Dear Marriage Supporter,
As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, getting that last-minute shopping done and wrapping things up at work to take off for the holiday, I wonder if you can spare a moment and a few dollars to help support the promotion and defense of marriage?
Your year-end donation to NOM of $25, $50, $100, $500 or more will help us ramp up our efforts to stop the imminent assault against marriage that the gay marriage lobby is gearing up for in the new year.
And remember, your gift today will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous supporter!
Earlier this week, I told you in an email about how gay marriage activists are mobilizing to rush same-sex marriage bills through the legislatures of Rhode Island, Delaware and Illinois as early as next month. As just one example of what we're up against, let's look briefly at Illinois...
Activists in the Land of Lincoln are trying to push a gay marriage bill through the General Assembly early in January, and they have hired the firm founded by David Axelrod to help them spin their message and impose gay marriage on the voters of Illinois. Axelrod's former firm is the “go-to” firm for major public battles in Illinois and adds their influence to that of Chicago Mayor (and President Obama's former Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel, who is also pushing for the passage of the bill.
The same old arguments predominate in Illinois: voters are being assured gay marriage won't affect their marriage or liberty. But we know better.
Back in 2010, when Illinois passed its Religious Freedom Protection Act and Civil Union law, State Senator and bill sponsor David Koehler (D-Peoria) explicitly assured people that it would not “impede the rights religious organizations have to carry out their duties and religious activities.”
Well, the Walder family, who run the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast, beg to differ-they are now being sued for refusing to rent their privately-owned and family-run business for a civil union ceremony and reception.
And then there's Catholic Charities of Illinois, whose adoption agencies served 2,500 children, but were closed down because the organization did “not intend to comply” with the law.
And our old friend, the ACLU—which lobbied heavily for the civil union bill in 2010—just this year filed a lawsuit on behalf of homosexual activists, claiming that the very same lawthey had fought for made gays and lesbians second-class citizens, and urged the court to grant them the right to marry!
Marriage Supporter, we need your support today. We have a fantastic opportunity with our year-end matching gift challenge, which will double whatever you are able to give-but you must act fast! If you donate today...
Supporters like you, now more than ever, are our greatest asset in this fight, and we need you to step up and help us today for prepare for the pending same-sex marriage onslaught.
I'll be blunt—we were outspent by $23 MILLION last election cycle in the four states with marriage on the ballot. We can't ever again be so outmatched that our ability to defend marriage against the other side's lies and deceptions can't reach the people who need to hear it most.
It's essential that we rally people at the grassroots level to fight hard for the truth of marriage. So, please help us take advantage of the opportunities before us. We can use these multiple state fights in Illinois and elsewhere early in the new year to deliver a clear message to the Supreme Court before they hear the Prop 8 and DOMA cases: that the American people still believe firmly in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. That's the opportunity that your donation to NOM will help us capture-so please don't let it slip away!
P.S. I know it's tough at the end of the year to find room in our Christmas spending to support the causes we care about-but it couldn't be more important to dig deep and find the means today. An investment in NOM is an investment in the future of marriage, and a gift to our children's and grandchildren's generations. Please prayerfully consider whether you can give this all-important gift today!