Dear Marriage Supporter,
The 2014 March for Marriage and Gala is a celebration of marriage and its champions.
Today, I want to introduce you to a marriage champion who has stood boldly by the courage of her convictions for marriage, and should stand as an example for all of us.
Last week, Theresa Gaffney, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court in Schuykilll County, Pennsylvania, took courageous steps to file motions to stay Judge Jones' awful ruling overturning that state's Defense of Marriage Act and to intervene and appeal the case to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Gaffney is displaying courage where others have not in Pennsylvania, especially Governor Tom Corbett. She knows that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that marriage provides the best chance for children to experience the love and care of both a mother and a father. She also knows that the decision of Pennsylvania lawmakers to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman is enttled to a defense in the higher courts.
Even though elected officials well above her like Governor Corbett have failed to defend the law of the land, Mrs. Gaffney has stepped up hoping to give marriage the good and vigorous defense it deserves.
Of course, those who would redefine marriage from across the country are sending her vicious hate mail and launching other attacks. These radicals cannot stand when someone exercises his or her right to defend marriage and they do everything in their power to bully and intimidate marriage supporters into silence. Fortunately, Mrs. Gaffney has not backed down in the face of this onslaught.
Would you take the time to send a note of thanks and encouragement to this courageous public official today? Follow this link to use our system to send a brief note letting her know that she is not alone in her battle — you stand with her in spirit and in prayer. Just click here to send an email right now. Thank you.
Mrs. Gaffney's stand for principle will be matched by the thousands of marriage supporters who take to the streets of Washington, D.C. in just four days. As Americans from all across the country rally and march, they will be demonstrating support of the sacred and unique truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that every child deserves a mother and a father.
Will you be joining us for this momentous event? We certainly hope so as the bigger the crowd, the clearer the message to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Congress, the media, and the rest of America. Check out the March's website here for all the details including directions, our incredible list of speakers, and buses that still have open seats. If you haven't already, find one near you for you and your friends!
National leaders such as former Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Reverend Jim Garlow, and many others are lending their reputations and their voices, making this a historic event that you won't want to miss.
Finally to get a taste of why we march, make sure to watch and share our compelling video for this year's event. It's still not too late to share it with all your friends, family, and faith community.
Mrs. Gaffney has already stood up in the public square for marriage. Will you do likewise in Washington this week as we March for Marriage?
I truly hope to see you there.
Brian S. Brown
P.S. The March for Marriage will be a critical and historic step in defending marriage and the faith communities that support it. I hope you can make it and demonstrate the courage of your convictions with thousands of your fellow Americans.