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A big victory in hand...more on the horizon


Dear Marriage Supporter — Have you heard the great news? President Donald Trump's administration delivered a huge victory for NOM and our fight to protect religious liberty with a new government-wide legal directive to protect people of faith so that nobody is forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. This is a very big deal, protecting supporters of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

This latest victory shows that our work is producing real and tangible dividends, and we hope it will result in you making a tax deductible donation supporting NOM.

NOM has for months been urging President Trump to forcefully protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters. The directive to all federal agencies and departments is a big step in that direction, and makes it clear that government officials should not take adverse actions against any American for refusing to abandon support for traditional marriage or participate in gay 'marriage' ceremonies.

President Trump followed up his administration's action with a speech to the Values Voters Summit, pledging, "We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values." Now we must act aggressively to encourage President Trump to take the additional step of cementing the new directive and give it the force of law by issuing a formal Executive Order. We need your immediate help to do so.

Can we count on your help with a tax deductible donation?

And here is some important news to encourage you to give a generous gift today: your donation will be matched dollar for dollar as a result of a generous $250,000 year-end matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter.

This is an amazing opportunity for us. What this means is that your donation will double in effectiveness. Your tax deductible gift of $35 will result in NOM receiving $70, while your donation of $50 will mean NOM receives $100!

And on top of matching your one-time donation, if you are able to pledge to make a modest monthly gift of any amount you choose, you'll become a Sustaining Member of NOM and your monthly pledge will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this incredible year-end matching gift offer.

Whether you would prefer to make a one-time tax deductible donation, or become a Sustaining Member with a monthly pledge, please act today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, giving us twice the support we'd otherwise receive.

With your support we can look forward to continuing to work with President Trump's administration to cement our religious liberty rights into law so that no American is ever penalized for standing for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Thank you for your help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Huge Victory From President Trump


Dear Marriage Supporter — I've got some great news: President Donald Trump's administration delivered a huge victory for NOM and our fight to protect religious liberty last week when Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide memo directing that to the maximum extent possible, the government refrain from interfering with the right of people of faith to live out their beliefs. Said Sessions, "Except in the narrowest of circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law."

This latest victory shows that our work is producing real and tangible dividends, and we hope it will result in you making a modest investment in supporting NOM.

The memo from Attorney General Sessions comes as a result of a May directive from President Trump to develop government-wide guidelines to protect religious liberty. NOM launched a major petition drive and produced a video that resulted in an outpouring of comments to Attorney General Sessions urging that he adopt a comprehensive approach to protecting religious liberty. Our efforts were successful! Attorney General Sessions adopted a position that Politico called, "a muscular view of religious freedom rights."

While the directive to federal agencies and departments does not specifically mention cases involving those who have been punished for refusing to abandon support for traditional marriage or participate in gay 'marriage' ceremonies, it declares:

  • Religious liberty includes the right to act and to refrain from action in accordance with religious beliefs.

  • The freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations. This should provide significant protections for Christian schools, adoption agencies and other service providers that have been punished because of their views about marriage, parenthood and human sexuality.

  • Americans do not give up their religious liberty rights when they enter the marketplace. This should provide protections to all the small business owners threatened by federal government officials over their beliefs about marriage.

  • Religious employers are permitted to hire only people whose beliefs and conduct are consistent with the employers' religious precepts. This should provide significant protections for faith-based schools and similar groups who are being pressured to hire staff entangled in same-sex 'marriages' that violate the organization's beliefs and teachings.

The Department of Justice directive was immediately condemned by LGBT extremist groups as supposedly providing a "license to discriminate" but such a notion was quickly and effectively rebuffed by the White House.

Again, this is a huge victory for NOM, and for our fight to protect religious liberty. It would not have been possible had so many people not been rallied at the grassroots level by things like our petition drive and advocacy video.

While we proudly cheer this action by the Trump Administration providing guidance, more needs to be done to provide robust protections for people of faith. We are continuing to urge President Trump to issue an Executive Order to give the guidance and directives greater force of law. Furthermore, it's essential that Congress take the step of enacting the First Amendment Defense Act to codify in statute the legal protections that are needed to ensure that, as Attorney General Sessions has declared, no American is forced to choose between living out their faith and complying with the law.

This victory with the Trump Administration is but the latest example of how effective we have been in fighting for marriage and our entire agenda. It shows that the investment in NOM by thousands of grassroots supporters is paying off!

So that we can continue to be effective advocates for restoring marriage and protecting the rights of people of faith, I'm asking you take the important step of supporting NOM's Sustaining Member program.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work.

Will you take this critical step to help us?

As an added incentive to becoming a Sustaining Member now, I want to let you know that your monthly pledge will be matched every month for the next year! That's because of a generous $250,000 matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter through the end of the year.

What this means is that your pledge of $10 per month will result in NOM receiving $120 thanks to this generous year-end matching program. If you can pledge $20, we will receive $240 in matching funds. Whatever monthly pledge you make will be matched for the next year – an amazing opportunity for us!

Please act today to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

With your support we can look forward to many more victories like this latest win! Thank you for your help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — After becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM, please forward this email to your friends and let them know how effective we've been. As an example, here is the video we produced back in May that helped rally so many people to support this cause.

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Working on multiple tracks...


Dear Marriage Supporter — NOM is hard at work pursuing our agenda, working on multiple tracks to press our issues. Right now, we've got two important legal briefs pending before the US Supreme Court, and we're working with thousands of supporters who are contacting the White House and Congressional leaders to demand action on enacting meaningful legal protections for people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We also are developing new educational and communications tools, and preparing advertising to broaden the reach of our messages.

Frankly, I wish I could spend all of my time working to advance our agenda, but unfortunately the reality is that I must spend a lot of time raising money to support the cause. That's one of the reasons I have been emphasizing the importance of NOM's Sustaining Member program. If we are successful in recruiting enough Sustaining Members, not only will our finances become much more stable and reliable, but our team will be able to devote less time to fundraising and have more time to pursue programs that advance the cause.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work. Will you take this critical step to help us?

Aside from helping provide a reliable base of financial support for NOM, there's another reason to act today: your monthly pledge will be matched every month for the next year! That's because of a generous $250,000 matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter through the end of the year.

What this means is that your pledge of $10 per month will result in NOM receiving $120 thanks to this generous year-end matching program. If you can pledge $20, we will receive $240 in matching funds. Whatever monthly pledge you make will be matched for the next year – an amazing opportunity for us!.

Please act today to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

Thank you for everything you do to help and encourage us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM is not only important, it's easy. You decide what monthly pledge amount is right for you, and we'll make sure that your wishes are carried out according to your instructions. Please become a Sustaining Member today.

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We're making a difference...


Dear Marriage Supporter — I'm so proud of all the NOM supporters who have taken action to contact Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House to demand that our elected leaders get moving on enacting meaningful legal protections for people of faith so that they are not persecuted by government officials for their belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We're making a real difference. I've heard from high-ranking officials that NOM's members are getting through and delivering the message loud and clear.

It's that kind of commitment that has allowed us to be successful over the years. Now I am asking you to take one additional step in making sure we are successful in the future – become a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work. Will you take this critical step to help us?

Here's some great news that I hope will encourage you to give: A top donor to NOM has made a $250,000 matching gift opportunity available to us through the end of the year! Not only will your initial Sustaining Member donation be matched, but every single Sustaining Member donation you make for the next year will be matched! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this generous year-end matching program.

Please act today by taking this additional step to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

Thank you for everything you do to help us continue to fight for the truth of marriage, gender and religious liberty.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM is not only important, it's easy. You decide what monthly pledge amount is right for you, and we'll make sure that your wishes are carried out according to your instructions. Please become a Sustaining Member today.

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An amazing opportunity...


Dear Marriage Supporter — As you know, NOM has a great deal of momentum as we enter into the fall, with our tremendous victory in the GOP US Senate contest in Alabama, where we played a key role in helping elect Joy Roy Moore. We expect Moore to win the run-off election against the Democrat in December, and go on to be a champion for us in the US Senate.

In order to take advantage of our momentum and ensure that we have the resources we need going forward, today we are announcing a major new Sustaining Member campaign, asking supporters to make a modest monthly commitment to support our work. I explain more below.

In addition to our victory in the Roy Moore race in Alabama, NOM also recently filed two critical briefs in the US Supreme Court on issues of immense importance:

  • Last week we filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review a case (Kenosha Unified School District v Whitaker) and reverse the decision of an activist appellate court that redefined "sex" to mean "gender identity" and then found that a school district was guilty of discrimination on the basis of "sex stereotyping." Their offense? They have policies that limit intimate sex-segregated school areas like showers and bathrooms to actual members of that sex. In other words, no boys in the girls' showers.

  • We filed a brief in what could be one of the most important cases in our lifetimes, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado. In this case, we make a powerful argument for the right of people of faith to decline to participate in things like gay 'weddings' if doing so violates their deeply-held religious beliefs. This is an immensely important religious liberty case that impacts individuals, small businesses, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups.

Our most important objective, of course, is to restore the truth of marriage to our nation’s laws. NOM will work ceaselessly towards that objective, and we may be only one new Supreme Court justice away from being able to achieve that result. But in the meantime, a critical objective for us is to protect people of faith from being targeted for persecution, forced to participate in the lie of same-sex 'marriage' against their wishes.

For NOM to be successful in pursuing our agenda we must be able to count on a reliable source of funding month in and month out. We're not supported by billionaires and big corporations; we rely on the support of individuals like you to continue our important work.

To ensure that we have the funds we need to be successful, the Sustaining Member program we are today announcing will become a critical element of NOM's overall financial base of support. As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work.

And I've got some great news: A top donor to NOM has made a $250,000 matching gift opportunity available to us through the end of the year! Not only will your initial Sustaining Member donation be matched, but every single Sustaining Member donation you make for the next year will be matched! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this generous year-end matching program. Can we count on you?

How will we use your support? In addition to our ongoing work to restore marriage and promote the truth of marriage, we have a three-part plan currently underway to protect marriage supporters:

  1. Convincing the US Supreme Court to prohibit the kind of discrimination experienced by Jack Phillips, the devout Christian owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop (and so many others like him).

  2. Urging Congress to introduce and pass the First Amendment Defense Act to codify legal protections for supporters of marriage.

  3. Urging President Trump to issue an Executive Order to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith, including the right to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work.

As you know, NOM is also one of the leading voices in the country in support for the truth of gender. God made human beings male and female. The complementary of the two genders is one of His greatest gifts to mankind. This complementarity is also at the root of the institution of marriage, so the issues of gender and marriage are intimately intertwined. We will fight to prevent the lie of gender insanity (the so-called 'gender identity' movement) that is such the cultural rage from being mandated on Americans by the courts or the government. Our work with the Supreme Court, the Trump administration and Congress has already paid major dividends as Obama-era gender policies are beginning to be unwound. This work must continue.

So while we are thrilled at the momentum we've achieved, we are also realistic that we have a tough agenda to enact, and that we face very wealthy and powerful adversaries. It won't be easy, but we know that you and the American people are on our side. This gives us the confidence and encouragement we need to keep fighting.

Please act today by accepting our challenge to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

Remember, every monthly Sustaining Member contribution that you pledge for the next year will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to the amazing year-end Matching Gift opportunity.

I am incredibly excited about our work, and our prospects for continuing success. Thank you for making that possible with your prayers, and your ongoing financial support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM is important, and it's easy. You decide what monthly pledge amount is right for you, and we'll make sure that your wishes are carried out according to your instructions. Please join us today as a Sustaining Member!

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Help us capitalize on our momentum


Dear Marriage Supporter — As you know, NOM won a tremendous victory this week in Alabama with the election of Judge Roy Moore as the GOP nominee for US Senate. NOM strongly supported Judge Moore against the incumbent appointed Senator, bucking the party establishment and even President Trump in the process. We did so because Roy Moore has been a consistent, stalwart champion for marriage and because he will actually act on our issues in Washington, rather than just talk about doing something. Judge Moore must face the Democrat nominee in December, but that contest is largely a formality in deep-red Alabama.

NOM's work in support of Judge Moore has captured national attention. An article I wrote was published yesterday by The Daily Caller that made the case that Roy Moore's election should be a wake-up call to every Republican leader in Washington. In it, I laid out the lessons of Roy Moore's victory, chief among them: "It's not about force of personality, it's about force of policy. It's not about posturing, it's about fulfilling promises. And it's not about empty talk, it's about delivering results."

We need to capitalize on our momentum, and I need your help to do so. Can you make a generous financial gift today so that we can press forward with our campaign to end discrimination facing individuals, small businesses, charities and churches that do not wish to participate in same-sex ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs?

NOM's policy focus during the balance of the year is two-fold:

  1. Urge President Trump to issue a comprehensive Executive Order on religious liberty that would prevent the government from forcing people of faith to participate in same-sex ceremonies that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. Such an order would immediately put an end to the federal government's targeting of bakers, florists, pastors, inn keepers, small businesses, churches and charities because of their beliefs about marriage.

  2. Urge Congress to introduce and pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to make permanent the kinds of legal protections that would be contained in an Executive Order from President Trump.

We've got momentum, but we also have a big job ahead to convince our elected leaders to act. Please help us today with these critical action steps:

  1. Make a generous financial contribution to NOM so that we can capitalize on our momentum and move forward in enacting our agenda.

  2. Call President Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to urge them to act to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters. You can get more background info and the phone numbers to call in this important one minute video, which I urge you to watch.

NOM has had some tremendous successes this year, and Judge Moore's victory this week just adds to our momentum. We're grateful to you for your support which makes our work possible, and we would appreciate anything you can do today to help us take advantage of the momentum we have.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – If you haven't yet watched our video calling for Americans to call our elected leaders demanding action, you can watch it here. Then forward it to all your friends, family and contacts and ask them to get involved. Thank you.

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BREAKING: Big Win As Trump Bans Transgendered in Military


In a major announcement, President Trump announced this morning via Twitter that he has banned so-called transgendered individuals from serving in any capacity in the military. NOM has helped lead a nationwide grassroots movement to oppose the gender ideology of former President Obama and the left, which has attempted to force the transgender agenda on the military, public school children and all institutions of government. Recently, we helped mobilize a massive grassroots push back against 23 Republican members of the House of Representatives who opposed efforts to stop saddling taxpayers with the huge cost of sex changes surgeries and other treatments for transgendered people who join the military.

This is a great victory for taxpayers, and for common sense. The medical science is clear, nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." Those who feel this way suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria." They deserve our concerns and prayers, but they are not entitled to force all of society to abandon reality to accommodate their disorder, and they are not entitled to force taxpayers to pay for sex-change surgeries and other expensive 'treatments.'

President Trump cited "the tremendous medical costs and disruption" that transgendered individuals would cause the military. Kudos to him for having the courage to stand up to the left on this issue, who have relentlessly used the power of government to push the transgender agenda on society.

Mr. Trump is correct to cite not only the costs but the disruption that the transgender agenda causes. These gender-confused individuals are a tiny fraction of the population, yet everyone else is expected to succumb to their demands or risk being labeled a bigot, homophobe or worse. They expect school children, women and victims of sexual abuse to risk their safety and privacy by allowing biological men into intimate areas reserved for women and girls. Massive fake outrage has been manufactured by LGBT extremist groups and their allies in government, media, large corporations and big-time sports leagues against anyone who resists.

We’re encouraged by this development and call on President Trump to also protect individuals, churches, nonprofit groups and people of faith from the same cost and disruption that he is concerned about transgender individuals causing in the military. As a candidate, he repeatedly promised to sign an Executive Order to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith, including the right to continue to uphold the truth of gender, marriage and the sanctity of life. We urge him to act to fulfill that promise and we commend him for the actions he’s taken today.

Brian S Brown

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Join Thousands of Others to Hold the 23 Republicans Accountable for Their Transgender Vote


Americans who believe in the bible and in science were dealt an insulting blow recently when 23 incumbent Republican members of the US House of Representatives voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex-change surgeries for members of the military.

This is a shocking betrayal of both science and the Created Order, not to mention just plain dumb. There is no way that our military should be forced to accept a gender-confused individual who can then turn right around and demand that taxpayers pay for a sex-change!

And yet, that is the position that these 23 foolhardy Republican lawmakers have taken, and the GOP leadership of Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy have done nothing to stop it.

If the Republican leadership won't put a stop to this gender insanity, it's up to us at NOM to do so. NOM is fighting the transgender ideology at every level – in the military, in our public schools, in the courts and in the court of public opinion, but we need your help to be successful. Can I count on your support today?

Our push back against the 23 Republicans who voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex changes for military personnel is beginning to have an effect. Over four thousand people have signed our petition to these Republican lawmakers letting them know that we intend to hold them accountable for their betrayal. They are being inundated with emails and calls, but we need to keep the pressure on.

Please sign our petition today to let these 23 Republicans know that you oppose their vote and will hold them accountable.

The science is clear: Nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." People who believe they are the wrong gender suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria."

The Created Order is clear: God made us male and female. He knew us even before he formed us.

Common sense is clear: Taxpayers should not be on the hook for sex change surgeries, period.

You can help us today to hold the GOP accountable and to defend the truth of gender by taking two simple steps: make a financial contribution to support NOM so that we have the resources we need to be successful; and sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who need to get the message that it's not OK to ignore science, scripture and common sense to saddle taxpayers with the massive expense of sex-change surgeries for transgendered military personnel. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sign Our Petition to Hold the 23 Republicans Accountable for Their Transgender Vote


Late last week, 23 incumbent Republican members of the US House of Representatives voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex-change surgeries for members of the military. Can you imagine?! Why should a gender-confused person be able to enlist in the military and then demand that taxpayers pay for a sex-change? The answer is obvious -- they shouldn't. The military exists to defend the national interests of our country, not to help advance a dangerous social experiment in gender ideology that President Obama pushed on the country at the behest of LGBT extremists.

We must hold these clueless Republicans who have betrayed the American people and put the Obama gender agenda ahead of the interests of taxpayers and national security. Please sign our petition today to let these 23 Republicans know that you oppose their vote and will hold them accountable.

The scientific evidence is clear that nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." According to medical science, people who believe they are the wrong gender suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria." They deserve our compassion and prayers, but they are not entitled to free sex-change surgeries courtesy of the US taxpayer.

NOM is fighting the transgender ideology at every level – in the military, in our public schools, in the courts and in the court of public opinion. The response from LGBT extremists has been to vilify us, call us "bigots" and a "hate group," damage our property, assault our team members, and attempt to silence us. But their campaign of intimidation has failed – we will never be silenced in speaking the truth about gender, marriage, human sexuality and related issues. We stand united as people of faith and will fight for our collective rights to live out these truths without fear of retribution or retaliation.

Please help NOM to continue to be effective advocates for you and all those who believe in the truth of marriage. We would be grateful if you could make a financial contribution today to assist us.

I'll chip in $15 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $25 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $35 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $50 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $100 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $250 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $500 or more to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

We have a multi-faceted plan to fight for our issues, including urging the US Supreme Court to use the pending Masterpiece Cakeshop case to rule that nobody can be forced against their will to be involved in gay 'marriage;' hold the Republicans in Congress accountable, including demanding they introduce and move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act to provide protections for people of faith; organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect the religious liberty of those who believe in traditional marriage; and highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman.

You can help us today to pursue these four priority actions by taking two simple steps: Sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who need to get the message that it's not OK to expect taxpayers to pay for sex-change surgeries for transgendered military personnel, and make a financial contribution to support NOM so that we have the resources we need to be successful.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Are These Republicans Traitors, or Just Clueless?


The entire Republican Party owes their electoral success to people of faith, individuals like us who turned out in droves to oppose the leftist agenda of the Democrats and Hillary Clinton. The Democrats demand complete loyalty to their extreme agenda – same-sex 'marriage,' abortion on demand, transgender ideology, virtual elimination of religious liberty, etc. In rejecting the extreme agenda of the left and Democratic leaders, people of faith put their trust in Republicans who said they would deliver on their promises and defend American values.

From Donald J. Trump, to the members of the US Senate, to the members of the House of Representatives, Republican elected officials owe their majority to people of faith, the bedrock base of the Republican Party.

But so far, outside of Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, the Republicans have precious little to show in terms of delivering on their promises.

Worse, late last week, some 23 GOP members of the US House of Representatives opposed an amendment to the defense spending authorization bill to prevent the use of taxpayer funds to pay for sex-change surgeries from transgendered soldiers.

Are these 23 Republicans clueless or, worse, are they traitors to the conservative cause?

First off, the science is clear that there is absolutely no evidence to show that someone can be "trapped in the wrong body." Those who think they are "transgender" actually suffer from a psychological disorder known as gender dysphoria.

Moreover, why in the world should US taxpayers be given the bill because a gender-confused individual joins the military and then demands a sex-change operation? It's insane!

And what's really problematic is that the GOP leadership in the House, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, did absolutely nothing to prevent this travesty and betrayal of trust.

If the Republican leadership in Washington does not get their act together soon and begin delivering on their promises to restore American values like marriage and life, they are going to be in for a rude awakening come the 2018 midterm elections. Why would people of faith turn out to vote for incumbent Republicans who do nothing, or worse, betray us?

NOM intends to hold the Republican majority in the House and the Senate accountable for their actions, and the Trump administration as well. We have a detailed plan to do so, but we need your help to be successful.

Will you stand with us and help us with a financial contribution so we have the resources to hold the GOP accountable and fight for the rights of all marriage supporters?

Here is our plan:

  1. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which holds the potential of achieving a sweeping Court ruling preventing government from targeting people for punishment because they hold fast to the natural, biblical understanding of marriage as one man and one woman...

  2. Hold the Republicans in Congress accountable, including demanding they introduce and move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act to provide protections for people of faith, and demand that GOP members feel the heat when they abandon us to vote for "transgender surgeries" and other policies that violate our values and defy common-sense. (See our petition below.)

  3. Organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government.

  4. Highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's work this summer to protect marriage supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the strong support of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

I'll chip in $15 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $25 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $35 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $50 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $100 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $250 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $500 or more to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

One of our first acts to begin to hold the GOP in Congress accountable is to launch this petition to the 23 turncoats who just voted for taxpayer funding of sex-change surgeries for the transgendered.

Think about it: the most prominent transgender solider is Bradley Manning (who now goes by Chelsea), a traitor who risked our national security to release highly confidential military intelligence documents. Incredibly, President Obama let Manning out of prison after serving only a fraction of his sentence, and now these 23 Republican Congressmen want taxpayers to pay for sex-change operations for people like Bradley Manning!

Please sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who abandoned taxpayers, people of faith and American values. We will make sure that Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy also receive the petition so that they know that we are not going to sit still for this type of betrayal by Republicans in Congress.

All of us in the pro-family movement worked hard to help elect President Trump and Republican majorities in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. Now we have to redouble our work to make sure they deliver what they promised. Please give generously at this important time.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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It's Time To Protect Marriage Supporters From Governmental Discrimination


With Neil Gorsuch now on the US Supreme Court, as one of its last acts of the current term the Supreme Court decided to accept the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a critical case that highlights the growing problem of supporters of marriage being discriminated against by government and targeted for harassment and punitive punishment in violation of our constitutional rights.

Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a skilled baker and cake artisan, and a devout Christian. He runs a family business that has thrived in Lakeland, Colorado for nearly 25 years. He's happily served all clients, and continues to sell baked goods to anyone who seeks them regardless of their religious beliefs, politics or sexual orientation. However, when it comes to applying his artistry and creativity to helping with events and ceremonies that violate his deeply held religious beliefs, he draws the line and declines to personally participate. Contributing his artistry to a gay "wedding" is such a ceremony that Jack cannot in good conscience help with. So when two homosexual men asked him to design a cake for their "wedding" he politely declined. Predictably, the men sued and some months later, after enduring an onslaught of abuse from LGBT activists and a raft of negative publicity, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Jack was guilty of sexual orientation discrimination, ordered him and his staff to design cakes for gay ceremonies, and further ordered him to undergo a "re-education" program along with filing quarterly "compliance" reports.

NOM is determined to end this type of targeting of people who hold true to the reality that marriage is and always will be the union of one man and one woman. Will you stand with us and help us with a financial contribution so we have the resources to argue for the rights of Jack Phillips and all marriage supporters?

It's outrageous that not only can LGBT extremists get the judicial elite to impose gay "marriage" on the nation, but that they can get their allies in government to punish anyone who disagrees and refuses to go along with the charade that marriage is anything other than the union of one man and one woman.

Sadly, Jack Phillips is far from the only one who has been subjected to governmental persecution, reputational ruin and the threat of being financially devastated. Countless others have also been targeted by LGBT extremists and their allies in government.

We are going to do everything in our power to put a stop to this, and make this the summer when marriage supporters are protected.

Here is our plan:

  1. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The justices of the Supreme Court need to understand the devastation that their ruling redefining marriage has wreaked on the nation.

  2. Working with allies, organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government.

  3. Work with key champions in Congress, including Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador, to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act to make permanent the types of protections that would be contained in an Executive Order and a victory before the Supreme Court. President Trump has already endorsed this type of legislation, but it has not yet been introduced into Congress.

  4. As part of the public education campaign, we must highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's work this summer to protect marriage supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the strong support of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

Our team is already hard at work doing the heavy lifting that is required to be successful. We're preparing additional educational videos and informational pieces, getting ready to launch more petitions to engage Americans, putting the final touches on new policy positions that allied groups can endorse and help us present to Congress and the Trump administration, and conducting rigorous legal research on how and why the constitution protects the rights of people of faith to decline to be involved in something that violates their deeply held beliefs.

All that is required now is your financial support so that we have the resources we need to complete the work that is so important and that can make such a difference, not only for those who are facing persecution like Jack Phillips, but for millions of others who are at risk in the future. Please give generously at this important time.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Make This The Summer For Protecting Marriage Supporters


As we enter the heat of the summer, many of our elected officials in Washington are taking time off, some on family vacations, some meeting with constituents, and others participating in "fact finding" trips to other countries. But while the Congressional schedule may allow for our federal representatives to take a break, NOM does not have that luxury. We need to use this limited time to get ready for a major push in just a few weeks to protect people who believe in marriage as one man and one woman from discrimination, punishment and harassment at the hands of government officials doing the bidding of LGBT extremists.

Can I count on you to help us be successful?

Here's our plan:

  1. Working with allies, organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government. We need to remind Attorney General Sessions that candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised he would issue such an order, and let him know that we expect this promise to be fulfilled. President Trump has tasked Mr. Sessions with this responsibility.

  2. Work with key champions in Congress, including Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador, to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act to make permanent the types of protections that would be contained in an Executive Order. President Trump has already endorsed this type of legislation, but it has not yet been introduced into Congress.

  3. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in one of the most consequential religious liberty cases ever to come before the Court – the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which provides the opportunity for a sweeping ruling that governments may not punish people of faith for declining to participate in gay "weddings" that violate their deeply held religious beliefs.

  4. As part of the public education campaign underlying our regulatory, legislative and judicial work, we must highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

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Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's Summer For Protecting Marriage Supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the help of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

We’ve got a lot of work to do to be successful, and our team is already hard at work doing the heavy lifting that is required. We're preparing additional educational videos and informational pieces to explain the importance of this effort, getting ready to launch more petitions to engage Americans in the cause, putting the final touches on new policy positions that allied groups can endorse and help us present to Congress and the Trump administration, and conducting rigorous legal research on how and why the constitution protects the rights of people of faith to decline to be involved in something that violates their deeply held beliefs.

No American should be forced to abandon their faith and tenets of belief about marriage to avoid being targeted by the government for punishment. Our side has never taken the position that the LGBT community should be punished for pursuing their beliefs, yet LGBT extremists regularly claim that we are hateful, bigoted homophobes who deserve to be punished whenever possible for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

While this summer will be extremely busy for us at NOM, it's no secret that the summer months are the most challenging time to raise financial support for nonprofit groups. We're counting on you and other NOM supporters to show that this year is an exception and that our finances will not take a hit just when we need to step up our investment in pursuing our agenda to protect marriage supporters from discrimination.

Please give generously at this important time. We need your ongoing support, and we thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Neil Gorsuch Delivers


Decisions of the US Supreme Court announced this week establish without question what an amazing contribution that newly confirmed justice Neil Gorsuch will make to the Court, potentially for decades to come. NOM went all in to fight for Justice Gorsuch's confirmation, and our confidence in him was validated this week.

Consider:

  • Gorsuch was part of the majority in the Trinity Lutheran case which held that states may not arbitrarily deny churches access to public funds they make available to other nonprofit groups. Moreover, he wrote a separate opinion in the case forcefully arguing for a proper understanding of, and respect for, true religious liberty, which is the guarantee to freely exercise one's religious beliefs, not merely hold such beliefs. This understanding of religious liberty is a critical factor in stopping the discrimination that people of faith are routinely facing because of their beliefs about marriage and other issues.

  • Justice Gorsuch dissented in a case where the majority of the Court decided to force the state of Arkansas to list a non-biological LGBT parent on a child's birth certificate. The majority of the Court relied on the Obergefell decision redefining marriage. That Justice Gorsuch was interested in a full hearing and argument of the Arkansas case where the reliance on Obergefell could be challenged is very encouraging.

  • Finally, with Justice Gorsuch now on the bench, the US Supreme Court has granted review in a critical religious liberty case with far-reaching implications for every person who believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The state of Colorado has punished Christian baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, for refusing to use his artistic talents to support a gay "wedding" because doing so violates his faith. This case will offer a tremendous opportunity to stop the ongoing governmental persecution of anyone who does not endorse the LGBT agenda.

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While a relative small number of decisions by a justice does not necessarily signal how the justice will rule on other important cases, the actions of Justice Gorsuch thus far gives us great confidence that he has the integrity and the courage to reverse the illegitimate Obergefell decision redefining marriage should such an opportunity come before him.

And such an opportunity could very well come before him sooner rather than later.

While Justice Anthony Kennedy did not announce his resignation from the Court as many had speculated he would do, he or any of the other justices who imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation could retire at any time. And when they do, we will need to fight for the appointment of a Gorsuch-like replacement, someone who is committed to reading the constitution as it was originally constructed, and not reconstructing the meaning of the constitution to suit a personal agenda.

We're very proud of Justice Gorsuch, and we hope you are pleased that NOM fought so hard for his confirmation. If you share our views, please consider making a financial contribution to support our work Your gift of $25, $35, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue to fight for conservative, "originalist" judges in the federal courts.

Summer is the slowest time of year for fundraising, which creates challenges for our finances. Please support NOM today with a generous gift. Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Major New Report Raises Alarm About Transgender "Therapy"


With all the publicity surrounding transgender issues and the relentless push by Hollywood and the media to normalize the idea that a person can change their gender to correspond with the sex they "identify" with, it's no surprise that incidents of children claiming to be transgender at an early age is on the rise. Some medical professionals report as much as a 2000% increase in children being treated for gender identity disorders. An entire industry of "gender clinics" is developing where children and very young adolescents are being treated with powerful drugs designed to suppress the onset and development of puberty. These drugs are presented as safe and fully reversible and the treatments portrayed as being compassionate and in accordance with proven and long-established protocols. But an important new report makes clear that these assurances are false, and that countless children are being needlessly endangered by this political gender ideology movement.

The study published in The New Atlantis journal, "Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria," was conducted by some of the country's leading medical experts including Drs. Paul W. Hruz, Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh. Dr. Hruz is one of the nation's leading endocrinologists and is a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Mayer is a leading scholar in biostatistics and biomedicine, and Dr. McHugh one of the country's most-esteemed experts in psychiatry. Both are associated with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As a preliminary point, it's important to keep in mind that almost all children who experience gender dysphoria will grow out of it by the time they go through puberty. Despite this, a cottage industry of medical clinics to "treat" gender dysphoria has arisen. Many utilize what is called a "gender affirming" model of treatment. Rather than challenge the patient's dysphoric identification with the opposite sex, the therapist accepts the child's stated preference and proceeds along a course of therapy to assist the child to live as the opposite sex. This treatment often involves powerful hormonal therapy to suppress puberty in order to help the child's appearances more closely match the chosen gender.

While parents are told this treatment is accepted and fully reversible, it is considered experimental when applied to most children. Puberty suppression treatments were not developed for those with gender dysphoria, they were developed for children who undergo puberty at too young an age. The study's authors call this treatment for gender dysphoria, "a drastic and experimental measure." Contrary to being safe and reversible, evidence suggests permanent changes to children receiving treatment. This includes height growth rates and bone-mineral density, but one of the biggest consequences relates to the future ability of these children to procreate.

When puberty suppression drugs are used by those undergoing puberty at too young an age, they are typically withdrawn at a more appropriate age for puberty and the patient gradually resumes normal puberty and develops normally. But the evidence that puberty will resume when the drugs are used for gender dysphoria are "very weak." In fact, the evidence suggests that almost all children who are prescribed puberty suppression drugs will go on to receive cross-sex hormones. These cross-sex hormones, in turn, will prevent normal sex hormones from developing, circumventing the most fundamental form of sexual maturation. – the maturation of their reproductive organs.

The result of this course of treatment that runs from puberty suppression to cross-sex hormones is infertility, something that is irreversible.

The study's authors note that none of the major studies published on treating gender dysphoria with puberty suppression drugs report the results of patients who have withdrawn from treatment and resumed normal puberty development. This, they point out, raises the very significant question of, "whether these treatments contribute to the persistence of gender dysphoria in patients who might otherwise have resolved their feelings of being the opposite sex." Because the evidence does show that most children who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria will eventually stop identifying as the opposite sex, "the fact that cross-gender identification apparently persist for virtually all who undergo puberty suppression could indicate that these treatments increase the likelihood that that the patients' cross-gender identification will continue."

Children who suffer from gender dysphoria deserve our prayers and our concerns, as do their parents who often struggle with determining what to do and have only the best of intentions in wanting to help their children. But good intentions are not a substitute for bad medicine. That is why it is so important that medical diagnoses and treatment protocols be based on rigorous scientific examination and evidence, and not politics or ideology.

The study's authors call for significantly more research to be conducted into why gender dysphoria occurs, persists, and desists, and they call on the medical community to be held accountable and to admit that the use of puberty suppression to treat gender dysphoria is experimental.

If parents were informed that most patients with gender dysphoria will eventually resolve their gender confusion, that puberty suppression for the treatment of gender dysphoria is experimental and not an approved use of the medications, and that there may be permanent consequences to their children for following this course of treatment, perhaps parents would feel more empowered to resist the call of Hollywood, the media and gender clinics to embark on this dangerous course.

An article on the report from the Daily Signal is available here.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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