Dear Marriage Supporter,
"I never imagined that using my God-given talents and abilities, and doing what I love to do for over three decades, would become illegal."
Those are the words of Baronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, in her February 20, 2015 letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
You see, AG Ferguson sued Ms. Stutzman for unlawful discrimination because she acted consistent with her faith and declined to use her creative skills to beautify a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony.
According to AG Ferguson, freedom of religion means the ability to believe whatever you want, but does not include the freedom to act consistent with those beliefs publicly!
Is that the America you know, love and believe in? Well, thanks to radicals trying to redefine marriage, it's increasingly becoming the America we live in.
We must stand up to this radical and un-American gutting of our ability to live and act consistent with our faith!
Will you stand with us by making a generous and fully tax-deductible donation today?
Right now we have a challenge grant before us, whereby a generous supporter has pledged to match every donation we receive, up to $100,000. That means, if you donate today, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar. But if you don't give, NOM will receive nothing.
This matching gift donor realizes that now is the time to take a stand. In particular, he realizes the tremendous importance of the March for Marriage, which will take place in just TWO short months!
That gives us only eight weeks to organize and execute the thousands of logistical details that make up such an enormous endeavor.
The March for Marriage is our chance to make a powerful statement to the Supreme Court as they are hearing oral arguments in a case that could determine the legal future of laws defending marriage for years to come.
If the Court somehow invents a constitutional "right" to same-sex 'marriage,' stories like Ms. Stutzman's will become commonplace as the full weight and force of government descends on ordinary citizens who simply wanting to retain the rights guaranteed us by our first amendment — to live and act in accordance with our faith without fear of government coercion or punishment.
Let me leave you with one further quote from Ms. Stutzman's letter:
"Since 2012, same-sex couples all over the state have been free to act on their beliefs about marriage, but because I follow the Bible's teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, I am no longer free to act on my beliefs."
Please stand up to this assault on our religious liberties and defend marriage by making a generous, tax-deductible donation to NOM today so we can make the 2015 March for Marriage a powerful message to the cultural elites in government who are determined to force same-sex 'marriage' on our country regardless of the consequences.
Brian S. Brown
PS The Washington state Attorney General has determined that anything short of complicit participation in same-sex 'weddings' is discrimination. A local florist in Richland, Washington, is his current target. But you and I could just as easily be. Won't you please make a donation right away toward NOM's matching gift campaign — knowing that your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor — to help us organize and execute the 2015 March for Marriage?
The March is an essential undertaking designed to let the Supreme Court and other governmental elites know that the American people believe in marriage and will stand up and fight for our religious liberties being cast aside by those who seek to impose their radical same-sex 'marriage' agenda on our country.