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Down the Rabbit Hole


A friend of mine and his wife just got back from taking their youngest granddaughter on her first visit to Disneyland. They had a great time, and their young granddaughter was regularly mesmerized by the characters, costumes, pomp and circumstances. Everything they encountered was carefully staged to create an impression among the children of an engaging and inviting alternative "reality."

While enchanting, the entire experience is staged. Adults know (or at least should know) that it's not reality they are experiencing, but an orchestrated environment designed to present something decidedly not real. To fully enjoy the experience requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

It's one thing to suspend disbelief when visiting a theme park like Disneyland, but it's an entirely different thing to be asked to suspend disbelief when it comes to our laws and public policy. And, increasingly, that's what is expected of Americans when it comes to the agenda of LGBT activists.

We're working hard every day to restore marriage and to protect the rights of people of faith to live out their beliefs in their daily lives. Please support us with a generous financial contribution.

In America today. we're expected to go down a rabbit hole such as that envisioned in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland that leads us to an alternate reality, where up is down, you have to run twice as fast just to stay in place, any road takes you to where you are going, and you can believe in six impossible things before breakfast.

This rabbit hole distortion of reality is regularly promoted by the mainstream media with their coverage of all sorts of things, but particularly in their coverage of the Trump administration. For example, the media and LGBT activists have recently criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her decision to faithfully implement the law as it exists when it comes to access to intimate areas in schools (showers, restrooms, locker rooms, etc.), rather than enter the rabbit hole to make up laws that don't exist so as to support an agenda that has not been adopted by the American people.

Federal law establishes that intimate facilities in schools where children can be expected to be in a state of undress be segregated based on sex. Our understanding of "sex" is well-established and universal - it's the biological fact of being male or being female, a pretty simple concept. But in the rabbit hole world of LGBT activists and the media, sex does not refer to biology but to something they call "gender identity."

No individual politician, bureaucrat or judge has the authority to redefine sex under federal law to mean gender identity, yet that is what the Obama administration did. They dragged our laws into the rabbit hole, and imposed their vision of reality on every young child in public school, sacrificing their privacy and safety to the wishes of radicals in the LGBT movement.

Betsy Devos has followed President Trump's lead to put a stop to this social engineering in the public schools. She has properly stated, as the law commands, that sex means the biological reality of being male or female, and that there is no right to use intimate school facilities based on "gender identity." For this she and President Trump are being pilloried.

NOM is standing up for Education Secretary Devos and we ask you to sign our petition thanking her for her common sense leadership. Please sign our petition today so that she knows that countless Americans are with her in defending our laws that protect the privacy and safety of young children in school.

This attack being waged on Secretary Devos is just an example of the situation we at NOM consistently face in dealing with the gravitational pull of the rabbit hole. Not a week goes by where we don't have some brewing challenge or an unexpected opportunity to advance our agenda of truth and common sense. This is why a key organizational focus for NOM in 2018 is increasing the base of Sustaining Members who support our work.

If you have not yet become a Sustaining Member of NOM, I am asking you to do so today. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of our organization by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

The success of our 2018 agenda will depend to a significant extent on how successful we are in broadening our base of support among Sustaining Members. Whether it be in advocating positions before the US Supreme Court, being ready to help ensure the appointment and confirmation of a pro-marriage justice to join the Supreme Court when the next vacancy arises, advocating for legislation in Congress and in state legislatures, promoting our positions among the public, developing grassroots programs for supporters to help advance the cause and change the culture, or any of the myriad other things that we are involved in to restore marriage and protect the rights of marriage supporters, we need to have a strong and loyal group of supporters to sustain our operations.

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member of NOM, or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work, please act today.

Please also pray for our staff and for the success of our 2018 Strategic Plan. We're up against some powerful adversaries, but we know that we are on the side of truth. As long as we have God's blessings, along with your friendship and support, we will continue to speak truth to power, and we'll fight with everything we have to pull our country out of the grips of the rabbit hole of deception and falsity that too often lure Americans.

Thank you for all you are doing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — If you have not yet had a chance to sign our petition thanking Education Secretary Betsy Devos for protecting the privacy of our nation's school children, please do so today. Thank you!

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Help Me Expose The Truth About Roe v Wade


One of the most horrific tragedies to befall our nation was the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous decision imposing abortion on the nation in the Roe v. Wade case. Some 60 million unborn children have died as a result of that monstrous decision.

What many people do not know is that the Roe decision is based on a pack of lies, manipulations and outright misrepresentations. Now we have an opportunity to bring the truth behind the Roe v. Wade decision to the attention of the American people with a full-length feature film starring Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin and Stacey DashRoe v. Wade, the Movie.

Please check it out.

I am honored to be an Executive Producer of the movie, along with Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. A top production crew is behind the movie, and with Academy Award winner Jon Voight in a starring role, Stephen Baldwin, star of Usual Suspects to Born on the 4th of July, and Stacey Dash, star of Clueless and Renaissance Man and former Fox News Contributor, it's certain to attract much attention at the box office.

I ask you to watch the introductory video from Alveda King, and then act to help make sure that we have the funds needed to complete production. You can donate directly to help ensure that this life-changing movie comes to theaters across the country.

The Roe v. Wade case is the most corrupt court case in American history. This is the first time that the Roe decision has been presented as a feature film, one that captures the drama of the rank manipulation by abortion advocates to mislead the American people, and our court system, about the push for abortion.

This movie can change lives, and alter history. If enough Americans come to learn the truth about how the Roe case was decided, there will be an unprecedented push to repeal it.

Please join me, Dr. Alveda King and Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin, Stacey Dash in supporting Roe v. Wade, the Movie.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Say thanks today


If you've followed the news from Washington the past couple of weeks, you'll know that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has come under fire in the liberal media for supposedly "attacking transgender rights."

Thank Betsy DeVos today!

What the Department of Education has actually done is to clarify the position that it has taken for almost a year now, since February of 2017: that claims of sex discrimination in schools based on Title IX include only biological sex, and not "gender identity." This is simply a sane, common-sense, and legally sound reading of the law which is meant to protect women and girls in the education system.

You see, the Obama Administration in 2016 had the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issue an outrageous instruction that the prohibition against sex-based discrimination in Title IX must now be interpreted to include the right of biological men to use women's-only facilities, like showers and locker rooms, based on "gender identity." This was a preposterous and illegal move by the administration that put the safety and privacy of all students at risk. The rights of girls in schools to feel safe in intimate spaces like bathrooms and changing rooms were thrown aside in favor of the right of "gender nonconforming" students who could simply claim a gender identification with the opposite sex, and then attain access to those spaces without question.

Secretary DeVos deserves our thanks for standing up for the privacy and safety of all students. You can be sure that the Department of Education is hearing from angry, radical LGBT activists who see this as a major set-back to pushing their progressive agenda.

Please sign this petition today, and we'll deliver an email on your behalf to Secretary DeVos expressing support and thanks for ensuring safety and privacy in our schools.

There will be lawsuits coming from radicals who want the transgender agenda enforced at all costs, and the Education Department will need to stand its ground in court as it faces these challenges. They need our encouragement to stay the course!

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Too often in Washington it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease: the noisiest minority drowns out the silent majority. Most people in this country recognize that boys are boys and girls are girls and that this isn't bigotry, but biology. Most parents in this country don't want their daughters exposed to biological males in the locker room without notification, recourse, or accountability. But if that message is to make it to the halls of power, you need to add your voice today.

Take a moment to sign our petition to send a letter of thanks to Secretary DeVos and her staff.

And when you've done that, please use the sharing buttons below to forward this email and post it to social media so more folks like you and me stand up today and voice support for the truth of gender and the common sense application of laws meant to protect vulnerable people in our society.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Big Wins, Big Mo On Our Side


Four significant victories in recent days have made it clear that NOM is on the march and making tremendous strides to protect marriage supporters and people of faith. We're winning in the courts, with voters and in the court of public opinion.

Please show your support today by making a generous financial contribution so that we may continue the momentum we have achieved.

The narrative of the mainstream media is that same-sex 'marriage' is a done deal, that any attempt to protect religious liberty is a license to discriminate and that public opinion has shifted decidedly in favor of sexual progressives ready to abandon traditional values. This portrayal is a lie — more fake news — and they will never report all the good things that NOM and our allies are involved in. Just consider these great developments in recent days:

  • Last week the nation of Bermuda became the first country in the world to repeal same-sex 'marriage.' We were very active in this victory behind the scenes. I twice met with leaders of the pro-marriage movement in Bermuda to discuss strategies and approaches. We suggested that they push for a national referendum to preserve marriage, which they did, eventually persuading 68% of Bermuda voters to reject gay 'marriage.' After their country's Supreme Court imposed same-sex 'marriage' despite the tremendous electoral outpouring, we advised launching a national petition effort to keep the issue before Parliament, and the coalition followed our advice. Thanks to strong grassroots support for marriage, Parliament passed a new law eradicating gay 'marriage' and it was signed into law last week.

  • In 2016, NOM was a leading national group urging the Mississippi Legislature to enact HB 1523, comprehensive religious liberty legislation designed to protect people of faith from having to personally participate in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' We rallied thousands of supporters to get involved in the fight, and played a high-profile role in convincing Governor Phil Bryant to sign the legislation in the face of a ridiculous backlash from LGBT extremists and some liberal corporations. The law has been under constant legal challenge, but the other day the US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the law, thus upholding it. This is a tremendous victory for us, the people of Mississippi and common sense.

  • Last week the state of North Carolina was forced to pay $300,000 to a former state magistrate who was forced from office because she could not in good conscience perform same-sex marriages, which violate her religious beliefs. The courts ruled that longstanding federal law required that an accommodation be made for her. Fortunately, no other magistrate will be subjected to this mistreatment, thanks in part to a 2015 North Carolina law that NOM supported to allow magistrates to refuse to solemnize gay 'marriages' that violate their beliefs. This law has also been upheld despite several challenges, a great accomplishment.

  • And just last week in California — California! — a court ruled that a Christian baker did not violate the law when she declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because doing so violated her deeply held religious beliefs. This great victory by our friends at Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund should buttress our position in the similar case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado which is now pending before the US Supreme Court. NOM is a leading ally of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop, and we filed an important legal brief with the Supreme Court in the case.

All of this should encourage you that we are on the right path. These big wins are in addition to all the great things we are accomplishing with the Trump administration.

As you can see, we're not only disrupting the false narrative being put forth by the liberal media and LGBT extremists, we're make real progress to level the playing field so that no American is punished for living out their biblical beliefs about marriage. Nobody should ever have to choose between their religious beliefs and their livelihood.

These incredible victories are only possible thanks to the grassroots support we receive from thousands of individuals and businesses each year. If you have not yet become a Sustaining Member of NOM, I am asking you to do so today. That is the best way for us to capitalize on the great victories we've won, because having more Sustaining Members will significantly enhance our effectiveness. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of NOM by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

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It can be frustrating sometimes to see all the advantages the other side enjoys compared to our modest means. They have the media, wealthy corporations, liberal foundations, many of the politicians and nearly all of academia. But despite all these advantages, we are still beating them, as Bermuda, Mississippi, North Carolina and even California shows.

I hope you are as encouraged as I am that we are not only on the right side of eternity, we are on the right side of right now in all these critical battles.

We appreciate your friendship and encouragement, and thank you for whatever financial support you can provide at this critical time so that we can capitalize on our momentum.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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They also lie


The other day I wrote about the constant cheating that backers of same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda engage in, using the power of government to put a thumb on the scales of justice, targeting people of faith for punishment, and manipulating government policy to advance the LGBT agenda through illegitimate decrees and illegal rules.

I want to follow that up with this additional important reminder: They also lie.

Help us continue to fight to restore the truth of marriage to our laws, and to protect the right of Americans to live out their beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

The biggest lie about same-sex 'marriage' is that it is inevitable. LGBT activists and their partners in the media regularly trot forth with falsehoods such as gay marriage is somehow part of an "arc of history," and that everybody needs to embrace it if they want to be "on the right side of history." They also want people to accept the lie that since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed gay marriage on the nation in 2015 with their illegitimate and anti-constitutional Obergefell decision, that the issue is resolved for all and that it's time to accept it - no, more than accept it, everyone must openly embrace and celebrate it.

This, of course, is a lie. There's nothing inevitable about same-sex 'marriage' and there's no 'arc of history' propelling it forward. In fact, if anything the arc of history reveals that people continue to resist this damaging policy, as was powerfully proven again twice on the world stage this past week. To wit:

  • The country of Bermuda became the first nation in the world to repeal gay 'marriage' this week!

  • A legal ruling threatening to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the nation of Costa Rica totally upended that country's presidential contest, propelling a pro-marriage candidate who pledged to resist the ruling from the middle of the pack in a crowded field to winning Costa Rica's presidential primary.

NOM played a significant behind-the-scenes role in the tremendous victory in Bermuda. Our team advised pro-marriage supporters there on strategies to preserve marriage and I travelled there twice to meet with activists from Preserve Marriage Bermuda to discuss potential strategies. In 2016, Bermuda conducted a national referendum to advise the Parliament on whether gay 'marriage' should be allowed, with 68% of voters resoundingly rejecting same-sex 'marriage.'

Despite the overwhelming voter rejection of redefining marriage, in 2017 the Bermuda Supreme Court imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation. This proved to be a short-lived ruling as the Preserve Marriage Bermuda coalition rallied supporters to demand that marriage be restored. This past December, the Bermuda Parliament passed a law repealing same-sex 'marriage.' This week the British government of Theresa May announced that it would not block the repeal of same-sex marriage (Bermuda is a British territory) and Governor John Rankin promptly signed the repeal legislation into law.

So much for the arc of history.

NOM heartily congratulates the people of Bermuda and the leadership of Preserve Marriage Bermuda. Their efforts are a powerful proof point that the "inevitability" of same-sex 'marriage is a lie and that the fight for marriage can be won, even when the judicial elite think they can impose their will on a country, as tragically occurred here in the U.S.

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Please help NOM continue to fight for the truth of marriage and for our agenda to protect the rights of people of faith to act in concert with their beliefs about marriage. We have an ambitious 2018 Strategic Plan that we're pushing, and we are counting on your support.

We're in this fight for the long term. Whether it takes two years or two decades, we are determined to restore true marriage to our nation's laws. What happened this week in Bermuda is extremely encouraging, and we hope it inspires you to redouble your support for our work.

One of the best ways that you can show your support for NOM is to become a Sustaining Member of our organization. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of NOM by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Knowing that we have a regular source of funds coming in month in and month out gives us the stability we need to aggressively push forward with our agenda. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

We've been through some tough times together in recent years, including the disastrous Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage in 2015. But despite that low point, we've continued the fight, overcome adversity and won some incredible victories for marriage and people of faith, particularly over this past year in working with the administration of President Trump. We're on a good path, and what happened this week in Bermuda and Costa Rica shows is that all our goals can be achieved if we trust in God, ignore the lie of "inevitability," and are resolved to continue the fight.

Thank you for all your support. I look forward to working closely with you in pursuit of our 2018 Strategic Plan.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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They Cheat


The memo released last Friday detailing some of the disturbing and extraordinary lengths to which the Obama administration went to surveil members of the Trump campaign and transition team are all too familiar to social conservatives. It reinforces one of the most profound conclusions about President Obama's administration that has been made obvious time and time again: They cheat.

The American people have a right to expect that their government will treat them fairly and impartially. They expect the laws to be enforced uniformly without regard to creed, color or political ideology. But President Obama, and leaders of his administration at the highest levels, did not treat Americans fairly and impartially. When it came to conservatives, they regularly cheated, putting a thumb on the scales of justice, issuing countless illegal orders to advance their radical agenda.

NOM has been at the forefront of fighting against President Obama's radical LGBT agenda. We've had some great victories, but much more remains to be done. Please help us continue to fight.

Not only did Obama oppose what conservatives support, his administration systematically targeted conservatives for scrutiny, punishment and even banishment. His Internal Revenue Service under the leadership of Lois Lerner systematically targeted conservative groups for abuse. NOM was the target of IRS harassment when they illegally leaked our confidential donor information to a gay activist who immediately turned it over to one of our chief political opponents, the so-called Human Rights Campaign.

But what Obama never counted on was that NOM would fight back. We sued his administration in federal court, and forced them to admit to their illegal leaking of our confidential tax return information. And they also had to pay a substantial monetary settlement.

We are committed to holding elected officials to account, and making sure that our laws are applied equally and without bias, and undoing Obama-era actions that were illegally or unfairly taken. We need your financial support to do so.

Some of the actions that President Obama took were not only illegal, they were brazen. After months of declaring (correctly) that he did not have the legal authority to unilaterally change immigration policy to protect so-called Dreamers, he turned right around and did just that. After being elected as a supposed supporter of traditional marriage, Obama then reversed course in office to declare marriage to be unconstitutional. And then he took perhaps the most brazen act of all: unilaterally and illegally issuing orders rewriting federal law to declare that "sex" means "gender identity" and not biological reality.

Help us unravel Obama's LGBT agenda!

But he didn't stop there. Obama issued "guidance" to every public school in the country that they must give boys access into intimate areas of school reserved for girls, including showers, locker rooms and restrooms if the boys claim to identify as female. No girl can object to losing her privacy or to concerns about safety when confronted by a biological male in the shower. The girl would be considered guilty of "discrimination." And then Obama went even further, ordering our military to become a laboratory for the so-called transgendered, who could not only openly serve in the military but could force taxpayers to pay for expensive medical treatments, including gender reassignment surgery.

Once famously called "America's first gay president" by Newsweek magazine, Barack Obama used the full power and prestige of his office to press the radical agenda of LGBT extremists wherever possible for eight long years. It won't happen overnight, but we are committed to reversing his radical LGBT actions. Please help us begin to unravel Obama's extreme, often illegal LGBT agenda.

NOM has been working with the Trump administration to restore common sense and the rule of law to our nation's federal government. Already President Trump has issued orders reversing the transgender bathroom rules illegally imposed on public schools, and he's ordered a cessation of transgender people serving in the military (an order being challenged in federal court, meaning our fight is not yet completed on that issue.) We've also helped achieve meaningful religious liberty protections for people of faith, and worked to ensure that pro-marriage, conservative justices are appointed to our courts, including the extraordinary appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.

Our work over the past year proves that we can turn around the Obama years if we work hard, and smart. But we need financial help from our supporters to be successful.

If you have not yet made a 2018 gift to NOM, please do so today. And if at all possible, please consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members make a monthly pledge or any amount of their choosing, which is a huge benefit to us.

Increasing the number of Sustaining Members is a top financial objective for us this year. Doing so will provide added confidence month in and month out that our finances are on a stable foundation, which will allow us to be more effective, strategic and opportunistic being in a position to immediately take advantage of opportunities and deal with challenges that unexpectedly occur.

I thank you for all the support you have given us in the past and look forward to working with you throughout 2018.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Today's the Day


Dear Marriage Supporter — I've tried to use the past few weeks to talk about all the elements in our 2018 agenda that we at NOM are working to accomplish. We've adopted a 2018 Strategic Plan that lays them out in plain terms:

  • fight to restore marriage to our laws;
  • enact legal protections for supporters of marriage to live out their beliefs at work and in their daily lives;
  • fight to protect religious liberty;
  • fight to protect the truth of gender and work to educate Americans about the issues through our new First Freedom Initiative, etc.

Pushing our agenda forward will require all of us working together including relying on prayer and financial sacrifice. Fortunately, the financial sacrifice element of our challenge is considerably more rewarding at the moment thanks to the generosity of a group of donors who have come together to match every contribution we receive through midnight tonight.

If you have not yet made a financial contribution to support our work in 2018, please step up today to help us move our aggressive agenda forward. Whatever amount you can contribute will be matched dollar for dollar, but your contribution needs to be made by midnight tonight.

I'm so grateful for all the people who have made a sacrifice to help us. Their generosity has been amazing, and has made such a difference. But I also want to let you know of an even more effective way to help NOM at this critical time, which is to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members agree to make a monthly contribution to support our work of any amount they choose. It's an easy thing to do, but it has enormous impact in helping us build a more stable financial base.

And here is some incredible news: until midnight tonight, if you will agree to become a Sustaining Member of NOM, your monthly gift will be matched not one time but twelve times over! Your $15 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $180 in matching funds. What an incredible boost Sustaining Members will provide to our cause!

We're working hard to move our 2018 Strategic Plan forward and I hope that every member of NOM will step up with a donation. Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today.

There are only hours left before this incredible matching gift opportunity comes to an end, so please make a sacrifice right now with a generous contribution. We need your help, and there is no better time to help us than right now, in these final hours of the matching gift challenge. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Brian S Brown

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One Retirement Away


Yesterday there was some media buzz about a comment that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made, saying she had no plans to retire from the Supreme Court. This sent liberals off to celebrate, being reassured that one of the most liberal members of the Court planned to stay on. Of course, the Ginsburg story is a bit of fake news, because no Democrat would voluntarily retire when a Republican president is in office.

But the statement from Ginsburg does serve to illustrate a very important point for all of us at NOM: we could be only one retirement away from having a majority on the Supreme Court that could vote to restore marriage to our nation's laws.

Please help us have the resources we need to influence the future makeup of the Supreme Court, and to move our aggressive agenda forward.

Many people in the elite are fond of saying that "marriage is lost," but marriage is not lost. First of all marriage is an immutable, universal relationship - the union of one man and one woman - and no decision of any court or politician can change marriage. Thus, marriage will never be "lost" because it is a permanent, universal truth. But more to the point of the political discussion, marriage is not "lost" as a public policy issue because the rationale used by the Supreme Court in redefining marriage in 2015 was so specious, so utterly lacking in judicial precedent and legal foundation, that the retirement of a single justice who voted to redefine marriage could totally upend the situation and bring marriage back before the Supreme Court with a realistic opportunity to restore marriage.

And we could very well have just that situation occur later this year if Justice Anthony Kennedy retires from the Supreme Court, as many have speculated he will do.

And of course, it's no secret that most of the liberal justices are quite elderly and the cold reality of life is that nobody lives forever.

This is one of the reasons that a top priority of NOM's 2018 Strategic Plan is to work to keep marriage before the American public so that it can be restored to our laws at the earliest possible moment.

We don't know when our moment will arrive, but we do know this: we need to be ready to capitalize as soon as it does arrive. And that means that we need to upgrade our financial base, starting now.

NOM has been blessed with a terrific opportunity today and tomorrow where a group of donors has agreed to match every contribution we receive, dollar for dollar. But this matching gift opportunity ends at midnight on Wednesday.

Double Your Impact Today

If you have not yet you made a 2018 financial contribution to support NOM, I ask you to do so today. Your gift will immediately double.

I also want to let you know there is an even better way to help NOM be ready for the moment when we can put another pro-marriage justice on the US Supreme Court, and that is to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members agree to make a monthly contribution to support our work of any amount they choose. It's an easy thing to do, but it has enormous impact in helping us build a more stable financial base.

And here is some incredible news: for the next two days, if you will agree to become a Sustaining Member of NOM, your monthly gift will be matched not one time but twelve times over! Your $15 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $180 in matching funds.

Whether it is to have a pro-marriage majority on the US Supreme Court, or to enact religious liberty and other legal protections for marriage supporters, or fighting for the truth of gender, we depend on the generosity of individuals like you.

We're working hard to move our 2018 Strategic Plan forward and I hope that every member of NOM will step up with a donation. Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today.

Again, there are only two days left before this incredible matching gift opportunity comes to an end, and we need your help. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Brian S Brown

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Just Three Days To Get This Done


NOM has been blessed with a terrific opportunity to kick-off 2018 and help propel our agenda forward: the extension of a generous matching campaign where a group of donors has agreed to match every contribution we receive. However, there are only three days left to take advantage of this opportunity, and we're scrambling.

Have you made a 2018 financial contribution to support NOM this year? If not, today would be a perfect time to do so. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar during the final three days of January.

Even better, if you will agree to become a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a monthly pledge, your monthly gift will be matched not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds.

NOM is at the forefront of fighting for Americans who believe in the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, just as God created it. As I have detailed to you in recent days, we are pursuing a comprehensive, integrated Strategic Plan to move our agenda forward.

We are working:

  • To restore marriage to our nation's laws;

  • To educate the American people about the importance of marriage to couples, children and society as a whole;

  • To protect the rights of marriage supporters to exercise their beliefs about the true nature of marriage and to stop the government from compelling participation in the lie of same-sex marriage;

  • To fight for religious liberty;

  • To prevent the spread of the dangerous "gender identity" agenda, which is a direct outgrowth of redefining marriage, and to begin to roll back that agenda;

  • To rally the American people behind proposed laws, regulations, administrative actions and court proceedings where our issues are at stake; and

  • To advocate for our cause in the court of public opinion.

Our effectiveness this year is directly tied to how successful we are in generating grassroots financial support, and this matching gift opportunity is a critical element in our efforts. Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today.

Again, there are only three days left before this incredible matching gift opportunity comes to an end, and we need your help. If you have not yet made a 2018 financial contribution to NOM, please act today.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Brian S Brown

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Arrested for praying in America


Not too long ago, a teenager in Tennessee who wanted to deliver a prayer at graduation was threatened by the school principal with being physically removed from the ceremony and arrested. This shocking development is but one example of what is going on in America today when it comes to the trampling of our constitutional rights to religious liberty. In fact, a report by our friends at the Family Research Council found that there was a 76% increase in incidents of government intolerance of religion under President Obama's administration.

NOM is fighting to protect our religious liberty rights, including the right to believe in marriage as God designed it, the union of one man and one woman. But to be effective, we need your support and financial assistance.

In today's culture, LGBT activists and their allies in entertainment, media and corporate boardrooms seek to portray marriage supporters as bigoted, hateful people who want to discriminate against the LGBT community. While they acknowledge that the constitution protects religious liberty, they wish to cabin the exercise of religion to the four walls of the church, transforming religious liberty into a "right to worship." This view asserts that Americans are free to hold whatever beliefs they may wish, but they are not free to act on those beliefs if they are counter to the prevailing views of the elite.

We at NOM will never stand for this diminution of our constitutional rights.

America was founded on the premise of religious freedom. Those who risked their lives to come to this land did so to pursue this bulwark of freedom. Our nation's founders realized an eternal and extraordinarily important truth, that men and women are endowed with inalienable rights, rights that are not a gift from government or an entitlement from the state. They are an endowment from God, the creator of the universe and the source of what makes America exceptional among all the nations of the earth.

And our founders also realized something else: religious freedom is so central to our existence that it must be fought for and defended against those who would suppress it and ultimately seek to extinguish it.

Fighting for and defending our religious liberty is a critical element of our 2018 Strategic Plan. Recently, NOM launched a major new initiative, the First Freedom Initiative, to create a cohesive, compelling, consistent case for the right to act on our deeply held beliefs about marriage and traditional biblical morality. Please watch our important video about this initiative, and check out our new website.

Continue the Fight for Religious Liberty

We are working with the Trump Administration to protect our rights, and have enjoyed several high-profile victories. Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide directive that the religious liberty rights of all Americans must be protected to the maximum extent possible. We're urging President Trump to add teeth to that directive by issuing a formal Executive Order, and we are working with Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act to enshrine legal protections into statute. We're also working at the state level to enact local protections, are active in the courts and are hard at work to shape attitudes about these issues in the court of public opinion.

But if we are going to be successful in fighting for religious liberty and pursuing our Strategic Plan, we must be able to count on your continued support. Defending our constitutional rights to act in concert with our deeply held beliefs is a foundational battle, one requiring the investment of substantial resources. Thanks to the generosity of some supporters, for the rest of this month your entire gift will be matched dollar for dollar, so please give generously.

There's another way you can help us as we ramp up our work in this new year.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, your monthly gift will be matched not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds. But please hurry because this amazing matching gift opportunity will end on January 31st.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work to fight for our constitutional rights to religious liberty that are under such aggressive attack by the left, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

We are working hard to pursue on all the elements of our agenda that are outlined in our Strategic Plan, and are excited about what we can accomplish by working together! Thank you for your continuing support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Protecting the Truth of Gender


Dear Marriage Supporter — After LGBT extremists were successful in redefining marriage in the law, stripping it of its essential character as a gendered institution, they then pivoted into a headlong rush to redefine gender itself. A key element of our 2018 Strategic Plan is to fight this attempt to deconstruct gender, because it is unalterably connected to the fight for marriage as a gendered institution bringing the two halves of humanity together. We are one of few national groups pushing back against this "gender identity" phenomenon through public education, grassroots organizing, legal action and administrative, regulatory and legislative activities.

Please help NOM continue the fight for the truth of gender, working to protect innocent children and families from being damaged by this dangerous "gender identity" ideology.

The new orthodoxy being spread by the LGBT community and their allies is to portray laws and cultural mores that segregate areas such as restrooms, changing rooms, showers and locker rooms based on sex to be discriminatory, bigoted and harmful to those who claim to be "transgendered."

Make no mistake about it – there is harm to the "transgendered" (and many others) inherent with this agenda, but it comes from those pushing it, not from groups like NOM who are resisting. The harm is visited upon many constituencies, but first and foremost are those young people who are confused about their gender. Most parents of gender-confused children are truly concerned about the child's well-being and don't know what to do. They are not told by medical, psychological or educational professionals that almost all children who experience gender dysphoria will grow out of it by the time they go through puberty. They just need love and support, not medical intervention. Instead, parents are influenced by the headlong cultural push to channel these kids into "gender identity" programs and clinics. Once that happens, the odds are very high that the child's life will be radically and permanently damaged.

The causes of gender dysphoria are not biological; nobody is born trapped in the wrong body. The causes of this condition are often complex and difficult to ascertain. There is little doubt that cultural developments play a major factor. We have seen the incidents of claimed transgenderism skyrocket in the past couple of years as the media has flooded the culture with portrayals of transgendered people.

Continue the Fight for the Truth of Gender

Here is an example: A prominent pediatrician recently shared the story of her patient, a young boy, who insisted that he was really a girl. He demanded of his parents that they treat him like a girl. The pediatrician decided to have the child undergo an independent psychiatric evaluation to understand what was happening to cause this situation. Over time what they learned was that when the boy's parents had a second child – a girl with special needs – the boy felt the loss of their affection and witnessed the parents shower the girl with attention. The boy concluded that his parents did not love boys, they loved girls – and he decided he wanted to be a girl.

This tragic situation is playing out with increasing frequency today. The incessant push by the media, Hollywood and the entertainment industry of all-things transgendered has resulted in a skyrocketing of claimed incidences of transgenderism. Britain's National Health Service reports a quadrupling of children under age 10 who have been referred for treatment related to gender dysphoria.

Please help us present the truth of gender to the American people and spare countless children from this dangerous gender-identity ideology.

Unfortunately, many medical professionals today would not seek a truly independent evaluation of a child presenting as transgendered; they would refer the child to a gender-identity clinic that exists to help facilitate the "transition" of the child from their true gender to the one they have chosen. The child will begin to "present" as the opposite sex, choose a name representing the opposite sex, and eventually start taking powerful hormones and drugs to suspend normal physical development.

This situation is tragic for all involved, but it is more than that because there are more people impacted than those who are personally experiencing this problem. Society as a whole is impacted.

Every child in public school must deal with the situation of a student who one day is their true gender, but the next is said to be the opposite gender, with a new name, different clothing, and unfettered access to intimate school facilities of the opposite sex. A child who uses common sense and observes that the student has not really changed genders will soon find himself or herself in trouble with school officials, subjected to discipline and punished, perhaps expulsion, for expressing the obvious truth of his or her observation. The young girl who is uncomfortable showering next to a student with male genitalia will be told that her discomfort is her problem, and she will not be allowed to make the transgender student feel like there is something different about him. Her concerns for privacy and modesty are pushed aside as irrelevant, or worse, signs of bigotry and hatred.

And so it goes.

The LGBT extremists have been joined by powerful groups and organizations that seek to align themselves with the LGBT community including representatives of sports, medicine, the law, and major corporations. For the most part, these groups do not attempt to present a compelling argument that gender is fluid and based on emotions and identity, but rather seek to impose this cultural perspective through intimidation and force. They had a powerful ally in President Barack Obama, who used his power to direct the federal government to institute a widespread policy of "gender identity" affirmation, including in the public schools and the military. Other Democratic leaders, from Governors down to local officials, have adopted a similar posture. Thus, the push to redefine gender has gained tremendous momentum in a short period of time.

NOM is one of few national groups pushing back against this phenomenon. We are active in fighting for the truth of gender through a variety of activities, including:

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Public education. NOM co-sponsored the #FreeSpeech bus tour to highlight the truth of gender, that it is based on biology and not feelings, emotions or politics, which generated a huge amount of media coverage. The tour graphically illustrated the intolerance of LGBT activists who often resorted to violence to prevent a civil discussion of the issues. We also aggressively have promoted credible medical research that undercuts the push for transgenderism, including the ground-breaking work of scientists last year that established that transgender treatment protocols such as puberty blockers and hormone treatments are not safe, accepted and fully-reversible, as activists claim, but in reality are "drastic and experimental" and often result in serious medical harm and irreversible consequences to children, including infertility. We continue to publicize important medical and scientific research into transgenderism, as well as undertake public events to bring attention to these issues.

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Administrative Action. NOM has enjoyed tremendous success with the Trump administration in reversing the President Obama's complete embrace of attempts to redefine gender. We successfully urged President Trump to rescind Obama-era guidelines to the public schools to treat gender as meaning "gender identity." As a result of rescinding the redefinition of gender in the schools, countless school children will be spared the imposition of being exposed to the biological opposite sex in the most intimate areas of campus. We also successfully urged President Trump to end Obama's use of the military to advance the transgender agenda, and he's restored policies that prohibit the transgender from serving in the armed forces. We will continue to look for administrative and regulatory opportunities to rollback advances in the transgender movement.

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Legal actions. NOM has also successfully fought for the truth of gender in the courts. We filed an amicus brief successfully urging the Supreme Court to uphold the right of a public school district to protect the privacy and security of students by limiting access to intimate sex-segregated facilities to members of the appropriate biological sex. The Supreme Court did so. We are also urging the Supreme Court to accept another important case that would establish it is not "sex discrimination" or "sex stereotyping" for a school district to require that boys and girls use separate bathroom facilities that correspond to their biological sex. The case is currently pending review. NOM will continue to be a forceful advocate for the truth of gender in the courts.

As I have said, NOM is one of the few national organizations to make the push for truth in gender a main focus. It's important work, but it can be very difficult. Quite literally, members of our team have been physically threatened simply for trying to discuss the issues, and we are regularly disparaged and harangued on social media and in the mainstream press. We will stand strong for the truth, but we need to know that you are standing with us.

I hope I can count on your continued support as we pursue our 2018 Strategic Plan. Defending the truth of gender as fashioned by our Creator, is a foundational battle, one requiring the investment of substantial resources. Thanks to the generosity of some supporters, for the rest of this month your entire gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, your monthly gift will be matched not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds. But please hurry because this amazing matching gift opportunity will end on January 31st.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work to fight against the attempted redefinition of gender, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

We are working hard to pursue all the elements of our agenda, and are excited about what we can accomplish by working together! Thank you for your continuing support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Fighting to Protect Supporters of Marriage


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the top objectives we've laid out in our 2018 Strategic Plan is to pursue a comprehensive series of actions to protect the right of people who believe in traditional marriage to live out their beliefs in their daily lives and at work. Increasingly, marriage supporters have been targeted by government officials and others for punishment simply because of their belief in what the Bible teaches and all of human history has shown, that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Please help NOM fight for the rights of marriage supporters to be free from discrimination and persecution by making a critically-needed financial contribution today. Your gift will be matched, doubling its effectiveness.

Stand Up for Marriage Today!

It is imperative that supporters of marriage be able to act on their beliefs about true marriage and not be coerced or threatened with punishment for maintaining those beliefs. Polling shows that an overwhelming percentage of Americans believe that nobody should ever be forced to be involved in a same-sex ceremony against their wishes, yet countless people have been targeted for declining to be personally involved in the lie of same-sex 'marriage'.

We have an integrated plan to make sure that the rights of supporters like you and I are protected. Our plan includes:

a. Participating in Critical Legal Cases. NOM has filed important amicus briefs in critical cases pending in the Courts and has urged the Supreme Court to act to protect people of faith from being forced into participating in same-sex ceremonies against their wishes. A critical case in that regard is currently pending before the Supreme Court, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado. NOM is participating in this case as amicus on behalf of baker and cake artisan Jack Phillips. This is one of the most important religious liberty cases to ever come before the Supreme Court.

b. Administrative Action. We are working hard at the federal level to secure administrative action to protect people of faith, and have already won an important victory. After a great deal of urging by NOM's supporters, last October, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide directive ordering every department and agency within the federal government to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith. This is a big win for NOM, but more can and should be done. This year we will launch a new initiative to ask President Trump to follow-up on the DOJ directive by issuing a formal Executive Order giving the directive teeth and the force of law.

c. Passing Legislation. NOM is involved in pushing the passage of legislation at the state and federal levels to protect people of faith from discrimination over their views about marriage. At the federal level we are working behind the scenes to urge the introduction and passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critically-important legislation to protect supporters of marriage from being targeted by the federal government and coerced into participation in same-sex ceremonies that violate their beliefs. We expect this legislation to be introduced soon, and we will mobilize tens of thousands of grassroots supporters behind it. We also will be pursuing similar legislation at the state level

I hope I can count on your continued support as we pursue our 2018 Strategic Plan. Protecting the rights of marriage supporters from government officials who do the bidding of LGBT extremists will be a tough fight, one requiring the investment of substantial resources.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, a group of donors has agreed to match your monthly gift not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds. But please hurry because this amazing matching gift opportunity will end on January 31st.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work to protect marriage supporters from persecution and harassment, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

We are hard at work on all the elements of our agenda, and are excited about what we can accomplish by working together! Thank you for your continuing support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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When Harry Became Sally


Dear Marriage Supporter — Our good friend Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, has written a critically important new book that is coming out soon: When Harry Became Sally, Responding to the Transgender Moment.

You can preorder the book now, and I encourage you to do so.

After the US Supreme Court illegitimately redefined marriage in 2015 in the anti-constitutional Obergefell ruling, the LGBT community immediately pivoted to challenging gender. After all, if marriage can be redefined, stripping it of its essential component as a gendered institution, why can't gender itself be redefined? And that is precisely the course they have been pursuing.

Ryan forthrightly uses reason and science to challenge the false narrative of the LGBT community, and exposes the consequences to society – and to those who are confused about their gender – of pursuing this dangerous idea. He offers those struggling to understand this issue a loving, honest and nuanced look at the facts of the matter, revealing a grim contrast between the media’s sunny depiction and the often sad realities of gender-identity struggles. He introduces readers to people who tried to “transition” but found themselves no better off. Especially troubling is the suffering felt by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later came to regret it.

Ryan Anderson is a true champion for marriage. In 2014, NOM bestowed upon him the Public Square Leadership Award for his courageous witness to the truth of marriage in academia, on college campuses, in the media and throughout the culture. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination; Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty; What is Marriage?; and A Liberalism Safe for Catholicism?: Perspectives from the Review of Politics.

Ryan makes an important contribution to understanding gender identity and the incessant push by LGBT activists to impose this harmful ideology on the country. I urge you to pre-order the book today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Our Plan


Dear Marriage Supporter — I am excited to write to you today to review our comprehensive, integrated Strategic Plan for 2018. We have an ambitious agenda and a lot of work on our plate, but with the help of grassroots supporters like you, I am confident that we can make significant progress.

Here is a summary of our mission for 2018

 

 

To fight for the restoration of marriage, to secure the protection of Americans to continue to honor marriage as the union of one man and one woman, to educate Americans about the importance of restoring true marriage to our laws and to celebrate the complementarity of the sexes recognizing the unique and irreplaceable contributions that men and women make to human flourishing.

 

 

I hope this mission inspires you to continue to support our work. If you are able, please make a financial contribution today, which will be matched dollar for dollar this month thanks to some generous donors.

→ You can support our mission here ←

So we have a nice-sounding mission statement, but what does it mean in practical terms? It means a strategic plan with specific components in each of the core areas that impact us: public education, grassroots engagement, public policy advancement, judicial intervention and political action.

First Freedom Initiative

A major focus of our work for the coming year is the First Freedom Initiative (FFI), a plan to group all of the threats to marriage, religious freedom and the truth of gender under one initiative. Our First Amendment protects the rights of individuals who do not want men in girl’s bathrooms as much as it protects the rights of individuals and businesses not to participate in same-sex unions. In the end, the real question we must address is, “Will we stand for the First Amendment guarantees that our Founding Fathers gave to us? Or will we simply allow our system of government to be undermined and people of faith punished?”

We know the American people agree with our answer: We will stand firm in defense of our first freedom and our constitution.

Here is a brief overview of our top priorities:

1. Fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws.

When the U.S. Supreme Court imposed abortion on the nation in the Roe v Wade decision, they expected the ruling would settle the contentious issue once and for all and that the country would accept the decision. It didn't because the pro-life community was determined to continue the fight for life, and they have been incredibly successful. That is the position we are in now with marriage in the wake of the Obergefell decision. Whether it takes two years or two decades or more, NOM is committed to pursuing all avenues to restore marriage to our laws.

2. Enact legal protections for people who support marriage.

Until marriage can be restored to our laws, it is imperative that supporters of marriage be able to act on their beliefs about true marriage and not be coerced or threatened with punishment for maintaining those beliefs. We are a leading group in the country working to achieve these protections. This includes seeking legal rulings by participating in cases like the Masterpiece Cakeshop case now pending before the US Supreme Court, working with the Trump Administration to obtain administrative directives such as the recent order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and passing legislation through Congress and state houses to protect people of faith.

3. Fight to preserve the truth of gender.

After LGBT extremists were successful in redefining marriage in the law, stripping it of its essential character as a gendered institution, they then pivoted into a headlong rush to redefine gender itself. The new orthodoxy is to portray laws and cultural mores that segregate areas such as restrooms, changing rooms, showers and locker rooms based on sex to be discriminatory, bigoted and harmful to those who claim to be "transgendered." NOM is one of few national groups pushing back against this phenomenon through public education, grassroots organizing, legal action and administrative, regulatory and legislative activities.

4. Fight to protect religious liberty.

In a culture where belief in biblical morality and traditional institutions such as marriage are increasingly seen as being counter-cultural and out of popularity with the elite, it's critically important that society and the elite accept, even if reluctantly, that it is the right of the counter-culture to exist as full and equal participants in civic life. It is essential that a strong defense of religious liberty be made, and NOM is helping lead such an effort. We are active in the administrative, regulatory, legislative and judicial arenas, as well as in the court of public opinion.

Support Our Work

I hope you will stand firm with us as we pursue our 2018 Strategic Plan. I will be writing in more detail in coming days and weeks to provide more insight about our plans and objectives, but the important thing to note for now is that the only way we can move our agenda forward is if we have your continued support. It will take an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to show progress on our agenda and we need your help now to begin this work.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, a group of donors has agreed to match your monthly gift not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work toward our strategic plan, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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The World Loses a Great Leader as LDS President Thomas Monson Passes Away


Dear %%FIRST%% — It is with great sadness that I note the passing of a great leader, Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. President Monson devoted a lifetime of service to his Church, and to humanity. He leaves a long legacy of charity, kindness, love and humanitarian acts.

A stalwart champion for the family, President Monson served for more than five decades as an Apostle of the LDS Church. He became President in 2008 and one of his first high-profile responsibilities was to shepherd the LDS Church during the internationally watched, successful Proposition 8 campaign in California that reaffirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Despite facing criticism from radical activists who wished to redefine marriage, President Monson articulated a reasoned, calm, loving understanding of marriage based on scripture, and universal truth. The complementarity of man and woman is an essential element of God's design for humanity, and President Monson's defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman was both principled and honorable.

The National Organization for Marriage sends our deepest respect and heartfelt condolences to President Monson's family and to all the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the passing of this great leader and friend of the family.

May God richly reward his sacrifice and service to his Church, his nation and to humanity.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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