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October Surprise

National Organization for Marriage

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.

So, please don't delay in making a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 to support NOM's efforts to elect marriage champions to office this November!

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.

Won't you please make a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more today, knowing that your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar?

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.

Won't you stand with me by making a generous donation today?

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Downright Chilling

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Having been in the trenches of the marriage debate for most of the past decade, I've been vocal about the growing threats on the horizon — especially with respect to the dangers the same-sex 'marriage' agenda presents for people of faith and religious liberty.

All too often, I've been called an "alarmist" or a "fear-monger" by the radicals (parroted by the media) who want to redefine marriage.

I wish it were that easy.

The latest news from Houston is downright chilling. Not even our churches themselves are immune from attacks by a government determined to silence the voices standing up for the truth of marriage.

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Under the guise of its new non-discrimination ordinance passed in June of this year, the city of Houston and its first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the mayor. More alarming, those ministers who fail to comply could reportedly be held in contempt of court.

First of all, let me express both my gratitude and my admiration for the courageous religious leaders who were not only brave enough to preach hard moral truths in a society that is not welcoming of the discomfort they may bring, but also willing to stand up as champions in the face of Caesar's persecution.

Mayor Parker’s inquisition intentionally tramples the First Amendment, violating the most fundamental essence of the separation of church and state that the left claims to champion.

But even more alarming is the fact that this action is simply the latest in a series of actions by which the government (controlled by leftist ideologues) is lashing out at those who dare to disagree with their radical agenda. We saw this most egregiously with the IRS scandal, at which NOM was at the center.

Please take a moment to take action and send the mayor of Houston an email telling her to cease and desist on this unconstitutional assault on our precious religious freedoms.

And, if you have a moment, please call her office (713-837-0311) and let her know that Americans like you and I will not stand for this kind of abuse against our religious leaders.

Believe me, if they get away with this in Houston, they'll believe they can get away with it anywhere...

NOM's On The Bus

And that's why NOM has joined with several groups on another bus tour! Along with the Faith, Family, Freedom Fund (an affiliate of FRC Action) and The Family Leader, NOM is on board a whistle stop tour to encourage values voters (as the election rapidly approaches) to make their voices heard!

Today we wrap up in Iowa and move on to Nebraska and Kansas.

We have been joined by many wonderful activists and leaders on the ground in this critical state, but I wanted to especially thank my good friend Rick Santorum for joining us and speaking out so forcefully about the importance of taking action and voting your values.

Elections Matter

And finally, one more piece of interesting news out of Arkansas, where incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Pryor is in a battle for his seat against Republican challenger Tom Cotton. Investigative journalist James O'Keefe recorded a series of explosive videos exposing Senator Pryor's supposed support for marriage to be a bald-faced lie.

Marriage Supporter, this is why elections matter! This is why we must elect candidates who are truly principled and who will represent our values. Arkansas is just one of many states in which NOM hopes to work in the coming weeks as the election rapidly approaches.

Until next time, I am most faithfully yours,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


PHOTOS: 'Standing for the American Family' Whistle Stop Tour of Iowa

NOM is proud to be on-site with FRC Action's Faith Family Freedom Fund, The Family Leader, and everyday marriage champions in Iowa today! The "Standing for the American Family" whistle stop bus tour (Oct. 13-16) encourages value voters of Iowa to get out and make their voices heard.

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Iowans: join us to hear from local and national conservative leaders about the importance of marriage and the impact our votes will have in November. Check out the full schedule here.

UPDATE 10/17/14 1:37pm: The tour continues into Nebraska today!

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UPDATE 10/18/14 10:32am: Crowds gather at Summit Church in Wichita, Kansas:

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NOM in the News: Brian Brown Discusses Implications of Supreme Court Decision on C-SPAN

via C-SPAN:

Brian Brown and Evan Wolfson talked about legal and political developments in the debate over same-sex marriage, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage, and a ruling overturning some bans in Western states. They also spoke about the politics and public opinions surrounding the issue. Evan Wolfson participated by video link from New York City.

"Gender Neutral" Restrooms at Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Divinity School tweeted a photo this week of its new “gender-neutral” restroom signs, which promote a new third symbol alongside the traditional male and female gender icons.

Harvard Divinity School SignBustle.com elaborates:

Harvard Divinity College is only the latest in a growing number of universities to embrace gender-neutral bathrooms over the past several years. According to a recent article by the Huffington Post, more than 150 schools across the United States have installed all-gender restrooms in at least some of their facilities. And it’s not just colleges getting in on the trend. Offices, city-owned buildings, and other workplaces are all working to make their bathrooms more gender neutral.

Labeled an "all gender restroom", the sign displays the standard male and female figures, a handicapped symbol, and a male/female hybrid figure. Underneath is written: “Anyone can use this restroom, regardless of gender identity or expression.”

It is unclear as to why the standard unisex indicators were not used, nor if it is a private one-stall bathroom or a community bathroom.

When Marriage is Redefined, What Prevents People from "Marrying" Themselves?

After being single for six years, a London woman took matters into her own hands by "marrying" herself.

Grace Gelder, a photographer, says she was inspired by the Björk song Isobel, and was “on a journey of personal development using meditation, dance and performance” to increase her “self-awareness,” focusing on a program about “sexuality and how this was bound up with making agreements with yourself and other people.”

BrideAfter buying a dress and ring, which were apparently important to Gelder as “traditional elements,” she was married by a friend in Devon, England.

Gelder had this to say, via The Guardian:

The day was obviously centered on me, the final event being a mirror for me to kiss, but it also felt like I was sharing something very special with my friends, giving everyone an opportunity to reflect on their own ideas of love and commitment.

...I really don’t see it as any kind of feminist statement, but creating a wedding of this kind on my own terms felt incredibly empowering. My self-married status — meaningless though it may remain in the eyes of the law — has also given me this great sense of clarity. I seem to sense much more clearly than before if something is worth pursuing or best left alone. And just because I married myself, it doesn’t mean that I’m not open to the idea of sharing a wedding with someone else one day.

When marriage is devalued and its nature loosely defined, what prevents marriage norms—such as sexual complementarity, monogamy, exclusivity, permanence, or even the idea that marriage requires two people—from being broken down as well?

Nebraska School Insists: Stop Referring to Students by "Gendered Expressions" Such as "Boys and Girls"

A school in Lincoln, Nebraska is demanding that teachers no longer refer to students as “boys and girls”, but ... purple penguins?

Fox News reports on aLincoln Public Schools handout that included the following advice and explanation:

Purple Penguin“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” reads a handout from the Lincoln Public Schools that was given to teachers.

“The agenda we’re promoting is to help all kids succeed,” Brenda Leggiardo the district's coordinator of social workers and counselors told the newspaper. “We have kids who come to us with a whole variety of circumstances, and we need to equitably serve all kids.”

So instead of asking boys and girls to line up as boys or girls, teachers have been encouraged to segregate the children by whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, or whether they like milk or juice.

“Always ask yourself, ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the handout stated.

The handout, provided by Gender Spectrum, a website which "provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages" does not explain what to do if all of the children like juice or skateboards. But it does suggest teachers “create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet at the rug.”

Equitably serve all kids? The school district seems to believe that in order to ensure “equality” for children who might have a real problem of gender confusion, it is a better idea to confuse ALL children.

As NOM President Brian Brown notes in our national newsletter this week:

178062396Now we see the tragic absurdity of a situation wherein, in response to gender dysphoria and confused sexual identities that may be conditions suffered by a certain number of kids, we confuse all kids by chiding them for calling themselves 'boys and girls' and name them instead after an imaginary creature, 'purple penguins.' (I suppose 'purple penguins,' unlike the black and white ones that live in Antarctica, don’t have biological sexes.)

This is why this indoctrination in the public schools is such a travesty and will be hard on our children: because, as you know, boys and girls actually really do exist, and purple penguins do not; and being a girl is a very good thing, as is being a boy.

Girls and boys shouldn’t be called “purple penguins” in order to appease a political agenda: they should be encouraged to be the people they have been since birth. Childhood is precious, and it should not be compromised because a small portion of adults want to modify the way boys and girls are addressed.

No law can change simple truth, no matter what terms are used. So let's fight back in our own school districts across America. Enough of the indoctrination: let girls enjoy being girls, and let boys enjoy being boys.

Christian Bakers Face Increasing Fines for Standing by Beliefs on Marriage

You may remember the story of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakery owners in Oregon who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple last year.  Not only have they been forced to close their successful family business, but they are now facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. The Kleins ascertain that the $150,000 fine would be enough to completely bankrupt the couple and their 5 children.

The penalty hit the couple after they were found “guilty” of violating the same-sex couple’s civil rights, but what about their own civil rights? During an interview with the The Daily Signal, Aaron Klein said that he believed that he was “well within” his legal rights to decide not to take the couple’s business, citing his belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

In an excerpt from ChristianNews, Klein recounts the interaction that led to this heavy fine being levied on him:

Melissa Klein“My first question was what’s the wedding date,” Klein told television station KTW in Portland. “My next question was [the] bride and groom’s name. … The girl giggled a little bit and said, ‘It’s two brides.’”

He stated that he then informed the women that the bakery does not make cakes for homosexual events.

“I apologized for wasting their time and said that unfortunately, we do not do same-sex marriages,” Klein explained.
The women then left Sweet Cakes upset about the incident, and later, one of them filed a complaint with the state.

But Klein states that he regularly serves homosexuals. He believes that there is a difference between serving homosexuals in general, and having to personally facilitate same-sex ceremonies, which is an act of participation.”

“I have customers come in almost on a weekly basis that are homosexual,” he said. “They can buy my stuff. I sell stuff. I talk with them. That’s fine. … This was not the first time we’ve served these girls.”

“We were being asked to participate in something that we could not participate in,” Klein’s wife, Melissa, noted.

In January, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced that it had concluded that the Klein’s broke the law when they declined to make the cake.”

The same-sex couple in question subsequently filed a civil rights complaint against the couple, ignoring the fact that the Kleins had filled other orders for the woman who had requested the “wedding” cake. Other homosexual activists also reacted with bitterness, threatening emails, harassment of their vendors, as well as ransacking the Klein’s bakery truck.

But when the Kleins appeared at the Value Voters Summit earlier this month, they were anything but bitter. Melissa Klein even broke down in tears when she described how special the process of making wedding cake is to her:

“For me personally, when I would sit down with [a customer], I just would want to know everything about her wedding,” she tearfully stated ... about the intimate involvement she would have in the matter if she accepted the order. “I’d want to know about the flowers, her dress, the centerpieces, her colors, the way her hair is going to be. I would even want to talk about ‘where are you going on your honeymoon?'”

The couple posted the following message on Facebook:

“Our culture has accepted 2 huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

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It is tragic to see our government employing discrimination in the name of “anti-discrimination.”

Aaron and Melissa are true champions of the freedom of religion, and are an inspiring example of how in our morally unstable country, we're often faced with the choice to do either what is right or what is easy. Bravo to the Kleins for courageously defending marriage as the union between one man and woman.

Purple Penguins and Blue Republicans

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This week has seen a flurry of news activity following the Supreme Court’s shameful decision on Monday. The Justices dodges the marriage question and allowed standing several lower court rulings that trample the will of tens of millions of voters who worked to define marriage in their state constitutions as the union of one man and one woman.

But an overlooked aspect of the present state of the marriage debate in America is how it is revealing folks’ true colors. And that’s the topic I want to expound upon today.

"Boys will be... penguins?"

The first story I want to look at this week comes from a school district in Nebraska. The news would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.

Katherine Timpf at National Review Online gives the details. I’m going to quote at length, because Timpf does a masterful job capturing the full extent of the lunacy involved in this story. The emphasis is my own:

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by "gendered expressions" such as "boys and girls," and use "gender inclusive" ones such as "purple penguins" instead.

"Don’t use phrases such as 'boys and girls,’ 'you guys,’ 'ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention," instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

"Create classroom names and then ask all of the 'purple penguins’ to meet on the rug," it advises.

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"Always ask yourself . . . 'Will this configuration create a gendered space?’" the document says.

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Other items on the list include asking all students about their preferred pronouns and decorating the classroom with "all genders welcome" door hangers.

If teachers still find it "necessary" to mention that genders exist at all, the document states, they must list them as "boy, girl, both or neither."

Furthermore, it instructs teachers to interfere and interrupt if they ever hear a student talking about gender in terms of "boys and girls" so the student can learn that this is wrong.

The real absurdity here is that the very directives are internally inconsistent and illogical. The directives warn about creating a "gendered space" — but then propose decorating with signs that say "all genders welcome." Yet, if the boys and girls—and, let’s be frank, that’s what they all are—dare to speak in terms of "boys and girls," teachers are called upon to interfere and interrupt. So are all genders truly "welcome"?

Timpf reveals another absurdity when she quotes from the school Superintendent who defended the directives in a radio interview by saying, "We don’t get involved with politics." Talk about double-speak!

Make no mistake, this absolutely is "get[ting] involved with politics," and it is unmistakably of a piece with the drive to redefine marriage and family as a genderless institution.

As same-sex 'marriage’ advocates nationwide continue to have their way in the courts and have their radical agenda imposed on unwilling Americans in state after state, they’ve already accomplished the elimination of such "gendered" terms as "mom" and "dad" from our schools in many places. Wasn’t it only a matter of time after "mom and dad" were stricken from school-room vocabulary that "boys and girls" would be similarly targeted to be expunged?

So now we see the tragic absurdity of a situation wherein, in response to gender dysphoria and confused sexual identities that may be conditions suffered by a certain number of kids, we confuse all kids by chiding them for calling themselves "boys and girls" and name them instead after an imaginary creature, "purple penguins." (I suppose "purple penguins," unlike the black and white ones that live in Antarctica, don’t have biological sexes.)

This is why this indoctrination in the public schools is such a travesty and will be hard on our children: because, as you know, boys and girls actually really do exist, and purple penguins do not; and being a girl is a very good thing, as is being a boy.

An Even More Fantastic Creature

But purple penguins aren’t the only wild figments we’re asked to accept nowadays. No; there is another, even more unimaginable creature that we’re being asked to give credence to in recent days and weeks: the same-sex 'marriage’ 'conservative’!

It isn’t too flippant to say that if Richard Tisei (MA-6), Carl DeMaio (CA-52), and Monica Wehby (OR)—Republican candidates for Congress who favor same-sex 'marriage’ and abortion—are truly "conservatives," then I won’t be surprised next time I visit the zoo to really encounter a purple animal in the polar exhibit!

Yet these anti-marriage candidates are not only being bankrolled by major Republican donors, they are also being supported by leadership in the GOP—a party whose platform states unambiguously that marriage is the union of one man and one woman!

That’s why I say that the recent developments of the marriage debate are revealing folks’ true colors. And that’s why NOM is sending the message loud and clear to the Republican party: candidates who abandon marriage will be abandoned by conservative voters. And we’ll remember who in office tried to prop up the untenable myth of an anti-marriage 'conservative’ when the next election cycle comes around.

Follow the Leader

Another of the lessons we all learned in the classroom—besides what it means to be a boy or a girl, and what it means when men and women come together in marriage—is how to recognize leadership. We learned to discern between true leaders worthy of following, and false leaders only out for their own interest.

So it has been easy to see, in contrast to the self-interested elites trying to cozy up to the same-sex 'marriage’ lobby in recent weeks, who the real leaders are in Washington who have true integrity and conviction in their principles.

I would mention first of all Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, who has long been a champion for the cause of true marriage and has, since June 2013, been leading the charge in the House of Representatives to pass H.J. Res. 51, the Marriage Protection Amendment.

According to the bill summary, this act would "define marriage in the United States as consisting only of the union of a man and a woman" and "prohibit either the U.S. Constitution or the constitution of any state from being construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any other union."

Earlier this week, following the Supreme Court’s refusal to right the wrongs down by lower courts to tens of millions of voters in states whose marriage amendments had been overturned, the Congressman said in a statement:

According to the majority of this very Supreme Court in the Windsor decision, states and their citizens have the right and responsibility to define their marriage laws. It is shocking that at least six Supreme Court justices would allow unelected lower court judges to simply ignore the majority decision — and the Section of DOMA upheld in the Windsor decision.

The only alternative to allowing these unelected liberal judges to impose their morality on all of America is to pass a constitutional amendment. To that end, last year I introduced the Marriage Protection Amendment (HJ Res. 51) to define marriage as only between one man and one woman.

This resonates with the words of another marriage champion who led honorably this week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Senator Cruz issued his own statement following Monday’s move by the Court, in which he announced that he would be introducing his own constitutional amendment in the Senate when Congress returns to session!

Senator Cruz said:

The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible. By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. [...]

This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.

... And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws.

I want to thank these two brave men for their indefatigable leadership on this issue, along with their many colleagues in Congress who are standing staunchly alongside them in this fight.

Please join me today in thanking Senator Cruz and Congressman Huelskamp by adding your signature to this letter of appreciation. They—and their fellow members of Congress—need to know that we stand with those who stand for marriage, and that we will support them in their cause of defending this sacred institution!

I also want to acknowledge the bold statement by another heroic member of Congress, Representative James Lankford of Oklahoma. In his statement, he had this to say:

Now, through judicial gymnastics the Supreme Court has allowed federal court decisions to stand that directly conflict with the clear will of a state on marriage. The Court should not in one year say a state can make the decision on marriage and then in the next year allow a local federal judge to reject a state's definition of marriage. The implications of forcing any state to redefine marriage have far-reaching effects on our American society, business operations and religious practice. Every person is created in God's image and has value and worth. Every person should be respected and honored. But, marriage is a unique cultural relationship that has a long-standing tradition and societal meaning, which should not be redefined by the courts.

Finally, there is one other marriage leader that deserves our acknowledgement and thanks today: former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Governor Huckabee gave an interview this week in which he called out those Republicans who are betraying their party’s platform on the issues of marriage and abortion, and even pledged that he would leave the party and become an independent if the trend continues: "I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand," he said.

Governor Huckabee is right. He speaks for millions of Americans who are sick of their elected leaders remaining silent and refusing to fight for the survival of marriage. And those who do refuse to stand by their constituents’ values need to know that they will pay a political price: that they support redefining marriage only at the risk of losing elections.

The National Organization for Marriage and our allies will continue to call upon conservative leaders and voters to stake a firm position: if a candidate or elected official abandons marriage, we will abandon them!

But at the same time, we will work tirelessly to promote those who join the fight. Leaders who stand up in defense of marriage must know that they will thereby gain millions of conservatives’ votes and support.

Therefore, I ask you to do one more thing today. Take a moment right now to contact Congress and let them know that Senator Cruz’s and Congressman Huelskamp’s amendments need your own legislators’ support.

By demanding action right now from Congress, we will expose the true colors of our elected leaders and see whether they are real conservatives, or are playing a game of pretend like a bunch of 'purple penguins.’

Thank you for all you do in defense of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


National Organization for Marriage Commends Governor Mike Huckabee For Calling Republicans To Account For Failing To Adequately Fight For Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Governor Huckabee is exactly right and is speaking for millions of Americans who are sick of Republican elitists remaining silent and refusing to fight for the survival of marriage, the principal building block of society and the foundation of civilization." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised Governor Mike Huckabee for his comments calling out Republicans for failing to stand strong for marriage in the face of the unconscionable decision of the US Supreme Court to allow lower court decisions redefining marriage to take effect without so much as even considering their merits. Huckabee told an interviewer that if Republicans abdicate on marriage and abortion he would leave the party and become an Independent. "I'll start finding people that have guts to stand," he pledged.

"Governor Huckabee is exactly right and is speaking for millions of Americans who are sick of Republican elitists remaining silent and refusing to fight for the survival of marriage, the principal building block of society and the foundation of civilization," said Brian S. Brown, president of NOM. "Republicans who remain silent on marriage do so at their own peril and risk losing elections across the country. If conservatives see Republican candidates fail to lead on marriage — or worse, come out in favor of redefining marriage — then conservatives will abandon those candidates."

Brown said that some Republican leaders were actively supporting candidates who are not only in favor of same-sex 'marriage,' but also support abortion. House Speaker John Boehner and the National Republican Campaign Committee are actively supporting Carl DeMaio (CA-52) and Richard Tisei (MA-6), both of whom are campaigning in favor of gay 'marriage' and support abortion.

"NOM has joined with other groups to actively campaign against Carl DeMaio and Richard Tisei, along with Oregon Republican US Senate candidate Monica Wehby, because they are antithetical to the Republican platform and GOP principles," said Brown. "We refuse to follow the leaders in Washington as if we were sheep expected to dutifully support candidates whose positions are an insult to conservatives and will severely damage the nation. We are going to do our best to defeat these candidates because they are wholly unworthy of holding high office."

Brown noted that some prominent Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Tim Huelskamp and others had condemned the US Supreme Court's decision to allow the redefinition of marriage to proceed apace in five states.

"We are grateful for those leaders who have spoken out to condemn the Supreme Court for their unprincipled and outrageous decision to allow the redefinition of marriage to occur in these states," Brown said. "We are prepared to work tirelessly to support them and others who lead in the fight to preserve marriage. But Governor Huckabee is right. If more Republican leaders do not speak up and join the fight, then millions of conservatives will abandon them and join with officials who will fight. Marriage is on the line in our country, and it's time for people to get off the bench and into the battle."

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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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Dear Marriage Supporter, "It's not the way our system is supposed to work.... The very form of our government, a republican form of government, is at stake." I said these words in an interview with NBC this week in response to the Supreme Court's move on Monday to skirt the issue of marriage and to leave standing several egregious lower court decisions that trampled the will of tens of millions of voters and imposed a radical redefinition of marriage upon their home states. This is not democracy: it is judicial tyranny. We need to act—now! Please take a moment immediately to contact Congress and demand support for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that will preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman! Legislative efforts to amend our Constitution to protect marriage are already underway. In the House, this initiative is being led by Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. In the Senate, it is being spearheaded by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Passing such an amendment is the only sure way of preventing unelected, activist judges from usurping the powers that belong rightly to the people and imposing their own radical agenda across America. Take a minute right now to send a strong message to Congress demanding immediate action to curtail this judicial activism run amok. Urge them to support Congressman Huelskamp's and Senator Cruz's efforts to preserve and protect marriage! The Supreme Court's unconscionable evasion on Monday of this week is only the latest hammer to fall upon the very foundations of our system of government, and we can rest assure that the chipping away of our constitutional liberties will continue in the weeks and months to come unless action is taken right now! We have judges willfully misreading the Constitution and binding precedent to appease a radical lobby with powerful funding from Hollywood. We have states' executives abandoning their constitutional oaths and refusing to defend and uphold the law. We have legislatures pressing not only for the redefinition of marriage, but of family and of gender! It is already coming to pass that marriage between a man and a woman is being called an intrinsically unequal institution, and taught in our schools to be the equivalent of bigoted racist laws from America's dark past. It is already being urged that any restrictions upon "consenting relationships" on the part of government must be done away with—that anyone should be able to marry, in any arrangement they see fit, whether it be three or more people or even marriage to neself! Marriage Supporter, I'll say it plainly: marriage is on the ropes, and our principles of government are taking a beating as well. That's why I need you to ACT NOW and DEMAND action from Congress to put a halt to the legal chaos that has been thrust upon us by the radical same-sex ‘marriage' movement. And we need to recruit others to our work as well. So, please, after you've taken action today, click on these buttons and share this email with everyone you know who cares about the future of our great nation... who still believes that marriage is a good and wholesome thing and not a bigoted or evil institution... who acknowledges the plain truth that kids deserve a mom and dad.

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Facebook This Tweet This Email This Share on LinkedIn Our resolve is not lessened by the Supreme Court's disgraceful abdication this week. We are strengthened in our determination to fight—and to win! But you are the critical asset without which we cannot do what we know must be done in this pivotal moment. Please help us by doing your part today. It is, as always, my honor and privilege to stand with you in this fight. Faithfully,
Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown

National Organization for Marriage Encouraged by Justice Kennedy’s Ruling to Block Same-Sex Marriage in Idaho and Nevada

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


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Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

"We are pleased that Justice Kennedy has ordered a stay of the ruling in the Ninth Circuit. The idea that same-sex marriage can be imposed upon the people of this country against their will is completely inconsistent with our constitutional principles and runs contrary to the very essence of a republican form of government. We once again call upon the US Supreme Court to decide this issue. They abdicated their responsibility to the American people earlier in the week and we hope that Justice Kennedy’s action will result in the Supreme Court hearing the issue and ultimately deciding that states have the right to preserve marriage in the law as it has existed in reality since long before the nation was founded – the union of one man and one woman."

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As the Dust Settles, Our Road is Clear

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

By now you will already surely have heard the news from yesterday that the Supreme Court elected not to take any of the pending marriage cases contesting the issues of the right of self-determination in government and the purview of the states to regulate marriage.

Before I say anything more, I must be emphatic about this: we are not shaken in our resolve or diverted from our cause by this development—not one bit! Indeed, we see this as an emphatic call to action.

I am asking you today to contact Congress and urge them to act to defend marriage and to stop the lawless stampede of unelected judges over the will of the people and the right of voters to decide this important matter. Click here immediately to demand action from our leaders in Washington to stop this judicial tyranny.

Allow me to give you some perspective on yesterday's unfortunate and surprising move by the Supreme Court. As soon as we heard the news, NOM strongly condemned this misguided decision. As I said in a statement issued yesterday:

We are surprised and extremely disappointed that the US Supreme Court has refused to grant review of the same-sex marriage cases pending before them. This is wrong on so many levels. First, the entire idea that marriage can be redefined from the bench is illegitimate. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman; it has been this throughout the history of civilization and will remain this no matter what unelected judges say. Second, it's mind-boggling that lower court judges would be allowed to impose the redefinition of marriage in these states, and our highest court would have nothing to say about it. Third, the effect of the lower court rulings is to say that a constitutional right to same-sex 'marriage' has existed in every state in the union since 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified, but somehow nobody noticed until quite recently. That's the absurd belief we are being told to accept.

As the dust settles from yesterday's flurry of activity and the hyperbolic and misleading narrative spun instantly by the media begins to wane, I want to commend to your reading today two other commentaries on the situation that offer the clearest insights into what this decision really means for us.

But first please take a moment right now to let Congress know that this action by the Court to allow unelected judges to run roughshod over the will of the people in states across the nation must be stopped. Your voice needs to be heard in the halls of power today!

The first commentary on yesterday's move by the Court that I want to share with you is by our good friend Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation, who explains how yesterday's move by the Court puts more than just marriage at stake: it calls into question the very notion of self-determination in government upon which our nation is founded!

Please read his article today. It is entitled, "Supreme Court Decision Will Lead to Gay Marriage in Five States. Why That's Wrong." Here is just a snippet:

This is an unfortunate setback for sound Constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.

The truth of the matter is that [these] marriage laws... are good laws that reflect the truth about marriage. Frequently they were passed with overwhelming democratic support. The Supreme Court should have reviewed these cases and should have upheld the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to make good marriage policy. Instead, the Supreme Court left standing bad rulings from lower federal courts that usurped authority from the people by striking down good laws.

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Declining to review these cases does not speak one way or the other to the merits of the cases. But it does leave in place bad rulings from lower courts—and it will make it harder for courts to do the right thing in the future.

Nevertheless, as citizens, we must rally in support of our constitutional authority to pass laws making marriage policy. We must insist that law and culture promote the truth about marriage.

I also want to share the powerful statement issued by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Apart from strongly lambasting the Court for its poor judgment in this matter, the Senator also boldly announced yesterday that he "will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws."

The Senator's statement read, in part:

The Supreme Court's decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible. By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.

This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.

Bravo, Senator Cruz!

Of course, NOM is ever grateful to our allies on Capitol Hill who stand for marriage in season and out of season, and we will be working tirelessly in the wake of this move by the Court to promote pro-marriage legislation at the Federal level.

But we are going to need your help!

Click here to contact Congress right now and let them know that it is urgent for them to take up the defense of marriage since so many of those in elected office throughout the States — and the unelected appointees to the Judiciary — are allowing the same-sex 'marriage' lobby to impose its radical agenda on millions of Americans who have voted to defend traditional marriage.

Tell your Representative and Senators that:

  • You believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

  • Marriage should be decided by the people through the democratic and political process—not handed down from on high by unelected activist judges.

  • In order to put an end to this corruption of our system of government, Congress should act quickly to pass an amendment to the Constitution and send it to the states for ratification.

As I said in my statement yesterday: "NOM will continue to devote all our energy and resources to stand for the truth of marriage, and to advocate the importance of preserving it. While we are disappointed in what has happened today, we are not defeated or dispirited. Indeed, we are determined as never before to fight for the institution that God created and humankind has proven is the best arrangement for the well-being of men and women, for children, and for society as a whole."

Indeed, yesterday's decision is not an end to our fight by any means. It is another bend in the road, perhaps, but one that only makes our work more important and more urgent than ever.

It is a call to action and a sober reminder of the high and noble obligations which our age has placed upon us. And it is a reminder to me, personally, of how honored and humbled I am to stand in this fight with great and patriotic men and women like you.

Thank you for all you do in defense of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown


Senator Cruz: "This is Judicial Activism at its Worst."

Today Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a strongly worded statement following the news of the Supreme Court's decision to deny requests from five States to review lower court decisions striking down their marriage definitions.

The statement reads, in part:

Broken Legal SystemThe Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible. By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.

This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.

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Marriage is a question for the States. That is why I have introduced legislation, S. 2024, to protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage. And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws.

Read the entire thing here at the Senator's website.

We thank Senator Cruz for his strong leadership on this issue, and we hope that he and his colleagues in Congress will continue to work to right the wrong done by activists judges and by the Supreme Court's misguided choice to ignore the issue.0

Ryan Anderson: "This is an unfortunate setback for sound Constitutional self-government"

Ryan T. Anderson at The Daily Signal comments on today's move by the Supreme Court to decline hearing appeals to cases overturning the marriage laws in several states.

He writes:

Ryan AndersonToday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review appeals from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin on the definition of marriage. This means that lower court rulings that struck down state marriage laws will now go into effect, forcing the redefinition of marriage in these states, and potentially in other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits.

This is an unfortunate setback for sound Constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.

The truth of the matter is that the marriage laws in these five states—as in many states across our nation—are good laws that reflect the truth about marriage. Frequently they were passed with overwhelming democratic support. The Supreme Court should have reviewed these cases and should have upheld the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to make good marriage policy. Instead, the Supreme Court left standing bad rulings from lower federal courts that usurped authority from the people by striking down good laws.

Ryan ends with a call to action which we all must hear, and heed!

Declining to review these cases does not speak one way or the other to the merits of the cases. But it does leave in place bad rulings from lower courts—and it will make it harder for courts to do the right thing in the future.

Nevertheless, as citizens, we must rally in support of our constitutional authority to pass laws making marriage policy. We must insist that law and culture promote the truth about marriage [emphasis added].

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