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it's personal

Back in the day, LGBT activists promised that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' would affect nobody but loving gay couples. When NOM warned that this was not true, that once gay 'marriage' was imposed, opponents would be treated like racists under the law, we were accused of hate mongering, scare tactics, homophobia, and worse.

As you know, we were right. Now gay activists conveniently ignore their promises and pursue people of faith who believe in the truth of marriage as the union of a man and a woman as if they are targets in a whack-a-mole game.

Wedding photographers. Inn keepers. T-shirt makers. Florists. Bakers. Churches. Meat packing companies. Galleries. Farmers. Technology pioneers. Music directors. Teachers. School counselors. Bed and breakfast owners. And on, and on, and on…the hits keep coming.

There are some excellent ministries that provide legal defense for those who have been targeted, and that is wonderful. But until we achieve a change in the law, the attacks will keep coming. And that is what NOM is focused on achieving.

Help us protect the rights of marriage supporters!

There are four avenues available to put an end to the targeting of people who stand up for marriage, and we are pursuing all four:

  • First off, the illegitimate Obergefell ruling of the US Supreme Court imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation must be reversed. That is our most important long-term objective. We will not rest until this is accomplished.
  • Until then, a ruling by the US Supreme Court that it is NOT discrimination for someone to decline to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their religious beliefs is essential. We could get such a ruling within weeks in a case that NOM is playing a crucial role in supporting (the Masterpiece Cakeshop case);
  • State and federal legislation protecting the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work must be enacted. We are working in Congress and in the states to pass such legislation; and
  • Executive orders by President Trump and key federal and state officials can and must be issued that would provide a measure of protection for marriage supporters. We are actively pursuing these orders.

This is an ambitious agenda. We are up against enormously well-funded opponents from the LGBT community, while we are dependent upon grassroots marriage supporters for help and support. We are being massively outspent, but we're able to prevail in many battles because we have truth on our side, and because we have passionate supporters like you.

We are in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive that will set the stage for what we can accomplish during the balance of this year. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great blessing, which is why I am personally asking you to make a sacrifice by making an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Will you help?

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There's so much at stake. This isn't some obscure policy debate where people have the luxury of discussing the nuances and fine points of an issue in a dispassionate and academic way. This is personal for so many people. When the Attorney General of your state tells you that he is determined to use all his power to ruin you financially, it's personal. When federal regulators tell you they won't inspect your plant until you remove pro-marriage material from a work room, it's personal. When you are hit with a fine of over $100,000 because you declined to bake a gay 'wedding' cake, it’s personal. When you are ordered to let a gay couple sleep together in a bedroom in your own home even though you wouldn’t let you unmarried children do that, it's personal.

I have talked personally with many victims of the LGBT jihad against marriage supporters, and I feel for them. I feel the pain and anguish that they experience. And that is why I am so committed to fighting through every difficulty to stop these attacks from occurring.

We’re fighting with everything we have, but our resources are modest, especially in comparison to our opponents. That is why this mid-year membership matching gift opportunity is so critical.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support – we truly appreciate it. Please know that any gift you can make today will make a huge difference.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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we're behind

Dear Friend—We're a week into our critical mid-year membership drive, and we've fallen behind of where we need to be. Our goal was to have raised $11,667 by now, but we've only raised about half of that amount. Please help us get back on track with an immediate gift, which will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.

Our team at NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender. We're actively engaged in working with Congress, state legislatures, the courts and in the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the support of our members, and that is why this 30 day mid-year membership campaign is so important. A NOM supporter has stepped forward with an offer to match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000!

Please help us get back on track with an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more, knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar.

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Working together, we've won some remarkable victories, and we've got some big opportunities in front of us. If Justice Anthony Kennedy retires from the US Supreme Court, as many people expect, we will have one of the most important battles in our history – the fight to convince President Trump to nominate a pro-marriage conservative like Neil Gorsuch, and then the fight to get that justice confirmed.

With so much at stake, we can't afford to fall behind in our critical mid-year membership drive. Every membership contribution is important, especially so because it will be matched, doubling in effectiveness.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Fighting in the Courts and the Court of Public Opinion

Dear Friend—There are just a few weeks left in the current US Supreme Court's term and we have a major case pending before the justices, one that holds the potential of tremendously benefiting all Americans who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a huge case, and NOM has played a key role in it. As you know, the case involves Christian baker Jack Philipps who has been targeted by gay activists because he refused to be an active participant in a same-sex 'marriage' which violate his Christian beliefs about the true nature of marriage.

Help us to continue fighting in the courts for marriage!

What is at stake in this case goes far beyond the mere baking of a wedding cake, it impacts all people of faith who wish to live out their beliefs in their daily lives. It's about religious liberty broadly, one of the fundamental rights we possess as Americans. Religious liberty is our first freedom, and NOM is determined to fight for it.

Our ability to fight in the courts depends on the support we receive from our members. Will you step up today with a $35 or more membership contribution? Thanks to a generous supporter, every membership contribution we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may give. Will you help?

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is just one example of many where NOM has been active in the Courts. For example, we were a leading defender of a local school district that decided to maintain the security and privacy of its school restrooms, locker rooms and showers despite demands by a transgender student and liberal legal groups. That case made its way to the Supreme Court as well, and NOM was fighting every step of the way.

Along with our work in the courts, we also play a vital role in the court of public opinion, bringing much-needed attention to issues affecting people of faith and marriage supporters. Our brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, for example, received nationwide media attention.

Generating news coverage of our issues is an essential component in shaping public opinion. The mainstream media fawns over the LGBT community, giving them extensive promotion. We have to fight hard to keep our perspective in the news and stand up for the strong majority of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

This mid-year membership drive is critical for our finances and programs.

Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Critical Mid-Year Matching Membership Drive Is Underway

As you know from our various communications, NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the enthusiasm and support of our members, and that is why it's essential that we grow our membership base.

I am pleased to announce that we are beginning a 30 day mid-year membership campaign with the support of a donor who will match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may giveCan you take the step of making a membership contribution todayknowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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Together this year, we've won some remarkable victories. Earlier this month, we were able to rally thousands of NOM members to contact Senator Rand Paul to urge him to vote to confirm pro-marriage Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. Pompeo had been viciously attacked by liberal Senator Cory Bookerbecause of his support for traditional marriage, and Sen. Paul had voiced his opposition to Pompeo on other grounds. But after NOM swung into action, Sen. Paul announced a change of heart and Pompeo was confirmed. This shows what we can do when we work together!

Because of the support of our members, NOM has played a key role in the pending Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where we are fighting for Jack Phillips and all Christians to be free of persecution by government for standing up for their beliefs about marriage at work and in business. Nobody should be forced to abandon their religious views in order to maintain their livelihood.

Right now we are fighting in Congress for legislation (the First Amendment Defense Act) to protect people of faith from governmental retribution for standing for the truth of marriage. We've already helped secure a government-wide directive from the Trump administration to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters in every department and agency of the federal government.

YOUR DONATION WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!

We're advocating for the confirmation of pro-marriage judges like Gordon Giampietro, a distinguished former federal prosecutor and devout Catholic who has been nominated by President Trump to the federal bench in the eastern district of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, he's being blacklisted by a liberal Senator because he opposed the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

While much of what President Trump has done in office has been excellent, sometimes he makes mistakes, such as his nomination of a radical lesbian activist to a key civil rights post who thinks that LGBT rights are superior to the rights of other Americans. We are actively opposing her confirmation.

Our ability to be successful is entirely dependent on the support we receive from our members. That's why this $50,000 matching gift opportunity is such a blessing. Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Brian S Brown

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Marriage has NOT been repealed

The other day, a member of our team was approached by an American university student studying abroad. For a paper assigned by her university, she wanted to talk about the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and "the repeal of Prop. 8."

Of course, we immediately wrote back to inform her that Proposition 8 has NOT been repealed! Prop 8 remains part of the California constitution, as do the laws in dozens of other states that define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.

Please help us in our fight to restore marriage to our country's laws.

The only thing that has happened to Prop 8 and all the other pro-marriage laws in states around the country is that they are not being enforced because of the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling by the US Supreme Court in the Obergefellcase imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

I suppose that it's not surprising that leftist universities, egged on by LGBT activists, are indoctrinating students to a false narrative, that traditional marriage has been repealed. The left never bothers itself with facts when they get in the way of their agenda.

While it may be inconvenient for the left, the fact is that Proposition 8 in California and the laws in dozens of other states remain on the books and will come back to life when the Obergefell case is eventually overturned, which it clearly should be and we believe will be, perhaps sooner than people imagine.

We are just one vote shy of having a pro-marriage majority on the US Supreme Court. If Anthony Kennedy decides to retire this year as many expect, we will have a realistic chance to promote a pro-marriage nominee from President Trump in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch.

Please help us continue to fight for the truth of marriage and the rights of the more than 50 million American voters who enacted state constitutional provisions and laws upholding the truth that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman.

It's hard to believe that the Proposition 8 campaign unfolded ten years ago. NOM played a pivotal role in the success of Prop. 8, helping to organize the signature gathering drive that put it on the ballot. I moved my family to California so I could work fulltime on the campaign. And our national Political Director, Frank Schubert, was the campaign manager for the successful effort. It was a great victory, which makes it all the more important that we reverse the injustice done to the people of California, and all the other states that voted for marriage, to have had that victory illegitimately stolen by the US
Supreme Court.

I'm asking you to continue to stand with us in support of marriage and work with us to continue to demand that marriage be restored to our laws. Will you help?

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As you know, we have a full plate with our work in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We're fighting for the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work. We're also fighting for the truth of gender. But sometimes people forget that while these battles are extremely important, our purpose is to preserve marriage and we are determined to do that whether it takes two years of twenty years.

Thank you for your support. We would be grateful for any contribution you can make at this time.

Faithfully,

Brian

Help Stop Another Attack on Believers in the Senate!

It's happened again. A pro-marriage conservative has been blackballed by a liberal Democrat, told he can't serve in government because he believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman!

Remember when the LGBT crowd promised…swore!...that there would never, ever be any consequences if people just allowed loving gay couples to marry? Well, we've long known that was a lie. The idea of 'gay marriage' was quickly weaponized and is today being used against people of faith on an unprecedented scale.

Will you help us put an end to this?

The latest case involves Gordon Giampietro, a distinguished former federal prosecutor and devout Catholic who has been nominated by President Trump to the federal bench in the eastern district of Wisconsin. He's pro-marriage and pro-life, and has been highly critical (as have dozens of prominent legal scholars) of the US Supreme Court's Obergefell decision imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation.

But in the view of uber-leftist Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, being pro marriage disqualifies Giampietro for service on the bench. She's decided to blackball Giampietro, denying him the Senatorial courtesy of a "blue slip" (a formal approval required by Senate custom by the nominee's state's Senators) and by this means Baldwin hopes to derail Giampietro's nomination.

We only just recently dealt with a similar attack on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, by liberal Senator Cory Booker. But we responded quickly and effectively to that attack, and that's part of the reason Pompeo is now Secretary of State! Well, we made a difference before - we can do it again!

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Let me make two critical points:

  • First, Tammy Baldwin is engaging is rank religious discrimination, drawing a line in the sand that no faithful, orthodox Catholic could ever cross. The teaching of the Catholic Church is crystal clear – marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Under Baldwin's doctrine, being a faithful Catholic thus disqualifies anyone from service in the federal judiciary!
  • The second point is this – why in the world do we allow Senators like Tammy Baldwin the ability to control the federal judiciary by invoking some arcane privilege of "withholding a blue slip"? This is insane!If Baldwin wants to vote against a judicial nominee because of his views about marriage, that's her prerogative (as wrong as she may be). But she has no right to single-handedly derail the nomination and prevent it from advancing to a confirmation vote simply by withholding a mere customary courtesy nod that was never intended to be such a tool of discrimination!

If you agree with me that it's wrong to let liberal Senators like Tammy Baldwin hold the judiciary hostage and then deny the American people the opportunity to be served by strong, conservative judges who believe in the Constitution, it's time to take action. Please sign our petition to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to stop Baldwin's bigoted attack on believers!

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has done some good things when it comes to judicial confirmations. For instance, he was instrumental in putting an end to the ability of a minority of Senators to block a vote on a Supreme Court nomination through filibuster. By using the so-called "nuclear option," the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.

Now it's time for Sen. McConnell to take the necessary steps to move forward with President Trump's nominations of conservative, constitutional originalists like Gordon Giampietro. Sen. McConnell must put a stop to Baldwin's unconstitutional religious test and confirm these judicial nominations immediately! Please sign our petition today.

Our work to support President Trump's nomination of Gordon Giampietro as a federal judge is an example of the critical projects that we take on day in and day out. You've made this work possible by your support of our recent emergency fundraising appeal to erase a $25,000 budget shortfall. And I've got some great news – thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, our $25,000 emergency appeal was successful and we have raised the funds needed to avoid major cuts in our program! Thank you for your support!

With the financial emergency behind us, we have the opportunity to focus now on major projects that will support the cause of marriage and defend the rights of people of faith to continue to live out their beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

Click Here to Sign this Important Petition.

There is absolutely no reason why believing in the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman should disqualify someone from being a federal judge – but that's exactly the position that Senator Tammy Baldwin has taken.

Please help us fight this rank bigotry and discrimination against Catholics and all people of faith by making a generous donation to NOM today.

And after you've signed our petition today, please share this important message with your family and friends on social media or by email so that more people can sign it and stand up to this latest shameful attack against believers and the value of marriage!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Time is short

Dear Friends—I'm writing to ask that if you have not made an emergency financial contribution to NOM to help us close our critical budget shortfall to please act today. In less than 48 hours I am going to have to make some critical decisions about whether NOM can continue to take on new projects to advance our mission, such as the work we did to help get marriage champion Mike Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State, or if we will have to step back due to lack of funding.

Whether you are able to give $25, $50, $75, $100, $200 or even $500 or more, I ask you to let me hear from you. Time is short, and our needs are real. Can you help?

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I realize that what I am asking is for you to make a sacrifice, but it's important. Thank you for anything you can do at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Our hope is Jack's hope

Dear friends:

I hope that everyone saw Brian's email from yesterday and that any of our supporters who are reading this, if they haven't donated already, will make a gift today and help us to keep fighting on for marriage and religious liberty. We still need desperately to make up for our urgent fundraising shortfall.

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The importance of the work that we do here at the National Organization for Marriage was brought home to me recently when I read an opinion editorial piece in the Washington Post last week. The piece makes the stakes of our fight very clear, and the urgency with which we need your help to continue doing that work.

It was written by Jack Phillips, the plaintiff in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case Brian mentions below. The piece was entitled, "I’m the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker. Will the Supreme Court uphold my freedom?"

In it, Jack wonders about the outcome of his critical case, which is expected to be delivered soon. Musing on what should happen if the Supreme Court rules against him, Jack reflects grimly on the future:

I shudder to think what I’d say if my granddaughter one day tells me that she wants to design wedding cakes like I did. I guess I’ll tell her that she must choose between the faith we taught her and the wedding-cake artistry I showed her.

But Jack then turns to the hope that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor, as we urged the Court to do in our amicus brief supporting Jack:

But if the court upholds my freedom to serve all people while declining to design cakes that celebrate certain events, that would welcome me back into the community from which I’ve been estranged. Those who are opposing me in court have compared me to racists and argued that I’m deserving of their fate — social marginalization. But a ruling for me would reject all that and declare to the world that my faith is not a scarlet letter. [...] We all want to belong. I’m no different. The Supreme Court’s decision in my case will say a lot about the First Amendment. But I sure hope the court makes it clear that I belong, too.

Friends, our hope is the same as Jack's. But even if the Court does rule in his favor, the fight to ensure that our faith and belief in marriage belongs in the public square will continue. As Brian's said in yesterday's email, there will be more legal battles, elections, and possible confirmation hearings for a new Supreme Court Justice, and in every one of these contests, marriage and religious liberty will need a strong and clear voice of defense. We hope to be that voice, for you and countless Americans like you. But we can't do it without your support.

Please make a contribution to the cause today so that, whatever the future holds for Jack and the rest of us, at least the defense of marriage and of the values we hold dear will be sure.

Kindly,

Joseph L. Grabowski
Director of Communications, National Organization for Marriage

Victory in the Senate!

Last week I let you know about a dire fundraising crisis we're facing, and shared the fact that we needed to raise $25,000 within two weeks. The good news is that we have raised, amazingly, almost exactly half of what we need, and thus have cut our goal for this week in half.

The fact that we raised just over $12,000 last week has already paid dividends with a big victory late last evening. NOM launched a huge mobilization in response to Senator Cory Booker’s attacks on Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, over Pompeo’s beliefs in traditional marriage. We created a special website, from which we launched a nationwide petition that generated thousands of emails and calls to protest Booker’s shameful actions. Even more importantly, we targeted the key swing vote on the committee, Senator Rand Paul to vote to approve Pompeo. Paul had said he would oppose Pompeo on other grounds, but last evening, Senator Paul listened to our call to action and did the right thing – voting to confirm Mike Pompeo!

We are sure that the pressure we were able to bring to Senator Paul had an impact in this important committee vote, and we were able to deny Cory Booker and his cronies in the LGBT lobby the ability to walk away from the vote claiming that Booker’s beliefs had sunk his nomination. This is a big victory, and shows what NOM can do when we have the funds to do it.

So now I’m asking you to help us close the gap on our fundraising goal: we have more work to do, and it’s critical we raise the remaining $12,500 for our budget or else risk real and lasting cuts to our mission. Will you make an emergency donation to NOM of $35, $50, $100, or $200 so that we can keep up the fight?

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No other group in the country does what we do day in and day out. No other group was able to swing into action and produce a website and petition within hours of Booker’s attack on Pompeo targeting the right person, Senator Rand Paul. We know that our supporters flooded his office will phone calls, emails, and tweets, and that he listened to Americans’ concerns about marriage and religious liberty in casting the deciding vote last night!

Please act at this critical time with a donation to help us continue to fight – and win! – in the battle to restore marriage, to protect the rights of marriage supporters to live out their beliefs at work and in their daily lives, and to promote religious liberty rights of all people of faith. So much is riding on what our supporters are able to do to help us this week.

Please, I hope you will be able to make an emergency donation to jump start our work this week and help us close the remaining $12,500 fundraising gap we face. Thank you for everything you are doing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Help A Pro-Family Champion Win


As you've seen play out across the country, there is a critical battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Many in the establishment wing want to stop talking about critical social issues like marriage, life and gender identity (among other issues) and focus only on the agenda of big corporations. They expect social conservatives to just be quiet and vote for their candidates. But we're not much interested in doing that; we want to fight for candidates with strong conservative principles on all the issues.

Help A Proven Conservative Win In Pennsylvania

There is a critical battle brewing in the Pennsylvania Republican primary for governor. The establishment is backing Senator Scott Wagner, a pro-gay, anti-religious liberty Republican whose actions in office show a wanton disregard for the rights of Christians and other people of faith. Wagner carried a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity bill that makes gay rights superior to the rights of other Americans. Then, he made sure that his bill was not amended to include critical religious liberty protections. Among other problems, Wagner's legislation includes "bathroom bill" provisions that will risk the privacy and safety of girls and women by allowing biological men to force themselves into intimate areas like showers and restrooms that are reserved for females.

We have a far better choice in this race. Paul Mango is a principled conservative who has taken a strong stand in support of family values. As governor, he will veto legislation like that being pushed by Scott Wagner. A former Army Ranger, Mango will be a tough advocate for the family, and especially for women and children. Scott Wagner would be a disaster.

Please act today to help Paul Mango win. You can donate directly to his campaign, and I urge you to do so. Then please ask all your friends and family in Pennsylvania to vote for Paul Mango in the upcoming May 15th primary election.

We will have more to say about this race in coming days, but for today please act to donate to Paul Mango and to let all your friends and contacts know that you are supporting him. He's a true conservative on all the issues we care about – social issues, military and security issues, economic issues, etc. – and is precisely the type of candidate that should be encouraged to run.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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May The Joy Of Easter Be With You


Dear Marriage Supporter — As we reflect on the meaning and import of Holy Week, it's tempting to think in historical terms, as amazing events long since passed. But what we celebrate at this time of year is not merely an ancient memory from long ago, but times that present parallels to modern circumstances today, and that offer the promise of an incredible future.

In the run up to Holy Week on Palm Sunday, we experience Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with adoring fans lining the streets, waving palms, welcoming this great Son of God who has worked miracles, cured the sick and infirm, breathed new life into the dead, forgiven sins and fulfilled scripture. If they had public opinion polls back then, Christ's popularity would have been off the charts positive.

But within days, these same people who greeted his triumphant entrance turned on him, becoming a murderous mob that ended up preferring the criminal Barabbas to Jesus. He celebrated his last supper on earth with his disciples, knowing that he would be betrayed, and prepared himself for his barbaric crucifixion and death today, Good Friday.

How quickly they turned on him.

I can imagine how Jesus must have felt, having experienced on a far lesser scale a seeming seismic shift in public opinion (at least according to the media) in the object of much of my work, the preservation of marriage..

No doubt the Sanhedrin thought that Christ's death on a cross would be the end of things. But it wasn't. That next Sunday he rose from the dead, his burial clothes folded neatly in the tomb. Later he presented himself to his disciples, the holes in his hands and side quite visible, powerful proof of his resurrection.

Still, even with all they had seen and experienced being in Christ's presence – the miracles, the crowds, the supernatural appearances of the angels and the Prophets -- the Apostles still struggled to undertake the ministry that Jesus had called on them to lead in his name. It would take the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Sunday to transform the Apostles from observers to evangelists, and to spread the growth of Christianity to the four corner of the globe.

On Sunday, we celebrate the most consequential day in the history of the world, the day when the promise of the Bible is fulfilled, the day when death is overcome, the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

I can't help but feel the parallels between what happened during Christ's time on earth and some of our own experiences in recent times, including in the struggle to preserve, protect and promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We've seen marriage be considered invincible one day, and then in a blink of an eye seen it redefined and defiled. We've seen the principle of traditional marriage be betrayed by people who swore to voters they would protect it. We've seen some people abandon the fight, whether out of fear or seeing many who remained vigilant punished and persecuted. And we've seen constitutionally-guaranteed rights such as the right to religious liberty be superseded by invented concepts that not only are not rights, they also are not right.

It can be disheartening at times, but we at NOM have not lost faith. You see, we've read the book and we know who wins in the end. We also know that the truth of marriage is universal and timeless, written on the human heart by our Creator at the beginning of time. Marriage cannot be changed, and the truth of marriage cannot be redefined or eradicated.

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. That's what the thing is, always has been and always will be. It is a profound good, and the most important human relationship ever created. It's the basis of families, and the foundation for raising children.

I know that true marriage will rise again. I think it will happen fairly soon, because it's impossible to maintain the lie of same-sex 'marriage' forever. But whether it takes two years or two decades, NOM is determined to fight every day for the truth of marriage and for the good that it provides for families and children.

We are grateful to count you as a true friend, and a trusted ally. Like the Apostles during the early church, your faithfulness to the truth of marriage sends a powerful message to the world that this timeless relationship reserved for a man and a woman will triumph.

May the joy and hope of Easter be with you. Thank you for all you've done for us, and for God's institution of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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We Are Determined To Stop Her


Dear Marriage Supporter — By now you've probably heard of President Trump's disturbing decision to nominate Chai Feldblum, a radical LGBT extremist, to a critically important civil rights post as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This job puts her in the position of shaping federal law to make supreme LGBT claims and to punish Christians and other people of faith who do not want to personally be involved in affirming the gay agenda, such as same-sex 'marriage.' That is exactly what she wants to do.

Feldman is an avowed lesbian who firmly believes that there is no situation where the constitutionally-guaranteed right of religious liberty would prevail in a legal case where Christians are in a conflict with the interests of gay or lesbian individuals. She's openly questioned whether marriage is even necessary in modern society and she's said that it is essential that the law be used aggressively to affirm the "dignity" of gays and lesbians when Christians refuse to support them.

Help Us Stop This Dangerous LGBT Nominee

While we appreciate President Trump's work to support religious liberty in other contexts, his nomination of this radical lesbian activist will cause real and lasting damage to people of faith who want nothing more than to be left alone by gay activists so that they can live out their religious beliefs about marriage and other issues in peace in their private lives and at work.

We are all-in to prevent the confirmation of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC.

Whether President Trump comes to his senses and withdraws this incredibly divisive nomination, or whether the Senate simply refuses to go along, we have to do everything possible to ensure that Ms. Feldblum is not in a position to bend the law in favor of gays and lesbians and against people of faith.

Our ability to stop the nomination of Chai Feldblum depends on the response we receive from you and other loyal supporters of NOM. Already, thousands of people have signed our petition opposing this nomination. That gives us a great start in this campaign to stop her, but in order to win we need to raise substantial funds and expand opposition to the nomination. Will you help us with an emergency financial contribution? Your gift of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more will be put to immediate use fighting the confirmation of this dangerous nominee.

Our team is hard at work during this Holy Week to prepare for a major push to derail the Feldblum nomination. The US Senate is on recess until April 6th, and we need to be ready to roll as soon as they get back to the Capitol. We’re working on several cutting-edge grassroots and engagement programs and are excited to launch our coming campaign to derail the Feldblum nomination.

Please consider a sacrificial gift to help us go all-in to stop this radical lesbian activist from being able to shape federal law to punish Christians and people of faith.

We did not budget for this kind of fight against the Trump administration and the liberal Democrats in the Senate who will be pushing for Chai Feldblum's confirmation. That means we are scrambling now to secure the resources we need to win. Your donation of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more is urgently needed today. Please prayerfully consider what you can afford to give at this critical time.

Thank you for your help in standing up for the rights of Christians and others who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We are in a tough fight, and we will appreciate your prayers and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sen. Mike Lee Introduces First Amendment Defense Act


I am pleased to share some very good news: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has officially introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect supporters of marriage, including individuals and organizations, from being discriminated against by the federal government because of their beliefs about marriage.

We commend Senator Lee for his leadership and commitment to protecting the rights of Americans to stand for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Don and Ellen Vander Boom know all too well about the risk of speaking out in support of marriage. Devout Christians, the couple have dedicated everything they do to the glory of God, including their business. They operate a family-owned wholesale beef packing plant in western Michigan. After the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Don noticed some material in the break room speaking out in favor of gay 'marriage.' He wanted employees to have access to both sides of the issue, so he placed an article that discussed the Christian belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

To the couple's shock, USDA inspectors entered the break room and saw the pro-marriage article, and then declared that the business owners were in violation of USDA anti-discrimination policies on the basis of sexual orientation. The officials told Don that unless he removed the article, the USDA would remove inspectors from the plant. Since meatpacking firms cannot operate in the absence of USDA inspectors on the premises, this threat effectively promised a death sentence for their business.

Help us Support FADA

The passage of FADA would help people like Don and Ellen Vander Boom by preventing government officials from targeting them for harassment and punishment over their views about marriage. The Vander Boom's had no choice but to agree to the USDA's demands, and they removed the pro-marriage material from the break room. But then they did something that many others would not have done: they filed an official complaint with USDA senior officials in Washington.

President Trump has done a lot to protect the religious liberty rights of people to continue to support traditional marriage. Thankfully, after taking office the Trump team at USDA announced that they would never take adverse action against someone because they exercised their religious liberty rights to express their views about marriage.

This action by President Trump's leadership at USDA is gratifying. Presumably other federal agencies and departments will follow suit. But the truth is that these statements do not have the force of law, and that is why FADA is so important. God forbid, someone like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who will aggressively advance the agenda of LGBT extremists to punish marriage supporters is elected President in the future. We cannot risk what might amount to open season on marriage supporters in that type of administration.

We are going to make a major push for Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act. I'm asking you to do two things right now to help:

  1. First, please contact your US Senators and ask them to become co-sponsors of Sen. Lee's legislation. The more Senators who sign on to support this proposal the better its chances of passage will be.

  2. Second, please make a financial contribution to NOM today so that we have the funds we need to push for the enactment of FADA.

Our 2018 Strategic Plan has prioritized the protection of marriage supporters as one of our top objectives. We've already taken two major steps toward achieving our goal. The directive by President Trump's Department of Justice to all federal agencies and departments that they should protect religious liberty to the maximum extent is a tremendous accomplishment. We also have filed a critical legal brief before the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that has the potential of protecting marriage supporters in every state in the country.

Now we need to take the next step by making sure that FADA is passed. Will you help?

One of the most impactful things you can do to stand up for the rights of marriage supporters is to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members help ensure that our financial footing is solid, giving us the ability to aggressively fight for FADA.

As a Sustaining Member, you pledge a monthly gift of any amount you decide (as little as $7 per month). It's easy and works transparently. You'll be notified when your pledge processes each month. Rest assured that you can change your instructions at any time.

No American should have to go through what Don and Ellen Vander Boom went through when their business was threatened with financial ruin because of their Christian beliefs about marriage. FADA will protect them, and all of us, from becoming the target of government officials and bureaucrats because we do what God calls us to do, live out the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman in our daily lives and at work.

We look forward to working with you to enact the First Amendment Defense Act into law.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Please act today to urge your US Senators to join Sen. Lee and become a co-sponsor of FADA. Thank you!

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BREAKING...Trump Nominates Radical LGBT Extremist


It's being reported that President Donald Trump has nominated a radical LGBT extremist to a key civil rights post. Chai Feldblum is a prominent activist and avowed proponent of expansive special legal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. Worse, she has repeatedly said that their rights take precedence over any religious liberty claims that Christians might assert. Her nomination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a disaster that we must oppose.

Please Sign Our Petition Opposing The Nomination of A Radical LGBT Extremist to the EEOC

President Trump has done many good things to support religious liberty, but his nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC is truly mind-boggling. A lesbian, Feldblum's views are so extreme that she is not even considered to be within the mainstream of liberals in the Democratic Party. For instance, Feldblum has questioned whether the institution of marriage needs to exist, and she has said that the government should recognize adults in polygamous and polyamorous relationships on the same basis as married couples.

I don't understand what's gotten into President Trump with this nomination. I wonder if it is more evidence of Ivanka and Jared's influence on him. Or maybe the White House is just being lazy because Feldblum was appointed to the EEOC previously by President Obama, so perhaps the White House thinks they can get away with her appointment again. Whatever the thinking behind nominating this radical extremist, however, we must do everything we can to oppose Feldblum's nomination. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws. As a Commissioner of the EEOC, Feldblum has the ability to engineer a radical shift in federal legal treatment of discrimination laws against Christians and other people faith, and to make supreme the "rights" of LGBT people.

Please sign our petition opposing the nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC. We cannot have this kind of radical extremist in a position of power to shape America's civil rights laws.

I have enjoyed working with President Trump's administration on many things and do not relish opposing them now, but I am determined to do so in this instance. We cannot sit idly by and let an extreme radical like Chai Feldblum shape our nation's anti-discrimination laws to punish Christians and other people of faith who simply wish to be left alone to live out their views about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

The first step in derailing Feldblum's nomination is to sign our petition today. Please add your name to the petition right away, and then send it to every person you know who might sign it as well. Only by organizing a large group of Americans will we be able to exert enough pressure on Congress to reject this nomination, or convince President Trump to withdraw it.

We are in for a tough battle to stop Chai Feldblum's nomination to the EEOC. Please act today to help us by signing our petition. And if you can take an added step of making a financial contribution to NOM to help us spread the petition to more people, we would be grateful.

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Not married at all


As you may know, NOM is in the midst of a tough fight in Georgia where we are working alongside allies to urge the legislature to enact protections for faith-based adoption agencies so that they may continue to help Georgia children and families without violating their faith beliefs.

Our work there has generated some media buzz among LGBT activists, who complain that our push for the right of faith-based adoption agencies to adopt out children only to a married husband and wife is somehow discriminatory to gay couples. But we make no apology for fighting in Georgia and across the country so that children can experience the love of a mother and a father in their lives.

Help Us Fight To Protect Children

A prominent homosexual journalist, Michelangelo Signorile, recently wrote in the Huffington Post that NOM's work in Georgia is part of a nationwide plan we have to, "turn same-sex marriage into second-class marriage with a longer-term goal of overturning federal marriage rights for gays and lesbians entirely."

Signorile is exactly right that NOM's Strategic Plan includes a strong fight for the rights of religious adoption agencies to insist that adopted kids go to families where they will experience the love of a married mother and father. And he's also right that we are determined to restore true marriage to our nation's laws. But he's wrong about turning same-sex 'marriages' into second class marriage. That's because:

Same-sex 'marriages' are not marriages at all.

The fact of the matter is that marriage is intrinsically the union of one man and one woman. No matter what LGBT extremists, activist judges or the liberal media might say, that is what the institution is about. It's been that way since the beginning of time, because marriage is ordered toward the procreative act of creating children and then providing the ideal environment for them to thrive with the unique contributions to their wellbeing provided by both a mother and a father.

Help Us Restore Marriage To Our Laws

Many in the media foolishly dismiss the idea that we can restore traditional marriage to our laws. They figure that since the US Supreme Court did the unthinkable with their illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling in the Obergefell case, that gay marriage is a done deal. But people who think through the issues more deeply realize that this situation is not permanently ensconced in our laws, and can be changed.

NOM is determined to do just that — to fight to restore marriage. We may be just a single Supreme Court justice away from being able to do so.

Will you help us in our quest to fight for traditional marriage being restored to our laws? Your gift of $15, $25, $35, $50, $100, or $250 or more will help us continue to make the case for marriage to be restored, as well as advocating for laws at the state and federal level that promote the importance of marriage, such as the faith-based adoption legislation we're backing in Georgia. Please act today with a generous contribution.

It's interesting to me that for a long time, many people on our side just assumed that we had won the battle to preserve marriage and they could focus on other things. After all, the federal Defense of Marriage Act had been enacted into law, and voters in dozens of states had put provisions into their state constitutions to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman

Conventional wisdom was that marriage was won.

But some LGBT activists did not accept conventional wisdom. They organized and fought, often behind the scenes and often in the face of criticism that they were wasting time and resources on a lost cause. That criticism continued until one day the cause was not lost when the Supreme Court ruled their way.

Now conventional wisdom is that traditional marriage has been lost and we just have to accept the idea of 'gay marriage.' But conventional wisdom is wrong. Marriage is not lost and the redefinition of marriage has not been permanently won.

NOM is the only organization in America intently focused with a central mission to restore marriage to our laws. But in order to do that, we need supporters who are willing to stand alongside us in this fight over the longer term. We call those people Sustaining Members.

Sustaining Members form the backbone of NOM because they provide financial support month in and month out. As a Sustaining Member, you decide what amount to contribute each month. Some people give as little as $7 monthly while others are able to contribute $100 or more per month. I hope you will consider becoming a Sustaining Member so that we can count on your ongoing support.

The Sustaining Member process is easy to set up and operates seamlessly and transparently. You'll be notified each month when your pledge processes, and you can change your pledge instructions at any time.

Whether you are able to make a one-time donation, or step up to become a Sustaining Member, I hope you will act today. We are hard at work in Georgia and other states, and at the federal level, to fight for the rights of people and groups to act in concert with their beliefs about marriage. We need, and would be very grateful to have, your support today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — Our petition in Georgia has generated thousands of contacts with policymakers there on behalf of allowing faith-based adoption agencies to serve the best interests of children by ensuring that they go to families where they will experience the love of a mother and a father. If you have not yet signed our petition, please do so now, and then share it with your friends and family. Thank you.

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