Dear Marriage Supporter,
I dropped many of you a letter with this news, but I couldn't wait for it to arrive to tell you that I just spoke with one of our most generous and heroic donors—and he has agreed to extend the matching gift challenge through November 4th!
As long as we hear back from you in time, your contribution will be instantly matched for DOUBLE the impact.
With marriage under attack in federal courts all across the country, this November's elections have become all the more important.
Just ask Donald and Evelyn Knapp of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Now that a federal court has struck down the state's marriage amendment, city officials have told them that, as ordained ministers running the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, they are required to perform same-sex weddings or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines!
This is absolutely unconscionable! Now more than ever, men and women who believe in marriage MUST stand up and defend it... or the consequences for ordinary people of faith who believe in marriage will be dire.
We MUST elect marriage champions to office. We MUST hold the GOP accountable and send a message that candidates who don't represent our most basic and fundamental values are NOT acceptable. We MUST advance critical legislation defending marriage and religious liberty through Congress.
And NOM has a plan to do just that! These efforts have just taken on such importance that I have revised our budget—increasing our expenditures on media, voter-education, viral internet advertising, phone and mailing campaigns, get-out-the-vote efforts and much more between now and Election Day!
But I need your help to raise the funds needed to execute these urgent and critically important plans.
These matching grants are extraordinary opportunities to maximize your gift in defense of marriage.
It's the exact right time to give, because marriage can make a difference in several key races:
In Arkansas, solidly pro-marriage Republican challenger Tom Cotton seeks to unseat Democrat incumbent Senator Mark Pryor. Recently, investigative journalists caught a prominent gay marriage activist on video saying that Pryor has made assurances to the activist that he's really "on their side." What's more, the activist was caught on video saying, "and if you tell anyone I will have to kill you." Senator Pryor's supposed support for marriage is nothing more than a bald-faced lie. We must inform the people of Arkansas about the truth and expose Senator Pryor's lies about marriage!
In North Carolina, a federal judge recently struck down their marriage amendment, which was passed just two short years ago with 61% of the vote. Already, the news is reporting that a magistrate has had to resign rather than face the prospect of being forced to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples against his deeply held convictions. We must inform the people of North Carolina that their vote this November is a vote to protect marriage and the express will of the people!
In Louisiana, their marriage amendment is under review in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge upheld its constitutionality. We must inform the people of Louisiana that their marriage law will NOT be safe if we don't elect marriage champions to defend them!
I know you've already been generous to our cause, and I can't say "thank you" enough.
But I also have to reiterate once more, that I will devote all of NOM's resources and energy to stand for the truth about marriage, and to advocate the importance of preserving it.
Brian S. Brown