faith throughout America who refuse to be bullied and silenced.

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Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


National Organization for Marriage Says Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Is Illegitimate, Calls On Florida Officials to Enforce State Law and Demands US Supreme Court to Reaffirm Right of States To Define Marriage As Union Of One Man And One Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Florida officials should not go along with this illegitimate decree and should demand that state and local officials continue to enforce the marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by Florida voters in 2008." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' in Florida is the result of an illegitimate act by a federal judge and demanded that the US Supreme Court grant review of a pending case from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"It is simply illegitimate for the opinion of a federal district judge to trump the decision of millions of Floridians and attempt to redefine marriage in violation of Federal law," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Federal judges are acting as if the US Supreme Court has ordered same-sex marriage to be imposed, but in reality the Court has ruled that states have the right to define marriage. We demand that the US Supreme Court act immediately to review the pending marriage case before them and swiftly reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

In Windsor v United States, a narrow majority of the US Supreme Court ruled that a federal law defining marriage violated the federal constitution because that law conflicted with the right of states to define marriage. In the particular case, the state of New York had acted to redefine marriage, making it genderless, putting the definition of marriage chosen by New York lawmakers at odds with the federal definition of marriage. This pro states-rights ruling in Windsor has since been twisted by many federal judges, using it to falsely claim that traditional marriage provisions adopted by states are unconstitutional.

"The US Supreme Court has never ruled that traditional marriage is unconstitutional," said Brown. "In fact, they have specifically ruled that states have the right to define marriage. It is a travesty of justice that states are allowing federal judges to single-handedly decide the laws of marriage. Florida officials should not go along with this illegitimate decree and should demand that state and local officials continue to enforce the marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by Florida voters in 2008.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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