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Alabama Legislators Call for U.S. Constitution to Be Amended to Define and Protect Marriage

The Montgomery Advertiser reported recently that a resolution sponsored by Alabama State Representative Richard Laird passed the Alabama House, calling for an Article V convention to amend the Constitution of the United States:

Alabama FlagThe resolution, sponsored by Rep. Richard Laird, I-Roanoke, quotes a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that bans same-sex unions, and calls marriage “a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman.” The resolution also cites several court cases, including five from the 19th century. It goes on to say that the U.S. Supreme Court “officially severed its respect for marriage” last year, when it struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented the recognition of same-sex spouses under federal laws.

Laird’s resolution calls for an Article V convention, which would require 34 states to ask Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. According to the resolution, the convention would specifically propose an amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and bar legal recognition of any other form of marriage.

Read more here.

March for Marriage Website Now Live!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The alarming news about the resignation — or, more aptly, termination — of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is bringing to light the enormity of the threat that redefining marriage poses not just to marriage, but to the individual citizens who believe in it.

Indeed, defending marriage is inextricably tied to defending our religious liberties and, indeed, all of our precious first amendment rights. And that defense is core to our mission here at NOM.

Americans should be at liberty to voice their support for the institution of marriage without fear of reprisal or discrimination.

Standing up in defiant reaffirmation of these liberties is, as I have explained before, one of the main reasons we are marching for marriage again this year. The March for Marriage will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 19th, beginning at 11:00 am. And today, I'm happy to announce that our brand new 2014 March for Marriage website is up and running. Check it out!

On the site, you'll find all the resources you need to get involved and participate in this year's March, including:

In addition, you can view pictures from last year's march, read the March for Marriage news feed and (in development — check back soon!) shop at the online store for March for Marriage swag!

And, as always, we could really use your help in the form of institutional sponsorship or a fully tax-deductible donation in support of these historic efforts.

We're going to continue standing up to the bullies and haters who want you and me to shut up and get out of the public square. If they haven't realized it already, they'll get the idea pretty soon: we're not going away, and neither is the truth about marriage!

Will you please sign up to be a part of the movement today?

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

"The post-totalitarian system demands conformity, uniformity, and discipline"

In a brilliant piece by Mollie Hemingway at The Federalistshe draws upon the thinking of Czech leader Vaclav Havel (who once observed that "the post-totalitarian system demands conformity, uniformity, and discipline") to comment upon the recent dust-up at Mozilla over Brendan Eich's views on marriage.

Hemingway's piece is entitled "The Rise of the Same-sex Marriage Dissidents," and you should read the entire thing today. Here's a snippet:

Havel-FirefoxTo explain how dissent works, Havel introduced the manager of a hypothetical fruit-and-vegetable shop who places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: “Workers of the world, unite!” He’s not actually enthusiastic about the sign’s message. It’s just one of the things that people in a post-totalitarian system do even if they “never think about” what it means. He does it because everyone does it. It’s what you do to get along in life and live “in harmony with society.” (For our purposes, you can imagine that slogan is a red equal sign that you put up on your Facebook page.)

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Did we mindlessly put up red equal signs when we hadn’t even thought about what marriage is? Did we rush to fit in by telling others we supported same-sex marriage? Did we even go so far as to characterize as “bigots” or as “Hitlers” those who held views about the importance of natural marriage?

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In the greengrocer scenario, Havel notes that if the text of the sign read “I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient,” he might be embarrassed and ashamed to put it up. The dissidents are the ones who, by refusing to put the sign up, or refusing to recant, shine a huge light on the system, including the ones who go along to get along. All of a sudden those Facebook signs, those reflexive statements, those cries of “Bigot!” look less like shows of strength and more like shows of weakness.

If you haven't yet followed NOM's call-to-action over the Eich controversy, please take some time to do so today.

"Notre Dame, you have a voice..."

A group of plucky students at Notre Dame made news this week with a petition to the University officials "to take up the defense of marriage at this pivotal moment in the national discussion surrounding this foundational institution."

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The petition was created by members of the newly formed Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), made up of undergraduate and graduate students at the University...

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A co-founder of the group, Tiernan Kane, told The Cardinal Newman Society that he believes the university should take the lead on marriage.

"The Catholic Church's teaching on marriage, which is universally intelligible to human reason, is informed by a tradition of philosophical reflection that reaches back at least as far as Plato," [Kane] said. "As the nation's premier Catholic university, Notre Dame has the ability, and thus the responsibility, to contribute to--indeed, to lead--public discourse about marriage."

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Senior Michael Bradley, a co-founder of the group, told The Cardinal Newman Society that the administration has been "entirely mute on marriage" while publicly supporting the Dream Act and other contested political issues.  [Bradley] said, "Notre Dame, you have a voice, and it would mean a lot in defense of Church teaching."

Bravo to these brave young men and women!

National Organization for Marriage: 2014 March for Marriage Promises to be "Greatly Successful," Early Responses Enthusiastic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"The March for Marriage is our way of showing that there still exists in this country deep and wide support for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Our nation's youth, in particular, need to see that they are not alone in cherishing the values that have been passed down to them." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is organizing a "March for Marriage" in the nation's capital on June 19th of this year. Last year, the first ever "March for Marriage" drew several thousands to the National Mall to express support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Event organizers say this year's event is expected to be even larger and more successful.

"The March for Marriage is our way of showing that there still exists in this country deep and wide support for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brown, NOM's president. "Our nation's youth, in particular, need to see that they are not alone in cherishing the values that have been passed down to them, and that they mustn't stay silent in the face of a small, aggressive lobby and a bullying media bent on furthering an agenda."

Brown said that this week has brought encouraging signs of growing enthusiasm and support for the March. Specifically, he cited an April 7 letter co-signed by two Catholic prelates at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and sent to the Catholic Bishops of the nation, in which the two officials said that they "are very grateful for this opportunity to express [their] support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this event."

In their respective capacities as Chairmen of the USCCB's Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco wrote to their fellow Bishops: "[T]his year's March for Marriage will provide an ideal occasion for participants to celebrate and give public witness to the unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman at a time when the religious liberties and conscience rights of those who promote and defend marriage are increasingly threatened. ... We kindly ask that you promote the march in your diocese and parishes and encourage participation where possible."

Brown said that many other pro-family organizations and faith groups are coalescing behind the March for Marriage initiative, and that he anticipates that their support will lend to a "greatly successful" event.

The March for Marriage website is https://www.marriagemarch.org/. The Bishops' letter can be found here.

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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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The Mask is Off

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The bullies who now control the gay marriage movement have claimed another scalp in their never-ending quest to silence people of faith and others who continue to support the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. They've forced Brendan Eich, the inventor of Javascript and CEO at Mozilla (the company that makes the Firefox web browser) to leave the company he has helped lead for many years. His crime? Back in 2008 Eich contributed $1,000 to support Proposition 8 defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Their actions escalate a pattern of behavior that makes it crystal clear that the mask is off any pretense of tolerance for different opinions on marriage. The message is clear: no matter your talents, accomplishments and capabilities, opposition to 'gay marriage' utterly disqualifies you from corporate leadership and employment, and even meaningful participation in civil society.

This is not the first episode of this type of totalitarian aggression by the gay 'marriage' thought police. When Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, expressed his support for true marriage, there were calls for his company to be banned in cities such as Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame was suspended by the A&E television network for expressing his support for biblical principles of marriage.

These are merely the best known of the victims. There are many, many others you don't hear much about, like the manager of a Mexican restaurant, the operator of an ice cream parlor, and an executive with a musical theatre company. They all committed the same "crime" — publicly supporting true marriage.

Folks, we're at the point where we either surrender or we stand up.

A commenter on the forced resignation of Brendan Eich had a great suggestion as a way of responding: first, she deleted the Mozilla Firefox browser from her computer, and then she made a contribution to NOM.

The only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them. That's why we're asking you to take a public stance and join with thousands of others at the Keep The Republic And Marriage website. By making a donation to NOM of any amount, you will be demonstrating that you will not be cowered into silence or bullied into submission, and that you will fight for the right guaranteed to every American under the constitution to speak out freely in support of true marriage.

Please help us send a powerful message to the country that this type of bullying and totalitarian behavior will not be tolerated. Thank you for acting today.

National Organization for Marriage Calls On Consumers to Remove Mozilla Firefox Browser in Protest of Removal of Mozilla’s CEO For Supporting Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


This is a McCarthyesque witch hunt that makes the term 'thought police' seem modest. We urge all consumers to remove Mozilla's Firefox web browser from their computers as a sign of protest." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on Americans to remove the web browser Mozilla Firefox from their personal computers to protest the company forcing out its CEO over his support of Proposition 8, the 2008 campaign to preserve marriage in California as the union of one man and one woman. NOM called the dismissal of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla a "McCarthyesque witch hunt" that reflects the desire of gay rights activists to punish anyone in society who fails to support their agenda of redefining marriage.

"When Brendon Eich made his modest contribution to support Proposition 8, Barack Obama was on the ballot as a candidate who said he believed marriage was the union of one man and one woman. Now Eich has been the target of a vicious character attack by gay activists who have forced him out of the company he has helped lead for years," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "This is a McCarthyesque witch hunt that makes the term 'thought police' seem modest. We urge all consumers to remove Mozilla's Firefox web browser from their computers as a sign of protest."

Brown noted that when gay activists targeted the CEO of the Chick-fil-A company for expressing his support of marriage, the mayors of cities such as Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC declared that the company would not be permitted to do business in their cities. He also noted that the A&E television network suspended Phil Robertson from the Duck Dynasty show when Robertson, a prominent Christian, expressed his support for marriage.

"This attack to deny Mr. Eich his livelihood for supporting true marriage is a continuation of the shameful pattern we have consistently seen from gay activists. It basically says to all those in America and around the world who believe in a view of marriage that is consistent with the teachings of their faith that they are all bigots and haters and there is no place for them in civil society. This is the totalitarian worldview we will all be under if marriage ultimately is redefined in the law."

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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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The National Organization for Marriage Condemns Judge's Indication to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


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The following statement should be attributed to Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage(NOM).

Washington, D.C. — "We condemn the indication from Judge Timothy Black that he will order the state of Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere in violation of the Ohio constitution. This is an affront to the rule of law and to the people of Ohio who voted overwhelmingly to define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman. The judge joins a list of others who have shamefully substituted their own views for the considered judgment of the people of America. We call on the state to be ready to file a vigorous appeal of this coming ruling, and for the US Supreme Court to move expeditiously to rule on this issue. Less than a year ago, the US Supreme Court held that it is up to the states to define marriage, and the federal government could not substitute its own definition of marriage for the judgment of the states. Judge Black and other federal judges have twisted this ruling into something unrecognizable. We call on the US Supreme Court to establish for good that the sovereign states have the ability to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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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

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

Gay British Critics on Redefining Marriage: "A Disastrous Miscalculation"

The Christian Institute reports:

London, UKSame-sex marriage"fundamentally changes" the definition of the institution and only a few homosexual "protesters" even wanted the change, two gay commentators have said.

Art critic Brian Sewell and newspaper columnist Andrew Pierce made their comments as the first same-sex weddings in the UK took place on Saturday.

The article continues:

[Sewell] commented that British society is “rooted” in Christianity, and that most homosexuals "are happy to respect the deeply held belief of sincere, thoughtful and informed Christians" who support marriage between one man and one woman.

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Pierce said... the introduction of same-sex marriage was "politically, a disastrous miscalculation".

He commented that politicians "offended millions of people by arrogantly redefining the meaning of the relationship between a man and a woman that has been the bedrock of society for thousands of years.

"They also placed the Church in an invidious position by suggesting it had a moral duty to perform gay marriage ceremonies when vast numbers of clergy and ordinary church-goers are opposed to them."

Read the full article.

Thank World Vision for Standing for Marriage!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This week, World Vision, under pressure from radical gay activists, indicated that it would be changing its policies to allow the hiring of individuals engaged in homosexual 'marriages,' despite the organization's core commitment to engaging staff that bear witness to Christian values — including the value of the sanctity of marriage between a husband and wife.

Very quickly, though, the organization's leadership changed course and decided instead to stand up to the same-sex 'marriage' bullies and to stand by its guiding principles and the values of its many supporters: on Wednesday the board voted unanimously to continue to "stand on the traditional belief on the authority of Scripture."

Immediately following the decision, World Vision's President, Richard Stearns, wrote to supporters saying, "We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness." He went on, saying:

In our board's effort to unite around the church's shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.'s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith ... We also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian Partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.

World Vision needs and deserves our thanks! Click here to send a note of appreciation to World Vision's leadership for standing firmly behind the Christian value of marriage as the union of husband and wife.

The National Organization for Marriage is joining together with The Manhattan Declaration and Christian Union, along with many other pro-family organizations, to support World Vision for its courage in the face of what must be intense pressure from the same-sex 'marriage' lobby. We know too well how intolerant and vicious the activists out to redefine marriage and family can be.

This is why it is so important, when an organization like World Vision stands up bravely against such pressures, to express our admiration and thanks. Won't you join me today in encouraging World Vision to remain firm in its commitment to marriage and its foundational Christian beliefs?

We also want to spread the word about this momentous demonstration of courage and commitment, using all means available.

Along with the Manhattan Declaration and Christian Union, we have launched a Facebook page called World Vision Standing for Marriage, and we are encouraging everyone to like this page and to share it with their friends.

Please visit the page today, and post a word of encouragement and support.

Standing up for marriage can be difficult in today's world, as you and I very well know. That is why it is so important to stand together with those who have the courage of their convictions to speak up boldly for marriage as God designed it.

Let us all pray for one another and for World Vision as we stand together to witness before our culture to the immense good of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

Is President Obama Using the Crisis in Crimea to Punish Russian Christians?

A recent LifeSiteNews article by Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D. should have Christians the world over very worried about the actions of President Obama and his Administration.  In America we have seen his very active efforts to impose genderless marriage on all the states and the Department of Justice’s actions against our First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.  However, now Mr. Obama has taken his attack on the Christian view of marriage across the globe.

ObamaAs part of the sanctions the Obama Administration has imposed on Russia for their adventurism in Crimea, the White House published a list of Russian officials impacted by the sanctions.  However, there is one name on the list that has many people scratching their heads - Yelena Mizulina, chair of the Russian Duma’s Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, and a staunch defender of the Christian view of marriage.

The official White House press release, titled “Fact Sheet: Ukraine-Related Sanctions,” states that the sanctions are a “response to the Russian government’s actions contributing to the crisis in Ukraine.”  Yet in the description of the alleged crimes of the sanctioned Russian individuals, Ms. Mizulina is simply described as being sanctioned  “for her status as a State Duma Deputy."

"President Obama is using the economic sanctions against Yelena Mizulina to send a very clear message to Russian Christians," Fr. Maxim Obukhov, the father of the Russian pro-life movement, told LifeSiteNews. "There is much talk about a cold war, but President Obama has openly declared war upon Christians who oppose the culture of death both at home and abroad."

National Organization for Marriage Expresses Gratitude for World Vision’s Reaffirmation of the Sanctity of Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Today's reversal is cause for celebration and congratulation. World Vision has listened to their supporters and congregations worldwide and chosen to stand by the Christian truth of marriage in spite of what must be immense pressure from the radical same-sex 'marriage' lobby." — Brian Brown, NOM President —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage today expressed gratitude to World Vision's Leadership and Board for reaffirming the sanctity of marriage and the pivotal importance of marriage to Christian tradition and life.

"The Christian view of marriage clearly holds that it is the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM President. "It was for this reason that many were dismayed earlier this week by the news that World Vision was compromising its stance upon this Biblical value by a new policy that would recognize the validity of 'marriage' between same-sex persons. Today's reversal is cause for celebration and congratulation. World Vision has listened to their supporters and congregations worldwide and chosen to stand by the Christian truth of marriage in spite of what must be immense pressure from the radical same-sex 'marriage' lobby."

World Vision's website explains that the organization will "bear witness to the redemption offered only through faith in Jesus Christ. The staff we engage are equipped by belief and practice to bear this witness. We will maintain our identity as Christian while being sensitive to the diverse contexts in which we express that identity." Brown identified this as the crux of the tension that erupted earlier in the week.

"World Vision expects those it engages as staff to live by the Christian principles and teachings to which the organization was founded to bear witness," Brown explained. "This is why so many people were upset by the organization's proposal to begin hiring staff who had participated in same-sex 'marriages.' The truth of the Christian message is that love for all and respect for God's will in marriage are not exclusive propositions: they can, indeed they must, coincide. True love for all of God's children means recognizing and holding sacred God's plan for the human family."

The National Organization for Marriage is joining with Christian Union and The Manhattan Declaration in encouraging their supporters to visit http://www.facebook.com/WorldVisionStandingforMarriage and express appreciation for the Board's decision.

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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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Michigan's Catholic Bishops: Judge's decision "strikes at the very essence of family, community and human nature"

The Catholic bishops of the seven archdioceses and dioceses of Michigan released a statement Friday responding to the decision by federal district court Judge Bernard Friedman finding Michigan's Marriage Amendment unconstitutional - a decision they called "most regrettable."

Bishop CassockThe statement is posted on the site of the Michigan Catholic Conference, and reads in part:

Today’s decision from federal district court Judge Bernard Friedman to redefine the institution of marriage by declaring Michigan’s Marriage Amendment unconstitutional strikes at the very essence of family, community and human nature. In effect, this decision advances a misunderstanding of marriage, and mistakenly proposes that marriage is an emotional arrangement that can simply be redefined to accommodate the dictates of culture and the wants of adults.

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Going forward, we, the Catholic bishops of this state, working through the Michigan Catholic Conference, will collaborate with those who are upholding Michigan’s Marriage Amendment and adoption statute and will assist to the greatest extent possible efforts to appeal Judge Friedman’s most regrettable ruling.

Read the full statement here.

Three Ways to Get Involved

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've been asked by some people why I'm leading the effort to have another March for Marriage this year. They wonder why it is important, and what this event means for the marriage movement.

I have explained to them that the essential purpose behind the March for Marriage is to send a clear and vital message to marriage advocates nationwide, and particularly to the many young people around our nation who may sometimes feel rather alone in holding on to the values of marriage and family passed down to them in their upbringing.

That message is: Countless millions of your fellow citizens SHARE your values! Take heart and stand with them!

While much of the talk and effort in the marriage movement naturally focuses on our leaders occupying the halls of power and the ivory towers shaping public opinion from within the media and the academy, here in America we believe in the strength of the ordinary citizen to change society for the better.

The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity, but an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children will literally alter the destiny of nations. — GK Chesterton

As a result, I firmly believe that the greatest asset in the marriage fight is you — you, your family, and the many individuals, families, and organizations that share your values.

The path to victory for marriage and for the protection of kids' rights to both a mother and a father does not begin on Wall Street or Pennsylvania Avenue, but on Main Street. What we need in this movement — now more than ever — is for the American people to rally behind this good and noble cause. And in order to do that marriage supporters everywhere need to be encouraged and supported to stand up and speak out on behalf of marriage by the knowledge that they are not alone. The March for Marriage is our way of giving them that encouragement and support.

The 2014 March for Marriage is just about three months away — June 19 — and just as NOM is busy planning for this great event, it is important for you today to consider how you can become engaged and help make this milestone a success.

So please allow me to share with you three ideas of ways you can get involved today.

Spread the Word!

Next Wednesday, March 26th, NOM and our coalition partners for the March for Marriage are going to take to social media and try to generate some buzz so that people can become informed about the March and begin planning to attend or to support the effort in some other way.

We're #Marching4Marriage on June 19th, and we're going to let the world know why!

Next Wednesday is the anniversary of the fateful hearing in the case of Perry v. Hollingsworth — the Proposition 8 case. On that day, the voices and values of the voters of California were put on trial before the Supreme Court. And unfortunately, when the decision came down, those voices and values were silenced by the activist judges of lower courts.

It is an outrage to think how, in California and elsewhere, citizens have had their will ignored and overturned by self-interested elites in league with a powerful lobby funneling big money from Hollywood into their campaign coffers.

And as these pro-marriage voters have been relegated to second-class citizenship status behind a privileged and protected class of bullies, insult has been added to the injury: not only have they been told to shut up and get out of the way, but they've been called names while being shoved to the sidelines — they've been called bigots and haters and worse.

Bakers, photographers, florists, and others have been dragged into court and told that sacrificing their beliefs and betraying their consciences is "the price of citizenship.” Kids in schools have had to hear their parents' values insulted and smeared by intolerant ideologues, and have been sent to the principal's office for exercising their rights of free speech. Military chaplains have seen a culture of intimidation and fear built up around their office, and the attention they pay to the men and women they serve has been divided by the need to watch over their shoulder for the lurking P.C. police.

All of these things and more add to the litany of reasons we're #Marching4Marriage:

  • We're #Marching4Marriage because kids deserve a mom and a dad.

  • We're #Marching4Marriage because citizens' values demand a voice.

  • We're #Marching4Marriage because it's not bigotry to acknowledge biological fact.

  • We're #Marching4Marriage because running a business shouldn't mean shutting the door on your beliefs.

  • We're #Marching4Marriage because marriage is the very foundation on which our society stands.

How about you? What reasons could you add?

Join us next Wednesday, and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter! Follow the hashtag #Marching4Marriage, and use that hashtag to let us know why you're marching for marriage, too!

Your help in spreading the word is vital to this effort. So please share the news about this event and let's make sure everyone knows why we're #Marching4Marriage on June 19th!

Become a Bus Captain!

A second way you can start planning to be involved in the March is by planning and facilitating a bus to bring people to the March.

If you want more information on how to do this, it's as simple as clicking this link and sending us an email. We'll get back to you with some materials that should help you plan and promote your effort.

This information will include specific schedule and location information and a host of other details you'll need to successfully organize a trip!

But in the meantime, I want to help demystify what might seem to you to be too big a task. Remember, don't be discouraged — you can do it!

Here are some ideas that will help get your mind on the right track:

  • Think of bus-trips you've been on in the past: how did they do it? Do you know the organizers? Can they help put you in touch with a good reliable bus company?

  • Ask local churches or schools, the kinds of folks that probably have experience planning trips, and see if they can give you some tips and advice.

  • Consider contacting your travel agent for some guidance.

  • If you're a do-it-yourself type, make sure to search for multiple bus companies and get competing quotes — and always be sure to read the reviews!

Once you've found a bus you might want to use, you need to fill it and fund it! So...

  • Talk to a local group or church you're involved with and ask if you can post a sign-up sheet or give out some fliers; and see if anyone else involved is interested in helping you coordinate!

  • Ask the church or group if there's an opportunity to help underwrite the cost of the bus, or at least help fundraise.

  • Try to find out if a local religious radio station or publication or some local faithful business leaders would consider helping you promote your bus or even help sponsor it to save on costs.

  • Consider starting an online group — maybe on Facebook (click to find out how) to help keep track of everything.

Remember: as I said above, I know this can seem like a big task. But you can do it! I hope you'll consider taking the bull by the horns and becoming a leader in your community for this important cause!

Take Advantage of Lobby Day!

On the day of the March, we're also providing a chance for those able to stay in town a couple extra hours to visit with their elected officials and their staff to speak about marriage. The National Marriage Lobby Day will start at about 2:30 in the afternoon on the 19th after the March itself is wrapped up.

If you want more information about Lobby Day, send us an email with your full address information so we can figure out who you'd be meeting with and we will get back to you with more details about this exciting opportunity.

Remember, we'll need your full name, street address, city, state, and zip code to help begin planning for your attendance at Lobby Day. Your cell phone number would be very helpful as well,
particularly during Lobby Day itself.

If you can't make it to D.C. for the March, you can also request a lobbying packet that you can use locally in your area — just send us an email with the request!

I hope you'll consider taking part in this exciting new initiative!

Please generously consider these three ways of being involved in helping the March for Marriage to be a great success.

This is our best way of showing the American people that the marriage movement is still vibrant in our country, and that those who stand in defense of the simple common-sense wisdom that marriage is the union of one man and one woman are not going away.

I hope, in particular, that you'll join us next Wednesday, on March 26th, in telling the world via social media why we're #Marching4Marriage again this year! Which reminds me...

There is one reason that I did not mention above about why I'm marching for marriage, and I would be remiss if I didn't add it here: it's you.

I'm #Marching4Marriage because it is quite frankly my honor and privilege to stand with you and countless others like you around our nation: good, courageous patriots who have remained strong in this most important cultural and political battle.

I am deeply grateful for that honor, and I look forward to Marching with you.

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

National Marriage Lobby Day!

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I wrote you a few weeks back letting you know that on June 19, 2014 NOM will be hosting the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC. And, this year, we have added an extremely exciting component to the day: Marriage Lobby Day!

In the afternoon following the March, starting at 2:30, we are organizing the opportunity for Marchers from all around the country to meet with their Senator, Representative or their staff!

Won't you please support Marriage Lobby Day on June 19th and all of NOM's lobbying efforts to give voice to your values in defense of marriage by making a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 today?

Last year's tremendously successful March brought thousands of marriage champions to the nation's capitol the day the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. We sent a clear message to the powers that be in Washington that Americans believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that children deserve both a mom and a dad. The voices and presence of several thousand marriage champions echoed through the halls of Congress and the Supreme Court that day.

This year, potentially thousands of marriage supporters from all over the country will have the chance to meet with their federal Senators and Representatives to tell them about the importance of defending marriage, religious liberty and the rule of law.

If you are planning to come to the March for Marriage and would like to participate in the Lobby Day, please respond to this email and include your full name, street address, city, state, zip code and (optionally) your cell phone to help us coordinate activities on the day of the events.

What's more... the tens of thousands of supporters who sign up to participate in our virtual march (another new component of this year's March program) will have the opportunity to request their own lobbying packet, allowing them to continue the impact of the Marriage Lobby Day throughout the summer and year.

You see, last year the Supreme Court gave us something of a split decision in the Windsor case involving DOMA. While tragically invalidating a section of DOMA that defined marriage under federal law, the Court reaffirmed that marriage is and always has been in the purview of the states to regulate and define.

This gives us a new impetus to our already vibrant defense of marriage in the states and at the federal level! And since the vast majority of states already define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, we continue to engage the battle from a position of strength!

Unfortunately, the Obama administration and federal judges across the country are doing everything in their power — including ignoring the plain words of last summer's Supreme Court decisions — to impose same-sex marriage on everyone nationwide.

The number one way marriage champions can stem this lawless onslaught is to demand that their elected representatives pass legislation that not only protects marriage and the right of states to define the institution as they deem fit, but to also protect our fundamental First Amendment rights.

Right now there are several bills before Congress that would accomplish these things, and NOM wants to make this incredible opportunity to lobby Congress on June 19th available to as many people as so desire.

Won't you please support NOM's efforts to fight back against the disregard of the Obama administration and federal judges for marriage and the values of millions of American citizens through a generous contribution to support our lobbying efforts?

The administration and its allies' reckless disregard for the voices and votes of so many millions of Americans is raising our concern over the future of marriage to a whole new level.

Fortunately, we've already received strong signals from the Supreme Court that this sort of lawlessness won't be tolerated as the entire bench moved to stay a decision striking down Utah's state marriage amendment. That decision, along with decisions by federal courts in Oklahoma, Virginia, and other states, is under appeal.

The marriage debate in America did not end last year — or this year with its sled of outrageous judicial rulings. No...the fight over marriage is still very much alive. And that is because people like you continue to be willing to take to the streets, to stand up in the public square, and to voice your values in the halls of power!

Won't you please support NOM's lobbying efforts all across the country by making a generous donation today?

The need for energetic grassroots demonstrations of support for marriage is greater today than ever.

Elected officials are accountable to their constituents, so meetings like this always make an impact... it's something we need to do more often... especially in light of judiciaries and executives at both the state and federal level abandoning their duties and oaths!

The forces arrayed against us in this fight — who will stop at nothing in advancing their agenda of imposing genderless marriage on America — are ever more emboldened. That's why we need to mobilize thousands of Americans just like you. You and I can make a critical difference in this fight!

I hope you can join me in person this summer at the March for Marriage and Marriage Lobby Day, or at least will be able to stand with us through our Virtual March and its associated activities. To receive more information as June 19th approaches, please visit www.marriagemarch.org and sign up.

And remember, if you want to participate in Lobby Day while you're in DC on the 19th for the March, reply to this email with your full contact information so we can make arrangements for you.

We're in this fight together — and together we'll make a difference! Thank you for standing up for marriage!

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown