My Dear Friends,
In New Jersey, politicians are trying to rush through a gay marriage bill.
They claim that civil unions have failed—even though there's not one document-substantiated complaint upheld by the civil unions commission designated to investigate compliance with the civil union law.
Advocates of gay marriage are counting on Gov. Chris Christie, the truth-teller, the straight talker whom we all love for his candid fearlessness—to renege on his clear campaign promise to veto same-sex marriage.
It would break a lot of hearts to find that Gov. Christie is really a conventional kind of politician, one who bends and sways in the wind, one who goes against his word if the big-dollar Republican money guys (who swayed New York's GOP to pass gay marriage) push hard enough.
Don't you believe it! Gov. Christie is a man of his word and in this case his words could not be clearer.
During the campaign, he said he opposed same-sex marriage. And after he won the election he spoke to New Jersey Republicans to confirm: "If a same-sex marriage bill comes to the desk of Governor Christie, it will be returned to the legislature with a big red veto across it because, one, I believe that and I made it very clear to people during the entire campaign that that was my position and so there will be no surprise for the 1.2 million people who voted for me that that was and that is my position."
The video we have comes from a NOM supporter who was there. It's got that homemade quality but I still think you'd like to see it, to see for yourself Gov. Christie's firm pledge:
He continued: "We'll continue to stand for those things and many others that I won't continue to interrupt your dinner with, but those issues—making New Jersey more affordable, less taxes, less spending, and standing up for the values we believe in so strongly as a society and setting an example at the top for saying those things, even at times when they may be politically unpopular, is what I think people expect of leaders."
I have to be candid with you: We are facing a series of very tough fights, not only in New Jersey but throughout the country, as gay-marriage advocates push to replicate what happened in New York, and hope to persuade the Supreme Court to impose gay marriage on all 50 states.
In Washington, they claim to be just a few votes short of passing a gay marriage bill through the state senate, without a vote of the people. In both Washington and New Jersey the Democrats have decided, in the middle of an economic collapse causing budget crises, to make pushing a gay marriage bill their number one priority.
It was announced this week that the vote to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire takes place on Feb. 1. And we will find out shortly whether gay-marriage advocates will try to reverse their loss in Maine this November.
Under these circumstances I have to thank you again for the amazing response to NOM's Year-End Million Dollar Match money bomb. A generous donor pledged to match every dollar you gave if we could raise $1 million by New Year's Day.
And guess what? We did it!
Impossible victories have happened again and again during NOM's tenure. I can't promise you what will happen in all these close fights, but I can promise you this: Thanks to you, NOM will be in this fight. I will never give up, as long as I have the comradeship and support and prayers of good people like you.
We cannot cravenly surrender the truth about marriage, or justice for children.
We cannot and will not. We will fight this good fight, and in the end we know Who wins.
God bless you and keep you. Thank you for your prayers and your support.
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
P.S. As these fights unfold, will you stand beside us? When you give to NOM you are standing up for your values and making sure that your voice is heard in the corridors of power.
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